Hallam Chase fell race returns to Crosspool on Tuesday 29 May

Hallam Chase fell race returns to Crosspool on Tuesday 29 May
Hallam Chase fell race returns to Crosspool on Tuesday 29 May

On Tuesday 29 May the annual fell race organised by Hallamshire Harriers and hosted by Hallam Cricket Club returns to Crosspool.

At 8pm on the Tuesday evening after the second bank holiday in May, runners set off from Hallam Football/Cricket Club’s Sandygate ground, go down Den Bank through the Rivelin Valley and up to Stannington church, before returning by the same route. The Hallam Chase run 3¼ miles long, with 800 feet of climb.

The record time of 19 minutes 42 seconds was set in 1968 by Trevor Wright.

Find out more on the Hallam Chase and Hallamshire Harriers websites.

Sandygate granted protected status

The Countrymen return to Sanygate on 20 September
Sandygate granted protected status

The home of Hallam FC and Hallam Cricket Club has been granted protected status.

Sandygate stadium in Crosspool is now an asset of community value, meaning that if the owners ever want to sell the ground, they would have to inform the local authority and give a community group six months to raise the money to purchase it.

In 2015 The Plough pub opposite Sandygate was designated an asset of community value.

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Hallam Chase fell race returns to Crosspool on Tuesday 30 May

Runners competing in the 2012 Hallam Chase
Runners competing in the 2012 Hallam Chase

On Tuesday 30 May the annual fell race organised by Hallamshire Harriers and hosted by Hallam Cricket Club returns to Crosspool.

At 8pm on the Tuesday evening after the second bank holiday in May, runners set off from Hallam Football/Cricket Club’s Sandygate ground, go down Den Bank through the Rivelin Valley and up to Stannington church, before returning by the same route. The Hallam Chase run 3¼ miles long, with 800 feet of climb.

The record time of 19 minutes 42 seconds was set in 1968 by Trevor Wright.

Find out more on the Hallam Chase and Hallamshire Harriers websites.

Residents campaign to save The Plough pub

The Plough, Sandygate Road
The Plough, Sandygate Road

Crosspool residents are fighting to save The Plough pub.

After the pub closed in April, Sainsbury’s  announced plans to turn it into a convenience store.

The Save the Plough group has been coordinating the campaign to keep the building as a pub and save the sporting heritage of Sandygate. Together with local councillors, they have launched a survey to gauge public opinion on the issue. They’re also raising money to support the campaign.

Ideas include turning the site into a multi-use community facility and a visitor centre for the world’s oldest football ground, which is opposite.

Some residents are also in support of the the idea of a convenience store opening in place of the pub. If you have views either way then consider making them known to Sainsbury’s, Sheffield Planning Committee, our local MP and your councillors:

Last year The Plough was listed as an asset of community value.

 

Hallam FC reach play offs

Hallam FC confirmed their place in the Northern Counties East League Division 1 play offs following a 4-1 win last night over Dronfield Town, the Countrymen’s third win in a row.

The dates and times of the play off matches have yet to be confirmed.

 

Non-league day at Sandgate – free entry for season ticket holders

Sandygate, home of Hallam FC
Sandygate, home of Hallam FC

Non-League Day, the annual, national celebration of grass roots football, is coming to Sandygate for the first time on Saturday 10 October. 

On international weekend, with no Premiership or Championship games, local non-league clubs take centre stage.

After five consecutive years of away matches on non-league day, Hallam finally get the chance to celebrate the day as Hemsworth Miners Welfare visit for a 3pm kick off.

The match will be free entry for season ticket holders from ALL other clubs, and there will be plenty of fun for all the family, including a crossbar challenge at half time for the chance to win a copy of Football Manager, plus other competition prizes. 

Crosspool Junior U8s team will be guests for the game and the club will also be supporting non-league day’s partner charity Prostate Cancer UK.

Entry is free to season ticket holders from any club (on production of a 2015-16 season ticket), £5 for adults and £2 for concessions (under-16s, over-65s, students on production of ID).

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Chris Waddle’s charity fundraiser at Hallam FC

Sandygate
Sandygate

Well-known local faces from the worlds of sport and music are taking part in a charity fundraiser at Sandygate on Sunday 4 October.

Chris Waddle will lead an all-stars team featuring ex-footballers David Hirst, John Sheridan, Dean Saunders, Jamie Hoyland and plus Reverend and the Makers frontman Jon McClure.

The day is to raise money for charity Prostate Cancer UK. Tickets are £5 and kick off is at 2pm.

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Professional rock climber Steve McClure to host Crosspool Festival event

Steve McClure event at Crosspool Festival
Steve McClure event at Crosspool Festival

One of the best rock climbers in the world will be sharing his experiences at a Crosspool Festival event.

Having climbed the hardest sport route in the UK, Steve McClure knew from early childhood encounters with the sandstone outcrops of the North York Moors that he was destined to be a rock climber.

Now Sheffield based, his new book, Beyond Limits, tells the story of a climber and his obsessive exploration of the sport, of finding a true passion, taking it to the limits, and then the careful balancing of this passion against other areas of life to give the greatest rewards.

Steve will be giving his illustrated talk A Life through Rock Climbing on Wednesday 1 July 7.30pm (bar open from 7pm) at Hallam FC clubhouse on Sandygate Road in Crosspool.

Admission is free, but there will be a retiring collection for festival charities. Signed copies of Steve’s book will be on sale.