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…