There will be off-road parking on the start field, between Fremington and Reeth on the B6270. The car park will open at 09.00 and will be clearly signed, with marshals on-hand to direct parking. In the event of the field not being useable due to poor ground conditions, contingency parking will be available around the village so follow the signs. If you prefer to park on hard standing, there is limited parking in the centre of Reeth, just five minutes walk away, with an honesty box fee of £2.00 per day.
Registration will take place from 9.30 to 10.45 in Fremington Village Hall (Postcode: DL11 6AR), which is just a few hundred metres from the start field and parking. Collect your race numbers here, but please remember to write your name, contact details and any medical information that you think we need to know about, on the back of the race number. If you register but then decide not to run, please report this to the Race Director, to avoid us thinking that you are lost on the hill. Please be careful of the road traffic when walking to and from registration.
The race will start at 11.00.
The start line is in the car parking field a few hundred metres from Fremington Village Hall.
Please assemble at the start line at 10.50 for the pre-race safety briefing
There are male and female toilets in Fremington Village Hall and portable toilets in the start field. There are also Public Conveniences in Reeth itself
There are no post-race shower facilities but a quick dip in the Arkle Beck is available free of charge!
Mandatory and Recommended Clothing
It is mandatory for you to carry a fully waterproof jacket with taped seams and a hood on this race. Runners will be asked to confirm that they have a waterproof jacket at Registration. Anyone without a waterproof jacket will not be able to take part in the race.
A cup/bottle is also mandatory. We decided to stop using plastic cups at the water stations for environmental reasons, so if you want a drink, bring a cup/bottle to fill up at water stations.
It is also mandatory to carry a map of the route. A map is easily downloadable from our website
Mandatory equipment must be carried at all times during the race and mandatory kit checks may be carried out prior to and at the end of the race
We also recommend that you wear and carry clothing that is appropriate to the weather on the day, the terrain and the distance. The route is very exposed in places and it will be colder on the hills than in the valley bottoms. Waterproof leggings, hat and gloves, compass and whistle are always recommended when running in the hills. Sections of this route are very rough and muddy so a shoe with good tread is recommended. Road shoes are not suitable for this race.
Kit bags can be left in Fremington Village Hall, but as this area is not secure it will be at your own risk.
The DT20 is a fully marked route, using coloured tape to show the way. Marshals will also be out on the route to point you in the right direction, but don’t forget to look out for the markings, its still easy to go astray with a little lapse in concentration.
Although we make every effort to ensure that the route markings are in place prior to the race, there is always the risk that they can go missing, either accidentally or deliberately. Runners are therefore reminded that there is a printable map, a written route description and a GPX file available to download for each race
There will be a water stop (with jelly babies) at Foregill Gate, which is approximately half way around the route, before the ascent of Calver Hill. Water will also be available at the finish line.
If you need help for any reason during the race, please speak to a marshal, or the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team who will also be out on the route. If you find a runner who needs help, please be supportive and ensure a message gets to the nearest marshal
There is a cut off at Foregill Gate Water Station at approx. 10km. This is a generous 2 hour cut off, which works out at 5 km (or 3 miles) an hour. This should allow all runners to get through with time to spare, but also protects the marshals, some of whom are in very exposed positions out on the hills. If you get timed out please respect the decision, it is for everyone’s safety
Should you need to retire from the race, this can be done at either of the two road crossings or at Foregill Gate Water Station. It is essential that you report your retirement to the Race Director on return, to avoid a wasteful Mountain Rescue Team callout.
Prior to the race, hot drinks and snacks are available from Fremington Village Hall from 9.00. The Dales Bike Centre café is also open from 9.00
Post-race, complimentary tea or coffee and a slice of cake will be provided for runners by showing their race number, in Fremington Village Hall. In addition, hot soup and rolls, cakes and tray bakes will also be available to runners, family and friends, to raise funds for local children’s projects.
This will take place in Fremington Village Hall, at approximately 14.00
Race Winners and Age Categories
There will be a prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female
There will be a prize for the first in each of the following Age Categories:
MV 40, MV50, MV60
FV40, FV50, FV60
Age categories are calculated on your age on 1st January 2017.
Following the race, results will be published on our website as soon as possible
Sorry, no dogs are allowed on this race due to the route crossing the grouse moors
Spectators are welcome to watch runners out on the course, but please ask them to be careful where they park. Specifically, it they want to watch runners at Arkle Town, they must do so on foot. There is a large parking area at the top of the hill before Arkle Town, just a couple of minutes’ walk from the runner’s road crossing point. Anyone parking on the verges at Arkle Town will be asked to move on by the Marshals, to ensure safety and to respect local residents.