An epic day in the saddle

Top Dog Events – Yorkshire Dales 100 – 15 July 2018

Last Sunday 33 riders sacrificed their normal lie in to gather @ 3-1-5 Health Club, Lancaster, for an early start to Top Dog Events latest sportive – the Yorkshire Dales 100

A bit like Brexit – the riders where closely split between the 100 mile and 100 km routes – 18 / 15 – the weather was kind to all, being a little cooler than the previous weeks of tropical conditions.

The club was opened by 0630 by Marcus and Neeve (thanks for that) with riders staring to arrive – the startline and registration desk were next to come online – thanks to Sue and Steve

Lancaster’s newest cycle store – On Yer Bike provided mechanical cover on the start – but thankfully had little to worry them as most riders came on well prepared bikes

All riders got underway in the allotted time – between 0700 and 0800 – with a few banding together for a group start at 0745

Both routes headed towards Ingelton, then up and along the roman road between Whernside and Ingleborough to Ribblehead and on into the remote Dales countryside to their 1st refreshment stop – manned by Deena from 3-1-5 and the junction with Dentdale

Here the routes split – with the 100+ km riders descending into Dentdale, then through the village of Dent itself, with its cobbled streets and handy public loos – then they continued to Sedbough and re-joined the 100 milers shortly afterwards

Meanwhile the 100 milers continued north through amazing Limestone scenery towards the town of Hawes, then up and over the legendary pull of Buttertubs, and then west along hidden valleys and wild fell-sides before steeply descending into Nateby and along the main road to their 2nd feedstation – expertly manned by James from Lancaster’s OMM advice centre.

The long route then headed south by following the hidden road between the Howgills and The Lune / M6 (Chris’s new favourite road) before joining the 100+km participants on the outskirts of Sedburgh

All riders now enjoyed the traffic free lanes to their final pit stop of the day just outside Kirkby Lonsdale – manned by Jane – before continuing back to Lancaster and 3-1-5 via quiet lanes through Borwick, The Kellets and Halton


Once back at the finish – all riders were presented with a well-earned muffin and goody bag.

Everyone then headed into the club to be presented with their finishers medal – and a fresh brew – before spending the rest of the day enjoying 3-1-5 s amazing pool side facilities (thanks for this Sean and co)


Judging by the feedback both on the day and since – see a challenging but highly enjoyable day was enjoyed by all – which is ample reward for the weeks of effort the Top Dog team has spent organising the event

Thanks also to Lynn and Steve in the broom wagons who spent the day following behind each route

We are now busy planning our next events – The Forest of Bowland 100 sportive on 16 September and a “try a trail” 5 km and 5 mile runs from Leighton Hall on 30 September

Hope to see you there 😊

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Chris, Lynn and Top Dog Events Ltd team



The best thing about our new venture – organizing events for folk – is without doubt meeting, and getting to work with some amazing people 🙂

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We know we can t fail with these guys on our side

Thank you one and all – you make our mission a whole lot more achievable

Come and meet us all on 15 July 2018

Chris, Lynn and Top Dog Team

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Countdown to next cycling challenge

yorkshire dales 100 on white boardWith just over a week to go – all is in place behind the scenes to make our next event The Yorkshire Dales 100 an epic day in the saddle

We look forward to welcoming lots of new riders to this great area – and showing you some amazing places to be riding in 🙂

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Trail running success

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Our gala runs last weekend went swimmingly 🙂

It was great to be able to support The OMM – Runners Centre Lancaster in setting up and co-ordinating a selection of local trail runs as part of the Bolton le Sands annual village gala, for the first time in its history

We got some great feedback from happy runners and have the bug to organise lots more similar events in the North Lancashire / South Lakes region – so keep running and watch this space !!

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Trail Running

Top Dog Events are starting to dip our toes into the world of organizing trail runs –

by helping the Original Mountain Marathon team lay on a couple of new runs as part of The Bolton le Sands Gala this weekend

Come for a trot round our local trails and say hello if you are in the area

Chris and Lynn @

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Next Event – Yorkshire Dales 100 – 15 July 2018

The Top Dog team are starting to plan our next great event to build on the success –

Great feedback and ideas gained from our initial event – Lake District 100 last month

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This time riders will get the chance to explore some of the remote hills, dales and villages of the Yorkshire Dales National park

The scenery is unbelievable and you will definitely encounter more sheep, chickens and herds of wild ponies than you will people and vehicles



We hope you can join us on our second cycling adventure

Chris, Lynn and the team @

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Happy Days – 1st few riders crossing the start line

Thanks to all our fantastic riders and team of helpers our very first sportive on 29 April 2018 was a roaring success 🙂

All went well and everyone involved had a great day – we learned soooooo much and can t wait for our next event on 15 July 2018 – using the same brilliant start and finish area @ 3-1-5 Health Club in Lancaster – but giving riders a chance to explore The Yorkshire Dales National Park this time

The 2 x routes on offer this time are 106 miles and 65 miles of remote scenery among rolling hills and deep dales – where sheep and wild fell ponies  outnumber cars and humans many times over

Thanks to all for making 3 months of planning, checking, buying , recruiting, mapping, designing road signs, washing plastic arrows, sleepless nights, long days and around 1000 miles of driving around both the The Lake District 100 routes time and again – more than worthwhile

We have some grand ideas for future events on 2 x wheels and feet – and hope to see lots more new friends on The Yorkshire Dales 100 in a few weeks

Chris and Lynn @

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Don t panic – only a week to go !!

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Funny – but we can t wait for next Sunday 🙂

After months of planning, spending day after day driving round our Lake District 100 routes, compiling maps and risk assessments galore, sitting at desks bashing away at laptop keys 12 hours a day.  Waking up at daft o clock with a head full of ideas and panic that we have no riders or helpers, completely changing  systems we thought were bulletproof and ordering totally wrong kit like huge Gazebbos and sending them back by courier services.

Although we have a stack of work to do between now and event day – 29 April – the least being to attach 300+ arrows and warning signs at every junction for 100 loop of Cumbrian roads and lanes – we feel confident that our team of helpers will all be superstars as will the awesome riders who have put their faith in us by entering what is a new sportive on the calendar – so all involved will come together to make our first event an epic 🙂

So lets be having you – bring it on – see you next Sunday

Chris, Lynn and the Top Dog team

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Nearly There Already !!

2 x weeks to go until our first riders cross the start line of The Lake District 100 sportive challenge –

It seems like only yesterday that I decided to organize events that showcase the great region that both Lynn and I  call home and love so much – 3 x months solid graft later and we are good to go

A big part of our decision to give our best to this new venture was to spread our wings and make some new friends and acquaintances – we have started to do this – and now work alongside some amazing folk – Bike Ranger Kendal – OMM Shop Lancaster and look below for the kind support all at 3-1-5 Health Club Lancaster have offered to our participants

We hope to meet and greet lots of fellow riders on 29 April 2018 – and watch this space for news soon about the new running / walking challenges we are starting to plan

Book your place before they all go –

Chris and Lynn @

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Happy Easter

We ventured out to West Coast of Cumbria yesterday and enjoyed a great ride out – along the coast and round the fells 🙂

Daffodils and lambs were everywhere you looked – so a real Easter / Spring day out !

Chris was wired up like a secret agent – with new Heart Rate monitor – Strava and Go Pro camera – bit of a pain at the time – like to just get out and ride – but well worth it when I get to re live it and share the day with folks 🙂

Happy Easter

Chris and Lynn @

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