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Dales Town and Country Weekend: Ilkley Urban Event

Yorkshire Urban League Event

Sat 09 September, 2023

Level of event: Regional

Type of event: Race, Urban


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This event is linked to:

Dales Town and Country Weekend - Conistone South -2023-09-10

Join us in this fast classic Dales limestone terrain for the YHOA Championships.

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We hope everyone enjoyed their day in the sun. Many thanks to all our helpers but a particular shout out to our first time planner Chris Gibbins who did a great job planning courses which showed the varied areas of the town thankfully some in shade!

We have rectified the issues with participants on courses not aligned to the YUL class /course combinations.

We have corrected the results of the 3 juniors who came across the shut gate and thanks to Henry for bringing to the organisers attention so swiftly.

Pre Event Info

Come an join us in the SPA town of Ilkley, famous for Ilkley Moor its crags and the cup and ring stones on Rombalds Moor. There are numerous attractions in Ilkley including the Lido, Betty's Café (other cafés are available) and distinctive retail outlets. It is believed that Charles Darwin visited for its spa and took the waters at the plunge pool in White Wells which is still there.

Then visit the Dales for Sunday's event in the beautiful area of Conistone.

Directions / Parking


The event centre is at Ilkley Grammar School, Cowpasture Lane, Ilkley LS29 8TR. Access to parking will be from Springs Lane/Bolling Road (B6382) (What Three Words: tomorrow.eggshell.snowmen). This will be signed from the A65 (Leeds Rd) and from Cowpasture Road. PLEASE DO NOT APPROACH THE SCHOOL FROM BEN RHYDDING ON THE B6382. If travelling on the A65 go to the main traffic lights in Ilkley and turn south towards the station. Then at the mini-roundabout turn onto Springs Lane (signed).This is to ensure that once the parking on site is full then vehicles can go straight on to park and not have to turn around. Once parking is full marshals will be directing vehicles past the school towards Ben Rhydding to park.

We strongly encourage competitors to travel to the event by public transport where possible. Ilkley train station is only a 10min walk (500m/10m climb) from the event centre and there are direct trains from Leeds or Bradford to Ilkley at least every hour.


For competitors coming by car the main car park is accessed from Spring Lane (adjacent to Ilkley Coronation Hospital). Overflow parking will be on the local streets. Parking is generally unrestricted to the East of the school. Please respect all local parking restrictions and access for local residents. Failure to do so could jeopardise future events in Ilkley.

The event centre is in the Armitage Building adjacent to the carpark. Enquiries, EOD registration, download, & toilets will be located here.

There is plenty of space available to store baggage and clothing in the building whilst you run. There will be event officials in the hall at all times, but you leave valuables at your own risk. There will be a key drop at enquiries for car keys.

There should be no muddy shoes inside the hall or the toilets. Please remove your muddy O shoes at the door! There are no showers and the sinks in the toilets are not to be used for washing kit.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will open at 10:00 until 12:00

Start times are from 10.30 to 12.30. Courses close at 14.30.

Junior courses are based on the northern part of the moor around the tarn, quiet roads and the school grounds.

The start is close to the school and the finish is in the school grounds.

Entry Details

Pre-entry with limited Entry on the Day. You can enter both the Saturday and Sunday events on the link to Fabian 4

Enter Online

Entries will be kept open until Wednesday 6th September as long as maps are available, with the closing deadline for a early entry being midnight on Sunday 3rd September.


Entry Deadline

BOF Seniors

BOF Juniors/Students

NON BOF Supplements

Up to 23:59, Sun 3 September



Course E is free to juniors and £4 to seniors

£2 senior

Entries from Monday 4 to Wed 6th and EOD



Course E is free to juniors and £5 to seniors

£2 senior

EOD is aimed in particular at juniors to encourage those who are new to the sport and those who wish to have some guidance on which course to choose. Maps available for EOD are A - 3; B - 2; C - 13; D - 9 and E - 4

Si Card Hire: £1 for all but juniors on Course E where they are free. Hired SI cards will be available to collect at Download. A charge of £30 will be made for lost or non-returned hire SI cards. After your run they must be returned at download. Competitors with standard or hired SI cards must dib at all controls including the start and finish.

It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that their SI card has registered at the control.

Course Information

Course Information:

Map scales

Courses A & B are 1:5000

Course C is 1:4000

Course D & E are 1:3000.

Course A, B & C cross the A65 and the Grove which are busy main roads, extra care will be required.

Course descriptions for E are text, all others in IOF symbols.



























Course lengths are straight line routes, the shortest feasible route is likely to be 25% longer.

All Courses will have a 1 minute timed-out crossing that must be used on Cowpasture Road. In addition Course E will have a marshalled road crossing on a quieter road earlier in the course, which is not timed out. Please follow the marshal's guidance. Other courses will cross roads, some of them very busy with traffic. Extra care will be needed in particular on the longer routes that cross the A65 and recommended crossing points are marked on the map. Bright clothing is recommended.

To be competitive you need to enter your class e.g. MHV.


Age classes


18 – 35













Terrain Description

Urban terrain with courses E using the north side of the moor near the tarn and paddling pool and a short section of urban to get to school grounds. Be aware that many of the paths on the moor are hidden under bracken now.

Map surveyed and drawn in 2021 by Tony Thornley, using ISSprOM 2019, updated 2023 by Tony Thornley.

Dog restrictions

On a lead, please clean up any mess.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Liz Carter

Planner: Chris Gibbins

Controllers: Tony Thornley & Chris Burden

Important Information

Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

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