Covid-19 causes Three Peaks Race postponement until September

runners in the three peaks race
The Three Peaks Race traverses Yorkshire's trails in a tough 23.3 mile race (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Three Peaks Race Committee have rescheduled the fell race, due to be held in April, until September, amid safety concerns in the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The event, which traverses the trails of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, starts and finishes in Horton, Ribblesdale, and is 23.3 miles. The race in 2020 was cancelled altogether, something the committee are attempting to traverse this year with the latest postponement. 

"We continue to monitor all government guidance and will review again in May 2021," read a statement on the Three Peaks Race website.

"The decision has not been made lightly, but to put on this event we have to think about the safety of all the people of Horton in Ribblesdale, marshals, first aiders, CRO [Cave Rescue Organisation], Raynet, our committee members and all the competitors and supporters."

Host of the 2008 World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge, the Three Peaks Race is a popular event with 1609 metres of ascent and descent. Around 1000 people are welcomed to Yorkshire to compete in the event every year, although that will be reduced in September, despite the re-arranged date. 

A pre-selection list will be used to allocate entries, which are vetted to see if the runner is suitable for the event.