This site is for fell runners who enjoy the challenge of running up and down some of the most beautiful and remote mountainous peaks in the British isles. The most important thing for us is that you enjoy our races, give us your feedback and join our band of regular supporters, who come back year after year to run our three often gruelling but definitely challenging classic fell races; the Ennerdale Horseshoe, the Wasdale Horseshoe and the Scafe Pike.
The Fell Runners Association (FRA) often reward our races with championship status: 1997 Wasdale, 1998 Buttermere, 1999 Scafell Pike, 2000 Ennerdale, 2005 Wasdale and 2006 Ennerdale (both British and English championships), 2009 Wasdale, 2010 Ennerdale and 2013 Wasdale.
All of our races are graded 'A' by the FRA which means that they're greater than 250 feet of ascent per mile. The Scafell Pike is run over remote and poorly marked rocky terrain making it navigationally more challenging then the Snowdon or Ben Nevis for example and both the Wasdale and Ennerdale are very tough, very long fell races.
As race organisers, CFRA pride ourselves on our safety rules and precautions. Following a fatal running accident in 1981, the CFRA committee produced an analysis of the hazards associated with fell running (Safety of Fell Races) & derived a set of operating procedures which we still use successfully today. We employ closing times on the early checkpoints to limit the exposure time for runners and checkpoint marshalls. We use a CB radio net on the checkpoints and employ a tally system (as used by mountain rescuers and firemen) and two independent hard copy record systems for logging runners through. This gives us three different ways of knowing which checkpoints each of our runners have passed, retired at or timed out on. So, we can be more precise in tracking down any missing runners if problems occur. From 2009 we have also used an electronic timing system which employs e-cards or'dibbers' to obtain more accurate and more easily reported checkpoint times. But, this does not provide real time logging of runners passing checkpoints, so we additionally use the tallies and manual recording and will continue to use this system of triple checking.
Carrying as a minimum the recommended waterproof cover, map, whistle, compass and emergency ration is mandatory. Consequently navigational skills are a definite must! There is no point in taking a map and compass and not being competent in their use. This becomes painfully obvious when running in cloud where visibility can be reduced to a few metres. Previous experience of fell running is also essential as the race courses can be some miles from habitation and weather conditions may be severe, so self reliance and self discipline are equally essentail. Knowing for example when it is right to retire rather than risking yourself and the rescue services by continuing on. Local knowledge of each race course is strongly recommended but not mandatory.