Running up and down hills amid some of Britain’s most remote and rugged terrain might seem the preserve of hardy, veteran athletes, but in reality, anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can enjoy the exhilarating experience of fell running.
Heading out in a group will minimise the risks associated with running in exposed, mountainous areas, but can detract from the sense of adventure. Here are a few tips to bear in mind if you’re heading out solo:
1 Weather conditions can change quickly, so always take waterproof layers, a hat and gloves with you.
2 Plan your route in advance (including possible cutbacks) and let someone know where and how long you will be.
3 Run conservatively to avoid sustaining an injury.
4 Memorise features as you pass them to make locating yourself on a map as easy as possible.
5 Surfaces are mixed, trail shoes are recommended.
Above all, always err on the side of caution: it’s all too easy to be seduced by your surroundings, and find yourself in trouble minutes later.
This is not a FRA regulated race, but you may wish to consider carrying the standard recommended kit for fell runs of this length, particularly if the weather forecast is inclement:
- Waterproof whole body cover (with taped seams and attached hood)
- Map of route
- Emergency food
- Mobile phone
- Foil bivy bag
The route is marshalled at important intersections but elsewhere is only partially marked. Whilst the event does not require specialist navigation skills you should make yourself familiar with the course prior to setting off.
The route is a fixed course- no shortcuts allowed!
Entrants are requested to keep to the footpaths, respect other users of the route and not to litter or bring dogs to the race.
You must inform the nearest Marshall or by the emergency number : 07599 879155 if you have to retire.
You must return your dibber to the nearest Marshall or registration area at the start/finish. Otherwise you will be liable for cost of replacement.