Fell running is a discipline that involves racing out on the moors and the mountains. Races vary in distance from short junior races, through to full off road marathon distances. If you like running off road, in natural and wild spaces, with stunning views as your reward for climbing to the summit, the fell running may be for you. Halifax Harriers have a dedicated fell running coach, Nick Small, who takes sessions on Saturday mornings at Ogden Water, and other lovely spots (when covid restrictions allow). Contact him (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in taking up fell/trail running.
Fell running can be as simple as "race you to the top of that hill". Runners of all abilities run together: usually men and women run in the same race. You might find yourself lining up on the start line with a national champion. There are dedicated race programmes for juniors too, right up to international level. In winter, runners are usually required to carry compulsory kit, such as hat, gloves, and full waterproof body cover. In some instances you may also have to carry a map, compass and whistle.
Halifax Harriers have had some very good fell runners in the past and now are building a very special group of runners who want to compete on the fells at the highest level, as well as encouraging those who just want to enjoy the running without any competitive pressures.
As a club, we organise the biggest fell running event in the country: The Calderdale Way Relay, which takes place in May . It's a favourite event for many of the country's top fell runners and a very important race for the club in terms of prestige and fund raising.
We also host the Norland Moor race and Ogden Midsummer Madness.
We have the Halifax Harriers Fell League: open to junior and senior runners, and details of qualifying races can be found on the Junior and Senior fell racing pages. Details of races can be found on the FRA website and we advise all our fell runners to join the excellent FRA, which provides you with the FRA Handbook detailing all races, and the superb Fellrunner Magazine.
In addition we run an annual Fell League for senior Halifax Harriers members regularly competing in fell running competitions.
Keep an eye out for the Senior Off Road runs which happen monthly throughout the year. See Ryan Barker, Andrea Ackroyd or Steve Sladdin at the club for details.