Bradda Niarbyl - English Championship route

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  • Date & time: Sat 11th Jul 2015 at 13:00 (mens start may be delayed, to be announced at 12:45 kit check)
  • Region: Isle of Man Category: AL Distance: 25km Climb: 1789m Venue: Port Erin beach
  • Skills & experience: ER, LK, NS Minimum age: 18 Limit 350
  • Cut off times: 16:30  - Sloc on return GR216734, & finish 18:00.

Race registration All runners should collect their numbers, and sign the FRA insurance disclaimer at THE BAY HOTEL (the big pink building) PORT ERIN BEACH. either of the following times:

1900-2100 Friday 10th July OR 1000-1215 Sat 11th July

15/6/15 CONFIRMED PAID ENTRY LIST HERE. Please check your details are correct after this. 

***Big hungry tics reported on coast path...long socks recommended (or just run quicker)***

RACE WEEKEND: The race start and evening presentation take place on PORT ERIN BEACH.

The race is the main event of the Beach Festival weekend, further details on Port Erin Commissioners, website here  when available of the other sporting events such as sandcastle building competition, open water swim, and mountain bike races.

There is also the MICROGRAMING LIGHTHOUSES CHALLENGE SPORTIVE on Sunday, with 100, 57 & 42 miles routes available, and 2700m of climb


Holiday Cottage overlooking Port Erin in an ideal location for course recce, sleeps 4, £100p.n.. Belongs to a top Island cyclist!

King William's College is recommended for hostel type self catering accommodation. It is in Castletown, next to the Airport, with good public transport links to Port Erin throughout the day and evening. From £16 per night.  Contact [email protected]

For accommodation and travel by boat/seacat, the "special deals" negotiated for the race are good value (telephone booking only) especially for late bookings, i.e. within 3 months of race.

CAMPING OPTIONS: There are plenty of secluded places for Camper Van parking in the South of the Island.

Due to planning restrictions we are unable to provide a temporary race campsite. Peel or Glen Glough Campsites are available via the Steam Packet special deals - from £55 for 2 nights including boat fare, and an additional £109 vehicle supplement, which is recommended for transport to the race . have TT tents primarily for the motorcyclists at Rushen AFC, but the minimum stay is 4 nights, for approx. £239 for 2 persons.


The Steam Packet boat and Seatcat terminal is in Douglas, approx. 15 miles/50mins by bus or car along the A5 to Port Erin.

There are regular buses throughout the day and evening along the A5. Ronaldsway Airport is also on th A5, in Ballasalla, about half way to Port Erin.

Red bus route 1, 1A, 2, 10, 10B, 11, 11A, 12, X1, & N1 REFER TO IOM Bus timetables

Hire cars such as may be a cheaper option than bringing your own car.


Book flights and boat/seacat early for best fares ,already  £50+ return (8th Dec14) from Manchester (Flybe) and Liverpool (Easyjet) and will become more expensive.

Bicycles do not need to be booked on the boat/seacat when travelling as a foot passenger.

BOAT & SEACAT travel and accommodation special deals are HERE   (BOAT/SEACAT) TRAVEL ONLY WEBSITE

Flybe (Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, etc.) & EASYJET (LIVERPOOL)


English Fell Running Championship Sponsors:

Bradda (to 2014 only)

Ratch-slieau Vradda


Distance - 24km

Ascent - 950m

Category - A/Long

Start - Bradda Glen Cafe (GR 193 697)

The organisers reserve the right to change any part of the course and their decision on any matter concerning the race is final. Minimum age of entry is 18 years on day of race. Held under FRA rules, waterproof whole body cover, map and compass, whistle and emergency food are required

Download Route Map

Race Route

  • Start and finish at Bradda Glen GR 193696.

  • Follow the Raad ny Foillan coastal footpath towards Fleshwick. Descend to the Fleshwick valley manned safety control (1) and (8) first aid GR 201713.

  • Left towards shore and then climb on the Raad Ny Foillan before branching off to the right at the top of the wall to follow the Carnanes track to the Sloc manned safety control (2) and (6) first aid GR 217734.

  • Rejoin the Raad ny Foillan and ascend to the summit of Cronk ny Arrey Laa Unmanned control  (3) and (5), GR 224746.

  • Descend on the easterly track, through 2 kissing gates crossing the Eary Cushlin green lane GR 233747 on to Cronk Fedjag, and follow the path to the Round Table Cross Roads GR 248759.

  • Cross the Round Table Road and ascend to the summit of South Barrule GR 259759 Unmanned control (4)
  • The race retraces on the same route in reverse to unmanned control (3) and (5) on Cronk Ny Arrey Laa to the Sloc. Manned safety control (2) and (6) first aid.
  • From the Sloc continue on the Raad ny Foillan ascending Lhiattee ny Beinnee Unmanned control (7) GR 212728.
  • Continue on the track and descend back in to the Fleshwick Valley. Manned Safety control (1) and (8) first aid. GR 201713,
  • Return back to Bradda Glen on the same route following the coastal footpath and finish back at Bradda Glen.


Course Records

2.00.49 - Lloyd Taggart 2011

Vet 2.00.49 - Lloyd Taggart 2011

Vet 50 2.28.24 - Dave Young 1999

Vet 55 2.37.34 - Dave Young 2007

Vet 60 2.42.47 - Rob Webb 2011

Vet 65 4.40.00 - Robert Baxter 2000



Lady 2.26.59 - Brenda Walker 1997

Lady Vet 2.26.59 - Brenda Walker 1997

Lady Vet 50 3.02.38 - Rose Hooton 2004

Lady Vet 55 3.25.56 - Rose Hooton 2012

Lady Vet 60 4.34.56 - Moira Hall