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Wansfell Uphill only Time Trial

Wansfell Uphill only Time Trial

Prizes kindly donated by Alpkit

  • Date & Time: Friday 23rd July 2021 starting from 18.00
  • Category: AS
  • Distance: 2.0k
  • Climb: 400m
  • Skills & Experience: n/a
  • Venue: St Johns Ambulance Hall, Stock Ghyll Lane, Ambleside
  • Minimum age: 14 (age on day of the race)
  • Enter Online (Limited entries on the day)

The men’s’ record for the up & down version of this race is held by the President of this year’s International U18 Mountain Running Cup committee, Kenny Stuart. In 1985 Kenny sprinted up & down in 18.56, an awesome time, and like many of Kenny’s long-standing records, yet to be bettered.

For the rest of us, we reckon you should be aiming to beat your 5k best. That is roughly how long we think you’ll be swimming in lactic acid if you’re doing it properly!


This race start is at the bottom of Stock Ghyll lane (behind the Salutation Hotel) GR 337044/LA22 0BB finishing on the summit of Wansfell at 488 m/1601ft.

The race starts with an unforgiving short, sharp ascent of Stock Ghyll Lane (which is actually a tarmacked road) to the fell gate/ stile. A runnable section to a 2nd gate leads on to a thigh burning section of steep stone steps which head directly upwards. A short section of open fell follows, over rough grass and onwards to the rocky summit.

The course will be fully flagged and marshalled. All competitors must assess that they are fit and able to participate safely in this event.  All competitors enter at their own risk and agree to abide by the FRA Requirements For Runners.  A copy of which will be on display at registration and can be viewed here.

In terms of target time, if you can get close to, or even beat, your current time for 5k flat, that will be very good running!


Minimum requirement to carry is a a Mask (in case of incident on the course) and Jacket. However, runners must be prepared to carry full body cover, hat & gloves if required by the Race Organiser. A final decision on kit will be made by the RO on the day and will be on display at the number collection area.


This is an online entry only event with a maximum of 240 competitors (ie No entries on the day). Upon entering each athlete will choose a start time by the minute between 18:00 and 20:00 (so 120 options). Athletes will be started at 30 second intervals.

Once entries close, numbers will be allocated based on start time ie 001 = 18:00hrs etc

Numbers and dibbers will be available for collection at the Parish Centre, Rothay Park, Ambleside, LA22 9DH from 17:30h. Please bring your own pins.

Dib at the start, dib at the finish and then you must return your dibber to the Parish Centre after. DIBBERS UNRETURNED WILL BE CHARGED AT COST OF £40.

(Nearest parking = Rydal Road 24 hr car park LA22 9AN, approx 150mts from Market Cross)



This race will be in a time trial format with athletes setting off every 30 seconds. There will be a kit check area in front of the St John Ambulance Centre 10m from the start.

Please wear a mask and go the kit check area TWO MINUTES before your start time.

After kit check move into a call area as directed by marshal where you can remove your mask and wait to be called to the start line.

On the start line when the bar code on your number is scanned, the scanner emits a short electronic sound, the timer is activated, starter will will say go and your race has started.


On arrival at the summit finish marshals will scan your bar code again and your time will be recorded instantly. A link to live results, updated as each runner finishes, can be found at the Ambleside Mountain Cup Facebook page –

The descent route will also be a fully flagged.

Thank you


  • 1st Male & Female: £150 cash
  • 2nd Male & Female: £100 Alpkit Vouchers
  • 3rd Male & Female: £50 Alpkit Vouchers

For U16, U18, U20, U23, V40, V50, V60, V70 age groups

  • 1st Male & Female: £50 Pete Bland Voucher

Winning one of the main prizes disqualifies from an age group prize, e.g. if the fastest overall is an U23 athlete, that individual will not be eligible for an age group prize.

Prize giving will take place in the St Johns Hall when all athletes are off the hill & accounted for, estimated at around 20:45 – 21:00.


Adventure Sports Photographer, Web Developer, ice swimmer James Kirby will be taking photographs of runners on the hill. These will be freely available on the Ambleside Mountain Cup Facebook page.


On your return to the start area after your race, please present yourself to one of the two marshalls who will scan your barcode a final time. This is a safety process to help confirm all athletes are off the hill and accounted for.


You must not attend if:

  • You have a temperature of 38c+ on the day of the event.
  • You have had any Covid 19 signs in the past 14 days, such as a new continuous cough, fever, change/loss of taste/smell.
  • You have been in contact with anyone who is sick (symptomatic) in the past 14 days.
  • You have travelled within the last 14 days to an international location with widespread ongoing local Covid 19 transmission.
  • Runners should ensure that any others that they bring to the event are also subject to these criteria.

Thank you

Duncan (RO)