Well, Hello! If you’ve come this far, the chances are that you’re part of a team that has entered this year’s Relay Championship, or you’re a fell runner with a healthy interest in the event. Thanks for dropping by.
We’re proud to say that this is the first time a national fell running event has taken part on the wild, rugged terrain of the Derwent and Howden Moors. At the outset, we would like to say a very big ‘Thank You’ to Severn Trent Water and to the National Trust’s Peak District team for giving us permission and for placing their trust in us. This is an exceptionally sensitive landscape, rich in wildlife and delicate upland bogs. We’ve promised that we will leave it as we have found it, and that the event will leave no lasting footprint. Please respect this, and do not attempt to undertake detailed recces of the routes. We know that you would not want to do that anyway, as much of the fun lies in tackling them as you find them on the day. And ‘local’ clubs wouldn’t dream of trying to steal the march on their further-flung rivals, would they?
If you haven’t yet done so, please take the time to read the rest of this page. You will find detailed guidance on the race routes, information about how we will provide maps on the day, and details of how we will use colour-coordinated mapping and flagging to guide you safely along your route without straying onto sensitive or dangerous ground.
At the bottom of the page, you can also download full copies of the British Athletics race rules and guidelines that will govern the event.
Please note that the routes guidance on this page is just part of what you need to know if you are competing in the Relay Championship. There are many other important things, for example knowing how we would like you to travel to the event, how you will be driven from the car park to the Event Centre itself, how we have colour-coded your entry numbers, how to exchange your meal ticket for some food. The answers to all these questions, and many others, are contained in the detailed briefing document that we have posted on our ‘Master Plan’ page. If you have not yet downloaded and read these documents, please do so now by visiting the ‘Master Plan’ page.
Each competitor will receive a map with the course marked on for the leg they are running. The map being used for this year’s event has been prepared by Peel Land Surveys – those of you familiar with the Peak Raid series of races will have run on them before. An extract of the event map is shown below. Maps are 1:25,000 with 5m contours.
Harveys map extract for 2019 Relay ChampionshipMaps for legs one, two and four will be in the team ‘envelope’ that will be issued to the team captain at Registration. Maps for leg three (the navigation leg) will be issued to competitors approximately 500 metres from the start, just past the mass start area for leg one. Maps will be printed and sealed in a plastic bag, i.e. there is no need for you to bring any protection for your map.
The maps of legs one, two and four below are not the maps that you will be given on the day. We have posted these maps simply for indicative purposes, to help you to familiarise yourselves with your legs. Please do not use these maps on the day, as they do not show all the information you will need to run your leg. What they will do is show you where the checkpoints are on each leg, and where mandatory and safety routes and flagging will be.
Flagging of mandatory and safety routes
Access to and from the moors from the Event Centre crosses land where we have agreed to strict restrictions on access. Permission for the event is conditional on us sticking to agreed routes. Correspondingly, every race leg includes mandatory sections which you must follow. These are marked on the ground with RED flags approximately every 25 metres. There are some additional sections of routes on the fells which are also mandatory to steer you around sensitive wetlands. These are also marked with RED flags. All mandatory sections are marked with dashed lines on the maps below and will also be on your competition map. Please note that the mandatory dashed lines that appear on your actual on-the-day race map will be marked in purple.
Legs one, two and four also have “safety routes” marked both on the map and on the ground. These safety routes will be flagged approximately every 50 metres on the ground with YELLOW flags. These are marked with a yellow dashed line on the maps below and will also be on your competition map. You do not need to follow yellow flagged routes if you do not wish to. Please note that the safety dashed lines that appear on your actual on-the-day race map will be marked in gold/mustard.
Leg three – the navigation leg – also has mandatory RED sections which must be followed. It does not have any yellow safety sections. Competitors on leg three are free to choose whichever route they feel is best for them, with the exception of marked crossing points of boundaries such as walls or fences. Please note that your competitors will risk potential disqualification if they fail to respect these marked crossing points.
Please note that there are some points on the moors where sections of race legs will cross each other. This inevitably means that some flagged sections will also cross each other. Where it is possible, marshals may point you in the correct direction, or signs may direct you. But where there is an element of route choice, it is possible that you may come across flags not applicable to your leg. In all cases, it is your responsibility to navigate your chosen course and to select the correct flags to follow if that is your intention.
The Relay Championship is a senior event and is designed primarily for senior runners, but we also want to encourage future stars who are reaching the end of their journey as junior runners. To that end, we are delighted to confirm that relay legs one and four have been judged suitable for junior runners aged 16 or over. Runners who are under the age of 18 but aged 16 or over on the day of the Relay Championship will be eligible to run in legs one and four, (but not legs two or three).
Notes: dangers and first aid
- There are two first aid points at checkpoints marked on the map with a red +.
- Legs two and three cross a river which is usually about 30cm deep and easily crossed in dry weather. But when in spate, the same river has been known to be up to one metre deep, and to have a flow strong enough to wash people downstream. If such conditions are present on the day, leg two runners will be advised and will have the option of using the “safety route” if they wish. The safety route will use a nearby bridge. The race organiser reserves the right to make the safety route mandatory in truly extreme conditions.
- There are no other major obstacles or dangers in the area other than the usual bogs, rocks, tussocks, crags, steep slopes and dollops of sheep and grouse poo found in many fell races.
Leg one. Distance: 7.65 kilometres; climb: 360 metres; expected winning time: 40 minutes
Leg two. Distance: 12.3 kilometres; climb: 484 metres; expected winning time: 65 to 70 minutes
Leg three. Distance: 11.2 kilometres; climb: 520-570 metres; expected winning time: 70 to 75 minutes
Details of this leg will be released via a map to be given to the competitors on the day as the leg gets underway. Please see above.
Leg four. Distance: 7.85 kilometres; climb: 375 metres; expected winning time: 40 minutes
The Relay Championships are subject to rules and guidelines that have been agreed and published by British Athletics. Please note that all runners must be fully paid-up members of the club they run for, and must wear club vests when competing. Failure to wear a club vest will normally result in disqualification of the whole team. The full rules and guidelines are available for download here:
- Download British Athletics rules and guidelines in Word format
- Download British Athletics rules and guidelines in PDF format