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Eary Beg 9th December - Race Postponed

The Eary Beg race on Saturday 9th December has been put back to Saturday 16th December due to poor weather on the Isle of Man.  Full details here.

Litton Christmas Cracker Dec 10th - Race Postponed

Due to the weather forecast of very heavy snow over the weekend, especially all through Sunday,  we have taken the decision to postpone The Litton Christmas Cracker on Sunday 10th December.   All competitors should of received an e-mail advising the new date of February 18th 2018.  It was a really hard decision to make but one we thought was necessary.  

Kind Regards, Sue & Nig Jeff, Race organisers.

Kong SOB Race 10th December 2017

Parking for the Kong SOB race this Sunday 10thDecember. A reminder - please park on the lay by/ old road just North of the A66. GR 240237. (Same parking place as for Coledale Horseshoe race). There is no parking allowed at the race start at the Coledale Inn and very limited parking in Braithwaite itself, allow 10 minutes extra on your travel arrangements.

Senior Championship Races 2018 Confirmed, But Date Change For Turner Landscape

The provisional list of 2018 senior championship races announced on 7th October (see below) is confirmed and the details appear in the race listings on this website.  Please note however, that the Turner Landscape race is on Saturday 11th August 2018, not the preliminary date of the following day.

The Stoop 17th December - Race Full

Entries are now closed for The Stoop senior race on Sunday 17th December and the race is FULL.  There will be no entries on the day. A full entry list will be posted on Monday 27th November on

Junior races are still entry on the day.

2018 English Junior Championship Races

The 2018 English Junior champs races will be:

March 25th – Todd Cragg (Ambleside AC organised)

April 14th – Blacko, Lancs (Trawden AC)

May 19th – Malham (KCAC)

May 26th – West Nab (Holmfirth AC), also Yorkshire Junior Champs race

June 16th – Clougha Pike (Bowland Fell Runners)

June 30th – Up the Nab (near Glossop), and Junior Inter Counties competition (Buxton AC)

Dates and venues for Junior do and English Schools to be confirmed.

2018 Subscription Renewal Notices

2018 Renewal Notices have now been sent to all existing 2017 members.
If you are a Life/Honorary Member or if you have an active Direct Debit instruction in place then you don't need to do anything.  Your membership will be rolled over for you on Tuesday 5th December.  Thank you all.
NB - If you received two emails please don't worry as the DD message was also sent to Life/ Honorary members by mistake - sincere apologies for any confusion.

If Ordinary Members do not have a Direct Debit instruction in place then you need to renew your membership before Tuesday 5th December to get your 2018 Handbook and Calendar in time for Christmas.  Anyone who renews late will NOT get their Handbook until some time in January 2018


English Championship teams and British Athletics Relays – change of results

Due to an issue over the strict eligibility of runners who took part in these events an appeal was made against the published results, and this appeal went finally to the UK Athletics Appeals Panel.  The decision was that the runners were not eligible for their preferred teams, and so the team results have had to be amended by excluding these runners from the team points.  This results in a change in the English Women’s Open Team Championship rankings, and also in the medal positions in the British Athletics Relays.  It does not affect any individual placings in the English Championships.

Eskdale Eureka 3rd Dec - Change of Venue

The venue for the Eskdale Eureka race on Sunday 3rd December has changed to the Eskdale Inn, Castleton, N Yorks.  Full details here.

Wormstones Rescheduled - Now 31st December

The Wormstones race that was originally due to take place in June has now been rescheduled and will take place on Sunday 31st December at 11am.  Full details here.

7000th Member

An amazing 128 new members have signed up in the last ten days and we are delighted to welcome you all to the FRA.
We are especially pleased to announce that the 7000th member is Freda Summerfield who tells me that she entered the Arnison Crag fell race in August and enjoyed it so much that she decided to join. Freda has accepted complimentary membership for 2018 plus up to £100 to spend on race entry fees. We look forward to hearing all about her fell running journey in 2018. Congratulations Freda - your handbook and Summer Fellrunner are in the post.

Charmian Heaton

FRA Membership Secretary

Championship Races 2018 - provisional

E – Don Morrison Edale skyline (AL) 11th March

B- The Mourne Highline. N Ireland (AM) 14th April

E- Clough Head (AS) May 6th. (new race)

B- Tal y Mignedd. Wales (AS) 9th June

B/E -Darren Holloway Memorial Buttermere Horseshoe (AL) 23rd June

E – The Kate Burge Sea-To- Summit Fell Reace (IOM) (AM) 14th July

E - Turner Landscape (AM) August 12th

B - Ben Nevis. Scotland. (AM) 1st September. (be aware. The entry system may differ from previous years. details to follow)

E- Cautley Horseshoe (AS) 15th Sept

Inter-Counties - Lads Leap (AS) 19th May


Jude Jepson


English Championships

Updated here after Whernside

Mytholmroyd - Change of Date - 10th December 17

The Vocation Mytholmroyd race has been put back by a day to Sunday 10th December.  Full details can be found here.

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.

First on the Scene

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

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.

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