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An in-depth look into the world that is the UK's sport of fell running.

An in-depth look into the world that is the UK's sport of fell running.

Records pinpoint the Hallam Chase in the Rivelin Valley, near Sheffield as the first amateur fell race in 1863. 1893 saw the first running of the Rivington Pike Fell Race near Horwich in Lancashire. In 1895 the first race to the top of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in these islands, took place, and the Ben Nevis Race Association was formed in 1899. In 1952 the first Lake District Mountain Trial took place, adopting its classic “unknown course until just before you start” format in 1957. This race also was the first to offer a race for ladies as far back as 1953. 1954 saw the first Three Peaks Race. 1966 saw the launch of the Skiddaw Fell Race and the Fairfield Horseshoe Fell Race, two classic Lake District medium length courses. And in 1968 came the first long Lakes classic, the Ennerdale Horseshoe, a 23 mile race with 7,500 feet of ascent over typically rough ground.

Full article: http://www.irunfar.com/2012/10/fell-running-a-quick-guide...

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