Over the years we have built a close relationship with many people in the local Patterdale community, we rely on the goodwill & generosity of the landowners and residents in the valley so try to put something back into the area on an annual basis.
Glenridding Public Hall
The Public Hall in Glenridding plays a central role in community life within the Patterdale valley. It is a registered charity and serves as a central point for the many functions and events that take place across the calendar year. Like many other properties close to the centre of Glenridding the Public Hall was badly affected by the effect of Storm Desmond, but since then regular fund-raising events, as well as much time and hard work, have had a dramatic effect on improving the fabric of the building and it is a real credit to the area. We were happy to support Glenridding Public Hall with a donation after the race in 2016 which we know was very gratefully received and put to good use.
Click here to read more about Glenridding Public Hall
All the catering at the Playing Fields is provided by the Patterdale School Support, the School is a stone’s throw away from the race start & finish and has fewer than 30 pupils. Each year the School Support Group needs to raise over £10,000 to help ensure the survival of the school. Last year the school raised over £2000 from the refreshments which makes a huge difference to the school funds, so please eat & drink generously it’s all in aid of a good cause!
We have made several donations to the School over the years when we have surplus race funds left over, we are a not-for-profit race and donate back any extra funds that we end up with.
If anybody would like to make a separate donation to the school, we know all funds are gratefully received and you can get in touch with them via their website:
Landowners & Farmers
There are many individual landowners & farmers that we rely on each year without whose cooperation the race could not take place. These include Robin & Andrea Taylforth (of Side Farm), Eric & Alan Weir (at Hartsop), Jimmy Hodgson (at Hartsop Hall) and Kirkstone Inn. Please make sure you respect their land by sticking to footpaths when in the valley areas & following marked routes when you are supposed to!
The Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) and National Trust generously allow us to have 70 teams in our relay race which means some 560 runners get to enjoy the terrain around the Patterdale valley, making it the largest fell-running event in the Lakes.
King George V Playing Fields
We think the location for the race is one of the best in the Lakes, with stunning views, a handy location & importantly plenty of space. So a huge ‘thank you’ to them for allowing us to use their land and please use the facilities with care & consideration.
Your car parking money goes directly to the Playing Fields Committee so don’t begrudge paying it, just take a look around you to see what you are enjoying.
Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team
Patterdale MRT are based opposite the Playing Fields. The team cover an area of 140 km2 and we have been greatly indebted to their assistance on the occasions that have demanded it during the running of the race (fortunately not too frequently!). Just as with Patterdale School we try and support the MRT with race donations so please help us to support them, you never know when you might need their help.
Marshalls & helpers
Those of you who help organise races will know the large debt we owe to the volunteers (because that’s what they are) who help us out with marshaling the race route. Come sunshine or come rain they willfully man check-points in sometimes exposed places & lousy weather; they also provide their time & travel costs free-of-charge, for which we are incredibly grateful.