Macclesfield Harriers & Athletic Club

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Intermediate Fell Group (IFG) - Update

The IFG  (intermediate fell group) was originally intended to only last 6 weeks.  It was formed to compliment the 3 fell taster sessions led by Shaun Wilde and to provide a stepping stone to the regular fell group, or to enter the Staffordshire Moorlands Summer Series (see previous post for details).

However, due to the success of the IFG and the increase of runners attending the regular group on a Wednesday night, we have decided to continue with the group.  It must be said that this is only due to a team of 7 regular fell runners who have volunteered to remain and support the group. It is our aim over the next few months to continue to build your confidence and strength on the hills.

However, just as you are learning new skills we have also learned some important lessons about taking people running on the hills for the first time.  The following points must be considered at all times for your own safety and that of the group:

  • Are you wearing the correct running gear appropriate to the weather conditions?  It is perhaps a good time to get into the habit of carrying waterproofs, hat, gloves, emergency food, loose change/mobile and head torch.
  • If you have any niggle or injury, is it wise to run? Think very carefully of the further damage you could do to yourself and it could prolong your  recovery. At the beginning of all runs we will be now asking if anyone is injured.  It will be at the leaders discretion if you run or not.
  • Nobody must leave the group without letting one of the support know what is happening and the reason.  We have to account for the safety of the group and the consequences of losing someone, an accident occurring and the impact on the group and club does not bear thinking about. If you are in any doubt of your fitness or the planned route, then it would be wise to miss the run that week.
  • We can't cater for the different levels of fell running experience on a Wednesday night, and so only runners who have attended a taster session or are new to fell running should come out with the IFG at the moment.  There are at least two other groups running on Wednesday night, the regular fell runners and the "shufflers".  After a few weeks it may be that you wish to change to one of these groups.  It is very important that you run to the ability of the group.
  • To accommodate the new members who have family and work commitments, we have amended a few of the venues shown on the website and printed in GO. We will be meeting on certain dates close to Macclesfield to avoid travel, parking or clashing with a fell race and its route.

The changes to venues for the IFG are as follows:

24.5 No run or Scamper O

07.6 Teggs Nose lower car park or Boars Head hill race *

28.6 Pyms Chair or Hope Wakes fell race *

05.7 No run or Polly Lander

19.7 Marshall at Forest Five trail race*

02.8 Lamaload car park or Cracken Edge fell race *

09.8 Group to run Eccles Pike fell race *

* club championship races

We will be having two coaching sessions with Shaun Wilde over the summer plus we will be touching on basic map reading, navigation and incorporating some specific hill training.

There will be no runs for the group on the 24th May and 5th July due to two events that are run annually by two of our club members. If you want to practice your navigation skills then consider supporting them and forming groups of 2 - 4. Details are already on the website and FB for Scamper O.

The Forest Five race is also another event organised by the club, this year it will be held on 19th July.  The organisers will looking for volunteers to help on the night. A request for help will be posted nearer the date. We will try and go out another night those three Wednesdays, or even do the park run at Lyme Park.

Julie Gardner