Last amended at 25 May 2017

Contact is Ian Marshall  fellrunning@kcaa.org.uk 8-11-15

UKA Inter Counties Fell Championships: Broughton Heights nr Edinburgh
Saturday 13th May
6 miles / 1800’

A long trek north for this year’s championship which was incorporated into the Broughton Heights fell race situated in the Scottish lowlands, very remote but a lovely area. The championship was last held there in 2011 but on a different course. The new course comprised two loops with long climbs at the start of each one and unusually for a fell race was mostly flagged which I assume was because it was a new course. The start of the second loop was just behind Christian on the left in the photo, very steep. Although the weather was windy and cool with clag on the tops this was a good course with plenty of good running and very few rocks.

The Kent team comprised five of which four were from Tonbridge AC and Christian Poulton from Cambridge Harriers. Clem Dixon from Cambridge was 1st reserve. The fact that we got a Kent team to travel that far for a 6 mile race was very pleasing.

Christian, Greg Cole, Jamie Bryant, Max Nicholls, Euan Nicholls

As we had at least one runner U23 (in fact we had 3) we could have five in the team with three to score. This was a high quality field, the start was on a narrow track and the narrow start line was crammed with the top runners all eager to get a good start. As well as the Inter Counties runners there was the open race for the rest of us.

The leaders set an incredible pace and were soon out of view up into the clag, reaching the top of the first loop the wind was now quite strong but soon you were hurtling back down out of the mist towards the start/finish area before going out on the second loop and back into the mist thrashing through heather in some parts. The last mile or so was fast downhill but on a very bumpy track.

Max Nicholls had a superb run finishing 3rd overall and winning the U23 race (again). Max beat some of the best fell runners in the UK. Christian also had another impressive run but all ran well on a course that seemed to have more than its 1800’ of climb!

Kent finished a very creditable 7th out of 13 teams. Team numbers down this year (from 20 in 2016) possibly due to the travelling involved.

Inter Counties
Men’s Results
Winner Andrew Douglas 40:24 Scotland East Inverclyde Athletics Club
3rd Max Nicholls 40:56 Tonbridge AC
23rd Jamie Bryant 44:53 Tonbridge AC
43rd Greg Cole 48:36 Tonbridge AC
47th Christian Poulton 49:40 Cambridge Harriers
54th Euan Nicholls 52:17 Tonbridge AC

Winner Lizzie Brown 47:41 Cumbria Black Coombe Runners

Open Race Results
116th Clem Dixon 59:20 Cambridge Harriers
133rd Ian Marshall 71:03 Cambridge Harriers

Men’s Team Results
Team Total
1 Lancashire 5, 7, 14, Total 26 Chris Arthur, Chris Holdsworth, Gary Priestley
7 Kent 3, 23, 44, Total 70 Maximilian Nicholls, Jamie Bryant, Greg Cole

Ian Marshall

The various UK wide Fell Championships for 2017 are being announced. Below are details of events that Kent can enter including the Fell Relays which are at club level which this year will be held at Llanberis. A short video is included showing clips from the 2014 English Championship.

Inter-Counties Senior Fell Championship 2017

This is an event Kent should enter, be aware though that compulsory kit must be carried.  If you are interested then please let me know, I can then forward names to the county for consideration.

The Inter-Counties Senior Fell Championship Senior event this year will be incorporated into the Broughton Hills race near Biggar on the Scottish borders.

Competitors for the Inter-Counties must be selected by the County, and the names of County athletes will sent to the FRA event coordinator Andy Watts. Selected athletes or team managers can then enter using the online entry system of the race, which provides an ‘Inter-Counties’ or ‘Open’ option. Any runners who enter as ‘Inter-Counties’ but have not been nominated to Andy Watts by their County will be converted to ‘Open’ category. The entry fee for selected athletes will be covered by KCAA..

Senior athletes must have been born in 1998 or before. (This equates to 19 or over). Awards will be presented to individual Senior athletes, to individual Under-23 athletes, and to male/female teams. Teams may comprise 4 athletes, or 5 athletes if one of the team is Under-23, with the first three finishers to count.

Inter-Counties Junior Fell Championship 2017

The Junior event will be held on Saturday 10th June, as part of the Rossendale Harriers 50th Anniversary Juniors race, in Rossendale. Entry details - Inter Counties Junior fell championship. Entry will be on the day only.

The Fell Runners Association contact for information on the event is Andy Watts (treasurer@fellrunner.org.uk or 01625 536896). Please don’t hesitate to contact Andy Watts for more information on either event.

UKA Fell Relay Championship 2017

Being held at llanberis on 15th October. This is a club team event, a team comprises of 6 covering four legs:

1.      Short solo run
      Longer leg for a pair
      Navigation leg for a pair
      Short solo leg

This is a cracking event lasting most of the day. Cambridge Harriers have taken part in previous years. Here is a report of the Fell Relay Championship 2015 from Steel City Striders. The 2016 championship will be hosted by Westerlands Club based near Glasgow

2016 Inter Counties Championships

Inter Counties Senior Fell Championship 2016

For information, here is a report from the championships held at Llanberis  in May. Also a short video of the start – Inter Counties start 2016. The dark blue Kent vest of Max Nicholls can be seen.

 Fell Inter Counties results and report 2016

Inter Counties Junior Fell Championship 2016

For information here is a report and results from the 2016 event.

Fell Inter Counties Junior 2016

English Fell Championship 2014

A 7 minute video covering the various races of the English Championships in 2014 - English Champs 2014 Trailer DVD


UKA Inter- Counties  Fell  Championship  (7.75 miles/3000’)
lanberis, North Wales  14th May 2016

The various summits on the race route

For the first time in many years Kent entered a team in this championship. The team of five was a combination of runners from Cambridge Harriers and Tonbridge AC. The team:-

Max Nichols (Tonbridge AC,  U23), Julian Rendall (Tonbridge AC), Clem Dixon (Cambridge H)
Christian Poulton (Cambridge H) and Steve Hodges (Cambridge H).

Max     Clem   Christian  Steve     Julian

The Inter Counties event was incorporated into the Moel Eilio annual race. Saturday dawned with a cloudless sky but a tad chilly, perfect running conditions. People had made their own way up to Llanberis on the Friday and we all finally met up at race registration.  

The start was on a narrow lane at the back of the town and vests were spotted from all over the UK inc Northern Ireland and various parts of Scotland. About 300 runners were crammed into the start area including some of the best fell runners in the UK, 1pm and we were off and immediately started climbing steeply, initially on tarmac then tracks and finally onto the open fell. This climb lasted the best part of 2.5 miles until we reached  Moel Eilio summit, on the way up many false summits were encountered which didn’t help morale or the legs! The weather was perfectly clear and the views from the tops were fantastic. Underfoot was mainly short grass and the course from Moel Eilio onwards was a switchback of steep longish descents followed by equally steep longish climbs, not a flat section on the whole course. At about 5 miles the final descent on large clumps of tufty grass with Llanberis and Lake Padarn far below, the last two miles were on tracks/tarmac and was a fast run down and finish at the Youth Hostel. Everyone finished ok with no incidents to report. A brilliant day on the fells in perfect weather.

Kent came a very creditable 9th out of 20 county teams. Max Nichols was  4th overall and 1st U23 a great achievement, Christian was 1st V50.

Yorkshire won the men’s event with a total of 18pts

Cumbria won the ladies event with a total of 6pts


Kent County Team Result (First 3 to count)

Max (U23)              Julian               Christian            Steve           Clem

County Place      4th/1st U23           25th                   61st                   76th             77th
Race Place          4th                     26th                   77th               131st           154th 
Time                 61:05                  66:06                74:09             82:53           85:27

9th Kent (90pts)

The event was a success and it was good to see a Kent team compete again. Hopefully we can now enter a county team on an annual basis.

Previous Championships

Inter Counties Fell Championship 2015

For information, here is a report from the championships held at Betws-y-Coed in May.

Inter Counties Fell Championship 2015

UKA Fell Relay Championship 2015

This is a cracking event lasting most of the day. Cambridge Harriers have taken part in previous years. Here is a report of the Fell Relay Championship 2015 from Steel City Striders. The 2016 championship will be hosted by Westerlands Club based near Glasgow.

English Fell Championship 2014

A 7 minute video covering the various races of the English Championships in 2014 - English Champs 2014 Trailer DVD

Welcome to the Fell Running page.

 There is nothing like being out on the fells, great scenic locations and sometimes challenging running (cross country with hills!).  I have been running the fells with my fellow Cambridge Harriers for well over 23 years travelling all over the UK. As you can probably guess there are not many fell races in Kent, Box Hill in Surrey being our nearest one. However, there are races all over the UK.  

The intention on this page is to provide information and news on fell running and events. If you or your club are interested or you would like more information then please mail me at the above address. Perhaps you would like to join Cambridge on one of their fell racing weekends. The sport is all the year round and there are over 600 races in the FRA Fixture calendar

If you are new to fell running here is a short video of running in Yorkshire to give a flavour of this great sport - Fell Racing 

The sport is governed by the Fell Runners Association (FRA) and was formed in 1970. The FRA also encourages youngsters and there is an U20 championship. There are many championships throughout the year e.g.

British Championships
English Championships
Relay Championship
Inter Counties
U20 Championships 

If you are interested in trying fell running it is important that you are aware of the compulsory kit requirements and when in an event you MUST report to a checkpoint marshal or at the finish if you drop out. Kit is normally carried in a bum bag - Runners Requirements

There are specialist fell shoes mainly the sole for exceptional grip. Follow the link for some examples. 

Will update this page with news and future event information/results/photos.

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