Fell Running for Beginners

If you're looking for a new and challenging running experience, fell running may be just what you're looking for.

Fell running

Fell running is a type of running that takes place in the hills and mountains, and it can be a great way to improve your fitness and endurance. In this article, we will discuss what fell running is, how to get started, and some tips for training. We'll also take a look at what fells are and how to find them! This article is really a fell running for beginners guide.

So, what is fell running?

Fell running is a type of off-road running that takes place in the hills and mountains. It can be a great way to explore new areas and get some fresh air, while also getting a good workout. Fell running can be done solo or in groups, and there are often races held on fells .

Things to think about when fell running

If you're interested in giving fell running a try, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, fell running can be more challenging than other types of running, so it's important to build up your fitness and endurance gradually before you take on mighty mountains. Second, fells can be slippery and uneven, so it's important to wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Finally, fell running can be quite remote, so it's always a good idea to let someone know where you're going and when you'll be back and ensure you have apps like What3Words downloaded to your phone so you can notify emergency services of your exact location should you need to.

So, what exactly is a fell?

A fell is a small mountain or hill, typically found in the Lake District of England. Fells are often used for fell running as they offer a variety of terrain and can be quite challenging. If you're interested in exploring fells, there are plenty of resources available online that can help you find fells near you such as the Fell Runner Association (FRA) website. https://www.fellrunner.org.uk/

Let's get started with the right equipment to get you mountain running.

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Shoes for fell running

One of the most important things to consider when fell running is your footwear. Fell shoes should be lightweight and have a good grip, as fells can be slippery and uneven and you're going to soon be enjoying some serious off-road running. You may also want to invest in some waterproof socks or gaiters to keep your feet dry in wet conditions. Shoes such as Innov-8 X-Talon 260 , Scott Supertrac RC 2 or the Salomon Speedcross series are popular choices among fell runners.

Clothing for fell running

As fells can be quite remote, it's always a good idea to pack some extra clothing in case the weather changes. Waterproof and windproof clothing is essential, as well as layers that you can add or remove depending on the temperature. A hat and gloves are also a good idea, as they can help you stay warm in cold weather. Only two weeks ago, we were running atop the Brecon's on a beautiful sunny day and reaching one of the many peaks, only lasted a few minutes before we had to return to a lower level and warm up again.

Bags and Carry packs for trail running

You may also want to invest in a good running bag or backpack, as this will help you carry any extra clothing and supplies you may need. A running bag should be lightweight and have plenty of storage space, as well as being comfortable to wear while you run as well as be able to carry the all important water and nutrition you'll need on longer runs. Some popular options include the Salomon Sense Pro range (click here), or the British homegrown brand Harrier's, Kinder vest (click here)

Fuelling for fell running

As fell running can be quite strenuous, it's important to make sure you're properly fuelled. A mix of carbohydrates and protein is a good idea, as this will help you to maintain energy levels and repair muscles after a run. Energy gels and bars, as well as bananas, are popular choices among fell runners and it's important to try what works for you as everyone's dietary requirements are different. For me personally, I tried to avoid all processed foods as they don't really work for me on long runs, so we make homemade trail mix or flapjacks too.

What's the difference between FellRunner and Road Runner

The main difference between fell running and road running is the terrain. Fells can be quite challenging, with uneven surfaces and plenty of hills, so it's important to make sure you're properly prepared before embarking on a fell run. Road running is generally much easier as the surface is flat and even, so you don't need to worry about tripping over roots or rocks. The benefits of running on trails or fells is ten fold however, as not only do you get to enjoy some stunning scenery, but you'll also build up strength and stamina as you navigate the uneven surfaces and if you're chasing a faster road time, this will most certainly help your training!

Fell running also generally takes place in more remote areas, so you need to be prepared for all weather conditions and be aware of your surroundings. It's unlikely there will be a bus home from the middle of the deepest fells.

Where are some fell running locations?

The fells of the UK are home to some of the most popular fell running routes, including the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Snowdonia. These fells offer a variety of challenges, from easy low-level runs to more strenuous mountainous routes, so there's something for everyone of any ability. Use apps such as Ordnance Survey's Maps to help you find fell running routes near you.


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Fell Running for Beginners

So there you have it, a few tips to get you started with fell running.

Remember to take things slowly at first, build up your mileage gradually and most importantly, have fun! Now all that's left to do is lace up your shoes and hit the trails!

Hungry for more fell running content?

Read our article with fell running champion Dave Taylor here.