The Don Morrison Memorial Edale Skyline 2017 race will be held on
Entries will open on 1st February, follow the links below:
As of 17 Feb the race is full, any more entries will go onto a waiting list. On previous occasions when we have had a waiting list there have been enough withdrawals through injury to allow everyone a run, so please do enter.
We are currently looking at entrants' experience, if we need more information we will be contacting you very soon.
N.B. The route has been significantly changed for 2017, please go to the to the Route tab to view (with minor updates 10th February, 2017).
Congratulations to Jasmin Paris and Jack Wood for their triumphs in 2016.
We had a very different day from last year, with hazy sunshine and little breeze rather than a howling gale and rain. Despite this, times were not too different, owing to the slushy snow cover on much of the route. Many thanks to all involved in making the day run so smoothly. I had little to do except pose in my tracksuit and eat pies :)
Gavin Williams RO
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:
The required kit list goes beyond the standard FRA kit list for an AL race and is as follows:
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:
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:
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)
Download a map of the route back from Mam Nick (for retirees and possible bad weather route - pdf, 1MB)
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:
Edale Skyline 2016 On the Day
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:
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.
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.
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):
Please note that this year substitutions will not be allowed through the SI website as it makes vetting of entrants for experience impossible.