Report from Sarah Fuller:
I’m delighted to report I completed the 51st Fellsman this weekend a tough 61 mile ultra round the Yorkshire Dales with over 11,000′ accent.
The Fellsman has its roots in long distance walking but fell runners far outnumber the walkers nowadays.
The route is superb and starts in Ingleton, taking in two of the 3 Peaks and a number of lesser known summits – Gragareth, Great Coumb, Blea Moor, Great Knoughtberry, Dodd Fell, Fleet Moss – before returning to ground well travelled over Buckden Pike and Great Whernside to finish in Threshfield.
I think we had just about every different kind of weather on the day from hail, snow, rain and a good portion of glorious sunshine. Running through the night was tough because of the cold, it was well below freezing with a stiff breeze and freezing fog added to the fun! I found the first half tough due to the steep climbs and relentless soggy bogs but bizarrely felt much stronger after half way even though the never ending bog fest continued!
Got grouped for the night section with a great group of three guys of a similar speed and most importantly sense of humour. It turned out between them they knew all the best lines to take, although we did have to spend a fair amount of time running on a bearing through featureless expanses of huge peat hags (somehow I got delegated compass work task!) as there weren’t any trods to speak of.
No idea of position or official time yet but I got round in about 20 hours 40 minutes which I’m pleased with for a first attempt at this distance and the tough terrain (apparently it was slower this year due to the soggy ground).
Absolutely faultless organisation, friendly and welcoming and for 30 quid you can’t go wrong! Stairs might be an issue for the next few days….!
Race report in Mud, Sweat & Tears.
Race preview in Mud, Sweat & Tears.