Entries Available on the Day
So, first, with just a week to go, it’s important to say that it’s really not too late to enter if you find yourself at a loose end on the bank holiday weekend. It even comes with a built-in recovery day! We will have places available on the day so if the weather looks like it might be kind and you fancy an amble through some of the world’s most beautiful countryside please come along and enter. If you can enter beforehand online then so much the better but we will have entry forms to fill in on the day.
Handbook Omission: Points to Observe
Just a note to say that a number of you have queried the omission, in the Points To Observe in the handbook, of the information about navigating between the DODD FELL and FLEET MOSS checkpoints. This should not have been removed and the information listed on the website is correct, namely: Between the DODD FELL and FLEET MOSS checkpoints, use the route through two gates, (at NGRs 851837 and 855836), following the track eastward to the road below FLEET MOSS. In previous editions of the handbook this route was listed as being beaconed but in fact this has not been the case for a number of years.
Patagonia Worn Wear Roadshow
In 2017 Patagonia will once again be bringing their Worn Wear Repair Roadshow to the Fellsman from Saturday lunchtime. Come visit their stall located in the school hall at the finish of The Fellsman at the Upper Wharfedale School in Threshfield, for 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.
*Fine print: the tour staff can fix about 20 garments per day, all repairs are made on a first come, first served basis. One repair per guest.
Reminder about parking and opening times
Just a reminder that all entrants wishing to park at Threshfield need to use the new parking facilities. We have made these arrangements in response to concerns raised about the number of cars parking along the road leading from the B6160 towards the school and on the school road itself in recent years. The new carpark is also hard standing so no more getting bogged down in a soggy field! Shuttle buses between the car park and the school will be operating from after 17:30 on the Friday until around 10pm depending on demand. there will be shuttle buses on the Saturday morning operating from just after 5am until the first bus leaves for Threshfield at 05:45. Anyone who has booked transport but not had their kit checked on the Friday evening needs to catch the first bus as later buses will be full.
Please note that although the buses to the school will be running from 17:30 on the Friday evening, the Fellsman reception does not open until 18:00. This is to allow us time to get the school ready for you. We thank you for your patience while you wait for us to open the doors.
Unable to enter but fancy being involved?
If injury has taken you out of the running for the 2017 event but you would like to experience the Fellsman from the other side of the fence, or even if you want to be involved but can’t face the thought of the cold and rain or think that 6 miles is more your kind of distance, please let us know. Despite the many, many volunteers who come back year after year, there is always that regular who is suddenly called upon to go to a wedding, or can’t get time off work. We are always in need of volunteers out on the checkpoints, marshalling the Whernside path, or down at Threshfield HQ. Please send us a message via the Contact Us page (not via Facebook please) and see a whole new side to the Fellsman!
That’s all for now! Keep checking back for any last minute updates…