“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 League 2019/ 20 consists of the following races:
Sun 27 October Clwydian Hills 9 miles 3000ft
Sat 16 November Penmaenmawr 10 miles 1950ft
Sun 2 December Cardington Cracker 9 miles 2600ft
Sun 29 December Jubilee Plunge – 2 miles -1000ft
Sun 26 January Tigger Tor 9.6 miles 2686 ft
Sun 9 February Long Mynd 11.5 miles 4501ft
Sat 15 February Conwy Mountain 5 miles 1650 ft
Sun 23 February Sheeptracks 20 miles 4600ft
Sat 29 February Pipe Dream 4.2 miles 4280ft
Sat 14 March Ras Y Aran 10 miles 3100ft
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.
Previous League Winners
Summer 2019 League Nigel Crompton Lisa Grantham and
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