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Saturday 7th July 2018

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Pennine 39; Pennine 24
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68 Participants
Entry Fees
Pennine 39   £47.00   
Pennine 24   £29.00   
Event Organiser - Joe Faulkner

The 39 or 24 mile mountain trail runs follow a classic sections of The Pennine Way, in the Cumbrian/Durham Pennines.  Both routes run from Bowlees Visitor Centre in Middleton-in-Teesdale up glorious riverside trails, past Cauldron’s Snout.  From here they split, with the full route going via High Cup Nick to Dufton, and then over Crossfell to Alston.   Both routes start at Bowlees and finish at Alston.  They are linear routes with a bus ride to the start. The routes share common first and last parts with each other but are stand alone events in their own right.  P39 is a key stage of the Pennine Way, and takes in the highest point of England outside of the Lake District.  

The P24 route will leave Cauldron’s Snout and head past Cow Green Reservoir and head for the South Tyne Trail.  Whilst you will miss out on High Cup Nick and Crossfell, it is still a very worthwhile route and a good day’s run or walk.  

Start Time – 9:30am at Bowlees Visitor Centre
We’ll be running the free bus from Alston YHA at 8:15am  to arrive at Bowlees for 9:00am. This is a change to previous year’s start, so we have a little more time at the start.

Maps / Navigation
Both routes are on reasonably good trail at all times.  The longer full route from Dufton and over Crossfell is high and remote and can be difficult to navigate in poor visibility.  The P24 stays on good trails with easier navigation. Pennine 39 runners are recommended to carry the Harvey’s Pennine Way Central map. P39 runners are expected to stay on the main Pennine way, which is obvious on the map, if not the ground it parts!  Note there are two variations in / out of Dufton and you must visit the Checkpoint in Dufton.

P24 runners / walkers will also be given a clearly written route description to supplement their map, so this is an ideal introduction to an 'unmarked' NAV4 event.

All runners / walkers must be equipped for poor weather on remote trails in wild high terrain. The following should be your normal mountain trail running kit list:

  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Overtrousers
  • Spare warm mid-layer
  • Hat and gloves suitably for the weather forecast*
  • Survival Bag
  • Whistle and compass
  • etc 

Race HQ / Accommodation
Race HQ and our main registration is based at Alston YHA,  All runners will be offered free transport to Bowlees for the start.  You can also register at Bowlees on Saturday morning if this is easier.  We have 25 beds available here on Friday and Saturday nights.  Alston is a great little hostel, with quality small bunk room accommodation, lounge dining room and kitchen facilities.  The hostel is right next to The Pennine Way, and on the edge of the village which offers a range of shops and pubs, and other accommodation including B&B’s, hotels, etc.

A Friday night bunk and a good simple self-service breakfast is just £26 per person per night.

A Saturday night bunk is £34 but includes an evening two course ‘Supper’, which is in addition to your post run NAV4 Soup+

'Non-residents' can book a 'Supper Ticket' for an additional £8.

Public Transport
We are very keen for people to use the train to get to us, and the nearest station is Langwathby on the Settle-Carlisle line.  The journey from Leeds, Skipton, Settle and up though the Dales is well worth taking for the scenery alone.   We will arrange collection from Langwathby or Penrith (the main West coast line) on Friday evening.  We will coordinate this nearer the event.

Beer and Good Banter
If you’ve done any of our events before, Tour de Helvellyn, or Lakes Mountain 42 events, you will know what to expect. P39 will be a tough days’ run, but in a relaxed event and very sociable for those who wish to stay over on neither Friday and or  Saturday nights.  The entry fee is £47 (or £29 for P24) which includes a bus ride to the start, from Race HQ, CP refreshments and the infamous ‘NAV4 Soup+‘, post run buffet.

Maybe we will have free ‘Pennine Challenge’ beer again from the excellent The Pennine Brewing Co.

Enter soon: remember, event places are limited to 100 runners max, and the number of YHA beds finite to 25.

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