- Any fell runners in, first fell race tomorrow
I’ve decided I want to run the 3 peaks race next April. Apparently you have to qualify by doing 2 A category fell races, so I have the first one tomorrow in Shropshire. Any tips for the race, its 9 miles with 2600ft of climbing 8O.
Also, anyone done the 3 peaks run or similar, do you have any training tips?Posted 8 years agoroperMember
Keep moving your legs and try not to over hydrate during the build up before the start. Nerves can make you feel more thirsty but you don’t want to be bloated. And keep moving your legs. 🙂
Oh and enjoy it. It will be a great experience and something to be proud of too.
Break a leg.Posted 8 years agoandrewhMember
You’ll find descending the most scary thing ever, far scarier than DH biking. Don’t be afriad to sit down and use your arse, especially if it’s snowy. If still upright, use your arms, wave around madly for balance, works for me.Posted 8 years ago
Be prepared to beaten by lots of very old men.monstaMember
>> living in London you don’t get to many big downhills
I know it’s not strictly the same sport, but I was chatting to a fellow at an ultramarathon awhile ago, and he had just won a Swiss mountain marathon. He lived in London and trained mainly around Hyde Park. So living in London is no excuse!Posted 8 years agocrikeyMember
I’ve done a fair bit of fell racing, including the 3 peaks. Just do as much as you can, both training and racing. It’s a bit like mountain biking in that there is a significant amount of skill and technique in both climbing and descending that can make up for a lack of fitness….Posted 8 years agodeep_riverMember
Unlikely, the course officials only usually enforce this rule, when the conditions are likely to be severe. I have run lots of fell races and have only ever had to carry waterproofs etc about 10 times, usually in races like the Kinder Trog!
I went past Cardington today, and although there is snow there, there was a lot of rain here this afternoon, so its likely to be a muddy / half frozen mess.
Enjoy! It will be great. Would be doing it myself, if I didnt have a broken toe!Posted 8 years agolookmanohandsMember
Ay up, did the cardington cracker last year. Pace yourself it feels a lot longer than 9 miles and your looking at about 3000ft of climbing. You start in a nice wide open field then end up running up a very very boggy stream/bog. The one climb unto the top of croc ( or whatever its called) is a killer, 1000+ ft in under a mile! The last 2 or 3 miles is across fairly flat farmers fields and they go on for ever and ever! FRA rules state you need windproof/waterproof body cover, map, whistle and compass. Chances are they will not check but take it all just incase. Great race, good luck and enjoy.Posted 8 years agoaracerMember
Last one I did (which was the Wrekin race, so I’d assume the same officials) the start guy commented that it seemed lots of people weren’t following the rule on waterproof cover, but nothing more was done about it.
As with all running events – but even more so with something like this – the best tip at this stage is not to go off too fast. Don’t be over ambitious about who you can keep up with.
Does 9 miles count as a qualifying race? I thought they had to be m length to qualify.
It’s listed as AM, so counts – M being at least 6 miles.Posted 8 years agobig_n_daftMember
FRA rules state you need windproof/waterproof body cover, map, whistle and compass. Chances are they will not check but take it all just incase
take them because:
there are no good reasons not to have them
the organiser stipulates it, he is a volunteer who could with people doing what he asks
when it goes wrong and there is the inevitable inquest you were properly equiped and the event can run again
it’s probably part of the organisers insurance requirementsPosted 8 years ago
I took it, most other runners appeared to have. I wore most of it anyhow as it was freezing.
It was REALLY hard, but really good, amazing views, descending on your backside in the snow, and the uphills were unbelievable, straight up the side of the hills, I didn’t see a single soul running the ups.
I managed to come mid table, which given the conditions, and that its my first race was fairly pleasing. Some of the people there were hardcore.Posted 8 years agoMrSparkleMember
Well done, fella. Fell running is ‘hardcore’, largely. Can I recommend joining the FRA if for nowt else then the magazine is worth the £12.Posted 8 years ago
Here’s a link to some of my lad’s fell running vids: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=willfoxere2k7#grid/uploadssimply_oli_yMember
aye its good fun. dont stress too much about climbs. races tend to be won more on descents. thats where you find out how good you are!
I’ve ran ben nevis (As part of the big ben tri) 13 miles with 4400ft up and down. 1st mile and a bit is pretty flat. then 6 miles for 4000ft of climbing. pretty epic. running back down the scree slope was pretty awesome, you’ve just got to relax and let yourself go! i’m looking at some ultra distance next year, and the tour de mont blanc after that.Posted 8 years agoBlackhoundSubscriber
Well done. Did a 15ish miler maybe 20 years ago in that area. Was going quite well until the second climb of Pole Cat. It was hard! Used to love that stuff – keep getting injured nowadays, 2km the other week lead to a calf strain. And I built up to that distance.
Its a great sport though.Posted 8 years ago
As I passed this point, it must have been -4 with a windchill taking it to minus 15, I was freezing and wearing base layer and a windproof and full legging tracksters plus a wooly hat. Some old guy overtook me, he must have been about 70 and wearing shorts and a vest. Mentalist 😯Posted 8 years agoahwilesMember
it’s amazing/inspiring to see all the gnarly old giffers who simply refuse to slow down with old age!
i remember a fell race around Eyam, i was mincing down a steep, loose, wet, slippery (limestone) footpath, and a little old lady (must have been Yoda’s mum) overtook me, she offered ‘it is quite tricky, isn’t it dear?’ as encouragement…Posted 8 years ago
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