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Fell Running

WEBINAR

Dave Taylor

Fell Running Guide

Whether a newbie or confident fell runner, this session is great for some motivation, inspiration and training advice on what makes great fell running.

Session Content

04:50 What is fell running?
08:40 Essential kit
14:16 What skills do I need?
17:30 Do I need to be fit?
18:50 Training principles and examples
29:00 Homework challenge
31:40 Q&A

For more guidance see Dave's Fell Running Guide website here for weekly online navigational tasks, coaching, guided runs and much more!

Key Resources For Fell Runners

Some key training and skills resources as recommended by Dave in the session.

Strides

VO2 Max Productions

Dynamic Warm Up

Mattock Routine

Dynamic Warm Up

Runners World 5 Dynamic Stretches

7 Key Strength Moves

Lunges
Squats
Split squats
Glute bridge
Step ups / downs (pictured)
Box jumps
Calf raises

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.

Getting Started

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.

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