Here are a few details to help you on Grasmere Gallop day. It isn’t an exhaustive list of all possible questions, but hopefully, it will help you arrive and prepare for the day.
The Sports Field, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SJ
During the storms in December 2015, some sections of the route were damaged and will need extra care. The path past Rydal Cave (affecting the 10k run & walk, and 17k routes) was particularly badly affected with some sections washed out; the route is passable but will need extra care.
Registration for all events will be open from 8.00am to 10.30am.
You will receive your printed race number and timing tag at registration. We will let you know your race number by email a few days before the event, and you can double check these on the noticeboards in the registration tent. Please allow plenty of time to register before the race.
All events will start at 11am.
Please be at the designated muster point (marked with a flag) at 10.45am at the latest, ready to be ‘piped’ to the start line.
Please don’t make your own way to the start line. We have police support to stop traffic on the road at the start of the event; it is a police requirement that all competitors are assembled beforehand.
We are able to offer limited free car parking on the Grasmere Sports Field site for competitors (LA22 9SJ). Please be aware that there will be less parking than in previous years, due to debris in the field from river dredging following the December floods. Please arrive in good time to park and be aware that you may need to park in the village. There is a National Park pay & display car park next to the sports field.
We would wish to encourage you to car share wherever possible to limit the effect on the site and environment.
Grasmere is well served by buses. The Stagecoach 555 is the most regular service, and the nearest bus stop to the Sports Field registration area is located at Stock Lane, immediately adjacent to the site.
The A591 has been reopened following the December flooding, so access from the Keswick direction is now back to normal.
We aren’t able to offer any dedicated baggage storing facilities. Those of you who park on the Sports Field site may be best advised to leave any baggage in your car as this area is also the race finish area. Please avoid leaving any valuables in your car.
Limited changing and shower facilities are available on the Sports Field site, located in the Pavilion.
Toilet facilities are available on the Sports Field site.
Extensive race pictures will be available to view and purchase after the event.
Timing and results
The timing system is provided by MyTri Events. At registration you will receive a timing chip which much be fastened around your ankle throughout the race. Please make sure to return your timing chip at the finish area.
Results will be posted on the website as soon as possible after the event.
First Aid support will be provided by Mountain Trauma, and will be available on the course and at the finish.
There are several water stations located around the race route and at the finish area.
Due to the large numbers of people taking part, and the restricted space on many sections of the route, we regret that dogs are not permitted on the route.
Dogs are welcome on the main event field, but should be kept under close control.
We’re here to help
For more information or assistance, please contact us.
Final check list – don’t forget:
- Ensure that your race number is securely attached to your running vest / top and that it is clearly visible.
- Bring with you a change of dry, warm clothing, and suncream.
- Fasten your timing chip around your ankle, and return it at the end of the race.