Three Peaks Race

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The Three Peaks Race is a fell race held annually on the last weekend in April, starting and finishing in Horton in Ribblesdale.

The course traverses the Yorkshire Three Peaks. The present distance is about 23 miles (37 km).

The first known circuits undertaken by athletes, as distinct from walkers, were not made until the winter of 1948/49. Three Leeds climbers, Des Birch, Jack Bloor and Arthur Dolphin, who were also members of Harehills Harriers, completed the course in times varying from 4hrs 27mins to 5hrs 20mins, with Des Birch setting the first record at 4:27.

The first race was organised by Preston Harriers and took place in 1954 and it was thought that there was a good chance of Des Birch's time being beaten. The conditions for the race were reasonably good but with a strong easterly wind making it feel cold. The start was at the Hill Inn, Chapel-le-Dale, with six runners taking part. Ingleborough was climbed first, where the competitors were bunched together after twenty-seven minutes, followed by Pen-y-ghent which was reached by the leader Fred Bagley in 1:48, one minute ahead of Stan Bradshaw. At the summit of the final peak, Whernside, Bagley's time of 3:28 gave him a lead of twelve minutes over Bradshaw, and the former returned to the Hill Inn with a total time of 3:48. Bradshaw finished in 4:06 and the third finisher was Alf Case in 5:02. [1]

From 1964 onwards, the event was organised by the Three Peaks Race Association and in 1975 the race venue was transferred from Chapel-le-Dale to Horton in Ribblesdale. [2]

Alterations which led to a longer or a more difficult course were taken in 1975, 1983 and 1987.

In 1981 the race was postponed due to heavy snowfall and took place in October. The 2001 edition was cancelled due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. The 2020 race was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 5th World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge was incorporated into the 2008 race. [3]


2020Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
27 April 2019Brennan Townshend2:50:22 Victoria Wilkinson -5-3:20:01
28 April 2018Tom Owens -2-2:49:08Victoria Wilkinson -4-3:22:17
29 April 2017Murray Strain2:49:38Victoria Wilkinson -3-3:09:19
30 April 2016 Marc Lauenstein 2:48:58Victoria Wilkinson -2-3:26:47
25 April 2015 Ricky Lightfoot -2-2:51:42Helen Bonsor3:27:24
26 April 2014Ricky Lightfoot2:53:16Victoria Wilkinson3:21:32
27 April 2013Joe Symonds -2-2:54:39 Jasmin Paris 3:33:04
28 April 2012Joe Symonds2:55:58Sarah O'Neil3:28:46
30 April 2011Tom Owens2:53:34 Anna Frost 3:30:00
24 April 2010Morgan Donnelly3:02:34Anna Lupton -2-3:30:45
25 April 2009 Rob Jebb -4-2:54:53Anna Lupton3:36:31
26 April 2008 Jethro Lennox 2:53:39 Anna Pichrtová 3:14:43
29 April 2007Rob Jebb -3-2:51:49Mary Wilkinson3:30:22
30 April 2006Rob Jebb -2-2:54:15Helen Sedgwick3:43:40
24 April 2005Rob Jebb2:57:50Sally Malir3:59:56
25 April 2004Andy Peace -4-2:55:46Louise Sharp3:39:49
27 April 2003David Walker3:06:27Beverley Whitfield3:56:40
28 April 2002 Simon Booth -2-3:10:43 Tracey Brindley 3:46:12
2001Cancelled due to foot-and-mouth outbreak
30 April 2000 Simon Booth 2:52:43Sally Newman3:38:11
25 April 1999 Mark Croasdale 3:04:48 Angela Mudge 3:20:17
26 April 1998Mark Roberts3:03:31 Carol Greenwood -3-3:34:16
27 April 1997 Ian Holmes 2:52:28Carol Greenwood -2-3:34:39
28 April 1996Andy Peace -3-2:46:03 Sarah Rowell -4-3:16:17
30 April 1995Andy Peace -2-2:52:52Jean Rawlinson3:48:40
24 April 1994Andy Peace2:56:52Sarah Rowell -3-3:21:50
25 April 1993 Gavin Bland 3:05:17Carol Greenwood3:39:50
26 April 1992Ian Ferguson -3-3:01:11Sarah Rowell -2-3:19:11
28 April 1991Ian Ferguson -2-2:51:41Sarah Rowell3:16:29
29 April 1990Gary Devine3:00:51Ruth Pickvance3:44:18
30 April 1989Shaun Livesey -2-2:51:45Vanessa Brindle -4-3:32:43
24 April 1988Ian Ferguson2:57:29Vanessa Brindle -3-3:37:16
26 April 1987Hugh Symonds -3-3:00:01Vanessa Brindle -2-3:44:05
27 April 1986Shaun Livesey2:56:40Carol Walkington -2-3:49:12
28 April 1985Hugh Symonds -2-2:49:13Vanessa Brindle3:38:10
29 April 1984Hugh Symonds2:50:34Bridget Hogge3:41:00
24 April 1983 Kenny Stuart 2:53:34Carol Walkington
& Wendy Dodds
25 April 1982 John Wild 2:37:30Jane Robson3:40:54
11 October 1981Harry Walker -3-2:56:34Fiona Hinde3:59:16
27 April 1980Mike Short2:43:32Sue Parkin3:35:34
29 April 1979Harry Walker -2-2:53:11Jean Lochhead3:43:12
30 April 1978Harry Walker2:43:34------
24 April 1977John Calvert -2-2:51:04------
25 April 1976John Calvert2:43:59------
27 April 1975 Jeff Norman -6-2:41:37------
28 April 1974 Jeff Norman -5-2:29:53------
29 April 1973 Jeff Norman -4-2:31:58------
30 April 1972 Jeff Norman -3-2:36:27------
25 April 1971 Jeff Norman -2-2:36:26------
26 April 1970 Jeff Norman 2:48:11------
27 April 1969Colin Robinson2:44:44------
28 April 1968Mike Davies -4-2:40:34------
30 April 1967Mike Davies -3-2:47:19------
24 April 1966Mike Davies -2-2:53:22------
25 April 1965Mike Davies2:47:00------
26 April 1964Peter Hall2:53:00------
28 April 1963Dennis Hopkinson3:18:37------
29 April 1962Geoff Hodgson -2-3:00:07------
30 April 1961Geoff Hodgson3:05:10------
24 April 1960Frank Dawson -2-2:58:53------
26 April 1959Frank Dawson3:13:25------
27 April 1958George Brass -2-3:08:25------
28 April 1957Peter Dugdale3:33:50------
29 April 1956Jack Bloor3:33:15------
24 April 1955George Brass3:28:45------
24 April 1954Fred Bagley3:48:00------

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  2. W.R. Smith, "Runners on the Three Peaks", The Dalesman, 37(1975-76):966-68.
  3. Hughes, Danny (2008-04-27). Pichrtova, Lennox take Three Peaks title – WMRA World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-06-23.