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Fell Running

Fell Running

Fell Running

As a member of Shrewsbury AC there are many opportunities to compete in Fell races. If you are a member of another club it may be possible to compete for Shrewsbury AC. Use the enquiry form to get more information.

Why compete?

  • Competition is where you are able to put all your training into practice, pitting yourself against other athletes and aiming to set a personal best mark.
  • In Championship competitions your Club needs as many athletes as possible taking part to get the best result for the team
  • You will also enjoy the camaraderie of your teammates, and if old enough, to enjoy a post run discussion over a pint and a chip butty.

Fell Running.

Shropshire is fortunate to have some good local hills to train and race on as well as being close enough to Wales for day visits. Many of the Senior non-track athletes combine fell running with cross country and road racing.

The Fell Running Association (FRA) website has a calendar of races and results.

Kit & Equipment and Safety Requirements.

Fell running can be a dangerous sport. There are mandatory kit and equipment requirements. Race organisers will carry out kit checks. Competitors without the necessary equipment will not be allowed to compete. To make sure you don’t have a wasted journey check out the requirements here – Safety Rules and Equipment from 2014.

Age restrictions.

Race organisers will stipulate age limits for their race. To avoid a wasted journey – check the minimum age before you travel

Shropshire has both a Summer and Winter Fell Race series.

For information about the races in the series use this link. These races make a good introduction to this branch of athletics. The link also gets you to information about other fell and trail races in Shropshire and neighbouring areas.

Shropshire Fell Race Series Results:

2016/17 Winter Series: Series Results

2016 Summer Series: Series Results

2015/16 Winter series: Roll of Honour; Full Results

For information about other fell races

Visit the FRA website for races in England and some in Wales and Scotland. For more races in Wales visit the Welsh Fell Runners Association website  

The highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales have their own race. For more information follow these links:

Snowdon – http://www.snowdonrace.co.uk/

Ben Nevis – http://www.bennevisrace.co.uk/ 

Scafell – go to the Cumberland Fellrunners Association site http://www.cfra.co.uk/index.php

For Ultra Runners there are plenty of options to spend long days in the hills. There are 4 classic Rounds.

In England – the Bob Graham – http://bobwightman.co.uk/run/bob_graham.php . For the over 50′s, the Joss Naylor Challenge (a bit tricky to find information about this one but try this link – http://forum.fellrunner.org.uk/showthread.php?11733-Joss-Naylor-Round-Route or contact Andy Lewis using the enquiry form on the right of this page.

In Wales – the Paddy Buckley – http://bobwightman.co.uk/run_pb/paddy_buckley_round.php

In Scotland – the Ramsay’s Round – http://www.ramsaysround.com/

 

Shropshire has it’s own ultra race – the Long Mynd Hike – http://www.longmyndhike.org.uk/

For a website that documents long distance routes go to http://www.gofar.org.uk/index.html

Mountain Marathons usually take place over 2 days. Competitors have to carry all the necessary food and equipment for the duration of the eve

The OMM https://www.theomm.com/  is the original mountain marathon.

The Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon http://www.slmm.org.uk/ takes place in the Lake District

The Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon http://www.lamm.co.uk/ take place in Scotland

Championships

Each constituent country of the UK holds its own National Championships. Informatin about the British and English Championships can be found on the FRA website

The World Mountain Running Championships returned to the UK in 2015. First seen in the UK in 2005 in Keswick, in 2015 it came to Betws y Coed. Use this link for more information http://www.wmra.info/.

Our Races

Shrewsbury AC promote two fell races. Rodney’s Pillar and Pontesbury. Both are included in the Shropshire Summer Series. Visit the Our Races pages for more information.

Joining Shrewsbury AC.

Go to the Join Us page for membership information. You can also get more information by using the enquiry form.

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