The British Athletics Fell and Hill Running Championships 2018 will be hosted by Ambleside Athletic Club. The event will be based in Grasmere with the routes for all legs running on the iconic fells to the north of Grasmere and east of the A591. This promises to be the toughest British relay in years, with big climbs and rough ground taking competitors over sections of the Bob Graham Round, Fairfield Horseshoe, Grisedale Horseshoe, Old Counties Tops and Hodgson Brothers’ Mountain relay. The venue will offer all weather parking, making use of the show field in Grasmere, with the event centre being about a one kilometre walk to the north, in a field south of the Travellers’ Rest pub. All facilities will be available on the event field, including race control, start and finish, first aid, refreshments and toilets. No camping will be available at the parking location or event centre, but the host club is hoping to arrange camping with farmers close to the event field. Vans will be able to stay overnight at the Grasmere Sports field for a small charge. Alternatively the area around Grasmere and Ambleside is well known for the wide range of accommodation including hotels, bed and breakfast hostels and campsites.
The usual four leg format will be followed. Leg 1 will be a Solo Leg taking in Seat Sandal. Leg 2 will be a bruiser of a longer leg for pairs taking in Great Rigg Man, Fairfield and a rough descent via Cofa Pike to Deepdale Hause before returning via Grisedale Hause. Leg 3, again for pairs, will be a navigation leg giving route choice. Leg 4 will be fully flagged and suitable for 16 years old and over and goes out over Heron Pike via Alcock Tarn with a fast descent over Stone Arthur, which should give good views of the final descent from the event field.