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Wansfell Uphill only Time Trial

Wansfell Uphill only Time Trial

Prizes kindly donated by Alpkit

  • Date & Time: Friday 19th June 2020 starting from 18.00
  • Category: AS
  • Distance: 2.5k
  • Climb: 400m
  • Skills & Experience: n/a
  • Venue: St Johns Ambulance Hall, Stock Ghyll Lane, Ambleside
  • Minimum age: 14 (age on day of the race)
  • Entries – 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 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 registration.


All athletes entered will be issued with a ‘dibber’ (electronic timing chip) at registration in St. Johns Hall.

Athletes can choose when they would like to set off, any time between 18:00 and 20:00.

When ready, go to the starter marshal who will kit check, once cleared, place the dibber in one of the timing stations to start the clock.  Athletes must allow at least 15 seconds (approx. 100mts) between runners before setting off, this will be monitored by a starter marshal.


On arrival at the summit there will be more timing stations, simply place the dibber on the timing station to stop the clock.  Your time will be recorded instantly.

Results will be updated immediately online (SI entries website) on a screen in St Johns Hall and, weather permitting, on a screen on the summit.

N.B. It is important that all ‘dibbers’ are returned to registration when athletes return to the start.  This is a safety measure (to account for everyone) but will also have cost implications.

Thank you


  • 1st Male & Female: £500 cash
  • 2nd Male & Female: £250 Alpkit Vouchers
  • 3rd Male & Female: £100 Alpkit Vouchers

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

  • 1st Male & Female: £25 Alpkit Vouchers
  • 2nd Male & Female: £15 Alpkit Vouchers
  • 3rd Male & Female: £10 Alpkit Vouchers

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.