Penistone Footpath Runners

Barnsley Boundary Relay

No pain, no gain
Start Date/Time
15 June 2024 at 08:00 – see below for individual leg start times
Multi-terrain relay
Approximately 72/115km miles with 7,350ft//2,240m of ascent, over 10 legs
Steve Dickinson ( – 07850 445613. Contact Steve if interested in entering a team.

The Barnsley Boundary Relay Race is a multi-terrain race following the boundary of Barnsley MBC, using the route of the Barnsley Boundary Long Distance Path. It is a race for teams of 10, each running legs on roads, tracks and footpaths of between 4 and 11½ miles: 72 miles in total.

It is organised by Penistone Footpath Runners in conjunction with Barnsley Rockley Rotary Club and with the support of other local running clubs.

Entries are welcome from any running clubs, organisations or businesses. Some legs require some navigation or previous knowledge – there are plenty of opportunities to be shown the way before the day. It is an sociable event.

GPX files and maps are available for all 10 legs below. If you had previously downloaded files from here you are advised to replace them with the current ones: all 10 were checked on the ground in April 2021.

The race is run under licence from the Trail Running Association and minimum ages apply based on the distance of each leg: the minimum age for legs 1, 5, 8 and 10 is 16 and for all other legs is 17.

The Route

The first leg starts at 8am. The second leg starts when the first runner reaches the end of leg 1. All leg 2 runners set off together, and so on through the race. Times for each leg are aggregated at the end of the race and the fastest teams in each category (Men, MV40, MV50, MV60, Ladies, LV40, LV50 and Mixed) announced at the prize ceremony, which is held in the evening after the race.

An ordnance survey map, aerial photography and GPX files for the whole route are available on the Barnsley Boundary Walk website. Note that the race route does not always follow the same route as marked on the Ordnance Survey maps or the Walking Guides.

The links below give maps and GPX files for each leg. The GPX files can be downloaded and imported into GPS software, or uploaded to a phone or watch.

Note for 2024: There is a diversion on leg 4 where an underpass is currently blocked. The council have put in a diversion using Barrowfield Road. Runners will be told by marshals at the start of the leg to follow the official diversion. This map shows the usual route in green and the diversion in red.

Leg Start time (approx) Distance/climb
1: Cannon Hall to Bretton Park 08:00 5.1M/528'
    Start: S75 4AR / SE 27283 07944                 Map                 GPX
2: Bretton Park to Brierley 08:30 10.4M/768'
    Start: S75 4BZ / SE 29960 12013                 Map                 GPX
3: Brierley to Thurnscoe 09:40 6.6M/459'
    Start: S72 9JX / SE 40468 11116                 Map                 GPX
4: Thurnscoe to Brampton 10:20 6.4M/196'
    Start: S63 0BH / SE 46513 05383                 Map                 GPX
5: Brampton to Tankersley 11:00 5.1M/486'
    Start: S73 0SS / SE 41050 02197                 Map                 GPX
6: Tankersley to Wortley Station 11:30 11.4M/1620'
    Start: S74 0DU / SK 34896 99492                 Map                 GPX
7: Wortley Station to Langsett Barn 12:45 6.5M/1074'
    Start: S35 7DL / SK 29861 99246                 Map                 GPX
8: Langsett Barn to Winscar Reservoir 13:40 5.7M/814'
    Start: S36 4GY / SE 21082 00444                 Map                 GPX
9: Winscar Reservoir to Upper Denby 14:20 10.5M/1188'
    Start: S36 4TF / SE 15296 02048                 Map                 GPX
10: Upper Denby to Cannon Hall 15:30 4.0M/210'
    Start: HD8 8UE / SE 22927 07366                 Map                 GPX

If anyone finds any errors in the GPX files, please contact Paul Fryers.


2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022 2023 2024

The race in 2020 was cancelled.