Cockfield Chase


Thursday 25th April 2024 7pm (registration from 6pm)

Last minute email details…

“Many thanks for entering Cockfield Chase. 

We have Over 130 runners, so please try to be there before 1830 so we can get everyone registered by 1900.  If you have friends wanting to run who aren’t entered yet, encourage them to come by 1830.  


Parking: DL13 5HF.  DO NOT PARK IN THE VILLAGE, OR BLOCKING VISIBILITY AT THE JUNCTION, OR IN THE BUS TURNING CIRCLE (which looks like a carpark!).
Map of Cockfield Chase parking


Weather forecast is probably dry and very cold at around 4deg C.  I strongly advise that you should wear a jacket, hat and gloves for the social run lap (which will be taken a pace suitable for everyone, so potentially much slower than some entrants are used to running).  You can leave the jacket at the end of the social lap if you want.


Emergency Contact information: I will be getting emergency contact and medical information from SI Entries, please check SI Entries to see this is correct tonight and update if necessary.

Race format:  I’ve had a few questions about this.  The lap finishes with an uphill section.  I will lead the field around the lap and increase the pace on this climb.  This will be at a pace which the majority of the field would consider very fast, this strings out the field before the start as all runners continue at a pace they are comfortable with.  As the first runners reach the end of the first lap the clock starts for everyone and the race begins. 


Prizes: If you bring a prize you will win a prize!  If you don’t bring a prize – booo!  With 130+ entrants it will take a while to give out all the prizes so bring a warm coat for the prize giving. Anything will do for a prize, a pair of socks, a bottle of wine, some eggs, a picture your child drew or a book you want rid of would all be acceptable.


Please bring a bit of cash so you can buy a piece of cake and a drink from Butterknowle Scouts who are putting on a cake stall at the finish.


Please bring a water bottle which you can leave at the finish to save on plastic cups and safety pins if you have them.

I think that’s all.

Andy Blackett
Durham Fell Runners”


The 2024 running of Cockfield Chase will be on Thursday 25th April, details are on the FRA and pre-entries are open via the link below. I will also have some entries available on the day.

Cockfield Chase is designed as a beginners fell race, organised by Durham Fell Runners, licensed by the Fell Runners Association (FRA). 

All runners are welcome (age 14+), whatever your ability or experience, so long as you think you can safely get around the 7km off road route. It’s half race, half social run.

If you bring a prize, you will win a prize!

A donation of £140 was made to Cockfield Primary School which will be put towards the creation of a sensory room and a £140 donation was made to Butterknowle Scouts with profits from the 2023 race.

The Race

Two laps:

  • The first lap is a group run to see the route – 3.5km, starting at 7pm.
  • The second lap is the race – 3.5km, starting immediately as the first runners finish the first loop.
  • Route: No map required, you are shown the route on the night .
  • Experience: None required. Suitable for beginners with off road running shoes.
  • Distance: 7km
  • Elevation Gain: 160m
  • Pre Entry: £5 (FRA Members), £6 (non members).
  • Age: 14+

This event runs on a bring a prize – win a prize format. So if you bring a prize (anything will do) you will win a prize. If you don’t bring a prize – Booo!

Photo Credit: Darren Fairclough

Parking: Please park as directed by marshals at the car park at the top of Cockfield (DL13 5HF) main street.

DO NOT PARK IN THE VILLAGE OR BLOCKING VISIBILITY AT THE JUNCTION.

The Route

FRA race assessment matrix


All photos courtesy of Darren Fairclough, taken during the 2021 event.