This event was first run in 2017 and is a 7.2km challenging Category A fell race in stunning White Peak countryside run under FRA (Fell Running Association) rules. The 2021 event sees the addition of two shorter junior national championship races. Net event proceeds will go to local charities including Ilam School who help support the event with refreshments and marshals as well as the National Trust to assist in maintaining the beautiful and extremely popular Dovedale area.
All the race routes are in and around the Ilam and Dovedale area - see the 2021 provisional route map below - and the race starts are 5 minutes walk from registration. The main 7.2km race route initially climbs steeply up Bunster Hill before descending into the Dovedale valley. The run then follows the picturesque River Dove for a short tarmac section before crossing the iconic stepping stones followed by a steep and unrelenting climb up to the summit of Flagpole Hill. After a short ridge run the race ascends the limestone hill known as Thorpe Cloud before another long descent and a fast finish across the fields by the Izaak Walton Hotel back to the finish at Ilam Hall.
Race distances/ascent: Junior races 0.9km/25m (for U9's); 1.95km/90m (a combined race for U11's & 13's); 4.7km/215m (a combined race for U15's & 17's; Senior race 7.2km/350m (for U19's & Seniors).
Race start times: Juniors 11.00am (0.9km); 11.45am (1.9km) and 12.45pm (4.7km). Senior race 2.00pm. Races will start promptly so please ensure you are at the start 15 minutes before race time! The 0.9km race is a 5 minute walk from registration; the three other routes are a 10 minute walk from registration through Ilam village.
Entry cost for 2021: Junior races £5. Main race £12 (less £2 discount for FRA members).
Event entry will be pre-entry only via Si Entries - use the link above; online entries are now closed. There are a very limited number of entries on the day but it is absolutely essential that you contact Alison Wainwright (email@example.com) beforehand to check. Please don't travel or turn up at the event without contacting us first!!
Registration will be at Ilam Hall, Ashbourne DE6 2AZ and opens at 9.45am.
Event parking: there will be dedicated event parking at Ilam Hall.
Please follow event signs on the day - parking cost is £3.50 for 4 hours
or £5 all day (pay cash at the P&D machine); NT members park free but
don't forget your NT membership card to scan at the P&D machine.
Sportident timing will be used - dibbers and race numbers will be issued
at registration NB NO DIBBER OR RACE NUMBER = NO START/TIMING
and automatic disqualification!!
Equipment - In the event of poor/wet weather we may insist on a waterproof jacket as mandatory kit, please come prepared.
A local weather forecast will be displayed at event registration.
Event results will be available online shortly after the event on this page and all junior age categories i.e. U9, U11, U13, U15, U17, U19 will be clearly identifiable for championship purposes. There will be a post-race prize giving for each race AFTER THE SENIOR race. Hot and cold drinks and home made cake will be supplied at the finish.
Age categories and distance limits.
Under FRA rules the ages allowable in this years races are as follows, these being based on ages as at 31/12/21.
0.9km race - ages 6 (from date of 6th birthday), 7 or 8 as at 31/12/21.
1.9km race - ages 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 as at 31/12/21.
4.7km race - ages 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16 as at 31/12/21.
7.2km race - minimum age 16, 17 or 18 as at 31/12/21 .
All runners under the age of 18 on the day of the event will need to provide a signed FRA parental consent form and this will need to be completed online at the time of entry.
Before coming please ensure you read all the FRA rules and requirements for runners - click here
For any pre-race enquiries please contact the organiser Alison Wainwright: 07760 558031 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Results now available for the 12th September Ilam Fell Race - see below
Thank you all for participating!