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Old County Tops Fell Race

10-May-2018 Great Langdale, North West, UK (England)

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60KM / 37Miles
1 Day - 130 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

'Held in May, The Old County Tops Fell Race covers 37 miles and involves around 10,000 feet of ascent.

The exact distance and amount of ascent are dependant on the route you choose!

The Race starts in Great Langdale and takes in the tops of Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Coniston before returning to Great Langdale, after which the competitors are fed and watered.'

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Beginner

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.

Intermediate

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.

Advanced

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.

Expert

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.

Brutal

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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MattyB

09:10 29-05-16

The Old County Tops is a classic paired Fell Race. The route visits the three high points of the old counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, these being Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Coniston Old Man respectively.

It is one of my favourite races, and a fantastic day out whatever the weather. It is a hard race, with 10,000ft of ascent, and 3 brutal descents from the 3 high points of the race. Your navigation needs to be on point at well, as some of the terrain is pathless, and can have little to no visibility.

The marshals and volunteers are all very friendly cheerful, and stay out in some incredibly appalling conditions, all the time with a smile on their face.

There is no medal for completion, but the t-shirt you get for finishing is one of the most recognised and respected in the fell running community.

I have run the event every year since 2010 (7 times now) and will continue to do so. It is epic.

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Slats214

06:01 28-05-16

Best fell race of the year with superb organisation and a great atmosphere. Good food stops at two road crossings and soup/cakes at the finish. NOT trail running though and navigation skills are essential. Takes you through some spectacular scenery and the wildest parts of the Lakes.
Top 10 finishes 2013/14/15/16

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Broon69

07:42 27-05-16

Great race. Well organised. Fabulous Marshalls. Superb food. Not for novices though. The conditions are tough. The poor weather didn't help. 37 miles of rock and bog!

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bergh

06:59 02-06-15

fabulous race as you get to chat with your partner as you have to run together in pairs. great views, great mountains, great route. Tough as old boots. But the t-shirt is worth it! 2011 and 2012

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