Distance8.9 km
Elevation (total climb)294 m
Dates run28th June – 11th July 2021
Times must be submitted by 13th July
Race designerSid Fletcher


With a nod to the Cat Lane Canter and the Rollestone Roller, the Gleadless Valley Gallop takes you on a full foray through the woods of S14, be prepared for some challenging sections and elevations.

Just short of 9km the route is a full circuit with no doubling back, the official start (CP1) is the Northcote road entrance to Cat Lane, but feel free to start/finish the circuit at the nearest point to you.

It takes in several different areas of local woodland, and open community spaces, as well as 1.6km of road/urban which will help to mix it up somewhat. I’ve attached some info about the various architectural styles and planning of Gleadless Valley should any of you be interested; the observant of you may note that yours truly is mentioned in the bibliography.

Hopefully the route is easy to work out – from my own experience urban landmarks are sometimes more obvious to navigate.

For all you strava junkies I’ve made the full circuit into a segment as well as several sub section. I am reliably informed that you can export the segment to a GPX file

Sid Fletcher

Please note that although checkpoints are mentioned in the route guide, you have to follow the whole route for this race – no shortcuts between checkpoints.


Download file for GPS

Route Guides

Note that this route guide is the same as was used in 2020, so the dates are wrong – please ignore them.

Strava Links

The Whole Route



50 points for fastest time. Everyone else gets a percentage – if the winning time is 1 hour and you take 2 hours, you get 25 points. Plus a 5 point bonus for collecting some rubbish either on a recce or the race.

Submitting Results

This race has now closed – but you can still run it for fun.


Gleadless Valley Gallop scores
Gleadless Valley Gallop scores

All Time Course Personal Bests (PBs)

You can still submit your time to this website if you’d like to see your time recorded alongside everyone else’s – use the link in the right-hand sidebar. If you’ve run this course as part of the NTCLCGP race series your time should already be there.


Pictures from this race in 2021

See all the photos from this race in our flickr group here

Pictures from this race in 2020