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FRA Presentation and Dinner Dance 22nd November 2014

The FRA “Do” this year is organised by Mercia Fell Runners and will be held in Telford, Shropshire, easily accessible from the M54 Motorway. Tickets cost £25.00. This will include a three course meal (vegetarian option available, please mention when applying for ticket) followed by the 2014 Presentations and then dancing to renowned Ceilidh Band “This Way Up”.

Private Bar with choice of Real Ales, and sitting out area make the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort the perfect place to spend the night or the weekend. Accommodation information and directions are printed on the ticket. There is a Race next day on the doorstep “Wrekin Wrecker” at 11am.

Tickets are available from Pauline Richards, HillriseHazler Road, Church StrettonSY6 7AQ. From Pete Blands’ Van at races and from Pete Blands Shop. Cheques payable to Mercia Fellrunners, please include SAE and please mention your Club and any vegetarian option required.

We are really hoping to see you there.

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British Athletics Fell Relay Championships

There has been quite a lot of discussion on the FRA forum in particular around the awarding of medals at the British Athletics Fell Relay Championships last weekend.


It’s an event I took part in this year, having done so fairly regularly since 1992, in teams both challenging for medals and ones just challenging to get 6 runners out, so I do understand how passionate about the event people can be, especially when medals are at stake.


Historically the event has, and continues to frequently be, referred to as the FRA relays, it is however not a FRA event in terms of championships. Rather it is a relay event which is kindly hosted by a different club each year, which includes three British Athletics fell running relay championship events. The race organisers often decide to add prizes for additional categories, as was the case this year.


The BA Fell Relay Championship events are Men’s Senior team, Men’s Veteran team and Women’s team, and teams are asked to sign up for which championship event they wish to take part in prior to the race taking place, as required under UKA rules for Championship events.


The medals allocated for the Championship events were then correctly given out to those teams who finished in the first 3 positions within the championship category which they had entered. Likewise the results as published show the results of the race based on the overall finishing position of all the teams.


It is accepted that the published rules of the event and entry form were not clear on the fact that for the Championships, teams would only count within the category that they signed up for, something that has very clearly come to light by the two veterans teams finishing second and third overall teams. Apologies for this, the only excuse being that no one foresaw how well the veterans teams would run. We will absolutely make sure that this is clear on the entry forms and all information published for future events.


There will be people who do not agree with the rule and therefore the medal distribution; the BA fell relays are unique in hosting both senior/open and veterans team Championships in the same event, hence the issue. However, hopefully everyone who was there does agree what a great event Dallam Running Club and Howgill Harriers hosted, and also condemns the public verbal abuse given to the race organiser at the presentation by some runners – not the least because this spoilt what should have been a chance for the large majority of competitors to demonstrate their appreciation for the great job done by the race organisers





LiRF Coaching Course

A further Fell LiRF Coaching course has been arranged at Mytholmroyd near Hebden Bridge on the 30th November. Details here

Crowden disciplinary

Crowden fell race 31 Aug. 2014
The Crowden race had mandatory kit, in accordance with FRA rules. One runner, Jason Keast, Royton Road Runners, has admitted not carrying the kit and have been banned from entering any race registered with the FRA for a three month period expiring on 17 Jan. 2015. 
Will all race organisers please note this decision.
Nick Harris, General Secretary

Access/Environment Officer

The FRA is looking for a member to be co-opted onto the Committee and take on the Committee work in relation to access and environment. 
This can involve a variety of issues such as liaison with landowners or race organisers about land access and related issues. Knowledge of the CROW act would obviously help; rules on access to moors during grouse shooting etc. 
In the first instance interested members should contact the Secretary to discuss the position.

Levisham Limping New Date - 30th November

The Levisham Limping which was due to take place earlier in the year, has now been rescheduled for Sunday 30th November.  All other details of the event are unchanged from the originally published details that you can find here.

England U16 Development Squad

The next squad session will be held at Mytholmroyd near Hebden Bridge on the 8th November. It is open to young fell runners who have turned 14 by the 31st December 2014 and eligibility details are detailed in the application form. Any questions, contact

Graeme Woodward .

Race Registration 2015

All organisers of 2014 races should by now have received the registration papers for 2015.  If you wish to register a race and haven't received anything yet, please get in touch with me, preferably by email. Contact details are on FRA>Committee page of this website.  The deadline for submission of races for the 2015 handbook is 31st October 2014. 

2015 Safety Requirements

These can now be viewed on the Race Organisers' page.  It should be noted that for the remainder of 2014 the current requirements still apply.

Mytholmroyd Change of Date to Sunday 14th December

Please note that the Mytholmroyd race has been put back by a week to Sunday 14th December.  All other details are unchanged and can be seen here.

Sat 15th Nov 2014 – Tour Of Pendle

There has been a rumour circulating that the 2014 Tour is full and only the reserve list is open.  This is not true, I have 68 entries to date so 432 places still left.  


Bovey Beauty Change of Date to Sun 19th Oct

The date of the Bovey Beauty has been changed to Sunday 19th October.  All other details are unchanged and can be found here.

Fairfield race – 2014

I am still keen to obtain the contact details of a male and a female runner who were on the course, unregistered, at Fairfield.

I have two photos sent to me by the race organiser:

If you know them and their contact details could you please forward them to me.


Nick Harris





Fairfield Fell race 2014 – Unregistered runner

The FRA disciplinary committee has considered a allegation from the organiser of the Fairfield fell race that Philip Jamieson ran the race course whilst unregistered. The allegation was that this action put the safety of runners, who had entered the race, at potential risk. We have upheld the allegation and decided that Philip Jamieson should be banned from entering any races registered with the FRA for a period of 3 months, expiring on 27 Sept. I will also be sending a copy of this decision to all race organisers asking that they don’t let him enter any races during this period.

Nick Harris


Race Organisers - Documents

Click here to use Jim Godwin's race organiser program

Legal advice and help with drafting a document for juniors.

The FRA Committee have been building up a reference group of members with specific expertise and who can help and advise us from time to time. To date we have input in relation to insurance; safety, both mountain rescue and health and safety; juniors/coaching and from some race organisers.
1.  Could you offer legal advice to the FRA Committee on draft documents etc?
2. We are putting together a leaflet for juniors and have text that would look very uninviting to any junior member. Could you offer help with an improved layout e.g. cartoons/photos? (Junior members putting themselves forward would be welcomed.)
Suitable payments will be made to those appointed, if required.
If you like to put yourself forward you are welcome to send me a brief resume to or phone me on 07956344174
Nick Harris, Secretary

Insurance - 'hazards'

British Athletics/UKA has a statement on ‘hazards’ on their website which has caused concerns to a number of race organisers:
“Hazardous Activities Exclusion – this policy does not apply to liability arising out of hazardous activities which increase the risk of bodily injury or damage to property. This includes but is not limited to amusement rides, bonfires, bouncy castles, fairground rides, fireworks, inflatables.”
We have been in correspondence with British Athletics/UKA on this and, a number of other issues in relation to insurance and further details will be sent to race organisers at a later date when this dialogue is finalised.  However we have been able to gain clarity that:
'The intention of this exclusion is to remove hazardous risks which are not part and parcel of the core activities of the insured parties.  It does not exclude any athletic activities that are approved by British Athletics, which do include fell running.'
I hope that will remove the anxiety I know some organisers have.
Nick Harris

2014 English Championships qualification

If you are not a first claim member of an English club and either registered with the appropriate part of British Athletics or a member of the FRA, please notify the FRA statistician by e-mail ( or by letter (see address on website) prior to the first race in the 2014 English Championship (Pendle - Sat. 5 April) to advise of your eligibility as follows:
  • born in England or resident in England for a minimum of twelve months prior to the date of the first race in the 2014 English Championship and;
  • a member of a club outside England which is affiliated to British Athletics or an unattached runner who is a member of the FRA.

FRA Hypothermia Leaflet

Can be downloaded here

England Athletics registration

Following a change of management at England Athletics they have advised us that they are no longer able to continue the arrangement whereby members of the FRA can obtain free registration with EA.
If you have obtained EA registration via the FRA it will lapse from April 2014.  EA registration does not affect access to fell races in any way, but it will mean you have to enter as ‘unattached’ for other England Athletics events, notably road races that you may wish to compete in.
Should you wish to continue to be registered with England Athletics you should go through an EA affiliated club, and pay the £10 EA fee via them. At the moment there is no arrangement for athletes to register direct with EA.

FRA Radios

Monitoring runners is a vital aspect of the safe conduct of fell races and so the FRA has long had a set (6) of Motorola radios available for free loan to race organisers.
The FRA has now purchased three further sets (of 6) of a more powerful Motorola model which have much improved radio coverage.
These are available on free loan from Jon Broxap via Pete Bland Sports where they are stored.
Race organisers are urged to make use of this facility.
The FRA is committed to do all it can to ensure safety in fell races and if future demand for radios from race organisers exceeds supply then the FRA will purchase additional sets to safeguard the future of the sport.