Three Peaks Race

The Yorkshire Dales Fell Running Race

The Three Peaks Race is an annual, organised event, in which competitors race to climb each of the Yorkshire three peaks - Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough, and Whernside - and is one of the oldest, most famous fell races in Britain.

First run in 1954, the Race covers 24 miles of the most rugged and spectacular countryside in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, taking competitors to a height of 2,500 feet above sea level. The record time is held by Jeff Norman, who completed this gruelling challenge in 2 hours, 29 minutes, 53 seconds in 1974. The women's record of 3 hours, 16 minutes and 17 seconds is held by Sarah Rowell, Leeds City AC.

Competitors must carry a compass, whistle, emergency food, map of the route, and wind and waterproof jacket and trousers at all times, to ensure adiquate safety. The Three Peaks Race is a navigational event, with only some areas of the route being flagged.

Checkpoint Map References

  • Start/Finish SD805727
  • Whernside SD738815
  • Pen-y-Ghent SD838734
  • Hill Inn SD745777
  • Ribblehead SD765793
  • Ingleborough SD742747