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FRA Emergency Wilderness First Aid Course

The FRA in its role to help promote higher safety standards in our sport have organised a 2 day ITC Emergency Wilderness First Aid Course. It is aimed primarily for FRA members and runners who marshal races, these people will be given priority. It is hoped to do further courses and open it to all members if successful. 
The course is subsidised so presents excellent value for money for members at £85
The date of the course is to be 16-17th April and we have space for 12 candidates. 
The Venue is to be Woodhead barn in the Northern Peak. 
Please reply to myself in the first instance to Ian Winterburn  expressing interest or with any queries.

2016 FRA England Fell & Mountain 14-16 Development Camp

13th March 2016, 10:00 – 16:00       Sedbergh School
This year’s pre-season junior development camp will be held on Sunday March 13th at Sedbergh School from 10:00 until 16:00.
This camp is aimed at establishing the building blocks of future high performance by building skills and knowledge amongst junior runners and coaches.  It is intended to enjoyable, stimulating & interesting with the day being delivered by a team of experienced coaches, physiotherapists and sports scientists as well as inputs & insights from elite athletes.
As those who may attend are likely to have raced at the Inter-Counties cross country championships in Birmingham, it is intended that this will be more an educational than training camp.  Topics will include injury prevention, recovery strategies, training & race planning, performance psychology and running technique as well as highlighting the pathways and opportunities to competing as a junior International in mountain running in 2016.
There is no intention of doing a training session however there may be some drill work & stretching (please bring a foam roller if you have one) during the day that athletes will be expected to participate in. 
There will be nominal fee of £10 for attendance, this does not include lunch.
To attend, athletes must be between 14 -16 and intend racing in the FRA U16 age group.
Athletes should have demonstrated ability by being:
-       Placed in the top 10 in any FRA English Championship race.
-       Placed consistently in BOFRA races.
-       Reached County level at cross country.
-       Running fast times on the track or road.
Any further questions or to apply for a place please use the relevant application form available here or me, Duncan Richards at 

Flower Scar Sun 21st February - Note From Organiser

Please note that the route for the Flower Scar Fell Race on 21st February has had to be changed. Due to a notifiable disease on beech trees at Centre Vale Park, a Containment Notice has been issued by the Forestry Commission. Tree felling is taking place and, as the disease can be spread on footwear, there is a risk of it being spread onto moorland. As a result, the 2016 race route will start (and finish) from Todmorden High School Playing Fields following much of the old shorter route, but including some additional moorland sections to retain its AM status. Please take note of the new route below. Also please note that Race HQ is now 10 minutes from the race start/finish.In order to help contain the disease please avoid warming up for the race within the Centre Vale Park area, and use the playing fields (start/finish area) and race route itself.  There will not be any junior races.  See race website for more information.

Fell Running Coaching Courses 2016

For 2016 LiRF coaching courses, click here

Executive Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the Executive Committee is on 21 Feb. at 10.00 nr Preston. Members wishing to attend are asked to contact so that they can be sent an agenda. The subsequent meeting will be on 8 May at the same time.

Barbondale Sunday 14th February - No Juniors

Please note that Barbondale on Sunday 14th February will not include junior races due to the flood damaged foot bridge at the start, and seniors will need to cross the small river to get to the start. Start time will still be 1pm.  Full race details can be found here.

Cancelled - Tour of Norland Moor 28th August

The organiser has regretfully cancelled the Tour of Norland Moor race on Sunday 28th August because of flood damage to a bridge on the route.


I am getting lots of queries from FRA members who have moved house during 2015 but have not updated their profile in SiEntries.  Therefore their handbooks have been posted to their old address.  Please remember to log in to SiEntries to update your address as this is something that I cannot do for you as it affects your total profile and not just your FRA membership.  Add it to the list of people / organisations to notify.

Many thanks
Charmian Heaton

Flood relief.

Clubs may be interested in the Sport England flood relief fund


The  FRA Committee have great sympathy for the people affected by the recent floods and the devastating problems that resulted, particularly in the Lake District. Some of us have made personal contributions to the Cumbria Community Foundation Appeal.  
We would wish to encourage FRA members to provide support to whichever appeals they feel are appropriate which could include, for example, local Mountain Rescue Teams or the Fix the Fells charity, run through the National Trust.  
Many individual members and clubs are taking initiatives to raise funds, such as some race organisers adding £1 to registration fees.  You may like to send in examples of runs, races etc. in to the Editor of the Fell Runner



British Fell Relays 2017

After the success of the 2015 British Fell Relays hosted by Clayton Le Moors, 2016 sees the event moving to Scotland, hosted by Westerlands
Due to the planning involved we are now starting to look for an English host for 2017.  Any clubs or individuals interested in taking on the role or just finding out a little more about what is involved (described variously as great fun and hard work), please get in touch with Sarah Rowell – or 07712 051002

Disciplinary Decisions

Clive Fitzpatrick aka Clive Gurzhii
This unattached runner is currently serving a ban from entering FRA registered races which was due to expire on 6 June.  Further violations of the rules have been drawn to our attention, including entering Lads Leap and Pendle Fell races under a false name and so potentially hindering the safe organisation of the race. A further ban has been imposed expiring on 13 June 2016.  A copy of this decision is being sent to all race organisers.

Eligibility qualifications for the English Championships

1. First claim member of an English club and registered with England Athletics. Runners must be members of the FRA if they are not registered with England Athletics.
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 under2. or 3. above must notify the FRA Statistician either in writing or by e-mail prior to the date of the first Championship race. 

Race Organisers - Documents

Click here to use Jim Godwin's race organiser program