An exhilarating fell race series in the Northern Lake District:
1 – The classic Buttermere Sailbeck
2 – An uphill time trail – Belt up Blencathra
3 – The stunning short BB Kong
4 – A new tough 9 mile fell race – Matterdale Horseshoe
To complete the series, you must complete 3 out of the 4 races.


All of our fell races are licensed by the FRA (Fell Runners Association) and are run under FRA rules. 

FRA races require runners to carry with them the following kit for the duration of the race:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (with taped seams)
  • Map (of the course), compass and whistle
  • Hat and gloves

Please make sure that you have this kit when you come to registration as your kit will be checked and if you don’t have it, you will not be allowed to race.


Buttermere Sailbeck – Saturday 7th May – 12 noon – Buttermere Village.

The first race of the Kong Summer Series 2022
Buttermere Sailbeck is a classic tough, rough fell race! It packs in over 4000ft of climbing into just over 9 miles so is not for the
faint hearted!
Starting from Buttermere Village, the route climbs onto the Knott Rigg before traversing the ridgeline of Ard Crags and
dropping down into Rigg Beck. A brutal climb back up onto Causey Pike leads way to a stunning and airy run across Scar
Crags to Sail and Crag Hill. From here, the descent begins over Whiteless Pike and all the way back into Buttermere – a long
and exhilarating descent!

Entries here: SiEntries – Kong Summer Series- Buttermere Sailbeck

Race results 2019

Race results 2022

Race Photographs 2022


Belt up Blencathra – Wednesday 8th June – 7pm – White Horse Inn, Scales, near to Threlkeld.

The second race of the Kong Summer Series 2022

An uphill time trial starting from the White Horse at the base of Blencathra.

This race has 2 checkpoints – the start and finish and it is up to you how you get in between! A classic climb for all those uphill enthusiasts!

The route is just short of 2 miles long and packs in just over 2,000 ft of ascent.

Entries here: SiEntries – Kong Summer Series – Belt up Blencathra

Race results 2022

Race photographs 2022


BB Kong – Wednesday 27th July – 7pm – Salutation Inn, Threlkeld

The third race of the Kong Summer Series 2022

This route has it all – fast running traversing the flanks of Blencathra through fields, a tough climb up the stunning Doddick fell to reach Blencathra summit, super-fast ridgeline running to Blease Fell then a steep technical descent back to the car park.

The route is 5 miles long with 2,500ft of ascent.

Entries here: SiEntries – Kong Summer Series – BB Kong

Race results 2021

Race results 2022

Race photographs 2022


Matterdale Horseshoe – Saturday 20th August – 12 noon – King Kong Climbing Walls, Threlkeld Quarry

The final race of the Kong Summer Series 2022

A new slightly longer race – 8.5 miles with 3,500ft of ascent and taking in 3 summits.

On leaving the quarry, you climb up your first big climb – Clough Head at 726m. From here, you follow the path and ridge line all the way to Great Dodd – the highpoint of the race at 856m. A wonderful runnable descent takes you down to the 3rd checkpoint where Mosedale Beck crosses the Old Coach Road. A killer last climb takes you back up to White Pike before the final flying descent back to the quarry. A new, tough but enjoyable course!

Entries here: SiEntries – Kong Summer Series- Matterdale Horseshoe

Race results 2022