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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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FRA LONG DISTANCE RECORDS and NEWS
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: email@example.com
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 Durham Hewitts Round UK Ultras
There are 177 Hewitts in England, Wales and Ireland, 25 are in the North Pennines and 11 are within the County of Durham. A Hewitt is defined as a hill of 2000 feet or more with a drop of at least 30 metres on all sides. Stuart Ferguson devised this round of all the Durham summits clocking up some 48 miles and 7500’ of ascent across some of England’s most arduous terrain. It was first completed in 2006 by Stuart Ferguson and Steve Lumb in 14 hours 3 minutes with an unsupported run starting from St John’s Chapel in Weardale. The Durham Hewitts Round is, in fact, a companion route to the Durham Dales Reservoir Round of 11 reservoirs, 61 miles and 9200’ which was devised and completed by Stuart in 2005 as an unsupported solo run. Both are informal challenges without rules or time limits although most will aim for sub 24 hours. See below for the link to Stuart’s blog giving further details.
Click the icon to view/print a schedule of the summits
Use in conjunction with OS Explorer Map OL31 North Pennines (1:25000)
No formal register is kept but Stuart Ferguson would be pleased to hear of any further completions - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Links and Further Information
□ Durham Hewitts Round - Stuart Ferguson’s blog of the inaugural run in 2006.
□ Durham Dales Reservoir Round – Stuart Ferguson’s blog of his 2005 run.
□ The Durham Hewitts Round - an account by Will Horsley (Northumberland Fell Runners) of his 2011 record run of 10-39.