2020 Fellsman Cancelled – Statement from the Committee

It is with great regret that the Fellsman Committee has taken the decision to cancel this year’s Fellsman, scheduled for the 25th and 26th April 2020, in light of the current situation with COVID-19. This is not a decision we have taken lightly and we are aware that many will be bitterly disappointed. We wished to make the decision ourselves, before it could be made for us, and felt it was only fair to give you our reasons for taking this action:

  • The Fellsman is wholly dependent on volunteers to run the event on the weekend. With the current spread of the virus we cannot ensure that we will have enough staff available to man the event to the required levels of safety. All we need is one checkpoint team to require to self-isolate on the Friday evening and the whole event could not run.
  • Whilst we are aware that at the current time the Government is not advising cancellation of outdoor sporting events, the logistics involved with running the Fellsman mean that we could not guarantee provision of sufficient facilities for maintaining increased hygiene levels out on the route. Also, there are periods where large numbers of people are confined in relatively small spaces across the event (e.g. kit check, the start, checkpoint tents, etc.) which makes the Fellsman not a normal outdoor event. In all conscience we feel we cannot put either entrants or staff in positions of increased risk.
  • We are concerned that, should the unnecessary stockpiling of goods and provisions continue, we would not be in a position to provide adequate refreshments around the route.
  • The event is dependent upon use of a school as our HQ. Given that school closures may well by imposed by the Government at some point over the coming weeks, it is possible that the school management/local council may not allow us access to the building for the event.
  • As you are aware the Fellsman is a non-profit event run by a team of volunteers from Keighley District Scout Network. The monies paid to us in entry fees support the year’s event and we do not have a large cash buffer in place to absorb costs from a cancelled event. At the current time the outlay for this year’s event has been minimal with large payments due in the next week or so. By taking the decision to cancel now, before these payments are made, we can ensure that, after refunding entrants their entry fee, the Fellsman still has sufficient funds in reserve to allow us to run in 2021.
  • Finally, and most crucially, our decision as a Committee to cancel the event has coincided with a decision from Keighley District Scouting that the event cannot be held.

The Committee would like to thank you for your patience whilst we sort out refunding entry fees, and meal and transport payments, through PayPal. Only monies relating to map orders will not be refunded.

We are aware that some entrants will have made accommodation bookings in the local hotels and B&Bs. Please consider using the weekend to still come and spend some time in our lovely countryside – without the need for a 62-mile slog through bogs and moorland.

Please contact us if you have any concerns/queries.

We will be back in April 2021. Entries open 1st Jan 2021.

The Fellsman Committee

Cops’n’Plodders Fellsman Challenge

This week the Committee found out about a very special Fellsman Challenge taking place this year. A group of five serving police officers are undertaking the Fellsman to raise money for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) under the group name of Cops’n’Plodders. Their main motivation for this was the sad loss of a colleague to suicide. Cops’n’Plodders is made up of four previous Fellsman entrants (Joe Rotchell (one previous entry), Jon Wood (nine previous entries), Jane Carpenter (ten(ish) previous  entries), Kendra Wedgewood (two previous entries), and  Tim Corrigan – a Fellsman novice!!

After the Fellsman the group aims to encourage colleagues to join them on outdoor walks/runs and encourage conversation around mental health/depression and the stigmas that surround it.

If you would like to donate, or find out more information, t he group has a JustGiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/copsnplodders and can be found on Twitter as @NYPlodders

The Fellsman Committee wishes them every success in their fundraising challenge, and on completing the Fellsman in April!

It’s 2020 and entries for the 58th Fellsman are open!

It’s New Year’s Day. It is time… it really doesn’t feel like a year since this happened, but hey.  Time flies…

The entries for the 58th Fellsman, 25th and 26th April 2020 are now open.  You can access the online entries system from the Online Entries tab at the top or following this link. Hopefully you’ll not all rush at once, our email system really doesn’t like it!  The entry fee this year is £50, which is an increase on last year, but is still fantastic value for such an event.  All extras – transport, meals, maps – remain at 2019 prices.

When you enter, you will receive 2 emails – one from us, with a copy of your submitted entry form, and one from PayPal confirming your payment.  These are your confirmation of entry.  Here’s where it will change slightly this year – we need to talk about the Handbook…

Usually, we send out handbooks by the end of March, individually labelled with your entrant number.  We leave it later and later each year to order them, in an attempt to not have too many left over after the event, but every year we have loads.  So, this year we’re taking a different approach.

On the entry form, you will find a tick box to request a hard copy of the Handbook  if you really want one,  which you will be able to collect at registration.  We will publish all the useful / relevant information on the website before the event.  This way, we can get an accurate number printed just before the event, hopefully cut down on wastage, and maybe save a tree. As a group, we are constantly looking at ways to be more environmentally friendly, and cut down on single use plastics etc., so we hope you will understand!

When entering, don’t forget to order and pay for any extras you will need.  These, along with the entry fee, will need adding to your PayPal basket before checking out.  If you forget anything, you can pay for them before the event by following the Adding Extras to An Existing Entry tab at the top of the page.  Maps are available to purchase through the same link, but the rest of the shop is closed for a revamp.  Keep an eye for our clear out clothing sale happening later in January on our fb page / group!

The land use restrictions from last year are still in place, and the post pinned to the news carousel gives you all the details for this.  All in all, it worked well and solved a problem, so we see no point in changing it for now.

I think that’s it for now.  I look forward to processing your entries in due course.  If you have any queries,  please email us using the contact form, and we’ll answer as soon as we can.

Our very best wishes for this new year,
The Fellsman Committee

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Fellsman Year

Yes, incredibly 2019 is nearly at an end and we all know what that means. Jools Holland’s Hootenanny sounding in the New Year along side the bells of Big Ben and fireworks on the Thames, and more importantly the opening of online entries to the 2020 Fellsman on the 25th and 26th April.

The entries will go live at some point on the 1st (this is us trying to avoid the site overload issue we had a couple of years back) and we look forward to receiving entries from first-timers as well as the familiar names of Fellsman veterans. This year the entry fee will be £50 (still an absolute bargain) however the cost of extras such as breakfast, supper and transport remain at 2019 prices.

We will have more news for you in the New Year so check back for updates…

Update: We need to apologise to those people who have placed a query via our Contact Us page and received no response. Unbeknownst to us our mail service provider changed their mail server and this broke the link to our website contact form. As a result none of the messages submitted have reached us for some weeks. As many of these were about entries to the 2020 event hopefully this post has gone some way to answering them. Any which we need to address on other subjects I will resend to our email account so apologies if you get a second notification copy. The Contact Us form is now up and running again. We thank you for your patience.

In the meantime the Fellsman Committee would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020!

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.

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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