Great Whernside – Here We Go Again

Sun 24th October 2021 11.00 am

4 Miles 1558ft : AS    ( 6.2k  460m )

A repeat of our normal September race from Scabbate Gate, Kettlewell but with the addition of a full set of junior races.  All races are open.  Varying distances along the main path  up to the cairn on  Great Whernside. This race was also used in 2017 as the FRA Junior Uphill Championship race, so some juniors may have previously completed the uphill part of the route.  Now they can try running back down also.

Incorporating Yorkshire Junior Fell Running Championships – 2021

Championship Awards;
Championship Gold, Silver & Bronze medals to first 3 male & first 3 female in U13, U15,
U17 & U19 age categories. Ages for all categories are as at 31st December 2021.
Qualification for the Yorkshire County Championships
– by birth
– or residence for 9 months in the County.
– An athlete can only compete in Championships for one County only during the season

Sorry folks due to FRA competition rules no championship medals can be awarded in
the U9 & U11 age categories, but, prizes will be awarded to the first 3 boys & first 3 girls
who have Yorkshire qualification.

Contact – Yorkshire Fells Championship Co-ordinators, Inter County Championship Team
Selectors & Team Managers: Eileen & David Woodhead B.E.M. Tel: 01535 669100.
For updated information see;

The Yorkshire Junior Fell Running Championship is sponsored by ‘Byram Construction Ltd

Entries:  You will be able to pre-register for these races on the Wharfedale website from the beginning of October, which will save you time on the day as you will then simply pay and collect your number.  Alternatetively you will still be able to enter on the day if you forget to pre-register.


All races start in the field at the bottom of the fell where Scabbate Gate lane crosses Dowber Gill Beck. The initial ascent is on grass following track and path through the fields  uphill to the cottage at Hag Dyke.  Thence through the gate to the fell and the terrain changes dramatically. First a rocky scramble over rough ground, followed by a short stretch of peat and bog with then a final steep ascent over rocky ground to the cairn.


U9’s : 0.7k – 40m

U11’s : 1.0k – 80m

U13’s : 1.8k – 130m

U15’s : 2.8k -180m

U17’s : 4k – 270m

U19/Seniors – 6.2k – 460m

All Routes

Races start at 11 am.

Registration from 9.30 am

Registration will be in the start field which is about 600m from the car park, so allow 10 minutes or so to walk.  Registration for each race will close 10 minutes before the start times shown below.

 Parking and Registration

A field for parking has been arranged, on the road back out to Conistone, just past the Kettlewell campsite.  Please use the car park we have provided, do not park on the road in the village and leave the village car park for visitors.  From the car park field its about 0.4 mile to the start so allow 10 minutes or so to walk.   There will be toilets in the parking field and at the start line.   Please do not park on the campsite or use their facilities.  See adjacent map for details and route to start field.

Parking will be available from 9 am,  Cost will be £3 per car, to cover parking and toilets.

Races U9,U11,U13,U15,U17,U19/Seniors


First race will be U9’s at 11 am.  The races will then proceed in age order with each race starting when all runners from previous race have been accounted for.  Seniors will set off at the same time as the U19’s but not before 1 pm.   Presentation for all races will take place after the U19/Senior race.

The earliest each race will start is:

U9 – 11.00 am,  U11 – 11.10am,  U13 – 11.25am,  U15 – 11.50am,  U17 – 12.20pm,  U19 /Seniors – 1.00pm



Juniors £2
Seniors £5

Kit Requirements

All runners MUST bring and be prepared to carry a waterproof jacket, hat and gloves. It must have taped seams and a permanent attached hood.  If yours is not waterproof and the weather on the day requires you to have a waterproof one, you will not be allowed to run.  The “florries” that many runners use for night running are NOT waterproof and therefore do not count as such. 

U17, U19 and seniors MUST also bring waterproof trousers as they may be required to carry these.. 

A final decision on kit requirements will be made on the day.


Race Contact

Su Thompson 07739100389



These are the results from the uphill only version of these races.