Image ( Turner Landscape, Fell Race 2013 English Championships )
The origins of this old English sport is from the fells of Northern Britain where it derives its name. The Lake District, Peak District, Yorkshire Dales etc.. all have many well known races. It has elements of trail running, cross country and mountain running, but is also quite distinct from those disciplines. There’s usually no clear path to follow, and quite a few steep climbs & descents to traverse; it’s tough but fun and rewarding.
The longer senior races usually incorporates navigational skills and can take many hours to complete; for example the Fellsman race is 61 miles consisting 11,000 feet of climbing around the awe inspiring fells of the Yorkshire Dales. Perhaps you could eventually see yourself competing in the infamous Bob Graham Round, 42 Fells, 66 Miles, 26,900ft around the Lake District, the current male record is 78 peaks in 23 hours 45mins; and a worthy mention of Nicky Spinks who did the double in 45 hours 30mins; only 4 people have managed this.
You’ll be relieved to know the junior races tend to be quite a bit shorter, usually ranging from 1 – 5k depending on age, but they’re still a good challenge as they’re just as steep, and will make you feel like you achieved something worthwhile on completion of the climbs never mind the race ! 🙂
Recently one junior competed in the Litton Open Fell Race, and finished 11th out of 30, hopefully more will join him !
Useful LinksFRA Juniors page