In the 19th century shepherds needed to have the ability to navigate hills of various gradients in all weathers.
They needed to be sure footed and reach places quickly in order to look after their flocks. Events where the shepherds raced against each other, was soon created and the sport of fell running began.
Racing and running off-road where the gradients vary is the major component of the sport. The Lake District is the ideal terrain, with plenty of routes for novices, intermediate and experienced fell runners.
You may have an inkling of the sport, or maybe you’ve heard it referred to as mountain running and would like to try fell running in the Lake District for yourself. It’s a fabulous way to get fit and enjoy the great outdoors in an area of outstanding natural beauty. However, you do need to be prepared to face the elements, battle against wind, rain and difficult terrain, and for that you need to be wearing the right gear, the correct type of footwear and have an understanding of the style of running you should use for different parts of the courses. Read the rest of this entry