4th Feb 2020 The Billy Bland Challenge is on for the year 2020.  Historically the event has been run just in the month of June, it is now extended to the months of June, July and August.  There are also 4 new team categories, V50 and V60 for male and female, in addition to the V40 category.  The youngest runner dictates the age category. 


You don’t have to be the clubs fastest to compete in this event.  In the distorted words of Pierre de Coubertin:

“The most important thing in the Billy Bland Challenge is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”

The Billy Bland Challenge relay is based on the five legs of the 24 Hour Bob Graham round, starting and finishing at the Moot Hall in Keswick. It covers about 66 miles, 28,000 feet of climbing and 42 peaks. The challenge is open to all teams of 10, split into five pairs. Each of the pairs is designated one of the five legs and a baton is passed from one team to the next. The relay is to be completed at any time in the month of June. Entry costs in the true spirit of the BGR, are free.  (New for 2019, entry costs are free, though there are costs associated with the Billy Bland and Dallam seems to like to give money to Charity.  So a charitable donation in cheque form payable to Dallam Running Club attached to your results is appreciated, though no payment is required.)

There are several categories, these include:

  • All Male
  • All Female
  • Open any old mix
  • Mixed, man and woman on each leg
  • Male VETS over 40 (on the 30th June)
  • Female VETS over 40 (on the 30th June)
  • Disabled (same range of groups as above)

Quote: Wharfedale Harriers.
A fantastic day was had by all

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