Previous Fell Championships

NSP Fell Championships 2016

Building on the phenomenal success of last year’s championship where we had 35 competitors as opposed to 10 the previous year, this year sees even more races to choose from. In addition and to satisfy the demands of the connoisseurs, some Lake District races are included for the first time. These have been chosen with two thoughts in mind. One, they should be long enough to make the journey worthwhile. Secondly they should be fairly easy to navigate in the event of bad weather. Coledale and Fairfield are 8 and 9 miles respectively and both follow horseshoe ridges with no real navigation difficulties. Oh, and thirdly they should also provide free food.

The format is the same as in previous years, i.e. 50 points for first home, then 48, 47, 46 etc You need score in seven races to get the maximum possible number of points.

David Johnson

There are thirteen races in the series but only your best SEVEN races will score. You must do at least one of the longer races marked with asterisks, note these are not necessarily races that that are officially classed as long by the FRA. 50 points are awarded to the first home, 48 to second, 47 to third etc.

Entry: Except for the Chevy Chase, all of these races can be entered on the day.

Brough Law – AS – 8k/5 miles.

Sun 13th Mar at 10:00am.  £1.00 The race organiser, has asked if people could fill in the standard entry form prior to the race to make the registration a little easier. Mandatory kit is required and a decision will be made on race day as to whether it will need to be carried. You can download a standard entry form from the FRA Documentation page here
Venue: Bulbys Wood car park, Ingram Valley, nr Powburn,  Grid NU008164
http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=4154

*Coledale Horseshoe Fell Race* – AM- 13.5k 8.5 miles

Saturday 9 April 11.00am £6.00 pre entry £10 on day. Post race food and excellent bacon butty and ice cream shop in the village.
Venue: Braithwaite Lodge Grid ref NY232231
http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=4289

*Cheviot and Hedgehope Pendulum Fell Race* – AM – approx 18k/11 miles

1 May 10.30am  £4.00
Venue: End of Harthope Valley, near Wooler Grid ref: 953 225

*Fairfield Horseshoe* – AM – 14.5k/9 miles

Saturday 14 May at 12.00 noon. £10.00 on day . Free tea and cakes at the finish.
Venue: Rydal Hall NY367063 10 min walk from parking field to registration
http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=4493

*Alwinton 3 Tops Fell Race* – BL – 24k/15 miles and Kidlandlee 10k Fell race

3 Tops Race – 11 June 10am  £10 on line, (pre entry forms in clubhouse and on Polyfellers Facebook page)) £13 on da

Kidlandlee 10k Beginners Race 11 June 11.00 am start £10 on the day, £8.00 on line. Entries as above

Venue: Rose and Thistle, Alwinton, Northumberland. Grid NT921063 on OS80

http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3822

*Windy Gyle* – BM – 13.7k/8.5 miles

Sunday 19th June at 10:30am.  £5.00.
Venue: Roadside sheep pens 800m N of Barrowburn Farm, Alwinton. Grid ref: NT863113
http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=4563

*Chevy Chase* – BL – 32.2k/20 miles

Saturday 2 July at 10.30. £20.00.  The local race you must do at least once.
Venue: Wooler Youth Hostel.
http://www.woolerrunningclub.co.uk/Chevy%20Chase.html PRE ENTRY ONLY NO ENTRIES ON DAY

Saltwell Harriers Fell Race – BS – 9k/5.5 miles.

Tuesday 5th July at 7.30pm. £5.00. Loads of prizes and a NEMAA championship race too.
Venue: On B6278, two miles north of Stanhope, Co Durham. Grid ref: 996416
http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=4266

Powburn Show Race – CS – 6k/3.7 miles

Saturday 6th August at 11.00am £4.00.
Venue: The Powburn Show Field 2 miles north of Powburn Village on the west side of the A697.
http://www.powburnshow.com+-/#!show-day-information/cmnj66

Forestburn – BS – 5.2k/3.2 miles

Saturday 14th August at 2.30pm. £1.00  (possibly plus entry to show)
Venue: Gate Pub on B6342 NE61 4PT Grid ref. NZ067963
http://www.simonsidefair.co.uk/

Dufton Show – AS – 8k/5 miles

Saturday 27 August 12.30pm £5.00
Venue: Dufton Show Field, Dufton, Cumbria,CA16 6DB. Grid ref: 684255
http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=4495

Whitfield Show – BS – 7.6k/4.7 miles

Sunday 11 September at 211am. £5.00  (includes entry to show)
Venue: NY 77875715 NE47 8HB on right just past Showfield, Northumberland.
http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=4398

Simonside Thropton Show Race – BM – 11k/6.5 miles

Sat 17th September at 2.30pm. £5.50 (includes entry to show)
Venue: Thropton Showfield, Coquetdale, Northumberland. ref NU031027
http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=4568

Note: ‘Best Practice Kit’

‘Best Practice Kit’ is the mandatory minimum for AL, AM and BL races, and Race Organisers may require it to be carried at ALL other categories. It comprises:-Waterproof whole body cover, hat, gloves, map of the route, compass, whistle, emergency food. Your waterproof whole body cover must have taped seams and an attached hood. It is best to come prepared to carry this kit at ALL races.

If you want any advice or have any queries please get in touch at mrdavidjohnson@gmail.com

2015 Poly Fell Championship

Here are the races for the 2015 Fell Championship. There are ten races in the series this year but only your best 5 race results will count towards your final score. You must do at least one of the longer graded races marked with asterisks. 50 points are awarded to a race winner, 48 to second, 47 to third etc.

Please see the notes section after the races for important additional information.

 

Brough Law -AS – 8k/5 miles.

Sun 8th Mar at 10:00am.  £1.00 Venue: Bulbys Wood car park, Ingram Valley, nr Powburn,  Grid NU008164 http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3818

 

*The Cheviot Horseshoe* – AM – approx 16k/9.5 miles

Sunday 12th April at 10am.  £4.00 Venue End of Harthope Valley, near Wooler Grid ref: 953 225 FRA ‘Best Practice Kit’ is mandatory . ‘Best Practice Kit’ comprises:-
 Waterproof whole body cover, hat, gloves, map of the route, compass, whistle, emergency food.
Your waterproof whole body cover must have taped seams and an attached hood.

http://t.co/jKGmasp9ET

 

Natural Ability Fell Race - AS – 9.9k/6.2 miles

Monday 4th May at 11.00am. £8.00. Venue: Allenheads, NE47 9HN. Grid ref: NY38595453 http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=4021

entry form | online entry via racenumber.co.uk Pre entry is preferred by organiser but there will be entries on the day

 

*Alwinton Fell Race* – BL – 22.5k/14 miles

Sat 6th June at 11:30. £6.00.   Venue: Rose and Thistle, Alwinton, Northumberland. Grid NT921063 on OS80 http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3822 FRA ‘Best Practice Kit’ is mandatory . ‘Best Practice Kit’ comprises:-
 Waterproof whole body cover, hat, gloves, map of the route, compass, whistle, emergency food.
Your waterproof whole body cover must have taped seams and an attached hood.

 

*Windy Gyle* – BM – 13.7k/8.5 miles

Sunday 21st June at 10:30am.  £6.00.  Venue: Roadside sheep pens 800m N of Barrowburn Farm, Alwinton. Grid ref: NT863113 http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3825

 

*Chevy Chase*  – BL – 32.2k/20 miles

Saturday 4th July at 10.30. £18.00.  Venue: Wooler Youth Hostel. Grid ref: 992278 http://www.woolerrunningclub.co.uk/Chevy%20Chase.html PRE ENTRY ONLY NO ENTRIES ON DAY

 

Saltwell Harriers Fell Race – BS – 9k/5.5 miles.

Tueday 7th July at 7.30pm. £5.00.  Venue: On B6278, two miles north of Stanhope, Co Durham. Grid ref: 996416 http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3758

 

Powburn Show Race - CS – 6k/3.7 miles

Saturday 1st August at 1.00pm £4.00. Venue: The Powburn Show Field is located 2 miles north of Powburn Village on the west side of the A697. http://www.powburnshow.com/#!show-day-information/cmnj66

 

Falstone Falcon - BS – 8k/5 miles

Saturday 22nd August at 2.00pm. £2.00  (possibly plus entry to show) Venue: Showfield, Falstone, Northumberland. http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3623

 

*Simonside Thropton Show Race* – BM – 11k/6.5 miles

Sat 19th September at 2.30pm. £5.50 (includes entry to show) Venue: Thropton Showfield, Coquetdale, Northumberland. ref NU031027 http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=3978

 

Notes:

Grades: Fell races are given a two letter grade according to their steepness and length.  The first letter, A, B or C basically denotes the steepness of the terrain with A being the roughest and steepest. The second letter, S, M, or L denotes the length. S grade races are up to 10k,  M, 10-20k and L, 20k plus.

Entry: Except for the Chevy Chase, all of these races can be entered on the day, although the organisers of the Natural Ability Race would prefer you to enter in advance.

Maps. If anyone has difficulties finding maps of any of these races please get in touch with me (see the contact information below) and I should be able to help.

A Warning to the Curious

There can be stringent kit requirements. It is best to come prepared to carry the “Best Practice kit” kit listed on the Fell Runners Association website as follows:
Use appropriate kit for the course and conditions. ‘Best Practice Kit’ is the mandatory minimum for AL, AM and BL races, and Race Organisers may require it to be carried at other categories of event. ‘Best Practice Kit’ comprises:-
Waterproof whole body cover, hat, gloves, map of the route, compass, whistle, emergency food.Your waterproof whole body cover must have taped seams and an attached hood. The Race Organiser may check your kit before you are allowed to register, or at any time during the race. If the kit list can be relaxed it will be, but don’t risk being turned away from the event. Runners often question whether this level of kit is necessary – the kit is not needed when you are running strongly, but for a runner stopped because of injury or tiredness it could be a life-saver, either for you or for someone else in difficulties.
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Finally:

If you want any advice on Fell racing or have any queries about anything here, please get in touch with me at mrdavidjohnson@gmail.com or alternatively you may occasionally find me on Facebook.

Poly Fell Championship 2014

The results of your 4 best races will count, but these must include one of the longer ones marked *. 50 pts for first runner home, 48 second 47 third and descending. Open to all NSP members running in our colours. Last year’s winner was Chris Rowe .

Please be aware that FRA safety regulations have been tightened up and you should come prepared to carry waterproof jacket and trousers as well as hat, gloves, compass, whistle and map of the course at ALL of these races

Fixtures

Brough Law -AS 5 miles.

Sun 9th Mar 2014 at 10:00am  £5.00   Venue: Bulbys Wood car park, Ingram Valley, nr Powburn,  Grid NU008164 http://www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk/wp/?page_id=272

Hedgehope hill Race

27 April  Details to be confirmed

Alwinton* BL 14 miles

Sat 7th Jun 2014 at 11:30 £6.00.   Venue: Rose and Thistle, Alwinton, Northumberland. Grid NT921063 on OS80 http://www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk/wp/?page_id=256

Humbleton Fell Race BS 5 miles

Wed 18th Jun 2014 at 19:15 £6.00.  Venue: Shaftoe Trust First School. Haydon Bridge, NE47 6BN. http://www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk/wp/?page_id=295

Windy Gyle* BM 8.5 miles

Sun 22nd Jun 2014 at 10:30am.  £6.00.  Venue: Roadside sheep pens 800m N of Barrowburn Farm, Alwinton. Grid ref: NT863113 http://www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk/wp/?page_id=311

Saltwell Harriers Fell Race BS 5.5 miles.

Tue 1st Jul 2014 at 19:30; £5.00.  Venue: On B6278, two miles north of Stanhope, Co Durham. Grid ref: 996416 http://www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk/wp/?page_id=301

Beacon Hill BS 5.5 miles.

Thu 10th Jul 2014 at 19:15.  £4.00.  Venue: Lordenshaw car park, Rothbury Grid ref: 053988 http://www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk/wp/?page_id=266

Forestburn Fell Race BS 2.5 miles
Sun 10th Aug 2014 at 14:00. £1.00  (possibly plus entry to show) Venue: Simonside Show Gate Pub on B6342, NE61 4PT.  Grid ref: NZ067963 http://www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk/wp/?page_id=291

Simonside Thropton Show Race * BM 6.5 miles

Sat 20th Sept 2014 at 14.30. £5.50 (includes entry to show) Venue: Thropton Showfield, Coquetdale, Northumberland. ref NU031027 http://www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk/wp/?page_id=309

Poly Fell Championships – Race 1

Poly Men First Team Home

This year’s Cheviot Summit race was given the honour of hosting the inaugural race in the inaugural Poly Fell Running Championships. The route had to be altered because of the sudden thaw and the high winds on the day and so it only went up as far as Cheviot Knee. This reduced the distance to 3.5 miles and knocked off half of the ascent compared to the usual route.

8649260397_6297bcf951However this did not stop five doughty Poly runners from taking part. There would have been more but some had opted to watch the Newcastle v Sunderland football match, an experience I am sure they all immensely enjoyed. The historic quintet were , in order of finishing, Gary Robson, Martin Frost, Chris Rowe, Barry Young and Malcolm Slater. Gary finished 4th overall and perhaps better still, in a close fought battle with NFR, the Poly were the first team home. Very well done lads.

For stat heads such as Lucy Robinson, the Poly contingent made up 17.24% of the overall field and 19.23% of the total male entries and we had 4 runners, (26.66%) in the first 15 finishers.

The full results are here http://www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk/html/raceresults/2013/CheviotSummitShort13.html.

Andy Russell of NFR took some photographs whilst he was running and they can be seen on his Flickr site. http://www.flickr.com/photos/47734809@N08/sets/72157633243771457/with/8649207259/

The next race is the Humbledon Fell Race at Haydon Bridge, an evening event at 7.15 pm on the 19 June . It is only 8km with about the same amount of climbing as at Prudhoe. £6.00 gets you in and this includes food. .http://www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk/html/races/notices/2012/Humbleton_Fell_Race_poster.pdf

Let’s see the ladies emulate the men and win the team prize at this race, but if we can’t find enough Ladies, let’s at least get a team of Poly women out. ;-)

As it is quite a long way off until the next race, there are three very accessible races coming up that anyone, but particularly those new to the sport, might want to have a go at.

These are:

The Carlton Challenge. 8Km Wednesday May 15th 7. 15pm Entry £6.00

http://www.eskvalleyfellclub.org/fixtures/fell/Race%20_Calendar.pdf

The Roseberry Romp. 8Km Thursday May 30th 7pm Entry £6.00

A romp up the “Matterhorn of the North”, Roseberry Topping

http://www.eskvalleyfellclub.org/fixtures/fell/Race%20_Calendar.pdf

The Roman Wall Show Fell Race .7km Saturday 15 June 12.00 Entry £4.00

There’s fun for all the family at the show as well.

http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=2347

 

Poly Fell Championship 2013

First race starts soon!

Don’t forget, it is the first race in the inaugural Poly Fell Championships a week on Sunday, April 14th. The Cheviot Summit race is 6 miles with 2000 feet of climbing. If any newcomers to the sport have any concerns about kit contact me Dave John

son, Trevor Wakenshaw or Barry Young. See below for kit requirements, I have spare stuff I can loan people if needs be.

New Event!

The XC season may be over – but the good news is you don’t need to do any 10k road races at all. You can still leave your tracks on the ground in a fell race. This championship may need some fine tuning but this year it will be decided on the basis of the 4 best results from these 8 races to include at least one of the longer ones as indicated*. All are in Northumberland apart from Saltwell’s – and some are midweek. All these races are detailed on NFR’s events page.

  • Cheviot Summit – 14 Apr
  • Humbleton Fell – 19 June
  • Windy Gyle – June 23 *
  • Saltwell Harriers FR – July 2
  • Chevy Chase- July 6 *
  • Beacon Hill – July 11
  • Bellingham Show – Aug 31
  • Thropton Show- Sept 21 *

All NSP members automatically qualify. Best four races to count for points . 50 points 1st 48 2nd 47 3rd etc. We hope to get a trophy for the winner – or else we’ll make one. There are many other races to enter see below or at www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk.


The Poly is affiliated to the Fell Runners Association (FRA). The FRA sets the rules and organises fell running events throughout the country.

Several members of the Club regularly compete in both local events as well as others that are further flung in Cumbria or Scotland. The events are extremely informal, friendly and a good deal cheaper than the standard road race – and often with refreshments available afterwards and a near by stream for a wash down. You also get the chance to run in some of the more beautiful and interesting parts of the countryside. Fell running is also a fine way to build up strength and stamina for other races.

We would like to see if we can get sufficient interest to enter complete teams in events – and even perhaps in the national relays. Please don’t be put off because you’ve never run one before. For anything worthwhile – you need to start somewhere. Dave Johnson has detailed below some of the key points for beginners – as well as suggesting a number of races suitable for novices. It’s possible we may seek to create a Poly fell championship based on these races – but more to follow on this.

For further information please get in touch with Trevor Wakenshaw, David Johnson or Barry Young.

Meantime the Poly has also set up a BLOG to feature some of the races at which we feature at : www.polyfellers.blogspot.com

Local Fell Races for novices

Some notes On Fell Racing

Fell routes are graded according to steepness ( A, B or C) and distance, S, M or L, (Short, Medium or Long).

Routes graded as “A” for example must have at least 50 metres ascent for every kilometre, a “B” will have between 25m and 50m per kilometre.

Short Races are 10km or less, Mediums are over 10km but less than 20km and Long are over 20km

All of the following routes should be suitable for relative novices and I have restricted it to distances under 10 miles. The routes are partially marked with tape and you will see this in most places where you might go wrong but don’t expect to be mollycoddled.  For these races you will usually find that there is a continual stream of runners to follow unless you are at the back, or as is more likely being a Poly runner, at the front of the field. In the event of any uncertainty there are two ways to get around any fell race.  Use a map or alternatively follow someone and hope they know where they are going! If you don’t know the area and you have the chance, it’s always worthwhile to have a trot around the course some time before the actual race is due to take place.

Much of the running on these routes is on moorland or hill paths or forestry trails that are likely to be muddy but there is little in the way of rocky terrain. Any steep climb won’t last too long

A Few words on Equipment

What you wear during a race is entirely up to you but I am sure you don’t need me to tell you that as you will be running in terrain  a bit more exposed and higher, up it might be a tad cooler than on your average road race.

However, whilst what you race in is up to your personal choice, there can be strict requirements on what you have to carry around the race with you. This can vary from nothing on a short race in good weather,  to a full set of waterproof kit, (jacket and overtrousers), plus hat gloves, map, whistle and compass and in a long race, even emergency food. This is decided by the race organiser and there word is law in this respect. Fail to comply and you will be disqualified. The golden rule is to come to any race prepared to carry the kitchen sink. You can always leave stuff in the car if it isn’t needed.

Most people carry their kit in a small bumbag which can be bought for not much more than a tenner although a few prefer to use a more expensive lightweight rucksac.  Lightweight and compact jackets and overtrousers can be as expensive or as cheap as you like depending how obsessive you are about weight and space.

You should buy a basic Silva type compass and although you don’t need to become an expert navigator, please at least take the trouble to find out which end of the needle points North. Maps can usually be downloaded from the race website where required.

You will probably survive the races listed here in a pair of bog standard trainers as long as you don’t mind sustaining some damage to your derriere. However, I would strongly recommend you at least get some trail shoes if you want to enjoy the run. A pair of more aggressively soled fell shoes will also pay dividends on muddier or steeper courses. Whilst you can often pick up trail shoes for as little as £30 if you are lucky or not too choosy, fell shoes will probably set you back at least twice that amount.

17 February Commondale Clart

8.5 km 225m ascent, Standard BS,  Location North Yorks Moors

Details http://www.eskvalleyfellclub.org/fixtures/fell/Race%20_Calendar.pdf

Map http://www.eskvalleyfellclub.org/race_routes/commondale_clart.htm

3 March Glaisdale Rigg

14 km 450m ascent, Standard BM, Location North Yorks Moors

Details http://www.eskvalleyfellclub.org/fixtures/fell/Race%20_Calendar.pdf

Map http://www.eskvalleyfellclub.org/race_routes/glaisdale_rigg.htm

10 March Brough Law

8km 400m ascent, Standard AS  –Location  Cheviots

Details and map http://www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk/html/maps/BroughLaw_2.html

15 May Carlton Challenge

8km 350m ascent,  Standard BS,  Location North Yorks Moors

Details http://www.eskvalleyfellclub.org/fixtures/fell/Race%20_Calendar.pdf

Map http://www.eskvalleyfellclub.org/race_routes/carlton_challenge_map.htm

30 May Roseberry Romp

8.2km 300m ascent  Standard BS  Location North Yorkshire Moors

Details http://www.eskvalleyfellclub.org/fixtures/fell/Race%20_Calendar.pdf

8 June Roman Wall Show Fell Race

7km 200m ascent, Standard BS,  Location Tyne Valley

Details http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=2347

19 June Humbleton Fell Race

8.5km 250m ascent,  Standard BS, Location  Tyne Valley

Details http://www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk/html/races/notices/2012/Humbleton_Fell_Race_poster.pdf

Map http://www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk/html/maps/Humbleton_Fell_Race_map.pdf

2 July Saltwell Harriers Fell Race

9km 300m ascent, Standard BS,  Location Weardale

Details http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=2372

Map http://www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk/html/maps/SaltwellHarriersFell_2.html

11 July Beacon Hill

9km 460m Standard AS  Location Nr Rothbury

Details http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=2292

Map http://www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk/html/maps/BeaconHill_2.html

11 August Forest Burn

6km 150m ascent, Standard BS, location Near Rothbury

Details http://www.simonsidefair.co.uk/index.html

map http://www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk/html/maps/ForestBurn_2.html

31 August Bellingham Show

6km 180m Standard BS

Details http://bellinghamshow.blogspot.co.uk/

Map http://www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk/html/maps/BellinghamShow_2.html

21 September Thropton Show

10km 370m Standard BM, Location Rothbury

Details http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=2183

Map http://www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk/html/maps/ThroptonSimonside_2.html

This list is by no means exhaustive and I haven’t touched on the longer local races or the generally harder more technical and more serious races in the Lakes, Scotland and Wales. A comprehensive list of all English and many Scottish and Welsh races can be found at http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php