How low can you go?
A fascinating poll has been posted on the FRA site recently. The question posed by forum member ‘Wheeze’ is mainly aimed at the younger generation of fell runners (i.e those under 30) and those newer to the sport…
The precise question posed is:
How do you like your fell races?
1. Low tech, simple and low key.
2. High tech, instant results, all mod cons etc.
As someone whose world often encounters the high tech, branded world of events, I am sometimes left hungering after those simple but highly-effective races where pen and paper rule and prizes are more likely to be wine or chocolate rather than a big fat cheque.
These ‘low tech’ races are still thoroughly organised by very experienced people, often take place in some of the most beautiful parts of the country and have great course marking and everything the runner would need. But this stripped-back nature is exactly what appeals to some and also reminds us that life (and sport) can be at its very best when it is kept simple.
Iain Ridgway rightly points out of course that we can probably utilise some of the new world to enhance an already great event, and such technology as dibbers and chip timing can be a very useful safety back-up for organisers wishing to know that all runners have retuned safe and well, as well as aiding in getting the results done and online asap.
It is an interesting debate, but with current results showing a heavy biased towards the low-tech route we doubt much will change too quickly in a sport which has remained pretty much the same for decades, if not centuries! And as Wheeze states, “My faith is restored!”