Email: carol@madraces.co.uk

© Moors and Dales Races, Northallerton, North Yorkshire

Falls and Castles Trail Race

Sunday 4th October (TBC)

Sponsors

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Overview

 

  • Choice of 18 mile or 7 mile circular trail races, starting and finishing at Bolton Castle

  • Mixed terrain, with a few short sections on minor roads

  • Fully marked course with feed stations en-route

  • T-shirt to all finishers

  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd in age categories

  • Max runners 250 in total, with up to 150 in any distance

  • Glass of Erdinger Alkoholfrei for every finisher

  • 15% discount at Darlington Up & Running when you show your bib in store

  • Many local attractions for spectators

  • The race has a TRA permit (no 2293) and will be held under UK Athletic rules

  • Cost:

    • 18-mile race - £35 (£33 for affiliated)

    • 7-mile race - £21 (£19 for affiliated)

  • Includes £1 donation per runner to Aysgarth Falls National Park and Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team

  • In line with many other races, will be "cupless" at checkpoints, so please bring your own cup.

Updates

Following feedback from last year's race, we have made the following changes for 2019

  • car parking included in entry fee

  • 18 mile race - new course through Askrigg to improve navigation, and new feedstation position (click to download map)

  • 7 mile race - improved signage through Carperby and towards Freeholders Wood

  • Aysgarth Falls loop in both races - we have made changes to help runners ensure they complete this part of the course. Click here for details

  • 2019 maps are now shown below

  • 2019 GPS links and course descriptions added (June 2019)

  • 2019 pre-race info can be downloaded below



 

 

Course Details

 

18 mile race

18 miles/28k

2400 ft/ 730 m ascent/descent

Checkpoints/feed stations:

4 miles: checkpoint only

9 miles (Askrigg): Checkpoint and feed station with water and food (flapjacks, jelly babies etc). This is the 1st water station on the long course.

~15 miles (Aysgarth Falls): Checkpoint and feed station with water and food

Sign in to Garmin to send the course to your device.

 

7 mile race

7 miles / 11km

810 ft/ 250 m ascent/descent

Checkpoints/feed stations:

~4.5 miles (Aysgarth Falls): Checkpoint and feed station with water and food (flapjacks, jelly babies etc)

Sign in to Garmin to send the course to your device.

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Race Day Info

 

Race HQ

 

Race HQ is Bolton Castle, nr Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4ET

There is an impressive Tea Room at Bolton Castle for spectators.

If entering or leaving Bolton Castle after 11am, please use the road from the east via East Lane and Hargill Lane from Redmire. This reduces the amount of traffic on the course.

Car Parking

Car parking is available at Bolton Castle. Please use the main and overflow car parks which will be signposted and marshaled. Please be respectful of the local population when parking. Do not park in the village itself, or on the village green, and do not block driveways or other access. Please do not park on the race route, especially the road up the hill towards Bolton Castle (Castle End and Scallow Bank Lane).

Car parking is also available at Redmire Station (DL8 4ES), thanks to the support of Wensleydale Railway. It is less than a mile to Race HQ from here. If supporters will be coming and going during the race, we recommend they park at Redmire.

Car Sharing

We are keen to minimise the carbon impact of our event. If you wish to car share, consider joining our MaD Runners facebook group where you can link up with others traveling to the event

 

Timings

 

18 mile race

Registration: 8.30 - 9.15

Pre-race briefing at 9.20 in start area

Start: 9.30

Cut offs

  • 3 hours at Askrigg checkpoint (9 miles)

  • 5 hours at Aysgarth Falls checkpoint (15 miles)

  • 6 hours at finish

7 mile race

Registration: 9.35 - 10.20

Pre-race briefing at 10.25 in start area

Start 10.35

Cut offs

  • 1 1/2 hours at Aysgarth Falls checkpoint (4.5 miles)

  • 3 hours at finish

 
 

Kit list

 

18 mile race

Mandatory for 18 mile route

  • Hat/buff and gloves

  • Waterproof jacket with taped seams

  • Minimum 500mls water (obviously, you don’t still need 500mls water with you at the finish)

  • Cup for drink stations or water bottle

  • Energy bar

  • Whistle

  • Route map/instructions and compass (phone-based compass is fine providing it is fully charged)

  • Foil blanket (bivvy bag meets this requirement)

  • Mobile phone

 

7 mile race

Short course runners are also advised to carry the clothing/food kit depending on weather.

However the following are mandatory items

  • Route map/instructions

  • Mobile phone

  • Cup for drink stations or water bottle

 

Rules

  • You must have the mandatory kit and carry it with you at all time – no kit, no race. If you don’t complete the race with all kit, you will be disqualified.

  • Your race number must be visible from the front at all times.

  • Please respect other competitors, marshals, and members of the public.

  • If you are about to overtake someone, warn them first and say “on your right/left”. If being overtaken, please move to the “other” side to let the faster runner pass.

  • You must check in at each checkpoint.

  • You must abide by marshal and race officials instructions.

  • Please stop and assist any competitors in need of medical attention and alert a marshal or race director (as per pre-race instructions).

  • If you appear unfit to continue, you will be withdrawn from the race for your own safety.

  • If you withdraw from the race, you must inform the next marshal, or contact the race director on the phone number that will be provided.

  • At Aysgarth Falls, there is "The Loop" portion of the course. (OS grid ref 016 888). All runners must turn right down the concrete steps. You must pick up a wristband from the marshal positioned by the river. FAILURE TO COLLECT A WRISTBAND WILL RESULT IN A 15 MINUTE TIME PENALTY.

  • No headphones/Mp3 players (see FAQs)

  • Please obey the Countryside Code.

  • Please close all gates.

  • Do not climb over gates or fences.

  • Do not drop litter – carry it with you, or use bins provided at feed stations.

  • No smoking at race HQ or in car parks.

  • It is not possible to run with your dog (even on a lead) as the course passes through active farming areas where livestock is present.

  • You must keep to the course. Not only is this out of fairness to all competitors, but also for your own safety as there are disused mine working in some areas.

  • The Freeholders Wood area immediately north of Aysgarth Falls is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) - you MUST keep to the marked path here, regardless of how muddy it is.

  • The race has a TRA permit (no 2293) and will be held under UK Athletic rules. We recommend that you make yourself familiar with the UKA rules specific to Trail running (UKA Rules for competition 2018-2020).

  • Disqualification may result from any of the following:

  • Deviation from the course (resulting in a shortened distance to be covered)

  • Failure to carry mandatory kit

  • Use of assistance outside of aid stations

  • The Race Referee / Directors decision is final.

 

Spectator Information

Bolton Castle

One of the Country's best preserved medieval castles. Well worth taking a tour while you are here : www.boltoncastle.co.uk

Aysgarth Falls Visitor Centre

Both routes pass by Aysgarth Falls Visitor Centre, so this is a good place to see runners as they come past. There are viewing or picnic areas for High, Middle and Lower Falls. Car parking available (pay & display). There is also a tea room in the visitor centre.

www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/visit-the-dales/essential-information/tourist-information/aysgarth-falls-national-park-centre

 

Askrigg

Picturesque town on the 18 mile course. There is a runner checkpoint near the Crown Inn. www.crowninnaskrigg.co.uk

Places to stay

Below is a selection of many places to stay in the area. There are also many additional places to stay in nearby Leyburn

 

Askrigg camping: Camping on site on a working farm, or wild camping on a remote site : www.askrigg-camping.co.uk

 

Raydale Barn: Self catering. Sleeps 16 - great option if there are a group of you doing the race or supporting. www.raydalebarn.co.uk

Wensleydale Camping at Aysgarth Falls: wild camping in St Josephs Woods, Aysgarth Falls: www.manorgrange.co.uk/Wensleydale-Camping-at-Aysgarth-Falls

The Crown Inn, Askrigg : The Barn (sleeps 6): a fully equipped  and furnished self catering property, and camping: www.crowninnaskrigg.co.uk/the-barn

 

The Old Town Hall, Redmire:  guest house. (minimum two night stay for Saturday nights) www.theoldtownhall.co.uk

 

Aysgarth Falls Hotel Aysgarth: www.aysgarthfallshotel.com

 

Stow House, Aysgarth. Boutique bed and breakfast www.stowhouse.co.uk

 

The Wheatsheaf Inn, Carperby. Rooms and self-catering apartment (two day minimum stay at weekends) : www.wheatsheafinwensleydale.co.uk

 

This is only a selection of places to stay in the area. If you have accommodation that you would like to be listed on our website, please contact us at carol@madraces.co.uk