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Championship eligibility clarification.

In response to a question raised by one club other clubs may want to note the following statement.

-          Eligibility for English Juniors over U13 is the same as for English Senior Champs.  Younger age groups in the Challenge only have to be members of the club they run for.

-          Individuals must be registered with EA or members of the FRA.  Some clubs only register (i.e. pay for) members who request it – it is not necessary for a club to pay EA for a member who is has already joined the FRA.  If a runner is registered with EA eligibility is the same no matter which club paid the registration fee.

-          Runners can only count for their first claim fell club, but the inflexibility in the EA/UKA system of administering first/first claim other can cause problems.  The FRA Rules (Handbook page 14) has been amended for 2018 to read

“d. Team eligibility.  Runners may count for a team for their first claim fell running Club only. This Club must be affiliated to England Athletics or other National Association. For runners who are simultaneously members of two clubs, in the event of ambiguity over which club has ‘first claim’ status an appeal should be made to the Membership Secretary at the start of the season”   

The FRA has made a request for a rule change on this issue which is going through the EA/UKA process at the moment, but with no certainty that our proposals will be accepted.


Mytholmroyd - New Date, Now 21st January

The Mytholmroyd race that was scheduled to take place in December last year has been rearranged and will now take place on Sunday 21st January.  Full details here.

FRA Leadership and Coaching Courses 2018

New courses announced  - here

Entries for Ben Nevis British Championship counter

Ben Nevis entries will open on the 4th of February at 12:00 noon. 

Online entries will be accessible via the Ben Nevis Race website. People who are serious about competing in the British  Championships must register their interest at this stage and be prompt to do so.  The list will be closed at 900.  Last year this took four hours.  This year is expected to be much quicker.  Those who are on the list will then be vetted and invited to enter.  Those intending to compete in the whole Championship will be asked to identify this as part of their entry.

Steve Cliff

A service will be held to celebrate Steve’s life on 
31st January 2018 at 2.00pm
Lancaster Crematorium, Powder House Lane, Lancaster
Please join us for refreshments afterwards at:
The Crofters Hotel, A6 Cabus Garstang PR3 1PH
Please let Alex know if you are thinking of joining us so that we can cater as accurately as possible.
Family flowers only, donations

Steve Cliff. Fundraising for the MNDA.

I am sure that some FRA members would want to make a donation to support Steve's amazing fundraising efforts for the MNDA. 

Steve Cliff. Bowland

Members may have heard the sad news that Steve Cliff, until recently our Secretary,  has died after a long illness with Motor Neurone Disease.
Steve will be known to many of us as a friend, runner, instigator, with his wife Wynn, of the Anniversary Waltz races which came from a run on their wedding day and, latterly, his work for the FRA since 2015 as Race Liaison Officer and then Secretary.
He will be missed and our thoughts are with his family and others close to him.
Steve was an amazing fundraiser for the MNDA. On the basis that members would want the opportunity to make a donation in Steve's memory I am in contact with the family and will make a further statement on this.
We will arrange to have a more detailed statement in the next FR. If you have any anecdotes about Steve that should be included please send them to me or the Fellrunner Editor.
Nick Harris Chair.

Ilkley Moor 18th February - Change of Race Contact

The race contact for the Ilkley Moor race on Sunday 18th February has changed to Steve Weston.  Full details here.

Hawkswick Dash - Change of Date

The Hawkswick Dash will be held on Sunday 24th June not as previously published (1st July).  Full details here.

Committee vacancies 2018

The AGM to be held in Sept. 2018 will be looking to fill a number of vacancies.

The ones we know of at present are:

Secretary - immediate vacancy due to Steve Cliff resigning on the grounds of ill health. Replacement of the Secretary and offers of administrative support to the new Secretary urgently sought.

Chair, Treasurer and Fixtures Secretary - these vacancies will be due for election at the AGM.

If you might be interested please contact me, or the post holders for the latter two posts.

If you are interested you would be able to shadow those post holders still in post, including attending the next two Committee meetings. 

Nick Harris Chair or on 07956344174

Secretary - resignation of Steve Cliff.

Many FRA members will be aware that Steve Cliff, FRA Secretary, has motor neurone disease. Steve has been an excellent Secretary and continued to fulfil all his duties but has now tendered his resignation with immediate effect. 

We will all miss his energy and input. 

Arrangements are being made to ensure that the Secretary's work continues and the Secretary@ e mails are picked up. Please do not try to contact Steve direct.

I am now looking to fill this post in advance of the AGM due to be held in Sept. 2018. There will be a separate post about other forthcoming vacancies but if you might be interested in becoming Secretary or providing administrative support to the new appointee please contact me by e mail or on 07956344174. Nick Harris, Chair.

Race Changes Since Handbook Went To Press

The following changes have taken place to races listed in the 2018 handbook.  Go to the Races page for full details.  In addition to these changes, you can find races that missed the handbook deadline by going to the Races page and using the Race updates filter on the left side of the page.

Sun 21st Jan, Peak Raid 4, change of date from Dec 2017

Sun 18th Feb, Litton (Post) Christmas Cracker, change of date from Dec 2017

Sat 7th April, Pendle, change of contact/organiser

Sun 6th May, Clough Head, change to web address, entry fee, distance, ascent

Thurs 21st June, Grindleford, updated entry details

Fri 22nd June, Snowdon Twilight, change of date from 8th June

Sat 14th July, Wasdale, change of pre-entry dates

Sun 5th Aug, Saddleworth Round, change of date from 15th July

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


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.


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 (

Race Organisers - Documents

Click here to use Jim Godwin's race organiser program