Sat 9 Nov 2024 Otley, North Yorkshire, UK

Swinsty and Fewston Reservoir Run Day 3 | Marathon

Multiple circular loops around Swinsty and Fewston Reservoir, within the Yorkshire Dales followed by a bespoke medal and grim treats at the finish line.

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  • Sat 9 Nov 2024
Swinsty & Fewston Reservoir Car Park, Otley




Age 18 & over

  • 26.2 miles multi terrain running


If you like beautiful races in beautiful places, like fun, like medals and like goodies then this event is for you. 

You'll enjoy a bespoke medal and lots of goodies at the finish line.

It's Grim Up North

This event is part of the It's Grim Up North calendar of runs, offering a range of distances and levels of difficulty so there is something for everyone.

Famous for its low-key approach, all runners will be greeted with a warm smile and friendly chat.

The aim is to get you out running, help you enjoy the beautiful countryside with great camaraderie and for you to experience the sense of well-being you get when you cross that finish line.

You'll be shown that the North is anything but Grim.

This event is part of Swinsty and Fewston Reservoir Run Day 3.

  • All fitness levels
  • Event village
  • Newcomers

Run one day or run four days in a row:


Difficulty rating

3/5 grim


  • 08:30 | Registration opens for all distances

Shoe type

Road shoes – unless wet. The course is mainly good underfoot. 

  • Bag storage
  • Paid parking
  • Rural
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Swinsty & Fewston Reservoir Car Park
North Lane
North Yorkshire
LS21 2NP


Council charges apply.

  • Cut off time
  • Distance markers
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • Multiple laps
  • No headphones
  • Single start
  • Toilets
  • Undulating
  • Water stations
  • Way markers

The route is mainly on good path and trail.

Road crossing

There are a couple of small road crossings - please take care. Marshals are not allowed to stop traffic. The roads will be marked by a sign.

Water/feed stations

There will be water/feed stations along the route approximately every 3 miles. Marshals will be placed along the route at the turnaround points and on the water/feed stations. 

Cut off time

6.5 hours.

An early start time for marathon runners is available.


The use of headphones is not endorsed for the following safety reasons:

  • Runners cannot always hear the marshals’ instructions
  • Runners may not hear cyclists behind them and stray into their path
  • Bone conduction earphones are allowed


  • Bring your own cup

This is cupless event. All runners are requested to bring their own labeled, reusable cup or bottle. These may be filled before, during and after the event.

  • Chip timing
  • Goody bag
  • Map
  • Medal


  • It's Grim Up North running experience
  • Unique medal design
  • Lots of lovely things at the finish line

Optional extra

  • Grim massage - Adam will be available for both pre-race and post-race massage. He is brilliant. You can pay by either cash or card.

  • Age 18 & over
  • Entries open
  • Collect race pack
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available
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Entry fees

Entry fee (Affiliated)


Entry fee (Unaffiliated)


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