SKIDDAW UPHILL MOUNTAIN RACES
SKIDDAW UPHILL MOUNTAIN RACES
Incorporating the 2013 UKA European Mountain Running Championship Trial Races (Senior & Junior), UKA Mountain Running Senior Home International and the 2nd race in the 2013 UKA Mountain Running Challenge
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The event will take place on mainly uphill courses on Skiddaw and Latrigg.
IMPORTANT : The start of the first race (Junior Women) is on the Latrigg path at an altitude of 230m (see map), approximately 0.5 miles from the Latrigg Car Park. Please allow plenty time to reach the start from registration in Fitz Park, Keswick. The other two races start in Fitz Park.
The courses will be marshaled, and marked at any points where the route isn’t obvious.
There will be three races as follows :
11.30pm : Junior Women’s Race 3.7km, 510m climb, 0m descent
12.00pm : Senior/U23 Women’s/Junior Men’s Race 8.7km, 940m climb, 80m descent
1.00pm : Senior/U23 Men’s Race 11.3km, 1080m climb, 230m descent
The prize giving will take place in the Football Club Pavilion at Fitz Park at 3.30pm.
Entry is on the day only, apart from those pre-entered by their national federations for the senior home international competitions, and costs £5 per athlete for all events. Registration is at the Football Club Pavilion in Fitz Park.
The senior/under 23 races are open to athletes born before 1994. Although the senior races incorporate the senior home international events, the races are open for all to enter. Please note however that only those eligible for UKA team selection may gain ranking points in the UKA Mountain Running Challenge. See separate section below for details of the 2013 UKA Mountain Running Challenge.
Individual and team medals will be awarded for the senior home international competition, see separate section below.
The junior races are open to athletes born in 1994 to 1997 inclusive. No younger athletes may compete in the junior races.
All three races incorporate the trial races for selecting UKA teams for the European Mountain Running Championships. See separate section below for details.
Safety (VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ)
All competitors must bring water/wind proof long sleeve top and bottoms, hat and gloves and must be prepared to carry them if the organizer specifies they must do so. The races finish high up on an exposed mountain side/summit and the only protection you will have from the elements is the gear you carry (unfortunately there is no way the organizers can transport kit to the summit). Failure to comply with any minimum kit rule will result in disqualification.
Any athlete who retires from the race must report their retiral to a race marshal.
Athletes are responsible for making their own way back down the mountain after the finish. We strongly recommend that you follow the race route (main Skiddaw Path) back down the mountain to the Latrigg Car Park, then take a right turn and follow the main path round the side of Latrigg back to Keswick. The route from the summit back to Fitz Park is approximately 7.7km.
The event base/registration is at the Football Pavilion in Fitz Park, where changing facilities and toilets are available. There is no designated event parking, but there is plentiful free and pay & display parking within five minutes walk of Fitz Park.
Senior Home International
The event incorporates the 2013 UKA Mountain Running Senior Home International. Teams have been invited from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and only those selected by their national federation will be eligible for the purposes of scoring and prizes.
Teams for both the women’s and men’s events comprise a maximum of six athletes. Up to four of the athletes may be seniors (born before 1991), with the remainder of the team to be made up of under 23 athletes (born within the years 1991 – 1993 inclusive).
Medals will be awarded to the first three individual finishers in both the male and female senior and under 23 categories. There will also be team medals for the first three male and female national teams with the first four finishers to count. Note that for team scoring, there will be no differentiation between senior and under 23 athletes.
European Mountain Running Championship Trial Races
The races will incorporate the trials for selecting UKA teams for the 2013 European Mountain Running Championships. The selection policy for the event can be viewed here…
Note that for the purposes of selecting the senior UKA teams, senior athletes are defined as born before 1994, i.e. incorporates the senior home international under 23 age group.
Only athletes born in 1994 to 1997 inclusive are eligible for UKA junior team selection.
The 2013 European Mountain Running Championships will take place in Borovets, Bulgaria on 6th July.
2013 UKA Mountain Running Challenge
The 2013 UKA Mountain Running Challenge is a senior competition comprising three events :
19th May : Inter Counties Championship – Settle Hills, Yorkshire
25th May : European Mountain Running Championship Trial – Skiddaw, Cumbria
11th August : World Mountain Running Championship Trial – Whinlatter Forest, Cumbria
Challenge eligibility and scoring details can be viewed here…
Race Organiser : Steve Harwood (Keswick AC)
Event Coordinator : Mark Johnston (Mark_Johnston@tiscali.co.uk, 07717 623344)
UKA Selection : Sarah Rowell (firstname.lastname@example.org, 07712 051002)