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The Don Morrison Memorial Edale Skyline 2020 race will be held on Sunday 22nd March at 10.30am

Thanks to everyone who came to the 2019 event. Results on the DPFR site here, and with split times on SportIdent site here.

The route changed for 2018 and will be almost the same in 2019, the checkpoints are shown below. Note that the race no longer visits Mam Tor summit because of worries over erosion (control #7); take care on the short section of road at Mam Nick. See the Route page for a link to the 2019 map.

Number

Location

Gridref

Start

Grindsbrook Meadow

SK122862

1

Ringing Roger

SK125872

2

Top of Grindsbrook

SK105872

3

Grindslow Knoll

SK109868

4

Start of Brown Knoll Flagstones

SK080861

5

Top of Chapel Gate (end of flagstones)

SK099829

6

Mam Nick road crossing **take care on the road**

SK125835

7

Track on N side of Mam Tor

SK128840

8

Back Tor

SK145850

9

Lose Hill

SK153853

10

Townhead Bridge

SK168845

11

Top of Fullwood Stile Lane

SK170853

12

Hope Brink

SK177851

13

Win Hill

SK186850

14

Path on to Kinder Scout - stile

SK158878

15

Path junction (Coffin Rock)

SK143880

16

Ringing Roger

SK125872

Finish

Grindsbrook Meadow

SK122862

Results from 2018 :-

Results from Sport Ident including splits (team results will be added on Monday)

Results on DPFR

Some photos by Sport Sunday

The Edale Skyline Fell Race is supported by:

Edale Skyline Equipment 2019

This is a long race in which there is little respite from the often 'challenging' weather. Ask anyone who was there in 2007 or 2015, or take a couple of minutes to look here:

YouTube clip of Edale Skyline 2007

The required kit list goes beyond the standard FRA kit list for an AL race and is as follows:

  • Waterproof cagoule with taped seams and integral hood
  • Waterproof over-trousers with taped seams
  • Shoes and socks
  • Hat (we'll accept a Buff, but would prefer you carried something warmer)
  • Gloves
  • Map appropriate for navigating round the course
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • Food (400 kcal minimum) = at least 2 mars bars, preferable more!
  • Leggings (at least ¾ length)
  • Two long sleeved tops

At the organiser's discretion this list may be relaxed on the day, but all competitors should be prepared to carry all items listed above. We will have no hesitation in barring you from competing if you turn up without the stipulated kit. There will be kit checks for all runners at registration. There may also be random kit checks at the start and finish.

In addition, for the safety of you and fellow competitors, we recommend that you also consider carrying the following:

  • Mobile phone
  • Bivy bag

Sorry if you think this all sounds rather draconian, but it is done with your best interests at heart.


The route changed for 2018 and will be almost the same in 2019, the checkpoints are shown below. Note that the race no longer visits Mam Tor summit because of worries over erosion (control #7), take care on the short section of road at Mam Nick.

Number

Location

Gridref

Start

Grindsbrook Meadow

SK122862

1

Ringing Roger

SK125872

2

Top of Grindsbrook

SK105872

3

Grindslow Knoll

SK109868

4

Start of Brown Knoll Flagstones

SK080861

5

Top of Chapel Gate (end of flagstones)

SK099829

6

Mam Nick road crossing **take care on the road**

SK125835

7

Track on N side of Mam Tor

SK128840

8

Back Tor

SK145850

9

Lose Hill

SK153853

10

Townhead Bridge

SK168845

11

Top of Fullwood Stile Lane

SK170853

12

Hope Brink

SK177851

13

Win Hill

SK186850

14

Path on to Kinder Scout - stile

SK158878

15

Path junction (Coffin Rock)

SK143880

16

Ringing Roger

SK125872

Finish

Grindsbrook Meadow

SK122862

We will be applying cutoff times at 3 controls, slightly changed for 2019 based on the data from last year:

  • Mam Nick (CP6) 2 hours 15 mins
  • Townhead Bridge (CP10) 3 hours 05 minutes
  • Path onto Kinder Scout (CP14) 4 hours 20 minutes

There are good easy walking routes back to Edale from all of these points.

Click on the image to download a pdf of the 2019 route, taking note of the compulsory routes and out of bounds areas on the Kinder plateau and Mam Tor summit:


Edale Skyline Fell Race is a category A long fell race held on an unmarked course, covering high and exposed fell terrain in potential harsh conditions. Suitable experience is required, as detailed below. If you cannot demonstrate this your place will be cancelled and you will receive a partial refund.

You need to fulfil at least one of these requirements:

  1. have finished this race in the last 5 years
  2. have completed 2 AL races in the last two years
  3. be able to demonstrate that you can safely navigate your way round exposed fell terrain in potential winter conditions - please give plenty of information on the entry form to help us confirm your entry. We may contact you for further information if this question is not answered to our satisfaction.

Edale Skyline 2019 On the Day

General Information

The Don Morrison Memorial Edale Skyline Fell Race has been going since 1974. It is a long, tough, early season race, with often challenging conditions – we have had runners retiring with heatstroke and hypothermia! You must carry the stipulated kit. Take care on the hills and have a good day out. Please note the following:

Car Parking

IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION

Due to the excessive March rainfall, parking in Edale is much more restricted than usual and we stress the importance of car sharing for the race. There is plenty of free parking available on route to Edale, why not share lifts from one of the surrounding villages? We have been asked not to use the main village car park – parking marshals will direct you to the available car parking areas, please follow their directions. There will be a car parking fee of £5 for the day (which is less than the cost in the village pay and display) – there’s another incentive to share lifts.

All car park charges are donated to Edale Village School.

Registration

In Edale Village Hall, between 8.30am and 10.15am. If you arrive later than this, sorry, you won't be able to run.

You will be asked to fill in an entry form and complete a kit check. Please make sure your kit conforms to the standards set out on the Equipment tab of the Skyline pages. You must get the kit check completed before you can collect your number.

Collect your number from the relevant table - numbers will be generated after the closing date by SportIdent - they will be in Surname order, so it should be simple to find the correct table, you will not need to know your number! Then take your number to the SI card table where you will be issued with a Sportident dibber, unless you bring your own (if you do bring your own you must still go the the SportIdent table with your dibber). If you have a medical condition and/or allergy which we may need to know about in an emergency please fill in the details on the form on the back of your race number.

Keep the vest number at its original size and pin it to your chest. Please show this vest number to marshals at all checkpoints, even if you are wearing a jacket over the top.

Once you have registered, we assume that you start the race. If you do not start, please follow the procedure for retirements.

There will be a dibber box on the footbridge, just before the start field, so we can double check starters.

Route see Route tab

Procedure at Checkpoints

Register your dibber in the dibber box (it will go 'beep' - more than one beep is unnecessary but not a problem).

Show your vest number to the marshal. Please give the marshal enough time to record your number.
Please follow any instructions from marshals. If you look unfit to continue, you may be asked to retire.

There is no dibber at CP1 Ringing Roger (outward), CP2 Top of Grindsbrook, CP7 Mam Tor, CP8 Back Tor, CP11 Fulwood Stile Lane, CP12 Hope Brink and CP15 Coffin Rock.

Cut off Times – see Route tab

Retirements

Report to a marshal if possible. Also, you MUST report to the village hall to hand in your dibber. Emergency phone number is: 01433 670323

Kit Check – see Equipment tab

Weather

An up to date forecast will be posted here and in the village hall. The MWIS forecast for Sunday 24th March says (link to forecast website) - :

HOW WINDY? (ON THE SUMMITS)

West to northwesterly, 15 to 25mph morning, strengthening through day to 25-35mph; strongest Yorks Dales

EFFECT OF WIND ON YOU?

Walking becoming impeded on higher tops, with significant wind chill where exposed. Later very blustery Yorks Dales.

HOW WET? (PRECIPITATION AND ITS IMPACT)

Little or no precipitation

Chance of local brief showers afternoon, most likely western Yorks Dales.

CLOUD ON THE HILLS?

Very little morning, forming higher tops PM.

Very little cloud on the hills in the morning. During the afternoon, patches will increasingly form across higher tops; particularly in the west Yorks Dales.

CHANCE OF CLOUD FREE SUMMITS?

70%, or 90% Peak District.

SUNSHINE?
AIR CLARITY (BELOW CLOUD)

Sunny periods, may become cloudier during the afternoon. Visibility very good or excellent.

TEMPERATURE (AT 600M)

1C lifting to 3C. Where exposed to strongest wind, feeling close to -10C.

AND IN THE VALLEYS

Lifting to 7 to 9C after a frost at dawn. Locally a degree or so warmer eastern Peak District.

Bad Weather

Organisers may shorten the route or even cancel the event. The final decision may be delayed as late as race day, but obviously we will endeavour to give you as much notice as possible by posting a message on this site.

You are at risk of Hypothermia - more information

Drinks

We will try to supply water at CP6 Mam Nick and CP10 Hope Townhead Bridge. Drinks may run out on a warm day. There is very little water on the route, you are advised to take a water bottle with you.

Finish

  1. Use your dibber to record your finish time.
  2. Let marshals record your number.
  3. Hand in your vest number to the marshal.
  4. Take your dibber directly to the village hall for the download of your split times and return your dibber. If you don't download we don't know you are back and safe. There will be a charge of £30 for any lost dibbers.

Cancellation of entry and refund policy

Please let us know if you will not be coming to the event.

In the event of a cancelled entry the following policy on refunds will apply (unless the race has to be cancelled, in which case special arrangements will be made):

  1. if we decline an entry then we will give a full refund
  2. if a participant cancels within 7 days of entering then we will give a full refund
  3. if a participant cancels after the 7 days are up then we will give a partial refund, which will be the cost of the entry minus £2 to cover costs
  4. after Thursday 21st March we will no longer issue refunds (unless 1. above applies).

Please note that this year substitutions will not be allowed through the SI website as it makes vetting of entrants for experience impossible.

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