Tebay Fell Race

Tebay Fell Race. 13km/8.1 miles; 914m/2999’ AM category
Wednesday 28th June 2023, 19:00.
Registration opens 17:30. Entry on day, £6 cash. 200 entries available.

Pie and Peas (veggie option available), cake, beer available after, not included in entry fee. Showers available. All proceeds to local community groups, Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team and Helm Hill. For 2023, Tebay is a Medium counter in the Pete Bland Sports/Inov8 Lakes Grand Prix.

This is an ‘AM’ category race, run under the rules of the Fell Runners’ Association (FRA). FRA Requirements for Runners can be found here. Runners must be 18 or over on the day of the race.

The Tebay Fell Race hasn’t been run since 2019 and the local community are pleased to have it back on the calendar. One of the longer mid-week races, it hosted a round of the English Fell Running Championships in 2009 and 2017. It is classic Howgills terrain with plenty of good running on mostly runnable (if at points slightly boggy) grass, with some sections of path. The route is generally well defined, but in low visibility directional care will need to be taken in places. The race finishes with a haul up Blease Fell, in full view of the M6, before a long runnable descent back to Tebay.

The race route is fairly committing but not on the level of some Lakeland races. Whilst it is not suitable for your first fell race, in good weather conditions it may be suitable for those who have done a few shorter fell races and are looking to run a bit further, and are comfortable with the requirements of fell running.

The Golden Rule: Once you have registered you are in the race. If you retire/are timed out, you must report to the RO at the finish field. Failure to do so could result in us thinking you are still on the hill and instigating a search. Anyone not complying with this rule, or with the FRA Requirements for Runners, will be reported to the FRA.

Mandatory Kit 
Kit checks will be carried out at the start and end. As an AM race, all FRA Mandatory Kit must be carried:

  • Waterproof jacket (with hood) and trousers, both with taped seams
  • Gloves and Hat (buff will suffice)
  • Map showing the race route and possible exit routes (Pete Bland map available at registration for £5.50)
  • Whistle
  • Compass suitable for navigation on the fell
  • Emergency food.

If weather requires, a thermal layer and survival bag may be required to be carried. 

Car Parking

Car parking (£2, please bring correct change) at Tebay railway sidings, CA10 3XR. There will be signposts in the village. To avoid annoying the locals, you must park in the sidings and not on village roads. Please car share where possible. I don’t want to punish those who for family/job reasons can’t lift share, but if everyone comes in one-person cars it doesn’t look good for Fell Running’s environmental credentials and punitive charges may be considered in future. Tebay is unfortunately not good for public transport, unless you fancy jumping off as the west coast mainline passes.

Opens 17:30. In the Tebay Sports, Social and Railway club, Church Street, Tebay, CA10 3SP. 5 minutes from car park. Route taped. Showers available after race. Pie and drinks available after race (not included in entry fee)

Race Start/Finish
On the Mount Pleasant Football Field, 5 minutes from registration. Please gather at the start at 18:50 for a race briefing and kit check.

Race checkpoints
Pete Bland Sports Race maps will be available to buy at registration, £5.50 each.

Once you have registered you must report to the RO/finish marshalls at the Finish Field. 

Checkpoint #

Checkpoint name


Cut Off


Tebay Football Field


19:00 start


Rispa Pike - small cairn (474m)




Uldale Head - small cairn on lower summit (534m)




Linghaw - summit spot height (500m)




Blease Fell - summit spot height (473m)




Tebay Football Field



Cut-off at CP1 Rispa Pike: Return with CP marshalls to start/finish with marshals by foot.
Cut-off at CP3 Linghaw: With marshals, drop from Linghaw down to Carlingill beck and road at SD624005, and get lift with marshalls.
Cut offs are set to ensure marshall/runner safety, based on getting everyone home by 21:45 (sunset) at the very latest. They are based roughly on a doubling of the RO’s time from 2017 (1:21). If weather is good cut offs may extend slightly. In case of poor weather the RO reservesthe right to tighten cut-offs. This will be communicated at registration and the start.

Race Records 
Male Record: Simon Bailey, 2009, 01:09:44.
Female Record: Vic Wilkinson, 2017, 01:21:55.

Provided by Pete Bland Sports/Inov8 as part of the Lakes Grand Prix. Trophies provided by Tebay Sports and Social Club (main race trophies are kept in the Club; smaller trophies to keep may be available)


Prize giving will be at the Sports Club as close to 21:15 as possible.

Prizes: Top 3; top 2 U23, V40, V50, V60; 1st V70. 1st Team 

Junior Races 

Not available in 2023 as we get the race back up and running - Aim to have these back for 2024.

Race Organiser
Nicholas Barber, 07908115088, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 2 Woodside Close, Endmoor, Kendal, LA8 0HP.
Race organised on behalf of Tebay community with help from the Tebay Community, With help/support from Kirkby Stephen MRT and Helm Hill Runners members