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Yorkshire Pen Y Ghent Ultra 2020

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Saturday 17th October 2020

Entries Open
Friday 3rd May 2019
Entries Close
Wednesday 14th October 2020
Entries so Far
52 Participants
Entry Fees

£30 affiliated 
£32 unaffiliated

Event Organiser - Stu Westfield
07890 620274

Welcome to the 2020 Pen Y Ghent 50km Ultra Time Trial

Message to new and existing entries, we're still racing!

We have been keeping a close watch on the developing Covid-19 situation and associated Government rulings. Ranger Ultras are also members of the Trail Running Association (TRA) which comes under the umbrella of England Athletics (EA). The TRA and EA have given specific guidance regarding the resumption of trail running events.

Currently (as at 22 August 2020) mass start races are still not permitted under TRA / EA Covid specific rules. However, a main concession is that trail running races may now resume in a Time Trial (staggered start format).

While the Pen Y Ghent Ultra is still some weeks away, we feel that it is an appropriate and measured response to move to a Time Trial format for this event in October 2020.

The course route remains the same.

Please read on through this special briefing for the amended TT timings and specific Covid-19 safety measures. For the benefit and peace of mind of everyone on the day, runners and Ranger Ultras volunteer team members alike, it is a condition of participation that competitors agree with and comply with these proportional safety measures.

In essence, this is a minor change to the overall PYGU experience. It is our intention that these measures do not detract from our usual offering of great day’s trial running, made possible in these difficult times.

We look forward to seeing you.

Stu Westfield (Covid Coordinator)

Peter Lowton

Race Directors                                                    email:  

Ranger Ultras                                                     mobile: 07890 620274


This safety plan / participant briefing document follows current

England Athletics guidance regarding special Covid-19 measures.


Before The Race

Existing entries: You can now select amend my entry and choose a starting time window to the nearest 5 minutes.

New entries: You can choose your start time on booking

Please note: If you can't make your exact starting slot on the day. This is not a problem, you will not be penalised. You may have to wait a few minutes until the next starting slot. On the day we will be starting runners as they present themselves to the start gate every couple of minutes (with maxiumum 6 runners starting at any time)

Please note: Arrive approx 30 minutes before your start time window to allow for registration, number issue, tracker issue and kit check.

Competitors should not attend the PYGU if:

  • If they have symptoms of Covid-19
  • Government / Local Authority rulings state that they are subject to local lockdown.
  • Government rulings state that they are subject to quarantine after returning from overseas countries.
  • They are advised not to by a medical practitioner, social worker or other professional.

While we have every sympathy for participants affected, we are sorry but we cannot absorb the cost of individual participants who are caught up in Covid related circumstances beyond our control. We have fully paid for most of the 2020 PYGU event infrastructure and this year’s participant’s entry fees have already been invested into the race. Hence, deferrals are not possible, as this would double the event costs per entry.

Our terms and conditions for participants who are unable to race, for any reason, remain as:

  • [Ref #5] The £30 (£32 unaffiliated) Race entry fee includes a non-refundable deposit of £15 (£17 unaffiliated)
  • [Ref #6] If I choose to cancel my entry up to 60 days prior to the event I will be entitled to a refund of £25. Note: In these unprecedented times, for the PYGU in 2020 we are extending the last refundable cancellation date to 30 days before the race. i.e. 17th September 2020.
  • [Ref #7] Race event entries may be transferred to another person (within the same race held on the same date and year) up to 3 days prior to the event. A charge of £10 will be made by Ranger Ultras to cover administration costs and time. It will be the responsibility of the outgoing participant to inform Ranger Ultras in writing of their intention to transfer their entry and name of the person receiving that entry. It will be the responsibility of the recipient to provide either an Si-Entries number or additional information necessary for Ranger Ultras, in addition to the £10 administration charge, before the transfer can be completed. Ranger Ultras will not engage, be responsible for, or party to, any exchange of monies between the incoming recipient and the outgoing participant.

Should the race not be able to proceed at all due to Covid circumstances beyond our control. Eg local lockdown or another national lockdown. Our promise to you is that we will offer the following options: 

  1. Straight transfer to the 2021 Pen Y Ghent Ultra
  2. Credit to the value of your race entry towards any of our future Ranger Ultras Trail Running Races or Ranger Expeditions guided challenge walks.
  3. Refund of race entry, minus Si-Entries booking and card processing fees.

Meanwhile we are very focussed on success and doing everything we can to continue to put on quality, safe, enjoyable and engaging races for trail runners.

What you should bring to the race

  • Personal hand sanitiser
  • Personal face covering
  • All compulsory kit (Kit checks will take place. Please see specific pass / fail criteria in kit notes below.
  • To allow us to optimise the HQ space, please arrive with your race kit ready in advance, rather than requiring a large area to spread out.
  • Please Note: Be prepared to be more self-sufficient this year regarding your trail snacks. We will have water top ups (only race marshals to handle water containers) refreshments and snacks available on the course but these will be in individual packaging and hence not the variety that we have traditionally been able offer.

Arriving at Race HQ

  • In line with TRA/EA guidance, please ask spectators and family members to remain outside of Race HQ. There are several pubs and cafes in Hawes where your friends and family can use wifi to log onto the race tracking web page.
  • Wear face covering
  • Remain socially distanced from other participants
  • Follow one-way system through:
    • Registration
    • Race Number Collection
    • Kit check
    • Tracker fitting
    • Left luggage bag storage
    • Toilets (optional)
    • Tea, coffee, snacks
    • Time Trial start area
  • Please keep face covering on until established on open trails.
  • Likewise, put face covering on finishing approach to Race HQ

Out on the course

  • Athletes encouraged to pull up their face covering when in proximity to other athletes, event volunteers and members of the public
  • Overtaking procedure (Other athletes): Overtaking athletes briefed to make their position know to other athletes by calling ‘Overtaking on your right side’ and waiting for the athlete ahead to move to the left side of the trail when safe for them to do so.
  • Overtaking procedure (Members of the public): Please remember that members of the public have equal right of way. Overtaking athletes to make their position known to members of the public courteously by politely calling ‘Overtaking on your right side please’ and patiently waiting for space to be made available.

Race Timings


Pre-race registration

From 19:00 we’ll be in the Race HQ: Market House, Hawes, for low-key pre-registration and kit checks.

Parking note

There is limited parking at The Market House.

Competitors are requested to park in the nearby village car park (100 parking bays)

Not on village roads or elsewhere which will cause an obstruction (see map in course notes)

The car park is open 24hours

Charging period is from 08:00 to 18:00, 7 days a week *

Charges are:

£4.50 per day / £15.00 for all week *

Don’t forget to get a ticket for Saturday prior to the race start

(* details from local authority website, correct as at July 2020. Please check at payment point for subsequent amendments to charges and timings etc)

Accommodation note:

This year only very limited floor space in the hall is available for finishing racers to rest and sleep over Friday and Saturday night. We encourage racers to use the local accommodation options wherever possible. If staying over in the hall don’t forget your sleeping bag, mat and comfortable indoor clothes.

There are toilets and wash basins, but no showers in the Market House.

For more comfort, there are several B&Bs and pub-hotels in Hawes and the surrounding area.

SATURDAY (note amended timings for TT format)

Race HQ: The Market House, Market Place, Hawes, North Yorkshire, DL8 3QN

07:00   onward - Race HQ open for Registration and Kit Checks

09:00 to 11:00   Race Start time window (You choose your start time and arrive approximately 30 minutes before. To help maintain social distancing, we suggest slower paced runners arrive earlier, with runners anticipating a faster pace arriving from 09:30). Once through registration and kit check, runners will be called to the starting area every couple of minutes in maximum groups of 6.

20:00   Race cut off (we have extended the race cut off for this year)

Race Results: The timekeepers provisional results board will be on view at Race HQ

Full verified results will be emailed to all participants and published online within 7 days of race completion: Ranger Ultras website & Ranger Ultras Facebook page.

Winners & category trophies: Will be presented on the soon after the last runner is back at Race HQ. If the winner has left for home, their trophy will be posted onto them.

Race HQ will be staffed throughout the event. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, soup and light refreshments will be available to racers on return to HQ


  • Ranger Safety Team Support
  • Navigation notes
  • At KIDHOW GATE: Snacks, fruit, water
  • At HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE: Snacks, fruit, water
  • At HQ: Tea / coffee / soft drinks, pizza
  • Finishers Medals
  • Trophies for 1st Male and 1st Female


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