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Key Resources For Fell Runners
Some key training and skills resources as recommended by Dave in the session.
7 Key Strength Moves
Step ups / downs (pictured)
Try these twice a week with body weight to start. When technique is good you can increase to heavier weights but less reps i.e. 8 reps x 2
Eccentric Strength Training
An eccentric contraction is the motion of an active muscle while it is lengthening under load.
Find a step / ledge and run a short circuit round then land on right leg. Repeat 8 times. Do same with other side 8 times.
Repeat going up the step / ledge.
This will help a lot with down and uphill strength and control.
The easiest way to get started with fell running is to join a club. That way you don't need to worry about getting lost and you will have support from experienced runners. Many clubs have beginner or slower groups, contact them and see what they say. Many road running clubs also have spin off trail and fell groups.
You can also sign up to races or events. As a rule of thumb, as a beginner, stick to short and moderately hilly events in the spring and summer. CS and BS category races are a great starting point as they are less than 10km, the hills aren't too big and you probably won't need to navigate. You can learn more about race categories below.
I signed up with the wonderful Pennine Fell Runners and a couple of months later did my first race. The Wolf's Pit, 9km, 450m ascent. It was an AS category - short and very hilly but a lot of fun!
Fell Running For Rookies
Dispelling some of the common myths, how to understand race categories and getting started.