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Burbage Skyline

Burbage Skyline fell race

One of Dark Peak's two "other" fell races, 7.0Km with 189 metres of climb, a brilliant new route with something for everyone.

The 2022 event will be held on Tuesday 7th June at 7.30 pm

Follow the Facebook page for latest updates here - www.facebook.com/burbageskyline

Entry

Pre-entry ONLY, £9.00 limited to 400 runners.

In accordance with FRA Rules for Competition 2022, entries are open to all runners over the age of 17 at the year end (i.e. born no later than 31 December 2005)

Entries will open on Monday 25th April at 10am and close on Saturday 4th June (or earlier if limit reached).

Entries can be made here.

Please note that there are no refunds, and no substitutions can be made after the entry system closes.

The race, which is on a SSSI, is kindly supported by the Eastern Moors Partnership but is subject to permission being granted by Natural England.

Route

A new route is being introduced in 2022:Route

A new route is being introduced in 2022:

Burbage 2020 route

To undertake a virtual reccy of the route, see FATMAP

Burbage Skyline is a fixed route and marshals will be stationed at key sections. Whilst certain areas may be flagged, it is essential that you keep to the route to avoid disturbance to nesting birds and avoid erosion. This is especially important on Burbage North path.

The start is by the stone pillars along the main bridleway from the mini Toad’s Mouth car park – about 10 minutes from the Fox House Pub. The first km is the most straightforward – straight up the path to the first marshal, and then a turn east uphill along a stream up to the edge. From here it is relatively flat all the way to Upper Burbage Bridge but the rocks mean that this is far from straightforward. It is essential (and a condition of the race licence) that runners stick to the path to avoid erosion.

There are two easy river crossings at Upper Burbage Bridge before the route turns south, and the toughest climb of the day up to Higgar Tor. Run along the eastern edge all the way to the southern tip, around the marshal and follow the southern edge around to the next marshal, before dropping back down, and run to the corner of the sheepfold.

Now, it’s a direct eastward run along the Right of Way "path" – but this is very rough and boggy going (Dark Peakers will be very happy!) Head for the marshal then it’s a short, sharp ascent up to Carl Walk Hill Fort – over the other side and follow the main path (and bog) on a fast descent to the river crossing (which could be pretty interesting if it’s in spate). From there is a short way to the main path and a smooth run in to the finish!

Race Kit

It is mandatory to wear fell or trail shoes. Road running shoes are not suitable for this race given the very rocky and boggy terrain. Entrants wearing road shoes will not be allowed to race.

Otherwise, the kit runners are required to carry is at the discretion of the Race Organiser, depending on the weather conditions. All runners should be prepared for the requirement to bring FRA Best Practice kit if the weather is bad. A decision will be made on the evening or possibly before. If the weather is good, there will be no mandatory kit requirement - as has been the case in recent years.

FRA Best Practice Kit is waterproof whole body cover (taped seams and attached hood) + hat + gloves + map + compass + whistle + emergency food.

If there is a kit requirement then mandatory kit inspections may be performed on race day and you will not be admitted to start the race unless you have passed this inspection. A further check may be undertaken on completion of the race – anyone completing the race without the required kit will be disqualified and reported to the FRA.

Your race number must not be folded or cut down and, at the start, all checkpoints and the finish, must be clearly visible on your chest.

Unfortunately there is no kit storage facility at the Fox House – but it is a great place for a pint, so please do stick around afterwards for a well-deserved beer!

FRA Requirements

Burbage Skyline is a fell race (not a trail race) and is run under FRA licence.

Please ensure you have read and understand the FRA Requirements for Runners 2022.

Whilst relatively straightforward, the route contains sections of challenging rocky and boggy terrain, and three small river crossings. Runners must be confident of their ability to navigate and complete the route safely. It is imperative that you know what you are letting yourself in for.

The FRA highlight that it is prohibited to race with someone else’s number and to use GPS (or equivalent) for navigation or fixing position. If you retire you must report to the Race Organiser.

The event could not happen without the support of the FRA who provide insurance for the event allowing it to go ahead. We anticipate many or our participants are members. but if you are not a member please consider joining. FRA members provide many events each year and it is only possible with the support of participants who are also members. Join the FRA here.

Covid

Before entering please read and agree to follow the FRA guidance relating to Covid on their website.

Be prepared to wear masks in crowded areas, particularly registration and the start area. Be prepared to add a facemask (a doubled up neck gaiter will suffice) and alcohol gel to your race kit. Please stay away if you have any symptoms, have contact with anyone with symptoms, or are having to self isolate

Junior Runners

DPFR encourages competent junior runners to participate.

Under FRA regulations Burbage Skyline is open to junior runners aged 16 and 17, so long as the runner is 17 by the end of the year (i.e. born before the end of 2005). Junior entrants must have the consent of your Parent or Legal Guardian before entering and taking part in an FRA Fell Race and it must be your parent or legal guardian that completes the online entry form.

Personal Data

Race entry personal data – Race Privacy Statement

Enquiries

For all enquiries please contact Paul Fauset, Race Organiser on 07951 359665 / email



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