Please note that this year’s Wilson Run has been postponed.

Click here for a statement from Sedbergh School for more information.

Information Regarding The Wilson Run

Dear Old Sedberghians

The Wilson Run, Tuesday 24th March 2020

The Wilson Run is one of the highlights of the School calendar and we are looking forward to welcoming many of you back to school for the event. The purpose of this letter is to seek your support for our management of the event.

It is important to note that the event is not universally popular because of the disruption it causes other members of our community and its future depends on us maintaining good local relationships.

The Wilson Run has been raced almost every year since 1881 and is one of the oldest school races in the country and perhaps the hardest. The course records are held by John Campbell (1:08:02) set in 2016 and Mel Hyder (1:24:07) set in 2011.

The race course uses public rights of way, public roads and crosses farmers’ fields and open fellside. This combination presents major challenges to the management of the race, in particular:

  1. Roads: The combination of narrow country roads, runners and spectator traffic present obvious risks. Farmers may be transporting animals and must have priority access.
  2. Fellside: The route crosses Baugh Fell which is high and bleak. Runners will be well marshalled, and the route flagged in places. Spectators must be self-sufficient, mobile signal is intermittent.
  3. Farmland: Ewes are in lamb and any disruption of livestock, damage to fences, walls or fields affects farmers’ livelihood. All runners, marshals and supporters must follow farmer’s directions without question or we run the risk of losing access to the course.

Walking or Running the Route
Many parents and Old Sedberghians walk or run the route on the morning of race day. It is important to stress that this is only through the goodwill of landowners who may be moving livestock off the route in the morning. Please follow any directions they may issue.

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a. Coffee and pastries will be available in the Old Sports Hall (adjacent to Queen’s Hall) from 8.15am from where a guided walk will start at 9.00am prompt.
b. Informal groups of runners should start outside Lupton between 9.30-10.00am and elite runners at 10.30am.
c. There will be lunch provided in the Old Sports Hall from 12.00 noon-2.00pm (at a cost of £10 per person) and the Old Sports Hall will also be open for tea and coffee from 4.00-6.30pm.

Walkers and runners must be self-sufficient and are responsible for their own safety; the School accepts no responsibility for walkers or runners.

Race Day Support


Parking is available for visitors in the yards of all Houses. Please do not park in prohibited spaces in Sedbergh or private driveways.

We welcome support on race day and there are some excellent vantage points which may be reached by walking.

1. Green Hill near Mile 2.
2. Spectators’ Hill near Mile 6.
3. Baugh Fell – You will remember that this may be cold and windy, and there is intermittent phone coverage. Walkers need to be self-sufficient.
4. There are two options for Roadside support.
a. It is possible to watch the Start or at Ten Mile Lane and then at Danny Bridge. If you watch at Danny Bridge, please do not drive back to Sedbergh until 15 minutes after the last runner has passed to avoid passing runners on the road.
b. It is possible to watch at Cautley and then at the Finish.

  • Please do not drive between the Start, Cautley, Danny Bridge and the Finish whilst the race is taking place. This leads to cars passing tired runners and represents a risk to pupils.
  • Please do not allow dogs off the lead anywhere. Ewes are in lamb and must not be disturbed and we do not wish interference with the runners.
  • It is essential that spectators do not block roads, tracks or gates. We live in a farming community which must continue its work despite our event. In particular, please do not park on Ten Mile Lane, Foxhole Lane or Dowbiggin Lane. These lead to working farms and are emergency access routes to the fellside if we need to help an injured runner.
  • Please do not drop litter or climb fences or walls and ensure that all gates are closed behind you whether you find them open or shut.
  • Historically, spectators have climbed on the wall at 10 Mile Lane causing serious damage; please remain on the side of the road. There will be additional coning at this point to stop parking on the route.
  • If you wish to take your own (non-competing) child with you to spectate, this must be with the express permission of their Housemaster/Housemistress. You are not allowed to take other children in the car with you.

To reduce traffic on the roads, there will be minibus transport from the Sixth Form Centre to the vantage point at Cautley. Please do make use of this facility and help reduce car traffic on the roads.

Tracking Runners

If you are unable to attend, you are now able to experience online tracking of the runners. Visit www.sportident.co.uk on the day and follow the link to The Wilson Run. Please note this is not real-time tracking; runners’ times and positions are updated at Cautley, Danny Bridge and at the finish.

Race Day Timings

Please be aware that marshals reserve the right to pull runners from the course if they are running too slowly; the safety of the runners, spectators and marshals is our absolute priority.

The Finish and After the Race
The finish along Loftus Hill is very congested. Please do not bring dogs to this area and ensure that you remain on the pavement as vehicles pass through.

Each House will provide hospitality to parents, Old Sedberghians and visitors.

At 7.30pm, the Wilson Run Concert will take place in Powell Hall. This is a ticketed event for runner’s parents only.

We hope that you will understand the reason for this lengthy list of instructions. The Wilson Run is a marvellous event which we want to protect and ensure that it runs smoothly so that we see good competition and can enjoy the day.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require further information.

Yours sincerely,

Lotte Wright
Deputy Headmistress