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All your race entry fees go to the Jack Bloor Memorial Fund that awards grants to young people who want to improve their skills in the outdoors

Please support the fund-raising Cake Stall



Tuesday 14th May 2019

Rules & Safety

This is an official FRA fell race held under FRA Rules

FRA Licence Number 2019 - 6394

All senior competitors and consenting parents or legal guardians of junior competitors must read, familiarise and comply with: 

2019 FRA REQUIREMENTS FOR RUNNERS - 'The Runners' Rules'

In particular, please note:  

1. Safety Equipment – Competitors must bring and expect to wear or carry: 

  • Waterproof, whole body cover
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Compass
  • Map
  • Whistle

The Race Organiser may relax some of these kit requirements depending on the weather conditions 

As the race is held on an evening in May competitors should be equipped for all conditions – Apart from mist, rain and cold, the main risk of bad weather is thunderstorm, including lightening &/or heavy rain. 

All runners should understand the risk of hypothermia and take precaution

2. Race Numbers must be worn on the chest and be visible to race officials 

3. Procedure for Retiring – Once you have registered you must report to the Race Organiser if you retire before or during the race

4. Safety bearing is NORTH down off the moor

5. Monitoring Senior Race – Individual competitor race numbers will be recorded at the start, midway checkpoint and finish – Please assist officials

First Aid

A first aider and first aid kit will be available at Race Assembly – Senior Race marshals and sweeper carry a whistle, mobile phone, wound dressing and survival blanket 

Nearest Minor Injuries Unit 

Wharfedale Hospital, Newall Carr Road, OTLEY, LS21 2LY

Tel 01943 465522

Open 0800-2300

Nearest Accident & Emergency 

Airedale General Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, KEIGHLEY, BD20 6TD 

Tel 01535 652511 

Open 24/7

Senior Race

Senior start 7.15 pm, registration from 6 pm  

BS (Category B, Short) Fell Race run under FRA rules

On gritstone moors rising to 400m above sea level

Distance 8.4km – climb 350m

Navigational fell race – route unmarked – course recce advised

Navigational skills (NS) required

Local knowledge (LK) useful 

NEW - No GPS (NG) – the use of any electronic device to aid route finding is prohibited

Age on day of race (including for U23s)

Minimum age 16yrs

Suitable for novices – provided FRA rules met

In view of daylight runners should be capable of completing the course within 100 minutes – Course recce advised – If required, Checkpoint 3 (Cowper’s Cross) is a suitable point from which to retire with an easy descent down Keighley Gate track to Wells Road and Race HQ. 

Senior Race course map can be found here

Checkpoints (all marshalled): 

1   SE 111 461 Badger Stone

2   SE 096 469 Swastika Stone

3   SE 102 456 Cowper’s Cross

4   SE 115 452 Trig Point

5   SE 124 459 Ruin at Gill Head

6   SE 119 468 Small Summit

Senior Race monitoring – Individual race numbers will be recorded as you enter the pre-Start pen, at Checkpoint 3 (Cowper’s Cross) and at the Finish – Please assist officials by making your race number visible

Either complete the Senior Race Entry form at Registration or download a copy here and bring to the race

NB Parental consent is required for all U18s entering the Senior Race

Either (a) sign the Senior Race Entry form on-the-day, or (b) download, print and sign this same form here, or (c) bring a signed FRA Parental Consent form for Junior Fell Runners which can be downloaded here

Senior records

Men: 38:04 Greg Hull (2007)

Women: 45:28 Victoria Wilkinson (2010)

Senior prizes

Trophies and sponsor prizes for leading individuals 

Sponsor prizes for all finishers

Sponsor prizes for leading teams (3 to count)


Junior Races

Junior starts from 6 pm, registration from 5 pm

Flagged and marshalled courses suitable for age categories below

REMINDER  – To comply with FRA requirements – from 2017, Junior Age Categories were renamed. They are now determined by Age on 31st December in the year of the race, ie 31st December 2019. 

Minimum age 6yrs (on day of race)

Junior race categories:

U9  0.75km distance   45m climb Start 6.00 pm     

U11 0.75km distance   45m climb Start 6.10 pm  

U13 1.65km distance 115m climb Start 6.20 pm

U15 1.65km distance 115m climb Start 6.20 pm 

U19 2.20km distance 185m climb Start 6.20 pm

The U19 category accommodates 16–18 year-olds including any U19s who prefer not to enter the Senior Race

Junior Race course maps can be found here

Either complete the Junior Race Entry form at Registration or download a copy here and bring to the race 

Parental consent is required for all U18s

Either, sign the Junior Race Entry form on-the-day, or download, print and sign this same form here, or bring a signed FRA Parental Consent form for Junior Fell Runners which can be downloaded here

Junior prizes

Sponsor prize & certificate for first three runners in each class

Sponsor prize for all participants

General Information

Location of Registration, Start and Finish 

Opposite Darwin Gardens, Wells Road, Ilkley LS29 9JS

Grid ref SE117470

See map here

Only 550m uphill from Ilkley train / bus station


Please park in the Darwin Gardens car park or only on the south side of Wells Road immediately adjacent to the event. Please do not park on the north side!  


On-the-day only

Junior registration from 5 pm

Senior registration from 6 pm


Juniors £1.00

Seniors £6.00

All monies go to the Jack Bloor Memorial Fund


No toilets at the start / finish area. Nearest public toilets: 350m uphill to south in separate building west of White Wells. Or 650m north and downhill in town centre car park (20p but only open until 5.30 pm) 


Fund-raising cake stall

Please bring your own safety pins and drinks

No dogs to accompany competitors during the race


In the event of severe weather or other circumstances forcing cancellation this will be notified at the event on the evening and, if possible, via the website – 

We will try to contact as many clubs as possible


Rob King, Race Organiser, Tel 01943 435415 (before 9 pm)

Helping at the Jack Bloor Races

If you wish to help with the annual Jack Bloor Races – Thank you – Please contact the Race Organiser or use the contact form here 

Donations to the Jack Bloor Memorial Fund

Over the years the Fund has received many donations from individuals, race organisers and various bodies – If you are organising an event, perhaps you might consider making a collection or donating part of the proceeds to the Jack Bloor Memorial Fund – Please use the contact form here


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