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The Fellsman

27-Apr-2019 Ingleton, Yorkshire, UK (England)


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Mountains Race Race Terrain
98KM / 61Miles
1 Day

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

This event is over 60 miles of rugged moorland that climbs over 11,000 feet from beginning to end. It starts in Ingleton and finishes at Thresfield in the Yorkshire Dales, England.

Good navigational skills are required as the route does not follow any defined footpath.

Participants are free to plot their own route between checkpoints with a few exceptions where certain routes are mandatory. Participants will be grouped in teams of four. An Equipment Check Officer will ensure that all participants are wearing and carrying the appropriate and compulsory kit for the event.

Cut off times will be enforced at each checkpoint and no external assistance is permitted.

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Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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06:38 02-05-18

This was my 3rd Ultra and 2nd 100km distance. I knew with the amount of vertical and being on the fells that it was going to be a big step up.

The event is amzingly well organised and is an extremly good price. The organisers and voulnteers do an amazing job and are always happy and helpful.

The course is great with a lot of the harder climbing coming in the first hlaf of the race. It is navigational so having people go completely different directions at checkpoints was a different experience which i really enjoyed. You have to constantly weigh up whether the quickest route is as the crow flys or whether going a bit futher in distance but avoiding some potentially dodgy (boggy) ground will be better.

The race uses rfid tracking watches which you scan at certain checkpoints, this allows friends and family to see how your progressing. Along with the rfid wrist bands there is a mandatory tally which gets punched with a different hole at each of the checkpoints. This tally is infamous at the fellsman races and is a collectors item. It ahows all of the peaks on the course on a circular disk. Around this image are mileage and altitude markers.

The aid stations are well manned and iffer tea, coffee, squash and water. There is a variety of different foods at the aid stations. These are also different at each station. A menu is provided on the website and in the handbook for the aid stations. The most infamous aid station food is the pasta and tomatoes with cheese (trust me it was basic but sooooo good), the cheese and onion slices and sausage rolls were also great. As i was one of the runners near the front these came out if the oven piping hot so i had to let it cool down between a couple of pieces of bread whilst i carried on running (it was to hot to hold) my friends tell me that later on they were at a notmal temprature (and apparently the tradition is to have it with a cup of beans, i know now for next year :) )

There are no medals at this race. Instead you get the fellsman tally posted back to you once it has been verified after the race (the correct punch holes have to be in the correct place), you also get a fellsman tubular neck scarf (buff) this is heavily embolised with the scouts logo as they organise and put on the event, as well as the fellsman name and the year of completion.

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07:21 29-04-16

If you love the outdoors and can even walk at a decent pace, there's just no good reason NOT to do the Fellsman. It's a classic event, over 50 years strong, with a very broad range of people doing it - from the superfit, sub-11h ultrarunners through walk-up/run-down merchants like me and even folks who do it in hiking boots and walk all the way. It's run by the Scouts so you know what to expect - good organisation, solid nosh, friendly faces, good chat from your fellow Fellsfolk.

Completing it requires determination - it's a long way and a tough course, with much of it off-trail and very boggy - and some navigational skill, though if like me there are >100 people in front of you and you have a GPS, even with just the checkpoints stored in it, then mostly it's not too tricky.

And while there is some grumbling about grouping, it's a good way to make some friends. My advice would be to start coalescing with people going about your pace and talk to them from mid-afternoon onwards.

I've done it 3 times now and will be back again next year.

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08:34 25-04-16

This was my first time attempting this classic route. Grew up in Nidderdale so love the area and knew what sort of hilly terrain I was in for. However, It was tougher than expected, made doubly so by the cold overnight conditions and navigating across the moors in the dark. I'm quite confident with map and compass whereas the others in my grouping would have been in big trouble without guidance. The support was great with regular food and drink available and plenty of words of encouragement. I feel proud to have got round though it does have the feel of an event that takes a bit of getting to know and I can already see where I could have saved time with more experience of the course. One to return to from time to time but I'm not sure it will be an annual event for me.

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12:57 25-04-16

I live in the Yorkshire Dales and admit to a strong local bias for the Fellsman. It's a cracking event and a toughy too, with a shed load of ascent and a lot of tough ground to get over. It's fantastically organised too and if you're running using am spans compass (or somebody else's poor gpx track) it can throw some proper navigation at you too. Oh and don't forget the potential for poor weather, being the Yorkshire Dales in mid-April. If I had one wish though it would be for them to drop compulsory grouping up into teams of 4 after dark. In the days of solo events like the Spine in January asking for grouping just seems a bit old school nowadays. Never the less having done it 6 times I'll be back next year


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12:01 04-03-16

Completed the 2015 Fellsman; tough in every sense of the word! Wild and rugged dales terrain with 12 months weather in 24 hours. Competent navigation skills required, particularly after dark and stringent but necessary kit requirements. Outstanding organisation throughout and probably the best value for money around. A real challenge and sense of achievement when you finish. Back in 2016 for unfinished business!

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09:22 27-08-15

This is my favourite ultra so far. I had a fantastic day and night, and can't wait to do this again. Such a classic mix of ultra nice people, stunning Dales terrain, and great organisation - fantastic support from the race organisers and team of volunteers and marshalls. Truly great event.

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02:34 18-05-15

A tough event requiring good navigation skills. Fabulous organisation from, catering through to safety provision. This has to be one of the best value events around. The Fellsman has it all. Quite simply the best rave in the calendar!

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11:21 18-05-15

Fantastic race, classic Yorkshire event with a lot of moorlands, open lands to cross over. Challenging Adventure in typical british weather conditons ...good fun :)

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10:21 18-05-15

A very taxing, hard running, navigationally challenging slog across the dales. Well organised, brilliant views (if you're lucky), lots of smiling faces and one or two professional Yorkshiremen!

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