Crosspool Festival starts on Friday

Summer Fayre, Crosspool Festival 2011
2011 Summer Fayre

There’s less than a week to the 2012 Crosspool Festival. Have you planned which events you’re going to? Make sure you get any tickets soon to make sure you don’t miss out!

The festival runs 7–15 July and as you’ll see below, there are events for all ages. This year’s programme includes:

  • A well dressing outside Crosspool Tavern – dedication will take place on Friday at 7pm
  • The return of Crosspool Open Gardens and Gardeners’ Question Time
  • Several music events, including a gospel concert, organ recital, songs from the shows, pre-school singalong, Guys and Dolls at Tapton School, a folk concert,
  • A street market on Selborne Road
  • An open day at Hallam Cricket Club
  • Quizzes at Crosspool Tavern and Stephen Hill church
  • A treasure hunt
  • A film screening of old views of the Rivelin Valley
  • A coffee evening
  • A fun run
  • A book night
  • Table games
  • A tea dance and a barn dance
  • Hillside Harvest Open Day
  • The annual Crosspool Summer Fayre
  • Picnic in the park hosted by the Crosspool churches

You can download a PDF of the full programme (676KB) or view it on the Crosspool Festival 2012 web page.

Crosspool Festival street market
Crosspool Festival street market

Hallam Chase tradition continues in Crosspool

Crosspool was once again the focus for the historic Hallam Chase running event this week.

The Hallam Chase is organised by Hallamshire Harriers and hosted by the Hallam Cricket Club. It has been running since 1862.

This year, 48 runners set off to cover the gruelling 3¼ mile route with 800′ of climb on a bright and dry Tuesday night. Dropping from Sandygate, down the infamous Den Bank, it crosses the Rivelin Valley then climbs to Stannington church before returning by the same route.

First to the church was Dark Peak’s Brian Greaves, but he was eventually overhauled by Handsworth Road Hog’s Dean Drabble who won the handicapped event.

Nick Spinks and Dean Drabble
Nick Spinks and Dean Drabble

A close battle then ensued between two of the city’s best distance runners, Hallamshire Harriers’ pair Rob Baker and Andy Thake. In the end Andy just held on to take the fastest man title in an impressive 22 minutes 7 seconds. Dark Peak Fell Runner Nicky Spinks won both the ladies handicap and fastest female title in a time of 28 minutes 49 seconds.

Next year’s event will be Tuesday 5 June at 8pm, which is also the weekend of the queen’s diamond jubilee. Spectators are welcome.