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). To join the FRA click here

Please note that there are minimum kit requirements on ALL fell races.  Please abide by these otherwise face a ban from racing and, worse, damaging the reputation of the club. Full details can be found here


Winter Fell League 2018/19 consists of the following races:


Sunday 21st October                      Clwydian Hills                      9 miles 3,000ft AM
Pre-entry www.clwydianfellrace.org

Saturday 3rd November                Rhobell Fawr                       6.4 miles 1,844ft AM

Saturday 17th November              Penmaenmawr                   10 miles 1,950ft BM

Sunday 2nd December                   Cardington Cracker           9 miles 2,600ft AM

Shortly after Xmas                         Jubilee Plunge                     2 miles -1,000 ft

Sunday 3rd February                      Mickleden Straddle           14.3 miles 2,431ft BL

Sunday 10th February                   Conway Mountain             5 miles 1,650ft AS

Sunday 24th February                   Sheeptracks                         17 miles 4,600ft AL

Sunday 3rd March                           Cloud 9                                  9 miles 1,250ft BM
pre-entry www.congleton-harriers.co.uk/cloud9.htm

Saturday 9th March                        Pipedream                           4.2 miles 1,700ft AS

Saturday 30th March                     Y Aran                                    10 miles 3,100ft AM


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 but DNFs they will get one 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 Vest be worn. NO HEADPHONES.

For all races arrangements will be made to meet and share cars from the club car park. 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).

We will meet at the club prior to each race to minimise car parking. Details will be placed on the club facebook page prior to each race.