Has the temporary use of live tracking devices in some of the larger fell races been considered, by any chance? I was thinking about this as I'm writing this with some of the long distance fell races coming round again, such as the Ennerdale Horseshoe for example. Any time I'm round by Crag fell I always think of what happened to Bob English (who I knew slightly) in the 1981 Ennerdale.

I was thinking it might have been considered more as a safety measure where the race organisation at HQ could pinpoint the location of runners around the course? I know there is something along these lines for some ultra mountain and ultra trail events.

If the equipment works, something like this could be useful in the event of a runner having an accident, going seriously off course and in trouble. Obviously there would be a cost to using this and probably bump up entry fees a little to pay for it.

There are more safety measures in place from when I first started running on the fells, especially in fell races. Some runners might not want tracking in the long races as it might give away more of the best routes to take for subsequent years.