15/07/2018. The High Fells of Coquet 38 is a continuation of the popular Clennell Trail run ultra. Same stupendously steep hills, same stunning ridge-line views and same levels of thunderous pain in your legs. The only thing that has changed is the start/finish point. As ultra go 38 miles is a nice distance, just don’t mention the hills involved. Although I’m yet to achieve that lifelong ambition of bringing someone to tears, I have to say this event comes pretty close.
Set in the stunning hills of Upper Coquetdale you’ll be thrust headlong into iconic names such as Shillhope Law, Windy Gyle, Pennine Way, Mozie Law, Lamb Hill, Copper Snout and many more. Their beauty almost takes away the pain that your legs are starting to scream about after the third or fourth humdinger. Once you’re done you’ll have some amazing memories and would have spent the day with like-minded hardly souls tramping around the fells.
This route is fully marked so does away with any navigation like you had in 2017 although having a map of the route/area is still a must. Our safety team will be on hand to help you through the day and we have specialist atvs and 4×4 vehicles to call on should you have problems in the really remote sections – yes there are plenty of those.
You’ll need to have drop bags, 2 of them, and it’s a good idea to make provisions to take on a lot of water as the stint between drop bags is a big one – taking a tiny litre bottle out to save weight is only going to go Pete Tong if the weather warms up. When you’re done we’ll cheer you in, dish out a technical tee and give you a finishers badge, the fourth of the High Fells Trail Series. There are also a wide range of category prizes on offer so you’ll have a good chance of getting something good for your mantle piece.
Before you enter please remember that ultras rely a lot on self sufficiency and motivation. 38 miles is a good way to get into ultra running but remember it is all about preparation so make sure you get it right. Now what’s stopping you from giving it a go?