Pennine 39 Saturday 11th July 2020
The Pennine 39 follows a classic section of The Pennine Way, through the Cumbrian/Durham Pennines. From Low Force past High Force in glorious Mid-Teesdale, to the amazing geological feature that is Cauldron’s Snout and the high and remote and stark Cow Green reservoir. The magnificent geological feature of High Cup Nick is next, then Dufton Checkpoint, before the climb to Old Man Knock and the mighty traverse over Crossfell, the highest point of England outside of the Lake District. A long descent to Garrigill, then riverside paths to the finish at Alston completes an amazing day.
If you’ve done any of our events before you will know what to expect; a tough day out, a relaxed event and very sociable. The entry includes a bus ride to the start, from Race HQ, CP refreshments and the infamous 'NAV4 Soup+' and post run snacks.
Entry fee is £48, inclusive of coach transport to the start from Alston YHA, and all the usual NAV4 trimmings.
9:00am at Bowlees Visitor Centre. We’ll be running the free bus from Alston YHA at 7:45am to arrive at Bowlees for 8:30am. This is a change to previous year’s start, so we have a little more time at the start.
Maps / Navigation
The route is on reasonably good trail at all times. The route from Dufton and over Crossfell is high and remote and can be difficult to navigate in poor visibility. Runners are recommended to carry the Harvey’s Pennine Way North map and 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.
All participants must be equipped for poor weather on remote trails in wild high terrain. The following should be your normal mountain trail running kit list:
Spare warm mid-layer
Hat and gloves suitably for the weather forecast*
Whistle and compass
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.
Stay overnight, or make a weekend of it by booking a bed for Friday and or Saturday, we have 25 beds available here each night. 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 £32 per person per night.
A Saturday night bunk is £40 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.
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.
Enter soon: remember, event places are limited to 100 runners max, and the number of YHA beds finite to 25.