Review By Gemma Bragg
Covering 61 miles, the Fellsman is a demanding event over the hard rugged moorland of the Yorkshire Dales. Climbing over 11,000 feet on its horseshoe shaped path from Ingleton to Threshfield away from any well-defined footpaths. Taking you up Ingleborough and Whernside, two peaks from the famous Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks route, down into the picturesque dales village of Dent. More climbing follows including the summit of Great Knoutberry, then test your navigation over Fleet Moss to yet more climbing up Buckden Pike before finally dropping into Grassington with a welcome finish in Threshfield.
I remember going to watch the Fellsman in 2012 and had said it wasn’t a race I thought I could do, one major issue being my poor navigational skills and also my strength across moorland. The year I went to watch there was a very strong Northerly headwind and quite serious weather conditions, late into the night the organisers had to make the very difficult decision to unfortunately stop the race due to the safety risk of participants. The quicker runners had made it to the finish but there were many that had to be transported back from various points around the route. I definitely didn’t think I would be back to race myself, and yet 2 years on there I was toeing the start line!