Stanhope Trail Races Weekend – 6th and 7th March 2021

10k on Saturday 6th, Half and full Marathon on Sunday 7th

Entry Details:

  • Fees
    • 10k £ 20 (affiliated), £22 (non-affiliated)
    • Half Marathon £25 (affiliated), £27 (non-affiliated)
    • Marathon £30 (affiliated), £32 (non-affiliated)
  • Date: 6-7th March 2021 (10k 6th, Half and Marathon 7th)
  • Race distances and elevation
    • 10k (6.1 miles, 1200ft)
    • Half-marathon (13.4miles, 1687ft)
    • Marathon (30.5 miles, 3,148ft)
  • Mandatory kit: you will be required to wear clothing appropriate to the conditions on the day. The North Pennines can be chilly in summer, all of these events go onto the open moorland where it could be very cold.
    • All events:  foil blanket and mobile phone
    • Half and marathon:  an additional warm base layer, waterproof jacket, emergency snack, hat and gloves.
  • Prizes for 1st to 3rd Senior Male Female, and 1st place in V40-49, V50-59 and V60+

What you get:

  • Timing
  • Feed stations – water and sweets on the 10k, and more substantial snacks and drinks on the longer events.
  • Fully waymarked and marshalled route
  • Medical Cover provided by Rapid Reaction NE LTD
  • Hot food and drinks at the end of the race at the show ground.
  • Bespoke Eco medal for all finishers.

Wildflower Seeds

  • Venue: Stanhope Showground, Unthank Park, Stanhope, County Durham, DL13 2PQ.
  • Directions: located beside the B6278 road which leads to Eggleston and Teesdale. Access is good for visitors travelling from all directions as Stanhope is located on the cross-roads formed by the intersection of the B6278 and the A689 road.
  • Parking: Event parking will be in the show ground with additional parking areas within Stanhope town centre if needed.

Event Description

A weekend of trail running adventures that will take you away from the comfort of urban gravel tracks and into the heart of the glorious landscapes, nature and heritage that we have here in the North East of England. Something a little different and perfect for those wanting to progress from knocking out sanitised, fast and flat 10ks (don’t expect any personal bests here!). One of a serious of explorations of Weardale and the North Pennines, this will be a showcase of what we want to achieve at Greener Miles events in partnership with the North Pennines AONB: interesting, challenging races bringing wonderful memories and held as environmentally responsibly as possible.

All races start and finish in Stanhope, a delightful market town in the Durham Dales and the perfect location to launch your trail running adventures. The race routes take in The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and UNESCO Global Geopark: a stunning landscape of open heather moors, dramatic dales, tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods, close knit communities, glorious waterfalls, fantastic birds, colourful hay meadows, stone-built villages, intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial past and distinctive plants. The area has many distinctive geology and landscape features, significant archaeology and supports important biodiversity in a range of key habitats.

If you would like to learn more about why the North Pennines AONB is so special, you can do so here. https://www.northpennines.org.uk/. We are members of the North Pennines AONB Responsible Tourism Charter, which broadly means that when planning our events full consideration is given to the environment, conservation issues, the local economies, local landowners and obviously any impact we may have on wildlife.

The 10k and Half Marathon race routes start and finish in Stanhope Show Ground, heading across the footbridge into the village before climbing steeply through Ashes Quarry onto the moorland above. Once you have ascended the Quarry you will start to climb parallel to the famous Crawleyside Bank, decent terrain underfoot, but a challenge for your heart and lungs. The 10k route takes a sharp left and crosses the road to start descending down the Stanhope fell race route – this part is quite tricky and you will need to be nimble and fleet of foot. Then a short climb, followed by a long descent to reach some beautiful single-track woodland paths, passing a waterfall en route. Follow the burn back to the main road in Stanhope where you will be greeted with rapturous cheer! The Half Marathon continues with the climb but you are rewarded at the summit with Parkhead Station café, where we will have food and water to aid your recovery. From here you will cross the road and head off in search of the old winding station at Bolt’s Law – a tricky single trail to start with, but shortly opening onto a wide gravel track. Once you have passed the old winding station, look out for a left turn which will take you onto the open moorland and a small track used for access to shooting boxes. Follow the trail across the moors and eventually arrive at the foot of the Stanhope fell race route, then re-join the 10k, heading for home.

The marathon route heads in the opposite direction and follows the Weardale Way to Wolsingham – when you arrive, cross the road and start your climb up onto the fells of Wolsingham Moor to enjoy the views of Tunstall Reservoir and, later on, Waskerley Reservoir. Here you will join the Waskerley Way, a wide gravel footpath leading you to Parkhead Station cafe and some refreshments. Cross the road and pick up the Half Marathon route.

We are an eco-friendly company, and on that basis, we don’t use disposable plastic cups and don’t offer T shirts as standard – many go to waste after events. As with all of our races we will be collecting pre-loved running kit so that we can pass it all onto an up-cycling scheme which we are supporting. We are actively encouraging participants to give something back to the environment which is why your race goodies are a little bit different. We are including 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.

Note on potential changes due to Coronavirus: due to the current pandemic, the event may be subject to enhanced restrictions and guidelines, such as waved starts, online race briefings etc.  We will communicate these fully with you in due course. As with all of our events, should the event be cancelled due to COVID, you will be entitled to claim a refund as one of your options.

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