The Mountain Race, as it is locally known, was first run in 1960 as part of the village show and every year since 1973 (excluding 2001 foot & mouth). It is a traditional village show fell race, one from the showground to the highest local peak and back.
See race info sheet for further details.
The course is approx 7.4km and 380m height gain/loss.
Race Route (2020): 60th Anniversary Covid Classic. For the 2020 race the course ran from the Waterworks straight up & down in time trial format (covid) – 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.