The Fellsman - the original ultra!

Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 22 Apr '13


Competitors cross Kingsdale Beck

There aren’t many ultra races out there that are over 50 years old. The Fellsman is a classic toughie and attracts the hardened fell and ultra runner to over 11,000ft of ascent in its 61 miles, and all on the same day as the Three Peaks Race!

The Fellsman will see 500 competitors set off from Ingleton at 9am this Saturday (27th April) on the grueling 61 mile (96km) route where they will climb over 3350m, traversing very hard rugged moorland on their way to Threshfield.

The Fellsman is a high level traverse covering more than 60 miles over very hard rugged moorland. The event climbs over 11,000 feet in its path from Ingleton to Threshfield in the Yorkshire Dales. Most of the route is over privately owned land, the use of which is secured by the organisers for the weekend only.

This being the case, the route does not follow well defined footpaths, so the entrants’ navigational skills with a map and compass are tested as well as their physical fitness. Because of this, only fit and experienced walkers or runners should enter.

The faster runners will be striving to beat the current record, held by Jez Bragg, of 10 hours 6 minutes but some competitors will take closer to the time limit of 30 hours to complete this difficult course.

Full event info here

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Jez on his way to a third Fellsman win

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  1. Dave Driver Apr 23, 12:37 PM

    Mark Hartell no longer holds the record. Jez Bragg beat it two years ago with a time of 10:06.

  2. Matt MST Apr 23, 09:53 PM

    Thanks Dave! Amended…

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