Cardington Cracker Hill Race

35th Cardington Cracker Hill Race.

Sunday 3rd December 2023.        11.00am start

2022 Results file listed below.

About the Cracker

The Cardington Cracker. It's an institution. Over 200 turn out on a cold December day to pay homage to this annual fell race as part of the traditional runners build up to Christmas. It's 9 miles and 2,600 feet of hell but well worth it for the carrot soup followed by a few pints of Shropshire Lad in the Royal Oak.

History Of The Cardington Cracker

See a complete list of past winners of the race in the library below.

A Tribute To The Cracker

Read the Mick Ward's pictorial tribute to the Cardington Cracker - see below in the library.


Please only park as directed and do not use the Royal Oak Pub or Village Hall Car Park or park on roads in the village. Please respect residents when driving through the village and only park in the official race car parks.

The Course – The route can be found on the O S Explorer 217 Long Mynd and Wenlock Edge Map 1:25,000. Some of the course is on private land, which we gain permission to use on race day. Please ensure that any training over the course is restricted to public areas. Please do not run with dogs, as several fields contain livestock. Most of the course is marked or obvious

Not suitable for inexperienced runners.

The race starts in Cardington, crossing open pasture leading gradually leading to Enchmarsh, it then follows a farm track before dropping steeply through a narrow section of woodland called Hoar Edge. The route then climbs the side of The Lawley (1236 feet), the first checkpoint. The fast, grassy descent is down the ridge to Comley Farm and through the fields towards Caer Caradoc. The route up Caer Caradoc follows the green lane along the base of the hill to the sheep pens, then takes a diagonal line directly to the summit (1506 feet), the second checkpoint. The descent follows the high ground to Three Fingers Rock, then a steep descent to the stream before climbing up the side of Helmeth Hill to Gaerstones Farm, the third checkpoint. The route climbs to The Gaerstones Hill then follows the Hope Bowdler ridge to Willstone Hill, the final checkpoint. After descending past the Battlestones the course climbs again to the Wilderness, before dropping down through a series of fields, stiles and gates to the finish field in Cardington.

EquipmentFRA Rules state that all runners must carry waterproof body cover, hat, gloves, map of the course area, compass, whistle and emergency food. All runners must carry this equipment, whatever the weather.

Records –   Rachel Parker ( Mercia ) 1.23.24   2018.     Tim Davies ( Mercia )   1.09.43      2006

Prizes – To the leading 5 men and 5 women and the first 2 in each 5 year masters categories. 

Acknowledgements – Telford Athletic Club would like to thank the farmers and landowners, residents of Cardington, race officials and in particular Mick Boulton and Boultons Coaches in making this event possible. 

Ordnance Survey Explorer 217 Start SO 505953 Lawley SO 495975 Comley farm road SO 485968 Caer Caradoc SO 478954 Gaerstone farm SO 469935 Willstone Hill SO 485943 Wilderness SO 486952 Folly Bank road SO 496959 Finish SO 505953

Entry - £8.00 ( on line entry only ).Over 19’s only. First 250 entries only. No entries on the day.

Race Organiser :- Paul Sanderson, 6 Spring Village, Telford, Shropshire. TF4 2LY. Tel 07715 347587

Entry Form in attachments at the bottom of this page.

SAE for details. All numbers must be collected on the day. Bring your own pins. E Mail: