Fell Racing

Fell Race Championship 2021

FELL RUNNING IS BACK!! As I write my final fell report things are looking up for fell racing for the remainder of 2021. The Notts county fell champs 2021 is planned for Saturday 4th September and will be one single race this year at the Longshaw Sheepdog Trials, further details to follow late June/early July from Notts AAA but brief details can be found at https://www.nottsaaa.org/landing page/fell-running. Save the date!

Meanwhile other races are opening up again but as could be seen by the recently announced Totley Moor fell race, folks are so keen to enter, that the race was full before Totley AC were able to make it available on their website! Clearly it’s more a case than ever of ‘you snooze you lose’! As always, do keep an eye on the Fell Runners Association website which not only has links to fell races but details of their bargain membership price and the essential FRA kit requirements for races, and rules relating to the use of GPS devices etc https://www.fellrunner.org.uk/index.php.
In June there are relatively ‘local’ races being held on 14 June (Trunce 5); 24 June (Blacka Moor Chase) and Tideswell on 25 June.

It’s great to have seen some of the post from club members who have been visiting the Peaks for walks and runs since restrictions were eased. A particular image which sums up the incredible views to be had on the fells, modeled by one of our own members (even though he is in a DPFR vest!) was captured by Colin Brearley last week. On which note I am delighted to announce that Colin will be taking over the HP club champs. Colin is already a FRA ambassador and is a regular fell runner in the Peaks and across the Welsh Border. He will bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the role I am sure, and I for one am looking forward to joining in some with of the events. When I took over from Glyn Sawford in 2015 I decided to increase the number of club races from 5 to 8 but soon decided “why not make it 12; one for each month of the year?!” Time constraints and other projects mean it’s time to hand over to someone new so thank you Colin for stepping up and thanks also to everyone who join in with the champs and suggested races over the past few years.

Colin has already put together a shortlist of races eligible for the club’s fell champs (best 4 results to count). At the time of writing these are:

25/6 Tideswell (BS)
7/7 DCRO Dash (BS)
14/7 Black Rocks (BS)
25/7 Holme Moss (AL)
8/8 Saddleworth Round (BL)
11/8 Burbage Skyline (BS)
31/8 Eyam (BS)
4/9 Longshaw (BS)
12/9 Ilam (AS)
2/10 Curbar Commotion (BM)
Happy fell running 🙂
Ruth Brandon

You should also be prepared to carry the full mandatory kit if required.

  • Full Body Cover; waterproof cagoule with hood, FULL length waterproof bottoms, with taped seams
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Map of the course
  • Compass
  • Whistle

Scoring

There is a separate championship for men and women.

The first club finisher in each race will receive 4 points, the second finisher 3 points and the third finisher 2 points. All other finishers will receive 1 point.

The best 4 races for each member will count towards the total score.

In the event of a points tie the longer races will score higher.

FRA Race Classifications

Races are categorised as A (hardest) to C (milder) on the basis of the amount of climb, and long (L), medium (M) or short (S) on the basis of distance.

Past winners