TOUR de FRANCE 2014
As everyone knows, the Tour is coming to Yorkshire and it will pass on the Kettlewell Road, within 400 metres of Wharfedale Rugby Club. With many of the local hostelries alread fully booked, the Club has decided to open its facilities (grounds, showers, toilets, kitchen and bar) to cater for the large number of visitors, campers and caravanners expected to flood the area for the event. So if you want to "park & ride" or just wander up to watch the race pass by and then watch the rest of the Stage live on our "big screen" in the Clubhouse, please view the dedicated page on this site for details of costs and how to apply.
Wharfedale Rugby Club - Home of the famous "ETAPE du DALES"
Welcome to the website of the Wharfedale Off-Road Marathon, Half Marathon and Rugger Ramble events sponsored by Malhamdale Holidays and supported by Black Sheep Brewery, Skipton Hire Centre,Up & Running & Harrogate Spring Water
2013 Events: Saturday 1st June
ENTRIES CLOSED - 11.35am Thursday 16th May
NEWS FLASH: The Wharfedale Off-Road Marathon has been chosen as the selection event for the England Team for the 2013 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. To assist athletes competing in the trial the entire route will be flagged and additional Marshals will be present on the course. Athletes must however continue to carry all the equipment specified by the Organisers and the FRA
The Wharfedale Off-Road Marathon & Half Marathon together with the Rugger Ramble are a must for those who enjoy a serious outdoor challenge and really mean it! The events start and finish at Wharfedale Rugby Club in Threshfield near Skipton in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Over £900 in Prizes in the Running Events plus Event T-Shirt and a chance to win some fantastic Spot Prizes for all competitors
The Off-Road Marathon Fell Race has 25 mile and 13 mile options whilst the Rugger Ramble is a 13 mile Challenge Walk . All afford participants and their families the opportunity to enjoy a great day out in some of Wharfedale's finest scenery with a brief foray into Malhamdale on the longer event. With over 2,530 feet of ascents the routes follow well established footpaths, including the Dalesway, the Monks Road and Mastiles Lane and for those with time to take in the fabulous scenery the views from Yew Cogar Scar, Bull Scar and Boss Moor are breathtaking. The Marathons are organised under the Fell Runners Association Rules and the Challenge Walk follow the guide lines of the Long Distance Walkers Association. Precise details of the routes for each event are shown in the relevant section of this website.
NOTE - All events will use the SPORTident timing system
The profit from these events raise funds on behalf of Wharfedale RUFC a community rugby club and members of the RFU National Division 1 League and is used to improve facilities for both rugby and non-rugby users of the Clubhouse.The Club provide the organisation, venue, facilities and marshals on the day.
Whilst the Organising Committee wish all competitors a safe, exciting and challenging day in the Yorkshire Dales athletes are reminded that the route and terrain present a strenuous test involving over 2,000 feet of ascents and uneven surfaces. All competitors must ensure that their physical condition is strong enough to complete the course.