Black Combe Runners
Black Combe is the most southern and western fell in the Lake District and Black Combe Runners is a small friendly fell running club based in that area. We come from around Ulverston, Broughton, Barrow and Millom and we run all over the South Lakes. Guests are always welcome at our Tuesday evening social runs and membership is open to all. You can also find us on Facebook and someone will usually be there to respond.
In a good year we organise a few fell races:
- Black Combe Fell Race is in early March
- Black Combe Dash *New! is in April
- Caw Fell Race is in May
- Duddon Valley Races are in June
- Bootle Show Race (Dark Side of the Combe) is in August
- Eskdale Show is in September
- Dunnerdale Fell Race is in November
- Kirkby Moor Fell Race is in late November
In the winter our social runs come a little lower down the fell – mostly – and someone will usually organise a longer run at the weekend. Fell shoes do very well in deep snow. We also organise a winter training league of Sunday morning fell, trail and cross-country chases.
Our social runs range across the southern fells from Eskdale to Windermere, and each year we pick a different set of local races for our road and fell championships. Mid-year the club organises a Summer Challenge involving elaborate (and sometimes arbitrary) routes across large parts of the Lakeland Fells, completed as a team-effort and usually finishing with a BBQ.
We have runners of all ages, abilities and interests, from GB team members to the old donkey who is writing this page, and roughly equal numbers of men and women. Most of us don’t get near the prizes but we all love to run on the fells. New members are always welcome and membership is very cheap, but you don’t have to join the club to come out for a run. Check the calendar, get some fell shoes and join us any time.
Get in touch by writing to someone at Black Combe Runners or asking on Facebook.