With Saturday’s Turner Landscape race being cancelled as the result of a poor weather forecast, I was beginning to fear that ‘proper fell running’ was on its last legs. Luckily a text from Tim on Monday asking me whether I fancied a go at Steel Fell on Wednesday night has persuaded me otherwise. Steel Fell lies at the bottom end of Thirlmere and is a classic Lakeland up and down fell race. Registration was in a barn, race entry was free and the only kit requirement was that it ‘might be a good idea to take a jacket’ (it was teaming down when we arrived at the race). Luckily the weather cleared just as the race started and we were rewarded with fantastic views down to Thirlmere on the steep, grassy descent. Race results took the form of stickers on the barn door (another throwback to earlier, simpler times) and it turned out that Hannah Russel of Helm Hill had broken the ladies’ record. For this achievement her prize was a choice between a can of lager (singular) or a bottle of cider (also singular). A wise choice of the cider meant the overall winner, Mark Lamb of Keswick, came away with the lager. Tim finished near the front in 15th place and I finished near the back in 54th from a small but high-quality field. This race reminded me of what fell races were like when I started many moons ago and represented all that is great about this sport. I am pleased to say that if you know where to look, proper fell running very definitely lives on.