The Winter League

The Winter League races start on the first Sunday of January and then mostly weekly until end of March. 

Dates for 2022

9th Jan Scout Scar
16 Jan Giggleswick
23 Jan Whitestones
30 Jan Birkrigg
13 Feb Barbon
20th Feb Sallows (New)
27 Feb Sedbergh School
6 March Cunswick
13 March Cautley
20 March Helm Hill
27 March Elterwater
3 April Sedbergh Peoples Hall Arant Haw race (not a counter in the league) and awards presentation

The junior races start at 12.00 (please allow 15mins to sign in and pay before the start of your race) and the senior race at 1.00 - last registration/collect number at 12.45.

You must not attempt to race if you have not registered for that race - 'extra' runners will cause a delay at the start whilst we work out who you are!

The cost is £5 for seniors and £1 for juniors. Please bring cash, we will be trialling a card payment system but just in case....

NOTE: The online registration will close at midnight on the 4th of Jan 2022 to allow us time to prepare the entry sheets. Including the junior races there are often 300 or 400 runners at these races and the paperwork is a massive undertaking on the volunteers who have to type in runners details for results. The days of 70 runners turning up with an SAE are long gone. We hope to streamline the system this year and speed up the processing of the results. Whilst you can race on the day, like parkrun, you may initially not appear in the results if you haven't registered online as you won't be in the system.

If we need to cancel a race due to severe weather including poor road conditions for travelling to a race or conditions on the fell we will post on Twitter and this website by 7:30am on race day or sooner.

We are delighted that Different Strokes will again be supporting this year's Winter League Series. Detail of the prizes for this year's competition will be announced soon. Robert Crawford, the Managing Director has also made a significant contribution to Helm Hill Runners which will help support the Club's activities throughout the year. 


We are also excited to announce that Pete Bland sports will also be supporting the series. Pete Bland Sports will be working with Helm Hill throughout the year and this includes the Winter League and other races which the Club organises. The Pete Bland van will be at selected races (details to be confirmed) and this is a great opportunity to support our local running shop. A big thanks to Matt Bland and the team for their help!!

Kit requirements – ALL runners need to bring kit to the fixtures and be prepared to carry it. Seniors – full waterproof body cover, hat & gloves, whistle. Juniors – waterproof jacket, hat & gloves.

A polite reminder that due to landowners' specific requests, dogs are not permitted at winter league races. We have to negotiate access each year, so please help by not bringing your dogs to ensure these races can continue.

All races are flagged and open to all (no need to be a member of Helm Hill or any running club). Senior race distance anything from 2 - 5 miles, from hard cross-country to gnarly (but low-level) fells. Junior races shorter.  Junior races from noon (U13,U15,U17), senior races follow around 1pm (Note: Last registration for seniors is 12.45).  7 races from 11 to count for senior series, 5 from 11 for junior series - points mean prizes.  See individual race pages for more info on each race.  Please note Arant Haw does not count for the series results in either juniors or seniors.

Please share cars where you can, as parking is limited at all races.

In competing in any race you accept the hazards involved in fell running and run at your own risk. The organisers accept no liability for any loss or damage of any nature to yourself or property.