Hello everybody….. it’s that time again

and-so-it-beginsHello everybody….. it’s that time again.  Our committee is formed and we are now actively planning the 2017 event and we have news to share with you.

Firstly, the event date has been confirmed as Saturday, 29th & Sunday, 30th April 2017.  This year, this falls on the May Bank Holiday, which will enable all of us, entrants and staff to have a rest day on Monday, 1st May.

We are delighted to confirm that once again, Patagonia have agreed to be our main sponsor, which hopefully means that Worn Wear will be in attendance to provide “running repairs” (sorry, we couldn’t resist), and breathe new life into worn but well-loved garments.

We are looking into providing commemorative clothing for all entrants on the event; however it is probable that we would need to make a small increase in entrance fee to cover additional costs.  Do you think this is something you would be interested in receiving as part of your event experience?  We’d love to hear your views and suggestions.  Please vote in the poll below or feel free to email us or contact us via this site or our Facebook page.

Those of you who are veterans of the event will know the struggle we have with car parking every year.  We are currently looking into options to provide better parking for the event and will hopefully have an update on this in future news items.

Finally, just to remind you, online entries will open on the 1st January 2017, somewhat scarily this is only just over 4 weeks away!!!!

The 55th Fellsman 2017…

Well, we find ourselves bringing another Fellsman year to a close, which once again seems to have come round stupidly fast… With the end of one year comes the traditional last meeting of the committee where the ‘Lick and stick’ (as it is traditionally known) takes place and envelopes are filled with the hallowed punched tallies and certificates to return to entrants; these are now in the post and should be with you shortly.

And so begins the start of another Fellsman year! The committee traditionally allow ourselves a month off before work starts in earnest preparing for the next event but as we know we are all busy people, we thought it best to give you all as much advance notice of the provisional Fellsman date for 2017: Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April.

We know that this is Bank Holiday weekend and feel we must explain the reasons for our choice (which are not to do with having the Monday off work although that will be a definite bonus!). As many of you know, various land management agencies operating in the area forbid us to cross their land between May and the beginning of October as this is ground-nesting bird season and they do not want the birds and nests disturbing. This limits us to holding the event between October and April. Most of the remaining months are not options due to shortened daylight and poor weather and so we have few weekends to choose from. Add to this that Easter interferes (the weekend of 15th / 16th April) and that, as a Scouting organisation, we cannot hold the Fellsman on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd as it is St George’s Day (one of the most important events in the Scouting calendar) and we’re pretty much left with the weekend we’ve chosen. So, we really hope that you will be able to work something out to join us on a hopefully sunny weekend in April to take part in the 55th Fellsman.

So for now, the current committee would like to sincerely thank you for your attendance / hard work / support of our event. The new committee will form at the July meeting from which point planning will begin in earnest for the event we all know and love….

Suzanne Carter, Event Organiser 2016.

2016 Results now up

Last man walking... The master check boards at Threshfield HQ

Last man walking…
The master check boards at Threshfield HQ

Just a quick post to let you know that the results for the 54th Fellsman can now be found on the 2016 page in the Results section. The times given are provisional and may change slightly. We have also posted the split times for the checkpoints recorded by the Felltrack system.

Your certificates and tallies will be sent out the week beginning the 10th May. We know you would like them sooner but that was the first week the Committee could meet and stuff envelopes!

Those of you who have ordered prints should receive them next week. We now have the prints from the printer and it is just a matter of getting them parcelled up and sent out.

Finally, we would like to say a massive thank you to Dave Nichols and Joe Faulkner for stepping in at the eleventh hour and taking on the Capplestone Gate checkpoint with about 12 hours notice.

Countdown to the 54th Fellsman: A new way to display your tally…

The Fellsman route by Jon Laye More information coming soon

The Fellsman route in pen and ink
by Jon Laye

With the countdown to the 2016 Fellsman about to begin in earnest we thought we would like like to wet your appetite by also officially launching the new Fellsman artwork that graced the post announcing the date of the 2016 event.

Many of you have commented on the stunning image which was hand drawn by a friend of the Fellsman, Dr Jon Laye, for whom this almost constitutes doodling! Our event administrator, who works as a scientist with Dr Laye in her other, non-Fellsman life, spotted some of the artistic doodling of Dr Laye during a particularly long meeting and asked whether, provided with one of the Fellsman anniversary maps, he could come up with some kind of Fellsman route figure that we could use. This was the result… minus the property of the Fellsman watermark and Fellsman Logo of course. But he didn’t stop at one. In addition to the fantastic pan and ink version he also produced the stunning water colour below.

Fellsman Route - Watercolour

We are very pleased to announce that we would like to make the first of these two images, the pen and ink drawing, available for you to buy, as a print.

The print measures 10 inches high x 24 inches wide and the centre section, which has been left blank is the perfect Mounted and framed pen_finalisedsize to mount your coveted finishers tally as illustrated with a blank tally to the right. The cost of the unmounted print is £25 including post and packing for destinations inside the UK and £32 including post and packing for destinations outside the UK.

The print can be purchased from our fledgling Online Shop which we hope over the next few months will offer more items which are currently ordered using the paper shop order form.

Now on to the really important stuff…The Fellsman online entries for 2016 will open tomorrow (January 1st) as usual, however unlike last year we will not be advertising a launch time, as the rush of entries we received caused the email account to crash causing much consternation for both the entrants and organisers who were worried their entries had been lost. The online entry pages will reappear sometime after midnight so please keep checking back tomorrow. We are hoping to manage all the entries online this year using PayPal payments but if you can’t enter this way please let us know via email or the Contact Us page. We will hold back a limited number of places for postal entries until the end of January after which time they will be opened up to those entering online.


Urgent plea for help…

Urgent headerFirst an urgent plea for help…

We are short of helpers at the Yarnbury checkpoint and more critically we are desperate for someone to help at the Capplestone Gap checkpoint where we are currently single manned. If you can help please get in touch asap.

And so it begins…

Staff and competitors are busy making those last minute preparations for this weekend’s Fellsman. We wish you all a safe journey to the Yorkshire Dales.

It looks like we might be contending with the usual Fellsman weather i.e. a little bit of everything according to the Met office. The start should be dry (for a change) but there will be a cold wind and there is snow forecast on the tops. Overnight looks dry but the wind chill will mean temperatures overnight will be in the region of -6ºC to -10ºC. More than ever we would like to draw your attention to this excellent guide of how to spot hypothermia and how to avoid it.

There are places available on the day so if you fancy a last minute entry there is still time. Online entries have closed but we will take entries on the day at Ingleton and this evening at Threshfield.


Free Repairs! Patagonia is bringing Worn Wear to the Fellsman!

As individual consumers, the single best thing we can do for the planet is to keep our stuff in use longer. This simple act of extending the life of our garments through proper care and repair reduces the need to buy more over time—thereby avoiding the CO2 emissions, waste output and water usage required to build it.

WW mapv2Free Repairs! Patagonia’s Worn Wear is hitting the road across Europe from April 15th and will be making a stop at the Fellsman at Threshfield HQ on Sunday 17th April from 10am – 4pm.

Come visit the van located close to the finish of The Fellsman at the Upper Wharfedale School in Threshfield, for free repairs on your busted zippers, rips, tears, buttons and more (we fix all brands). We’ll also show you how to make simple repairs on clothes that have a second life left in them.
*Fine print: our tour staff can fix about 20 garments per day, all repairs are made on a first come, first served basis. One repair per guest.

Visit the Worn Wear Home Page on the Patagonia site

Check out all #WornWear dates and locations on the Patagonia Facebook event page:

Keeping the traffic down – why not try lift sharing to this year’s Fellsman?

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This year we are using a car sharing website developed by a runner that aims to save you money, and reduce the carbon footprint of the event:



We would be most grateful if EVERYONE coming to the Fellsman race could try out the site (even if you don’t expect to car share). It only takes a minute and is completely free to use. As well as saving you petrol money, it will ease the parking headaches for us at the event.

Also, just a reminder that if you have already entered and have decided you would like to book a supper on the Friday night, breakfast on Saturday morning or transport from Threshfield to Ingleton for the event start on Saturday morning it is not too late. you can book via the Adding Extras to Existing Entry page.

Keep checking back for more updates over the next few days.

16 days to go… lots of important information to read & inwardly digest

Lost! Month of March. Last seen wandering, arm in arm, with the Plot somewhere around the Dales. If found, please return urgently to the Fellsman Committee…

Firstly, we are pleased to report that previous issues with the website have been resolved and we are still accepting entries for this year’s event. Given current numbers we can confidently say that there will be places available on the day if a last minute urge to enter grabs you. You can enter and pay online up to noon of Friday 15th April.


As the Fellsman Committee are now up to their eyeballs with last minute preparations we will not have time to process any orders for clothing,  maps or prints after Friday 1st April, however maps and prints will be available to purchase on the weekend. For those who have already ordered prints we are still waiting to receive them from the printer, however if we can we will dispatch them prior to the event. If we cannot manage this they can be collected on the weekend and we will refund you the cost of post and packing.

Road closure at Fleet Moss checkpoint

As if we don’t have enough to cope with, with the event being a week earlier than usual, there will also be a road closure in place on Oughtershaw Road, between Hawes and Oughtershaw.  This closure is in  place from Monday, 4th April 2016 for 6 weeks for urgent pipework and road surface repairs.  Effectively this means that the only vehicle access to the Fleet Moss checkpoint will be from Hawes, not from the Kettlewell side. This means any entrants making their way to Threshfield via this route will need to use the signed diversion via Cray; and this will also have an effect on minibuses and transport times from Fleet Moss during the event.  These things are certainly here to test us this year!!!

Garage closure at Threshfield

We need to let you know that the garage in Threshfield has closed down since the last event. The nearest petrol stations are therefore in Skipton and Gargrave. There is also one in Ingleton. please make sure you have a full tank before heading into the hills.

Handbook gremlins strike again…

It seems that no matter how hard we try the handbook gremlins never fail to strike, and what’s more they seem attracted to the most important information in the Handbook. Maybe we need to call in Mulder and Scully…

This year they’ve had a go at the Checkpoint locations again. Please be advised that the correct locations are (as given on the website):

  • Hell Gap – SD 936818 (as correctly mentioned on page 27 of the handbook under ‘Points to Observe’)
  • Middle Tongue – SD 906803 (as above)

Hypothermia warning

As you might have gathered from previous posts and various articles in the handbook we are a bit paranoid about the potential temperatures for the weekend (and let’s face it, so far the spring weather has not allayed our fears much). With this in mind we would like to recommend the following links to information on hypothermia, how to recognise the symptoms, how to avoid it, and what action to take if you are affected. Please take time to visit them.

Call for help…

As always no matter how many staff we have volunteering on the event (and there are many) we always need more. If you can help us with any of the following just drop us a line via the Contact Us page:

  • Hill Inn  – We have need of people clip tallies as entrants come through. you would be needed between 10am and 12:30 pm on Saturday.
  • Yarnbury – We need people to help man the final checkpoint. As those of you who have done the event know this is a long opening checkpoint from 5pm on Saturday until 12pm on Sunday but availability for shorter periods will be very welcome.
  • Top Mere – We are currently short of a 2-man checkpoint team to man this hilltop checkpoint. This is a long-haul checkpoint requiring you to provide your own equipment to ensure you stay safe and warm overnight. You would be required from 2pm Saturday until 10am Sunday (includes walking time to checkpoint location)
  • Redshaw – We need additional people to help man the Redshaw checkpoint which runs from 12pm Saturday until 4am Sunday. Again availability for short periods to provide sleep cover for other staff would be very welcome.
  • Threshfield – We would appreciate help from any certified first aiders at Threshfield from 8pm Saturday evening to extend our existing first aid cover during the busy overnight period.
  • Ingleton – We are looking for a couple of people to help with the tea shop which we run at Ingleton on Saturday morning before the start. The tea shop is open from 6am to 8:30am.


If you have booked transport from Threshfield to Ingleton on the Saturday morning please be aware of the following:

  • If you are attending Threshfield on Friday evening to have your kit checked you will be able to book a place on one of the later buses to leave Threshfield. Places on these buses are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  • If you have booked transport and intend coming direct to Threshfield (without Friday kit check) on Saturday morning you must present yourself at the registration desk no later than 05:20 in order to receive a seat on the earlier buses. This is necessary as you will need to arrive sufficiently early to allow kit check in Ingleton.
  • If you have booked transport and breakfast and intend coming direct to Threshfield (without Friday kit check) on Saturday morning you must present yourself at the registration desk no later than 05:20 in order to receive a seat on the earlier buses. This is necessary as you will need to arrive sufficiently early to allow kit check in Ingleton. The kitchen opens for breakfast service at 04:45. Please make sure you arrive early enough to eat before the buses leave at 05:20. Please note, no breakfast is available at Ingleton, only tea, coffee and snacks.
  • Please be aware if you miss your allotted bus, we cannot guarantee you transport to Ingleton. Later buses are always full.

And finally…

As the event is approaching more rapidly than any of us would like please keep checking the website, Facebook and Twitter for further last minute updates.

Important Information! Please Read…

Important Information

Today we have discovered that as of 15:30 on Sunday 6th March, the contact form and the entry form submissions on the website were not being forwarded to our email account. Fortunately both the entry and contact form submissions are stored on the website so your submissions have not been lost, however this will explain why you have not received the usual copy of the form following submission, or why your query has gone unanswered. We are doing all we can to rectify the problem but at the moment we have not identified where the problem is occurring and so cannot say for sure when normal service will be resumed.

In the meantime please could you email any queries direct to the website at event@fellsman.org.uk. If you wish to enter please complete the entry form submission as normal but please could you add, in the special instructions to seller box when you make your PayPal payment ‘Entry form submitted online’ – this will help us when we pull your entry form information from the submission repository on the website.

Please be assured we will let you know as soon as normal operations have resumed. Thank You.

Bumper February Update

We’ve been a bit quiet in January, not that we haven’t been busy. In truth the Fellsman Committee has been a bit swan-like; calm and serene on the surface… and paddling like mad under the water. In fact there has been a lot going on, hence this months bumper update

New sponsor for the Fellsman

Those of you who have been associated with the event for a few years now will know of our great links with The North Face. The UK team have been fervent advocates of the event, even entering it on a few occasions, and have gone above and beyond in their support, particularly with regard to prizes and committee ‘uniform’. Whilst their love of the event continues, as with all good things, they must come to an end and, with the global market constantly changing, the UK team have been asked to take a change of direction thus forcing them to pull back on their support. The staff themselves are really disappointed but obviously cannot do much about it; rather than severing their link however, they will be coming along to participate and work on the event in future years and we look forward to them being around, even though the official support may have come to an and.

However, we are thrilled to let you all know that we have secured a support package with another well-known outdoor clothing brand, Patagonia. As their website states: ‘(Our) love of wild and beautiful places demands participation in the fight to save them, and to help reverse the steep decline in the overall environmental health of our planet. We donate our time, services and at least 1% for our sales to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups all over the world who work to help reverse the tide… At Patagonia, we work hard to make high quality, responsibly sourced clothing that lasts for years and can be repaired – and we guarantee it for life’. Through talking with company representatives, it appears that the Fellsman and Patagonia have much in common; we’ve both been around for a while, we have striven to keep our event going through tricky times when other events were popping up all around, much like the ‘worn wear’ ethos. We support local businesses as much as possible and make donations to the Three Peaks Association who ensure parts of the land we cross are maintained for all to enjoy, just like Patagonia support environmental projects worldwide. And last but by no means least, the company have a love of the outdoors and all activities taking place in it which is the sole reason that hundreds of us descend on one of the most beautiful parts of the country every year to walk/run/staff our event.

Changes to kit list rules

Since the first Fellsman in 1962 the world of fell walking and fell running has changed almost out of all recognition. Advances in fabric technology have meant that outdoor clothing now has the ability to be thinner, lighter and warmer than it’s predecessors. The Fellsman has always had one of the more stringent kit lists and although we have tried to keep pace with new technologies we make no apologies for insisting that everyone carries a minimum level of kit to ensure that they are properly equipped to deal with the frankly unpredictable Yorkshire weather. In recent years the rules regarding what we describe as ‘upper body wear’ have confused many people as we tried to account for old and new equipment alike. This year we have revised the rules to, hopefully, clear up some of the confusion. Under the new rules:

A total of 5 long-sleeved tops must be worn or carried.  These must comprise of: 1 fleece / down (or similar synthetic material) layer; 1 waterproof jacket with hood (preferably brightly coloured); 1 base layer and 2 tops of choice for further layering.

However, with the event moving even earlier in the year in 2016 it is anticipated that overnight temperatures may well be sub-zero, and we ask you not to skimp on carrying additional layers in an effort to save weight.

Another new kit rule introduced this year is the requirement to carry spare clothing in a drysac or equivalent waterproof bag. One of the safety issues on last year’s event were entrants coming into checkpoints soaked to the skin and very cold and finding that their spare clothing was also wet through. It is hoped that the drysac requirement will help with this problem.

Lift sharing opportunities

RaceLifts.orgIn recent years the Fellsman has become more popular than ever, which is fantastic. however with increased numbers of entrants there has been a less welcome side effect – a deluge of cars parking on the roads around Threshfield. Over the last couple of years we have become concerned with the number of cars parking on the verges down the road leading to Fellsman car park and also along the main road. This year we have made an effort to increase the available off-road parking but better still would be fewer cars altogether. To that end we have registered the event with RaceLifts.org, a free website that lets you contact runners in your locality who wish to share the travel costs of getting to a race. Why not see if there is anyone local to you?

Entries still available

There has a been a steady stream of entries since they opened on the 1st of January but if you are concerned that you have missed your opportunity don’t worry. We still have places available so get your entry in now!

Unable to enter but want to help?

If injury has taken you out of the running for the 2016 event but you would like to experience the Fellsman from the other side of the fence just let us know. We are always in need of volunteers out on the checkpoints, marshalling the Whernside path, or down at Threshfield HQ. Send us a message via the Contact Us page and see the a whole new side to the Fellsman!

Coming soon to a letterbox near you…

The handbooks are currently at the printers and will be sent out in the first week of March.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for more updates on this year’s event in the next few weeks. In the meantime the Fellsman would like to wish you the best of luck with your training.

2016 Fellsman: Online Entries now open…

Happy New Year to you all! Entries for the 2016 Fellsman are now open. Online entries can now be made via the online entry form on the Online Entries page: just submit your entry form and follow the instructions to complete the PayPal payment (a PayPal account is not required, you can pay using a debit/credit card)

If you can’t enter online or wish to pay by cheque (made payable to The Fellsman) please contact us via email or the Contact Us page.