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Blencathra 6th June - Parking Arrangements



Off-road parking has been arranged for the Blencathra race on Wednesday 6th June for a £1 donation per car to the village hall.  Please car-share and do not park on the grass verges and roads.  Full race details here.



Dufton Show 25th August - Change of Organiser/Race Contact



The organiser/race contact for the Dufton Show race on Saturday 25th August has changed to Susanna Foot.  Full details here.



Beamsley Beacon 21st June - Change of venue



The venue for the Beamsley Beacon race on Thursday 21st June has changed to St Peter's Church, Church St, Addingham, LS29 0QS.  Limited parking in adjacent field; once fulll please park responsibly.  Note also that there is a small change to the course and the men will start five minutes before the women.  Full details and link to race website here.



Coiners Path opening



Thanks to loads of help from friends and a good spell of fine weather, the boardwalks across Erringden Moor will be finished in the next week or so.
There will be an opening ceremony for the route at about 5.30 on WEDNESDAY JUNE 6th.
Christopher Goddard will lead a walk up on to the moor, leaving Dauber Bridge at 5pm (about a 45 minute walk).
Robin Tuddenham, chief executive of Calderdale Council will do the honours and formally open the route at about 5.45.
There will be singing and a celebratory drink at The Robin Hood after. Please do come.
For details of the event visit our webpage at http://crows-coop.co.uk/coiners-paths/ Please share the invite with your friends


A reminder: Club vests



Please note: to qualify for team points in Championship rankings each compeditor must wear the vest that his/her club has registered with British Athletics. This is a ruling of British Athletics to which the FRA is affiliated.
 
Anyone not wearing the registered club vest will not count for team points in the Championship rankings.
 
We fully appreciate that in certain weather conditions additional layers may be required.


English Championships



Now up-dated after Clough Head



Amended Forms



In order that the FRA complies with the General Data Protection Regulation which comes into force on 25th May 2018, the FRA Senior and Junior Race Entry Requirements and Forms and the FRA Race Organiser Guidelines have been amended. The amended forms may be viewed under the FRA Documentation tab.



Fo(e) Edge 30th May - Change of Organiser/Race Contact



The organiser and race contact for the Fo(e) Edge race on Wednesday 30th May has changed to Jon Tinman.  Full details here.



Baildon Canter - Change of Date to 14th July



The date of the Baildon Canter has changed to Saturday 14th July.  There has also been a change in the race contact's address.  Full details here.



Marilyn's Meldon Madness 4th August - Change of Organiser/Race Contact



The organiser and race contact of Marilyn's Meldon Madness on Saturday 4th August has changed to Paul Crease.  Full details here.



Not Round Latrigg 15th August - Change of Organiser/Race Contact



The organiser/race contact for the Not Round Latrigg race on Wednesday 15th August has changed to Julie Carter. Full details here.



Holyhead Mountain Race 30th June - Change of Organiser/Race Contact



The organiser and race contact for the Holyhead Mountain Race on Saturday 30th June has changed to Irfon Rowlands.  Full details here.



Lydford Dash 14th July - Change of Organiser/Race Contact



The organiser and race contact of the Lydford Dash on Saturday 14th July has changed to Ruth MacIntyre.  Full details here.



Announcing changes to the British Championship from 2019



For more details click here



Laxey - Change of Date



The Laxey race will now take place on Wednesday 23rd May.  Full details here.



Kettlewell 17th June - Change of Venue



The BOFRA Kettlewell race on Sunday the 17th June will be at the Kettlewell Cricket Field, not as previously published. Full details here.



Winster 28th June - Change of Organiser/Race Contact



The organiser/race contact for the Winster race on Thursday 28th June has changed to Amanda Marsden.  Full details here.



Salcombe Coastal Marathons 5th May and 20th October - Cancelled



It is with regret that the organiser has cancelled the Salcombe Coastal Marathons scheduled for Saturday 5th May and Saturday 20th October due to ill health.



Saddleworth 27th May - No Juniors



There will be no junior races at Saddleworth on Sunday 27th May contrary to the listing in the FRA Handbook.  Full details here.



Axnfell - Change of Date and Earlier Start



The Axnfell race will now take place on Saturday 15th September and will start at 8am.  Full details here.



Chevy Chase 7th July - Change of Organiser Address



The address of the organiser of the Chevy Chase on Saturday 7th July has changed.  Full details here.



Dunnerdale 10th November - Change of Race Contact/Organiser and Venue



The organiser/race contact for the Dunnerdale race on Saturday 10th November has changed to Jamie Baron and registration will now be at the Broughton Mills Village Hall.  Full details of the race here.



Blacka Moor Chase - Change of Date



The date of the Blacka Moor Chase has been changed to Thursday 14th June at 19:30 (from 27th March).  Full details here.



Membership matters



Each year club membership secretaries complete and submit a return to England Athletics - read more



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.


 


FRA Leadership and Coaching Courses 2018



New courses announced  - here



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.


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 chair@fellrunner.org.uk or on 07956344174



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



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 - http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/media/news/2016-news-page/august-2016/03-08-16-transgender-policy/ and Anti Doping - http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/cleanathletics/rules/
 
This replaces the item in the 2017 Handbook on P 24 Apps 3 and 4 and as previously set out in the Welfare policy - http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/documents.php The policy will be updated.


Welfare



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 (welfare@fellrunner.org.uk)



Race Organisers - Documents



Click here to use Jim Godwin's race organiser program