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Sunday 27th December 2020 – Race cancelled due to coronavirus

Results 2019 here

12 pm start
Cat AS 3.14 km/2.1 m
Climb 405m/1329ft

Entry £5 on the day

This race starts at the bottom of Stock Ghyll lane (behind the Salutation Hotel) GR 337044 and finishes slightly further up the road than this at the layby of the old Kelsick school. An out-and-back route, this race starts with an unforgiving short, sharp ascent of Stock Ghyll Lane (which is actually a tarmacked road) to the fell gate/ stile. A runnable section to a 2nd gate leads on to a thigh burning section of steep stone steps which head directly upwards. A short section of open fell follows, over rough grass and onwards to the rocky summit. This is the only check point and although runners can take their own preferred route, most competitors ascend to the right of the summit, descending down the left or northern side, crossing back onto the main path near the bottom, creating a circular route.

Although short and sweet this race should not be underestimated. The route is very steep and extremely rough underfoot. Slippery, wet conditions can make the descent treacherous and if the mist is down the ability to navigate is essential. Please also be aware that the road section at the beginning and end will not be closed to cars although it will be marshalled. Runners must take great caution especially when descending at speed and negotiating blind corners.

Please bring your full FRA kit to registration with you. Kit will be checked before registration. No kit; no race. It should also go without saying that rudeness regarding kit to the RO or any volunteers checking kit is unacceptable.

Please note that Ambleside AC do not allow the use of certain GPS functions for navigation in their races, in line with FRA rules.

Please read the FRA safety requirements here before you enter.

Entry is £5 and includes refreshments at the end.

Registration at Ambleside rugby club between 10am -11.40am NO ENTRIES AFTER THIS POINT! There is a 10 min walk to the start behind the Salutation hotel in the town centre. A final head count and random kit check will take place there.

Prize giving in the rugby club approximately 1.45pm.

Toilets and showers are available at the Rugby club.

Parking – please do not park at the Rugby Club and when parking locally, please be considerate.


This race will be cancelled if the organiser considers conditions to be too dangerous for the summit marshals / competitors. Road closure due to snow or floods may also necessitate a cancellation or postponement of the race (as has been done in the past). Notices will be put on the Ambleside AC website before 9am on the day of the race if it is cancelled. Please check before driving.
Race organiser: Michelle Foxwell 07956 040211

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