Black Combe Dash

The Black Combe Dash is a special one-off race for the 2021 English Fell Championships. It has all the features you love in the usual Black Combe race – endless springy climb, long fast descent, amazing views, sudden clag, navigational comedy – packed into a shorter route with less sleet and more bracken.

There will be two races: the men’s race sets off at 1pm, the women’s at 2:45pm. Both are run on the same route. All the facilities are in our usual finish field just north of the Whicham valley road. You can follow signs from the parking, which is in our usual start field. Please take care crossing that road, it’s very busy at the moment.

The start and end of the route go through private land and are flagged as far as the fell gate. The rest of the course is up to you but there are various lines cut through the bracken to help. You are strongly advised to recce the whole thing, or at the very least to go over the routes up to checkpoint 1 and down from checkpoint 3 on the morning of the race, and choose your lines in advance. It’s a fast, rough course.