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Monday 21st December 2020

Entries Open
Monday 23rd November 2020 at 19:00
Entries Close
Monday 7th December 2020 at 19:00
Entries so Far
18 Participants
Entry Fees

FRA Member  £6
Non-Member  £8

Event Organiser - Andy Blackett

This race is organised by Durham Fell Runners and licensed and supported by the Fell Runners Association.

Silent Night is the dark festive cousin of Chapelfell Top Fell Race.  It is 6.6km with 370m of ascent, run entirely in the dark, on an unmarked route, on rough pathless ground up to the 703m summit of Chapelfell Top above St John’s Chapel, Weardale.

You select your start time between 7pm and 7:25pm when you enter.

England Athletics and the FRA have issued further advice around travel to events within the new tiered system.

 To summarise, those living in a tier 3 area cannot travel to another area to compete.  Those living in a tier 2 area cannot travel to a tier 3 area to compete.  The FRA believe the definition of 'area' for Silent Night race is the North East Combined Authority, which encompasses County Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland. If you live outside this region you should not enter.

Navigation will be required. GPS is not allowed to be used for navigation. You must provide verifiable evidence of completing two events which includes off path navigation such as mountain marathons or AL Lakeland (or similar) races (trail races/sky races/short fell races will not be accepted). Kit requirements are extensive and will be strictly enforced. If you aren’t sure if you have enough relevant experience please read no further, this is not a race for people without extensive fell racing experience.  

In order to comply with government guidance we have made some modifications.

  • The race will be run in a time trial format with entrants setting off in groups of 6 at 5 minute intervals. 
  • The race will start on the track where there is room for appropriate social distancing. It will finish at the bottom of the track where it meets the road.
  • There will also be one-way systems in place on sections of the course.
  • All entries will be pre entry via SiEntries with a maximum of 36 participants.

Parking & registration: Chatterbox Cafe, 11 Market Place, St. Johns Chapel, Weardale, DL13 1QF.

Course: 6.6km distance, 370m ascent.

Route: See map on website.


  • Map (provided with race information)
  • Compass (suitable for navigation - not a button/toy compass)
  • Whistle
  • Head torch
  • Spare head torch
  • Waterproof top with integral hood and taped seams
  • Waterproof bottoms with taped seams
  • Emergency food
  • Mask/Buff
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Emergency Bivvy Bag (not a blanket)
  • SPARE Warm insulated top and SPARE full length tights in a waterproof bag
  • Mobile Phone with RO phone number stored in it - 07739462684

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