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Stretton English Junior Championship and British Junior Intercounties Fell Races - Saturday 2nd July

Entries are now open for the final round of the FRA Junior Championships which will be held in Church Stretton from 1pm on Saturday 2nd July. All age groups from U8 to U18 will be accommodated - the minimum age will be six on the day (i.e. all competitors must be born on or before 02/07/2010). There will be separate races for every age group except the U16 and U18s. These will race simultaneously over the same course but we will be providing results and prizes for the two age groups separately.
The U16 and U18s race will also form the Intercounties competition. Anyone can enter and run in this race, but only runners who are nominated by their county coordinator / selectors will count for the Intercounties element of the race.
Please enter by sending a standard junior entry form with a cheque for £2 payable to Mercia Fell Runners to:
Stretton Juniors
Ivy Cottage
Cwm Head
Church Stretton
PLEASE, PLEASE PRE-ENTER so we can add your entries to our results / entrants software in advance. Processing entries on the day will be difficult for us - and impossible beyond 13:00 when the races will have started and the registration team has switched into their results role. They will have to process six sets of results for the Junior Champs and two sets of Intercounties results in the space of about three hours so we hope you understand why we have asked for pre-entries.
There is a limit to how many cars we can park up at the race venue so please car share. The parking field is up a rough farm track so don't arrive in your Ferrari unless you fancy walking up from one of the car parks in the town. We are hoping to have refreshments available at the race venue, and there will be a low-key race "Three Fingers Rock" for adults using the U16/U18 course the following morning. Entry for the Sunday race will be free if you helped with the juniors races.
Further information and updates including the running order / timetable for the day will be posted on the FRA website - please check about a week before the races in case we need to tell you anything else.
We look forward to seeing you in Shropshire! Thanks everyone,
Jim Tinnion on behalf of Mercia Fell Runners

Harrock Hill 1 25th May - Change of Race Contact

The race contact /organiser for the Harrock Hill 1 race on Wednesday 25th May has changed to Andy Quickfall.  Full details here.

Beamsley Beacon 23rd June - Change of Venue

The venue for the Beamsley Beacon race on Thursday 23rd June has changed to The Crown Inn, 136 Main Street, Addingham, LS29 0NS.  All other details unchanged.

Howtown Back On

The Howtown race (Sunday 12th June) which was cancelled earlier this month, is back on with Jon Tombs as race organiser.  Full details can be found here.

Annual Presentation Evening in 2017

The FRA is looking for a volunteer club to organise the Annual Presentation Evening in 2017.  The host club can seek advice from the Championship sub-committee, but for guidance the key responsibilities and criteria include;
  • To take place ideally on the second Saturday in November
  • To provide a large banqueting type facility capable of hosting 150-200 people with the option of hotel accommodation and adequate parking
  • Cost per head for 3 course meal/band/disco around £25-£30
  • Easy access to rural hills and organisation of a fell race or timed with an existing local one that weekend would be an advantage
  • To organise and oversee the whole event and appoint an MC 
  • To publicise the event (via The Fellrunner, FRA Facebook, etc.)
  • All medals will be dealt with by the Championship Co-ordinator
Anyone interested should contact in the first instance

Cancelled - Allendale Fair 4th June

The Allendale Fair race on Saturday 4th June has been cancelled.

Kelbrook 4th June - Change of Start Time

Due to a wedding in the village hall on the same day we have brought the time of the race forward to 11am. Registration will now take place in the meadow where we park the cars. Sorry for any inconvenience with the late change. Hopefully this will mean we have done the race and be out of the way by the time the wedding party arrive.

Stephen Chew

Coaching Course : change of date

The date for the Broxton Fell LiRF has changed to the 4th June 2016

Advance Notice of the Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Fell Runners Association Limited will take place on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 14.00 at Rossendale Harriers club room, Marl Pits Leisure, Newchurch Rd. Rossendale, Lancashire BB4 7SN.

Coaching Courses Price Reduction

To keep in line with England Athletics pricing, the cost of the Fell LiRF course has been reduced to £140. Application forms and further details can be found under Events / Coaching.

Bamford Carnival 17th July - Change of Race Contact

The race contact for Bamford Carnival (Sunday 17th July) has changed. Updated details can be found here.

Beacon Batch - Change of Date to 21st June

The date of the Beacon Batch race has changed to Tuesday 21st June.  Other details are unchanged and can be found here.

Flan Fell 7th July - Change of Race Contact

The race contact for Flan Fell on Thursday 7th July has changed to Louise Thompson.  All other details are unchanged and can be seen here.

Raad Ny Foillan Pier To Pier Sat 2nd April - Postponed

The Raad Ny Foillan Pier To Pier race on Saturday 2nd April has been postponed to Saturday 16th July and renamed Port Erin Beach Festival Pier to Pier.  The race contact has also changed so see details here or on the race website for more information.

Cancelled - Viking Chase (18th Sept)

It is with great regret we have had to cancel both the Carlton challenge (4th May) and the Viking chase (9th September).  After talks with the new land owners we failed to agree terms so we have decided that it is not in anyone's interest to try and host these events.  Both of these races were intended as fund raisers for Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team (CMRT).  The Viking chase has been run by CMRT for 15 years or so.

Sid Bollands (race organiser)

Bingley Show 23rd July - Change of Race Contact

Please note that the contact for the Bingley Show Race on Saturday 23rd July has changed to Phil Hawkswell.  His details can be found in the race listing here.

Secretary / Chair

At the committee meeting on 21st February 2016 the Chair / Secretary role previously held by Nick Harris was split. 

Steve Cliff has been nominated as General Secretary of the FRA and Nick Harris will continue as Chair. 
Many of you will know Steve as part of the "Steve and Wynn duo" who organise the "Anniversary Waltz", "Teenager with Altitude" and "Anniverary Wa!" Fell Races in April. 

Steve has been a fell runner for forty years, latterly focusing more on endurance challenges including his Joss Naylor Challenge last year (
Steve has been on the committee acting as Race Liaison Officer since 2015, a role he will continue with in the interim. Please welcome Steve with me in his new role.

Nick Harris

Chair, FRA

Membership Admin

Remember folks if you move house and you want to continue to get your Fellrunner magazines and annual handbook and fixtures calendar, you also need to update your address in SiEntries by clicking on the Edit/Renew button on the left.
I am also getting several queries from members who have noticed payments leaving their accounts and then being returned.  These are invariably old Standing Orders which will no longer work as subs are now collected by Direct Debit.  If this applies to you then you just need tp cancel the old Standing Order with your bank.

Thanks Charmian

Eligibility qualifications for the 2016 English Championships

Eligibility qualifications for the 2016 English Championships are as follows: 
* Individuals 
* 1. First claim member of an English club and registered with England Athletics. Runners must be members 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 a member 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 (See FRA Committee pages towards the front of the handbook for contact details) either in writing or by e-mail prior to the date of the first Championship race.  
Clubs must be affiliated to England Athletics. 

Cancelled - Tour of Norland Moor 28th August

The organiser has regretfully cancelled the Tour of Norland Moor race on Sunday 28th August because of flood damage to a bridge on the route.

Disciplinary Decisions

Clive Fitzpatrick aka Clive Gurzhii
This unattached runner is currently serving a ban from entering FRA registered races which was due to expire on 6 June.  Further violations of the rules have been drawn to our attention, including entering Lads Leap and Pendle Fell races under a false name and so potentially hindering the safe organisation of the race. A further ban has been imposed expiring on 13 June 2016.  A copy of this decision is being sent to all race organisers.

Race Organisers - Documents

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