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Can you hack it!

In a true test of character in our new challenge events!


These are stunning routes at any time of the year but reach their peak in the Autumn with the richness of colours in the forest and moors at this time of year.

We are also running a 10K on the same day called the Adderstone 10K – a simple and not too challenging 10K around the Adderstone area of Dalby Forest along forest tracks.

Dogs NOT allowed on any route.

13 to 16 year olds allowed on 10k with an adult.

Full and Half – over 16’s only

Cold drinks and snacks provided during the event, plus hot and cold drink with flapjack provided at finish line.

On environmental grounds please note that none of the routes will provide a cup – you MUST carry a bottle or cup of your own.

All finishers will receive an exclusive Forest & Moors medal.

Full electronic timing for all entrants.

Price includes entry to Dalby Forest.

Entry prices are:

  • Full Marathon £26
  • Half £17.50
  • 10K £15

NO on-the-day entries.

You may be asked for proof of entry on the day – email receipt acceptable.

The routes

Whilst we go to huge lengths to sign the routes we cannot be held responsible for mis-navigation. On the full marathon It is YOUR responsibility to carry the kit below and to be able to navigate the route if required.

All three routes start and finish in the “Great Yorkshire Forest” from the Adderstone car park in Dalby Forest.

The route heads through the forest, with extensive views when gently descending Stoneclose Rigg, enabling you to catch your breath before the sharp climb out of Staindale and up to the Fox and Rabbit Pub (water station), it’s then down the pleasant meanderings of Cross Dale, the route then turns up Newtondale and its challenge of ups and downs and the occasional (depends on the weather) mud of Levisham Woods. Onwards and upwards to Levisham Elbow (water and snacks).

Here the Half and Full course split:

Half: Heading out across Levisham Moor, towards Skelton Tower and the majestic sweep of Moorland called Levisham Bottoms (truly wrongly named) which gives top class running on grass through bracken and heather with fantastic views down onto the North York Moors Railway as it steams on through Newtondale. The route climbs out of Saltergate Moor to give extensive views over the magical Hole of Horcum, before re-joining the Full Marathon route on the “Old Wife’s Way” (Water station).

Full: Heads downhill for a short quick burst of single track road, before a climb through woodland and across Stony Moor to a section through remote areas of Cropton Forest (water station). Upon leaving the forest a gentle climb leads to the high areas of Wheeldale Moor, with views stretching from the sea to moorland to forest, from here it’s a rollercoaster of a run across Wheeldale Moor, taking in; Wheeldale Bridge (water station), Howl Moor and over Simon Howe towards Ellerbeck, crossing the North York Moors railway (watch out for those classic steam trains), it’s then up to Lockton High Moor, Saltergate Moor and Hazel Head Moor (you’re seeing where the name came from). Here you join up with the Half Marathon on the “Old Wife’s Way” (Water station).

Both routes now come together: The Old Wife’s Way takes you along the edge of Lockton Low Moor with extensive views of Blakey Topping on your left and Landgdale and Dalby Forest filling your view on the right. Then some truly lovely running (it’s a gently downhill, soft going, single track footpath) down past the Bridestones and into a beautiful piece of mature woodland and down into Staindale with last grab of water before the sharp climb back to the finish.

Mandatory equipment and requirements for marathon (please add from here down to confirmation email)

  • Hat and gloves
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Minimum of 500 ml water/sports drink to be carried
  • Whistle
  • Emergency food supply (chocolate/energy bar)
  • Mobile phone – switched on at all times
  • Map, OL27 and compass.

Recommended kit

  • Spare gloves
  • Buff or similar
  • GPS
  • Full leg cover (eg running tights)

You may be asked to prove you are carrying the kit at ANY checkpoint.

Other notes

Your event number and safety pins will be issued on the day at check in. It MUST be worn at ALL times on an outer garment.

Your timing chip, which is wireless, will also be provided at check in. Please attach to your shoe with twist ties provided or you will not get an accurate time.

The start and check in for the event is Adderstone Field, Dalby Forest, YO18 7LR.

The barrier at Dalby will allow you through without payment, a code will be provided at the start that will allow you out for free.

Adderstone is approx 7 miles along the forest drive, Signs will be out on the day. Please arrive in plenty of time, we will have staff on site from 8am.

You may be asked for proof of entry on the day – email receipt acceptable.

Start Times

The full starts at 09:00, the half marathon starts at 09:30 and the 10k at 10:00.

Strict cut off times – at Levisham Elbow Marathon runners must be there by 10:30 after that time you will be switched to the half course, Eller Beck cut off is 1:30pm, maximum allowable finish time is 3pm.

If on the day you decide to switch events please tell the check in staff on arrival – ie before you start!. You will NOT be allowed to go up a distance.

Parking will be signed and staffed, there will be plenty of parking.

Drinks and small snacks are offered on the course with further drinks and flapjack at the finish.

All finishers will receive a Forest and Moors medal of honour.

We will have a barista coffee van at the start/finish for you to buy your Java fix.

The route will be signed but please make yourself familiar with our online map below. There will be route maps to look at on the day.

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Some of the scenery around the route