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David Bell Memorial Race - Change of Date



The date of the David Bell Memorial race has been changed to Sunday 15th March.  All other details are as previously published.



FRA - Standing Orders



If you’ve previously paid for membership by standing order PLEASE CANCEL IT if you’ve not already done so.

If your standing order is still in place the banking system will take the old subscription amount from your account come what may, and will then keep it until it sees fit to return it to you.  The old FRA subscriptions account no longer exists and so the payment will definitely be returned to you, but perhaps not as quickly as you’d like.

For any issues or questions please contact the Treasurer (address as per Handbook).



Access Officer



The FRA is still looking for an Access Officer. I am currently holding the portfolio pro tem.
 
The post involves attending the FRA Committee; advising and working with the Committee and race organisers on Access and Environment issues; reviewing the current access guidelines, contained within the Guidelines for Race Organisers and working with land owners and other interested parties to protect the interest of fell running and races, particularly in the context of the CRoW Act 2000.
 
If you would be interested in being put forward for nomination for the post you are welcome to contact me. 
 
Nick Harris
Secretary secretary@fellrunner.org.uk
0796344174


English Championships



Unfortunately the rules for the English Championships appear to have been misprinted in the handbook they should read:
 

Eligibility qualifications for the English Championships are as follows: 
* Individuals 
1. First claim member of an English club and registered with England Athletics. Unregistered athletes must be members of the FRA
2. Member of a club outside England which is registered with the appropriate home country athletics federation but born in England or resident in England for a minimum of twelve months prior to the date of the first Championship race. 
3. Unattached members of the FRA born in England or 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. 
 



Membership renewals



More than 4000 FRA Memberships have now been renewed using the new Online Membership system – many thanks. If you renewed or joined by 16th December you should expect to receive the FRA Handbook & Fixtures Calendar in time for Christmas.  If you renewed or joined by 23rd December at 17:00, you should receive it early in the New Year.  If you renew or join after this, you will receive it from LATE JANUARY onwards.  If you haven’t yet renewed, please visit http://www.sientries.co.uk/fra
 
Debbie Thompson, our membership administrator is away now until 20th January.  She will answer any email enquiries on her return.


Insurance Cover for Race Organisers



A note has been produced by the FRA following issues raised by Race Organisers earlier in 2014. The production of the note involved direct consultation with both the UKA and the insurers by FRA member Graham Wadsworth, who has a lifetime of experience working in the insurance industry but who is now a retired insurance broker. It is now on the Race Organiser page of the FRA website.



Bradda Niarbyl Championship Race 2015 Entries Open



Entries have opened today for the 2015 Bradda Niarbyl English and Manx Championship race on the Isle of Man on Saturday 11th July 2015. Entry is via the Manx Fell Runners website: http://manxfellrunners.org/bradda



High Peak Marathon



Very sorry but due to a problem with our website all entries made before Saturday the 15th of November have been lost.

If this has affected your entry please make your entry online again or forward the confirmation email you received  (this may be under spam) to highpeakmarathon@hotmail.com and we will manually reinstate your entry.  

All entries to be made before 30th November.

Apologies again and thanks for your patience.  Richard Bradbury



Race Registration 2015



All organisers of 2014 races should by now have received the registration papers for 2015.  If you wish to register a race and haven't received anything yet, please get in touch with me, preferably by email. Contact details are on FRA>Committee page of this website.  The deadline for submission of races for the 2015 handbook is 31st October 2014. 



2015 Safety Requirements



These can now be viewed on the Race Organisers' page.  It should be noted that for the remainder of 2014 the current requirements still apply.



Race Organisers - Documents



Click here to use Jim Godwin's race organiser program



Legal advice and help with drafting a document for juniors.



The FRA Committee have been building up a reference group of members with specific expertise and who can help and advise us from time to time. To date we have input in relation to insurance; safety, both mountain rescue and health and safety; juniors/coaching and from some race organisers.
 
1.  Could you offer legal advice to the FRA Committee on draft documents etc?
 
2. We are putting together a leaflet for juniors and have text that would look very uninviting to any junior member. Could you offer help with an improved layout e.g. cartoons/photos? (Junior members putting themselves forward would be welcomed.)
 
Suitable payments will be made to those appointed, if required.
 
If you like to put yourself forward you are welcome to send me a brief resume to secretary@fellrunner.org.uk or phone me on 07956344174
 
Nick Harris, Secretary


Insurance - 'hazards'



British Athletics/UKA has a statement on ‘hazards’ on their website which has caused concerns to a number of race organisers:
 
“Hazardous Activities Exclusion – this policy does not apply to liability arising out of hazardous activities which increase the risk of bodily injury or damage to property. This includes but is not limited to amusement rides, bonfires, bouncy castles, fairground rides, fireworks, inflatables.”
 
We have been in correspondence with British Athletics/UKA on this and, a number of other issues in relation to insurance and further details will be sent to race organisers at a later date when this dialogue is finalised.  However we have been able to gain clarity that:
 
'The intention of this exclusion is to remove hazardous risks which are not part and parcel of the core activities of the insured parties.  It does not exclude any athletic activities that are approved by British Athletics, which do include fell running.'
 
I hope that will remove the anxiety I know some organisers have.
 
Nick Harris
Secretary


FRA Hypothermia Leaflet



Can be downloaded here



England Athletics registration



Following a change of management at England Athletics they have advised us that they are no longer able to continue the arrangement whereby members of the FRA can obtain free registration with EA.
 
If you have obtained EA registration via the FRA it will lapse from April 2014.  EA registration does not affect access to fell races in any way, but it will mean you have to enter as ‘unattached’ for other England Athletics events, notably road races that you may wish to compete in.
 
Should you wish to continue to be registered with England Athletics you should go through an EA affiliated club, and pay the £10 EA fee via them. At the moment there is no arrangement for athletes to register direct with EA.


FRA Radios



Monitoring runners is a vital aspect of the safe conduct of fell races and so the FRA has long had a set (6) of Motorola radios available for free loan to race organisers.
 
The FRA has now purchased three further sets (of 6) of a more powerful Motorola model which have much improved radio coverage.
 
These are available on free loan from Jon Broxap via Pete Bland Sports where they are stored.
 
Race organisers are urged to make use of this facility.
 
The FRA is committed to do all it can to ensure safety in fell races and if future demand for radios from race organisers exceeds supply then the FRA will purchase additional sets to safeguard the future of the sport.