Relay Races

At Hyde Park Harriers, we’re proud to participate in a variety of thrilling relay races. These events not only test our running skills but also provide a sense of camaraderie and teamwork. Here’s a glimpse of some of the exciting relay races we’re involved in:

Long Format Relays – these occur on a weekend over with each runner completing a section of a longer route. For the races listed, the club will organise team entries and will share details of how to join a team (at the relevant time) on our Facebook group and weekly newsletter. It’s usually advisable to recce the route in advance of the race.

Leeds Country Way Relay

September /

The Leeds Country Way Relay is a long-standing favourite among our members. It’s a 60-mile race that circles the city of Leeds, consisting of 6 legs (2 runners per leg) with each team member taking on a different section. It’s a true test of endurance and navigation skills as runners navigate through picturesque countryside. We typically enter 2-3 teams each year.

Calderdale Way Relay

May /

The Calderdale Way Relay is a challenging event that takes place in the stunning Calderdale region. This off-road relay race covers 50 miles and comprises six legs (2 runners per leg), each with its unique terrain and elevation changes. We typically enter 1-2 teams each year.

British Athletics Fell and Hill Relay

October /

This National Fell Relay race is a prestigious and demanding event in the world of fell running. The event is held in a different mountainous region each year. Some legs are run in pairs and others are run solo. Legs also vary greatly in length, technical difficulty of terrain, and required navigation skills. We would recommend trying some local fell races before taking on this race. We usually enter 1 team.

Short Format Relays – these races usually consist of laps of a much shorter course. They typically don’t require as much forward planning. We ask that you find and coordinate the entry for your own teams however for each race we will try to start a thread on our Facebook group when entries open to help pair teams up.

Golden Acre Park Relays

July /

Set in the beautiful Golden Acre Park (North Leeds). Each team has 3 members running approximately 2.75 miles of undulating trails. The race is usually on a Tuesday night in the height of Summer and always gets a big turn out from our neighbouring run clubs. We usually get upwards of 10 teams running.

PECO XC Relays

March /

The final race in the popular PECO Cross Country League. Teams consist of 3 runners, running approximately 2.5 miles on typical XC terrain. In recent years the races have been held in Bramley Fall Park and has been a fun way to end the Cross Country season. We usually get 5-6 teams running.

University of Leeds Cross Country Relays

December /

Held at West Park (Leeds), this local relay attracts university teams from across the UK but is also popular with the local running clubs. The men’s and mixed teams race over 4 legs and the women’s teams race 3 legs. We usually get upwards of 1-2 teams running.

Leeds Dock Relays

August /

The Leeds Dock Relays is a unique event in the heart of the city on a Friday night. The route is a quick 1 mile road loop around the scenic docks. Teams are set off together and have 1 hour to run as many laps as they can. Teams can be between 2-4 runners. The event raises money for the Recovery Runners (a running club setup to help members overcome alcohol addiction). We usually get 5-6 teams running.

Danefield relay

July /

A lovely trail run through Chevin forest park near Otley, ran on a Tuesday Night in teams of 3 with each leg being approximately 4.8km. The course is a bit up and down but with a bit of a climb at the end…. but don’t let put you off as there’ll be lots of people cheering you on.

Whether you’re a seasoned relay racer or a newcomer, there’s a place for you in our relay events. Keep an eye out on our Facebook group and newsletter for more information regarding the races and for the formation of teams.