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The Don Morrison Memorial Edale Skyline 2018 race will be held on

Sunday 11th March 2018 at 10:30

All other details and pages are yet to be updated ...

Results from 2017 :-

Link to SportIdent Results (with splits and team results)

Link to DPFR Results

The Edale Skyline Fell Race is supported by:

Edale Skyline Equipment 2016

This is a long race in which there is little respite from the often 'challenging' weather. Ask anyone who was there in 2007 or 2015, or take a couple of minutes to look here:

YouTube clip of Edale Skyline 2007

The required kit list goes beyond the standard FRA kit list for an AL race and is as follows:

  • Waterproof cagoule with taped seams and integral hood
  • Waterproof over-trousers with taped seams
  • Shoes and socks
  • Hat (we'll accept a Buff, but would prefer you carried something warmer)
  • Gloves
  • Map appropriate for navigating round the course
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • Food (400 kcal minimum) = at least 2 mars bars, preferable more!
  • Leggings (at least ¾ length)
  • Two long sleeved tops

At the organiser's discretion this list may be relaxed on the day, but all competitors should be prepared to carry all items listed above. We will have no hesitation in barring you from competing if you turn up without the stipulated kit. There will be kit checks for all runners at registration. There may also be random kit checks at the start and finish.

In addition, for the safety of you and fellow competitors, we recommend that you also consider carrying the following:

  • Mobile phone
  • Bivy bag

Sorry if you think this all sounds rather draconian, but it is done with your best interests at heart.

* Updated Saturday 12th March

Given the good forecast for the day the race organiser has relaxed the requirement for extra kit (i.e. kit in addition to the FRA rules requirements). We will rigorously check all runners to ensure that FRA requirements are met, and would strongly advise an extra thermal top and a mobile phone - it's still only March!.

Just to clarify, the FRA rules require a minimum of:

  • waterproof whole body cover (with taped seams and attached hood)
  • hat
  • gloves
  • map of route
  • compass
  • whistle
  • emergency food

The route has changed for 2017 - as below (these changes have been confirmed as at 7th February, with minor updates 10th February)

Start and Finish:

Field at the bottom of Grindsbrook (GR123862)


  • Ringing Roger (SK126872) - no SI punching required
  • Jagger's Clough (SK144881 - no SI punching required
  • **** changed for 2017
  • Stile - Path/Track Junction (SK157878) - no SI punching required
  • Gate into wood (SK171862) - no SI punching required
  • Track junction (SK190859) - no SI punching required
  • ****
  • Win Hill Summit (SK187851)
  • Hope Brink (SK174855) - no SI punching required (added a control for 2017, but was on already on the route)
  • Follow the marshals instructions on route via fell gate (B) - see map below
  • Hope (Edale Road) - (SK168845)
  • Lose Hill Summit (SK153853)
  • Follow ridge over Back Tor- no SI punching required
  • Mam Tor (SK127835) - no SI punching required
  • Mam Nick road crossing (SK125834)
  • **** changed for 2017
  • Track Junction - Rushup Edge/Chapel Gate (SK099829)
  • Follow the flagged track past Brown Knoll
  • ****
  • Track/Path Junction 350m E of Edale Cross (SK080860) (moved 100m to major junction for 2017)
  • Grindsbrook Path/Stream crossing (SK105872)
  • Ringing Roger (SK126872)
  • Finish (SK123863)

View the checkpoints on an OS map

Download a map of the course (pdf, 2.5MB)

Download a map of the route back from Mam Nick (for retirees and possible bad weather route - pdf, 1MB)

Route Notes

  • We will be using the Sport Ident race tracking system
  • There are two time cut-offs as follows:
    • Mam Nick: 3:00 after the start
    • Track/path junction East of Edale Cross: 4:00 after the start
  • We hope we don't have to, but you should realise that these cut off times are subject to change if the organiser considers it is unsafe for runners to continue. This is for your safety and for the well-being of the marshals.
  • Competitors are not allowed to take dogs on the course. Rabbits are allowed if kept under close control ☺.
  • You will need to display your full race number during the event and confirm it with marshals as requested.
  • You will need to follow instructions from marshals during the event.
  • There are two road sections. Whilst there will be marshals present, you should be advised that the roads are open to normal traffic and it is your responsibility to take care!
  • If you retire at any time after registering you MUST report back to the village hall.
  • It should go without saying that you have no priority over other users of the peak district during the event, much of the route uses paths which are very popular and sections of the route can be busy. Please be polite.
  • Unless directed by marshals, the choice of route between checkpoints is yours, but with the following exceptions:
  • Keep to the path on the zig-zags under Ringing Roger – both going up and coming down. If you are caught cutting the corners of the zig-zags you will be disqualified and banned from future events.
  • As per the map below, do not cut down Hope Brink early. There will be a control and marshal on Hope Brink.
  • Brown Knoll - a flagstone path is being built here. Please follow any instructions given at registration and by marshals on the route.
  • You must follow the edge path all the way along Kinder, particularly near the Woolpacks (SK090 870) between Jacobs Ladder and Grindsbrook. Alternative routes or short cuts are not allowed. This is by specific request from the Landowner and Natural England.

We work very hard with the Natural England, the National Park and the National Trust to secure permission for the skyline. Failure to follow these instructions could jeopardise future events in the Edale valley.

Route near the Woolpacks


Route through Hope


Edale Skyline Fell Race is a category A long fell race held on an unmarked course, covering high and exposed fell terrain in potential harsh conditions. Suitable experience is required, as detailed below. If you cannot demonstrate this your place will be cancelled and you will receive a partial refund.

You need to fulfil at least one of these requirements:

  1. have finished this race in the last 5 years
  2. have completed 2 AL races in the last two years
  3. be able to demonstrate that you can safely navigate your way round exposed fell terrain in potential winter conditions - please give plenty of information on the entry form to help us confirm your entry. We may contact you for further information if this question is not answered to our satisfaction.

Edale Skyline 2016 On the Day

General Information

The Don Morrison Memorial Edale Skyline Fell Race has been going since 1974. It is a long, tough, early season race, with often challenging conditions – we have had runners retiring with heatstroke and hypothermia! You must carry the stipulated kit. Take care on the hills and have a good day out. Please note the following:

Car Parking

As in previous years, car parking will be in a field near Shaw Wood farm, on the road between Edale and Barber Booth SK120851. Please follow marshal's instructions. Have some change ready – there will be a charge of £3 per car. Please car share if at all possible. All car park charges are donated to Edale Village School. The will be a signed off-road route from the car park to registration.


In Edale Village Hall, between 8.30am and 10.15am. If you arrive later than this, sorry, you won't be able to run.

You will be asked to fill in an entry form and complete a kit check. Please make sure your kit conforms to the standards set out on the Equipment tab of the Skyline pages. You must get the kit check completed before you can collect your number.

Collect your number from the relevant table - numbers will be generated after the closing date by SportIdent - they will be in Surname order, so it should be simple to find the correct table! Then take your number to the SI card table where you will be issued with a Sportident dibber, unless you bring your own (if you do bring your own you must still go the the SportIdent table with your dibber).

Keep the vest number at its original size and pin it to your chest. Please show this vest number to marshals at all checkpoints, even if you are wearing a jacket over the top.

Once you have registered, we assume that you start the race. If you do not start, please follow the procedure for retirements.

There will be a dibber box on the footbridge, just before the start field, so we can double check starters.

Route see Route tab

Procedure at Checkpoints

Register your dibber in the dibber box (it will go 'beep' - more than one beep is unnecessary but not a problem).

Show your vest number to the marshal. Please give the marshal enough time to record your number.

There is no dibber or vest number recording at CP1 Ringing Roger (outward), CP2 Coffin Rock, CP6 Mam Tor and CP8 Stile on Rushup Edge

Please follow any instructions from marshals. If you look unfit to continue, you may be asked to retire.

Cut off Times – see Route tab


Report to a marshal if possible. Also, you MUST report to the village hall to hand in your dibber. Emergency phone number is: 01433 670323 - not the same number as 2014

Kit Check – see Equipment tab


An up to date forecast will be posted here and in the village hall.

Bad Weather

Organisers may shorten the route to finish off Mam Nick (map here) or even cancel the event. The final decision may be delayed as late as race day, but obviously we will endeavour to give you as much notice as possible by posting a message on this site.

You are at risk of Hypothermia - more information


We will try to supply water at CP4 Hope village and CP7 Mam Nick. Drinks may run out on a warm day. There is very little water on the route, you are advised to take a water bottle with you.


  1. Use your dibber to record your finish time.
  2. Let marshals record your number.
  3. Hand in your vest number to the marshal.
  4. Take your dibber directly to the village hall for the download of your split times and return your dibber. If you don't download we don't know you are back and safe. There will be a charge of £30 for any lost dibbers.

Cancellation of entry and refund policy

Please let us know if you will not be coming to the event.

In the event of a cancelled entry the following policy on refunds will apply (unless the race has to be cancelled, in which case special arrangements will be made):

  1. if we decline an entry then we will give a full refund
  2. if a participant cancels within 7 days of entering then we will give a full refund
  3. if a participant cancels after the 7 days are up then we will give a partial refund, which will be the cost of the entry minus £2 to cover costs
  4. after Thursday 23rd March we will no longer issue refunds (unless 1. above applies).

Please note that this year substitutions will not be allowed through the SI website as it makes vetting of entrants for experience impossible.