Dark Side of the Combe – Black Combe Country Fair, Bootle

This was a new race for 2016, based loosely on a previous route that last ran about 10 years before. It is part of the Black Combe Country Fair on the showground in Bootle, this is a really popular show, often with more than 3000 attending (see link to show website below). The route heads through farmland onto the fell, up and down Black Combe and back the same way. The downhill should be fast and great fun, possibly rivalling the last downhill of the March Black Combe race. The race is free entry, following the £5 entry on the day to the show.

From 2017 there has been a junior/novice race of about 7km and 180m climb, with a minimum age of 14


From the showfield, there will be a road crossing out and back. Please follow marshals’ instructions.

The course is marked across farmland and all the way to checkpoint 1, this route is compulsory, please DON’T recce across the farmland as it is not a public right of way, access to the fell can be gained a little further south from Bootle village if you want to check the course beforehand.

The junior race will follow the same course to checkpoint 1 and turn and follow the same route back. The course will be marked. All junior runners will need a completed parental consent form or parents signature on their entry form.


This is an FRA registered A-Medium race, so normal kit requirements apply, whatever the weather.  There will be kit checks. If the cloud is down you will need the map and compass…

Full waterproof body cover (top and bottom)

Hat and gloves

Map, compass and whistle

Emergency food.

Junior kit requirements will be decided on the day. Bring full waterproof body cover just in case.



  • M : 1:03:32 John Heneghan, 2018
  • F : 1:14:10 Hollie Orr, 2018