Pennine Fell Runners

Thursday Night Training

We meet in the Royal car park in Hayfield at 7pm

Depending on who is there, we split into three or four groups of varying speeds for a hilly, off road run which generally lasts between 90 minutes and two hours. This may involve running on small trods or completely pathless terrain on and around the Kinder plateau for some of the time even when it's dark. Each group decides their own route on the night.

Please ensure you have checked the weather forecast and have both the kit and experience to be comfortable running the suggested route in the conditions you're likely to encounter. It's your responsibility to understand where the group is planning to go before you set off. This map covers most of the places where we usually run and shows you the local names that may be mentioned when the route is being decided. If you're not comfortable with the plan, you should join or create a different group to run another route.

Non-members are very welcome, please contact Geoff ( to let us know you're coming. As well as introducing you to a group that is likely to be a similar speed, we will try to offer you a buddy to run with for company when you first come down, as long as someone is available. Please make sure you have the right kit, including a map of the area, as you will still need to look after yourself while you're out.

You can view some example route descriptions and maps for a few of the routes we do here. These include a number of low-level options that you may prefer to take if you don't feel you have sufficient experience for the route another group is planning.

Kit: full FRA kit and additional items such as a mobile phone (working and switched on), spare layer, first aid kit, bivvy bag, emergency shelter are recommended. Carrying hand sanitiser and a face covering are sensible precautions in case someone gets hurt and people need to get close to help them. Between September and April you'll need to bring a headtorch too, of course. This is what the club recommends but the decision about what kit to carry rests with you.

Confirming you're safely off the hill: you should always let a friend or family member know that you're safely back from any training run, including when you're running with the club. If you don't have someone available to be your emergency contact on a Thursday please let us know and we will provide someone you can text to let them know you're back from the hill. For more details, please read the information here

This is an informal training session, without qualified run leaders, so all members of each group are responsible for the safety of the whole group and group sizes should reflect this. We recommend aiming for a maximum of around 8 people in a group.

There are a number of recommended ways of managing a group to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment. These include mustering at predetermined points and running back, where the faster members of the group run ahead before looping back to the last runner. Carrying out a head count periodically will also help ensure no one gets left behind.

If you want to split from your group, either individually or in a sub-group, please make sure you let everyone else know.

Please also look at: Pennine's Safety page and
Risk assessments:  
Risk Assessment information
Risk assessment policy
General risk assessment

Pennine's Participation Statement: As a club, Pennine Fell Runners recognises that fell running is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. All adult participants in club activities must be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.