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There are two places available on the Elterwater course this weekend.

For more details please contact Margaret Batley

2018 Race Registration

2018 race registration information will be emailed to all 2017 race organisers next week.  The deadline for submission of races to be included in the handbook will be 31st October.

If you are a new organiser or have a new race for 2018, please email Andy Butler, the Fixtures Secretary at so that you can be included in the mailing.

English Schools Fellrunning Championships - Website Open For Entries

The website is now taking entries for the English Schools Fellrunning Championship on Sunday 24th September.

Harriers v Cyclists 18th November - Change of Organiser/Race Contact

The organiser/race contact for the Harriers v Cyclists race on Saturday 18th November has changed to John Parkin.  Full details are here.

English Championships

Updated here after Castle Carr

FRA Annual Presentation and Dinner Dance

To be held at  Castle Green Hotel, Kendal on Saturday 11th November 2017
Tickets available from Ali Richards, 1 Ketel Houses, Burneside, LA9 6QU  priced at £25
Please send a cheque payable to Helm Hill Runners and an SAE. If you have any seating or dietary requirements  let him know.
There will be a race organised as well
Rooms have been reserved at the hotel.  Please quote FRA do when you ring to book for a reduced rate.

2016 British and English Championship trophy winners

Could all 2016 British and English Championship trophy winners please return their trophies to Jon Broxap c/o the Pete Bland van which will be at Gt Whernside, Hodgson Brothers Relays or the British Relays, or drop off at the shop in Kendal before then.
We need all trophies returning by mid-October in order to arrange engraving before for the Do please (11th November).
If anyone has any problems getting their trophy back, please contact Jon or me.

English Schools Fellrunning Championships

This year’s English School Fell Running Championship on Sunday 24 September will be hosted by Giggleswick School at North Ribblesdale Rugby Union Football Club, Grove Park, Lower Greenfoot, Settle, N.Yorks, BD24 9RB.

Registration for picking up numbers and souvenir t shirts will open at 9.15 a.m. The first race will be at 11 am (Year 7) and prize giving at about 2.30 pm. Full details (including course maps) will be on shortly where online entries will also be made. A further announcement will be made when the site goes live.

Giggleswick School, the FRA and the event sponsors, Ronhill and Pete Bland Sports look forward to welcoming runners and their supporters to the Yorkshire Dales for a great day’s racing.

Buttermere Shepherds' Meet - Change of Date

The Buttermere Shepherds' Meet has been put back by a day and consequently the date of the race has also changed to Sunday 29th October.  All other details are unchanged and can be found here.

Mendip Muddle 8th October - Change of Organiser/Race Contact

The organiser and race contact for the Mendip Muddle on Sunday 8th October has changed to Carol O'Leary.  Full details can be found here.

Kate Burge From Sea To Summit - Change of Start Time

This year there will be an evening event after the Kate Burge From Sea To Summit race on Saturday 14th October, with a local band, food and beer. To transition better from race to entertainment the race start is delayed to 1:30pm. Sign-on will start at 12.30pm. More information on the FRA website and on the race website.

Whitfield Village Fair Race 10th September - Cancelled

The Whitfield Village Fair Race on Sunday 10th September has been cancelled.

First on the Scene

What to do if you are First on the Scene of an incident on the fells -
essential reading here.

Ian Roberts Memorial Race - New Date

The Ian Roberts Memorial Race originally planned for March has been rescheduled and will now take place on Sunday 24th September.  Full details here.

Kirkby Moor 25th November - Change of Contact/Organiser

The contact and organiser for Kirkby Moor on Saturday 25th November has changed to Hazel Tayler.  Full details here.

Welfare policy - Transgender and Anti Doping

The Committee have agreed that the FRA will be following the UKA policies on Transgender - and Anti Doping -
This replaces the item in the 2017 Handbook on P 24 Apps 3 and 4 and as previously set out in the Welfare policy - The policy will be updated.

FRA English Junior Championships clarification

Please click here

Eligibility criteria for the English championships

Eligibility criteria for the English championships including seniors; U21 and juniors. Members are asked to note that the following criteria applies to all championships as in P48 of the handbook.


1. First claim member of an English club and registered with England athletics Runners must be a member of the FRA if they are not registered with England athletics

2. First claim member of a club outside England which is registered with the appropriate home country athletics federation and either born in England or have been resident in England for a minimum of twelve months prior to the date of the first championship race.

3. Members of the FRA who are not members of a club registered with England athletics but either born in England or have been resident in England for a minimum of twelve months prior to the date of the first championship race.

Runners qualifying under 2 or 3 above must notify the FRA statistician either in writing or by e mail prior to the date of the first championship race

Clubs must be affiliated to England Athletics.

2017 Coaching and Leadership courses

 Have been announced.  Locations, details and application forms are available here

Race Updates

The following changes have been made to races since the handbook went to press.  The details on the website always show the most up to date information we have:

Sat 15th April. Fron Four

This is a N Wales Championship counter, not Moelwyn as indicated on page 55 of the handbook

Sun 14th May. Gt Whernside Juniors. 

Change of start time to 12 noon (NOT 14:00)

Sun 18th June. Great Lakes

Change of date (was 17th June)

Sun 2nd July. Fountains

Race cancelled

Sun 10th Dec. Litton Christmas Cracker

Change of organiser tel no. to 01298 605092.  No entries on day.

In addition to these races. There are about a dozen races that were registered after the handbook went to press, and these can be found by searching here, or reading the updates section in future Fellrunners

Andy Butler

Fixtures Secretary


Following the FRA committee meeting on 4/12/16 and in light of recent publicity surrounding historical sexual abuse at football clubs, the committee clarified that any allegations of a similar nature within the sport of fell running will be taken extremely seriously and investigated appropriately.

We have already liaised with UKA and an update and explanation of his role will be provided by the newly appointed Welfare Officer in the Spring Fellrunner.

Any enquiries should be directed to Ed Gamble (

British Fell Relays

After the success of the 2016 British Fell relays in Scotland, 2017 will see the relays return to North Wales, hosted once again by Eryri Harriers, on 15th October.

To ensure the continued success of the event as a truly British championship we are keen to have an English venue for 2018.  I am aware there are a couple of clubs who are looking into the feasibility of acting as the host, but at this stage nothing has been confirmed.  If any individuals or clubs are interested in being involved in putting on this great event, please do get in touch with me – either to discuss what is required or to get hold of the event guidelines.

I am sure I am not alone in hoping we can find an English host to continue to great tradition of the event

2017 GB Mountain Selection

The 2017 GB mountain running selection criteria can now be found under the international page.  Due to the World Championships being held much earlier (end of July) in 2017, the selection policy is different to previous years.  We envisage this being a one off.

Sarah Rowell

Change to the WV60 championship categories for 2017

Following the discussion at the 2016 AGM, stimulated by Wendy Dodds and the subsequent polling of women members aged 50+ it has been decided to make a change to the championship categories for 2017 as follows:
Ranking for the WV60 category is to be calculated on points scored in up to 4 of the 6 races to be listed but only one long race will count.
The situation will be reviewed at the end of 2017.Members who participated are thanked for their input.

English Championship A Long Races

Calling all ROs, Clubs and potential ROs. Could you create an AL race?
We are down to maybe only one or two A long races worthy of being selected outside the Lake District. This is largely due to courses and/or competitor numbers being impeded by conservation work.
We would like the Championships to be representative of all English hill and fell terrain. Maybe you could create a new race or adapt an existing AM or BL? Bring in extra income for your club or worthy cause maybe? Please consider:
  • A challenging course, worthy of being a Championship counter.
  • Avoiding high summer, when the Lakes ALs dominate the calendar.
  • A good “clean” course with no congestion or bottlenecks (particularly at the start).
  • Good infrastructure; venue facilities, road access, parking.
  • No severe restrictions on numbers, land access. This will mainly apply in National Parks.
Please consider giving it a go. Thank you.
Jude Jepson ,
FRA. Championships.

Race Organisers - Documents

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