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NAV4 Tour de Helvellyn

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Saturday 16th December 2023

Entries Open
Wednesday 15th February 2023 at 14:00
Entries Close
Monday 4th December 2023 at 18:00
Entries So Far
235 Participants
Waiting List Entries
17 Participants
Entry Fees
Entry Fee   £70.00   

Entries will close earlier should the entry limit be reached.

Event Organiser - Joe Faulkner


2023 will be the 14th TdeH the classic winter mountain run, traditionally run on the shortest Saturday in December.  The route starts at Askham and runs around Helvellyn, mainly on mountain trails and bridleways, but climbing to a height of nearly 600m, and a distance of around 38 miles.

  • A winter run of this type is tough and requires good navigational skills, experience and self reliance. It is an unmarked route predominately on good paths and trails.
  • The event is 'low key' with minimal support and all participants will need to be suitably experienced and equipped.
  • Individual support teams, pacing or 'crew' are not allowed. No spectators at CPs.
  • We will be using Open Tracking's excellent trackers this year, hence the price increase.

The route is the original; a tough circuit around Helvellyn starting and finishing at Askham on the edge of the Lakes. The distance is 38 miles with around 2000m of ascent and descent. The terrain is tough mountain trails and so fell running and navigational skills are essential. Entries are limited and strictly limited to experienced and competent entrants. This is not an event for novice trail runners...!


  • It is a condition of entry that you are suitably experienced and have the skills necessary to look after yourself in very challenging terrain and conditions. This is no ordinary trail run, but needs winter hill running experience.
  • To enter, ensure you have read all the details below and then enter via the registration page at SportIdent.
  • I limit our events to around 200 starters. Entry system will accept 220 people to allow for DNS.  A waiting list will kick in once 220 have signed up. 
  • You can edit your entry subsequently, if you wish to book accommodation or amend your details, etc, subject to availability. (Floor / sleeping space limited to 18 people)

Pre/Post Race Accommodation

We have limited floor space in Askham CC and campervan space nearby, and must be booked in advance.  Anyone sleeping in a vehicle in an event car park must pay the overnight fee.


Friday Evening - Registration is open in Askham CC  between 6pm and 9:30pm only.  We all need to get to bed early. If you can't make it by 9:30pm you can register on Saturday morning.

Saturday Morning - Registration is open from 6.00am - until 8:45am. Last start at 9.00am.

PARKING - should be on-site at the Community Centre and adjacent overflow field. tbc.

You may start at any time from 7.00am – 9-30am, but be aware that Control 2 at Side Farm,  Patterdale, does not open before 9.30am and closes at 11.45am. You choose your start time, but you must not arrive at Side Farm before 9:30am.  

Kit Check - in the pre-start area in Askham CC, just before you start.


  • All of the route follows footpaths, bridleways or minor lanes in a logical sequence around Helvellyn, but it is unmarked and you need to navigate.  No route description is issued; as competent navigators you won't need one!
  • Start and finish at Askham Community Centre (513 237).  
  • CP1 Martindale Church (435 191)
  • CP2 Side Farm (398 162) opens at 9.30am - closes at 11.45am.  
  • CP3 Swart Beck Footbridge (359 179). 
  • CP4 Stannah Beck footpath / Bridleway junction / finger post (321 189)
  • CP5 Swirls car park (317 168) 
  • CP6 Birkside Ghyll (326 124).  
  • CP7 Side Farm (398 162)  cut off 4:30pm, 
  • CP8 Martindale Church (435 191) 
  • Finish at Askham Community Centre (513 237)

At the finish.... We'll keep the tea and coffee flowing until your ready for the famous  'Joe's Soup' along with more tea and cakes... 

Kit List - Your kit will be checked on the start line

  • Waterproof Jacket with hood, waterproof over trousers. 
  • Long sleeved thermal ‘base layer’ shirt, plus an additional long sleeved micro-fleece mid-layer.
  • A third additional 'emergency', retirement layer, such as a primaloft gilet or jacket, is very strongly recommended.
  • Warm hat and gloves/mitts 
  • Long thermal leg wear.  Shorts may be worn if conditions and personal preference allow – but long leg wear must be carried, and in addition to over trousers.  
  • Headtorch – even for the fastest, even if it is just a small emergency light.
  • Food / drink – and plenty of it!   
  • Mug and/or drinks bottle
  • Three roadside CPs will provide drinks: water squash, tea, coffee. 
  • Compass, whistle, SURVIVAL BAG and emergency food.
  • First Aid Kit - Minimum of one 5x5cm wound dressing and a roll of tape or bandage.
  • A hardcopy / paper map suitable to navigate you around the route, or at least get you safely off the fells.  A GPS or SATMAP is not a map and not acceptable.
  • Map choice is yours. I recommend Harvey's Lakes East Ultra Map, as it covers our LM40 as well.

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This event offers the option to purchase XCover, so that participants may be able to get a refund if they are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

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