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The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance challenges which have been developed over the past three or more decades. It now offers a diverse range of long and "short", old and recent, formal and informal routes from around the UK to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to have a go.

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The Over The Hill Round (north-west Yorkshire Dales)               UK Ultras

Howgill country - Simon's Seat en-route from Middleton

© Copyright Trevor Littlewood and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

This circuit was inspired by The Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge and was aimed at encouraging runners of 50 years old or more to continue participating in long-distance mountain challenges.  It was the first in a sequence of six challenging runs (five in the UK and one in The Canary Islands) which formed the Over the Hill Series.  The series ran from 2002 to 2012 before being discontinued.  The OTH Round, along with all the others, now operates on an informal basis without time limits, registrations or certificates and is open to all age groups.

Based on Sedbergh the round combines the trio of trig points on Baugh Fell, Great Shunner Fell and Wild Boar Fell with the only four trig pillars in the Howgill Fells. Much of the route is across wild, pathless terrain while the latter stages take full advantage of the steep open fells for which the Howgills are renowned.  The OTH Round was devised by Tony Wimbush and first completed in 2002, along with Colin Brooke, in a time of 11 hours 6 minutes.

Route

Starting and finishing at Sedbergh church (GR 659 501) the circuit links together the 7 trig pillars listed below.  It is recommended that your route takes in Flust (GR 770 943), High Dyke (GR 803 943) and Stonely Gill (GR 712 003) but these are optional provided rights-of-way and Access Land are adhered to. The circuit may be undertaken in either direction or from an alternative start point.

OS Explorer map: Use OL19 - The Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley.

Schedule

gofar - uk ultras - OTHR TW schedule schedule.pdf


Click on the icon the view/print a schedule of the inaugural run in 2002.


Completions

An archive of registered completions (2002-2012) for the OTH series is available together with some background (see below). Although there are now no formal registrations Tony Wimbush would welcome news of any future attempts on any of the routes.  Email: info@gofar.org.uk.  

Links and Further Information

□   Over The Hill Series - An archive of registrations (2002 to 2012) plus some background to the series.

Baugh Fell

GR 731919

Middleton

GR 653013

Great Shunner Fell

GR 848973

The Calf

GR 667971

Wild Boar Fell

GR 757988

Winder

GR 654934

Green Bell

GR 698011