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The date of Dick Hudson's race has changed from 30th April to 7th May. All other details unchanged
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Blakes Heaven has had to be cancelled
The Whaley Waltz is now on 1st August as the Whaley Bridge Carnival date has moved to coincide with the 1st anniversary of the Toddbrook Dam incident
Kett Killer now 29th April (was 29th May)
Glarama now 17th May (was 24th May)
Please note that for the Under 23 Category in the English Fell Running Championships, the eligible date is 31st December in the year of competition rather than the date of the race. So for an Under 23 to be included in the Guaranteed Entry list, they need to have been born from 1998 onwards. The minimum age to be eligible in Senior races is 18 on the day of the race.
The FRA is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020 and as part of the celebrations we have introduced a fun series of 50 races where FRA members can take part and earn themselves points or simply credits towards some commemorative merchandise. Massive thanks to James Lowe for putting together the list and also for taking on the massive task of collating the data.
We have included all 17 surviving races which were in the 1970 FRA calendar, plus the six English Championship races, plus another 28 races (Ennerdale is both a Champs race and a 1970 race) from a wide geographical spread and starting on New Years Day with Captain Cook’s Race from Great Ayton in North Yorkshire and ending with the Auld Lang Syne on Penistone Hill on New Years Eve.
Of special note is the Pendle race on 4th April 2020 which will be exactly 50 years since the FRA was formed following the prize-giving for this very race at the Whitehough Camp School, near Barley. Further details can be found in Bill Smith’s article “Forty years of the FRA” in the special Celebration publication from 2010. Results from the 1970 races can also be found in this excellent publication now available on the FRA website.
It has also been brought to my attention that Kevan Shand (RO for both the Blackstone Edge and Turnslack races) is the longest serving race organiser. I understand that his prize list is something to behold with toilet rolls a speciality 😊
Points will be awarded to FRA members based upon the following formula:
The winner’s time (man or woman) divided by your time x 100
Runners will be awarded their 10 best scores plus 20% of the value of any other score.
There will be awards for the highest scoring men and women in Open/V40/V50/V60/V70 categories (age as at 01-Jul-2020) and conditional on at least 15 of the races completed.
Any runner who completes 15/25/30+ races will be presented with commemorative FRA garments.
Due to the fact that there are several unavoidable clashes, no-one will be able to complete all 50 races (not even Darren Fishwick) but we hope that members will help us to celebrate our own anniversary together with the longevity of some wonderful races around the country.
The 2019 AGM of the Fell Runners Association Ltd took place on Saturday 16th November at Barley, Pendle. Draft minutes are available on the AGM page here.
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.
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
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 ([email protected])