Important Committee Announcement – Please read

Unfortunately, as is often the way with introducing new technology, we have encountered a teething problem with our new entry form software. We have been made aware of a problem with the submission of online entry forms. Don’t panic, all the received entries are in the system and nothing is lost. The problem is that for the first 200 entries we received the form software negelected to display the field to enter your date of birth, which is a critical bit of info, and required by our insurance. (In all our testing pre-launch not one person noticed it was missing!)

In order to rectify the problem we will be sending an email to all those affected containing a link to a secure page where you can enter your name, date of birth and the email address you used to register on the event. We will then automatically merge the date of birth into the entry form we have, based on matching name and email. If you entered more than one entry using the same email address then you will only receive one email, but you can visit the DOB update page more than once to enter the information for each entry.

We hope that this will cause you the least inconvenience and will lessen the chance for human error in updating your entry form.

The notification emails are being sent from a new dedicated admin email account (eventadmin@fellsman.org.uk). Please check your spam folder in case it has ended up there by accident and consider adding this address to your ‘safe’ list, as future important Fellsman announcements made via email will also come from this account. This account will not however, be used for day-to-day correspondence and checked only infrequently, so please address any enquiries to the usual Fellsman address.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and we can only apologise again for the inconvenience this will cause.
The Fellsman Committee

Entries for the 55th Fellsman are now open!

January 1st… and you know what that means. The Fellsman rollercoaster is starting once again!

Online entries are now open!

Although we are always keen to keep the event as inexpensive as possible, this year we have made the decision to raise the entry fee to £40.
We have done this for two reasons:

  • Firstly, as you are well aware, the cost of everything is going up and we have had to account for this in the pricing of this year’s event;
  • Secondly, following the poll on the website and on our Facebook page and group, it was clear that the  majority of voters (in the region of 85%) were keen to receive some form of commemorative item to mark the event. As we no longer have sponsorship to cover the costs of this we have decided to add £3-4 onto the entry fee to allow us to source one ourselves.

Even with the increase we still believe the Fellsman is one of the best value events around. Your entry fee includes:

  • a souvenir handbook;
  • your iconic Fellsman tally;
  • a commerative item of clothing/equipment;
  • hot food and refreshments around the route;
  • transport from checkpoints back to Threshfield in the event of retirement;
  • car parking at Threshfield;
  • a hot meal on your return to Threshfield;
  • all P&P as required.

It also includes a £1 donation to the Friends of the Three Peaks Campaign to support their work conserving the footpaths over Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

This year we have updated our entry form and contact form software and hope it will be easier to use. And, as reported in our previous post, we have taken steps to add additional security measures to the site to protect your personal data whilst sumbitting your entry form. Please let us know if you have any issues via our Contact Us page, the Facebook page, or email direct to event@fellsman.org.uk.

If you require a postal entry, please contact us for a downloadable pdf copy of the form.

Thank you for reading, we are looking forward to receiving your entries and welcoming you on this year’s 55th Fellmsan!

The Fellsman Committee

Important Update: We have identified that, due to an error in PayPal set-up, the entry fee has been charged at £41 rather than the advertised £40 for those entering between 00:01 and 15:20 on the 1st Jan 2017. We can only apologise sincerely for this mistake, made due to a last minute decision to absorb the PayPal administration charges we incur (and have previously covered by an Online entry surcharge) in the Entry Fee price. Those affected can collect a £1 cash refund at the start of the event or request a PayPal refund by email. Any unclaimed refunds will be donated to the Friends of the Three Peaks.

Important Upgrade to Fellsman Website Security

We hope you all had a relaxing Christmas and have the extra mince pie calories figured into your training regime.

We have been hard at work between the Christmas pudding, mince pies and trifle and have taken steps to apply an SSL certificate to the website. This ensures all interaction with the website is secure between your browser and our server. We have done this to increase the protection of your personal data on submission of entries and correspondance via the Contact Us page.

You should not have to do anything (our server is configured to force all links to migrate transparently), but you should now see a padlock next to the address bar on your browser. We have tested access to the site using Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge without any issues

Please let us know via the Contact Us page or the fellsman email event@fellsman.org.uk if you do encounter any problems.

We look forward to receiveing your entries on the 1st!

Hello everybody….. it’s that time again

and-so-it-beginsHello everybody….. it’s that time again.  Our committee is formed and we are now actively planning the 2017 event and we have news to share with you.

Firstly, the event date has been confirmed as Saturday, 29th & Sunday, 30th April 2017.  This year, this falls on the May Bank Holiday, which will enable all of us, entrants and staff to have a rest day on Monday, 1st May.

We are delighted to confirm that once again, Patagonia have agreed to be our main sponsor, which hopefully means that Worn Wear will be in attendance to provide “running repairs” (sorry, we couldn’t resist), and breathe new life into worn but well-loved garments.

We are looking into providing commemorative clothing for all entrants on the event; however it is probable that we would need to make a small increase in entrance fee to cover additional costs.  Do you think this is something you would be interested in receiving as part of your event experience?  We’d love to hear your views and suggestions.  Please vote in the poll below or feel free to email us or contact us via this site or our Facebook page.

Those of you who are veterans of the event will know the struggle we have with car parking every year.  We are currently looking into options to provide better parking for the event and will hopefully have an update on this in future news items.

Finally, just to remind you, online entries will open on the 1st January 2017, somewhat scarily this is only just over 4 weeks away!!!!

The 55th Fellsman 2017…

Well, we find ourselves bringing another Fellsman year to a close, which once again seems to have come round stupidly fast… With the end of one year comes the traditional last meeting of the committee where the ‘Lick and stick’ (as it is traditionally known) takes place and envelopes are filled with the hallowed punched tallies and certificates to return to entrants; these are now in the post and should be with you shortly.

And so begins the start of another Fellsman year! The committee traditionally allow ourselves a month off before work starts in earnest preparing for the next event but as we know we are all busy people, we thought it best to give you all as much advance notice of the provisional Fellsman date for 2017: Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April.

We know that this is Bank Holiday weekend and feel we must explain the reasons for our choice (which are not to do with having the Monday off work although that will be a definite bonus!). As many of you know, various land management agencies operating in the area forbid us to cross their land between May and the beginning of October as this is ground-nesting bird season and they do not want the birds and nests disturbing. This limits us to holding the event between October and April. Most of the remaining months are not options due to shortened daylight and poor weather and so we have few weekends to choose from. Add to this that Easter interferes (the weekend of 15th / 16th April) and that, as a Scouting organisation, we cannot hold the Fellsman on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd as it is St George’s Day (one of the most important events in the Scouting calendar) and we’re pretty much left with the weekend we’ve chosen. So, we really hope that you will be able to work something out to join us on a hopefully sunny weekend in April to take part in the 55th Fellsman.

So for now, the current committee would like to sincerely thank you for your attendance / hard work / support of our event. The new committee will form at the July meeting from which point planning will begin in earnest for the event we all know and love….

Suzanne Carter, Event Organiser 2016.

2016 Results now up

Last man walking... The master check boards at Threshfield HQ

Last man walking…
The master check boards at Threshfield HQ

Just a quick post to let you know that the results for the 54th Fellsman can now be found on the 2016 page in the Results section. The times given are provisional and may change slightly. We have also posted the split times for the checkpoints recorded by the Felltrack system.

Your certificates and tallies will be sent out the week beginning the 10th May. We know you would like them sooner but that was the first week the Committee could meet and stuff envelopes!

Those of you who have ordered prints should receive them next week. We now have the prints from the printer and it is just a matter of getting them parcelled up and sent out.

Finally, we would like to say a massive thank you to Dave Nichols and Joe Faulkner for stepping in at the eleventh hour and taking on the Capplestone Gate checkpoint with about 12 hours notice.

Countdown to the 54th Fellsman: A new way to display your tally…

The Fellsman route by Jon Laye More information coming soon

The Fellsman route in pen and ink
by Jon Laye

With the countdown to the 2016 Fellsman about to begin in earnest we thought we would like like to wet your appetite by also officially launching the new Fellsman artwork that graced the post announcing the date of the 2016 event.

Many of you have commented on the stunning image which was hand drawn by a friend of the Fellsman, Dr Jon Laye, for whom this almost constitutes doodling! Our event administrator, who works as a scientist with Dr Laye in her other, non-Fellsman life, spotted some of the artistic doodling of Dr Laye during a particularly long meeting and asked whether, provided with one of the Fellsman anniversary maps, he could come up with some kind of Fellsman route figure that we could use. This was the result… minus the property of the Fellsman watermark and Fellsman Logo of course. But he didn’t stop at one. In addition to the fantastic pan and ink version he also produced the stunning water colour below.

Fellsman Route - Watercolour

We are very pleased to announce that we would like to make the first of these two images, the pen and ink drawing, available for you to buy, as a print.

The print measures 10 inches high x 24 inches wide and the centre section, which has been left blank is the perfect Mounted and framed pen_finalisedsize to mount your coveted finishers tally as illustrated with a blank tally to the right. The cost of the unmounted print is £25 including post and packing for destinations inside the UK and £32 including post and packing for destinations outside the UK.

The print can be purchased from our fledgling Online Shop which we hope over the next few months will offer more items which are currently ordered using the paper shop order form.

Now on to the really important stuff…The Fellsman online entries for 2016 will open tomorrow (January 1st) as usual, however unlike last year we will not be advertising a launch time, as the rush of entries we received caused the email account to crash causing much consternation for both the entrants and organisers who were worried their entries had been lost. The online entry pages will reappear sometime after midnight so please keep checking back tomorrow. We are hoping to manage all the entries online this year using PayPal payments but if you can’t enter this way please let us know via email or the Contact Us page. We will hold back a limited number of places for postal entries until the end of January after which time they will be opened up to those entering online.

 

Urgent plea for help…

Urgent headerFirst an urgent plea for help…

We are short of helpers at the Yarnbury checkpoint and more critically we are desperate for someone to help at the Capplestone Gap checkpoint where we are currently single manned. If you can help please get in touch asap.

And so it begins…

Staff and competitors are busy making those last minute preparations for this weekend’s Fellsman. We wish you all a safe journey to the Yorkshire Dales.

It looks like we might be contending with the usual Fellsman weather i.e. a little bit of everything according to the Met office. The start should be dry (for a change) but there will be a cold wind and there is snow forecast on the tops. Overnight looks dry but the wind chill will mean temperatures overnight will be in the region of -6ºC to -10ºC. More than ever we would like to draw your attention to this excellent guide of how to spot hypothermia and how to avoid it.

There are places available on the day so if you fancy a last minute entry there is still time. Online entries have closed but we will take entries on the day at Ingleton and this evening at Threshfield.

 

Free Repairs! Patagonia is bringing Worn Wear to the Fellsman!

As individual consumers, the single best thing we can do for the planet is to keep our stuff in use longer. This simple act of extending the life of our garments through proper care and repair reduces the need to buy more over time—thereby avoiding the CO2 emissions, waste output and water usage required to build it.

WW mapv2Free Repairs! Patagonia’s Worn Wear is hitting the road across Europe from April 15th and will be making a stop at the Fellsman at Threshfield HQ on Sunday 17th April from 10am – 4pm.

Come visit the van located close to the finish of The Fellsman at the Upper Wharfedale School in Threshfield, for free repairs on your busted zippers, rips, tears, buttons and more (we fix all brands). We’ll also show you how to make simple repairs on clothes that have a second life left in them.
*Fine print: our tour staff can fix about 20 garments per day, all repairs are made on a first come, first served basis. One repair per guest.

Visit the Worn Wear Home Page on the Patagonia site

Check out all #WornWear dates and locations on the Patagonia Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/PATAGONIA/events

Keeping the traffic down – why not try lift sharing to this year’s Fellsman?

race share header

This year we are using a car sharing website developed by a runner that aims to save you money, and reduce the carbon footprint of the event:

RaceLifts-logo

http://RaceLifts.org/Fellsman-2016/

We would be most grateful if EVERYONE coming to the Fellsman race could try out the site (even if you don’t expect to car share). It only takes a minute and is completely free to use. As well as saving you petrol money, it will ease the parking headaches for us at the event.

Also, just a reminder that if you have already entered and have decided you would like to book a supper on the Friday night, breakfast on Saturday morning or transport from Threshfield to Ingleton for the event start on Saturday morning it is not too late. you can book via the Adding Extras to Existing Entry page.

Keep checking back for more updates over the next few days.

16 days to go… lots of important information to read & inwardly digest

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.

Shop

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)

Hypothermia warning

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.

Transport

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.

And finally…

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.