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 race starts 1pm with registration from 11am-12.30pm in the churchyard. Registrations on day only. Over 16s. Entry £5.
Race Route (2020): 60th Anniversary Classic. For the 2020 race it is proposed that a mixture of the pre-2002 & 2009 courses will be run (with extra safety measures on the zig-zags).
Hence the race should be back to the classic 4-mile summit & back course (with only a slight detour on the ascent).
Race Route (2010-2019): A safety concern from the 2002 route was with zig-zags section with high-speed front runners hurtling through lower speed backmarkers. Hence the decision was taken to move the descent route onto the northern spur creating a circular route.
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.
Original Route (1973-2000): headed diagonally up the fields from the waterworks on the public footpath.