28th Annual British Athletics Fell and Hill Running Relay Championships

Saturday 15th October 2016: Luss Hills on the Western shore of Loch Lomond

Hosted by Westerlands Cross Country Club

The relay championship event took place in the beautiful nearby hills of Luss. Both the North and South Hills were used for the event.


Results & Stats

Leg 1 - Stats

Fastest time 00:24:22 - Joe Symonds, Shettleston Harriers A.
3 runners sub 25 minutes - Joe Symonds, Rob Little & Don Naylor.
Dan Gay fastest Mixed team with 00:25:52
Fastest MV40 was Mike Fanning with 00:26:00
Bronwen Jenkinson was quickest FOpen with 00:30:00
Carnethys' Mark James was fastest MV50 with 00:49:26

(Post event) Organisers Notes for Leg 1
Expected Fastest Time: 00:25:00
Nickname for Leg: The 'blood & guts' leg

Runners Comments for Leg 1
Please send us your brief comments for the Legs and we will post them.

Leg 2 - Stats

Fastest time 01:14:16 - Rhys Findlay-Robinson & Kris Jones from Dark Peak Grindslow.
Clayton Le Moors were fastest MV50 with a time of 01:38:21, the pair running were Garry Wilkinson & Paul Hesketh.
Lou Roberts & Sarah McCormack were the quickest FOpen team with 01:32:55.
Fastest MV40 was Mark Roberts & Scoff from Borrowdale Fell Runners with a time of 01:27:16
Howgill Harrierss' Heidi Dent & Robert Crawford were the qickest Mixed team 01:38:39

(Post event) Organisers Notes for Leg 2
Expected Fastest Time: 01:05:00
Nickname for Leg: Stinger

Runners Comments for Leg 2
Please send us your brief comments for the Legs and we will post them.

Leg 3 - Stats

Fastest time 01:17:52 - Neil Northrop & Matt Elkington, Dark Peak Grindslow
Shane Ohly & Nigel Wood for Helm Hill Runners took first MV40 01:35:21
Clayton Le Moors's Mike Wallis & Tim Edward were quicket MV50 01:44:42
Briony Curtis & Megan Mowbray were fastest FOpen team with 01:48:01
Barnoldswick Mighty Mixed were the quickest Mixed team, Andy Berry & Ian Beresford took 01:54:23
Steven Fallon & Micheal Andrew for Carnethy Hill Racing Club, were the fastest MV50 with 01:46:11

Organisers Notes for Leg 3
Expected Fastest Time: 1:15:00
Nickname for Leg: PHR (Proper Hill Running)

Runners Comments for Leg 3
Please send us your brief comments for the Legs and we will post them.

Leg 4 - Stats

Fastest time 00:41:18Chris Farrel from Faz and His Girl Friends (Horwich).
Luke Maude from Barnoldswick Mighty Mixed was the fastest Mixed 00:44:30
Ben Bardsley from Borrowdale Fell Runners MV40 00:44:39
Carnethys' Stewart Whitlie was quickest MV50 00:47:45
Lizzie Adams Black Combe Female Flyers was fastest FOpen with 00:50:00

(Post event) Organisers Notes for Leg 4
Expected Fastest Time: 00:42:00
Nickname for Leg: the wee belter

Runners Comments for Leg 4
Please send us your brief comments for the Legs and we will post them.

Full information can be viewed on the Si Entries website

Alistair Boyer created a graphic of the results. It shows how much the teams changed order throughout the day. Each dot is a result from a leg. The dots are in height order of placing. The dot radius is proportional to the time taken for each leg. Sorry about the colours – they were generated randomly. Click here to view the interactive version.

A huge thanks to everyone that volunteered!

On behalf of Sharon and Jamie, we wish to thank every volunteer for their help before, during and after the event.

Special Thanks to

John Duncan
Damien Theaker
Malcolm Patterson
Charmain Heaton
Helen MacPherson (Lead: Event Hub)
Christine Mehennet (Lead: Hill Marshal)
Steven Gilligan (Lead: Parking)
Pat McLaughlin (Lead: Registration)
Lizzy Loffill (Lead: Routes & Ceilidh Band)
Shona Robertson


Pat Mclaughlin
Charmain Heaton
Sam Alexander
Andrew Boyer
Maya Hernes
David Riach
Iain Stewart

Master of Ceremonies

Brian Brennan

Glen Marshals

Hugh Buchanan
John N Duffy
Nicola Dunn
Malcolm Finbow
Viv Fraser
Raymie Loughran
Hayley McCrorie
Claire Perrie
Bob Porteous
Graham Ramsay
Carole Scanlan
David Scott
Donald Scott

Event Hub Team

Fiona Hutchinson Muffy Calder
Fiona Main
Karen Main
Gordon Main
Jane Robertson
John Hutchinson
Cat Fisher + Amy
Sarah, O'Neill, HBT
Liz Horton
Craig Marshall (Shettleston)
Helen Larkin
Helen (Helen's friend)
Catriona (Helen's friend)
Anna Phelan
Isabel Coombs
Drew Turnbull
Alan Gilkison
Luke Arnott + Dee (+ children)
Jane Rogers
Margaret Slevin
Mary Bell
Carol Martin
Mary Rogers
Ruth Rogers
Craig Freshwater
Peter G
Dan B
Robin (YP)
Big Big D
Stewart Barrie
Amy J
Claire W
Andrew McK
Claire G
Julia Allison
Megan Mowbray
Colin Crabbie
Chloe H
Jill Stephen

Hill Marshals

Graeme Orr
Sandy McNeil
Finlay Walton
Dawn Williamson
Dad of Dawn
Paula Gardiner
Doug Lee
Lorna MacMillan
Gavin Bussey
Davey Robertson
John Quinn
Ellie Quinn
Gordon Bulloch
Jim Bulloch
Lorna Mahoney
Bobby Shields
Simon Mackay
Maeve McWilliams
Rob McQuater
Gordon McCaffrey
Denis Bell
Colin Pritchard
Dave Rogers
Russell Crane
Mindy Macleod
Jim Hardie
John Hamer
Leanne Cooke
Aron Price
Bob Johnson
Dave Calder
Peter Midgley
Claire Larravide
Gaynor Gillespie
John Donnelly
Andrea Priestley


Sam Alexander
Lorna Mahoney
FIona Main
Niall McLindan
Gywn Bellemy
Claire Larravide
Marc Roper
Hamilton Semple
Gregor Stewart
Owen O'Neill

Weekend of Events

The event is part of a full weekend of events and fun for the whole family. As well as the serious business of hill running, this will be a weekend of socialising and fun - it will definitely be worth your while to stay for the whole weekend

Click a day to find out more information on the day;


Registration 16:00 - 21:00.

Full details can be found in the registration info.

Hot Food & Bar in the Annex

Loch Lomond Arms will be providing hot food along with a selection of fine ales from the Loch Lomond brewery on Friday evening, all at a very reasonable cost.


Registration 07:00 - 09:00.

Full details can be found in the full registration info.

The Relay Championships will start at 10:00.

A selection of hot food and drink will be available on the day, click Catering for full details.

Saturday evening

The Annex will be serving hot food & drinks from 6pm. With the ceilidh band startiing around 8pm. The live music performed by Glenpark Ceilidh Band. Attendance at the ceilidh for competitors and their family members is included in the cost of race registration.

Raffle Prizes during the ceilidh bands' intermission... we have great prizes including signed copies of Manny Gormans' The Corbett Round and Susie Allison's Scottish Trail Running book.


Heart of the Hills run or Arrochar run will be arranged on Saturday night at the ceilidh.

Sunday morning fun time those not going up on the run. The aim is for all family members to take part.

  • The spoon and the egg
  • Bag race
  • A wheelbarrow race
  • Soskarapostu
  • Dodge ball
  • "El pañuelo"
  • Race in pairs with legs together

Legs / Routes

Leg 1 - Solo

Revised route - Leg 1 will be a solo leg of 4.2 km with an ascent of 341m. Navigational experience and skills will be required.

Purchase Maps
Please help support our event, Individual & full set of maps are available to purchase, please contact

Leg 2 - Pairs

Leg 2 is a pairs’ leg of 13 km with 1096m of ascent (and a nice sting in the tail). Navigational experience and skills will be required.

Leg 3 - Pairs Navigation

Leg 3 is the pairs’ navigation leg and will provide all that is expected from a competition championship nav leg, with good route choice over some beautiful running terrain. Navigational experience and skills will be required.

Leg 3 map is now declassified.

Leg 4 - Solo

Leg 4 is a solo leg of 8.3 km with 653 m of ascent.

Maps information - Explorer OL38 Loch Lomond South & OL39 Loch Lomond North.

All runners have a responsibility to read and abide by the rules.

Event Hub

The event hub will be based in the picturesque village of Luss on the west shore of Loch Lomond, popular with tourists in the summer months. The village hosts the historical Luss Highland Games each July, which attracts hundreds of visitors and includes a hill race on the hills where the event is located.

There will be a central event field where the runners’ pens will be, plus changing tent, loos and a refreshment marquee.


The Hotel will be putting on hot food and drink (to purchase) in the annex building from midday on the Friday.

The customary hot soup and rolls, tea, coffee and cakes that will be supplied to all runners, marshals and helpers on the event field via their food ticket. The soup will Tomato (Vegetarian) and Lentil (Vegan).

Loch Lomond Arms Hotel will be catering on the field facing the event hub. There will be a hog roast, pizza, tuck shop and a beer tent (available to purchase).


Registration will be open on

Friday 4pm - 9pm
Saturday morning 7am - 9am

You can collect all permits at registration.

Registration will take place in the annex building of Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, Main Road Luss G83 8NY, the annex building at the back of the hotel. Those who know the Luss Hill race, which is part of the ‘Bog n Burn’ race series will know the venue.

The Hotel will also be putting on food and drinks from this venue during and after registration on the Friday evening; so you won't have far to go to be fed and watered.


Rules updated 11:22 12/10/2016 and is subject to change without notice.

Required Kit

  • Waterproof jacket with hood (taped seams)
  • Waterproof overtrousers
  • Hat and gloves
  • Map and compass suitable for navigating the course
  • Whistle

Kit checks will be carried out before entering the holding pen, and after the race spot kit check will take place.

Advisory Kit for Leg 3 : Long sleeved top - worn or carried.

Navigation Leg: This pairs leg will be given their maps (one each) in the kit check holding area.

All runners must wear club team vest.

Participation Requirements

We will be asking team captains to confirm that all team members have the required knowledge, fitness and experience to cope with an A category fell / hill race.

Clubs must be affiliated to UK Athletics and all competitors must be first claim members of the club that they are representing. All runners must wear the club vest. All runners must comply with the Scottish Athletics Rules of Competition.

Runners can only compete in a single leg (no doubling up).

Runners will only be those declared by the team captain at registration there can be no unauthorised substitutions.

Navigational experience and skills will be required on Legs 1, 2 & 3.

On Legs 2 and 3 pairs must stay together and in easy communication with each other. Visual contact must be maintained especially in poor visibility. Failure to do so will mean disqualification of the whole team.


The event is a senior competition for athletes aged 18 and over. We will however allow juniors aged 16 & 17 to complete in Leg 4; ensure that runners have the appropriate ID.

Scottish Athletics safety rules (PDF) for competition and the Scottish Athletics safety requirements for Scottish hills races (PDF) will apply throughout the event.

Full Scottish Hill running kit is required for all competitors on each leg. All runners will be checked on entering the start area and rechecked if runners leave. Spot kit checks will also be made during or at the end of legs. View Scottish Hill Runners Safety Guidlines.


Parts of the competition are over dangerous ground and all competitors take part at their own risk.

It is the duty of all competitors to help any runner in need of assistance.

Mass start times will reflect conditions on the day and will be planned so that all teams finish the event.

Checkpoints are detailed on the Leg Routes page and each checkpoint must be visited by both runners. SPORTident timing is used and teams must dib in the recording box sited at each checkpoint. Runners must wear their race number on their chest and show it to marshals when asked – this is how we monitor the race

Championship Categories

The Championship categories eligible for British Athletics medals are as follows:

- Senior Men
- Senior Women
- Over 40 Men
- Over 40 Women

Prize Giving will be held in the event hub field at approx, 4.15pm.

Additional Categories

Prizes will also be awarded for the following Veteran categories;

- Over 50 Men
- Over 50 Women
- Over 60 Men
- Over 60 Women

Non-prize eligible Senior Open Mixed teams.

Number of Teams

There is a limit of 200 teams. If more than 200 entry requests are received, the race committee will apply selection criteria to ensure all clubs have at least one team accepted. Championship category teams will preference over non-championship teams.


Separate maps will be provided for the North and South of the hills. High quality maps will be prepared by Harveys.

I accept the hazards inherent in fell running and acknowledge that I am entering and running this race at my own risk.
I confirm that I am aware of the rules imposed on me by the Race Organiser and that I will comply with them.
I confirm that I have read and will comply with, the “Fell Running – Requirements for Runners”.
I acknowledge and agree that I am responsible for determining whether I have the skills equipment and fitness to participate in this event.
I accept that neither the Race Organiser nor the British Athletics shall be liable to me for any injury, loss or damage of any nature to me or my property arising out of my participation in this race (other than in respect of death or personal injury as a result of their negligence).
I accept that the Race Organiser may use photographic or video equipment for the purpose of monitoring the race.

Getting to Luss

Click image to download map Map of Luss, car parking, event hub

Please car pool, use minibuses or public transport to minimise the carbon footprint and reduce the traffic congestion in and around Luss village.

By Road

Luss is situated on the A82 on the shores of Loch Lomond. 30 minutes from Glasgow.

Grid Ref: NS 35764 92521
Latitude: 56.097163
Longitude: -4.6418336
Sat Nav: Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, Main Road, Luss, G83 8NY

Car Parking: You are strongly requested not to park within the heart of the village of Luss.

Travel directions – if arriving from the Glasgow side of the A82 please follow the cut off clearly marked for Luss and follow this road to the designated parking areas. Campervans should head for the Loch Lomond Luss Hotel as there is a designated campervan only parking area here, if using a SatNav the postcode for the hotel is G83 8NY, the parking area will be signposted with Marshalls in hi-viz vests to direct you into the field which is next door to the hotel. Car drivers should follow the signs for ‘main parking area’ where again there will be a Marshall/Marshalls in hi-viz vests to direct you into the field accordingly. For drivers approaching Luss heading south on the main A82 road again please take the cut off that is clearly signposted for Luss and follow the directions of Marshalls and signs indicating the parking locations. Parking permits at a cost of £5 for cars and £10 for campervans, and should be obtained at registration, please give your vehicle registration to the event team here at the time. The permit will be valid for the entire weekend and must be clearly displayed in your vehicle.

It must be made clear that off road parking in the village is extremely limited and we would encourage people to arrive in good time to try and secure a space in either the main parking area or campervan only field. You are strongly requested not to park within the heart of the village of Luss. There is a pay & display car park in the village which charges a maximum of £9 per day from 9am until 6pm which is approximately 200 yds from the Loch Lomond Luss Hotel and approximately 500 yards from the main event hub and camping area. The main parking area for cars is again approximately 500 yds from the main event hub and camping area. Both parking areas will open at 12 pm on the Friday (registration opens 4 – 9pm) and from 6am on the Saturday (registration opens from 7-9am). Luss is a popular tourist destination at the weekends and in the event that you do have to park on the street please be considerate to the local residents and do not block driveways or access roads for the estate, directions and instructions from Marshalls must be complied with at all times.

Campervans / Minibuses: We will have allocated parking for larger vehicles such campervans & minibuses. Pre-bookings only please contact us if you intend to travel by minibus/campervan.

Parking is available all weekend.
Please follow the instructions & directions of the parking marshals.
Please do not park in the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, unless you are a guest of the Hotel.
Observe all no parking signs & traffic cones.

Petrol Station

There is a 24 hr self service petrol station in the Village.

By Air

Glasgow Airport (GLA) is a 30 minute drive to Luss.

By Bus

From Glasgow; Buses travel regularly from Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station - SPT link

By Rail

Balloch (BHC) train station is the closest train station to the Championships. From Balloch you have the option to :
- Cycle (8 miles) along the West Lomond Cycle Path Cycle Route link
- Bus; the 305 goes to Luss Car Park - 305 timetable link
- Taxi; Wrights Taxis 01389 721020

If you travelling from the North, then Arrochar (ART) is the closest station.



Free camping for tents will be provided in the games field, adjacent to the event hub. A camping permit will be required, details to follow. If you wish to camp please contact Sharon on .

The cost of a Campervan permit is £10. Campervans are in a separate field a few minutes from the Highland Gathering field closer to the hotel.

If you wish to book either can you let me have an estimated arrival time. For campervans can you let me have your registration number for the permit. There will be loos on the camping field, no showers.

Loch Lomond Arms Hotel

The Loch Lomond Arms Hotel have closed bookings for the hotel during the race weekend. If you want to stay in the hotel or one of their holiday cottages please say at the time of booking that you are taking part / attending the race weekend. lochlomondarmshotel.com

Other Accommodation

Within Luss there are Bed and Breakfast and cottage lets available.



Westerlands CCC are leading with the 2016 Championships. All enquiries regarding this event should be addressed to ;