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!
There are undoubtedly different views on what constitutes ultra-distance as opposed to long-distance or even whether there is any difference at all! For the purposes of this site the general benchmark for inclusion is a route of 30 miles or 50 km with 6000 feet of ascent. Only self-defining peak bagging routes are included, no further route description should be needed.
This is something which can be completed at any time and at your own initiative in one continuous outing. Races and other types of event organised on specific dates are excluded from this site. For the purposes of this site national or regional trails, such as the Pennine Way or Calderdale Way, which have some form of official blessing are excluded. Challenges fall into two categories - formal or informal as described below.
Formal or Official
These are routes where there is an official recorder to register successful completions and supply information on the route. There are also usually set criteria for completing the route such as a time limit.
These are routes without any official recorder and usually without any time limit although they must be completed in one continuous outing.
These fall into three main categories.
Supported: where pre-arranged roadside or fell support from others is used to provide food, drink, navigation or pacing etc
Self-supported: where no pre-arranged support is used, instead supplies can be stashed en-route or purchased from shops and cafes etc.
Unsupported or self sufficient: where everything is carried, although water can be taken from natural sources
The above can be joint or solo ventures. In addition, a further, more adventurous and non-competitive, category might be added - Explorer.
Explorer: where solo, unsupported attempts are undertaken ‘on-sight’ (with no prior route recce, although parts of a route may already be known from previous excursions) and ‘traditional’ (where navigation is by map and compass, not by GPS devices).
Record contenders should refer to the more precise guidelines and definitions now published under the Long Distance Awards section of the annual FRA Handbook.
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.
HAVE A GO!
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.
FRA LONG DISTANCE
RECORDS and NEWS
Please send details 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
Please also refer to the guidelines and definitions in the FRA Handbook.
Updates are generally made each winter and announced on gofar facebook. If you are not on facebook, to subscribe to future updates email Tony Wimbush: email@example.com . Put "subscribe" in the subject line, or "delete" if you wish to unsubscribe.
If you can improve on the accuracy of this resource, offer details of other routes (old and new), spot any errors in grid references, names, heights, spelling or punctuation, or find a link which does not work please email Tony Wimbush: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Wimbush is responsible for all design, research and content on the gofar website.
Richard Wimbush provides technical support
Appreciation goes to Peter Hartley for use of the black and white photos that also appeared on the cover of The Fell Runner (Summer 1985 and Summer 1986).
For the use of photographs as credited on relevant web pages thanks also go to Wendy Dodds, Nicky Spinks, Bob Wightman and Pauline Charters.
Thanks are due to the following who have assisted with information: -