Club Runs

Tuesday Club Runs

We meet every Tuesday at 6.30pm for a club run on the beautiful Western fells. Our usual haunts include the fells surrounding Buttermere (Grasmoor, High Stile, Melbreak) and the Western fells around Ennerdale and Cold Fell.

We run for 1-2 hours at a comfortable pace with frequent re-grouping and some runners incorporating hill reps. Sometimes a fast group will decide to go further or a slow group to stay lower: it varies each week with the terrain and the turnout.

If you're visiting the area or thinking of joining the club, we'd love to have you along, but please get in touch before the run.

Important Safety Note

Club runs aren't led; we're a group of friends going for a run together in the hills.

On a club run, we all look out for each other, but safety starts with each individual runner - if you take part in a club run, you are taking responsibility for your own safety, health, injury status, fitness level and kit.

The weather can, and often does, change very quickly in mountainous areas and weather forecasts can be notoriously unreliable! Please bring appropriate kit for the weather conditions to keep yourself safe. If you're unsure what you need, take a look at our list of typical fell running kit in the What Kit Should I Bring? section below and chat with our members!

Official safety advice is available on the Fell Runners Association website.

Serious Stuff Thursdays

SST is a weekly session (additional to the Tuesday social club run) designed specifically for those who want to improve their running. It's open to ALL club members who want to get faster and fitter; the sessions are designed so that no-one gets left behind and everyone improves, relative to their current fitness level.

Training is based on repeated hard efforts set at specific time or distance intervals; interval training.

Sessions are self-led i.e. not run by any one member; turn up and turn it on! If you know you're going, post on the Members Only Facebook page so others know too!

They usually last about an hour and run as follows:

1. Warm up jog
2. Interval session (see suggested sessions below)
3. Cool down jog back to start
4. Anyone for the pub?

17th September - Fangs Brow - 18:30
Directions


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There might be a low turnout tonight as most people will be saving themselves for the Crab Fair Race tomorrow night.

We will trot out over Burnbank and on to Blake, perhaps taking in Carling Knott on the way back - hoping to then have greater success in finding the route back to Burnbank than we did last February. Probably end up covering about 9Km with 400m of climb and taking about 90 minutes.

Note that it will be dark towards the end of the run. Torches are going to be needed - despite there being 90% of a full moon lighting our way.

Car sharing - for those travelling from the north, meet at Mitchell's auction mart at 17:50 to decide who is going in who's car ready to leave at 18:00.

24th September - Buttermere - 18:30
Directions


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Parking at the bottom of Newlands pass and running back through the village before a long run up the Sail Beck path before the big pull by Addacombe to the top of Wandope before the delightful run over to Whiteless and the drop back down to Buttermere. Route is about 9Km long with 750m of climb. We should be out for a good 90 minutes.

Note that the sun will set at 19:07 and that you will need a torch as you can't rely on the waning crescent of the moon to illuminate your path.

Note also that this route may change if the weather suggests that the top of Wandope is going to be an unpleasant place to be.

Car sharing - for those travelling from the north, meet at Mitchell's auction mart at 17:50 to decide who is going in who's car ready to leave at 18:00.

1st October - Ennerdale Show Ground - 18:30
Directions


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The infamous Gavel and Blake combo, which we haven't actually successfully completed this year. Will probably come down the pens on the way back. Route is about 11Km with just over 400m of climb. Plenty of running on this course, which we should complete in just over 90 minutes - depending upon how long we stand chatting for.

Bring a torch, sunsets at 18:49 and there will be very little moon.

Car sharing - for those travelling from the north, meet at Mitchell's auction mart at 17:50 to decide who is going in who's car ready to leave at 18:00.

8th October - Lowther Park - 18:30
Directions


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A new variation that will feature a downhill start to Nannycatch followed by an off piste ascent of Flat Fell. We will then meander over to Blakely Raise, coming back via Burn Edge and Swarth Fell. Route is about 7Km with 400m of climb and should take us under 90 minutes.

Might be able to set off without the torches on as the sun sets at 18:31. Suspect that we will be putting the torches on very shortly after setting off.

Car sharing - for those travelling from the north, meet at Mitchell's auction mart at 17:50 to decide who is going in who's car ready to leave at 18:00.

15th October - Bleach Green, Ennerdale - 18:30
Directions


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The shortest run on our list…..Grike and Crag Fell. Only 6Km long with 450m of climb. Usually takes us 75 minutes This leaves time for a trip to the pub - Shepherds in Ennerdale Bridge. It is 364 days since we last did this route and pub stop - and we are hoping that last year's beer crisis has been resolved.

Might just get a great moon experience, its a 97% full moon - waning gibbous for those who need to know such facts.

Sunsets at 18:15 so we are going to need torches as soon as we set off in the forest.

Car sharing - for those travelling from the north, meet at Mitchell's auction mart at 17:50 to decide who is going in who's car ready to leave at 18:00.

22nd October - Greendale, Wasdale - 18:30
Directions


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Seatallan and Middle Fell. This could be a navigation entertainment special. Route is about 7Km with 700m of climb, and will take around 90 minutes.

Don't forget your torch.

Car sharing - for those travelling from the north note DIFFERENT MEETING TIME, meet at Mitchell's auction mart at 17:40 to decide who is going in who's car ready to leave at 17:45.

29th October - Darling How - 18:30
Directions


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Graystones, Broom and Lord's Seat. Hopefully the big bog on the way down is at its best and we can enjoy sinking. Route is about 8Km with 475m of climb and we expect it to take somewhere between 90 and 120 minutes.

The clocks will have gone back, it will be torches all the way.

Car sharing - for those travelling from the north, meet at Mitchell's auction mart at 17:50 to decide who is going in who's car ready to leave at 18:00.

19th September - Sale Fell - 18:30
Directions


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Short, steep reps
10 x 1min steep ascent e.g. Lothwaite or Ling Fell
Descend easily to bottom, rest 1 min between each rep

Long, medium gradient reps
4 x 5min medium gradient ascent e.g. Kelswick ascent
Descend easily to bottom, rest 2 mins between each rep
26th September - The Leaps - 18:30
Directions


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Short, steep reps
10 x 1min steep ascent e.g. Knock Murton
Descend easily to bottom, rest 1 min between each rep

Long, medium gradient reps
4 x 5min medium gradient ascent e.g. Godworth ascent
Descend easily to bottom, rest 2 mins between each rep Fast, flat reps

10 x 200m e.g. along track north of Leaps Beck
Jog easily back to start, rest 1 min between each rep
3rd October - Sale Fell - 18:30
Directions


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Short, steep reps
10 x 1min steep ascent e.g. Lothwaite or Ling Fell
Descend easily to bottom, rest 1 min between each rep

Long, medium gradient reps
4 x 5min medium gradient ascent e.g. Kelswick ascent
Descend easily to bottom, rest 2 mins between each rep
10th October - The Leaps - 18:30
Directions


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Short, steep reps
10 x 1min steep ascent e.g. Knock Murton
Descend easily to bottom, rest 1 min between each rep

Long, medium gradient reps
4 x 5min medium gradient ascent e.g. Godworth ascent
Descend easily to bottom, rest 2 mins between each rep Fast, flat reps

10 x 200m e.g. along track north of Leaps Beck
Jog easily back to start, rest 1 min between each rep
17th October - Sale Fell - 18:30
Directions


NY 191 301
Short, steep reps
10 x 1min steep ascent e.g. Lothwaite or Ling Fell
Descend easily to bottom, rest 1 min between each rep

Long, medium gradient reps
4 x 5min medium gradient ascent e.g. Kelswick ascent
Descend easily to bottom, rest 2 mins between each rep
24th Octobert - The Leaps - 18:30
Directions


NY 087 181
Short, steep reps
10 x 1min steep ascent e.g. Knock Murton
Descend easily to bottom, rest 1 min between each rep

Long, medium gradient reps
4 x 5min medium gradient ascent e.g. Godworth ascent
Descend easily to bottom, rest 2 mins between each rep Fast, flat reps

10 x 200m e.g. along track north of Leaps Beck
Jog easily back to start, rest 1 min between each rep
31st October - Sale Fell - 18:30
Directions


NY 191 301
Short, steep reps
10 x 1min steep ascent e.g. Lothwaite or Ling Fell
Descend easily to bottom, rest 1 min between each rep

Long, medium gradient reps
4 x 5min medium gradient ascent e.g. Kelswick ascent
Descend easily to bottom, rest 2 mins between each rep
7th November - The Leaps - 18:30
Directions


NY 087 181
Short, steep reps
10 x 1min steep ascent e.g. Knock Murton
Descend easily to bottom, rest 1 min between each rep

Long, medium gradient reps
4 x 5min medium gradient ascent e.g. Godworth ascent
Descend easily to bottom, rest 2 mins between each rep Fast, flat reps

10 x 200m e.g. along track north of Leaps Beck
Jog easily back to start, rest 1 min between each rep
14th November - Sale Fell - 18:30
Directions


NY 191 301
Short, steep reps
10 x 1min steep ascent e.g. Lothwaite or Ling Fell
Descend easily to bottom, rest 1 min between each rep

Long, medium gradient reps
4 x 5min medium gradient ascent e.g. Kelswick ascent
Descend easily to bottom, rest 2 mins between each rep

Everyone has to start somewhere! If you're new to fell running, take a look at our list of kit that fell runners typically take with them on the fells.

Please see the Safety Note in the CFR Newbie? section above - you are personally responsible for being appropriately equipped when you're on the fells with us. Bring appropriate kit for the weather conditions and to keep yourself safe.

Note that CFR don't officially recommend any brands or models. We've listed some that are popular with the fell running community, but kit is very personal and everyone has their own favourite gear. There's a wealth of knowledge and opinion in the club; have a chat with other members about what works well for them and ask at your local fell running shop for their advice too!

Kit you might consider:

Fell Shoes

On the fells, we need aggressive tread depth to avoid slipping! Popular choices include:

  • Inov8 Mudclaw or X-Talon
  • La Sportiva
  • Salamon S/LAB
  • Walsh
  • Waterproof Cagoule

    Weight, waterproofing, fit and effective breathability are all important considerations.

    Note that if you want to use your top for races, they will need to have taped seams to pass kit checks.

    Popular brands (in no particular order) include:

  • Inov8
  • OMM
  • Paramo
  • Raidlight
  • Salomon
  • Waterproof Trousers

    All the same considerations (including taped seams) go for pants too.

  • Inov8
  • OMM
  • Raidlight
  • Salomon
  • Hat

    Critical safety kit.

    Wind-resistant, breathable skull caps are effective in a huge range of conditions.

    Gloves

    Normal gloves most of the time, though mitt style is warmer in cold and windy conditions.

  • Thermal effectiveness
  • Water-resistance
  • Smartphone compatibility
  • Dexterity
  • Additional Base-Layer

    Synthetic or merino based products wick moisture well and add warmth. Popular brands (in no particular order) include:

  • Helly Hanson
  • Inov8
  • OMM
  • Paramo
  • Salomon
  • Map / Compass / Whistle

    Accurate map-reading using map and compass are essential skills on the fells and a simple whistle can save your life.

    Ask club members for navigation tips - we have a number of highly experienced mountain navigators!

    OS Exporer (waterproof) 1:25k OL4 and OL6 cover all our area.

    To save weight and bulk (especially for races), runners often print a map of their route and the surrounding area instead of taking a full OS map.

    Viewranger App

    Very popular for accurate mountain navigation. The app is free, then 1:25k map tiles are bought (very cheaply) and downloaded as needed prior to going out on the fell.

    Brilliant for fast re-location and route-finding, though digital devices should not be relied upon alone as batteries can fail (especially in the cold). Map and compass skills remain essential.

    Available on:

    Bivvy Bag
    Sol emergency bivvy is small (about a pair of socks size!), lightweight and very effective in emergency conditions.
    2-Person Shelter

    A number of club members carry these on the fell. If someone injures themselves, they provide a more stable environment for the casualty. Even a turned ankle can become a serious issue on a cold fell-side.

    There are lightweight options (in no particular order) available from:

  • LifeSystems
  • Rab
  • Terra-Nova
  • Head Torch

    One of the most discussed items of kit, especially in the Autumn-Spring seasons! Irrespective of the season, you should always carry a torch on a club run. Remember to ensure batteries are fully charged before you head out. If you're on your own, take a spare torch & batteries.

    Considerations when choosing a torch:

  • Light output
  • Water-resistance - minimum IPX3 - Petzl IP rating
  • Burn time - will it last the full run?
  • Weight/balance/top strap to keep it in place
  • Can normal batteries replace the power-pack?
  • Popular brands that work well on the fells include:

  • LedLenser
  • Petzl
  • Food / Water

    Soft flasks fit easily into your pack and get less bulky as you drink. They often come included with race vests.