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Three years after The Tour de France came through Cragg Vale residents have, at last, gained permission for a full road closure to hold a spectacular event on Sunday 24th September 2017.

Three generations of one family prepare for The Cragg Vale Challenge – left to right, Charlotte, Ellis, mum Kirsty and dad Iain Law with grandad Brierley Helliwell.

The Cragg Challenge will be a full day of running and cycling events with the added bonus of Cragg Road (the longest incline in England and an iconic challenge for runners and cyclists) being closed to traffic.

Phil Rodda, the Chair of the group organising the event said, “After the Tour de France came through the village in 2014 everyone agreed that the atmosphere on the day was incredible and that there was a real buzz to try and recreate it.  The hard bit has been getting the road closure, but it’s essential if we’re to have a safe and successful day.  In fact, most people thought having the road closed was one of the best parts of having The Tour de France come through.”

Several events are to be included on the day - a hill climb for cyclists; 5km, 10km and 10 mile timed events for runners; and a special relay event for local schools.

Details for entries can be found at www.cragg15.uk  Entries are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

As well as the official events taking place the organisers hope that locals and charities will take the opportunity of the road closure to hold their own side-events – street parties, charity stalls etc. on the day.  To discuss participation contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.