Our Races

Allithwaite 8 2024 – November 2nd

We’ve done it again! Once again the Allithwaite 8 will be on the calendar for November, and being super-organised we also have entries open! Visit  Allithwaite 8 2024 entry  This year will be the 8th event – so keep your eyes peeled on our socials for some special happenings.

Allithwaite 8 2023 – November 4th

Post-Race update: Thanks to everyone who came to join us for this year’s Allithwaite 8. A great day, with a strong turnout of competitors and a good crowd of supporters to cheer them in to the finish. Results available on our Results page here: https://www.allithwaiterunningclub.org.uk/results/.

As usual, our marshal team were on form  – many thanks to all of you.

Update (2 November): all entries have now closed and the final information has been sent to all entrants the final information here: Final details for the Alllithwaite 8 Race 2023

Please read it through if you’re joining us. We really look forward to seeing you :)


We’re back! Yes folks, the 7th Edition of the Allithwaite 8 is now open and we look forward to welcoming you once again to some of the best trails on the Cartmel Peninsula. For those of you who haven’t yet joined us for our previous races, we’ve built an enviable reputation as one of the friendliest races around with legendary marshals and amazing unique prizes.  Oh, and if that’s not enough, it’s a beautiful route, clearly flagged so no chance of navigational errors.  We look forward to seeing you there. Entries are here: https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=12254

Allithwaite 8 2022 – Update 5 November

110 runners toed the line at 11 am – a record turnout as we continue to grow the event. Many thanks to all of you who turned out on a damp day. A good competition with some really strong running – congratulations to all of you, especially those fortunate enough to get one of our unique chocolate medals – we’re guessing that they won’t last long :)  For results see our results page here: https://www.allithwaiterunningclub.org.uk/results/

We hope you enjoyed our fantastic marshals and the warm reception back at the Community Centre. Your entry fee will contribute to the Community Centre, Allithwaite Primary School and the church whose car park we use. It’s a real community effort and we thank you for your support.

We have a few items left behind in the hall afterwards  – please contact us as soon as possible so we can get them returned.

We’re already looking forward to next year and hopefully seeing you all again.


UPDATE 3 November

We’re excited to say we are now COMPLETELY full – NO entries on the day.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday. To make your day go smoothly, please read through the final details here.

Final details for the Alllithwaite 8 Race 2022

We are delighted to announce that the Allithwaite 8 race will take place on 5th November. Entries are now open through this linkhttps://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=10427

Start time is 11am at the Community Centre, Allithwaite LA11 7QJ. Last registration is at 10.30. We hope to welcome you to the friendliest race around. Once again we have some brilliant local and unique prizes on offer!


Allithwaite-8 (2021)

Our Races

Thank you to all runners for making a great day and coming to the ‘Cumbrian Riviera’ on a less-than-Riviera day.  We had a great turnout, with 84 runners toeing the line on Saturday the 6th of November.  Despite wind gusts forecast at 44 m.p.h. and having had swamps (nearly up to the race director’s knee) in places a week prior to the race, the first runners were back in good time still.

Our marshals loved cheering you on and we look forward to seeing you again.   Full results are just below, in .jpg format.  This year’s race was a challenging one to put on.  Indeed, the list of who’d marshal where got re-vamped a few times in the build-up to the race due to various reasons.

There is a reason why it took a bit more time than usual to publish results.  In a ‘normal’ year, the registration/results would be handled by a couple.  Unfortunately, one of them contracted covid-19 a few days before race day.  While that person was in isolation, the other needed to work at home.  We’d send images of the results sheets by mobile phone, so they could be transcribed into a database, then we’d get the results back.  However, we hope you’ll take in account one person working alone is a slower process than if two work at it together.  Thanks loooaaads for being patient.

The full list of results: positions 1 → 43positions 44 → 84.

The podium placings: 1st, 2nd & 3rd male/female.

The veteran & junior age categories: page 1page 2.

We’ve been in touch with the winners of prizes for MV40, FV45, FV60 & FV65, so all’s accounted for there now.


The Sands Chase Challenge 2022

This will be in January 2022.  It’s a 6-miles long road route, with a difference … anyone can win it.  How so you ask?  Well it’s a pacing challenge.  One of the club acts as a starter & referee.  Each runner decides an individual start time, comes to the start line (a stone arch on Fernhill Road, Grange-over-sands) shortly before that and the starter will see them off.  The winner is the person who goes round the route and finishes closest to 12:00 noon.  That means that a person crossing the finish line at 12:00:01 will beat a time of 11:59:58.

Each runner needs to know the route.  No watches/timing are allowed though, apart from …
(a) the race controller telling you when your desired start time is coming up,
(b) maybe a glimpse of the dot-matrix signs above the platforms at Grange station &
(c) the route goes past Grange clock tower (assuming of course that it’s correct).

Entry is £2 on the day.  Half goes to a charity of the winner’s choosing, the other half goes to the winner.


Past Races


Allithwaite-8 (2020) … :-(

We HAD planned for Saturday the 7th of November, having been super-organised and getting our permit in place well before March and lockdown no.1.  It seemed that it would be rather difficult to put the race on in a good fashion and, as it turned out, lockdown no. 2 put paid to the A-8 and many other events.

We regret that we weren’t able to support our usual prizemakers and sponsors of treats for the marshals – but if you can, please support Pete Bland Sports in Kendal for any equipment (available online) https://www.peteblandsports.co.uk/, our medal suppliers in Grange: Choc O Lori, our beer suppliers Unsworths https://www.unsworthsyard.co.uk/brewery/  and Cartmel sticky-toffee pudding!


The Sands Chase Challenge 2020

The Sands Chase 2020 was on Sunday the 12th of January 2020.  Thank you to all those club members, friends and visitors who turned out to run it (please see the page News).  It goes by the name of  ‘challenge’ as it’s not won by the fastest person, but by whoever can judge a pace (without a timing device) to cross the finish line at midday.  This year Sally Mapstone won it.

The Allithwaite-8, 2019

An amazing day!  We had a great turnout, with 80 runners toeing the line on Saturday 2nd November.  Good conditions for the race despite some ‘damp’ ground had some speedy runners fighting for the podium places with less than 2 minutes separating the first 4 men across the line.  The women’s race was no less fought over, again with just over 2 minutes separating the first 3 ladies across the finish.

Many thanks to all competitors who came to the race.  We look forward to seeing you again – our marshals loved cheering you on and we promise more local goodies for the prizes!  Full results are here:A8_(2019)_full-results.


The Sands Chase challenge 2019

This took place on Sunday the 13th of January 2019.  Thank you to all those club members, friends and visitors who turned out to run it (please see the page News).  This year Jim Robson won it, crossing the line about 20 s after midday.


The Allithwaite-8  (3rd edition) 2018

This took place on Sat. the 3rd of November, held under A.R.C. permit 18/398.  It was fantastic to see 102 runners on the start line, in only the 3rd year we’ve held the race.  Sincere thanks to all of you for coming.  The results are published on the results page of the website.  There are various photographs on the club’s facebook site too, so we hope you enjoy looking at them.


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 route 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.  Race results are available from the results section.


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!