Fell and Trail Running

The club supports an annual Heaton Hills competition of which details are below. These races are designed to be tasters for more hardcore off-road running.  All paid up Heaton members are eligible and this is not dependant on the declared club on the day.

Fell racing is a traditional northern sport that involves running up and down hills, moorland and bogs. More than one hill or mountain may be climbed. Race routes may be marked in places with tape and in some races may follow public rights of way. However, some races may have no markings and competitors may have to visit set checkpoints on the route. Generally, in this type of race, the competitor can choose their own way to reach the checkpoints.  In this type of race, navigation may be needed, and basic knowledge on the use of map and compass is an asset.  Heres a link to help you!

Many races are attached to summer country shows and these are generally the most accessible.

Equipment needed depends on the type of race. Slightly different shoes are worn to road running and these shoes will have a much more grippy sole. These are useful also when doing cross country in drier weather. Some races may require you to carry “FRA kit”. This is a waterproof jacket with a fixed hood and waterproof pants. They must have taped seams. They need not be very expensive to meet the standard and I have linked to some cheap examples. Also, a compass, whistle and map sufficient to navigate the course.  Hoy in a hat and pair of gloves and your nearly sorted. Find a bag to fit this all in and off you go! (Please note other brands are available). 

2019 season:

Season opener: Brough law fell race  March 10th 2019 NECAA fell champs. NEMAA champs. * suitable for new fell runners.

Allendale challenge 06/04 (BL Very long 25m) chosen by AC

Gisborough moors fell race 14/04 (BL NYM)  chosen by AC

Cockfield chase FR 25/04 (CS Durham) * suitable for new fell runners.

Yetholm hill race 02/06 (AM Borders ) Borders international series

Alwinton three tops 15/6 (BL Local) chosen by AC

High force Fr 23/06 (BM Durham) chosen by NC

Beacon Hill 11/07 (BS local)

Chapel fell top FR 16/07 (BM Durham) NECAA fell champs.

Falstone show FR sometime in August….chosen by NC

Grasmere senior guides race 25/08 (AS as in very short!! 1.6m, The lakes) * suitable for new fell runners.

Thropton show race 21/09 (BM local) .chosen by NC,  Borders international series

Penchrise hill race 29/9 (BM Borders) Borders international series

Simonside cairns fell race second Saturday in December. Traditional end to the North east fell running season.





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