3 days to go…

Announcing 3 days to go with a car parking road sign

3 days to go – this is the first of a few updates today, so please check back later! It’s all GO! here in Fellsman land, and we’ve some updated info for you… First up – Camping! We’ve secured a second camping area, and are confident we’ll have enough space.

However, it is still finite, so we ask that:

  • you share with friends where possible and keep tent numbers to an absolute minimum
  • you pitch your tents as close together as is sensible – no wasting space please.
  • if you have the option of a camper van, please take it and park in our quarry car park (toilet and shuttle bus provided).
  • where possible pitch your tent Friday night.

Please note that there is NO VEHICLE ACCESS to the camping field – you can drop equipment at field and then park in quarry carpark but there will be ABSOLUTELY NO PARKING – Drop And Leave only. You may want to just start at the car park!

Next – paying for stuff on the weekend… in another blinding move forward with times, we’ve acquired card readers! So, if you need to pay for your transport or meals, or buy a map, you can pay by card!! We’ll still be accepting cash if necessary) but we’d be grateful if you could use a card where possible. Don’t forget some small change for the tea shop at the start (£20 not accepted!)
MAPS – these, along with PONCHOS will be available to purchase before the start (Threshfield Friday, Ingleton Saturday) so panic not. If you’ve ordered a map recently it’ll be ready for you to collect (having finally realised what day it is, I’m not risking the postal service…) and will no longer be available online from today.

Finally for now – registration opens at 7pm on Friday. Please remember there will, as always, be NO PARKING AT THE SCHOOL OR ON ANY OF THE ROADS NEARBY – please go straight to the quarry car park and utilize our shuttle buses. We really appreciate your help keeping the neighbours happy 😁 The email account is a bit hectic at the mo, so if you’re waiting on a response, it’s worth considering if your query is answered by any of these posts first, and I’ll be contacting those not covered asap.

Take care til the weekend – Shona

18 (well 17 now) days to go…

18 days to go – here’s a bit of a round up for you all. There’s a few gems of information in here, so please give it a read, and share it with any fellow entrants you know….

You should all have received an email regarding accommodation / sleeping / camping at Threshfield. Thank you to those of you who have already filled it in – if you haven’t yet, please do asap. If you’ve not seen it yet, please check your junk folder. Get in touch if it’s not there!

If you are planning on bringing a campervan and sleeping in the Quarry car park (toilet provided) then that is fine (in fact it’s better than fine) – we are aware the questionnaire overlooks this as an option, thank you to those of you that managed to put it in a text box! The more of you sleeping in the car park, the less tents needed, so this is good. Again, get in touch if you have any questions. Once we’ve looked at the results of the survey we’ll have a clearer idea of the accommodation situation, please bear with us.

The buses on Saturday morning, from Threshfield to Ingleton, will be running a very specific schedule, at 6.00am, 6.15am, and 6.30am, with the latter 2 for those who register and get their kit checked Friday night. The first one will be for those who need their kit checking in Ingleton on Saturday morning so, if you are travelling up Saturday morning to get the bus, you MUST BE THERE FOR 5.45am (please allow time to park in the quarry car park and use our minibus shuttle service to the school.)

All map orders have been posted out as of tonight. If you ordered one recently, it should be with you by Friday. If you think you are missing your map order, please get in touch.

To help us with accurate ordering (mostly to avoid over-catering and waste) please note that Extras (transport, supper, breakfast) will only be available to add to your entry up until SUNDAY 24th APRIL. We don’t usually have such a deadline, but given the exorbitant price of pretty much everything these days, we’re keen to tweak anything we can in the last week to make sure we’re keeping all costs to a minimum, as ultimately the future of the event depends on it…

Catering – vegan/ gluten free options will be available everywhere but in a limited capacity. If you need to take advantage of either of these, please get in touch. We also offer a delivery service to check points for food parcels if our checkpoint catering doesn’t suit – again, please get in touch if this is something you would find useful.

Post – we’re not sending you any! We’ve had a few enquiries about handbooks/ race numbers etc, but this year we’ve gone mostly electronic. A copy of our (very minimal) handbook will be available to collect at registration for those of you who requested it. Everything else will be emailed out beforehand / available to read on the website. Don’t panic though, we’ll still be sending out the iconic Tallies post event 😁 Keep an eye out for further updates nearer the event!

Finally, we still have places available so if you’ve been thinking about it, now’s the time to enter. We’ve been getting a few emails regarding injuries, withdrawals and deferring until next year- regretfully we do not defer entries over as it just isn’t viable. Our refund deadline is in March as after that date we have to start actually spending money, and as we are a not-for-profit event run by Scouts, we run quite close to the wire as it is. However, for those of you who really don’t want to miss out, we have a couple of Hill Top Checkpoints that are currently in desperate need of staff – might You be interested? We also always have vacancies for help at the start and finish, so if you’re in two minds and think this might be a way of satisfying your Fellsman need – get in touch….

For all enquiries, or responses to any of the items above, please send an email to event@fellsman.org.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Enjoy the weather this weekend – don’t get too carried away though, we don’t want a flurry of fresh injuries… 😉

See you soon!

The Committee

30 days to go….

Fleet Moss 30th March 2022 (photo: North Yorkshire Weather Updates)

April is here! That means The Fellsman is creeping ever closer….

The British Spring has been on fine form in its first ten days, with temperatures ranging from extremely pleasant double figures last week, to snow today… pictured below is Fleet Moss yesterday (31st March) and Ingleborough (30th). With this in mind, when planning your kit please make sure where possible you err on the caution as we have a stringent kit list for a reason 😜 and don’t forget our Secret Kit Check, which could be anywhere on the route. We take Adequate Kit seriously 😎

If you’re still on the fence about entering, you might want to also bear this in mind – we’ve removed the Grouping Rule. Yes, you read that right. It’s been relegated to ‘In Case Of Emergency’, which also means no waiting times… We’d still like to actively encourage you not to solo walk in the hours of darkness, but with the addition of trackers to all our existing safety systems, we feel now is the time. We of course reserve the right to reintroduce it should the weather deteriorate, which brings us back to the kit list… the full details of which can be found here

Keep an eye out for more updates as April progresses. Please share our posts – there’s still time to enter!

5 weeks to go!

5 weeks to go…. how ready are You??

We’ve places still available, so if you be been holding off, now’s the time to enter! If you’ve friends thinking about, it’s time to persuade them! And finally, even if neither of those apply to you, we’d really appreciate you sharing this post anywhere pertinent 😁

It’s all go here in Fellsmanland. Bookings are being finalised, details tweaked, and the long haul of the prep for the actual weekend begins….

With that in mind, if you have already entered please take a moment to check your arrangements…

There are limited camping spaces in our new camping field at Threshfield, and it is also possible to park camper vans etc in our Quarry car park alongside the cars – both the field and the quarry car park will have portaloos. There will be NO VEHICLE ACCESS to the camping field, and regular shuttle buses will run from the car park as needed. If you haven’t booked camping space and need to, please get in touch. There will be no indoor sleeping in the school this year.

If you are planning on using our coach service from Threshfield on Saturday morning, please make sure you have booked and paid for it. You can do this as an extra through our website,under the ‘Adding Extras to an Existing Entry’ tab. To enable us to book the correct number of coaches, we’d appreciate you doing this by MONDAY 26th April – thank you in advance.

Meals are available at Threshfield Friday evening (pasta bake) and Saturday Morning (porridge / butties) – these also need booking and paying for in advance, so if you could also check your requirements for these before Monday 26th that would be grand.

Please note – we are NOT SENDING OUT ANY MAIL PRE EVENT…. Those of you who have requested a ‘hard copy’ of the handbook will be given this at registration. Please note it is a very minimal handbook this year, mostly containing event info only. Race numbers, trackers, tallies etc will be distributed at the start.

And finally, this post wouldn’t be a Fellsman post if it didn’t have a plea for staffing tagged on the end! We’re always short of staff, particularly at the start at Ingleton on Saturday morning (6am!) and at Threshfield for the duration of the event, with a few checkpoint bodies not going amiss. So, if you’re not up to running it, but would love to be involved, or your partner /friend/s will be coming along and they fancy helping whilst waiting for you to return, please, get in touch!! We are a not-for-profit event, run solely by volunteers, and rely on the good will of like-minded souls to put this event on. I look forward to hearing from some of you….

I think that’s enough for now. You can reach us through the email address event@fellsman.org.uk – see you all soon…

2022 – The Fellsman is back and entries are open!

It’s New Year’s Day again. In 2020 when entries opened we said that it hadn’t felt like a year. Well, the 2020 and 2021 events were curtailed by a pesky virus and I think we can all agree the last two years have felt like an eternity. However, it’s 2022 and despite Omicron rearing its ugly head we are going ahead with the 58th Fellsman. Third time lucky… *fingers crossed*

The entries for the 58th Fellsman on the 30th April and 1st May 2022 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 £75, which is an increase on 2020, but which we believe is still fantastic value for such an event. This increase reflects a number of cost implications associated with our 2 year hiatus such as replacement of all our first aid consumables as they are now out of date, not to mention core food stocks which also need to be completely replaced. It also takes into account the expected increase in both fuel and food bills following the price rises of these items over the past year. However, the largest single thing increasing the cost is our decision to hire GPS trackers for the event. These will be used for safety purposes and will give spectators the chance to track your progress in real time. This does not mean we are getting rid of the tally (which would be a crime) or Felltrack which will still be used to log your progress through checkpoints and provide your official time. The introduction of trackers has also meant that we are reviewing the need for grouping and the rules relating to this. This will be finalised at our January meeting, however currently the plan is to remove the mandatory requirement for grouping during the hours of darkness (although less experienced entrants would be encouraged to walk in groups for safety given the terrain). In the event of severely deteriorating weather, the committee would retain the right to consider introducing a requirement preventing entrants continuing unaccompanied from a checkpoint.

On the plus side, all extras – transport, meals, maps – remain at 2019 prices.

We’ve also made a change to accommodation. In order to allow the event to run safely, the decision has been made to not offer accommodation in the school hall as in previous years. Instead, we have secured the use of an adjacent field in which to camp free of charge. Toilet facilities will be provided, and showers will be available to use in the school as before. No parking is permitted within the camping field; parking is limited to the entrants’ car park at Threshfield Old Quarry. A free shuttle bus operates between the car park and the school. Camper vans can be accommodated in the Threshfield Old Quarry car park as before, where toilet facilities will also be available.

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 for 2022 – we need to recap 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, in 2020 we decided to take a different approach and will finally be implementing this in 2022.

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 currently closed. We hope to have it back up and running closer to the event.

The land use restrictions from 2019 are still in place, and the post pinned to the news carousel reminds you of 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.  We 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 2022,
The Fellsman Committee

IMPORTANT EVENT INFORMATION

30/01/2022 – We are reposting this information as it is still relevant for the 2022 event. Please read…

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…

It’s almost time…

It’s almost time… Yep, you’ve guessed right. We’re back!

After a 2 year hiatus, the 58th Fellsman will take place on the 30th April / 1st May 2022. We can’t tell you how happy we are to be able to say that entries open on New Year’s Day 😁

Inevitably there are some changes, some previously implemented and some new: an inescapable increase in costs (we’ve done what we can), the exciting introduction of gps trackers, and some adaptations due to the ongoing situation we find ourselves in. However, we will do everything we can to keep the spirit of our much-loved event at its core, so don’t panic, it will still be the event we all cherish.

That’s all for now. The link for entries will go live on the website at some point on Saturday – in an attempt to not crash it, only we know what time 🤣

There are 500 places up for grabs, so no rush!

Happy New Year from all in Fellsmanland xx

Fellsman 2022 – It’s happening!!! 30th April – 1st May 2022

Yep, we’re back (or at least planning to be)! Meetings have been held, logistics discussed and we’ve decided it’s time…

On the weekend of the 30th April/1st May 2022, the iconic Fellsman event will be running once again. It’s our 3rd attempt at the 58th Fellsman but fingers crossed (and Omicron permitting) we will be going ahead with a live and absolutely not virtual event!

Entries will be open on the 1st of January 2022 via our online form. More details to follow shortly…

Wishing everyone a great holiday season and a healthy and happy New Year!
The Fellsman Committee

Fellsman 2021 Announcement

The Fellsman Committee would like to announce that the 58th Fellsman will now take place no earlier than April 2022. Yes, you read that right. We’ve talked long and hard about alternatives, including a change of date, and to be honest, no matter which way we approach it, the Committee cannot see an event taking place in 2021 that would bear any resemblance to the Fellsman event we all know and love. We also have to consider that we cannot financially survive a last minute cancellation threatening the existence of the event.

On a brighter note the Fellsman Committee would like to announce that the 2nd Virtual Fellsman (Don’t Ask!) will take place in late April 2021 (bigger and better than before) preserving the integrity and community spirit of the event, as well as raising money for our chosen charity Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. Details will be forthcoming in the New Year.

We know how disappointed you will be with this decision but we can guarantee you aren’t going to miss it as much as we will. We hope to see you at the 2nd Virtual Fellsman (Don’t Ask!) and in person in 2022.

Best Wishes
The Fellsman Committee

1st (and hopefully last!?) Virtual Fellsman

Fellsmen, Fellsmen Assemble!

April without a little (!?) Fellsman madness is, quite frankly, wrong. So, it’s time to think outside the box¹, and raise some money for a worthwhile cause² at the same time.

We’ve devised The First (and hopefully last?!) Virtual Fellsman, which will take place this weekend on FaceBook in the newly created Fellsman Group ‘1st (and hopefully last!?) Virtual Fellsman‘. Ultimately it’s just about getting everyone – entrants, staff/volunteers, committee, spectators – online in one place to interact instead of at the event itself.

Ooooo, I imagine you cry! That sounds fun! But how will it work? Let me try and explain. Bear with me…

Each stage of the event will be represented by a post in the group at an appropriate time, and taking part in that stage of the event will be by commenting on that post.

The route³ will be listed in sections by distance, so anyone wanting to physically participate can break it down into multiples of whatever is available – circuits of backyards, flights of stairs, or if you live somewhere suitable, circuits of your exercise run. These can be kept track of by any digital means.

Entries⁴ opened with a post on Thursday. By posting in there, you will be entered into a special version of Felltrack, our bespoke tracking system, and by Saturday issued with a link and password so you can check-in to checkpoints as you complete the required distance. Checkpoints will only open when it is possible for the distance to have been covered! Felltrack will keep running for longer than the usual 30 hrs, for how long will depend on how it’s going, to give entrants a chance to break it down over days. Watch this space for fine tuning here…

Now, I don’t know about you, but at this point in life, 60+ miles sounds like a lot of effort! So, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to get involved in less physical ways too, starting with…

Kit check – what would be your ideal kit? Fantasy kit? Comedy kit? Submit your photos for evaluation by our kit check officer on the Kit Check Now Open post on Friday night! Chat to others you’d normally catch up with, laugh at choices of kit, share memories…

I did some maths, to convert the event into steps for all the distances between checkpoints, and there’s some numbers for ascent/descent too if anyone wants them. No correcting my maths please, it all made sense at 3am so I’m going with it…

Our chosen charity is Manorlands Emergency Appeal, our local Sue Ryder hospice, please share the link (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/The-Fellsman) if you’re taking part (in any capacity) – let’s help a vital part of our community in these unprecedented times.

I’m looking forward to catching up⁵ with you all this weekend. It’s never too late to enter and get involved, so head on over to Facebook and join in the fun!

Shona (on behalf of the Fellsman Committee)

¹or in this case, very much inside the box…
²Manorlands, a Sue Ryder hospice in Oxenhope near Keighley
³yes I know there’s not officially a route
⁴entries will just be by name, for those who declare they are planning on clocking up actual distance
⁵in a totally figurative sense, obviously. My involvement will firmly be from my sofa 😎

 

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