The Fell Runners Association (FRA) governs fell racing in England and the Isle of Man. Some of the answers on this page may differ in other home nations; where relevant, please check with the Race Organiser or with the Welsh FRA (WFRA), Scottish Hill Runners (SHR) or Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association (NIMRA).
Whilst these FAQ pages are intended to provide informal guidance and extra context, they are not a “controlled document”. For any questions on rules and procedures, the latest FRA documentation remains the authority.
For questions relating to COVID-19, please see our dedicated page here.
Q: How do I join the FRA?
We also offer family memberships for people living at the same address.
Q: Why should I join?
FRA members receive the following benefits (amongst others):
But most of all, we encourage you to join to support your sport and the voluntary body that governs it.
And all this for only £16 per year!
Q: Why are some races more expensive for non-members of the FRA?
From 2021, some FRA races will charge slightly higher entry fees to non-members of the FRA. This partly reflects the very significant financial contribution that members make to the FRA, many of the benefits of which are also available to non-members. The FRA is a volunteer organisation funded mostly by members’ subscriptions, and there are considerable administrative costs involved.
Another reason is that the FRA has no means to communicate with non-members. Fell running is not a risk-free sport and it is vital that participants understand the risks. The FRA publishes a magazine (The Fellrunner) three times a year as well as an annual Handbook; these contain the FRA rules and a wealth of safety information as well as articles which help to convey the nature of the sport and how to stay safe on the fells. Occasionally, we may also email our members with key messages. We therefore strongly encourage active fell runners to join the FRA to benefit from these communications, to keep the sport both safe and fair for everyone.