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…

Updates: 3 weeks and counting…

Hello…Latest updates from the world of the Fellsman with literally 3 weeks to go until the 2017 event, committee and staff are running around to ensure everything is in place for a smoothly running event and hopefully that the weather gods will smile on us!

Places still available…

First of all, just to let you know that we still have some places available for anybody who may want to experience the Fellsman for themselves and will have some available on the day for anyone making that last minute ‘what am I going to do this unexpectedly free weekend bank holiday‘ decision.  If you are still in two minds about entering why not give it a whirl. If you are a keen cyclist too you could couple it with a walk down to the Tour de Yorkshire route…

Ah, yes. About that…

Tour de Yorkshire 2017 (TdY)…

As you may be aware the Tour de Yorkshire is taking place the same weekend as the Fellsman and the route will be passing close to the finish of our event on the Sunday. Whilst the event doesn’t actually get into Grassington itself, it does pass along the main road back towards Skipton and will result in a rolling road block operating on that road for a period of time between 1pm – 2pm on the Sunday afternoon.  As a result competitors / staff / spectators leaving Threshfield intending to travel on the B6265 towards Skipton may want to look at an alternate route; such as the B6160 towards Hebden and Stump Cross Caverns (for those travelling towards Harrogate/A1). Alternatively, for those travelling towards Skipton, when the the road is closed at the junction where the Linton/Burnsall road joins the B6265, you can wait and cheer on the pelaton as they pass, then follow behind the rolling roadblock.  We will have more up to date information on the timings during the Sunday, and will post notices up in the hall to keep you informed.  At this time you may be better placed to wait for it to pass by. You can find out more about the Tour stage 3 route here and the projected timings for Stage 3 here.

New parking arrangements at Threshfield (Update)…

Further to last month’s post around the new car parking facilities at Threshfield we are pleased to announce that we are now able to provide a limited transport provision from the new car park to Threshfield school on Saturday morning. The shuttle buses will run from approximately 05:00 up until the first Ingleton bus leaves at 06:00. As with previous years we ask anyone coming to Threshfield on the Saturday morning intending to catch the bus up to the start to ensure that they are at Threshfield in order to catch the 06:00 bus. This will ensure you reach the start in time to complete the compulsary equipment check at Ingleton. As spaces on Ingleton-bound buses are allocated on a first come-first served basis, later buses are very likely to be full.

We ask again that, out of consideration for local Threshfield residents on whose goodwill we depend, entrants please park only in the new car park and not on any of the roads surrounding the school.

Last Map Shop Orders…

Our resident shopkeeper would like to advise you that last shop orders for maps to be posted out will be the 20th April to allow him to get them in the post in time for you to receive them before the event. Please don’t worry though, there will be maps available in the shop at Threshfield on the Friday night, and at Ingleton on Saturday morning, if you still need to purchase one before the event.

And finally…

Fellsman Start 1966

Grassingtom Square. L-R. Mike Squires, W L Midgley, Charley Cox, Phil Carroll, David Petyt (Organiser) Syd Dewhirst, Mike Bottomley, David Whortley. Front, Phil Coventry, Alec Marshall, John Autherson

If you find yourself at a loose end over the Easter break, or maybe just want a quiet hour, please check out the new archive results for the 1960s and 1970s that have very generously been sent to us by David Petyt, a former Fellsman Hike Organiser (as it was back in the day). He can be seen here in Grassington Sqaure at the start (yes, the route ran the other way orginally) in 1966 on the 5th Fellsman.

Please check back regularly over the next three weeks for any last minute updates.

February Updates: Read all about it!!

Hello… Just an update from us, with just over 2 months to go until Fellsman 2017 event, wow, this year is going quickly!

We’re hoping the snow on the hills (seen here at the location of the Redshaw checkpoint) will be a distant memory before the 55th Fellsman is upon us!

Places still available…

First of all, we still have some places available for anybody who may want to experience the Fellsman for themselves.  If you are still in two minds about entering why not give it a whirl. Can you think of a better way to spend a May Day bank holiday weekend..? Don’t answer that! Go on, what’s the worse that can happen…

You can download our 2017 flyer with more information. Please pass it on to anyone who might be interested.

Handbooks coming soon…

For those who have already entered, you will be receiving your handbook and entry information in the post in the next few weeks.  Please note that there is a lot of important information in the handbook about the rules, route and kit requirements. Also this year take note of the updated points to observe and new chop times, which have been amended ahead of this year’s event: please read it carefully.

Sports Sunday in attendance…

During this year’s Fellsman we are lucky to have Sports Sunday, who will be popping up along the routes taking photographs to record the full experience of the weekend.  Photos will be available afterwards through them – more details to follow.

New parking arrangements at Threshfield…

If you have joined us on the event in previous years you will know the challenges we have with parking at the school at Threshfield HQ.  This year we have secured hard-standing parking just outside the village (approx 10 mins walk).  The aim of this is to reduce the number of cars parking on the roadside and around the school, as we have received complaints from local residents and the parish council who are concerned about access for emergency vehicles.

We would be very grateful if you could cooperate with us by not parking on the roadsides, and making use of these new parking facilities.  We will be running transport on Friday evening until approx. 10pm, then again at regular intervals from Saturday evening through to Sunday early afternoon.  However, we are currently unable to provide transport from the car park to Threshfield HQ on Saturday morning, so please ensure you have everything you need with you on Friday night before your return to HQ at the end of the event. For those arriving on Saturday morning to use the trasnport to the start, please allow yourselves time to get to the school from the car park.

More details on the new parking arrangements are given in the handbook.

And finally…

Finally please respect our request to not undertake full reccies of the routes as we only have access permission from the landowners for the weekend of the event.

Good luck with your preparation and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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.