Silent Night

Monday 20th December 2021, start time 7pm

This race is organised by Durham Fell Runners and licensed and supported by the Fell Runners Association.

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Silent Night is the dark festive cousin of Chapelfell Top Race. It is 6.6km with 370m of ascent, run entirely in the dark, on an unmarked route, on rough pathless ground up to the 703m summit of Chapelfell Top above St John’s Chapel, Weardale. Navigation will be required. GPS is not allowed to be used for navigation, but the use of a GPS device to display distance travelled, time, speed or altitude is allowed. Entries will be via SI Entries. You must provide verifiable evidence of completing two events which include off path navigation such as Mountain Marathons, orienteering events or AL Lakeland (or similar) races (trail races/sky races/short fell races won’t be accepted). Kit requirements are extensive and will be strictly enforced. If you aren’t sure if you have enough relevant experience please read no further, this is not a race for people without extensive fell racing experience.

Mass start at 7pm.

Kit requirements.

  • In all weather conditions
    • Map (supplied with race pack)
    • Compass (suitable for navigation – not a button/toy compass)
    • Whistle
    • Head Torch
    • Spare Head Torch
    • Waterproof top with integrated hood and taped seems
    • Waterproof bottoms with taped seems
    • Emergency food
    • Gloves
    • Hat
    • Emergency Bivvy Bag (not a blanket)
    • SPARE Warm insulated top and SPARE full length tights in a waterproof bag
    • Mobile Phone with RO phone number stored in it 07739462684


Race Map

2020 Results

Silent Night Race - 21 Dec 2020

NameGenderAge CatClubTimeposgender posage cat pos
Jonny MalleyMaleMSENAmbleside AC00:41:11111
Rory WoodsMaleMSENDurham Fell Runners00:42:09222
Chris HendersonMaleMSENCrook & District Sports AC00:43:00333
Cees van Der LandMaleM40Tyne Bridge Harriers00:43:34441
Max WilkinsonMaleMSENDurham Fell Runners00:44:07554
Paul HodgsonMaleM40Durham Fell Runners00:44:40662
Adam MalloyMaleMSENNorthumberland Fell Runners00:49:00775
Andrew StimsonMaleMSENDurham Fell Runners00:49:06886
Ken MaynardMaleM60Sunderland Strollers00:51:19991
John TollittMaleM50Northumberland Fell Runners00:52:0510101
Francis ShillitoeMaleM40Northumberland Fell Runners00:52:2011113
Dougie NisbetMaleM50Durham Fell Runners01:04:3112122
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2020 report

Congratulations to Jonny Malley of Ambleside who won the inaugural night time running of this event. First MV40 was Cees Van Der Land of Tyne Bridge Harriers, First MV50 was John Tollitt of NFR and First MV60 was Ken Maynard of Sunderland Strollers. The prize fund and any other profits will be donated to the David Nelson Memorial Fund, providing and maintaining defibrillators in Weardale.  I hope that everyone enjoyed the race, the weather was kind and nobody got lost. Hopefully see you all again next year.

All race profits of £100 were donated to the David Nelson Memorial fund, which raises money to support the placement of defibrillators in Weardale.

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