Would you like some FatAss Action?

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17/08/2012 at 20:14

If there were sufficient interest in an event in Leicestershire, I could come up with a  route of the desired length, that would be picturesque, challenging, and avoid any dangerous roads. 

If people are interested in preparing for a hilly event and do not have hill training opportunities on heir doorstep, I have some 25 mile training routs with up to 1000 meters of ascent/descent!

17/08/2012 at 20:49

Ben: now there's an offer! As you may recall, I've got Beachy Head mara end of October and I've my eye on Lakeland 50 next year, so hilly training routes are a good thing.

17/08/2012 at 21:22


If you are having trouble finding hilly training routes where you live, then come to Leicestershire and I will give you a beasting. 

17/08/2012 at 21:40
Hi tim, they must have repaired some of it because I had to turn around when I last went up there!

So what's the done thing for these fatass events? Does everyone run in a group at the pace of the slowest runner or is it a full on race?
17/08/2012 at 21:57
Ben - sounds good buddy, which part of Leics?
17/08/2012 at 22:05

I live in Mountsorrel Charnwood, which is home to the Chanwood Hills Marathon, Bowline Race, Woodhouse Challenge, and other notable hilly races. 

17/08/2012 at 22:28
Know it well worked for Lafarge last year. Not too far from me at Nottingham be good to catch up for a run.
14/10/2012 at 00:48
I have often wondered if fat ass style events occur in the uk and whether a website would be good to help organise such events. I spent a few hours looking into it last night and can't find a uk website with similar capabilities as the www.clubfatass.com website.

I've started putting together some ideas for a website, the main purpose of which will be to enable events to be logged so users can easily publicise and organise the events. I don't see the need for any insurance stuff, probably need to add some disclaimers but it is just a means for a group of runners to get together and go for a run.

Looking at this thread, atleast 5 peep might be interested in such a site and a previous user has mentioned fashioning a website - has any progress been made?

15/10/2012 at 23:15
I think not. It's a great idea. There are ultras springing up everywhere and many of them are damn expensive and/or need to be entered many months in advance. I sympathise with the organisers, as trying to make money from perhaps 100 runners while supporting them across many miles of countryside is always going to be very tough. Back to basics is the answer, but I like the idea of charging people only if they DON'T run - too many dreamers are disheartening for the people who put so much effort in to planning an event.
18/10/2012 at 09:23

Ok, well I've got some ideas and have made a start so once ive got something to show I'll circulate and welcome any feedback.

18/11/2012 at 20:52

Just to bump this thread for any Tyne and Wear based runners

Anyone care to help me create a Tyne and Wear Fat Ass? I am in the process of creating a 50km that takes in Penshaw, Coxgreen, The Angel of the North, Tanfield, Causey Arch, Beamish Woods and back to Penshaw. I have around 10 km to add to take in extra sites along the way. Has anyone got any suggestions for other landmarks to take in? I would like to finish it off with running the tidal path on the River Wear up towards Sunderland(Queen Alexandra Bridge) and back to finish at Penshaw

Would anyone be interested in running a Tyne and Wear 50km(ish) fatass next year as a training run?

I am generally doing my route finding runs early on a Saturday morning starting in Washington, so if anyone cares to help plan the route with me then give me a shout.


18/11/2012 at 21:07
Hi Tim, I'm still interested although I'm currently enduring my 3rd month of enforced rest due to a hip injury, so if any things organised once I'm fit again I'm in. (Might struggle to keep up with you after reading your blog from the Northumberland Coast Marathon!)

What's the score with these fatass events with regard to aid stations? And are they a full on race or do runners stay together in a group?
19/11/2012 at 13:40

Hi Andy,

There will be an water and food and at the start and finish and possibly some water at the half way point. The idea is that you should be pretty much self sufficient. Depending on numbers we would run this as one or two groups, with the idea being that it as more of a social occassion than a race. In fact no prizes for winning, but would try and get some tee shirts printed for those that want one.

For my route I will publish a map and route description for those that want to run it alone or at another time. Oen of the main advantages of a fat ass is that it is not a formally orgainsed event, so we do not need seek permission to run etc

19/11/2012 at 13:58

Hi Tim, IF I can get there, I'd be interested in this as a training run, although I'm nowhere near you! Please keep us posted.

19/11/2012 at 18:55

I'd be up for it, though I'm currently training up from a marathon to tackle longer distances, so I might be a pants in the endurance side.

20/11/2012 at 12:40

If you can complete a marathon without medical assistance and start running again within a couple of weeks of finishing the marathon then you should be fine with a 50km training run. For me a Fat Ass is not a race you are free to run it as fast or as slow as you like, Indeed you are free to run part of the distance if you so desire.

Next steps for me are to finish the route and then start documenting the route. Will break it down into three 10 mile(ish) sections. Will hopefully start documeting one or two of these sections before Christmas.  I might even turn into a blog post about Fat Ass runs.

Anymore else willing to publish a Fat Ass in their area? 

Edited: 20/11/2012 at 12:43
21/11/2012 at 10:56

I've been thinking about working out a variant on the Croydon Ultra (30 miles) course for myself for training runs, to remove some of the irritating wiggling around suburban streets (I already use parts of it in training, and always leave out those sections). May also try to work out more of a trail version, but that's going to take longer to do (planning the route, that is).

21/11/2012 at 12:06

Planning on developing a run I do in the Peak District, it is a cracking 14 miler at present as a 'pan and handle', I am pretty sure I could replicate in the opposite direction providing a figure of eight, with the car park in the middle allowing for a mid-point re-fuel, will go exploring in the next few weeks and see what I can find.

21/11/2012 at 13:08

Croydon Ultra is a "pan and handle" with the clubhouse at the pan-handle junction, so a natural re-fueling point - or with a small wiggle it could go past our house...

27/11/2012 at 19:17
Hi I am interested in the peak district one when ready excellent ideas about cars in the middle
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