fell running

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A form of foot racing across the demanding terrain of the hilly country in the north of England known as the ‘fells’, and in mountainous regions of Wales and Scotland. It is an endurance event, across distances of up to forty miles. An ascent and descent of Great Britain's highest peak, Ben Nevis in Scotland, was first raced in 1895. The sport has attracted participants from an increasingly wide social and gender base, and in Britain the Fell Runners' Association coordinates the events, entries, and organization of runs, limiting entries as adverse weather conditions can expose participants to serious personal risk. Fell running is the equivalent of mountain running in many other countries, and its international dimension is overseen by the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) and the International Association of Ultra Runners (IAUR). The WMRA staged an event with the winner receiving a ‘World Trophy’ from 1985, and was recognized by the global parent athletics body, the International Association of Athletics Federation, in 2002.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

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