Cockfield Chase


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


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.