When you think of fell running many of you may imagine terrifyingly long routes, grueling ascents and knee busting slopes.

But you don’t have to be a Joss Naylor, Finlay Wild or Nicky Spinks to experience the thrill of the fells. We have put together some of the best events for introducing yourself to the sport this summer.

By the end you’ll be itching for more!

Bull Hill Race- 14th July, Bury

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For those new to fell running, the Bull Hill event is an ideal course. It is relatively short – 5.5 miles- however the 1100 feet of climb across the route will test your calves! It is organised by the Radcliffe Athletic Club, a friendly running group that welcomes runners from beginners through to competition racers.

Starting from Boardman’s Farm, the route takes in a number of steep but runnable slopes, and passes the ancient Pilgrims Cross before a fast descent to the finish.  Likely to be muddy, and lots of fun!

For more information see

www.radcliffeac.org.uk

Whinlatter 10k-  25th June, Keswick

Whinlatter 10k is run on the designated  trails in the forest which vary from wide stony paths to winding single track through the trees, climbing to reach Seat How, giving stunning views across Bassenthwaite and Keswick beyond. The race takes place at 7:30pm giving participants the chance to pace the Cumbrian hills as the sun begins to set. Can you think of anything you would rather do?

It is open to runners of all abilities and nordic walkers, aged 18 years or over.

For more information see

www.pureoutdoorsevents.co.uk

Grindleford fell race- 16th June, Derbyshire

The Grindleford Fell Race is a 4.5miles route. The course takes you up through Hay Wood, the Longshore Estate and back through Padley Gorge. Like the Whinlatter 10k this is an evening race so views over the Peak District are likely to be astounding!

For more information see

www.grindlefordfellrace.co.uk

Eddies Revenge- 29th June, Oldham

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Eddies Revenge is great introduction to fells, but not to be deceived, its short but steep and has a sting in its tail.

The route is a mixture of moorland trail, forest trail and rough moorland paths and is tougher than a cursory glance at the map will lead you to expect. There are numerous ascents and descents as the course loops and threads its way through forest and moorland before releasing you into a steep shale covered descent towards the end of the first lap.

At 3.8 miles the route is fairly short with a total ascent 1080ft, but because it is mostly runnable there is no let up and it can best be described as a ‘lung buster’.

The course record was set in 2007 when John Brown from Salford completed the course in 23:05. There are prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male and Female and 1st in Age Category Male and Female and Team awards.

For more information see

middletonharriers.jimdo.com

Borrowdale trail runs- 9th July, Keswick

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This event is now in it’s sixth year and offers something for all running abilities. There are 5k, 13k & 21k distances on offer, incorporating a range of scenery and terrain. The routes snake around stunning Derwent water lakeshore trails, the 13k and 21k routes also venture into the beautiful Borrowdale valley.

It is a perfect event for those who have never tried fell running and others looking to improve their timing.

For more information see

www.highterrainevents.co.uk

Cannonball- 12th-14th August, Lancashire

This is a 3-day running event, with running routes taking you on the roads of Calderbrook and shore, around Wardle reservoir and the fells above both. The races are short and sweet, all ranging between 5-10k. This is a fantastic chance for first timers to test themselves on the trails before moving onto longer courses.

For more information see

cannonballevents.co.uk