Silent Night

Monday 19th December 2022, start time 7pm

Race Report 2021

It was a select field of 11 runners turning out on a wonderful calm evening at St John’s Chapel for the 2nd running of this unique event. It was of note that one runner (Chris Henderson) took to the start line in vest and shorts. Chris Alborough (soon to be DFR) was first home in a very impressive 39:26, a time which would have just missed out on the win in the summer version of this race. All runners were accounted for within the hour and the sweepers described it as the most difficult sweeping experience of their life – which is testament to the quality of the field (and perhaps that they also got lost on the way down!).

Silent Night Race

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

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

Contact: AndyBlackett@googlemail.com

Race Map

2021 Results

Silent Night Results - 20 Dec 2021

PositionGender positionAge cat positionNameClubTimeCategory
111Chris Alborough39:26MSEN
222Chris HendersonCrook & Dist Sports AC43:24MSEN
331Cees van Der LandTyne Bridge Harriers43:44M40
443Tony WatersARMY44:09MSEN
554Martin WilsonDurham Fell Runners44:22MSEN
662Ian HutchinsonDerwentside AC44:50M40
773Paul HodgsonDurham Fell Runners48:48M40
884Andrew StimsonDurham Fell Runners52:07M40
995Max WilkinsonDurham Fell Runners54:57MSEN
10106Tim WigginsDurham Fell Runners55:11MSEN
11111Digby HarrisPennine Fell Runners55:27M50