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Grasmere Gallop 2021 Update

Unfortunately, following weeks of discussion and planning, I have decided to cancel this year’s Grasmere Gallop.

Despite the restrictions imposed by the UK Government, our insurance company and the landowners, we would have been able to hold an event of sorts, being legal and Covid secure. However, under these restrictions the format of the traditional Gallop would need to change completely. The individual Gallop events would have to be staged essentially as time trial events, possibly involving altering or shortening the routes to allow for a safe passage through Grasmere village.

Grasmere Gallop has for many years been an all inclusive, family friendly day of walking and running and I feel that the proposed alterations would not deliver the usual and expected quality Gallop day out.

This year we partnered with the OMM to create a weekend festival of events and talks. The OMM Lite weekend of events will go ahead with a pared down, revised and Covid secure Event Village. The event format for the OMM Lite differs from the Gallop structure and so their usual smaller, staggered starts are able to work well without risk or significant change to the feel of the event.

I appreciate that many of you are desperate to be out in the beautiful surroundings of Grasmere racing again, however I feel that this May is just too soon to deliver a quality race experience for Grasmere Gallop. I hope that you will support us in this decision. I’d like to thank Lowther Estate and particularly the National Trust for supporting the event and working with us as we tried to work around the present restrictions.

The Grasmere Gallop/OMM Festival will return on 28th/29th May 2022. All competitors entered into this year’s event have been emailed via the SI Entries online entry system and offered the following;

  1. Transfer to the 2022 event
  2. Refund minus the 7% admin fee charged by the bank. SI Entries have waived their usual refund fee.
  3. The option to donate your refunded entry fee to the Red Squirrel Conservation Trust in Grasmere.
  4. All transfers/refunds must be completed by the Entry Owner via the SI Entry system by midnight on 25th April, we aren’t able to process individual requests.

If you have also entered an OMM event and booked camping, then please request a refund and then contact the OMM organisers at, to confirm and re book your camping place. This is the simplest way for us admin wise.

If you ordered a Grasmere Gallop headtube and would like this posted out to you then please email

Thank you for your patience whilst we tried to work around the restrictions and re plan the event. Hopefully we’ll meet up in 2022 for a Gallop around beautiful Grasmere.

Gaynor Prior

Event Director

2022 – Grasmere Gallop has teamed up with the OMM Festival for an epic outdoor weekend.
The weekend will have a variety of events to whet the appetite of first time racers and seasoned vets alike. There is an event to suit every ability, from a teddy bear dash to fully marked trail races and the adventure trail races of the OMM Lite and OMM Bike, whether you are looking to challenge yourself or enjoy a fun run out.

With catering and bar on site, experts on hand for kit and event queries, skills workshops, guest speakers, great shopping opportunities from OMM and Pete Bland Sports, La Sportiva’s demo pool of fantastic trail shoes to try, plus camping available all weekend; come and enjoy the trails of the Lake District.

Gather your tribe and we’ll see you there!

All Included

Giant heated marquee – Bar & Food all weekend – Camping – Kids teddy bear dash – Kit shop and running advice – Physiotherapy/massage – Talk to the experts – Guest Speakers – Family friendly – Post race food – biking, walking and running routes on the doorstep.

What’s on?

Friday 27th May

  • 3pm: Parking/Camping/Registration open
  • 4pm: Catering and Bar open
  • 8-9pm: Free Workshops: Gait analysis, Kit clinic

Saturday 28th May

  • 08.30-10.30am: OMM Lite Day 1 Start Windows
  • 08.30-10.30am: OMM Bike Day 1 Start Windows
  • 08:30- 10:30am Registration open
  • 11.00am: Grasmere Gallop Trail Races
  • 12.30pm: Teddy Bear Dash (Entry on the day)
  • 1pm: Trail Race award ceremony
  • 6-9pm: Free Workshops: Injury Prevention – Pro Kit Clinic – Navigation with Charles Sproson from Mountain Run – Guest Speaker: Sabrina Verjee

Sunday 29th May

  • 8-10am: OMM Lite Day 2 Start Windows
  • 8-10am: OMM Bike Day 2 Start Windows
  • 8am: Grasmere Gallop trail races
  • Approx 2pm onwards: Award ceremonies
  • 5pm: last departures.

Choose an event below for full details.

Grasmere Gallop   29th May 2021

Grasmere Gallop   29th May 2021

Grasmere Gallop   29th May 2021

The event takes place on the Saturday 29th May 2021

Supported by

Retail partner

Pete Bland Sports

Shoe sponsor

La Sportiva

Sports Nutrition partner

Mountain Fuel

Nordic Walking partner

Nordic Walking UK