Tracking your progress

You will probably seen the update in this year’s handbook about our FellTrack system.

This explains that we will be using silicone wristband tags instead of sticky labels on the back of the tallies. We will also be using our new ScanBoxes to do the scanning, these are self-contained orange boxes that still use the familiar “wheeee” sound when you scan. There’s a nice big target to aim at when you scan.

This system is of great benefit to the teams organising the event. As well as recording the progress of the entrants it also tracks our staff and vehicles, particularly minibuses, and helps us to spot any problems as they develop.

We’re not the only ones who can benefit from this system though, your friends and family are also welcome to use the system to see where you’ve got to. We track you at every roadside checkpoint and the majority of the hilltop checkpoints too. If everything is working correctly, your scan should upload to the server within seconds and will show on the website immediately. We know that Internet access is a challenge in the area, so we do sometimes have problems, but the data will get uploaded at some stage if not immediately.

There’s no charge to use FellTrack, it’s all part of the incredible value we offer. All you need to know to use the system is the address where you can login as a guest. The direct link to this year’s tracker is https://felltrack.com/fellsman2018/

A post about ponchos…

So, those of you have entered should have received this year’s handbook, all bright and glossy, and filled with important information; apart from one important ommission. Yes, the handbook gremlins have visited again despite the fact that this year every member of the committee read the darn thing from cover to cover before it went to the printers. What is missing? Well, one eagle-eyed entrant has pointed out that there is a discrepancy between the kit list in the hand book and that on the website, specifically lack of item 5j ‘an emergency hooded, foil hypothermia poncho’. The handbook editor holds his hands up and admits it is an oversight on his part that he failed to spot the addition of the poncho into the kit list on the website and thus didn’t update his working copy of the handbook with the new information.

The uphot is that, with regards to the kit list the list given on the website is correct, and the emergency hooded, foil hypothermia poncho is a required kit list item. To the best of our knowledge, apart from the odd disputed Oxford comma and semi-colon (even the grammer pedants among us can’t agree exactly what the right usage of those is), all the rest of the information in the handbook is correct.

In other news, we still have places available and will be accepting online entries until the evening of Thursday 26th April and will be taking entries on the day. If you are intending to enter on the day the entry fee will remain £40 and cash or cheques payable to ‘The Fellsman’ will be accepted.

Keep checking back for further updates. We are hoping we might see the faintest sign of Spring by the weekend but  suggest, after this Easter weekend’s weather, you might want to add skis to your kit list just in case…

How did it get to March?

So how exactly have we got to March already? The last time I checked I was looking at the January entry form rush to see how many entrants we had. But it genuinely is March, even though the weather appears to be stuck in January. The Committee has been very busy behind the scenes getting ready for this year’s event so we thought it was about time we updated you on a few bits and pieces…

Entries
We have lots but still have places available for anyone still considering entering and wondering if they are too late. You’re not, and you can enter right now by clicking on this link.

Entrant waiver
Those of you who have entered in the last couple of years will know that we now ask you to sign a waiver at the start in order to meet some of the conditions of our insurance. We are aware that the paper we ask you sign has a lot of very small text on it (we are trying to save the planet one tree at a time) and early morning is not a good time to take all the legal speak on board, so we have put the text of the waiver on a page all of its own under the Event tab. Have a look at it here. In a day or so I will add a download link to allow you to down load a copy that you can fill in and sign to bring with you on the weekend.

Handbooks
They are ready and are being delivered to us from the printers tomorrow. This weekend will see the Committee embarking on the great envelope stuffing exercise and they should be with you towards the end of next week.

Not entering but free that weekend?
If you don’t feel up to entering this year, or have sustained an inconvenient injury that means you can’t tackle 62 miles of anything, you would be very welcome on the event experiencing it from the other side. We always have lots of jobs both at HQ and out in the field which are just waiting for an enthusiastic volunteer. If you are interested just drop us an email or contact us via the Contact Form and let us know when over the weekend you would like to help (any length of time is great) and whether you are interested in helping at HQ or out in the field.

Keep checking back for updates. We hope the training is going well and look forward to seeing you on the weekend (when hopefully the Beast From the East will be a distant memory)
The Fellsman Committee

Fellsman entries are now open!

We hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and are recovering well from their New Year celebrations! As promised, online entries for the 2018 are now open and can be reached 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

Merry Christmas! A quick update…

The Fellsman Committee would like to wish everyone
a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

But we know that’s not what you’ve really come here to hear… What you really want to hear is when the online entries for the 2018 Fellsman are going to open and how much it’s going to cost you to take part.

Well, we have good news, and even better news. The good news is that online entries will open on the 1st January 2018 (probably sometime after lunch because the event administrator won’t have access to the website until then); the even better news is that our prices are unchanged this year.

This means the entry fee will remain at just £40 for 2018 and there will also be no increase in the cost of breakfast (£4.50), supper (3.75) or transport to the start (£10).

We look forward to receiving your entries in the New Year and hope you enjoy a restful Christmas before the serious training gets underway. In the meantime if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us either via the Contact Us form, or via our Facebook page or group.

The Fellsman Committee

The new Fellsman year gets under way…

The new Fellsman year has begun. This year’s Fellsman Committee, headed by our new Event Organiser Shona Brunskill, got together for the first meeting of the year armed with the odd pint of Yorkshire’s finest ales and a ridiculous number of donuts! First on the agenda… the date of the 2018 event. Thankfully we won’t be clashing with the Tour de Yorkshire in 2018 as the 56th Fellsman will be taking place on the 28th and 29th April 2018.

One item on the agenda was the Fellsman handbook. From very humble beginnings the Fellsman handbook has swelled to a mighty tome in recent years and this year very nearly tipped us over the postal limit, so we’ve decided to take a look at it with a fresh pair of eyes. We have a new handbook editor, who has promised to keep an eye out for those pesky gremlins we seemed plagued by, and who is curious as to what you, the entrants, want from your handbook. So below is a poll to gauge what kind of handbook you’d like best – weighty tome, stripped down pamphlet, or somewhere in-between. Cast your vote, or if you’d prefer drop us a line to the website with suggestions… Enquiring minds (at least those on the Fellsman Committee) want to know your thoughts.

The next post will be out shortly – we have an exciting opportunity for a Fellsman aficionado who might like to see the event from a different perspective – so check back soon!

N.B. Just a quick addition – we’ve had a lot of people asking us when entries open for the 2018 event. The entries will go live online on 1st Jan 2018 sometime after midnight (we don’t say when as we crashed the site one year when everyone tried to enter at once!). We will confirm the price in the next month or so, we are just doing the sums!

2017 Results Now Available

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The view from the cheap seats? Hardly!
The Whernside checkpoint looking back towards Ingleborough. Photo courtesy of Nick Burns 2017
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First a message from our event organiser, Suzanne Carter…

Well, the dust has settled on the 55th Fellsman and time for reflection is kicking in. The success of the event is always defined to the committee as having supported as many people as possible as far around the route as was possible given the conditions and individual’s circumstances. At the same time, our aim is to have given them as positive an experience as possible as well.

It certainly seems as though we have achieved that aim judging by the wealth of positive feedback we have received on here, in person on the weekend and via other means. As has been quite rightly acknowledged by so many of you, it is the people who make our event the special one that it is – the army of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who give up their weekend to sit/walk/work in inhospitable conditions undertaking tiring, lengthy jobs to enable the miles to be ticked off via the punching of the treasured disc of plastic known as our ‘tally’.

In the land of post-Fellsman for the committee, we have stacks of equipment to sort and tidy ready for next time, certificates and results to sort so they can be posted out to you all and a debrief to hold in a fortnight to share the successes of this year’s event and the things to work on for next year. With this in mind, we would welcome your feedback about the strengths of our event (many of you have done so already) and also your constructive critique in order that we can improve our ‘service’ for next year. Please contact us via the usual channels.

I hope that your aches and pains, tiredness, blisters and wind burn dissipate quickly and that all you are left with are positive memories of your Bank holiday in the (amber warning!!) ‘sunny’ Yorkshire Dales on our little event. Spread the word amongst your friends and pencil in our provisional dates for 2018 – 28th & 29th April – on your calendar.

Thanks again folks,
Suzanne
Event Organiser.

Now, on to the results of the 55th Fellsman… they are up! You can find them under the 2017 page on the Results tab.

We will be meeting shortly at one of our famous Committee ‘Stuff and Stick’ events in order to pair up your precious certificates and tallies and send them back to you. These events used to be called ‘Lick and Stick’ in days before self-adhesive stamps and envelopes. I’ll let you imagine the state of the Committee after licking the back of 400 envelopes and stamps. No wonder these events are normally accompanied by food and beer…

Keep checking back for more updates…

Just hours away…

The official Fellsman start may still be a couple of days away but for the Fellsman team the event has already kicked off with food shopping trips, collection of vans and equipment and lots and lots of last minute paperwork. Tomorrow the Fellsman Committee and scores of helpers will decamp from their various abodes and take up residence at a number of locations that will be their home for the coming weekend. So we thought now would be a good time for a few quick updates and reminders.

Key Times

We thought that posting up a few times would help you plan your event:

Friday 17:30 – Shuttle buses will start running from the new car park. You can’t miss the bus stop, it’s all yellow and lit up like a Christmas tree. Please ensure you use these parking facilites and do not park on the roads surrounding the school.

Friday 18:30 – Threshfield reception opens for business.

Friday 19:00 – 22:00 – Kit check operates at Threshfield.

Friday 21:00 – 22:00 – Supper service

Friday 22:00 – Last shuttle bus from the Car Park to Threshfield.

Saturday 04:45 – Breakfast service starts

Saturday 05:15 – Shuttle buses will run from the car park to Threshfield for those arriving Saturday am. If you need to have your kit checked you need to be there to catch the first bus to Ingleton.

Saturday 05:45 – First bus leaves Threshfield for Ingleton.

Saturday 06:00 – Reception opens at Ingleton Community Centre.

Saturday 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.

Why not register with Runfurther?

If you are registering on Friday night take the time to visit the Runfurther display boards in the hall. For those who are already registered there will be the new leaderboard and team scores. For those not yet registered please sign up, it is FREE to join in. Karen Nash, last year’s Jim Nelson Trophy winner, will be there (unless we’ve hijacked her into helping with kit-check somewhere else in the hall) encouraging you to get involved . Runfurther will be bringing Romneys mint cake to give out to entrants.

And so it begins…

In order that we can process all the orders and get sorted the Online Entries page and Add Extras to Your Entry page will close at noon on Friday. We will still be checking the email account up to around 15:30, 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

3 days and counting…

Where is this week going? It seems Saturday will be upon us before we’ve had time to draw breath.

This is just a quick post to say that although the weather is not looking too bad for the weekend (mostly dry at least), it does look as if it is going to be a cold one, with the wind chill factor on the tops taking the temperature down into negative figures. Let’s be honest, it’s been snowing up in the Dales today!

Please take a moment to read our kit list and advice on clothing choices, and make sure that you have sufficient layers to stay warm and safe out there. I know we say it every year, but the Dales is a master at the quick change and it can be snowing at Dent while Threshfield basks in the sunshine. Please don’t understimate what the weather can throw at you in the course of 62 miles and 11,000 feet. After all it’s Yorkshire and we’re renowned for being awkward buggers!

Also, just to repeat that we do have entries available on the day (and now it doesn’t cost anymore to enter on the day than you pay in advance so there goes that excuse 😉 )

And, if you don’t fancy entering but could help us out on a roadside checkpoint for a few hours, we are always glad of extra bodies. Just Contact Us using the form on the site.

Keep checking back for any updates…

Deep breath now… One week to go!

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…