2018 Course Planner’s Notes

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Cumbria County Council is currently re-surfacing the road from the A591 out of Keswick to Overwater, past the Event Centre at Horsemoor Hills Farm. We have been assured that this will not affect access to the event, although you should be prepared for short delays. There will be no work taking place on Friday evening or over the weekend, but there will still be evidence of the roadworks.

We recommend that you check the AA website or similar before setting off for any updated information.


Hefted Sheep Guidance Note

In order to maintain good relations with the landowners, graziers and other stakeholders, please read the Hefted Sheep Guidance Note on the website.


Ecological Assessment and Briefing Notes

Please see separate article.


Mining Works and Other Hazards

Some parts of the Northern Fells have been extensively mined, and whilst this adds some interesting features for Mountain Marathons, it can also provide some safety hazards and other issues. You may encounter adits (horizontal workings), shafts (vertical workings), small unstable cliffs, spoil heaps, depressions and other mining features. Many of these are mapped, but not all. The most hazardous are generally surrounded by fences. There are also various historical footpaths servicing the mining works, the most significant of which are mapped. We have done our best to make sure the map is as accurate as possible, but be aware you might come across unmapped paths and tracks as well.


Bields/Walled shelters/Sheepfolds/Ruins

There is a huge array of animal and human shelters in the area, and the most significant are mapped.

To keep things simple, the word “bield” is not used on the race map or in the checkpoint descriptions – they are just described as sheepfolds.

Sheepfolds – Usually square or rectangular shelters for animals



Bields – Shelter walls for animals – often have interesting shapes such as these:








Ruins – Usually designed as shelters for humans, often on summits


Individual Course Overprints

This year each course will be over-printed on the map, so you will get a new map each day and won’t need to mark your course on when you start.


Bad Weather Course Depiction

In the event of extreme bad weather, the Race Director might authorise the use of Bad Weather courses. These are very similar to the standard courses, but usually avoid the highest, or most exposed ground.

Below is a map extract from Marmot Dark Mountains 2018 which gives an idea of how the Bad Weather course will be depicted on your race map. Any extra checkpoints that you would need to visit will be marked on the map (e.g. Checkpoint 229).

map extract Marmot Dark Mountains


There will also be instructions over-printed on your race map specifying any Bad Weather route information. This is an actual example from this year’s event:


Thanks for reading and we hope you have two extraordinary days of running out on the fells.

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