The Stuart Learmouth Memorial Undulator

13.5km (8.4 miles) and 284m (1260ft) of ascent


A classic BM fell race with a challenging mix of fells, trails and lanes.

2019 Results
Sunday 18th October 2020 10.30am.
Stoney Wood up from the Lime Kiln pub on Cromford Road in Wirksworth.
Enter in advance to guarantee your place or on the day. Entry fee is £5 in advance or £7 on the day.
The race is open to anyone aged over 18 on the day of the race.
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History of the Race

In 2011, Wirksworth RC members were cogitating on their new found enthusiasm for fell running.  Wouldn’t it be good to have an Autumn race to complement the already established and successful Incline race, held in the spring, they thought.

After an internal club competition to come up with a route, the Undulator was first run in the autumn of 2011.  The route has remained unchanged since then.

After the sad loss of a club member to cancer in 2012, the race was renamed the Stuart Learmouth Memorial Undulator for the 2013 race and remains so to this day.

The Route

The route is challenging, there are steep bits, flat bits, rocky bits and fast bits, road bits, grass bits, trail bits and scary bits. Everywhere you will see mother nature, attempting to recover from the industrial predations of the last few centuries, hampered and tampered with by man.

The route starts in Stoney Wood, land reclaimed from Stonecroft Quarry planted with trees and now an important green space near the heart of Wirksworth. The start is narrow and very steep as it climbs to the stardisc at the top of the quarry.

After a brief respite the route crosses the old Middle Peak Quarry and circles the quarry boundary, climbing all the time until coming out onto pastureland. The route crosses a number of fields, heading towards Middleton Top and the historic winding house at the top of the Middleton Incline of the Cromford and High Peak Railway.

After crossing the B5035, the route continues in an upward fashion, crosses the High Peak Trail and opens out onto open farmland. This is the first time that you’re not climbing since the start and we’ve broken through 1000ft, that’s a climb of about 440ft in a shade under 2 miles (or 135m in the first 3km for the metricated).

In front of you now are the wind turbines around Ryder Point Quarry. There’s a quick drop down to a road crossing and then a very steep climb up to the track joining the Ryder Point Quarry and Brassington Moor Quarry. This time you’ve reached 1180ft above sea level. There’s another drop and now another very steep climb up to the trig point on Harborough Rocks, an outcrop of dolomitic limestone popular with climbers, and you’re at the top. Nearly halfway and you’re standing about 1230 ft above sea level with fantastic scenery in all directions.

The next challenge is getting down. If you know where you’re going, there is an almost direct route, through the crags and boulders, down to the High Peak Trail. If you don’t, then follow the flags gently!

Once off the rocks, the next 2 miles are generally down, the first is along the High Peak Trail, the former track bed of the Cromford and High Peak Railway, so it is pancake flat. The second takes you off the trail and onto Carsington Pastures, alongside the Carsington windfarm and then very steeply down into the village of Carsington itself. All the way, you will have views of Carsington Water, a man made reservoir opened in 1992 and now a popular sailing venue.

All that climbing has gone and we are back down, pretty much where we started, travelling along the Carsington to Hopton village road, passing Hopton Hall before leaving the road and heading back up towards Middleton Top on the last major climb. Over 6 miles gone at the bottom, 7 gone by the time you turn at Middleton and head for home.

The last mile and a bit are all downhill straight through Middle Peak Quarry and then skirting the edge of Stoney Wood before dropping down again to the finish line.

This race is part of the T'Owd Man Series

Race the T'Owd Man Trail Half plus 2 others and win a prize!

Womens Records

Overall Rachel Chambers 1:06:26.0
Senior Rachel Chambers 1:06:26.0
V40 Christine Howard 1:08:22.0
V50 Tracey Greenway 1:11:00.0
V60 Jan Forrester 1:20:18.0

Best times

  1. 1:06:26 – 2014 – Rachel Chambers
  2. 1:08:22 – 2011 – Christine Howard
  3. 1:11:00 – 2016 – Tracey Greenway
  4. 1:11:11 – 2018 – Eleanor Lunt
  5. 1:11:27 – 2015 – Jacqui Hawkins
  6. 1:12:15 – 2018 – Leah Williams
  7. 1:13:04 – 2016 – Ruth Keeley
  8. 1:13:11 – 2014 – Christine Howard
  9. 1:14:44 – 2017 – Catherine Wilson
  10. 1:14:50 – 2015 – Ann-Marie Jones

Mens Records

Overall Harry Holmes 53:58.7
Senior Harry Holmes 53:58.7
V40 Shaun Dimelow 59:56.0
V50 Malcolm Fowler 1:05:42.0
V60 Thornton Taylor 1:12:15.0
V70 Ken Taylor 1:17:55.0

Best Times

  1. 53:59 – 2018 – Harry Holmes
  2. 56:29 – 2016 – Harry Holmes
  3. 56:59 – 2018 – Billy Cartwright
  4. 57:00 – 2018 – Dan Haworth
  5. 57:45 – 2017 – Harry Holmes
  6. 58:14 – 2018 – Alistair Thornton
  7. 58:23 – 2018 – Adam Fieldhouse
  8. 58:27 – 2016 – Billy Cartwright
  9. 58:34 – 2018 – Samuel Moakes
  10. 58:41 – 2016 – Robert Donald

If you are coming from afar to run in the race there are lots of options in the area including our sponsor, Mount Cook, a not-for-profit organisation based in Middleton-by-Wirksworth, which opened in July 2016. They offer en-suite accommodation for up to 184 guests in modern bedrooms and glamping pods, with catering facilities and a licensed bar provided in their glass-fronted Main Dining Hall.

A range of exciting outdoor activities, from High Ropes to Zip Wire, is also available at the Centre. If you are in need of any accommodation prior to a running event, please give Mount Cook a call on: 01629 823 702. For more information, visit their website.

Ready to take the challenge?