Lancashire Times
A Voice of the North
7:37 AM 5th May 2021

Fell Running Exhibition Launches in Settle in May

Kirsty Hall leads out at Cracoe Fell Race
Kirsty Hall leads out at Cracoe Fell Race
As fell running gears up for a summer comeback, the brand new Run the Dales photographic and memorabilia exhibition is all set to celebrate this beloved and traditional Dales sport in a very special way.

Following its recent launch, new fell running website, Run the Dales is taking fell running off the fells and into two of the Dales' best loved museums. Continuing throughout the entire summer across two venues, the unique exhibition opens at the newly refurbished Grade I listed Folly Museum, Settle on May 18 (you are advised to double check this date before travelling) before relocating to the Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes on July 23, where it will run until September 26.

Sponsored by the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Great Place: Lakes and Dales, the Run the Dales Exhibition is a vibrant celebration of fell running along with some of its biggest and best loved champions, and the country fairs, sports and shows that host the 40 plus annual races across the region throughout the year.

Featuring the award winning photography of Stephen Garnett, and along with prized artefacts from former champion runners, Tommy Sedgwick, Stephen Hawkins, Dave Hodgson and Craven’s own 'Mr Sport', Roger Ingham, the Run the Dales Exhibition promises to be a vibrant and fascinating insight into this quintessentially northern sport.

Highlights will include ‘an evolution of fell shoes’ depicted through former champions’ original race-winning shoes. Additionally, the story of Ernest Dalzell’s legendary Burnsall Classic win in 1910 is brought to life, as is Bill Teasdale’s unsuccessful 1953 attempt at the record and Fred Reeves 1977 victorious breaking of it. Kit, tags, tickets, programmes, trophies, medals, cuttings and photographs dating back more than 100 years make this a rare exhibition of sporting imagery and memorabilia for runners and sports enthusiasts alike.

Please note: Due to further unanticipated building work at the newly refurbished Folly Museum, the exhibition will be redistributed throughout the ground floor public areas. There will be no charge for accessing the exhibition at this venue, although donations will be welcome.

After the race
After the race
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Exhibition Dates:

May 18 – June 25 at The Folly, Settle

July 23 – September 26 at The Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes

About Run the Dales:

Run the Dales website and exhibition has been organised by the writer Victoria Benn, author of new book Peak Performance which chronicles the great sporting legacy of Ingleborough and the Yorkshire Dales’ Three Peaks. is a comprehensive ‘one stop site’ of everything you need to know about fell running, from how to get started in the sport including training tips, through to finding races and progression routes.

The website’s Heritage section also brings to life the history of the sport, with engaging insights and stories about its most iconic races. Audio story contributions from former international athletes, Victoria Wilkinson, Michael Hawkins and Stephen Hawkins showcase the Three Peaks Race, Burnsall Classic and Kilnsey Crag race events, with a further audio story contribution from the well-known fell runner and two times Kilnsey Crag race winner, Ted Mason.