This weekend...

Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Fri 20 May '11

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If your legs are up to it, it appears that the Old Counties Tops race is still open for entries this Saturday (cant see a closed anywhere!) – so, just 37 miles and 10,000ft of climbing to be considered!

Held in May, The Old County Tops Fell Race is a 37 mile/10,000ft. event (distance and climb dependant on whether you go the right or wrong way). The Race starts in Great Langdale and takes in the tops of Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Coniston after which the survivors are fed and watered.

There is a current start list here


Rigg End in Langdale

Another race taking in some mountain beasts is the Carneddau in north Wales. With Carnedd Dafydd, Llewellyn and Yr Elen to negotiate those of you who know the area will testify to it being a super-tough event.

Carneddau Checkpoints
Start : Road Junction (633662)
CP 1 : Summit of Carnedd Dafydd (663630)
CP 2 : Summit of Carnedd Llewellyn (683644)
CP 3 : Summit of Yr Elen (673651)
CP 4 : Sheepfold (658669)
CP 5 : Summit of Gyrn Wigau (654675)
Finish: Just above cottages at Tan y Foel (630672)

Runners can register at George Inn, Bethesda (GR 625672). Entry fee £4 on day only. (Over 18). Any probs contact Ross Powell 01286 881491, Email

Other races this weekend are the lovely Glaramara race in Borrowdale on Sunday, and the short-sharp New Dungeon Ghyll tomorrow.


Up in Scotland it’s a long-weekend. In that I mean long distance. Tomorrow (21 May) the Slioch Horseshoe race covers 20km of hill and trails in the Kinlochewe area, and on the same day the mammoth Cateran Trail Ultramarathon goes ahead. Covering 55 miles this one also counts 2 points towards the UTMB.

As usual all of the info on the above is online at the WFRA, FRA and the SHR sites.

Have a good one!


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  1. theNoor May 21, 07:08 PM

    New Dungeon Ghyll Race won by Rob Jebb. Old County Tops race won by the Ambleside AC pairing of Dan Duxbury and Gary Thorpe in 7 hr 5 min. Well done boys!

  2. theNoor May 21, 07:23 PM

    Carneddau Race won by Richard Roberts (Eryri) with Hugh O’Donnell (Ambleside AC) 2nd, nine minutes behind.

  3. spartan300 May 23, 03:00 AM

    The race would be so tired but I guess it was full of fun and very enjoyable…to the winners I’d like to congratulate you all for the good job done..

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