Andy's Southern Fells Challenge                         South Lakes                 

This was a run completed on 5th September 2018 by Rob McKeever of Black Combe Runners in memory of his late son Andrew who used to run with him occasionally in the fells. The challenge which covers a distance of some 37 miles with 10,000 feet of ascent was completed in a time of 13 hours 56 minutes.  It explores 30 of the South-western fells of the Lake District with the first half comprising mostly of lesser known fells and crags.  Although the going is generally good there are indistinct or no paths in some parts of the first half.  Navigational skills are required but virtually all the fells are visible from the preceding ones in clear conditions. The run starts at Whicham Church at the foot of Black Combe and traverses the far South West Fells before crossing to the Coniston Fells and finishing at Broughton Mills. See below for link to Rob's route summary



Woodend Height and Devoke Water (Tom Richardson)
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The route starts at Whicham (GR 134 825) and finishes at Broughton Mills (GR 223 906).  Use OS Explorer (1:25000) map OL6: Th English Lakes South-western area.



Click on the icon to view/print a schedule of fells and crags visited together with Rob's actual times.  


This is an informal run without time limits or registrations.  Why not share your experience on facebook to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!


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Where there is a recorder please contact them to log your completion. In addition, or if there isn't a recorder, you are invited to share your experience on the gofar facebook page to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!


All the routes on this site require proven mountain running experience. You undertake them entirely at your own risk. Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times.  Always ensure you carry sufficient clothing, food and equipment to cope with dramatic changes in the weather conditions!  Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.


The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance mountain 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 subject to proven mountain experience in all conditions.



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