Fell running newbie

Adam Adam
This morning was my last morning of my mini-break in the Lakes and I ran up and down a little fell (Latrigg). How big do the hills have to be before I can call myself a fellrunner? I did enjoy it tremendously and wish the scenery was a bit more dramatic back home in Berkshire.
respectthestupidity respectthestupidity

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You ran on a fell, and enjoyed it. You can call yourself a fell runner.

Shame indeed that you don`t have the same hills in Berkshire. But now you are a fell runner you are obligated to openly pine for the hills, tell everyone how wonderful they are, and endeavour to run on them as often as possible.
Boothy Boothy

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......and wallow in Richard Askwith`s book - Feet in the Clouds.
Boothy
Bernie Bear Bernie Bear

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respectthestupidityYou ran on a fell, and enjoyed it. You can call yourself a fell runner.

I have run up and down a local hill (1,335 feet with about 800 feet of ascent). Does this qualify as a fell, or does "fell" have to be contained in the title?
Adam Adam

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Boothy......and wallow in Richard Askwith`s book - Feet in the Clouds.
Boothy
I`ve already read it (and it`s now doing the rounds with friends). A great book and it was one reason I pushed myself out of bed early that morning. It would have been a shame not to at least try a run. I was getting some shooting knee pains on the descent and just thought to myself: what would Joss do? Keep going, of course :-)
Matt Ward Matt Ward

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Good question Bernie. I used the term fell in Wales the other day and a local farmer said "theses are mountains, not fells!", same in Scotland where I think the etiquette is "hills"? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fell_running
johnd johnd

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funny. i too have wondered when you become a fell runner. I occasionally go to the lakes and there is simply nothing more engaging than embarking up a hill. Living in a flattish place i try to find some hills prior to visiting the lakes, just so i can enjoy a few decent runs there. Its also fun to see walkers reactions as you run past. they clearly think your mad / amazingly fit. and you know my view is you dont have to be `amazingly fit` to enjoy running in the hills. Just do some prepration for this terrain, and pace yourself. I also never worry to much about stopping for a minute to enjoy the views!
respectthestupidity respectthestupidity

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johndfunny. i too have wondered when you become a fell runner. I occasionally go to the lakes and there is simply nothing more engaging than embarking up a hill. Living in a flattish place i try to find some hills prior to visiting the lakes, just so i can enjoy a few decent runs there. Its also fun to see walkers reactions as you run past. they clearly think your mad / amazingly fit. and you know my view is you dont have to be `amazingly fit` to enjoy running in the hills. Just do some prepration for this terrain, and pace yourself. I also never worry to much about stopping for a minute to enjoy the views!


Wise words johnd. You`ve just about summed it up there.
Salty Nuts Salty Nuts

Posted in reply to respectthestupidity

I fell once, running. Does that count?

Gwynant Gwynant

Posted in reply to Salty Nuts

www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php

Did this race as my first fell race last year, took me nearly an hour and a half, thats when you know it is fell running.

Will be doing the race again on Sunday :)

Choisty Choisty

Posted in reply to Gwynant

I'm excited I'm back up to the fells this weekend and will be racing.  I am most looking forward to the cairn, where the decent startsand the last marshal stands.  From there it is up to you on the route down, disengage brain and whoooa!!!

All this for £3 and the best medal in world, great humour and excellent beer...and a cracking game of quoits

Westie Westie

Posted in reply to Choisty

Choisty, you're so excited about the fells, I think it's defo BG for the 40th!!!!

Daft B Daft B

Posted in reply to Westie

Choisty's doing the BG for his birthday?....wahay!

Choisty Choisty

Posted in reply to Daft B

Not yet, but it may be a big year of challenges...Berlin (sub 2:40)...London (sub 2:45)...BG...Coast to Coast  I just need a divorce, must stop being nice and taking Mrs C away and buying flowers and running so she doesn't have to talk to me...oh and making her laugh by running 400m hurdles

Rich_S Rich_S

Posted in reply to Choisty

Choisty that sounds like and awesome year. I am getting someone nudging me about BG next year :-)