Bollington Nostalgia Hill Race

  • Registration: Free with sponsorship or £10
  • Sponsorship Target: £50 or none
  • Distance: 10km
  • Where: Everywhere
  • When: 28 June – 12 July
  • Prizes: Most fundraised, fastest athletes, highest climbs (see below)

Every year on the second Sunday in July, the Bridgend Centre runs the Bollington Nostalgia Hill Race to raise valuable funds for our charity. This year, with social distancing measures in place, we have decided to make the event a virtual challenge. We’re inviting you to run 10km at some point between 28 June and 12 July. This is a solo, virtual challenge for you to help us raise the vital funds we need in the coming months.

The global COVID-19 health crisis has left us rapidly adapting our work whilst facing a dramatic loss of income. We need your support now to keep vital projects alive and ensure we remain at the heart of the Bollington community now and in the future.

How do I get involved?

  • Sign up by filling in our online registration form
  • Get training!
  • At any point between 28 June and 12 July, record your 10km run on a GPS app (such as Strava, Runkeeper, Garmin etc) or take a picture of your treadmill stats and send it into us on

You can sign up whenever you like before the 12 July. We will only accept the first time that you send us so make sure you get some training in before you submit the record of your run if you want to top our leaderboard!

You can either pay £10 to take part, or sign up for free to raise sponsorship. Both ways raise vital funds for the Bridgend. If you would like to fundraise, our Just Giving page is here: Bollington Nostalgia Virtual Race Just Giving Page


  • Best fundraiser
  • Highest ascent (male and female)
  • Fastest athletes in these catergories:
    • Boys (under-16)
    • Girls (under-16)
    • Males (ages 16-29)
    • Females (ages 16-29)
    • Males (ages 30-49)
    • Females (ages 30-49)
    • Males (ages 50+)
    • Females (ages 50+)

We have some absolutely amazing prizes lined up for the winners of these categories, including £250 Patagonia vouchers for the fastest male and fastest female winners, 6 x 12 Red Willow beer gift sets, a Fruits of the Forage hamper, 5 x £20 vouchers from Running Bear, 2 x one month’s membership of Variety Fitness, a three-course meal from Indian Goat, £25 Body Shop voucher from Becca’s beauty buys, a fitness session with AIG fitness, a coaching session with little challenges and a reflexology session with Top to Toe Treatments.

So sign up today to be in with a chance of winning!

Huge thanks go to the businesses who have donated prizes to our cause.

Is there a set route?

No, you can run your 10km wherever you would like. If you would like to, you can run the original route that the event usually follows. Please find it here.

There are no set rules about your route. It could be linear, a circular, figure of eight or anything else you fancy. If you have your heart set on the most ascent prize you could even run up and down White Nancy several times!


Current government advice is that it’s safe to exercise outside with up to six other people whilst maintaining strict social distancing guidelines. Please read and adhere to the government’s guidance which can be found here. Please note that this may be subject to change over the coming weeks, so please keep up to date.

If you have been identified as an extremely vulnerable person and have been advised to ‘shield’, you should take extra care to maintain social distance from others when exercising outside. Again, please refer to the government website for further information .

If you do run the original Hill Race route, please remain aware of social distancing, particularly at ‘pinch points’ where it may be slightly more challenging to maintain, such as along the canal towpath.

Here are some photographs from our last event on 14th July 2019. It was a fabulous day, with some glorious weather and over 100 participants.

Thank you so much to Bollington Photographic Group for taking so many wonderful photographs for us.