Race OrganiserJamie Rutherford (07715 583 054)
Race date3rd September 2023
Start locationTotley Pavilion, Lane Head Road, Sheffield S17 3BA
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What 3 Words link (opens in new page)
Distance27km / 17 miles
Total race elevation gain1082m / 3550 ft
Cost£11 (+99p admin fee) pre-entry, £12 entry on the day (cash only)
Kit & FoodFull FRA min. kit should be carried by all runners during the race. Spot checks will be carried out before & after (Waterproof whole body cover (with taped seams and integrated attached hood),
hat, gloves, physical map of the route, navigational compass, whistle and emergency food
Course mapCourse Map  Printable Map


The Exterminator is traditionally the fifth and last race of the annual Totley AC series of five races and the route is quite complicated with several route choices. It is recommended that make yourself familiar with the route before race day. The race is run over varied terrain including road, track and footpath through woodland, fields and open moorland, villages and hamlets. This is a challenging race with some great views (and some great climbs) and stunning scenery.

Start location on Google Maps (opens in a new window).

You are encouraged to come on foot, by bicycle or by bus if you can. The 97 bus to Totley from Sheffield High Street stops a five-minute walk from the start. Get off at the Cross Scythes pub on Baslow Road and walk down Hillfoot Road to Penny Lane.

Postcode for sat-nav: S17 3AZ.  Limited off road parking is available and will be signposted on the day. Once the car park is full limited on road parking is available but please consider local residents and avoid parking across or opposite any drives or gateways, or damaging grass verges.

The race starts at 10:30 am prompt. On race day, the number collection process will open at 09:00 and close at 10:15

Given the length of race and time of year we also highly recommend carrying water. There will be two water stations on the course but we do not provide cups. Therefore, please also carry your own cup!

The race starts and finishes outside the Totley AC pavilion which is at the top of the field behind the Cricket Inn (SK301799). On race day limited showers and changing facilities are available.


We have toilets, showers, changing rooms, very limited Parking – please park responsibly or lift share,

There will be no parking on Moss Road as previously, and it is best to assume you will not be able to park anywhere near the Pavillion. We cannot guarantee any parking on the cricket pitch so please make plans ahead of your journey to park elsewhere.

Water – please bring own cup or bottle. Single use plastic cups are not provided for water.

Entries and Transfers

This race allows for pre entry and will also have entry on the day. Pre-entered runners should collect their numbers at the Totley AC pavilion from 9 am on the day of the race. Pre entry option will also be available from 9am at the Pavillion. You must neither start the race using a number obtained in someone else’s name nor give your number to someone else to use in the race.

Checkpoints (updated 2/8/22)

Check pointGrid referenceWhat 3 WordsDescriptionNotes
StartSK 301799Totley AC pavilion
1SK 285788reef.cult.stemTotley Moor TrigMarshalled
2SK 291 807store.marker.behindPiper House Gate descent / Stepping StonesMarshalled
3SK 257822dishes.causes.paperTop of Fiddler’s elbow gate by road / Footpath to Higger TorStile marshalled, water available
4SK 243839sudden.powder.rewardStanage Edge (descent down just before the plantation)Marshalled
5SK 235819backs.safety.rushFootpath / Church Bank road junctionMarshalled, water available
6SK 251817slows.popped.onceFiddler’s Elbow road crossing above Mitchell’s fieldMarshalled, where the path across Mitchell’s Field exits on to the road
7SK 247801crinkled.fashion.mentionsA6187 Road Crossing just below Surprise viewMarshalled with water. This is a few yards after crossing the road
8SK 251791intent.keyboards.beginBolehill Wood Pump HouseSelf Clip
9SK 285788reef.cult.stemTotley Moor TrigSelf Clip, no marshal
10SK 301799Totley AC pavilion

Race Day

This race is held under FRA Rules and runners must familiarize themselves with and comply with the FRA Requirements for Runners 2020 (the “Runners’ Rules”).

It has a distance of approximately 16 miles, 26 km with a total climb of around 1,290 metres and is therefore an FRA category A Long race.

FRA Best Practice Kit is mandatory  (Waterproof whole body cover (taped seams and attached hood) + hat + gloves + map + compass + whistle + emergency food).
Mandatory kit inspections will be performed on race day. A further check may be undertaken on completion of the race – anyone completing the race without the required kit will be disqualified and reported to the FRA.
Your race number must not be folded or cut down and, at the start, all checkpoints and the finish, must be clearly visible on your chest; failure to show your number at these points may lead to disqualification.
Entrants may not take dogs on the course
Some road crossings will be marshalled checkpoints but competitors are responsible for their own safety.

Retirement procedure
Runners wishing to retire from the race MUST inform Race Control and not just a marshal. They should either:

  • Report to a checkpoint and then return directly to the finish to report to race control
  • Report directly to race control at Totley AC Pavilion when retiring between checkpoints
  • Telephone the Race Control Organiser (see numbers available on race day)

General Race Instructions

This is a category “A” Long Fell race. In addition to having the mandatory equipment as stated above, it is essential that all competitors realise the seriousness of the undertaking. We have been very fortunate in recent years with the weather but do not take this for granted. You must visit all the checkpoints in the prescribed order, punching your race number at the last two checkpoints. The route you choose for the entire course is up to you – but do not climb over walls or fences. There is over 4,000 feet’ of climb throughout the length of the race. The route is not marked but is partially marshalled.

There are three water stations but you should not be relying on them, as you should be aiming to get round the course carrying your own provisions. Navigational skills are therefore essential and experience of fell running is also desirable. You are responsible for providing your own map. There are 6 road crossings on the route some of which can be quite busy. Only 2 of these are near marshalled checkpoints.

There will be warning signs for motorists but it is your responsibility to ensure you cross the road safely. Traffic will not be stopped for you.

There may be cattle and other livestock on sections of the course. Please treat them with respect, and caution, especially if there are cows with calves.


There will be a prize giving ceremony at the Cricket Inn. So head there for a well-deserved drink after your race. Prizes have been kindly donated by Katie Bell Physiotherapy & Wellness, DrinkWell UK and also The Cricket Inn. There will be top 3 male/female, 1st Totley runner, 1st Team (first 3 from same club) and prizes in the following age groups: 

  • 18-23
  • Senior 
  • V40
  • V50
  • V60
  • V70

There will also be a couple of spot prizes too. Thank you to MyRaceKit for printing and supplying our race numbers.


Postcode: S17 3AZ

From North

Leave M1 at Junction 33. Head towards Sheffield City Centre on A57, after Dual Carriageway becomes a 50 mph zone follow signs for Ring Road and Services. Turn left onto the Ring Road (A6102) . Follow the Ring Road for 4-5 miles until you come to the Meadowhead roundabout (clearly signed). Go straight across and get in the right hand lane, which turns right after about 100yds (signed for Castleton and Bakewell). At the bottom of the hill, at the roundabout, turn left. At the traffic lights (at Beauchief Hotel – now Christian Restaurant), turn left onto Abbeydale road which turns into Baslow road (A621). Follow this road until you get to Totley. Turn right after the Cross Scythes pub onto Hillfoot road and follow the road down to the Crown Inn. Turn left onto Penny Lane, the Cricket pub (S17 3AZ) is on the left before the playing field, and the Totley pavilion, where the race starts, is at the top of the playing field. Follow the Marshalls for parking directions.

Please do not park in the pub car park or in any coned-off areas or the lanes next to the Pavilion Penny Lane and Strawberry Lee Lane.

From South

Leave M1 at Junction 29 towards Chesterfield, follow A61 to Sheffield until the Meadowhead Roundabout, turn left, then into right hand lane and then as above.