2019 Results Online!

Competitors of the 57th Fellsman gather, ready for the off…

It’s been a week. Hopefully you have recovered well from the rigors of the 57th Fellsman. It certainly was a challenging one weather-wise, with the weather gods clearly fighting it out for who would have the last laugh. Setting off under ominous skies and in cold rain, I think it threw everything at you – wind, rain, hail, and glorious sun. For those of you who fought overnight to come in on Sunday morning you will know that the sunshine won, even though it was still ‘reet parky in t’wind’.

Sorry for the delay getting the results out – real life got in the way (not to mention a blistering case of Fellsman Fatigue Syndrome – not to be underestimated) and we wanted to make sure we had checked all the waiting times we had recorded had been properly applied. To the best of our knowledge the results and timings given are correct.

This year’s results can be found on our 2019 Results page. The Felltrack split times will be posted shortly.

The Fellsman Committee is getting together later this month to have our usual debrief meeting, where we look at what went right, what went wrong and if we can use the lessons learnt to improve the event next year. We would like to thank you for all the excellent feedback we’ve received and are delighted that so many love the event as much as we do, but we are always grateful for constructive feedback if you think we can make the Fellsman even better.

Following the debrief meeting we will be posting out your tallies and certificates to add to your collection.

A month off and then we’ll start the whole process again, organising the 58th Fellsman. The provisional date for the 2020 event will be the 25th and 26th April 2019 (subject to confirmation) and entries will open on 1st January 2020 as usual. Please tell your friends, spread the word – we’d love to have a field of 500 to start in 2020!

4 days and counting…

The view from Park Rash 28-04-2018.

With the Fellsman being only a few days 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 have a few places where an extra pair of hands would be useful, and we can always use more hands 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.

Yockenthwaite Checkpoint – 909791

Please make sure you have read our previous post about the route enforcement from Fleetmoss and our new checkpoint this year.  Flyers will be given out at registration, and there will be posters at Threshfield, Ingleton and Fleetmoss.

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 £45 (cash only please).

 

Map Orders

As you may have seen from the Facebook post advance orders for maps closed at midnight on Friday 19th 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.

Kit Check

Kit check will run at Threshfield on the Friday night from 6-10pm, and at Ingleton Saturday morning from 6am.  Anyone getting their kit checked Friday night and then getting the coach Saturday morning will be eligible for the later buses.  We recommend bringing your kit in a big shopping bag and then packing it in your rucsac after – trust us, it’s much easier for everyone!  If you are intending on getting your kit checked at Ingleton on the Saturday morning and getting the coach you MUST be there at 5.30am for the first coach, as the later coaches will be for those pre-checked in only.

Spaces and Withdrawals

We still have spaces, so if anyone is considering entering – please do!  We still have a steady stream of entries coming in, and handbooks will be posted out up to Tuesday 23rd, after which they can be collected at registration.

If you find yourself unable to attend please drop us an email – event@fellsman.org.uk – so we can make sure our database is up to date.  Most withdrawals at this point are due to injury so please, look after yourselves!

 

Have you booked / paid for your transport / breakfast / supper?

Whilst checking the database it’s become clear that a fair few of you booked one or all of the above, but didn’t pay for it when you got to paypal page.  It would be very helpful if you could check this, and then pay for anything you’re missing through the link on our website before the event.

(Anyone who has not paid for these will need to pay for them at registration – this will be CASH ONLY, please bring the correct change if at all possible – Supper £3.75, Breakfast £4.50, Transport £10)

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 have posted a detailed list of what is where (and can be eaten by whom!) on our catering page  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.

 

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.

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

If you would like your friends and family to check on where you are during the event through the Felltrack system that we use for tracking your progress around the route, it can accessed as a guest at https://felltrack.com/fellsman2019/. It makes fascinating reading I can tell you…

Ingleton Teashop

In order to assist the staff at the teashop in Ingleton we are asking everyone intending to purchase a cuppa etc. to bring some change instead of a note. To help this we are pricing everything at either 50p or £1.

Recycling

This year we are providing green recycling bags at every roadside checkpoint and around Threshfield – please recycle what you can and help us be green…  Please also make sure that you leave nothing on the hills besides footprints…

Car Sharing

We’ve had a few requests through the email account for anyone who may be able to car share. We know there are people in the area but due to blessed GDPR we are unable to put people in touch! So, we ask that anyone needing a lift, or who has space in their car, keep any eye on our fb presence and look for any such posts. It’d be great if anyone needing help could find it, the public transport system barely stretches to the area and taxis are scarce…

And Finally…

Here’s a quick timetable to sum up the weekend!

Friday

  • 17:30– Shuttle buses will start running from the Quarry car park we instigated a couple of years ago. 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.
  • 18:00– Threshfield reception opens for business.
  • 18:00 – 22:00– Kit check operates at Threshfield.
  • 20:00 – 22:00– Supper service – Please note this is an hour earlier than normal due to it being the school holidays – normal service will be resumed next year!
  • 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 13:30 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…

IMPORTANT EVENT INFORMATION

With less than 2 weeks to go, we have important information for all entrants.  Please give yourself 5 minutes to read through it, and then where possible, let anyone you know taking part that they need to read it too.

The Route

As previously mentioned, the Fellsman runs over a lot of land that is, for the rest of the year, off limits.  The committee negotiates passage over this land for the duration of the event, and for the most part this works well.  Sometimes though, things change, and this year we have a section of land that we are unable to secure access across.

The area in question is between the Fleet Moss and Middle Tongue checkpoints.  As there really is no way round or through, we must stress that you follow the road down the hill to the valley bottom.  At Oughtershaw, or the Beckermonds turning, you can choose to stay on the road, or join the Dalesway.  Once you get to Deepdale, you need to join the Dalesway if you have not done so already.  When you get to Yockenthwaite Farm, there will be markers taking you on a track up to the top of the hillside, through a latched gate, where you can then make your way to Middle Tongue CP and carry on as before.

To make sure that EVERYONE adheres to this, we have instigated an ADDITIONAL CHECKPOINT (as mentioned in the handbook) at 909791 (marked as Broad Gate Barn), which is at the latched gate mentioned above.  This, as all other checkpoints, will be compulsory, and anyone not getting their tally clipped there will be disqualified.  We have worked closely with the landowners to agree this route, and the new Yockenthwaite checkpoint location.  We realise that, on paper, other routes up to Middle Tongue will be tempting but it is vital that this route is followed, so we have placed our additional checkpoint specifically to ensure it is.

We realise that some will not be happy to read this, but quite frankly it’s this or no event.  We have done our best to find a solution that suits the landowners, as ultimately without their support the Fellsman will cease to exist.  We trust that you will help us keep them happy (and remember – it is still lambing season…).

Spaces and Withdrawals

We still have spaces, so if anyone is considering entering – please do!  We still have a steady stream of entries coming in, and handbooks will be posted out up to Tuesday 23rd, after which they can be collected at registration.

If you find yourself unable to attend please drop us an email – event@fellsman.org.uk – so we can make sure our database is up to date.  Most withdrawals at this point are due to injury so please, look after yourselves!

Have you booked / paid for your transport / breakfast / supper?

Whilst checking the database it’s become clear that a fair few of you booked one or all of the above, but didn’t pay for it when you got to paypal page.  It would be very helpful if you could check this, and then pay for anything you’re missing through the link on our website before the event.

(Anyone who has not paid for these will need to pay for them at registration – this will be CASH ONLY, please bring the correct change if at all possible.)

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 have posted a detailed list of what is where (and can be eaten by whom!) on our catering page.  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.

Fellsman Maps (and other kit-based paraphernalia)

The Fellsman map will be available to purchase online until Good Friday, then it will be available to buy at Threshfield on the Friday night, and at Ingleton on the Saturday morning, along with various other ‘useful’ bits that may be needed to pass our stringent kit check (including foil blankets / ponchos…)

Car Sharing

We’ve had a few requests through the email account for anyone who may be able to car share. We know there are people in the area but due to blessed GDPR we are unable to put people in touch! So, we ask that anyone needing a lift, or who has space in their car, keep any eye on our fb presence and look for any such posts. It’d be great if anyone needing help could find it, the public transport system barely stretches to the area and taxis are scarce…


That’s it for now Fellsmanites, keep your eyes peeled for anymore more snippets of info that may appear between now and the 26th.  We will be posting details of the new Yockenthwaite checkpoint at Threshfield, Ingleton and Fleet Moss, and we would be grateful if you can make sure anyone you know who is taking part reads this beforehand.

Now to find the Plot, it seems to have escaped…

IMPORTANT ‘ROUTE’ INFORMATION UPDATE

STOP ! PLEASE DON’T RECCE!

We say this every year, but with good reason…

We make no apology for asking those intending to enter the Fellsman not to walk or run the route before the event weekend. As has previously been stated, the major part of the route crosses private land, over which the event committee negotiates access for the weekend of the event only. Any other use antagonises the landowners and thereby threatens the future of the event.

Over the years, we have gained the respect of the people who live and work in the area; please help us keep this goodwill by in turn respecting them, their property and their privacy.

With that in mind, we must also make the following announcement.

IMPORTANT ‘ROUTE’ INFORMATION UPDATE

As you all know, the Fellsman runs over a lot of land that is, for the rest of the year, off limits. The committee negotiates passage over this land for the duration of the event, as Open Access rights do not apply to organised events such as the Fellsman, and for the most part this works well. Sometimes though, things change, and this year we have a section of land that we are unable to secure access across.

Unfortunately, this land directly borders onto a section of land we have not had access to for some years, due to it being ‘of scientific interest’ , which means we’re having to specify a route for a section of the event.

The area in question is between Fleet Moss and Middle Tongue checkpoints. As there really is no way round or through, we must stress that you follow the road down the hill to the valley bottom. At Oughtershaw, or the Beckermonds turning, you can choose to stay on the road, or join the Dalesway. Once you get to Deepdale, you need to join the Dalesway if you have not done so already. When you get to Yockenthwaite Farm, there will be markers taking you on a track up to the top of the hillside, through a latched gate, where you can then make your way to Middle Tongue CP and carry on as before.

We know how much you all love (!) the section after Fleet Moss, but quite simply it’s this or no event. We must stress that this area should be avoided while out and about in the hills AT ALL TIMES. We will make changes to the Points to Observe rules in the handbook and online shortly to reflect the new route. Thank you for your understanding.

Click on image for a larger version.

Online Entries Are Open!

Sorry for the delay folks…

Happy New Year! Online Entries to the 57th Fellsman are now open. You can reach the online entry form 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

Don’t Panic – Online Entry Opening Delayed

Why is nothing EVER simple???

Entries are scheduled to open sometime this afternoon, however… the auto-renewal on this website’s security certificate seems to have failed (their fault not ours). We are trying to sort it out, their predicted timeline for this is between an hour and a day…

So… For now we’ve decided to postpone the entry system going live until we are sure the security certificate is in place, as this is the only way we can guarantee security of everyone’s data.

As soon as it is up and running, we will let you know – this could be in a couple of hours or tomorrow but there is really nothing more we can can do.

In the meantime please share this info with anyone you know who is intending on entering today. We know not everyone uses Facebook but at the moment this is our best means of communication so please keep checking for updates there.

Happy New Year Fellsmen! Thank you for all your continued support.
The Fellsman Committee

The 2019 Fellsman will shortly be open for business…

It’s that time of year again. Christmas presents have been opened, New Year’s Eve is looming large and the question on everyone’s mind (well those involved in  organising and participating in the Fellsman) is “There are only 117 days left to go until the 57th event! When are online entries opening? How much will it be? Is this the year to go for it?

The first one in easy, entries open online on 1st January 2019. As is customary, we are keeping the exact time to ourselves to minimise the chances of the email system collapsing under the weight of entry forms (and to give those responsible for dealing with them time to recover from any New Year’s Eve celebrations). Just keep chacking back throughout the day and when you see the Happy New Year post appear, the Online Entries menu should be there.

The second one is easy too. The entry fee this year is £45. A modest increase on last year to help offset the rising costs of everything. The costs of breakfast, supper and transport to the start are remaining the same however.

The last one is down to personal choice but ask any of those Fellsman veterans who will have their fingers poised over the refresh button all day on Tuesday if you should take a stab at it, they will undoubtedly say, “Yes! Go for it! It’s an unforgettable experience!

For those who have commented on how quiet we’ve been over the autumn, we can only apologise. Rest assured all the planning has being going on behind the scenes since we reconvened in September. You’ll be hearing a lot more from us as the event draws ever closer…

Finally the committee hopes that everyone has had a fantastic Christmas and wish you a very Happy New Year… We are looking forward to receiving your entries on the 1st!

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…