2018 Results are up…

Ingleborough and Hill Inn checkpoint. Juliette Moor 2018

So the 56th Fellsman arrived in, uncharacteristically, a blaze of sunshine (albeit accompanied by a blast of cold April winds), and at 8:30 on Saturday morning 341 hardy souls took to the rather boggy fells to battle their way over 61 miles and 11,000 feet of Yorkshire’s finest countryside. Almost 29 hours later the last entrant crossed the line to gain the final punch of the final tally. Quite a lot happened inbetween, and hopefully we’ll bring you some photos and stories of some of those hardy souls over the next few weeks. However in the meantime the bit everyone wants to know is when are the official results coming out? Well, that would be now. You can find them on the 2018 results page.

Everyone on the Fellsman Committee would like to thank all the marshalls, checkpoint teams and army of volunteers without which the event could not run for their amazing dedication and efforts over the weekend. We would also like to thank all the entrants who give us a reason to lose sleep, sit on hill tops in tiny tents, cook a thousand rashers of bacon and become seriously concerned about the movement of cheese stocks around the Dales. As always it was a pleasure to look after you and we hope you are recovering from your own cases of Fellsman Fatigue Syndrome!

Keep checking back for more updates after we’ve all caught up on sleep…

1 Day to Go! – Now what have we forgotten?

With less than 24 hours to go before the start we always find a last minute thing to tell you about, and this year is no exception. See our updates below; if anything more crops up I’ll add it here but for now let me, on behalf of the entire Fellsman Committee, wish you a very safe journey to the beautiful, if somewhat soggy Yorkshire Dales. We are looking forward to welcoming you at Threshfield this eveing and at the start in Ingleton tomorrow morning.

Patagonia Worn Wear Stand

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.

This year we are lucky enough to host, once again, the excellent Worn Wear initiative stand run bu our sponsors Patagonia

Their stall will be located in the school hall at the finish of The Fellsman at the Upper Wharfedale School in Threshfield. The Patagonia team will make free repairs on your busted zippers, rips, tears, buttons and more (they fix all brands). They’ll also show you how to make simple repairs on clothes that have a second life left in them.

The Worn Wear sessions will run from 10:00 – 17:00 on Saturday (ideal if you have friends wanting to catch up with you later on the event who can give your stuff in) and from roughly 09:00 until 13:00 on Sunday.

*Fine print: the staff can fix about 20 garments per day, all repairs are made on a first come, first served basis. One repair per guest.

2 Days To Go! What can I eat at Cray?

Over recent years we have noticed an increasing number of entrants with special dietary requirements entering the Fellsman. We have for some time had a Unique Food Parcel Delivery Service which allows entrants to send food parcels to the various roadside checkpoints for when they arrive needing refreshments. However, this year we are making a special effort to make our normal checkpoint and HQ food options available to those with the more common dietary needs, e.g. Gluten Free options; and to help people decide if they need to use the Unique Food Parcel Delivery Service, we are highlighting any potential allergens in food served around the route.
All this information can now be found on the Catering page.
Of course, if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Keep checking back for more updates…

3 days to go… Still fancy entering?

As we mentioned in an earlier post the facility to enter online will close at midnight on Thursday, however you will continue to be able to add extras to the entry such as supper, breakfast or transport until noon on Friday. This is to give us chance to process the last orders before we head up into the Dales on Friday afternoon.

If however you want to enter after the cut-off, do not despair, as we will be accepting entries on the Friday evening at Threshfield up to 22:00 and  on the day at Ingleton. The cost of entry will be £40 (same as the online price) and if you could pay by cash that would be greatly appreciated. Whilst we will have paper copies of the entry form on the reception desk at Threshfield and at check-in at Ingleton, you can also download a copy of the On The Day Entry Form so you can fill it in at your leisure before you arrive.

Keep checking back for further updates over the next couple of days…

Important notification of parking restrictions at Hill Inn

We have been made aware over the weekend that due to concerns about the large number of spectators associated with The Three Peaks Race which is also taking place on Saturday, the council are placing parking restrictions on the roads at both Hill Inn and Ribblehead. Of course, Ribblehead has no implications for our event and we are not in general overwhelmed with spectators on the Fellsman (and those we do have tend to head for later checkpoints where they feel their loved ones competing need the additional support of seeing a friendly face), however we thought it better to let you know that there will be no parking in the immediate vicinity of the Hill Inn checkpoint on Saturday. The parking restrictions will have no impact on the running of our checkpoint as all our vehicles park off-road with the permission of the landowner. Please see the map below for details of the extent of the restrictions in the area surrounding Hill Inn which include both the parking lay-bys on Low Sleights Road (B6255) and the bottom section of Philpin Lane. We ask that anyone considering spectating avoid doing so at Hill Inn, and that if you decide to, please ensure that you park outside the restricted area, legally and safely, and without obstructing the road or gateways.

Update 24/04/2018 – Please be aware that we have now been informed that the parking restriction in fact runs from Hill Inn right along the B6255 as far as Ribblehead.

A week to go – the long post…

With the Fellsman only a week away we have lots of knowledge to impart and updates to bring you. Bear with us, this is going to be a long one!

Can you help?

Firstly, our usual call out for anyone who might be willing to help out on the event even if just for a couple of hours. We are always looking for volunteers, the more the merrier being our philosophy, and this year we are looking for people who might be willing to put in a few hours at Yarnbury checkpoint, the last roadside before the finish. A great opportunity to see the entrants coming in with just a couple of miles to their final goal. Another place where we can always use more hands is in the kitchen – keeping it running continuously from Saturday am through to Sunday lunchtime is a major task, so any help serving the meals and keeping on top of the washing-up is very gratefully received.

Online Entries

Online entries will be closed at midnight on Thursday however you will continue to be able to add extras to the entry such as supper, breakfast or transport until noon on Friday. This is to give us chance to process the last orders before we head up into the Dales on Friday afternoon. Do not despair however if you make a last-minute decision to enter, entries on the Friday evening at Threshfield up to 22:00 and entries on the day at Ingleton will be accepted at a cost of £40 (cash only please).

Map Orders

As you may have seen from the Facebook post advance orders for maps closed at midnight on Friday 20th April to allow sufficient time for dispatch and delivery, however the maps will be available for sale for £10 at Threshfield and Ingleton on the weekend and we have loads so no worries about running out. The maps are also pre-marked up with checkpoint locations to aid you with your route planning if you don’t get your hands on one until just before the event.

Ponchos

We’ve had several enquiries about the requirement for the emergency poncho and where you can get them. Well, they are available online, however we also stock them in the shop at Threshfield on Friday evening and at Ingleton prior to the start for the very reasonable cost of £4 each. As with the maps we have loads in stock so no worries about not being able to pick one up there if you need one.

Felltrack

Can I just draw your attention to the previous post about the Felltrack system that we use for tracking your progress around the route. If you would like your friends and family to check on where you are during the event it can accessed as a guest at https://felltrack.com/fellsman2018/. It makes fascinating reading I can tell you…

Ingleton Teashop

In order to assist the staff at the teashop in Ingleton we are asking if customers can try not to pay for items with notes and use change instead. To help this we are pricing everything at either 50p or £1.

The Fellsmenu

Here in Fellsman land we strive to feed as many of you as possible, whatever your dietary needs may be.  We’ve always provided vegetarian options where possible, Gluten Free options in as many places as possible, and to cover all options a system where you can have your own food parcels delivered to the roadside checkpoints.  To make planning for this easier, we will be posting a detailed list of what is where (and can be eaten by who!) in the next day or so – keep a look out!  And don’t forget to get in touch if you intend to take advantage of any of it, as supplies of GF / vegan food will be limited in places, and we need to know whose food parcels to look out for.

Recycling

This year we are providing green recyling bags at every roadside checkpoint and around Threshfield – please recycle what you can and help us be green…

Car Parking

Parking for the event at Threshfield is being provided again this year at the Quarry car park. This is the only parking available to entrants and we ask that in the interests of maintaining good relations with the residents of Threshfield you do not park on any of the roads surrounding the school.

Shuttle Buses

As you will see in the schedule below we will be running a regular shuttle bus service from the Quarry car park to Threshfield throughout Friday evening and on Saturday morning. There will also be a shuttle bus service operating to take entrants back to their cars. If you require a shuttle back to the car park, please let the Threshfield reception staff know and they will organise it.

And finally…

Last year we posted a schedule to help you plan your event and rather than sending you back through old posts we thought it was worth posting again. Please take careful note of the instructions regarding buses to Ingleton on Saturday morning…

Friday

  • 17:30 – Shuttle buses will start running from the Quarry car park we instigated last year. You can’t miss the bus stop, it’s all yellow and lit up like a Christmas tree. These are the only parking facilities on the event so please do not park on the roads surrounding the school.
  • 18:30 – Threshfield reception opens for business.
  • 19:00-22:00 – Kit check operates at Threshfield.
  • 21:00- 22:00 – Supper service.
  • 22:00 – Last shuttle bus from the Car Park to Threshfield.

Saturday

  • 04:45 – Breakfast service starts.
  • 05:15 – Shuttle buses will run from the Quarry car park to Threshfield for those arriving Saturday am. If you need to have your kit checked at the start you need to be there to catch the FIRST bus to Ingleton (departing at 05:45). There will be NO available seats on later buses as they are reserved for those who have already had their kit checked on Friday evening.
  • 05:45 – First bus leaves Threshfield for Ingleton.
  • 06:00 – Reception opens at Ingleton Community Centre.
  • 08:30 – The Start. Please be aware that latecomers will NOT be permitted to start.

Sunday

  • 10:00 – Presentation of trophies and prizes at Threshfield

We will still be checking the email account up to around 15:30 on Friday, however after that you may be best trying to contact us via the Facebook page with any queries.

We look forward to seeing you at Threshfield on Friday night and at Ingleton on Saturday morning and wish you a safe journey to the Fellsman. Wishing the very best of luck to you all, the Fellsman Committee.

P.S. Keep checking back throughout the week as we may have further last-minute information to impart…

A post about ponchos…

So, those of you have entered should have received this year’s handbook, all bright and glossy, and filled with important information; apart from one important ommission. Yes, the handbook gremlins have visited again despite the fact that this year every member of the committee read the darn thing from cover to cover before it went to the printers. What is missing? Well, one eagle-eyed entrant has pointed out that there is a discrepancy between the kit list in the hand book and that on the website, specifically lack of item 5j ‘an emergency hooded, foil hypothermia poncho’. The handbook editor holds his hands up and admits it is an oversight on his part that he failed to spot the addition of the poncho into the kit list on the website and thus didn’t update his working copy of the handbook with the new information.

The uphot is that, with regards to the kit list the list given on the website is correct, and the emergency hooded, foil hypothermia poncho is a required kit list item. To the best of our knowledge, apart from the odd disputed Oxford comma and semi-colon (even the grammer pedants among us can’t agree exactly what the right usage of those is), all the rest of the information in the handbook is correct.

In other news, we still have places available and will be accepting online entries until the evening of Thursday 26th April and will be taking entries on the day. If you are intending to enter on the day the entry fee will remain £40 and cash or cheques payable to ‘The Fellsman’ will be accepted.

Keep checking back for further updates. We are hoping we might see the faintest sign of Spring by the weekend but  suggest, after this Easter weekend’s weather, you might want to add skis to your kit list just in case…

How did it get to March?

So how exactly have we got to March already? The last time I checked I was looking at the January entry form rush to see how many entrants we had. But it genuinely is March, even though the weather appears to be stuck in January. The Committee has been very busy behind the scenes getting ready for this year’s event so we thought it was about time we updated you on a few bits and pieces…

Entries
We have lots but still have places available for anyone still considering entering and wondering if they are too late. You’re not, and you can enter right now by clicking on this link.

Entrant waiver
Those of you who have entered in the last couple of years will know that we now ask you to sign a waiver at the start in order to meet some of the conditions of our insurance. We are aware that the paper we ask you sign has a lot of very small text on it (we are trying to save the planet one tree at a time) and early morning is not a good time to take all the legal speak on board, so we have put the text of the waiver on a page all of its own under the Event tab. Have a look at it here. In a day or so I will add a download link to allow you to down load a copy that you can fill in and sign to bring with you on the weekend.

Handbooks
They are ready and are being delivered to us from the printers tomorrow. This weekend will see the Committee embarking on the great envelope stuffing exercise and they should be with you towards the end of next week.

Not entering but free that weekend?
If you don’t feel up to entering this year, or have sustained an inconvenient injury that means you can’t tackle 62 miles of anything, you would be very welcome on the event experiencing it from the other side. We always have lots of jobs both at HQ and out in the field which are just waiting for an enthusiastic volunteer. If you are interested just drop us an email or contact us via the Contact Form and let us know when over the weekend you would like to help (any length of time is great) and whether you are interested in helping at HQ or out in the field.

Keep checking back for updates. We hope the training is going well and look forward to seeing you on the weekend (when hopefully the Beast From the East will be a distant memory)
The Fellsman Committee

Fellsman entries are now open!

We hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and are recovering well from their New Year celebrations! As promised, online entries for the 2018 are now open and can be reached by following the ‘Online Entries’ tab at the top of the page.

Please take care filling in the entry form as these details will be used to contact you and also to generate your certificates on the event, as well as ensuring you are eligible for the appropriate trophies! Incomplete forms will also delay your entry, as we will have to chase you for missing details before we can process your submitted entry form.

Payment is by PayPal as usual and the receipt you receive from PayPal should be considered confirmation of entry on the event. Handbooks containing additional information for this year’s event will be dispatched in early March.

In the interim, a full copy of the event rules and other additional information required for the event can be found on the Rules and Instructions for Entrants pages, and answers to commonly answered questions can be found in our FAQs. We ask that you read the rules and information carefully before submitting your entry.

If you have any additional queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the usual email address or the Contact Us form.

We look forward to receiving your entries and once again wish you a very happy and prosperous 2018.
The Fellsman Committee

Merry Christmas! A quick update…

The Fellsman Committee would like to wish everyone
a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

But we know that’s not what you’ve really come here to hear… What you really want to hear is when the online entries for the 2018 Fellsman are going to open and how much it’s going to cost you to take part.

Well, we have good news, and even better news. The good news is that online entries will open on the 1st January 2018 (probably sometime after lunch because the event administrator won’t have access to the website until then); the even better news is that our prices are unchanged this year.

This means the entry fee will remain at just £40 for 2018 and there will also be no increase in the cost of breakfast (£4.50), supper (3.75) or transport to the start (£10).

We look forward to receiving your entries in the New Year and hope you enjoy a restful Christmas before the serious training gets underway. In the meantime if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us either via the Contact Us form, or via our Facebook page or group.

The Fellsman Committee