Hopes for new Three Peaks Race date in October

Jim Davies in front of Morgan Donnelly at the 2008 Three Peaks Race
Jim Davies in front of Morgan Donnelly at the 2008 Three Peaks Race (Image credit: David Haygarth / Wikimedia)

The iconic Three Peaks Race will take place in October, on the third date announced for the event this year.

The running race, which takes place in the Yorkshire Dales, would normally be held in April. The organisers decided to reschedule to September when pandemic restrictions were announced. 

Now it's hoped the runners will be able to take on the 37km course on Saturday October 9.   

The race announcement stated: "Unfortunately, due to the ongoing situation with the Covid-19 virus the Three Peaks Race committee has taken the decision to reschedule the 2021 Three Peaks Race. Due to staffing availability we now hope to run the race on Saturday October 9, 2021.

"We continue to monitor all government guidance and will review again in May 2021."

Runners who have already entered will have their place carried over to the new date. If this is not possible, entries can be transferred to the 2022 event, which is due to take place in April next year. Refunds, minus an administration fee, are also available.

A sister event, the Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross Race, is still provisionally scheduled for Sunday September 26.

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The iconic Three Peaks Race plays out in the Yorkshire Dales (Image credit: Getty Images)

Historic mountain running race

The Three Peaks Race was first held in 1954. It starts and finishes in Horton in Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire. 

The race extends to  37.4km and takes in the summits of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. It is a navigational event with only partial flagging on the summits, road and access points.

The record time for the race has been held by Andy Peace since 1996. He set a time of 2:46:03. The female record is 3:09:19, set in 2017 by Victoria Wilkinson.

Until 2020, the race had been cancelled only once, in 2001, because of the foot-and-mouth crisis. 

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