English Championships

Updated after Grisedale Horseshoe here


Hosted by Black Combe Runners, the 2019 FRA Presentation Dinner and Dance will be held at the Netherwood Hotel and Spa in Grange over Sands on Saturday 2nd November, after the Dunnerdale fell race (which has been brought forward by one week). As usual there will be dinner, prizegiving and dancing until late.
For further details please go to:  http://blackcom.be/fra-dinner-and-dunnerdale-2019/

Falstone Falcon

Please note - The Falstone Falcon is on the 24th August 2019.


The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Fell Runners Association Limited ("the FRA") will take place on Saturday 16th November 2019 at 4pm at Barley Village Hall, Cross Lane, Barley, Burnley, Lancashire, BB12 9JU, immediately following the prizegiving for the Tour of Pendle.
To see the Advance Notice of Annual General Meeting, please click here

Groovy Kinder Love, 14th September - CANCELLED

Groovy Kinder Love on 14th September 2019 has been cancelled

Date changes for Manx races

Manx Wilderness Challenge is now 31st August; Narradale is now 14 September; Glen Mona has alreday taken place

Race Poster

The FRA have been considering how we can better educate all runners about the absolute no-no rules of fell running. Massive thanks to Jim Tyson from Ambleside who has come up with this poster which will be displayed at all fell races in the near future. Please take a moment to read and comply and help to keep this great sport safe and enjoyable for everone.

British Fell Relays website now live

All information for the 2019 British Fell Relays can be found at https://britishfellrelays2019.org.uk. Entries open at 00:01 on Monday 5th August

Shittern Santa Saunter - CANCELLED

The Shittern Santa Saunter on 8th December 2019 has been cancelled

FRA Emergency Outdoor First Aid Course

Details here

FRA Junior Championship

FRA Junior Championship- the hoody and t shirt shop is now open for business! Free t shirts for at least 4 races done, hoody for 6. Please note that because of the gap between the last race and the junior do, we're on a tight deadline for the hoodies orders. I'm discussing extending that but for now please proceed on the basis that you get your orders in immediately after the last race. Link to the shop

Fell Trail CiRF Course

The date of the Fell Trail CiRF 15 course in August has changed from 17/18th to 3/4th -  same venue (Mytholmroyd, near Hebden Bridge) and that is it is weekend 1 with participants then choosing to attend a weekend 2 on either the 7/8th Sept or 21/22nd September and an assessment day of either 26th or 27th October.

Boulsworth Hill race - date changed from 3rd April to 23rd October

The RPMRT Boulsworth Hill race has had to be postponed to 23rd October due to access issues. Other details unchanged

FRA disciplinary case (Alistair Kent)

Alistair Kent (unattached) of Hindhead, Surrey has been given a 6-month ban for providing false information (previous race experience) to a race organiser.

The ban will run from 1st April to 30th September 2019 inclusive.

BOFRA Charity relays - date change to 22nd September

The BOFRA Charity Relays are moving to Sunday 22nd September 2019 to avoid clashing with the Up the Nab junior champs. race. All other details will remain the same.

Guaranteed entry lists for the British and English Championships 2019

As previously stated, automatic inclusion, based on 2018 championship results, for:
  • The top 20 men and 10 women
  • The top 5 men and women V40/45
  • The top three men and women from all remaining categories.
Others with a strong case have also been included.  Where a borderline decision had to be made, factors considered were:
  • Recent results against current category medallists
  • Historical performance in and commitment to Championships
  • The FRA’s commitment to encouraging younger athletes to enter the Championships
We have carefully considered the many applicants and tried to fairly apply these criteria.  We recognise there may be some disappointed runners but we will unfortunately not be able to respond to individual queries.  Please remember that the opportunity to enter and the majority of race places are still open to all.  Please click to see the British and the English lists.

Coaching Courses 2019

Please click here for details

GPS devices for navigation

At a meeting in September, the FRA Executive Committee voted to introduce a new race category relating to the use of GPS devices for navigation.
This is not a cut and dried subject and throughout our discussions, the principles of fellrunning have been at the forefront of our thoughts. We have consulted extensively with our membership base and Race Organisers to arrive at the following position, which will form part of the FRA Requirements for Runners 2018 (the ‘Runners’ Rules’):
“If a race is classified ‘non-GPS’ (NG) then the use of any electronic device to delineate a route, to display current position on a map, or as a compass, will be prohibited. The use of such a device to display distance travelled, time, speed or altitude will be allowed, as will recording of an actual route for post-race analysis. If such a device is used in an emergency situation then that competitor should retire from the race and declare themselves non-competitive.”
For the avoidance of doubt, GPS is not allowed in FRA registered races in England unless the race is categorised as "G"; by the race organiser.
The Kit Requirements for FRA Races are further clarified in respect of the fact that maps must be on paper. A conventional compass must be carried in addition to this.
Happy running!
The FRA Committee

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.

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.


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.


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)