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The 63rd Annual 3 Peaks Race
10:30am Saturday 29th. April 2017

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Entry enquiries
Kath Brady email:
3peaksentries@live.co.uk

General enquiries
Paul Dennison
Tel: 01943 872020

RACE INFORMATION

Welcome to the 63rd Annual 3 Peaks Race

Please read the following notes carefully

RULES

Hypothermia can kill. Make sure you are prepared.

  • Be aware of the symptoms of hypothermia and make sure you are adequately prepared. The weather can be very inclement, particularly on higher fells. Make sure you have appropriate clothing.
  • Checkpoint map references -

    Start/Finish SD805728 Whernside SD738814
    Pen-y-Ghent SD838734 Hill Inn SD742776
    High Birkwith SD803771 Ingleborough SD741746
    Ribblehead SD764791

    Competitors should follow the recognised Three Peaks Race route using bridleways and footpaths. On certain sections the route has been agreed to match agricultural, environmental, local community and safety needs. Please follow the markers. These sections are the Pen-y-Ghent summit loop, ascent of Whernside from Winterscales Beck, descent from Whernside via Low Pike to Bruntscar, Ingleborough summit plateau and the private land and gardens approaching the road crossing to the finish field. These special arrangements apply only on race day. At all other times please keep to rights of way on the traditional Three Peaks route from Horton-in-Ribblesdale. These include the ascent and descent of Pen-y-Ghent via the Pennine Way; the revised route over Whitber Hill to pick up the Pennine Way at Jackdaw Hill; turning off the Pennine Way to High Birkwith; continuing past God’s Bridge to Nether Lodge Farm; using the track past Lodge Hall to the B6479; following the road to Ribblehead; passing on the north side of Ribblehead Viaduct to the railway underpass leading to the Winterscales Beck crossing, descending Whernside via Low Pike, Bruntscar and Philpin Lane to the Hill Inn; using the path over Southerscales Pastures, ascending Ingleborough via Humphrey Bottom and Swine Tail to cross the summit plateau before descending via Swine Tail and branching towards Fell Beck Head and Sulber Nick to the finish. Some of the course paths are limestone which can be slippery. Please be wary on these sections.

    Follow the country code, be aware of traffic, always use gates and stiles, do not alarm farm animals, keep dogs under control, and PLEASE TAKE YOUR LITTER HOME! Toilets are available on the start field and in the centre of Horton.

    Could we also remind you of the race organisers' disclaimer that is on the entry form:-

    I understand that this race is held in accordance with both the Rules and Safety Requirements of the FRA.

    I confirm that I am aware of the organisers' information and requirements in connection with this race.

    I accept the hazards involved in fell running and acknowledge that I am entering and running in this race at my own risk.

    Other than the organisers' liability for causing death or personal injury by negligence, I confirm that I understand that the organisers accept no liability to me for any loss or damage of any nature to myself or property arising out of my participation in this race.

    I am aware of the dangers of hypothermia and I will not take part if I am unfit or unwell.

    I consent to the above data being held on and processed by computer.

    I have read the race rules and agree to abide by them.

    Registration Information

    • Registration is on race day only and will open at 07:30am and close at 10.00 am. Make sure you register early. The race will start at 10.30am prompt. Make sure you are at the start by 10.15 am for a kit check prior to the start. Late starts are NOT permitted.

    • On arrival at the Start/Finish field please head for Registration which will be in the main event marquee

    • Please bring proof of identity and your Race Number

    • Registration desks will be marked in Race Number order split into groups of 100 (1-99, 100-199, 200-299 etc)

    • When you register you will receive your Race Pack containing your Race Number, Race Safety Information, Race Programme, and Sportident timing Dibber with lanyard

    • Once you have collected your pack you MUST activate your Sportident timing Dibber by dibbing in the control boxes immediately behind the registration desks.

    • If you would like to leave any kit with us to be available at the finish please pack in a strong bag, attach a luggage label (available at Registration) and deposit your bag in the left luggage marquee adjacent to the main marquee. You will need proof of identity to collect.

    • Competitors' own drinks will be transported to Ribblehead and Hill Inn checkpoints. If you would like to use this service - please clearly mark your drink with your Race Number and place in one of the labelled boxes provided outside the registration marquee before 10:00. If possible use a throwaway container (they can get lost)!

    • At the start there will be lines marked for estimated finishing time – please be ready to assemble from 10:20

    • Race day programme timing will be as follows:

    07:30 Registration Opens

    10:00 Drinks deposit for Ribblehead and Hill Inn closes

    10:00 Registration CLOSES

    10:15 Kit Check and Introduction of Runners

    10:20 Assemble at start line in estimated finishing time order

    10:30 Race start

    Electronic Timing and Control System

    The race will be timed using the SPORTident Electronic Punching system; those of you who have done any of Martin Stone’s extravaganzas will be familiar with this system. If you have not, here is an explanation. At registration you will each be given a red electronic card attached to a lanyard. The card will be ready for use and should be placed over your head or attached to your wrist using the lanyard. It is best to use the wrist without your watch on! There will be a demonstration checkpoint at registration so you can familiarize yourself with punching. You dip the tip of the card into the hole in an electronic box at each checkpoint and you will see it flash and hear a beep – this confirms that the location and time have been recorded on your card. You do not need to do anything at the start of the race but at the finish you must dip your card. After you have finished, proceed to the download station near the finish line where we will dip your card and provide you with a printout showing your split times at each control and your total time. Please take care of the cards – each one costs £35.00 and if you break or lose it we will have to charge you. There will be several boxes at all the controls – they will be raised off the ground and are quick and easy to use.

    SAFETY EQUIPMENT

    Make sure you have the required safety equipment with you at all times during the race. You MUST carry a compass, map of the full route (minimum 1.50,000 scale), whistle, wind and waterproof jacket with hood and waterproof trousers (full body cover), hat, gloves and emergency food (chocolate bar, gel or similar). These will be checked at the start and may be checked at other points on the course. If you are found without any of the required equipment you will be disqualified. It is also strongly recommended that you carry a space blanket in cold, wet weather.

    COURSE

    Competitors should follow the recognised Three Peaks Race route using bridleways and footpaths. On certain sections the route has been agreed to match agricultural, environmental, local community and safety needs. Please follow the markers. These sections are the Pen-y-Ghent summit loop, ascent of Whernside from Winterscales Beck, descent from Whernside via Low Pike to Bruntscar, Ingleborough summit plateau and the private land and gardens approaching the road crossing to the finish field. These special arrangements apply only on race day. At all other times please keep to rights of way on the traditional Three Peaks route from Horton-in-Ribblesdale. These include the ascent and descent of Pen-y-Ghent via the Pennine Way; the revised route over Whitber Hill to pick up the Pennine Way at Jackdaw Hill; turning off the Pennine Way to High Birkwith; continuing past God’s Bridge to Nether Lodge Farm; using the track past Lodge Hall to the B6479; following the road to Ribblehead; passing on the north side of Ribblehead Viaduct to the railway underpass leading to the Winterscales Beck crossing, descending Whernside via Low Pike, Bruntscar and Philpin Lane to the Hill Inn; using the path over Southerscales Pastures, ascending Ingleborough via Humphrey Bottom and Swine Tail to cross the summit plateau before descending via Swine Tail but branching towards Fell Beck Head and Sulber Nick to the finish. Some of the course paths are limestone which can be slippery. Please be wary on these sections.

    ROAD SECTIONS

    On road sections you must respect the Highway Code and please be aware of traffic. Take particular care on the road section from the track exit from Lodge Hall (on to the B6479 to Ribblehead (approximately 1.5km) and keep to the right hand side of the road, also the short section at Chapel-le-Dale past the Hill Inn pub. Road crossings will be marshalled. In the event of difficulty with traffic, the marshals may have to stop competitors for a short time to allow traffic to flow – this will be a last resort - please be patient and understanding.

    ACCESS

    The special arrangements we have made for the use of certain parts of the route apply only on race day. Otherwise, please keep to recognised Rights of Way. Where the route is not marked you will be responsible for navigation, however you MUST always keep to Rights of Way e.g. footpaths and tracks and behave SAFELY and responsibly, respect the highway and country code and local communities, use gates and stiles, do not alarm farm animals and PLEASE TAKE YOUR LITTER HOME. Please report any damage to a marshal or checkpoint leader. NB we are allowed to use the private garden just before crossing the road to the finish due to the kindness of the owners - non–competitors and spectators MUST not venture on to this private property. No dogs to accompany competitors.

    CHECKPOINT REGISTER

    You will be required to electronically register at each main checkpoint. Have your dibber ready as you approach the checkpoint and be prepared to also show your race number, it is not acceptable to verbally communicate your number!

    CUT-OFFS

    The cut off times are High Birkwith 12.15pm, Ribblehead 12.40pm and Hill Inn 2pm (or 1h 45m, 2h 10m and 3h 30m respectively after the start), if you are outside these times you will be instructed to retire. Please respect the marshals’ decision. In the event of a competitor being assessed unsuitable to continue for medical or other reasons, the competitor will be withdrawn from the event.

    RETIREMENTS

    You can only retire voluntarily at the main low level checkpoints which are High Birkwith, Ribblehead and Hill Inn, and at the finish. In the event of retiring you MUST inform the Checkpoint Leader and wait at the low level checkpoint to be transported back to the finish by the official race minibus – You are strongly advised not to make your own way to the finish. Once at the finish you MUST immediately inform race control of your retirement and hand-in your dibber.

    MEDICAL

    Medical assistance will be available at the start and finish and at certain points around the course.

    DRINKS

    Competitors’ own drinks will be transported to Ribblehead and Hill Inn checkpoints. Please clearly mark your drink and place in one of the labelled boxes (before 10am) provided near registration. If possible use a throwaway container (they can get lost)! An intermediate drink station will be at High Birkwith (12km) with limited drinks at Sulber Nick (34km).

    RESULTS

    At the finish you will be given your personal time printout. Only limited full printed results will be available on the day, full results will be available on Saturday evening or Sunday on the Sportident website:(www.sportident.co.uk) or soon after on the Three Peaks website (www.threepeaksrace.org.uk).

    MEALS

    Your meal voucher can be used for a hot drink and/or a hot meal in the main marquee. Tear-off and present the relevant half of your voucher for a hot drink and/or food which will be served in the main marquee between 12.30pm and 5.30pm. NB the vouchers are only valid in the main marquee. Persons without a voucher may purchase drinks and food in the main marquee.

    PARKING

    Parking in Horton will be available in the fields either side of Station Road just over the bridge by the Crown Inn when approaching from the south and in the main start/finish field on the left just after the railway bridge as you approach Horton on the B6479 from the North. Parking on these sites is £3.00 per car - please try to bring exact change to speed the parking process (unfortunately there are no facilities to allow payment by cheque or credit/debit card)

    At Ribblehead we have made special arrangements for FREE spectator parking on the spare land turning left just after passing under the railway bridge going towards Hill Inn from Ribblehead. At Hill Inn, Chapel-le-Dale we may have a parking area but in any event please park sensibly without obstructing race competitors, pedestrians or other traffic.

    TOILETS

    Toilets will be available at Ribblehead and Chapel-le-Dale and on the start/finish field in Horton.

    LITTER

    PLEASE take any empty wrappers or drink containers with you, do not discard on the route but carry to the next (low level) checkpoint. We are increasingly receiving criticism regarding litter around the course. It is also unfair to ask marshals or spectators to take your litter, so please……..take it with you.

    Supporters

    Please ensure that family and friends use the car parks at Horton. Parking tickets are valid all day and all proceeds go to the Playing Fields Committee and help to maintain facilities at the Start/Finish field. Parking in Horton is almost impossible. Car parking elsewhere on the route is restricted. Please do not obstruct the narrow roads and lanes - in particular please do not park with any wheels on the public road between Ribblehead and the Hill Inn. This is causing a serious obstruction which prevents access by emergency vehicles. Offenders will be dealt with by the police. Spectators must keep to recognised footpaths. The use of mountain bikes on footpaths is illegal.

    If non-competitors (including those competitors who have been disqualified, timed-out or medically withdrawn) continue to run on the course and even pass through checkpoints it causes confusion which could be dangerous. This puts legitimate competitors at risk and will not be tolerated.

    Prize Giving

    We aim to hold the prize giving at 4.00pm Please be there if you have won a prize. Trophies are held for one year and must be returned no later than the start of next year's race. Winners of trophies will be asked to sign a receipt.

    PRIZE LIST

    Click here for full prize and trophy list

    Accommodation

    Accommodation lists can be obtained from tourist information offices in Settle (Tel 01729 852192) and Horton-in-Ribblesdale (Tel 01729 860333).

    Results

    Will be displayed near the finish area immediately after the race and will be published on the website - www.threepeaksrace.org.uk as soon as possible after the race.

    IN AN EMERGENCY

    Contact any race or rescue official or dial 999 ask for POLICE. When they answer ask for MOUNTAIN RESCUE.
    Safety takes precedence. If someone needs help – give it.
    Breach of the competition rules results in automatic disqualification, which can be for an extended period.

    ENTRIES

    Qualification

    Entries will be accepted from men and women aged not less than 18 on race day who have either :-

    It is emphasized that the cut-off times of 1hr 45min High Birkwith, 2hrs 10min Ribblehead and 3hrs 30min Hill Inn will be strictly enforced.

    Entry fees

    (£1.00 from each entry fee will be donated to the Friends of the Three Peaks. Click - HERE for information on the work they carry out to protect and enhance the landscape of the Three Peaks area)

    Please note that these fees are NOT refundable

    ON LINE ENTRY will open on Saturday 4th February 2017

    Link to Race Numbers is at the bottom of this page

    Race Cancellation Warning

    The Three Peaks Race has been run since 1954 and has only been cancelled twice – because snow made roads impassable in 1981 and as a result of Foot and Mouth Disease in 2001.

    Until the Three Peaks hosted the World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge in 2008 the Race was always held on Sunday. It was moved to Saturday in 2008 and has remained there.

    In 2012 the race was held without problems, but gale force winds developed overnight and three marquees were destroyed. Conditions were severe in the valley bottoms and would have been impossible on the mountain summits.

    The Committee knows that if the race had been scheduled for Sunday it would have had to be cancelled. Consequently a plan has been devised to deal with the possibility of race cancellation and to attempt to limit inconvenience for entrants.

    If the decision to cancel the race is taken by 6pm on the Friday before the race it is planned to send an e-mail to all entrants. This should minimise the number of runners who travel unnecessarily.

    A later cancellation – possibly on the morning of the race – is more difficult. If cancellation becomes necessary, a brief text message will be sent to the mobile phones of entrants.

    Information will also be placed on the Three Peaks Association website and the decision will be announced to the media, particularly local radio and television stations. The aim is to reduce unnecessary travelling and expense.

    If the race has to be cancelled on the morning of the event – possibly because heavy overnight rain has made parking areas impossible to use – marshals will be sent to Helwith Bridge and Ribblehead and signs will be erected to stop competitors approaching Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

    The cancellation policy has been made part of the race terms and conditions, but it will only work if entrants supply the organisers with up-to-date e-mail addresses and mobile phone numbers. If the weather forecast is bad, entrants are also asked to monitor radio and television and look at the Three Peaks website.

    Entrants should note that there are unavoidable costs of approximately £20,000 which will still be incurred if the race is cancelled. The Committee has decided that up to 50 per cent of the entry fee will be refunded if the race is cancelled. If the race has to be abandoned after it has started, the full entry fee will be retained.

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