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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Yorkshire Two Thousands UK Ultras
The object of this epic challenge was to ascend all the two thousand foot summits that lie on or within the county boundary of North Yorkshire in one outing. It involved some 119 miles of arduous terrain, climbing 26 peaks and ascending some 20,000 feet. The route was devised by Peter Barker of Harrogate who based it on George Bridge's tables of two thousand foot summits published in 1973. For some reason it did not prove very popular! The first completions were by Tony Wimbush and Colin Brooke during 1982 in poor weather, followed, in 1986, by Pete Simpson in the record time of 29 hours 11 minutes (see article below). Nearly thirty years later a fourth round was notched up by Matt Neale in 36 hours 29 minutes in late September 2013 (see below for his account).
In 1994 the Yorkshire Two Thousands inspired the development of the Yorkshire Round, a reduced circuit of 20 summits to enable completion inside 24 hours on similar lines to the Bob Graham Round. This was derived from the summit lists compiled by John and Ann Nuttall in 1990 which adopted the definition of a 2000 foot summit as one which rises above its surroundings on all sides by at least 50 feet.
Click on the icon to view/print a schedule of summits, grid references and heights corresponding with George Bridge's tables. Use in conjunction with OS Explorer maps OL 2 - Yorkshire Dales Southern and Western areas, OL 30 - Yorkshire Dales Northern and Central areas and OL 19 - Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley.
No formal register is kept but Tony Wimbush would be interested to hear of any further completions. Email: email@example.com.
Links and Further Information
□ Well Done Pete - a short article by Bill Smith on Pete Simpson’s 1986 round which appeared in Compass Sport in 1987
□ Yorkshire 2000's - Matt Neale's account of his 2013 completion.
□ The Mountains of England and Wales, George Bridge (West Col Productions, 1973). - Tables of mountains of two thousand feet or more in altitude. The Yorkshire Two Thousands are included in the Central Pennines section. Now out-of-print but probably available through second-hand bookshops.
□ On High Yorkshire Hills, Phil Clayton (Dalesman, 1993). An informative survey of Yorkshire’s twenty-six two thousand footers which recognises neither metrication nor the “new” county boundaries which allowed Cumbria and Durham to hijack some of it’s finest hills! Now out-of-print but probably available through second-hand bookshops.