STAC Hill Challenge

The STAC Temple Newsam hill challenge returns in 2019! To mix it up there are 3 different hills in the 15 from 2017. Also new for this year will be a ‘lite’ option of 5 hills, for those who want to take part but don’t quite fancy 10-12 undulating miles!

Update – 30th Dec

Just 4 STAC’s managed to complete the STAC hill challenge in 2019. Daniel Gaunt was the first to complete the ‘full’ challenge of all 15 hills in May. Ian Maudsley then set an impressive time of 1 hour 33 in June which looked like being the fastest time. Martin Horbury then found the quickest route of 10.2 miles before in December John Robson set the fastest time, so congratulations to John!

Full results:

John Robson1st Dec10.511:20:461-5-10-7-3-12-13-17-2-18-8-6-11-16-14
Ian Maudsley2nd Jun10.681:33:101-5-7-10-3-12-13-2-18-8-6-17-11-16-14
Martin Horbury16th Jun10.211:35:331-5-7-10-3-12-13-17-2-18-8-6-11-16-14
Daniel Gaunt10th May11.092:01:461-5-7-10-3-12-14-16-11-6-8-13-17-2-18

Whilst the ‘lite’ hill challenges has seen John Robson the first to complete it and setting the best 2 times. Sam Jackson and Nigel Fuller the only other runners to do it.

John Robson29/42.860:18:33
John Robson24/42.710:18:46
Sam Jackson19/52.710:28:15
Nigel Fuller19/52.710:28:21


The STAC Temple Newsam Hills have been logged as STRAVA segments.

The aim is for you to complete all 15, in any order, in the quickest time possible (or 5 for the ‘lite’ option). Depending on the route, the distance will be between 10-12 miles (3-3.5 miles for ‘lite’).

All segments start with the letters ‘SH’ and have a definite start and end point (see guides in the downloads section below for details) and using these should mean that your segments are logged.

For those who took part in 2017, there are 3 new hills for this year, and 3 we are no longer doing (indeed one of them is not there anymore). Details of all hills, including the removed ones, in the downloads section below.

If you are in the St. Theresa’s Strava group, your run will be picked up and included when we update the leader-board periodically throughout the year. If not then please message me when you’ve taken part.

The challenge will run until the end of November 2019.

Please be aware that farmers’ fields are “out of bounds” unless there is a footpath or bridleway across them.


Few tips following feedback from those who have run the hills this year:

  • Check to see if Any events on in Temple Newsam before attempting. A couple of the hills were inaccessible on the weekend of the ‘Slam Dunk’ festival
  • SH12 – Track to (Little) Temple – there’s 2 paths up to it within 20 metres of each other so check you do the right one (it’s the path nearest to where they took down the trees).
  • SH18 – TN old walk – possible to go wrong halfway up as you cross a path, keep left!

Run a segment and it not showing on Strava?

Short answer – you can see it if you ‘star’ that segment. Other strava users who have that segment ‘starred’ will also see it on your run, whether or not you have it ‘starred’

Long answer – Anyone can create a segment on Strava. So in popular places you may get several similar/duplicate segments which could be a bit annoying for runners having to scroll down loads of segments in the same place.

So Strava have an algorithm which will not show the less popular segments in areas where this has happened. Basically if there are too many segments in an area, and there are 2 in a similar place, they will show the one which has been favourited the most times.

In Temple Newsam this tends to happen around where parkrun is, with a few of the STAC hill segments not showing by default.

You can ‘star’ the segment either before or after doing it, and when done this it will always show in your runs, and runs you view, irrespective of the Strava algorithm.

There are several ways to ‘star’ a segment. The quickest way is from the ‘temple newsam hill segments’ downloads below. These have the link to each segment so go to them, and then ‘star’ on the bottom right of the map in Strava.

Not on Strava and want to take part?

There’s a couple of options:

  • If you do the challenge with a runner on Strava, then they can ‘add’ you. All you would need to do is register on Strava.
  • If you use another running app, there some websites/apps that allow you do either duplicate or copy across your run to Strava, including:
    • Tapiriik – Free service that synchronises your activities between running apps
    • Rungap (IOS only) – costs £2 for 3 months usage to copy across runs between apps

Downloads Section

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