Please try to:
- Take care along the way - respecting to route, closing gates in particular, and of course not leaving any litter (if possible try and bring back any litter you find!).
- Respect those who live and work along the route. Our support points are chosen carefully to avoid problems, but some are still close to houses to please think of the the residents of these rural areas.
- Support vehicles please drive slowly, stop & park sensibly if you need to use your phone - give yourslef plenty of time so you don't have to rush.
- Don't mess things up for others.
It's worth checking The Country Code as always.
COVID GUIDELINES (these are the Fell Runners Association COVID-19 guidlelines)
- Don’t be a casualty - the NHS is busy and mountain rescue and other emergency services are to busy already.
- Kit Check - You are on your own.
- Take full FRA kit as a minimum (see below)
- Take enough food and drink; many cafés and pubs are still shut
- Infection – keep your distance, and keep your hands clean
- Avoid other people outdoors where possible
- Keep your distance if you meet others out there.
- Think about gates, styles and anything else that people had their hands on. Imagine everything you touch is covered in pink paint! How do you prevent transferring it to other surfaces and users? How do you keep it off the rest of your stuff – keys, jacket, shoes, front door – so think about taking some hand wipes or hand gel
- As always, let someone know your route and when to expect you back. By text/phone if you live alone.
- One news story about a ‘reckless runner needing rescuing’ could be the end for now.
FRA KIT IS AS FOLLOWS
- Map https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/explorer-map-the-lake-district-south-eastern-area.html is the OS map you will need.
- Compass (and the knowledge of how to use it!) - Weather can change rapidly even on these low hills so always be sure to carry one. Though knowing just the basics will get you out of most situations, even if you don't, somebody who comes to your assistance might point you in the right direction
- Whistle - Pretty self-explanatory this one, you may need to attract someone's attention in an emergency or attend an illegal rave in 1993.
- Hat & Gloves - Though you might be running in the height of summer, you should always carry head and hand cover. You might not need them while running but don't underestimate how cold it can get if you have to slow down or stop on the summits, plus the body's temperature can fall rapidly if it goes into shock following an injury. Keep you head warm and your hands warmer
- Waterproof Full Body Cover - This means a waterproof jacket, with hood and taped seams and a pair of waterproof trousers, also with taped seams. Again, you probably won't wear them while running, unless its really grim but if you have to slow down or stop for any reason, they can be a real life saver.Taped seams are essential
- Bumbag/Race Vest - Most runners opt for a Bumbag but increasingly people are using Race Vests on longer runs, these tend to be slightly more comfortable with a greater capacity.
- Fell Shoes or Trail Shoes
- Emergency Food: - This usually means gels ora bar of some kind, this must be in addition to any food you intend to eat en route.
- Emergency Blanket/Bivvy Bag. - It can be used to keep a casualty warm, sheltering in sudden storms or attracting attention.
- Extra warm layer:
- Bottle/Cup/Soft Flask - Carrying a bottle or cup will allow you to fill up at streams or support points. Despite all the dire warnings above about the weather turning cold and wet even in summer, it can also be very hot and heat exhaustion is a known killer. One the Bay Limestone Round we strongly suggest that you use a filter bottle if you refill from the streams.