clennell trail run

Half / Marathon / High Fells 38

Sunday 6th August 2017 – Held under UK Athletics rules with Trail Running Association

Ultra Marathon: £40 / Marathon: £30 / Half Marathon: £22 – Entries open early 2017 

Back for it’s 3rd staging is this popular summer trail run.  With three different distances on offer you are to sure to find something that suits – 38 mile ultra, marathon and a half marathon.  Expect testing hills, cracking views and plenty of super positive people to help you reach the end.  There may even be, heaven forbid, some kind of cheeky sting in the tail.  This is a great event for getting away with the family as it’s set on the grounds of a country hotel and you can have free camping or take a bunk room or hotel room for a bit more comfort.

Come for a fantastic run in the stunning Northumberland National Park.  The Cheviots are some of the biggest hills outside of the Lake District as England flirts with the Scottish border.  Our events are aimed at everyone from the serious runner to those who are completely new to the sport.  All are welcome at this friendly and relaxed run and all will be treated equally.  To remember the run you’ll get a finishers badge and a buff.

Race Essentials




Last Entry

Steep Hills but good ground
13m/ 26m/ 38m


Info pack Sent out 1 week prior
Registration times 7am til 9am
Run start 9:30am.  Ultra marathon will be setting off 6am.
Off road 100% for HM, 99% for Mara and ultra
Course records  NA
Parking Free parking provided.  Please follow the signs.
Prizes 1st/ 2nd/ 3rd Male. 1st/ 2nd/ 3rd Female. V40 Male/Female, V50 Male/Female, V60 Male/Female, V70 Male/Female.  All competitors will receive finishers badge and a buff..


 Ultra: £40, Marathon: £30, Half Marathon: £22.  For terms and regulations regarding the event please click here.  Just to be clear, NO transfers, deferrals or refunds available.


No cut offs in place for this run. Take as long as you like. The only reason we’ll pull you out is on medical grounds.

Route Marking

The route will be fully marked except for one section of the ultra which is an out-and-back. Marshals will be out on the course.  GPS files of the exact route will be sent out with the info pack.


There will be a number of checkpoints on the route.  Some will take numbers and others won’t.  In general it will be the two longer distances that will check numbers.  You can expect food, drink and some general chit-chat.

Medical Info

If you have any medical conditions you must tell us in advance of the run.  A professional medical team will be on site to deal with major incidents.  First aiders can also be found around the course.  Each runner will be given essential safety info to take round with them that has key details on it.  Mountain Rescue are informed of the event.  The nearest hospital is Cramlington Accident and Emergency Hospital.

Mandatory Kit List

This is a summer run but the Cheviots are still more than capable of cold weather, especially if you have to stop for any reason.  Half marathon runners can use their own experience about what to take but should the weather be inclement you’re expected you to take to full kit list.   The run won’t be called off due to bad weather (lightning apart) so you’ll just have to deal with it.  Here’s your list:

  • Enough fluid for 2 hours of running
  • Emergency whistle
  • Waterproof/Windproof jacket/gillet (can be one jacket)
  • Hat and gloves
  • Leg cover either in the form of running tights or waterproof covers.
  • Emergency survival bag – the plastic kind are just find and cheap as chips.
  • Food of your choice.
  • Mobile phone.  It will only work when high up but it can be a vital lifeline in an emergency.
  • OS Map OL16 1:25,000

This kit will be checked before the run starts as no chances will be taken out on the hill.


There are plenty of Strava routes out there but you will notice that the 2015 route was different to the 2016 route.  The extra course options will be announced nearer the time but expect something similar to 2016.

A gpx will be sent out with the info pack.


Got something on your mind?  We might be able to help you here:

Do I need to register in advance?

Yes.  All participants must enter in advance using our online booking.  For registration info please see above.

Will we receive a map of the route?

You will be sent the map as part of the runner information pack around 1 week prior to the event.  There will be a map of the route on display in the registration area.  The route will be well marked but in the event of any issue refer to your map.  The route is well sign posted with marshals at key points.

Are there Age Limits for Participants?

Yes.  All runners must be 17 or over for HM.  18 or over for marathon or ultra.

Should I bring my family?

Why not.  The free camping gives you a perfect opportunity to get out for the weekend.  We’ll try and get some kids stuff available such as treasure hunts, lego and colouring in to pass the time.  There are a number of wonderful attractions not too far away such as Cragside house and estate.

Can I bring my dog?

UKA and TRA rules are not allowed to join you during the run.  Dogs are more than welcome on the site and grounds however.

What Shoes Should I Wear?

Trail or fell running shoes are highly recommended.  Steep grassy hills will need grip.  The ultra route goes along the border ridge which is pretty much permanently wet.

Can we stay the night before?

Yes!  Take advantage of the free camping or maybe take a bunk room or hotel in Clennell Hall Country House.  See some accommodation options here.

Do I need a support team?

No.  We will man the event and make sure you get round OK.  You will need to bring essentials such as a kit list/compulsory items mentioned above.

What happens if I drop out?

We encourage anyone to try as hard as they can but there is no point in going beyond your limits.  Injury, fitness or even a family emergency may mean you have to leave the event.  If this happens on the course please go to the nearest checkpoint and let them know you are dropping out.  If you only go to one checkpoint please try and make it the registration area as this is the final count of who has finished and left the area.  If you don’t then we’ll presume you are missing and go on a man hunt!  Always sign out of the event.

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