The Mountain Race, as it is locally known, was first run in 1960 as part of the village show and every year since 1973 (except in 2001 when the show was cancelled due to the Foot & Mouth outbreak). It is a traditional village show fell race, basically one from the showground field to the highest local peak and back.
The 2021 race will revert to the standard post-2010 loop course with its traditional mass start at 1pm. Unfortunately the village show is again cancelled this year.
This year the main race will start & finish at St. Marys Church as ‘normal’. Entry £5. (Entrants over-15 on 31st December 2021)
(U18, U17 will run the main course £2. U15 & U13 will run shortened variants from the Waterworks below the village £1.)
The course is approx 7.4km and 380m height gain/loss.
Race Route (2020): 60th Anniversary Covid Classic. For the 2020 race it is proposed that the course will be run from the Waterworks as a straight up and down – a tribute to the Classic course. 5km 340m height gain/loss.
Race Route (2010-2019 then 2021 onwards): The decision was taken to move the descent route onto the northern spur creating a circular route to avoid fast descending runners meeting slower ones at the zig-zags.
Revised Route (2002-2009): With crops in the lower fields the route was diverted to the main track for the 2002 race. This also stopped the queues for the stiles. The route change added an additional 200m to the length of the race but removed the stiles.
Original Route (1960-2000): headed diagonally up the fields from the waterworks on the public footpath.