14/01/2018. Summer runners just look away now. This is a proper winter fell race where the conditions could vary from a lovely clear winters day to a howling wind with sleet and snow. To take this on we highly recommend that you have good fell running experience and that you can handle yourself in cold weather. In 2017 the weather was pretty kind with single figures at the cafe area and -7 C and sleet on the summit.
The route takes a direct path up to the summit of the magnificent Hedgehope, the second highest summit in the Cheviots and offering fantastic 360 degree views. On the way you’ll pass the rugged Cunyan Crags, fight through the bogs of Dunmoor and finally climb the rocks near the top to reach the summit. To finish things off you may well be dumped into the tropical Breamish river if it is not in spate. All just to clean your shoes of course.
The area was cherished and documented by local farmer Sarah Wilson who passed away not so long ago, leaving her son and husband to carry on farming in Ingram. The Sarah Wilson cup will be the prize on offer as well as ranking points for the High Fells Trail Series. The event takes part at the Valley Cottage Cafe in Ingram and you’ll be doing your bit to improve the local economy whilst taking part in this slightly mad run.
This is an ideal opportunity to take on an extreme event in the knowledge that a safety team will be on hand with specialist medics, atv’s, 4×4’s and personnel to keep an eye on you. Tents will line the route and a communications system allowing quick escalation procedures. All you need to do is get out there and run!