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Loughrigg fatality



It is with great sadness that we have to report that a competitor collapsed and died while running the Loughrigg fell race on Wednesday 19 April 2017.
 
On behalf of the entire fell running community, we wish to express our condolences to the family and friends of the athlete.
 
The FRA Committee


British Championships



Results now updated - here



Allendale Fair - Change of Date



The date of Allendale Fair has been changed to Saturday 27th May.  All other details are unchanged, and can be found here.



Mynydd Mawr - Change of Date



The date of Mynydd Mawr has been changed to Tuesday 18th April.  All other details unchanged.



Sponsorship of FRA events 2018 - 2020



The FRA is looking to renew and update our current sponsorship agreements covering all areas of our activities. Current sponsors and all agencies advertising with the FRA will automatically be sent the sponsorship package. If members are aware of other agencies who might be interested in being considered please let me know on chair@fellrunner.org.uk Bids must be received by 20.5.17



FRA - AGM



It has been agreed with the Tebay Race Organiser that the Annual General Meeting of the Fell Runners Association Limited will take place on Saturday 17th June 2017 at 17.00 at Tebay Sports, Social and Railway Club, Tebay, CA10 3SP, immediately after the Tebay Race Results Ceremony, and not at 16.00, as originally stated.



Burbage Skyline - Change of Date



The Burbage Skyline race has a new date of Tuesday 1st August (moved from Tuesday 9th May).  The change is being made further to consultations with the Eastern Moors Partnership and is owing to increasing sensitivities around bird nesting season on some of the sections. I apologise to those who are now unable to race, however the date change means that the classic Burbage Skyline route can be retained.

Dark Peak Fell Runners and our hosts at the Fox House pub look forward to welcoming you on the 1st August (7:30pm start) for a hotter than usual Skyline!  Full details here.

Paul Fauset, Race Organiser



Wasdale - Will Spain Needs Help



Will Spain is organiser of the Wasdale race on Saturday 8th July, and now has a commitment that means he cannot be present on the day.  He is looking for a suitably experienced person to take full responsibility as race organiser for this English Championship race just for this year, although he is still able to do much of the preparatory work.  If you think you have the experience and wish to take on this important role, please contact Will whose contact information is in the race details here.



Viking Chase - Change of Date and Venue



The date of the Viking Chase has changed to Sunday 3rd September, and the venue has reverted to the usual location of Lordstones Cafe.  Full details can be found here.



Tebay 17th June - Change of Race Contact



The contact for the Tebay championship race on Saturday 17th June has changed to Paul Brittleton.  Full race details can be found here.



Advance notice of Annual General Meeting



The Annual General Meeting of the Fell Runners Association Limited will take place on Saturday 17th June 2017 at 16.00 at Tebay Sports, Social and Railway Club, Tebay, CA10 3SP. The AGM will start before the Tebay Race Results Ceremony and will continue after the Results ceremony, if required.

References in the notes below to articles are to the company’s articles of association which can be found here

1. Agenda: a full agenda for the meeting will be made available in due course and will follow the framework set out in article 16 of the articles. The notice containing the agenda will be given on the FRA website as provided for in article 61. It will be published in the magazine if the timing of the printing of the summer edition makes this practical but this is unlikely. Another reminder notice, together with committee nominations, will be available in late May 2017.

2. Accounts: The accounts of the company to be approved at the meeting will cover the period 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.

3. Election of the Executive Committee:

a) The Officers and Member Representatives of the Executive Committee described in article 22 (a) will be elected in the usual way, and nominations for any of these positions, including a proposer and seconder, to be notified in writing to the General Secretary by Friday 5 May 2017.  Nomination form

All members of the Executive Committee must be members of Clubs affiliated for fell running to UK Athletics.

4. Voting:

a) Voting arrangements for members are detailed in article 20.

b) English Clubs which are affiliated for fell running to UK Athletics and are represented at the meeting are entitled to two votes each. If clubs wish to vote then they must notify the Secretary of the names of their representatives no later than Saturday 10th June, 2017.

c) Each member will have the right to appoint a proxy in accordance with article 15. A proxy form will be available to download with the notice of the meeting.

5. Open Discussion: in accordance with article 16, an open discussion will follow the formal business. This is an ideal opportunity for the members to express views on any aspect of our sport. Discussion points for the meeting should be notified, to the General Secretary by Friday 5 May 2017. This will allow adequate time to be allocated to this item on the agenda.

Steve Cliff, General Secretary, February 2017



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.


FRA English Junior Championships clarification



Please click here



Process for dealing with members proposals



Arising from the discussion at the 2016 AGM the Committee have adopted a new process for dealing with proposals raised by members. This can be found under FRA documents.



Bull Hill - Change of Date



The date of the Bull Hill race has changed to Thursday 6th July.  Pre-entry is no longer available, full details here



Senior Intercounties - 13th May



The 2017 Senior Intercounties event will take place at the Broughton Heights Hill Race on Saturday 13th May at 13:00.  Race details can be found here and registration information will be via www.sientries.co.uk from later this month.



Weets English Champs Event - No Junior Races



Please note that there will be no junior races at the Weets English Championships event on Sat 27th May contrary to the information in the handbook, and previously on this website.  Junior races will take place as usual at the non-championship Weets event on Sat 10th June.



Eligibility criteria for the English championships



Eligibility criteria for the English championships including seniors; U21 and juniors. Members are asked to note that the following criteria applies to all championships as in P48 of the handbook.

Individuals

1. First claim member of an English club and registered with England athletics Runners must be a member 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 members 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 either in writing or by e mail prior to the date of the first championship race

Clubs must be affiliated to England Athletics.



Wincle Trout - Change of Contact/Organiser



The race contact and organiser of the Wincle Trout race on Saturday 3rd June has changed to Rob Gittins.  Full details can be found here.



Manx Mountain Marathon - Change of Date



The date of the Manx Mountain Marathon and Half Mountain Marathon has changed to Saturday 8th July.  All other details are unchanged.



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:

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)



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



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



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.


Race Organisers - Documents



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