Pennine Journey North

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Take on this incredible challenge to run either 50 or 100 miles. Set in the rural Pennines, there will be plenty of opportunities to witness the stunning landscapes England has to offer. Some views will undoubtedly have you pausing to take it all in.
100 Mile and 50 Mile
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Sat, 30 Apr 2022 - Sun, 1 May 2022
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Consett, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Blanchland Village Hall, Clap Shaw, Consett DH8, UK
Start times
Sat, 30 Apr 2022
100 Mile:
Sun, 1 May 2022
50 Mile:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Pennine Journey North
£140.00 - £172.00
£70.00 - £102.00
Route information
The 100-mile Ultramarathon starts at the medieval village of Blanchland.
From the ruins of Thirlwall Castle, near Greenhead, the route heads south, initially along the River South Tyne to Alston, before climbing over the shoulder of Cross Fell.
A special aspect of this route is when you reach Alfred Wainwright’s beloved Lakeland Fells, which is the highest point in England.
The 50-mile course starts at the market town of Alston and follows the same route as the 100 back to Blanchland.
Race support will be provided at approximately every 10-12 miles.
The will be permanently way-marked with signs and arrows. Participants are expected to be able to use a map and compass.
What's included
  • Bespoke Eco Finisher's Medal
  • Event Trackers
  • Feed stations
  • Medical Cover
  • A hot meal/cakes and drinks at the end
  • Mixed wildflower seeds
  • Parking
  • Camping available on the Friday night (extra cost)
How to get there
Blanchland Village Hall, Clap Shaw, Consett DH8, UK
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Coach from Blanchland camping to Alston start
There is an option for those taking part in the 50 mile, to take the coach from Blanchland camping to the start point at Alston. This service will cost a small fee of £5. To reserve a space on the coach, please select the appropriate ticket at the checkout.
Event parking will be at the village hall with additional parking areas within the public car parks along the street.
Event day logistics
09:00 100 Mile race starts
06:00 50 Mile race starts
21:00 Event cut-off time
*Please arrive with plenty of time to park, register and warm up.
Age Requirements
Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this event.
Cut-off Times
  • 100 Miles - 36 hours
  • 50 Miles - 15 hours
There is the option to camp on the Friday night at Blanchland. Runners of the 100 mile race will camp on Friday night and 50 mile runners will camp on the Saturday night.
It will cost £10 per tent/campervan. If you wish to camp the night before your race, please select the appropriate ticket at the checkout.
Entrants are expected to be able to use a map and compass. They are also expected to have some hill experience.
In efforts to be an eco-friendly, this event will not use disposable plastic cups or offer t-shirts as a standard (since they usually go to waste).
Greener Miles Running also provide a packet of mixed wildflower seeds for you to plant which will encourage bees and other pollinators to visit your garden and are great for the environment.
Feed Stations
There will approximately 8 checkpoints throughout the route, providing a variety of Ultra sustenance. Indoor checkpoints will have hot food/drinks.
Bag Drop
100 mile runners will have two bag drops, and the 50 mile runners will have one.
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Greener Miles Running
We are an environmentally friendly trail running event company based in the North East of England. We are bringing some of the best racing formats from other adventure sports to the running community, and in some of the most beautiful and dramatic places in the UK, ranging from 10k head torch races in local woodland all the way up to ultra-marathon distance events on the fells and mountains of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
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Kit List
There will be a mandatory kit list for both distances, and we will issue this as part of the race communications at a later date.
Where is the start point for the 50 mile race of the Pennine Journey North?
The start location for the 50 mile race is the market town of Alston.
How much is it to camp the night before the Pennine Journey North?
Camping the night before the race will cost £10 per tent/camper van.
Will there be parking at the Pennine Journey North?
Event parking will be at the village hall with additional parking areas within the public car parks along the street.
1 reviews
Did the race in 2022
The course is mostly unrunable eg boggy moorland, steep fells. The 104 mile route was 113.7 miles so that was a blow. The checkpoints were well stocked and the volunteers were REALLY freindly and helpful. Just a shame there were not moor runners to make it better (there were only 9 finishers).
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