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    Blacka Moor Chase - Change of Date



    Please note the change of date of the Blacka Moor Chase to Tuesday 20th June 2017.  Full details here.



    Oke Croak - Change of Date



    The date of the Oke Croak has changed to Saturday 26th August.  All other details are unchanged, and can be viewed here.



    2017 Coaching and Leadership courses



     Have been announced.  Locations, details and application forms are available here



    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:

    Sun 5th Feb. Kong Mini MM

    Change of venue to Lake District

    Sat 11th Feb. Wild Night Run

    Change of date (was 28th Jan)

    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



    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)



    Mytholmroyd fell race 11 Dec 2016



    The organiser has reported to us a runner on the course of the Mytholmroyd fell race who had not entered. We would like to discuss this with the runner. Do you recognise the runner from the link below? Please send any details, in confidence, to chair@fellrunner.org.uk or phone 07956344174

    Runner?



    Wilderness First Aid Course



    Details here



    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 sarah@srowell.co.uk – 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



    Disciplinary Action



    At the Langdale Horseshoe Fell Race on 8th October, a runner ran in the race number allocated to another runner. Both runners have been barred from any participation in all races registered with the Fell Runners Association Limited for a period of three months from 8th October.
     
    The FRA Requirements for Runners (the "Runners Rules") 8. Disciplinary Action clearly states  
    "The FRA may take disciplinary action such as banning a competitor from future races, and your club may also impose sanctions if your actions reflect badly on them.  Absolute’ no-nos’ are quitting a race without telling the Organiser, running in someone else’s vest number, or cheating on the kit requirements.


    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



    2017 Race Registration



    All 2016 race organisers have been sent information on how to apply for a 2017 race license (previously known as a permit).  If you are a new organiser, or haven't received this information, please contact me.  The closing date for applications for races to be included in the 2017 FRA Handbook is Monday 31st October.

    Andy Butler (Fixtures Secretary)

    fixtures@fellrunner.org.uk



    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.


    Annual Presentation Evening in 2017



    The FRA is looking for a volunteer club to organise the Annual Presentation Evening in 2017. The host club can seek advice from the Championship sub-committee, but for guidance the keyresponsibilities and criteria include;
     
     To take place ideally on the second Saturday in November
     
     To provide a large banqueting type facility capable of hosting 150-200 people with the option of hotel accommodation and adequate parking
     
     Cost per head for 3 course meal/band/disco around £25-£30
     
     Easy access to rural hills and organisation of a fell race or timed with an existing local one that weekend would be an advantage
     
     To organise and oversee the whole event and appoint an MC
     
     To publicise the event (via The Fellrunner, FRA Facebook, etc.)
     
     All medals will be dealt with by the Championship Co-ordinator
     
    Anyone interested should contact secretary@fellrunner.org.uk in the first instance


    Membership Admin



    Remember folks if you move house and you want to continue to get your Fellrunner magazines and annual handbook and fixtures calendar, you also need to update your address in SiEntries by clicking on the Edit/Renew button on the left.
    I am also getting several queries from members who have noticed payments leaving their accounts and then being returned.  These are invariably old Standing Orders which will no longer work as subs are now collected by Direct Debit.  If this applies to you then you just need tp cancel the old Standing Order with your bank.

    Thanks Charmian



    Eligibility qualifications for the 2016 English Championships



    Eligibility qualifications for the 2016 English Championships are as follows: 
     
    * Individuals 
    * 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. 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 a member 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 (See FRA Committee pages towards the front of the handbook for contact details) either in writing or by e-mail prior to the date of the first Championship race.  
     
    Clubs must be affiliated to England Athletics. 



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