Lost! Month of March. Last seen wandering, arm in arm, with the Plot somewhere around the Dales. If found, please return urgently to the Fellsman Committee…
Firstly, we are pleased to report that previous issues with the website have been resolved and we are still accepting entries for this year’s event. Given current numbers we can confidently say that there will be places available on the day if a last minute urge to enter grabs you. You can enter and pay online up to noon of Friday 15th April.
As the Fellsman Committee are now up to their eyeballs with last minute preparations we will not have time to process any orders for clothing, maps or prints after Friday 1st April, however maps and prints will be available to purchase on the weekend. For those who have already ordered prints we are still waiting to receive them from the printer, however if we can we will dispatch them prior to the event. If we cannot manage this they can be collected on the weekend and we will refund you the cost of post and packing.
Road closure at Fleet Moss checkpoint
As if we don’t have enough to cope with, with the event being a week earlier than usual, there will also be a road closure in place on Oughtershaw Road, between Hawes and Oughtershaw. This closure is in place from Monday, 4th April 2016 for 6 weeks for urgent pipework and road surface repairs. Effectively this means that the only vehicle access to the Fleet Moss checkpoint will be from Hawes, not from the Kettlewell side. This means any entrants making their way to Threshfield via this route will need to use the signed diversion via Cray; and this will also have an effect on minibuses and transport times from Fleet Moss during the event. These things are certainly here to test us this year!!!
Garage closure at Threshfield
We need to let you know that the garage in Threshfield has closed down since the last event. The nearest petrol stations are therefore in Skipton and Gargrave. There is also one in Ingleton. please make sure you have a full tank before heading into the hills.
Handbook gremlins strike again…
It seems that no matter how hard we try the handbook gremlins never fail to strike, and what’s more they seem attracted to the most important information in the Handbook. Maybe we need to call in Mulder and Scully…
This year they’ve had a go at the Checkpoint locations again. Please be advised that the correct locations are (as given on the website):
- Hell Gap – SD 936818 (as correctly mentioned on page 27 of the handbook under ‘Points to Observe’)
- Middle Tongue – SD 906803 (as above)
As you might have gathered from previous posts and various articles in the handbook we are a bit paranoid about the potential temperatures for the weekend (and let’s face it, so far the spring weather has not allayed our fears much). With this in mind we would like to recommend the following links to information on hypothermia, how to recognise the symptoms, how to avoid it, and what action to take if you are affected. Please take time to visit them.
Call for help…
As always no matter how many staff we have volunteering on the event (and there are many) we always need more. If you can help us with any of the following just drop us a line via the Contact Us page:
- Hill Inn – We have need of people clip tallies as entrants come through. you would be needed between 10am and 12:30 pm on Saturday.
- Yarnbury – We need people to help man the final checkpoint. As those of you who have done the event know this is a long opening checkpoint from 5pm on Saturday until 12pm on Sunday but availability for shorter periods will be very welcome.
- Top Mere – We are currently short of a 2-man checkpoint team to man this hilltop checkpoint. This is a long-haul checkpoint requiring you to provide your own equipment to ensure you stay safe and warm overnight. You would be required from 2pm Saturday until 10am Sunday (includes walking time to checkpoint location)
- Redshaw – We need additional people to help man the Redshaw checkpoint which runs from 12pm Saturday until 4am Sunday. Again availability for short periods to provide sleep cover for other staff would be very welcome.
- Threshfield – We would appreciate help from any certified first aiders at Threshfield from 8pm Saturday evening to extend our existing first aid cover during the busy overnight period.
- Ingleton – We are looking for a couple of people to help with the tea shop which we run at Ingleton on Saturday morning before the start. The tea shop is open from 6am to 8:30am.
If you have booked transport from Threshfield to Ingleton on the Saturday morning please be aware of the following:
- If you are attending Threshfield on Friday evening to have your kit checked you will be able to book a place on one of the later buses to leave Threshfield. Places on these buses are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
- If you have booked transport and intend coming direct to Threshfield (without Friday kit check) on Saturday morning you must present yourself at the registration desk no later than 05:20 in order to receive a seat on the earlier buses. This is necessary as you will need to arrive sufficiently early to allow kit check in Ingleton.
- If you have booked transport and breakfast and intend coming direct to Threshfield (without Friday kit check) on Saturday morning you must present yourself at the registration desk no later than 05:20 in order to receive a seat on the earlier buses. This is necessary as you will need to arrive sufficiently early to allow kit check in Ingleton. The kitchen opens for breakfast service at 04:45. Please make sure you arrive early enough to eat before the buses leave at 05:20. Please note, no breakfast is available at Ingleton, only tea, coffee and snacks.
- Please be aware if you miss your allotted bus, we cannot guarantee you transport to Ingleton. Later buses are always full.
As the event is approaching more rapidly than any of us would like please keep checking the website, Facebook and Twitter for further last minute updates.