Location: Kettlewell, Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales. NGR SD970 723

Kettlewell Kaper
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Kettlewell Kaper

Counter in the 2020 FRA Junior Fell Running Championships! (see bottom of page for info)


Unfortunately, the Kettlewell Kaper is POSTPONED pending futher advice.

Any updates will be posted here.

This will be fell running at its best in the very heart of the Yorkshire Dales – we’ve planned exciting routes that offer tough uphill climbing and adrenaline-charged descents, all set in this most fantastic of locations – we promise this race will be one to remember.   Based on a ‘there and back’ route format the races see the different age categories climbing higher and higher on to the beautiful slopes above Kettlewell covering limestone terrain and swooping grassy paths. The views are far-reaching and the running exhilarating.

Our sincere thanks to the National Trust and landowner for their kind permission to run the event.

Where:   Kettlewell, Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales. NGR SD970 723

Organised by:   Harrogate Harriers & A.C.  with kind assistance from Wharfedale Harriers.

When:   Saturday 28th March 2020

Age Categories Years of birth for 2020 competition
  U9 2012, 2013, 2014 (from day of 6th birthday)
  U11 2010, 2011
  U13 2008, 2009
  U15 2006, 2007
  U17 2004, 2005
  U19 2002, 2003

Entry fee:  
Entries on the day – £2.00 for U9, £3.00 for other age groups

Registration:   Kettlewell Village Hall, Kettlewell, Skipton BD23 5QX, where there will be toilets, teas and coffee. Registration is a short walk from the carpark and 10 minutes walk to the start.  Open on the day from 9:30hrs and closes at 12:30hrs.

Car parking:   Fell race parking will be on field parking at NGR SD970 723 (post code BD23 5QZ). A £3 charge will be levied with donation to Wharfedale Mountain Rescue. Portable toilets available on site.  Please use the car park provided as the village is unable to cope with large numbers of vehicles.

Prizes:   Top three in each category (male and female) and goody bag for all finishers.

Routes:   (click for route map/profile)

In the event of bad weather, and to ensure the safety of competitors and marshals on the high and exposed terrain, the race organiser reserves the right to change the route format. Changes will be announced on the day but will involve multiple loops of the lesser distance courses

Please note that the lower section of the course – the loop where the U9 race will take place – is completely on private land and we request that you DO NOT recce this section prior to race day.

Start and Finish:   Approximately 10 minutes walk from car park / registration along a rough track. NGR SD964 725. Take care at road crossing.

Start times:

  • U9 – 11:00hrs
  • U11 – 11:20hrs
  • U13 – 11:50hrs
  • U15 – 12:30hrs
  • U17 – U17 & U19 will start together at 13:15hrs
  • U19 – U17 & U19 will start together at 13:15hrs

No races will start earlier than the advertised time.  All runners will be required to pass through the funneled area to the start line so a head count can be undertaken.

Prize Giving: All presentations will be in Kettlewell Village Hall at 14:30hrs.

Restrictions:  Sorry, given the sensitivities of lambing, nesting and the National Trust landscape, dogs will only be allowed ON A LEAD and on those parts of the course which follow the PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY.  To be very clear, this means that NO DOGS AT ALL are allowed on the private area constituting the majority of the U9 loop. Please respect this situation and thank you for your understanding.

Kit:   The routes cover high and exposed terrain. All runners in every category will be expected to carry kit that complies with FRA guidelines (U11, 13, 15, 17, 19 age categories expected to carry or wear waterproof top and trousers, hat and gloves; U9 waterproof top, hat and gloves) you will not be allowed to run without it. You will be checked at the start and at the finish. Anyone found trying to cheat these safety rules will be disqualified and/or prevented from running and the FRA will be informed. Shoes suitable for fell running expected to be worn.

Litter:   We have special permission from the National Trust and local farmer to run the race at this venue. PLEASE be responsible for all your own litter and kit. Please use labelled bags for recycling rubbish.

Other info:   Teas, coffees and cakes will be for sale at registration at the Village hall, all proceeds to Harrogate Harriers Juniors. Also public toilets and cafes/pubs/shop available in the village.

Go Green

Keen to go GREEN:

  • Please bring your own water bottles to fill up at the Village Hall to take to the start line.There will be a very limited supply of cups and water provided at the race finish.
  • Bring your own coffee cup: 20p off every drink purchased.
  • Bring your own pins.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Thank you to our sponsorsThank you to our sponsors   Love Brownies


Yorkshire Junior Champs (U13, U15, U17 and U19)

The Kettlewell Kaper race is one that counts for the Yorkshire Junior U13, U15, U17 & U19 championships

Championship Gold, Silver & Bronze medals to first 3 male & first 3 female in U13, U15, U17 & U19 age categories.
Ages for all categories are as at 31st December 2020.

Qualification for the Yorkshire County Championships
•    by birth
•    or residence for 9 months in the County.
•    An athlete can only compete in the Championships for one County only during the season.

Sorry folks but due to competition rules no championship medals can be awarded in the U9 & U11 age categories, but, prizes will be awarded to the first 3 boys & first 3 girls who qualify for Yorkshire.

Thanks to sponsorship from 'Byram Construction Ltd'
Yorkshire championship contact; Eileen & David Woodhead B.E.M.

Inaugural Kettlewell Kaper 2019 - Records Set (Click on the age group category below for a link to the final 2019 results.)

Age Group Female Time Male Time
U9 Isla Jebb 6.11 Harry Cliff 5.33
U11 Clara McKee 7.34 Charlie Robinson 5.52
U13 Libby Rickerby 12.17 Archie Peaker 11.01
U15 Eve Whitaker 15.56 James Bowen 15.54
U17 Alexandra Whitaker 21.28 Robin Reagan 18.29
U19 Bryony Holt 29.22 Matthew Knowle 22.34









Race supported by:
Custom Vision ClinicYorkshire Agricultural Society