Our Races

The Allithwaite-8  2018

Ey up, it’s that time of year again.  The 3rd running of the Allithwaite-8 will be on Saturday 3rd November 2018.  The start time is 11 a.m.  The min. age for entrants on race day is 16 (with parental consent for 16-17 year olds).  The race is held under A.R.C. rules & race permit 18/398.  Entries are now open on SiEntries (see below).

It’s a trail race, with a jaunt up Hampsfell thrown in for the views (on a clear day they are good, trust us).  The 2018 route has had a wee teak from last year to send it through some nice woodland trail next to Cartmel racecourse.  It’s still just over 8 miles, with about 2/3 of the route being off-road … trail, field, fell, limestone pavement, racecourse & a ford (if you wish).  The remaining 1/3 is short stretches of road to join the more-interesting bits.  About the only sort of terrain we can’t promise is snow!

The route will be marshalled and signed, so you don’t need to wonder about how to get around.  A drinks station will be provided halfway around and more refreshments will be available at the finish.

For 1st, 2nd & 3rd male/female in the open category, prizes will be cash & chocolate medals.  After that, the first runners home in the male/female veteran and 16-18 categories will get some tasty edible/drinkable prizes.  There will be some spot prizes again too. The beer and chocolate prizes are all made within a few miles of Allithwaite.

Race h.q., start & finish are at Allithwaite community centre, Cumbria, LA11 7QJ.  There are toilets & shower facilities there plus a place to leave your bags.  The community centre volunteers will be there to do teas / coffees / cakes, etc. (might even be a bacon roll or two).

Entries are now open.  Advance entry through Si Entries is …

£8 for runners in clubs affiliated to A.R.C. / U.K.A., or

£10 to un-affiliated runners.

Entry on the day 09:30-10:30 will be £10.


The Sands Chase challenge

The next Sands Chase will be in January 2019 (see below about start times).

The start/finish is the stone archway over Fernhill Road, by Graythwaite Court, in Grange-over-Sands (LA11 7BN).   The route is about 10 km and involves a couple of decent climbs, but with a flat middle section along the sea front.

* New … for anyone new to the club and any visitors, the route is now mapped. Please follow this link to the Sands Chase route.  If you want a recce. run, please ask within the club (the e-mail list / training nights), or use the contact us part of the website.

It’s a race which anyone can win.  It’s a sweepstake entry, £2 on the day.  All you need to to do is decide your own start time which, based on your own judgement of pace, will allow you to get around the course with the aim of arriving back at midday.

No watches/timing are allowed though, apart from …
(a) the race controller/director telling you when your desired start time is coming up &
(b) the route goes past Grange clock tower (assuming it’s to time)!

Just turn up a short time before you want to start.  Leave your wristwatch/phone in your car or hand it over for safe keeping.  Cough up the £2 entry fee and let the race controller know what time you want to start.  Then … good luck!  Half of the entry money gets donated to charity, the winner (home at the time closest to midday) gets the other half.

So it depends on how well you can judge your speed around the course, to arrive back as close as you can to midday.  It’s a great idea to give everyone a chance to win it!

In comparison with the Allithwaite-8 (and the half-marathon in 2017), it’s very low-key.  There aren’t any marshals for this one.  However, if you’d done either the Allithwaite-8 before, or the charity half-marathon for St. Mary’s Hospice and would like to join us again, please get in touch.


Past Races


The Sands Chase challenge 2018

Sands Chase in 2018 took place on Sunday the 7th of January 2018.  The winner was John Douglas who came back to the start just before midday.


The Allithwaite-8 (mkII) 2017

It was held on Saturday 4th November 2017.  The start time was 11 a.m.  This was the 2nd running of the race, over a modified from the first one in 2016.  The distance was just over 8 miles, 63% of it being off-road, the other 37% was on short stretches of road.  A map of it is here (2017 route).  Race results are available from the results section.

Final details for the Allithwaite-8 race (including parking info.)

The 2nd edition of the Allithwaite 8, now with modified – MORE OFF-ROAD! It’s a multi-terrain race on the beautiful Cartmel Peninsula. Start & finish at Allithwaite community centre, LA11 7QJ.


The Allithwaite charity half-marathon

This took place on the 9th of September 2017, to raise funds for St. Mary’s Hospice, Ulverston. It was a hilly half-marathon on road, based on the former South Lakes Half-marathon (last run in 2012).

The start was at Cartmel Priory School. The course headed along the Cartmel valley, climbed up to Allithwaite and contoured along a flank of Hampsfell, before dropping down to Grange. From there, another climb took runners up to Lindale, followed by a descent to Field Broughton and back to finish at Cartmel school.  Photos and results are on our Facebook site.  In total, the race raised £369.60 for St. Mary’s!