Kendal Winter League 2020

The fixture dates for the 2020 Kendal Winter league have been published on the Helm Hill website.  The race dates are different from previous years and there are changes to the order of the races.

We hope that lots of juniors will be taking part in the league once again and that many who have not taken part before will give it a try this winter.

Some Kendal Winter league races will be included in our Junior Championships – Scout Scar on the 5th January and Giggleswick on 12th January will be the first two races of the Settle Harriers Junior Championship 2020.

At the Giggleswick race on the 12th January, we hope to get at least 50 of our juniors taking part.

January 5th Scout Scar 2020 Junior Championship Race
January 12th Giggleswick 2020 Junior Championship Race
January 19th Whitestones  
January 26th Birkrigg  
February 2nd Break no race
February 16th Barbondale  
February 23rd Sedbergh  
March 1st Cunswick  
March 8th Cautley  
March 15th Break no race  
March 22nd Elterwater  
March 29th Helm Hill  
April 5th Yarlside Downhill (not a points race)  
April 19th Arant Haw Presentation (not a points race)  

More information is given below………

The league is open to ALL JUNIORS AGED 8 or ABOVE.  No previous race experience is required.
The first race venue is Scout Scar GR 502 918 The Old Racecourse, Brigsteer Rd, Kendal.
Go to Helm Hill Kendal Winter League for general information, course maps, travel info and registration forms that you can fill out and bring along to the first race (this will save time on the day).

For the benefit of those parents who are not familiar with this League, here is a quick resume of what it is and how it works………..

The age category definitions are different for seniors and juniors (under). Senior categories are defined as your age on 31st December 2019.  Eg. A V40 will be 40yrs old on 31st December 2019 or before. ‘Under’ categories age is defined at the end of the year, as in age on 31st December 2020. Eg. An under 13 must be under 13 on 31st December 2020 to compete in the under 13 race. The minimum age of any runner is 8yrs old on or before race day. Within the senior race there will be an under 21 championship. Within the u13 race there will be an u11 category.

Under 13 (dist approx 1 mile).  For juniors born in 2008,2009,2010,2011,2012 but must be over 8 on the day.

Under 15 (approx 1.5 – 2 miles) For juniors born in 2006 & 2007

Under 18 (approx 2.5 miles)  For juniors born in 2003, 2004 & 2005

Seniors (3 miles -– 5 miles)  Born in 2002 or earlier


Entries are on the day only, but please can you pre-register on the Helm Hill website, even if you are only intending to race at Giggleswick, by pre-registering you are helping the officials with producing the race runner lists and results. 

Entry fees are a £1 for juniors (£4 for seniors).

Junior races always start at noon with the Under 13s going off first.  It’s best to arrive an hour or so before the start to give you time to find parking, get your child registered and so that your child can get familiar with the course and get “warmed-up” properly.  You need to register your child (and pay the £1) at each race. At your first race you attend you will be given a number to retain for the whole series.

Juniors should wear their Settle Harriers vests in the races although they will probably need to wear something under this – either a t-shirt or thermal vest depending on the weather. Please bring warmer clothing for juniors to wear before and after their race.  A hot drink for afterwards is also a good idea !



At each race, it will be up to the organisers to decide whether it should be carried and this may depend on the weather conditions on the day.  “Kit” for juniors means carrying a WATERPROOF TOP, HAT & GLOVES. It is easiest to carry this in a small “bum bag” or some prefer just to tie it around their waist.  If it is very cold or wet, juniors may prefer to wear the extra kit instead – which is fine.

It is best to wear footwear with good grip in these races – fell-running or trail-running shoes are ideal or trainers if they have very good grip.

You can take part in as many or as few of the races as you like.  The “league” results for juniors are based on your best 5 races. Awards (decorated thermos mugs last year) are also made at the end of the series to all juniors who complete 5 or more races.

If you need more information, please contact Andy through the contacts details at the bottom of this page or see him on a Tuesday training night.  Hope to see lots of you at Scout Scar, Giggleswick and at the other league fixtures.

League positions for 2019.

League positions for 2018.

League positions for 2017.

Fell Runners Association (FRA) Junior Championship

Junior are also encouraged to take part in the Fell Runners Association (FRA) Junior Championship races.

FRA Junior Championships 2020

28th March Kettlewell – North Yorkshire Details
11th April
Rivington Pike – Lancashire Details
25th April
Clough Head – Cumbria Details
30th May
West Nab – West Yorkshire Details
20th June
Todd Crag – Cumbria Details
4th July
Bradwell – Peak District Details

Eligibility Rules Clarification and FAQ

For more information, go to the relevant FRA website page and follow the links.

British Open Fell Runners Association

The British Open Fell Runners Association, runs fell races from the middle of May to October.  Many of them are held in the Yorkshire Dales with a few excursions into the Lake District and even one as far away as Scotland.

BOFRA is a great way for children to be introduced into fell running with individual races run under age groups:

  • Under 9 Boys and Girls (minimum age 6 years)
  • Under 12 Boys and Girls (minimum age 9 years)
  • Under 14 Boys and Girls
  • Under 17 Boys and Girls

There is a championship that runs all season for all the age groups over the the age of 9.

The under 9’s age category is “non-championship”, but medals and T-shirts are awarded to all the children who are members of BOFRA and have completed the required number of races – as with the older age group championships.