Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: Advice/plea to Fell Runners: tread

  1. #1
    Admin brett's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cononley
    Posts
    3,292

    Advice/plea to Fell Runners: tread

    There has been a lot of speculation about what is allowed (or not) under the current Government regulations and there are no definitive answers. There will always be folk who try to bend the rules to suit themselves but I urge you all to limit your activities to minimise even socially distanced contact with other people and to avoid any physical contact with gates, stiles etc.

    I am lucky enough to live within striking distance of the Lake District and there is nothing I love better than ticking off Birketts and other high fells. During my six decades, I have required rescue and hospitalisation twice and both were as as result of simple slips on easy ground. It can happen to YOU.

    We all need to adjust our behaviours and attitudes.
    Avoid ANY unnecessary travel. Run/walk from home.

    Thank you
    Charmian Heaton
    FRA Chairman

    Advice/plea to Fell Runners: tread carefully.
    Now more than ever is the time to think about others and yourself. We can all help save lives by thinking and being considerate. Running is important for many of us, especially now the UK is in lock-down. This is our chance as a community to show leadership, compassion and maintain and build our reputation as responsible outdoor users.
    Many of us are already working overtime in the NHS and other key roles across the country. We ask you please to read and follow this advice:
    Run for sanity not peak performance - there are no races in the near future.
    • Maintain base,
    • Let those injuries recover,
    • Do that strength and conditioning work you’ve always put off!
    • Keep in touch! We’ll all miss seeing our club-mates, well most of them, social media makes keeping in touch easier than ever, but the phones still work and not everyone is online.
    Don’t be a casualty - the NHS is busy and mountain rescue and other emergency services are too.
    • Now more than ever – do not run if you feel at all unwell. Headache, sore throat, persistent dry cough, temperature of 38 or above and loss of smell/taste are all documented symptoms of C19.
    • Don’t go for long and/or strenuous runs – injury or heart attacks are best avoided!
    • Avoid running on terrain where you may injure yourself (think about walking it) – Mountain rescue may not be coming to get you!
    Kit Check - You are on your own.
    • Take full FRA kit as a minimum
    • Take enough food and drink; the café is shut, the pub is too 
    Infection – keep your distance, and keep your hands clean
    • Avoid other people outdoors where possible, go early or late in the day to avoid the crowds
    • Keep your distance if you meet others out there.
    • Think about gates, styles and anything else that people had their hands on. Imagine everything you touch is covered in pink paint! How do you prevent transferring it to other surfaces and users? How do you keep it off the rest of your stuff – keys, jacket, shoes, front door – wear gloves you can throw away or wash when you get home.
    Route planning
    • We love running but its non-essential: run from home
    • As always, let someone know your route and when to expect you back. By text/phone if you live alone.
    We all love the fells but the current situation means we all need to act differently. Other European countries have banned mountain sports and imposed 2km limits for all activities. Please let’s all be sensible and keep the access we still have. One news story about a ‘reckless fell runner needing rescuing’ could be the end for now.

    Nicky Spinks: FRA Access and Environment Officer
    Ian Winterburn: FRA member rep and Woodhead MR team member
    Jon Morgan: Anaesthetist and Mountain Guide
    Ian Fitzpatrick: NHS Nurse and FRA race organiser
    Sally Fawcett: Physiotherapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach


    Charmian Heaton
    Chairman Fell Runners Association

  2. #2
    Master wharfeego's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    on th'edge o' Yorkshire Dales
    Posts
    2,281
    I'm happy with that lot. Stay at home!

  3. #3
    Master JohnK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Cumbria
    Posts
    1,662
    Quote Originally Posted by brett View Post
    There has been a lot of speculation about what is allowed (or not) under the current Government regulations and there are no definitive answers. There will always be folk who try to bend the rules to suit themselves but I urge you all to limit your activities to minimise even socially distanced contact with other people and to avoid any physical contact with gates, stiles etc.

    I am lucky enough to live within striking distance of the Lake District and there is nothing I love better than ticking off Birketts and other high fells. During my six decades, I have required rescue and hospitalisation twice and both were as as result of simple slips on easy ground. It can happen to YOU.

    We all need to adjust our behaviours and attitudes.
    Avoid ANY unnecessary travel. Run/walk from home.

    Thank you
    Charmian Heaton
    FRA Chairman

    Advice/plea to Fell Runners: tread carefully.
    Now more than ever is the time to think about others and yourself. We can all help save lives by thinking and being considerate. Running is important for many of us, especially now the UK is in lock-down. This is our chance as a community to show leadership, compassion and maintain and build our reputation as responsible outdoor users.
    Many of us are already working overtime in the NHS and other key roles across the country. We ask you please to read and follow this advice:
    Run for sanity not peak performance - there are no races in the near future.
    • Maintain base,
    • Let those injuries recover,
    • Do that strength and conditioning work you’ve always put off!
    • Keep in touch! We’ll all miss seeing our club-mates, well most of them, social media makes keeping in touch easier than ever, but the phones still work and not everyone is online.
    Don’t be a casualty - the NHS is busy and mountain rescue and other emergency services are too.
    • Now more than ever – do not run if you feel at all unwell. Headache, sore throat, persistent dry cough, temperature of 38 or above and loss of smell/taste are all documented symptoms of C19.
    • Don’t go for long and/or strenuous runs – injury or heart attacks are best avoided!
    • Avoid running on terrain where you may injure yourself (think about walking it) – Mountain rescue may not be coming to get you!
    Kit Check - You are on your own.
    • Take full FRA kit as a minimum
    • Take enough food and drink; the café is shut, the pub is too 
    Infection – keep your distance, and keep your hands clean
    • Avoid other people outdoors where possible, go early or late in the day to avoid the crowds
    • Keep your distance if you meet others out there.
    • Think about gates, styles and anything else that people had their hands on. Imagine everything you touch is covered in pink paint! How do you prevent transferring it to other surfaces and users? How do you keep it off the rest of your stuff – keys, jacket, shoes, front door – wear gloves you can throw away or wash when you get home.
    Route planning
    • We love running but its non-essential: run from home
    • As always, let someone know your route and when to expect you back. By text/phone if you live alone.
    We all love the fells but the current situation means we all need to act differently. Other European countries have banned mountain sports and imposed 2km limits for all activities. Please let’s all be sensible and keep the access we still have. One news story about a ‘reckless fell runner needing rescuing’ could be the end for now.

    Nicky Spinks: FRA Access and Environment Officer
    Ian Winterburn: FRA member rep and Woodhead MR team member
    Jon Morgan: Anaesthetist and Mountain Guide
    Ian Fitzpatrick: NHS Nurse and FRA race organiser
    Sally Fawcett: Physiotherapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach


    Charmian Heaton
    Chairman Fell Runners Association

    Yep happy with all that the good thing about staying local is that local knowledge helps you to seek out the less used areas and away from folk.

    Stay safe all
    The older I get the Faster I was

  4. #4
    Master PeteS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Mostly Worcestershire
    Posts
    1,492
    Had to run on a road today. First time in a long, long time. Couldn't even find my road shoes...

  5. #5
    Master Jez Hellewell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Burley-In-Wharfedale, West Yorkshire.
    Posts
    2,203
    Thanks for posting Brett. Sound advice.

  6. #6
    Master Daletownrunner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Out Running
    Posts
    1,082
    Quote Originally Posted by Jez Hellewell View Post
    Thanks for posting Brett. Sound advice.
    Seconded

  7. #7
    Grandmaster Stagger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Its a secret!
    Posts
    10,237
    Is a 1 hour run AM followed by a 2.5hr walk PM yesterday

    Then a 20mile almost 6hr run today acceptable??

    We can't blame others when fell runner's behaviour like this.

    This is the type of people we are dealing with.

    I don't think it is in the spirit of government guidance at this time no matter what area or district was covered.

  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by Stagger View Post
    Is a 1 hour run AM followed by a 2.5hr walk PM yesterday

    Then a 20mile almost 6hr run today acceptable??

    We can't blame others when fell runner's behaviour like this.

    This is the type of people we are dealing with.

    I don't think it is in the spirit of government guidance at this time no matter what area or district was covered.
    Definitely not acceptable to take 6hr for a 20mile run, quite right to point this out Stagger. If this was a race situation the poor marshalls would be out all day.

    I think people need to take advantage of this quieter time to train much harder, then they can knock an hour off their 20 mile time and everyone will be much happier...

    Also, the 2.5hr walk is only acceptable if it was active recovery after a 1hr morning speed session.

    ;-)

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2019
    Location
    Donostia - Euskal Herria
    Posts
    42
    What I wouldn't give for a run round the block. Any form of outdoor exercise has been banned here in Spain for 2 weeks now, with two more to go in all likelihood. You'll even get fined for running stair repeats or laps of the garage, if those spaces are communal.
    So if you don't want those kinds of measures, it might be prudent to stick to the guidelines.

  10. #10
    Master Bob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Darkest eckythumpland
    Posts
    1,706
    I know the latest (as of this writing) government advice is to "do your normal exercise" but for most that doesn't mean a 4hr walk, run or bike ride. No-one's going to have a race to train for so you might as well just tick over and do the minimum needed for that.

    There's a lot of "softening up" by the government at the moment, a full lockdown is more than likely it's just a matter of when. Be sensible and there's a chance it may be delayed, possibly even avoided. Taking the piss isn't being sensible even if the guidelines allow it.
    Bob

    http://bobwightman.co.uk/run/bob_graham.php

    Without me you'd be one place nearer the back

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •