2021 Race

Sunday 3rd October 2021

9.15am start, King George V Playing Fields, Patterdale

We have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s 2020 Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay. We feel that the complexities of avoiding social contact not only at the Start and Finish, but also at each Leg Changeover, mean that it would be impossible to guarantee compliance with new FRA Guidance for the race.
A huge part of this Event IS the social contact especially at the Finish, with runners sharing stories and experiences; take away this part of the day and you take away the soul of the race. If we combine this with the likely sentiments of and risk to the local landowners and local community we believe this is the correct decision to take. Next race Sunday 3rd October 2021 !

The ‘Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay’ is a fell running relay race that started life as the ‘Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay’ (see History section for more detail). It is set in the heart of the Lake District Fells, takes place every year on the first Sunday in October, and is competed by around 70 teams from across the country, but mainly the North of England. It is the longest-running mountain relay in the country.

The race is a tough one, with 4 legs each throwing up their separate challenges, including hard climbs and steep descents on difficult terrain. The route requires careful navigation, especially in bad weather, so it is imperative that clubs only enter if they are confident that all 8 runners have the navigation & mountain experience to cope with these conditions…. it is not a race for novices wanting to enter their first fell race. The race also represents one of the highlights of the fell running calendar with keen racing across some magnificent mountain terrain, and is always a great social day out ending with many stories & shared experiences.

Each leg is run in pairs (so 8 runners per team) and teams compete for a number of prizes across different categories including Open, Ladies, Mixed and Vets teams.

There is a strict limit on the number of teams allowed to compete each year, currently 70 teams, and the fact it is usually over-subscribed does mean that entries are difficult to obtain and there is a certain amount of ‘entry by invitation & vetting’ that has to be applied. Sorry!

You will find all the information you need to enter the race, details on each leg, and important bits of info for all competing teams on this website, so please take a look around, and hopefully we’ll see you on Sunday 3rd October 2021.

Chris, Scoffer, Sara and Jon.

We are greatly indebted to our Sponsors who generously support this race either by providing prizes or giving their time free of charge. Please try and support them in return!

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Ron Hill