A great read about fell running from one of the best around at the moment Ben Mounsey.
The secret fell running diary of Ben Mounsey aged 40 and a 1/2
What is fell running and how is it different to cross country and trail running? Is there a clear distinction between fell running and mountain running?
Fell running is traditionally a British sport that shares many of the same characteristics as other forms of off-road running; cross country, trail and mountain. However, it is unique in the sense that races are so unpredictable in terms of the weather and terrain. You have to be a much stronger and hardier athlete to cope with the environment. Speed isn’t necessarily the key, but rather strength and resilience. Experience and mountain-craft also play a huge part. You need to be able to find the best lines, because often you are running on a vague trod (or not!) between two checkpoints. There isn’t always a clear path and it’s usually safer to trust a compass rather than other people in a race!
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