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.
Due to ongoing social distancing measures it is planned that the 2020 race will be a time trial event with competitors set off indiviually or in small groups.
This year the race will start & finish at the Waterworks. Registrations online only 2020. Over 12s. Entry £5 or £2 aged 16 & 17, U16 free. (Competant Under 12s may run with a parent guardian but only with RO prior permission.)
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.
2020 Race Route pdf
Race Route (2010-2019): 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.
The course is approx 7.5km and 400m height gain/loss.
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.