© Moors and Dales Races, Northallerton, North Yorkshire

Swainby Sweep Trail Race

Sunday 19th April 2020

Entries open 9am Sat 5th October


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  • Choice of ~16 mile or ~7 mile circular trail races, starting and finishing at Swainby Village Hall (DL6 3EG)

  • Takes you around the beautiful North York Moors, from Swainby village via Scarth Wood Moor, Oak Dale, Osmotherley Moor Uplands and sections of the Cleveland Way

  • Fully marked course with feed stations en-route

  • The race has a TRA permit (no 2831) and will be held under UK Athletic rules

  • Tech T-shirt to all finishers (if enter before 22 March)

  • 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

  • Many local attractions for spectators

  • Cost:

    • 16-mile race - £34 (£32 for affiliated)

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

  • A small donation to the North York Moors National Park and Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team is included in each runner’s entry fee

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



Any updates (eg changes to the course, race timings, race info) will be posted here.



Course Details


16 mile race

15.5 miles/25k

1770ft/ 540m ascent/descent

Checkpoints/feed stations:

3.3 miles: checkpoint only

3.7 miles (Beacon Hill TV station): feed station with water and food (flapjacks, jelly babies etc)

7 miles (Chequers turn-off): Checkpoint

9 miles: feed station with water and food

10.8 miles​ (shooting lodge, Whorlton moor): checkpoint only

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

Swainby Sweep long course elevation

7 mile race

6.7miles / 10.7km

970ft/ 270m ascent/descent

Checkpoints/feed stations:

3.3 miles: checkpoint only

3.7 miles (Beacon Hill TV station): 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 Swainby Villge Hall, 32 High St, Swainby, North Yorkshire, DL6 3EG

There are pubs and a bike café nearby in Swainby for spectators.

​There are toilets at the village hall, and additional public toilets just outside on Emerson Close, opposite the Retro Classic Car show room

Car Parking

Free car parking has been arranged at a nearby farm.

Please do not park along the roads in Swainby village itself. In particular, do not park on Emerson Close in the vicinity of the village hall, Retro Classic Cars and the public toilets, as this area is required for the finish area and first aid.

The Blacksmith Arms has kindly agreed to allow runners to park in their car park providing that they have moved away by the start of lunchtime trade (however if visiting the pub for refreshment and lunch then runners can continue to park there).

Roadside parking is available along the track from Black Horse Lane towards the A172 on the west of Swainby village. However please ensure no field access or gates are blocked.

Several cars can be parked on the A172 layby between Oxhill and where it re-joins the main A172 road. Please take care walking back along the A172 to Swainby and use the grass verge well back from the road.




16 mile race

Registration: 8.30 - 9.15

Pre-race briefing at 9.20 in village hall, after which runners will be walked en-mass round to the start area  just off Garbutt Lane

Start: 9.30

Cut offs

  • 1¼ hours at Checkpoint 1 (~3 miles)

  • 2¼ hours at Checkpoint 2 (~7 miles)

  • 3½ hours at Checkpoint 3 (~11miles)  

  • Finish: 5¼ hours

7 mile race

Registration: 9.35 - 10.20

Pre-race briefing at 10.25 in village hall, after which runners will be walked en-mass round to the start area  just off Garbutt Lane

Start 10.35

Cut offs

  • 1¼ hours at Checkpoint 1 (~3 miles)

  • Finish: 2¼ hours


Kit list


16 mile race

  • 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



  • 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.

  • No headphones/Mp3 players (see FAQs)

  • Please obey the Countryside Code.

  • Just prior to descending from Scarth Wood Moor onto Quarry Lane the path forks into two (OS grid ref 470 002). All runners should follow the right-hand fork down to Quarry lane and must pick up an armband from the marshal stationed here. Runners arriving at the finish without an armband will be given a 5 minute time penalty.

  • 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. Part of the route also passes through uplands and forest on paths that are not public rights of way. We have been given specific permission to use these paths, and runners should not deviate from the course.

  • The race has a TRA permit (no 2831) 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

Swainby village & Osmotherley village

These picturesque villages situated on the edge of the North York Moors National Park are well worth a visit in their own right, and are home to a number of cafes and pubs. Rusty Bike Cafe and Blacksmith Arms are well worth a visit.

Mount Grace Priory​, House and Gardens

Ruin of a 14th-century Carthusian priory Run by English Heritage. Free admission for National Trust members

Cod Beck Reservoir, Osmotherley

Stunning man-made lake within the North York Moors National Park, with circular paths around the lake

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 Northallerton and Stokesley


Ingleby Cross

Park House: This is actually on the race route, so great for spectators!


Golden Lion Osmotherley

The Three Tuns, Osmotherley


Cote Ghyll Holiday Park, Osmotherley:

  • Youth Hostel rooms with ensuite bedrooms, Individual, Family & group bookings (Cote Ghyll Mill)

  • camping & caravanning site with electric hook ups

  • Holiday cottage: self catering, sleeps up to 8



The Cleveland Tontine



The Sutton Arms


Carlton in Cleveland:

The Blackwell Ox Inn & Holiday Lodge Park (Thai cuisine & luxury log cabins)


Woodlands Farm: Self catering or B&B luxury rural accommodation

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