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Fell Running Guide

For people wanting to try fell running, but possibly a little daunted by the prospect, the following website might be worth a look. The text below is the introductory statement on the site. I can recommend the guy who runs it as a fellow instructor from the FRA Navigation Course, with a wealth of relevant experience.
www.fellrunningguide.co.uk
[i]New to Fell Running?
Do you want to experience the challenge of fell running but don’t have the skills or confidence to do so?  Are you worried that you would get lost?  Are you unsure of what equipment is needed or what you should wear?

Don’t let these things put you off – we can help you gain the necessary skills to allow you to get out and enjoy running in the hills.

Don’t worry that you won’t be able to keep up – the focus is on developing your skills, not racing.  Our courses are done at a pace suited to you.[/i]

 

Titterstone Clee (Strider wins) & Long Mynd Fell Races

With the wind howling across the fell, the first of the snow flurries arriving & the ground frozen, icy in places, conditions were not encouraging for the first of the weekend races - 2k & 229m of climb up to the trig point at Tiiterstone Clee, 2k down. Sarah Colbert was 1st Strider home, 14th out of 73 runners overall and winning the Ladies race in 23'44", another fine fell run. Jamie Woodyard was just 9" behind, before Nikki Brockbank led in a closely packed formation of Striders, Julian Catmull, Gary Wright, Andy Stroud, Andy Kettles & John Williams; despite the different route choices there was just 3' & 15 places separating the pack. Malcolm Savage also ran well to pick up the prize for 1st MV60. There should be some photos later in the week on the link below, it could be interesting to play spot the Strider (not one of Sarah's dogs), below the many layers of protective clothing.

With the thaw setting in conditions had eased a little for the race on Sunday, 18.5k and 1372m of climb up and down the valleys of the Long Mynd; a classic and tough fell race. Paul Jeggo, Jon Legge & Janet Hill joined the Titterstone 9 for this race, and all acquitted themselves well; Paul being 1st Strider home, 46th in 2h12m47s, followed by Sarah, 85th in 2h27m21s and Nikki 102nd in 2h32m27s. The packing was perhaps a little less impressive than for the Saturday race, with some enjoying the stiff climbs at the end of the race more than others. The conditions lent themselves to the sliding descent, as demonstrated in the accompanying photo.There are more on the link below, with results for both races at www.merciafellrunners.org.uk

www.fellrunningpictures.co.uk/lmv2012.html

 

 

Striders win at Box Hill

Conditions were good for this 12k fell race on the North Downs. Harold Wyber had a particularly good day, his only disappointment being his failure to break the 50' mark, as he came home 2nd in 50'13". Neil Mcgouan was next home, 13th in 56'35", followed by Paul Jeggo, 24th in 58'57". Eleven other Striders ran, with notable efforts from Jo Gemmill, 177th in 77'41" and Darren Hull, 217th in 84'17", having arrived at the start a little late. Watching fellow Striders enjoying the last few hundred metre downhill run in, it seemed that the 2nd place for Harold and a possible age prize for Paul would be the height of our success. At the Prizegiving Harold received his prize, Paul a deserved 2nd V50; then the team prize, 1st place, Springfield Striders; well done Harold, Neil, Paul and 4th team member Jon Legge, 83rd in 67'02". Other results will be at www.Sloweb.org.uk                                                                                                                                                                                                           There will be a number of trips to the fells in the coming months; details will be in the Fell section and on the chatboard.

   

Fell Running

 

USEFUL LINKS

www.fellrunningguide.co.uk                 For introductory Fell Running courses

www.fellrunner.org.uk                          Fell Running Association

www.wfra.org.uk                                 Welsh Fell Runners Association

www.bofra.org.uk                                British Open Fell Runners Association

www.cs.man.ac.uk/~temples/hc/         Hayfield Fell Races

www.merciafellrunners.org.uk            Mercia (for Long Mynd)

www.relay.bingleyharriers.org.uk      UKA Fell Relays website

www.billyblandchallenge.org.uk        Bob Graham relay, June 2011

www.peteblandsports.co.uk

   

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