Gaddesby Gallop

What is the Gaddesby Gallop?

The Gallop is a 5 and a 1/4 mile cross country race held through Gaddesby, Barsby and Ashby Folville on a Saturday morning before Christmas.

It was first held in 2002 originally along a route devised by Jeff Bodycott and Dave Ford, but then challenge didn’t seem great enough so the course was slightly lengthened the following year and officially incorporated the infamous dew pond – through which 2002 winner John Collingham had led the first race. The route also incorporates a length of 4 foot diameter drainage pipe and a wade along a length of the Gaddesby Brook. The annual event lost trajectory and was then revived in 2011 by Lance Shaw and Jeff Bodycott.  Lance and Jeff intended for the race to be an annual event and have put together a trophy with the name of all the previous winners which takes pride of place in The Cheney Arms. After a short break during Covid-19 the Gaddesby Gallop is a huge pre-christmas event for the village and brings runners and their families from far and wide. With over 300 runners applying each year it’s a huge event for such a small village but Gaddesby residents get stuck in each year and volunteer their time. 

Past winners include Gemma Steel, now a member of the Great Britain Cross Country team, who held off Sally Newman in 2006 despite running with one stockinged foot having lost a shoe halfway round the course.

Here’s a short video to show you the ins and outs of the race and the incredible team who organise the event who get stuck in to ensure all our runners have an fun yet seamless experience. 

The Gaddesby Gallop Logo


  • Entry fee is £10 and all registrations are to be placed online only. Our Gallop Veterans are always keen to return so if you’re new to the race we recommend you enter as early as you can as spaces fill up fast. 
  • Number of places is limited to 300 persons to ensure the safety of everyone who participates. 
  • Your safety is paramount to us as we have a team of health and safety officers on hand for back up. A member of Melton Mowbray Police is always in attendance and a Medical specialist is on hand. 
  • We no longer allow the race to be run with dogs to ensure furry paws are kept safe and we kindly ask children don’t take part though if they wish to run alongside a parent or adult they can do so, we just cannot charge an entrance fee. 
  • Race starts at 11:30am in the field at the bottom of Chapel Lane and you collect your numbers from 9:30am from the Gaddesby Village Hall. 
  • You will be supplied with a number for the front and back of your top and this has a barcoded tag on the inside so your times can be recorded on an electronic detection system. 
  • If you are travelling from afar, car parking is available at the Village Hall but spaces are first come first serve. There is road parking available but we kindly ask you are respectful of our residents and do not block any driveways or access in and out of the village. 
  • We recommend you only bring the essentials with you but should you have bags you wish to place aside while you run we have a Bag Drop area designated in the Village Hall. A tearable slip is fixed to your running number so simply tear the bottom and add to your bag. A volunteer will then take this from you and store for your return. Please note the Gaddesby Gallop team nor the Gaddesby Village Hall will be held accountable for any items that go missing or damaged during this time. 
  • For more information or to stay in touch with the events goings-on, there is a dedicated Facebook page,
The Starting Line situated in the field at the bottom of Chapel Lane.