‘Fell and Mountain Running: Through the Eye of a Lens.
A tribute to Pete Hartley: fellrunner and photographer’
by Steve Chilton and Denise Park.
This book showcases some of the best photographs taken by Pete Hartley
"It is simply the definitive photographic record of the sport and will be a living record for as long as fell running exists" Graham Breeze, previous FRA Chairman
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How runners often saw Pete: high on Swirral Edge in position for the runners
Pete Hartley discovered he was ‘quite good’ at fell running in the 1970’s. Often running with his camera, he was always ready to capture the unusual shot. Unfortunately, a car accident put an end to his running career in the early 90’s, but his passion for both photography and fell running allowed him to continue to remain involved with the sport. He soon became internationally recognised for his amazing images and regularly travelled to races in the UK and abroad, taking photos of fell and mountain runners. Never just happy with a finish photo, Pete would be found in the most inaccessible of places so he could capture that unique image of a runner in a challenging landscape, often in extreme conditions
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Anna Strakova (Pichrtova) – Former World, European, World Long-Distance and World Masters Mountain Running Champion, Olympian
Always on top of the mountain, behind the rock or at the river crossing, 6am or midnight, ready to get the best shot. That was Pete. It didn't matter if it was a photo of a world champion or the runner on the tail of the race with a smile on his face. Every picture is full of emotions, has his soul and little story. Never boring or the same. You loved the sport, you loved the camera, you loved your work!
Ken Taylor – Legendary fell runner and veteran record holder, Pete’s running partner
Pete’s talent as a runner and photographer was immense - top class in every sense. There are few, if any, who could capture the magic of fell running on camera like Pete could. The pain, pleasure, and memory of competing in fell races lives on thanks to Pete and this book. A true friend sadly lost but not forgotten.
Mike Parsons - Outdoor Gear Coach, formerly KIMM and OMM
This book is a great celebration of mountain running and Pete has captured memorable moments, great characters, and the amazing landscapes we all love. Superb!
Victoria Wilkinson – Former Junior World Mountain Running Champion, several times English and British Fell Running Champion, race record holder
Pete’s lifelong love and passion for photography, fell running and the hills and mountains reflect in this superb book, showcasing many of the great characters he met over the decades. Quality at its best.
A double page spread from the book
The book has been produced by noted author, Steve Chilton*,
and Pete’s partner, world renowned Chartered Physiotherapist Denise Park.
They describe the process of producing the book.
Denise: I searched through approximately 60,000 images which were on a variety of hard drives, cd's, memory sticks, slides, negatives, computers and boxes of printed images! Whilst Pete had them all catalogued in his head - I'm sure you will appreciate the enormity of the task. Pete wanted to publish this book before he passed away, but his cancer was far more advanced than he ever wanted to accept. It has been my wish to do it for him at some stage, but had I not had a chance meeting with Steve in November 2019, followed by the announcement of lockdown in March, I'm sure it wouldn't have happened for quite some time.
Steve: We agreed on categories, or chapters, for the book and I had the pleasurable task of making final choices for what went in the book, from the many, many images that Denise suggested. Looking at so many of his photos made me realise, even more, what a brilliant photographer he was. It was partly the fact that he got so high on the hill, and thus was able to photograph the runner(s) AND the landscape that they were within. I also felt that he was able in the best images to tell a little story in just one or two photos.
With a Foreword by Jono Wyatt, you can now share the stunning images of race courses, challenging terrain, breath-taking landscapes and some of the amazing people who were a part of Pete's fell running world.
Pete with Jono Wyatt and partner, Denise, at the Sierre-Zinal Race, 2013