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Saturday 27th-28th April – The Fellsman


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.

  1. #1 by Matt Broughton on April 29, 2013 - 7:33 am

    Congrats Sarah. Hat off to you.

  2. #2 by Neil Charlton on April 30, 2013 - 11:30 am

    My hat is off too! Nicely done.

  3. #3 by matt on April 30, 2013 - 11:44 am

    Good effort Sarah, A long day out, should put you in good stead for the lakeland. I’ve always been tempted by this – maybe next year. Well done

  4. #4 by David Hainsworth on April 30, 2013 - 4:20 pm

    That brings back (distant) memories. Last did it in 1973 ! A similar wet and foggy night with the check point on Fleet Moss a b….. to find. Was won by Alan Heaton in 16 hrs 17 mins that year. Me, 95th in well over 24 hours. Tough event then and don’t suppose it’s changed that much

  5. #5 by Sarah fuller on April 30, 2013 - 6:24 pm

    It’s a date mr podd! I found it considerably harder than the lakeland50 and indeed the womens record for fellsman is 3 hours or so slower…..Yep David still tough! it was very soggy underfoot for large parts of it which just seems relentless – luckily we had good weather mostly in the day it just got very cold at night and the fog was an added challenge when your knackered! Fleet moss…..shudder ! You not fancied it again then?!

  6. #6 by Antonio Cardinale on April 30, 2013 - 10:35 pm

    Honour to you David , I did not know that you were such a powerful and strong runner, I wish you good competitive running also for the next races to come. Well done to Sarah for the huge challenge just achieved in very bad underfoot condition.

  7. #7 by Sarah fuller on May 3, 2013 - 6:47 am

    Some official results – my time 20:43 – 194th out of 402 starters. 96 retired and 306 finished…..

  8. #8 by reid haddow on May 3, 2013 - 8:36 am

    Well done Sarah, great result, all credit due!!!

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