Tour de Helvellyn

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TdeH which has fast become a classic winter mountain run, traditionally run on the shortest Saturday in December. The route starts at Askham and runs around Helvellyn, mainly on mountain trails and bridleways, but climbing to a height of nearly 600m, and a distance of around 38 miles. A winter run of this type is tough and requires good navigational skills, experience and self reliance. The event is 'low key' with minimal support and all participants will need to be suitably experienced and equipped. Individual support teams, pacing or 'crew' are not allowed
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Where and when
Unnamed Road, Penrith CA10 3EP, UK
Start times
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
Races summary
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Route information
The route is the original; a tough circuit around Helvellyn starting and finishing at Askham on the edge of the Lakes. The distance is 38 miles with around 2000m of ascent and descent. The terrain is tough mountain trails and so fell running and navigational skills are essential. Entries are limited and strictly limited to experienced and competent entrants. This is not an event for novice trail runners…!


  • All of the route follows footpaths, bridleways or minor lanes in a logical sequence around Helvellyn, but it is unmarked and you need to navigate.  No route description is issued; as competent navigators you won’t need one!
  • Start and finish at Askham Community Centre (513 237).
  • CP1 Martindale Church (435 191)
  • CP2 Side Farm (398 162) opens at 9.30am – closes at 11.45am.
  • CP3 Swart Beck Footbridge (359 179).
  • CP4 Stannah Beck footpath / Bridleway junction / finger post (321 189)
  • CP5 Swirls car park (317 168)
  • CP6 Birkside Ghyll (326 124).
  • CP7 Side Farm (398 162)  cut off 4:30pm,
  • CP8 Martindale Church (435 191)
  • Finish at Askham Community Centre (513 237)
What's included
  • There is a limit of c.200 starters on this event. (Entry limit is set to accept 225 to allow an extra 10% for withdrawals, so if you are number 207, or such, do not panic!).
  • **Registration

    Friday Evening – Registration is open in Askham CC  between 8pm and 10pm only.
    Saturday Morning – Registration is open from 6.00am – until 9:00am.
How to get there
Unnamed Road, Penrith CA10 3EP, UK
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Kit List
Kit List – Your kit will be checked on the start line.
  • Waterproof Jacket with hood, waterproof over trousers.
  • Long sleeved thermal ‘base layer’ shirt, plus an additional long sleeved micro-fleece mid-layer.
  • A third additional ’emergency’, retirement layer, such as a primaloft gilet or jacket, is very strongly recommended.
  • Warm hat and gloves/mitts
  • Long thermal leg wear.  Shorts may be worn if conditions and personal preference allow – but long leg wear must be carried, and in addition to over trousers.
  • Headtorch – even for the fastest, even if it is just a small emergency light.
  • Food / drink – and plenty of it!   Two Controls will provide savoury ‘nibbles’ to supplement your own food*
  • Compass, whistle, SURVIVAL BAG and emergency food.
  • First Aid Kit – Minimum of one 5x5cm wound dressing and a roll of tape or bandage.
  • A map suitable to navigate you around the route – it’s your choice. A GPS or SATMAP is not a map and not acceptable.
  • Mug and/or drinks bottle
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