Chapelfell Top

Tuesday 16th July 2024, 730pm start

Chapelfell Top is an AS race; 7km with 400m ascent.

Entry on the day:

£6 FRA members, £8 non FRA members

Time: Registration open from 630pm, start at 730pm

Location: St. John’s Chapel, Weardale, DL13 1QF.

Course: 7km distance, 400m ascent.

Compulsory Kit: Map (download at the bottom of this page), compass, whistle, waterproof jacket

*Please bring and be prepared to carry (if poor weather forecast): hat, gloves, waterproof trousers.

It is an out and back route which has a bit of everything: tough fell ground, a big climb (to the summit of Chapelfell Top at an elevation of 703m) and a fantastic quick descent. It starts in St. John’s Chapel and heads straight up Chapelfell Top, initially on a track and then out on to the open fell, reaching the summit before turning around and heading back down by the same route.

This is a race for people with fell running experience. Participants must be confident in running across rough terrain and have competent navigation skills as there are no paths on the fell section and none of the route is flagged.

Refreshments will be available to buy from The Golden Lion pub and the Chatterbox Cafe before and after the race.

This race is organised by Durham Fell Runners and is licensed and supported by the FRA. Please consider joining the FRA to support the organisation and receive a discount on future race entries visit the Fell Runners Association (FRA) website.

The race will be run under FRA rules; no GPS for navigation and no walking poles are permitted.


Photos from 2023 race – The English Champs Edition

photos from 2021 race

Chapelfell Top fell race - 13 July 2021

photos from 2020 race

Chapelfell Top fell race - 10 Oct 2020