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Burnsall Sports Feast

 
The Village Green, on the banks of the river Wharfe - a hive of activity on Sports Day
The start of the Classic Fell Race, with the Red Lion Hotel in the Background
Last years brass band with ex-president Leonard Horton pictured - front left
View of spectators on Burnsall Bridge

This Years Sports will be held on Saturday 19th August 2017. 

For recent newcomers and also visitors, here is some of our history. We hope to see you there? 

Burnsall, known as one of Yorkshire's prettiest villages, is renowned throughout the world for its Sports and most of all for its Fell Race. The race is on record as the oldest Fell race but Games and Sports are reffered to in Elizabethan times. In those days it would be very much an impromptu affair probably arranged for the benefit of the children and women of the area.

The fell race was started after a discussion in the Red Lion and one local character Tom Young is supposed to have run up naked. As many men would only have one suit in those times the record of the later Lakeland races have references to runners running in the nude.

Burnsall's festivities are held to a cycle derived from the Feast of St Wilfred, the patron Saint of the lovely village church. The Sports occur on a different day each year according to an obscure and labrynthine convention - the first Saturday after the first Sunday after the 12th of August - so don't miss it!

This years event covers, besides the Classic Fell Races for men, women, and juniors, a very scenic and well attended 10 mile Road Race. 

These events bring some of the top athletes in Great Britain. In recent years we have had a number of foreign entries, and for many runners Burnsall is a permanent fixture in their running year. A squad of Ghurka soldiers once competed and they finished as a squad. Childrens races, side shows, pet shows and many other things of interest, are held during the day.

As the green is Open Space we cannot charge an entrance fee. The committee relies on volunteers to sell raffle tickets, run the tombola and the many other events necessary to raise funds, and on the generosity of visitors to support the various attractions. Any profit goes towards the upkeep of the Village Green, the Village Hall, the two Churches and any other Village community activity that needs support. A brass band plays all day. 

A healthy and growing entry in the Junior Fell Races has necessitated some changes to the timetable this year to prevent the junior races running overtime. The 10 Mile Road Race now starts at 2pm, and the Junior Fell Races at 3:30pm. The Classic Fell Race time remains unchanged at 4:30pm. 

Things don't change quickly or without reason at Burnsall Sports, but we cannot think of more constructive basis for change than the inclusion of a new generation.

We look forward to seeing you at this years Sports that are to be held on Saturday 19th August 2017.

Burnsall Feast Sports Committee