Fell running is one of the oldest and most traditional sports in northern England. Races take place across the Yorkshire Dales throughout spring and summer. In this podcast you are taken to the ‘Hawkswick Dash’ in Littondale in June 2021, organised by the British Open Fell Runners Association. Hear the voices of Skipton’s ‘Mr Sport’ Roger Ingham, ‘Run The Dales’ writer and organiser Victoria Benn, Kilnsey Show fell race record holder Mick Hawkins and Wensleydale fell runners Heather Hodgson and Brian Carlisle. The cover photo is by Stephen Garnett Photography. As Stephen has said, the image, taken at the Hawkswick Dash, “captures the lung busting rawness of fell running”.
Voices from the Dales features people from the Yorkshire Dales in northern England, highlighting their stories, accents and dialect. All episodes are 15 minutes and presented by Andrew Fagg from Hawes. The latest episodes are Our Ingleborough Parts 1-6 (episodes 9-14), commissioned by Wild Ingleborough and published on 7 June 2022. Episodes 7-8 (‘Cheese Past’ and ‘Cheese Present’) were published in October 2021 as part of the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival. Episode 6 (‘Fell Runners’) takes you to the Hawkswick Dash fell race on 20 June 2021. Episodes 1-5 (‘Schools pt.1’, ‘Schools pt.2’, ‘Chapels’, ‘Bard’ and ‘Museum Makers’) came out during the third Coronavirus lockdown in March 2021 and drew on the Dales Countryside Museum’s oral history collection as well as fresh interviews.