Saturday saw the start of The Fellsman, which is described as a high level traverse covering more than 60 miles over very hard rugged moorland. The event climbs over 11,000 feet in its path from Ingleton to Threshfield in the Yorkshire Dales. Most of the route is over privately owned land, the use of which is secured by the organisers for the weekend only. This being the case, the route does not follow well defined footpaths, so the entrants’ navigational skills with a map and compass are tested as well as their physical fitness. Because of this, only fit and experienced walkers or runners should enter.
Paul Walker and Victoria Morris were on the the start line but the weather on Saturday wasn’t kind with rain and hail stones most of the day, an icy wind to boot and the forecast to feel like minus 10 going into the evening. Having run out of dry clothes Paul made the sensible decision and stopped at 32 miles. However, Victoria soldiered on to finish in a great time of just under 17 hours, describing the day as ‘a little damp’. Congratulations to Victoria on a fantastic time on a tough route in testing conditions. We think Victoria is only the second RR lady to complete the event?