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The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance challenges which have been developed over the past three or more decades. It now offers a diverse range of long and "short", old and recent, formal and informal routes from around the UK to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to have a go.
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Please send details and a schedule of any record-breaking runs and the like to Martin Stone who maintains records on behalf of the Fell Runners Association. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where a route contact name is given please notify that person of your attempt on the route to enable accurate records to be maintained for the dubious benefit of future generations of fell runners!
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The Dales Two Thousands - south and north UK Ultras
The South Dales Circuit was devised and completed by Rick Ansell in 2004 followed by the more rugged and remote North Dales Traverse in 2006. The southern circuit starts from Horton-in-Ribblesdale and covers 18 peaks in some 65 miles and 14,000 feet of ascent while the northern route ascends 21 peaks in some 55 miles and 12,000 feet between Hawes and Sedbergh. George Bridge's 1973 book of two thousand foot tables was, again, the inspiration. The combined routes are different to the Yorkshire Two Thousands as they include several summits in the Howgills and other parts of the Cumbrian Pennines.
Both routes are intended to be informal runs without time limits, rules or registration although Rick would be pleased to hear about any attempts (see below).
North Dales Traverse
South Dales Circuit
Click on the icons below to view/print schedules of actual times for Rick Ansell's inaugural solo, self-sufficient runs. These include summit names, grid references and heights which correspond with George Bridge's tables. Use in conjunction with OS Explorer maps OL 2 - Yorkshire Dales Southern and Western areas, OL 30 - Yorkshire Dales Northern and Central areas or OL 19 - Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley.
South Dales Circuit - 65 miles and 14,000'
North Dales Traverse - 55 miles and 12,000'
No formal register is kept but Rick Ansell would be interested to hear from anyone considering an attempt or wishing to report one. Email: email@example.com
Links and Further Information
□ South Dales Circuit - Rick Ansell's brief report on his July, 2004 solo, self-sufficient run
□ North Dales Traverse - Rick Ansell's brief report on his June, 2006 solo, self-suficient run
□ The Mountains of England and Wales, George Bridge (West Col Productions, 1973). Tables of mountains of two thousand feet or more in altitude. The Dales and Howgill summits are covered under the Central Pennines section. Now out-of-print but probably available through second-hand bookshops.
□ On High Yorkshire Hills, Phil Clayton (Dalesman, 1993). An informative survey of Yorkshire's thirty-six two thousand footers which recognises neither metrication nor the "new" county boundaries which allowed Cumbria and Durham to hijack some of it's finest hills! Now out-of-print but probably available through second-hand bookshops.