The annual Swaledale Marathon passes through some of Swaledale's finest scenery. The 24 mile course is a fell run / challenge walk event - competitors must navigate themselves and complete the course within 10 hours. It has been organised by Swaledale Outdoor Club since 1979.
Swaledale Outdoor Club are hopeful that the event can go ahead in 2022 as close to the normal format as possible. Some changes will probably be necessary, especially to procedures for registration and the finish. Final details may need to be decided nearer the time. Entries will open later than usual (we expect this to be late February / early March, but will update this page when we can). Details of how to enter can be found here.
Unfortunately we had to cancel both the 2020 and 2021 Swaledale Marathons owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 40th Swaledale Marathon was on Saturday 8th June 2019. 432 participants completed the route. Heavy rain and a fresh breeze made it rather hostile on the more exposed sections of the route with a higher retirement rate than usual at Level House (mostly from the effects of exposure). It had rained heavily all night, so the stream crossings were quite challenging! Ray Stevenson was presented with a pottery decanter and set of beakers for his amazing feat of completing all 40 Swaledale Marathons since 1979. The prize winners were as follows.
|Marathon Salver||fastest man||Jamie Rutherford||03:01|
|2nd man||Matthew Hayes||03:14|
|3rd man||Julian Simpson||03:18|
|Marathon Rosebowl||fastest lady||Fiona Brannan||03:36|
|2nd lady||Sarah Hackett||03:46|
|3rd lady||Heather Mochrie||03:50|
|Ray Stevenson Shield||fastest veteran man||Simon Jones||03:36|
|Marathon Vase||fastest veteran lady||Sarah Hackett||03:46|
|Vic Harrison Trophy||first SOC man||Graham Thomas||03:22|
|Vic Harrison Trophy||first SOC lady||Jean Manser||05:12|
|Stuart Pailor Shield||first over 60 man||Steve Brown||03:50|
|Lesley Pailor Shield||first over 60 lady||Val Clarke||04:45|
|Marathon Mens Team Trophy||East Hull Harriers & AC||Matthew Hayes / P A Wray / Andrew Deyes / Tony Cross|
|Marathon Ladies Team Trophy||Swaledale Runners||Sarah Hackett / Rebecca Simpson / Tracy Hunter / Sue Thurlbeck|
Full results are available in our results section.