Courses

Course Details

No recces are permitted on leg 1 or the fields that access legs 3/4 as the fells are accessed via private land and we do not want to jeopardise the event.  All courses (apart from Leg 2) will be flagged.  If anyone is caught reccying these areas your team could be disqualified from the event.

You will be racing over rough ground with a mix of tussocks, bogs, rocks and other assorted hazards, including river crossings. Some of the hillsides are extremely steep and the descents can be treacherous.  Please note, the courses cover remote terrain and many of the Quad-bike tracks on the hill are not shown on the maps.

Navigators on Leg 2 should choose their route carefully.

Maps and leg information

The 2021 event maps have been prepared especially by Harveys on weatherproof paper.

The ‘team envelope’ issued to the team captain at Registration will include:

1x Leg 1 A4 map (1:15,000) showing the flagged race route

1x Leg 3 A4 map (1:25,000) showing the flagged race route

1x Leg 4 A4 map (1:15,000) showing the flagged race route

For Leg 2, the navigation leg, each competitor will be given an A4 map (1:25,000) approximately 300-400 metres from the start 

Flagging of mandatory and safety routes

Access to and from the fells from the Event Field crosses land we only have permission to use if we stick to agreed routes.  Follow the flagged routes - NO race lines/short cuts.

If you fail to follow the flagged course on legs 1, 3 or 4 your team can be disqualified.

Start, Finish and changeover  

All Legs start from the holding pen in Event Field. Please ensure you are there in good time to have your kit checked. There is space to warm up in the pen and toilets for the nervous!

Once you are in the holding pen you are ‘live’ in the race and must not pass back out this area.

If having registered you withdraw from the race for any reason you must report to the download tent to report your retirement from the race.

You will only be allowed to enter the start pen from the holding pen by marshalls when your previous leg runner is approaching the finish (think 100m away)

When finishing a leg the approach is TAG…..DIB….DOWNLOAD.  

You must clear the finish area quickly….friendly ‘prompts’ (a cattle prod) will be provided by marshalls if needed.

There will be a separate lane for leg 4 runners to prevent fastest dibber winning!

Outgoing runners must physically tag the incoming runner to start their leg.

We recommend you familiarise yourself with the start/finish area before you are ready to start your leg.

Race Start - Changeover 

All Legs enter the field through the southern Race Gate, with the compulsory Checkpoint

At the handover point incoming runners must TAG….then DIB…..then DOWNLOAD

Leg 4 is a racing finish to the line and a separate finish funnel/lane

Note, the Leg 1 mass start uses the Race Gate at the north end of the Event Field.

Leg 1 - 5.9km 430m

Follow the flagged route for the whole course - NO race lines or short cuts.

The route heads north from the event field onto Fairmile Road (road closure for the event).  It follows this road west under the M6 motorway and then takes a farm track beside Borrow Beck, taking runners under the A685 Tebay Road.  Do not cross the road.

The route then heads south, initially on a track and then rough ground, across private land to the fell.  As the route climbs up to Birk Knott, it goes around the end of a two-strand barbed wire fence, next to a wall.  Only cross at the designated location.

From Birk Knott the route follows a wall along the defined ridge to Little Coum.  CAUTION: the eastern side of Little Coum is steep and the trod is narrow in places - take care, especially in bad weather!  As the ground levels at the top, the route turns south east to Checkpoint 1 at a cairn.

From Checkpoint 1, the route follows the ridge north down to a small stream crossing and then up to the north-west to follow a rising ramp-line over the shoulder and down to cross the two-strand barbed wire fence again, which is Checkpoint 2.  Only cross at the designated location.

From Checkpoint 2, the route reverses the outward route under the A685 (do not cross the road) and the M6 to Low Borrow Bridge farm buildings, where it then follows Fairmile Road south.

At the race entrance gate to the Event Field there is a compulsory ‘live’ Checkpoint to alert the changeover of your approach - DIB THIS CHECKPOINT!  Failure to dib this checkpoint will result in a penalty or disqualification.

At the finish incoming runners TAG outgoing runners...then DIB...then DOWNLOAD

In the event of bad weather, competitors will be given an alternative course at Race Registration.

Leg 2 - Navigation - 10km 700m

Follow the flagged route from the event field and after approximately 350-400m COLLECT MAPS - 1 map per runner.

Follow flags to the crossing point and both runners must visit Checkpoints in numerical order.

Both runners MUST stay together (within 20m) at all times.  Runners must be together at checkpoints before dibbing.  Failure to comply will result in disqualification.  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Once you reach the final checkpoint, follow the flagged route - NO race lines or short cuts on the flagged sections back down to the field gate.  

Runners must follow the flagged route to the event field and take care crossing Salterwath bridge (other runners!).

At the race entrance gate to the Event Field there is a compulsory ‘live’ Checkpoint to alert the changeover of your approach - DIB THIS CHECKPOINT!  Failure to dib this checkpoint will result in a penalty or disqualification.

At the finish incoming runners TAG outgoing runners...then DIB...then DOWNLOAD

In the event of bad weather, competitors will be given an alternative course at Race Registration. 

Leg 3 - 10.3km 940m

Follow the flagged route for the whole course - NO race lines or short cuts - Visit all Checkpoints in numerical order (1-5).

Follow the route from the event field south onto Fairmile Road.  After approximately 370m, turn left into a field.  Follow the flagged route across the fields to the field gate.

The route heads south-east up rough fell towards Checkpoint 1 at a cairn on the top of Blease Fell.  The route turns to the north-east and follows a quad-bike track to the top of Grains Gill. A quad-bike track is then followed east and then south-east, past the top of Weasel Gill, over the top of Uldale Head.  Checkpoint 2 is located on the southern spur at the south-eastern end of the Uldale Head ridge.

Follow the ridge south-west (follow flags!) down to Carlingill Beck to Checkpoint 3, cross the stream - take care - and head in a southerly direction up the hill to Linghaw - Checkpoint 4.  From here, turn and follow the north-western ridge down and cross Carlingill Beck at the river junction with Weasel Gill.  Take care at this river crossing.

Once across the river, head north and then north-west up to Checkpoint 5 - Blease Fell summit.  Continue over the summit in a north-westerly direction and follow the flagged descent down to the fields.

Runners must follow the flagged route to the event field and take care crossing Salterwath bridge (other runners!).

At the race entrance gate to the Event Field there is a compulsory ‘live’ Checkpoint to alert the changeover of your approach - DIB THIS CHECKPOINT!  Failure to dib this checkpoint will result in a penalty or disqualification.

At the finish incoming runners TAG outgoing runners...then DIB...then DOWNLOAD

In the event of bad weather, competitors will be given an alternative course at Race Registration.

Leg 4 

Follow the flagged route for the whole course - NO race lines or short cuts - Visit the Checkpoints in numerical order (1-2).

Follow the route from the event field south onto Fairmile Road.  After approximately 370m, turn left into a field.  Follow the flagged route across the fields to the field gate.

The route crosses Cleugh Gill - take care - and heads east then north-east up rough fell to a saddle.  It then heads east to a stream junction on Tebay Gill and continues east up to Checkpoint 1 at the cairn on Hare Shaw.  From here it turns south and follows the broad ridge.  At the vague saddle the route turns south-west to head up to Checkpoint 2 - Blease Fell.  The route turns to the north-west and follows the flagged descent down to the fields. 

Runners must follow the flagged route to the event field and take care crossing Salterwath bridge (other runners!).

At the race entrance gate to the Event Field there is a compulsory ‘live’ Checkpoint to alert the changeover of your approach - DIB THIS CHECKPOINT!  Failure to dib this checkpoint will result in a penalty or disqualification.

At the finish runners must race to the line at the end of the leg 4 finish funnel/lane and then stay in order to dib and download.

In the event of bad weather, competitors will be given an alternative course at Race Registration.