Great Whernside – Spring Edition

Sun 15th May 2022 11.00 am

4 Miles 1558ft : AS    ( 6.2k  460m )

Incorporating FRA Junior Championship and FRA Junior Inter Counties Races

A repeat of our normal September race from Scabbate Gate, Kettlewell but with the addition of a full set of junior races which are part of the 2022 FRA Junior Championship .  All races are open.  Varying distances along the main path  up to the cairn on  Great Whernside. The courses are similar to those used for the 2021 Yorkshire Junior Championship with minor modifications.

Entries:  You can now Pre-Register for these races via this link.   This will save you time on the day as you will then simply pay and collect your number.  Alternatively 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.

Note for courses.

U9 and U11 should follow flagged route up and down.

U13 and U15 should follow flagged route up, may choose their own route when descending.

U17 and U19/Seniors, flags are for guidance, and may choose alternate route ascending and descending


U19/Seniors – 6.2k – 460m

Notes for routes.

U9 and U11 should follow flagged route up and down.

U13 and U15 should follow flagged route up, they may choose their own route when descending.  There are several steeper shortcuts that will be taped off for the younger runners, but will be removed for their race if they wish to take them.

We have added a small loop at the U13 turn, they will veer left of the track to a large gate then turn right down the wall and come back through the small gate.

U15 and above can just go straight ahead through the small gate at this point.

When the U15’s are ascending, there is second very narrow snicket gate, they must go through the gap in the wall just to the left to avoid any runners that might be returning

U17 and U19/Seniors, flags are for guidance, and may choose alternate route ascending and descending

All Routes

Races start at 11 am.

Parking and Registration

Parking is on the right just as you come over the bridge into Kettlewell and will be £3 for the day. There are public toilets in the village just near the car park.  There will also be toilets adjacent to the start.

Registration from 9.30 am

Registration will be in the start field which is about 1000m from the car park, so allow 15 minutes or so to walk.  Registration for each race will close 10 minutes before the start times shown below.


Teas, coffees and cakes will be on sale near registration throughout the day, all proceeds to raise money for Unseen. Unseen is a charity committed to working towards a world without slavery. This fund raising is part of a fundraiser by one of our former juniors, Emily Jones, to raise money for Unseen through a trek in the Balkans this September.  Cash only.



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



Please pre- register your details using our online form as this will greatly assist with registration and results on the day.  Please bring correct change.

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

Chris Jones 07753 799386




Junior Results

Senior Results


Junior Results

Senior Results


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