Fell

 

 

Welcome to the wonderful world of Fell Running!  

A&T has a small, but ever growing bunch of fell runners, no doubt attracted by the opportunity to push themselves, explore some of the lovely countryside we have around us, and just do something  a little bit different.  

Most people who try the fells not only relish the challenge, but also love the friendly and welcoming nature of fell running.  Don’t let worries about navigation and kit lists put you off, we’ve got a range of races planned throughout the year which are accessible for newer fell runners, and a great team happy to give advice and reassurance, and answer any questions you might have.  

Kit:

The Fell Runner’s Association (FRA) has a standard kit list that you should plan to take to any fell race you take part in.  Race organisers will let you know when you register what you need to carry.  Remember the weather on the fells can change very quickly, and be very different to the weather in the valley.

FRA Kit list:

  • Full waterproof body cover (jacket and trousers – with taped seams)
  • Hat & gloves
  • Whistle
  • Map and Compass.

You’ll also need something to carry all that in!  

Most of the races we do won’t require all this, but if it is listed as essential at the start of the race, they won’t let you go without it, so its best to be prepared.  Again, if you need advice on kit, just let us know. 

2020 A&T Championship Races:

Due to Coronavirus restrictions affecting most of the racing season, the Fell Championship for 2020 is looking very different to the one we had planned.  

As of September 2020, 3 races have been completed; 2 Run the Moors Races (Windy Hill and Midgely Moor) and the Centurion 1-Up was added to the championship.  Due to ongoing restrictions and further race cancellations in Autumn, 2 more events have been planned for A&T Members only.

Event 1 – Virtual Rivington Pike Fell Race

Date – any time between 11/9/2020 and 30/9/2020

Route – The classic Rivington Pike Fell Race Route – 5k BS event.  The route starts at the Centotaph on Lever Park Avenue, and it is an out and back, taking a  right hand turn  up a path just before the High School, heading straight up to and around the Pike and back.  

Entry – Members should notify Rachel or Phil if they have completed the route.  For times to be counted we need to see a strava/garmin/other recording of your route.  Elapsed time will be used to record your time and positions will be scored as usual – fastest  time = 30 points etc.

Please Note: Runners take part in this event at their own risk.  It will not be supported or marshalled in any away.  Runners will need to adhere to safe running practices when crossing roads/on the fell etc. and will be expected to close any gates on farmland etc. behind them.  

Event 2  – Rivington 8 mile loop

Date: Any time between 1.10.2020 and 31.10.2020

Route: Plotted By Phil, this is an 8 mile loop, that starts and finishes at the Walker Fold Car Park, taking in the Mast, the Pike and 2 Lads.  

For GPX: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/42931075

Course Notes: 

  • Take the trail to the right of the car park, starting at the gate where the road and trail meet. Follow the trail for almost a mile to the farm.  Turn right joining the main farm road.  
  • Take the next left turn into the woods, and as you come out of the woods, head down the steps then up the rise, ignoring the track that carries on to the right.
  • Run past the reservoir, follow the path to the fence line, then turn left towards the mast.  
  • Join the mast road. head past the mast, taking a trod to the right directly opposite the marked path heading off to the left.
  • Follow this to the pike, then head towards the old kennels (now a takeaway cafe) taking the left turn after the cafe, up to 2 Lads. 
  • Once at 2 Lads, turn right taking the 3rd trail which takes a slightly longer route longer route to eventually join the road.  GO through the gate, following the same trial for approx half a mile,  cross the stile then onto a more defined path.
  • Ignore the first trail to the right, take the second. As the trail curves to the right, carry straight on over a broken down wall into the woods.  
  • As you come out of the trees, take the trail that switches back round the other side of the woods, then take a right turn to join the trail you started on, heading back to the car park and finish where the path joins the road.  

Please Note: Runners take part in this event at their own risk.  It will not be supported or marshalled in any away.  Runners are expected to carry kit appropriate to the conditions; adhere to safe running practices when crossing roads/on the fell etc. and will be expected to close any gates on farmland etc. behind them.

Rules: 

  • Members should notify Rachel or Phil if they have completed the route.  For times to be counted we need to see a strava/garmin/other recording of your route  and the event marked as ‘Race’
  • Elapsed time will be used to record your time and positions will be scored as usual – fastest time = 30 points etc.
  • Start and finish points must be in the same place, where the track joins the road.  
  • For those brave enough to take more direct routes when ascending/descending (aka the fell runner route) feel free.  Not sure you’ll have much opportunity to do so, but I’m pretty sure some of you will sniff out a faster descent or 2.  But we do need to see you have reached all the main points – reservoir, mast, pike and 2 lads – and for anything significantly shorter than the 8.16 miles, time penalties may be added at Fell Captain’s discretion.
  • If you want to run in a group, you can use this time, but same gender groups will receive equal points for the championships.  

Good Luck and Have Fun!! 

Final Standings 2020: 

Fell_Champs_2020_FINAL

Congratulations to our 2020 Prizewinners and thanks to all who took part this year.  

Looking forward to more fun on the fells in 2021!

A&T club championship archive:

Fell Captain: Rachel Haslam & Phil Riley