Fell Running

Fell running can easily be distinguished from other athletic events, in that it takes place not on a track or on roads but off road, over rough country and preferably with considerable amounts of ascending and descending, usually over some significant hills or mountains……….. they may also involve mountain navigation skills, since a race may involve participants finding their way from one checkpoint to the next, often over terrain that has no paths to guide the way.”

Steve Chilton. It’s A Hill, Get Over It. 2013

Have a look at this clip to get a flavour of what fell running is about, and then come along and join us.

Pensby Runners have developed a strong fell running contingent over recent years and are now well known in the fell running community, especially in North Wales. We have a summer fell league and a winter fell league each comprising of approximately 12 races.

Races can be short and only a few miles long (2 – 5 miles) and there are a number of these shorter races in North East Wales mainly around the Moel Famau area, up to the very long events which can be 20, 30, 40 miles or more.

Fell running is governed in England by the FRA (Fell Runners Association). Find out more and join the FRA

Please note that there are minimum kit requirements on ALL fell races. Please abide by these – otherwise you face a ban from racing and, worse, damaging the reputation of the club.

Pensby Runners Winter Fell League 2023/24

Saturday 4 November Rhobell Fawr 6.4 miles 1844 ft

Sunday 12 November

Clwydian Hills 9 miles 3000 ft
Saturday 18 November Penmaenmawr 10 miles  1950 ft
Sunday 3 December Cardington Cracker 9 miles 2600 ft
New Years Eve Jubilee Plunge 2 miles downhill
Saturday 27 January Tarren Hendre 6 miles 2000 ft
Saturday 3 February Conwy Mountain 5 miles  1650 ft
Saturday 2 March Pipe Dream 4.2 miles 1280 ft
Saturday 16 March Llantysilio 6.2 miles 1200 ft
Saturday 23 March Yr Aran 10 miles 3100 ft
Sunday 14 April Llangollen 17 miles 3000 ft

Note that Tarren Hendre and Llantysilio are pre-entry and likely to be limited numbers. Entries open 1 January 2024 for both. Yr Aran and Llangollen are also pre-entry and are open now. All 4 races are on FABIAN 4.

There will be a mens and ladies league trophy. First man home and first lady home will get 15 points. Second 14, third 13 etc down to 3 points. Should there be more than 15 men or women in a race then the maximum points available will increase accordingly e.g.  if 18 men then 20 points and similarly down to 3 points.

If someone starts a race but does not finish (DNF) they will get 1 point.

For ALL races full kit must be carried in strict adherence with FRA / WFRA rules for that distance and in line with the organisers rules (carry full kit to the race to be sure). Numbers will be pinned to the front of the chest. It is preferable that a Pensby Runners vest is worn. NO HEADPHONES.

For all races, arrangements will be made to meet and share cars from the club car park. Details will be shared on the club Facebook page prior to each race. See Nigel (07709 895254) or Dave (07815 555221) for details including kit to be carried, training nights etc.

Classification guide:  A, B or C refers to climb per mile. A = no less than 250ft per mile, B = 125ft per mile, C = 100ft per mile. S = Short (<6 miles), M = Medium (6 – 12 miles), L = Long (> 12 miles).

Previous League Winners

  Men Ladies
Summer 2023 League Neil Gooding Anne Rosbottom
Winter 2022 / 23 League Will Platts Julie Dala
Summer 2022 League Warren McNally Becky Doran
Summer 2020 to  Winter 2021/22 COVID-19 COVID-19
Winter 2019 / 20 League Neil Gooding  
Summer 2019 League Nigel Crompton Lisa Grantham and Carole Morrison
Winter 2018 / 19 League David Green Ursula Moore
Summer 2018 League David Green Lucy Partridge
Winter 2017 / 18 League David Green Lisa Grantham
Summer 2017 League Nigel Crompton Alex Royden
Winter 2016 / 17 League David Green Alex Royden
Summer 2016 League Andrew Sumner Lisa Grantham
Winter 2015 / 16 League Nigel Crompton Lisa Grantham
Summer 2015 League Nigel Crompton Pat Peers
Winter 2014 / 15 League Rob Grantham Anne Rosbottom
Summer 2014 League Nigel Crompton Pat Peers
Winter 2013 /14 League Tom Rutherford Debbie Rutherford
Summer 2013 League Nigel Crompton Pat Peers
Winter 2012 / 13 League Tom Rutherford Pat Peers
Summer 2012 League Nigel Crompton Fiona McGivern
Winter 2011 /12 League Adrian Mercer Pat Peers
Summer 2011 League Stuart Barnard Pat Peers
Winter 2010 / 11 League Bill McDonnel Pat Peers
Summer 2010 League David Green Pat Peers
Fell running

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