What’s fellrunning?

This is fell running

What’s all this AS, AM, BL stuff about?

As per the link above, a fell race is one run on fell, hill or mountain terrain and shall be categorised as follows :
Category “A”

  • Should average not less than 50 metres climb per kilometre
  • Should not have more than 20% of the race distance on road.
  • Should be at least 1.5 kilometres in length

Category “B”

  • Should average not less than 25 metres climb per kilometre.
  • Should not have more than 30% of the race distance on road

Category “C”

  • Should average not less than 20 metres climb per kilometre.
  • Should not have more than 40% of the race distance on road.
  • Should contain some genuine fell terrain.

Race Length Categories

  • A category “L” (long) race is 20 kilometres or over.
  • A category “M” (medium) race is over 10 kilometres but less than 20 kilometres.
  • A category “S” (short) race is 10 kilometres or less

Can I do the clubs main championship as well as this?

Yes of course, no problem, we have avoided clashes with all Stainland fixtures known at time of press (Championship races, WYWL, YVAA, club races, CWR, etc)  and we have included the three fell races in the main Championship in this as well. Win-win!

If I just turn up and do all the races, will I win?

Nope, it’s about doing as well as you can against *all* the other racers that turn up that day rather than against whichever Lions turn up. So, no easy points just because you are the only one to have turned up, sorry. 🙂

Are all the races ridiculously hard, steep and technically difficult?

We will indicate which races we think require more experience than others, some will be very hard, some won’t, there will be plenty of races to suit lots of runners abilities in each category. Also, some races are easier to navigate than others and we’ve made sure there’s some of these in each category as well.

I’m new to fell racing, which races would you recommend?

2019’s nearly man, James Penson says – any six short ones with a few mediums is a cracking way to get into fell running and if you enjoy it, jump in with a longer one like the Lost shepherd.
If you want to be in with a trophy shout and are still a little uncertain, I would plump for:

1. A Bunny run (CS)
2. Coiners (BM)
3. The Lost Shepherd (BL)
4. Bronte Way (BM)
5. Race you to the Summit (BS)
6. Black stone edge (AS)

Extra! If you have a duff race during the season and we’ve all done it (especially Jim and Leon), it’s good to have a back up – Lee Mills Relays (BS) and Mytholmroyd (BM) are belters.

Will I need lots of extra kit?

As a rule of thumb, you will always need ‘FRA Mandatory Minimum Kit’ which is waterproof whole body cover (with taped seams and integrated attached hood), hat, gloves, map of the route, compass, whistle and emergency food. Runners often question whether this level of kit is necessary – it may not be needed when you are running strongly or in good weather, but it could be a life-saver if you have to slow down or stop because of injury or tiredness, or if you need to help another runner in difficulty. Also, if you are just dabbling there are almost always Lions happy to lend you this stuff and we certainly intend to help with the maps.

What is the difference between this and the other club championship?

All these races are off road and hilly.

Will my trainers get mucky?

I’m afraid so, yes 🙂