Crackpots Trail Run
Sun 18 Jun 2023 Ripon, North Yorkshire, UK

Crackpots Trail Run

Brand new event taking in quiet country lanes, off-road trails, moorland and rivers within Nidderdale AONB. £300 cash prizes plus £1,000+ prize draw for all runners.

  • Sun 18 Jun 2023
Highside Playing Fields, Ripon

Crackpots Trail Run



Age 15 & over

  • 11 km multi terrain running + 671 ft ascent


A brand new trail run for runners of all abilities with a mixed terrain route through Nidderdale AONB. The undulating (and sometimes hilly) route has been put together, tried and tested by local trail running vets and takes in quiet country roads, off-road trails, scenic moorland and a few rivers. It's part of the Kirkby Malzeard Big Weekend with live music, games, artisan food, Black Sheep bar and much more.


  • Fantastic course

    Planned and enjoyed by local trail runners.

  • Village gala weekend

    Live music, games, artisan food, Black Sheep bar and much more.

  • A day out for Father's Day

    Run guilt-free whilst the family are happy and entertained.

£300 of Cash prizes

  • £50/£30/£20 1st/2nd/3rd male/female
  • £50 fastest club
  • £50 fastest local (HG4 postcode)

Prize draw for all runners

Plus we've got lots of fantastic prizes lined up that ANY runner can win! All runners automatically get ONE entry to the prize draw but for each person you get to sign up you get an EXTRA entry in the prize draw. So getting just one person to sign up doubles your chance of winning a prize! Details on website. Prizes include:

  • Grantley Hall spa day (worth £500!)

    A luxury spa day for 2 at the AA Hotel of the Year England! Immerse yourself in the luxuriously rejuvenating environment of the Three Graces Spa at Grantley Hall.

  • Swinton Bivouac stay (worth £300!)

    A two-night mid-week Yurt break for two people inc bottle of prosecco on arrival, two spa sessions, dinner in The Terrace for one evening, breakfast in your Yurt and all the Bivouac facilities!

  • The Ivy, Harrogate

    Enjoy relaxed, all-day dining from modern British cuisine to brasserie-inspired classics and fantastic vegan and vegetarian dishes, there’s something for everyone to love.

  • Whittakers Gin Tour

    A tour for 2 people with a welcome gin & tonic, distillery tour and talk with gin tasting and finishing with a gin & tonic at the bar.

  • Brasco Fine Foods cava

    Six bottles of fine Spanish cava to be drawn as 6 individual prizes. Perfect for enjoying these fine summer evenings.

  • All fitness levels
  • Event village
  • Families
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Traders at event

This new trail run is part of the Kirkby Malzeard Big Weekend Gala celebrations jam-packed with activities for all ages including children's disco, scarecrow trail, artisan market, parade, live music, family walk, sports and BBQ.

Gala Weekend timetable


  • All weekend | Scarecrow Trail
  • Evening | Children's disco party
  • Evening | Live music night


  • Morning | Village parade
  • Afternoon | Gala at Highside Playing Fields
  • Evening | Band on the Fields with beer tent, band and marquee


  • 09:30 | Guided family walk
  • 10:30 | Crackpots Trail Run
  • All day | Artisan Market
  • All day | Cafe on the Field
  • All day | Children's playground, tennis courts, multi-use games area for football and basketball
  • Afternoon | Open gardens

  • Bag storage
  • Bar
  • Changing facilities
  • Entertainment
  • Free parking
  • Rural
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Highside Playing Fields
Back Lane
Kirkby Malzeard
North Yorkshire


Free parking will be available a short distance from the start/finish line.


Ivy Bank Campsite in the village has pitches for caravans, tents and motorhomes as well as glamping too.

Nearby attractions

Brimham Rocks, Ripon Cathedral and Fountains Abbey UNESCO World Heritage Site are all close by.




  • Distance markers
  • Hilly
  • Marshals
  • Out and back
  • Single start
  • Sweeper
  • Undulating
  • Water stations
  • Way markers

Route highlights

  • Village start
  • The Crackpots Mosaic Trail
  • Ripon Rowel Walk
  • Views across Nidderdale and the Yorkshire Dales
  • Views over the North York Moors including Roseberry Topping
  • Fast downhill finish on tarmac

Route description

The route is a mix of quiet country lanes, footpaths, bridleways, byways and river crossings (bridges for some!). Starting at Highside Playing Fields in Kirkby Malzeard, the route heads west along country lanes towards Kirkby Malzeard Moor for a gentle warm up before taking to the trails. Following parts of the infamous Crackpots Mosaic Trail and Ripon Rowel Walk routes, the route gradually climbs to the highest point at the 6km mark - with fantastic views across Nidderdale to the west and the North York Moors as far as Roseberry Topping to the east. It's mostly downhill from there with a few little bumps and river crossings on the way before hitting the tarmac just after 9km for a fast finish back into the village.

  • Chip timing


  • Brand new event - be one of the first to complete the Crackpots Trail Run!
  • Opportunity to set the course record
  • Fully marshaled and way-marked route - no need for navigation
  • Water station on route
  • Gala weekend atmosphere - cross the line to friendly local support
  • Chance for a whistlestop tour of some of The Crackpots Mosaic Trail

  • Age 15 & over
  • 250 places
  • Collect race pack
  • Enter online