About Dreaming of the fells

About me

I’m a late convert to running who joined my local club a decade ago. I saw it as a way to slow down an inevitable decline from my peak as a terrible recreational footballer towards an unfit and terrible footballer. A year later I had retired from football and done more than I ever imagined in running. This included a road marathon, plenty of injuries and my first fell race.

As with most things I try it didn’t quite go to plan. After overtaking a few runners on the big downhill I went for one more (no544). Unfortunately I was going too fast (for the first and last time), couldn’t stop and was going to crash into the volunteers at the finish. Quick thinking to safely complete the race and prevent injury averted a disaster.

Photograph by Dave Aspin Esk Valley Fell Club

The race was started by a primary school aged child shouting “Go!” Despite my legs burning for a couple of days I loved the challenge and was hooked. Ever since it feels I’ve been Dreaming of the fells. Training for the fells can be difficult in County Durham with traveling required for big hills.

Over the last 5 years this love of the fells and running on more difficult terrain has been a constant thread. In 2017 I completed fell races in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. I also won the male veteran 40 championship in the North East Fell Running Championship. In 2019 I completed the Bob Graham Round and gained membership of the Bob Graham Club. As for the future? I’m looking long term and an attempt at completing the Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge on my 50th birthday.

Mark at the finish of his Bob Graham round
Mark at the finish of his Bob Graham round June 2019

About the website

In this blog I’m hoping to write something other people might find interesting. More importantly I’ll be putting down my thoughts on running and life to entertain myself. Please feel free to comment, let me know I’m wrong or propose improvements.


Working with Derwentside A.C. Dreaming with the fells organises two free events. A try fell running guided group run the Bolts Law Basher in June and exploring the South Moor Heritage Trail Heritage Trail in November. Details of both events can be found on our events page.

South Moor Heritage Trail

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