Askham Fell Race 2010

 

11 AM Saturday 3rd April 2010, 8.5 miles, 1800ft ascent.

 

Registration from 9.30 AM, Askham Village Hall (GR 513237).

 

Pre-entry via web site £5, entry on day (if space) £6

 

Soup, tea and cake after the race in the Village Hall included in entry fee.

 

All proceeds will be donated to Lowther Endowed Pre-School.

 

 

2010 RESULTS

 

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via Fabian4 online entries from 1st Feb 2010.

Online entries close on 1st April 2010, or sooner if entry limit of 100 is reached.

 

Car parking is very limited, so please share lifts if you can. Please park as directed and take care not to obstruct access. Please do not park directly in front of either shop, or in residents parking areas. If the Village Hall car park is full, there is further parking opposite the Church at the lower end of the village (near the River Lowther).

 

All competitors must wear appropriate footwear and carry full body windproof cover, compass, whistle and map of the route. There will be mandatory kit checks at registration and spot checks at the finish. Bring your kit to registration (no kit=no number).

 

This is lambing time, so ABSOLUTELY NO DOGS in the race (no exceptions, no matter how well behaved you think your dog is). Spectators are asked to keep all dogs on leads at all times and clean up after your dog in and around the village (again, no exceptions!). Any dogs causing any problem will mean the race will not take place in future. Don’t ruin it for everyone else.

 

Route

The race starts in the centre of the village outside the “Toy Works” Village Shop (GR 512236). There are compulsory check points at Swarthbeck (GR 453208), the summit of Arthurs Pike (GR 460206) and Heughscar Hill (GR 487230). Runners are required to descend Arthurs Pike by the main path to Aik Beck (GR 473220), rather than taking a direct line cross country, in order to avoid damage to the heather (this way is quicker in any case). It is possible to cut the corner to avoid “the Cockpit”, which saves a few seconds. The race finishes at the top of the fell road above the village (GR 507235, 5 minutes walk back to the Village Hall).

 

The first 600 metres are on tarmac, the rest of the route is on the open fell. Most of the route is fast running on good tracks. The exception is the ascent of Arthurs Pike from Swarthbeck, which is a steep and rough climb, not suitable for novices or road running shoes. If you doubt your ability, experience or equipment, don’t enter.

 

 

Askham and area

Askham is a beautiful Cumbrian village in the Lowther valley, just inside the Lake District national park. This is a quiet and relatively unspoilt corner of the Lakes and worthy of further exploration if you have the time. Take a drive down to Haweswater, go for a walk at Lowther Castle, or simply enjoy a pint in the pub!

 

There are two good pubs in Askham, both serve food. The Queens Head is obvious very near the race start. The Punchbowl is 100m or so down the hill. There are also two village shops, Askham Stores and Toy Works (which includes the Post Office), where you can by food and other essentials. Askham Stores also acts as a small café and sells sandwiches.

 

Any questions? Contact nigel.thomas@ncl.ac.uk