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Frostbite 30

18-Feb-2018 Riverside Scout hut, Pateley Bridge North Yorkshire HG3 5AP, Yorkshire & the Humber, UK (England)


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Trail Race Race Terrain
48KM / 30Miles
1 Day

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

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Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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04:08 29-08-16

Does anybody know if there will be a Frostbite 30 in 2016?

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05:44 21-12-15

I've taken part in Frostbite for the last 3 years. It's a great race with a good mixture of fells and trails plus the race director alters the course each year slightly to keep the race varied! This year was a tough one with all the mud plus headwind going up the valley after the storms the few days before, but it was still an enjoyable day (once I was sat drinking sweet tea and eating cakes and soup at the finish that is) see you next year =)

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01:57 19-12-15

Frostbite 30 Ultra (well 34.26m actually….)
The Frostbite 30 Ultramarathon Rules:
No.1 Don’t ask if it’s been cancelled due to ‘a light drizzle’ a ‘bit of a breeze’ or a ‘Desmond’.
No.2 Don’t be a wimp. It’s Yorkshire. It’s on. It’s always on. The clue is in the name.
No.3 Don’t ask when the route map will be produced.
No.4 Don’t be a wimp. The route map will be published at some point before the race.
No.5 Don’t ask if the route will be as long as last year.
No.6 Don’t be a wimp. It will be longer, much longer.
No.7 Don’t ask if the route will be as hard as last year.
No.8 Don’t be a wimp. It will be harder, much harder.
No.9 Don’t ask ‘why is it called the Frostbite 30 then’
No.10 Don’t be a wimp. You wimp.
No.11 Don’t ask if the route will still be mostly flooded.
No.12 Don’t be a wimp. Just keep your mouth shut on the sections you have to swim.
No.13 Don’t ask what fluids are available at the 25 mile aid station.
No.14 Don’t be a wimp. It’s Jagermeister, always Jagermeister.
No.15 Don’t ask what food is available at the 25 mile aid station.
No.16 Don’t be a wimp. It’s Jagermeister, always Jagermeister.
No.17 Don’t ask what shoes would be best to run in.
No.18 Don’t be a wimp. You won’t feel your feet after mile 2, or care by mile 25.
No.19 Don’t ask ‘what time does it go dark on the moors?’
No.20 Don’t be a wimp. Have you seen the film ‘An American werewolf in London…..’

137 lunatics from far and wide came to Nidderdale in North Yorkshire, milling around race HQ (the very well-equipped scout hut) at Pateley Bridge, as dawn broke, the gales howled outside and the rain pelted down (although unseasonably warm – no worries this year about being too cold!).
Storm ‘Desmond’ had done his best for the previous 24 hours to make the race a little more ‘interesting’. It was certainly going to be a remarkable race, having been out the day before for a last minute recce of a couple of miles I didn’t already know, and not even making it past mile 3 due to chest deep flooding, despite having been given a lift by a farmer through the floods. Anyway – back to the start, 9am, the clouds were breaking, there was a hint of blue sky and the wind easing, so off with the rain jacket.
It was looking good for the first flat mile, on the surfaced footpath alongside the River Nidd to Glasshouses. 200yrds later and it started to p*** it down, great. The first major climb of the day was Guisecliffe (cliff – the clue is in the name) where, due to the high winds a number of trees were down so Rob had altered the course and took ‘route 1’ i.e. straight up the front, out onto the delights of the moor, and a vicious headwind (which, to be honest continued for 25 solid miles). The views were truly spectacular looking across and up Nidderdale, and past the ‘two stoops’ of Yorkes Folly ruin. Dropping right back down into the valley, just to climb the 800ft back up to the Coldstones Cut, the monumental sculpture way up above the huge limestone quarry above Greenhow, at which point someone piped up ‘only 30 miles left’. Insert swear word….. Picking up the Nidderdale way for the next 8 miles it was great running on rough moorland tracks down through the lead mines (and a river crossing!) and right back to the race HQ at checkpoint 1 (how mean is that!) where I refuelled, packing a second litre of carb/electrolyte fluids into my race vest.
This is where the race really started. Running in a pack with Sally Fawcett (Montane) and Stefan Kozlowski, we covered the ground (floods/mud/torrents – add as appropriate) at a decent pace, pulling further away from the following groups. Following the river Nidd upto and past Gouthwaute reservoir, before heading cross country past Lofthouse. The river crossing at Dry Wath (normally dry) was waist deep and decidedly brass monkeys, but it did clear the ‘brown adrenaline moment’ I had mid river…… to be repeated only 5 minutes later having to cross the same river to the same depth – it was at this point race marshals were legging it across to the riverside with ropes to set up a ‘safer’ crossing. Somewhat frozen, the race route climbed consistently up and onto the moors, heading towards Scar House reservoir at mile 25, fully exposed to the elements. Not taking advantage of the Jagermeister at the checkpoint I opted for another litre of carb/electrolyte. From Scar House the route climbed a waterfall….or was that the track? Heading eventually owards the hamlet of Middlesmoor (passing The Crown Hotel and the smell of chips…..mmmm), then alsongside How Stean Gorge (looking remarkably spectacular full to the brim)on a short section of tarmac before hitting the uber-sloppy fields back towards Gouthwaite reservoir and the final homeward miles along the Nidd.
The last miles along the reservoir and fields are hard work on tired legs and seemed to go on for ever, until the rooftops of Pateley came into sight, reaching the line in a very respectable 13th overall in 5:42:28. Soups, sandwiches and as much tea & cake as I could manage, were troughed through over the next hour, plenty of banter, as well as a superb post-race massage. Staying on afterwards to cheer on other competitors, the daylight started to go at 3:45pm and racers started coming in with headtorches – quite a sight on the riverside path in the moonlight, I cant imagine how tough it would have been on those last miles in the pitch black. All in all one hell of an experience, by far the toughest race I’ve ever done, mostly due to the elements but organised to perfection by Rob Jarman (Berghaus), marked to perfection (you just couldn’t go wrong!) and marshalled to perfection.

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10:10 15-12-15

I got tweeted to provide a review of the race, I assume because my blog review (http://runjames.co.uk/races/retired-frostbite-30-report/) turned up in a Google search but for the record here:

I DNF'ed after 14 miles, stomach issues meant I was in desperate need of a dump most of the miserable 14 miles and I ended up in a bush a couple of times before knocking it on the head. I did make up a poem about having a ***** in a bush though.

Apart from that, the organisation and course were top notch, I got to enjoy a bit of the food and drink spread back at HQ and I'd have no trouble recommending the course (which was well marked) and event to anyone in future.

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08:46 15-12-15

I ran this in 2014, what a great ultra, so friendly, lots of fun, the volunteers and organizers just so friendly and supportive. The course is hilly but beautiful, its a great ultra for someone wanting to do their first one! They even had jager mister at the check points which as it was freezing definately warmed us up! Highly recommend this run, fun, friendly and stunning!

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07:02 14-12-15

Ran this in 2014 and would've been back again if it hadn't clashed with work event. Well organised, friendly race. Course tough in places but generally not too hilly trails, plenty of mud and technical running. Scenery superb - I would say that though having grown up in Nidderdale. Only small gripe was limited food at second food station last year. Otherwise flawless

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06:19 14-12-15

2015: brilliant mix of fells and trails, fun river crossings, not an easy route!

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05:10 14-12-15

Frostbite 30 iwas a 34.5 mile race this year. Every year there are slight differences to the course. What remains the same is the challenge and the hot fruit squash and Jagermaister 2/3 the way round. The Weather this year 2015 added to the challenge with river crossings, deep puddles and tonnes of mud. Once finished there is a great spread of sandwiches and soup to warm you back through. Great race, this was the 3rd year that I have done it and I'll be back for more

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