Silent Night Race

Monday 20th December 2021, start time 7pm

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.

You must not attend the event if you are showing any signs of Covid-19 symptoms:
-a high temperature,
-a new, continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
– you have been in contact with anyone showing any signs of Covid-19 symptoms in the past 14 days,
– you have travelled within the last 14 days to an international location where self-isolation is required following your visit
– you have been instructed by Test and Trace or the Test and Trace app to self isolate over the race date.

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
    • Mask/Buff
    • Gloves
    • Hat
    • Hand Sanitiser
    • 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

Entries are open via SI entries –

Details on FRA website – to follow


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.