Updates: 3 weeks and counting…

Hello…Latest updates from the world of the Fellsman with literally 3 weeks to go until the 2017 event, committee and staff are running around to ensure everything is in place for a smoothly running event and hopefully that the weather gods will smile on us!

Places still available…

First of all, just to let you know that we still have some places available for anybody who may want to experience the Fellsman for themselves and will have some available on the day for anyone making that last minute ‘what am I going to do this unexpectedly free weekend bank holiday‘ decision.  If you are still in two minds about entering why not give it a whirl. If you are a keen cyclist too you could couple it with a walk down to the Tour de Yorkshire route…

Ah, yes. About that…

Tour de Yorkshire 2017 (TdY)…

As you may be aware the Tour de Yorkshire is taking place the same weekend as the Fellsman and the route will be passing close to the finish of our event on the Sunday. Whilst the event doesn’t actually get into Grassington itself, it does pass along the main road back towards Skipton and will result in a rolling road block operating on that road for a period of time between 1pm – 2pm on the Sunday afternoon.  As a result competitors / staff / spectators leaving Threshfield intending to travel on the B6265 towards Skipton may want to look at an alternate route; such as the B6160 towards Hebden and Stump Cross Caverns (for those travelling towards Harrogate/A1). Alternatively, for those travelling towards Skipton, when the the road is closed at the junction where the Linton/Burnsall road joins the B6265, you can wait and cheer on the pelaton as they pass, then follow behind the rolling roadblock.  We will have more up to date information on the timings during the Sunday, and will post notices up in the hall to keep you informed.  At this time you may be better placed to wait for it to pass by. You can find out more about the Tour stage 3 route here and the projected timings for Stage 3 here.

New parking arrangements at Threshfield (Update)…

Further to last month’s post around the new car parking facilities at Threshfield we are pleased to announce that we are now able to provide a limited transport provision from the new car park to Threshfield school on Saturday morning. The shuttle buses will run from approximately 05:00 up until the first Ingleton bus leaves at 06:00. As with previous years we ask anyone coming to Threshfield on the Saturday morning intending to catch the bus up to the start to ensure that they are at Threshfield in order to catch the 06:00 bus. This will ensure you reach the start in time to complete the compulsary equipment check at Ingleton. As spaces on Ingleton-bound buses are allocated on a first come-first served basis, later buses are very likely to be full.

We ask again that, out of consideration for local Threshfield residents on whose goodwill we depend, entrants please park only in the new car park and not on any of the roads surrounding the school.

Last Map Shop Orders…

Our resident shopkeeper would like to advise you that last shop orders for maps to be posted out will be the 20th April to allow him to get them in the post in time for you to receive them before the event. Please don’t worry though, there will be maps available in the shop at Threshfield on the Friday night, and at Ingleton on Saturday morning, if you still need to purchase one before the event.

And finally…

Fellsman Start 1966

Grassingtom Square. L-R. Mike Squires, W L Midgley, Charley Cox, Phil Carroll, David Petyt (Organiser) Syd Dewhirst, Mike Bottomley, David Whortley. Front, Phil Coventry, Alec Marshall, John Autherson

If you find yourself at a loose end over the Easter break, or maybe just want a quiet hour, please check out the new archive results for the 1960s and 1970s that have very generously been sent to us by David Petyt, a former Fellsman Hike Organiser (as it was back in the day). He can be seen here in Grassington Sqaure at the start (yes, the route ran the other way orginally) in 1966 on the 5th Fellsman.

Please check back regularly over the next three weeks for any last minute updates.

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