The Chepstow Harriers 'Joc Dodd Fell Series' is a series of races in the calendar year that club members are encouraged to take part in. These races are chosen at the start of the year by the Fell Series Co-ordinator. Points are awarded in each race and an overall table of positions showing accumulated points is produced.
Denise and Paul wish to continue encouraging participation in the fell series this year. They hope to organise 'recces' of the races and thus help give confidence to runners new to fell racing to take part. Anyone can come on the recces - even if you have no intention of doing the race. The more the merrier!
The races in the series are varied, with half of them being short and thus suitable for most. One or two are longer and require a greater level of navigational skill or a recce beforehand. However, please be aware that weather conditions can make even the shortest easy race a stiff challenge.
Below are the races in this year's series. There are 12 to choose from and it will be your best 6 to count. You must do at least one graded as 'M' or 'L' in length - Torpantau, Longtown Llanthony, Steam Bunny, Waun Fach, Fan Brycheiniog
Scoring - your time is compared to the average runner's time in the race. If you are the middle placed runner in the race you get 100 points. If your are faster than the middle runner you score more than 100 and this gets increasingly higher the closer you get to being in 1st place.
Since races in the series are scored according to each runner's performance compared to all runners in the race, we don't need to make more than half of the total number of races count. Of course it may work out that members vying for the top slot may not actually race against each other, but this year the emphasis is very much about participation, not just about providing a 'nails' competition for our top fell racers.
Fell Races are all categorised in terms of length and difficulty:
Length - S (short), M (medium), L (long).
Difficulty A, B, C.
These are combined to denote the severity of the race. Eg: Pen Tir Drop BS (moderate difficulty and short)
Any club member can do a fell race. Many people assume that fell racers are slightly mad and hard as nails. Well, some are, but like all running genres, the races contain runners with a wide range of speed, age, experience and skills.
Anyone can do fell races - running in the hills can be a truly amazing experience and some might say almost spiritual.
You do not need to be a brilliant navigator as some races are well marked or follow easy paths or ridges.
You do not need to run up the hills - there is often a fair bit of walking to be done.
See www.fellrace.com for some general guidance.
2012 Results here
2011 results here
2010 results here
2009 results here.