The Shining Tor race has been cancelled this year due to access problems.
Unfortunately no one has stepped forward to take on the organisation of the Coombes Tor race on 21st May so the race has been cancelled.
The final British Championship race, please note the start time is 11am not 1pm as stated in the handbook
This race has been cancelled. There has been logging work in different sections of the race route leaving it unsuitable for a race and there continues to be work in the area so unfortunately it won't happen this year. It may be possible to reinstate it for next year, but this will have to be assessed at a later date.
Dennis McDonald, race organiser
Due to an oversight, the Grindleford race was omitted from the Race Updates in the recent Fellrunner. The race is taking place on Thursday 19th June and details can be found in the Events section of the website here.
The Turbine Tangle, scheduled for Saturday 20th September has been cancelled because of the further development of the wind farm.
This race is no longer taking place under an FRA permit.
The Wharfedale Off-Road Marathon on Saturday 7th June has been cancelled, however the Wharfedale Off-Road 1/2 Marathon will go ahead on the same date as planned.
Safety Requirements – recent race organiser events.
The 8 events for race organisers to discuss the implementation of the new safety requirements proved to be a very positive experience. Over half of the 300 plus race organisers attended events held from Telford to Chester- le-Street.
Race Organiser Guidelines, Fell Running Philosophy, Framework.
The Committee has informed race organisers of its plans to:
Produce an overall framework for documents produced by the FRA
Draw up a fell running ‘philosophy’ statement
Develop new Race Organiser Guidelines for the 2015 Handbook which will include aspects of the Access and Environmental Guidelines and some of the Safety Requirements. This will allow a shorter Safety Requirements document to be issued when this is next reviewed.
The Committee has concluded that race organisers now seek a period of stability to implement the current requirements and so it has no plans for any major review before 2016 at the earliest.
Race organisers have been reassured that they will be invited to play an active role in the various consultative processes planned to produce the documents indicated above.
Nick Harris Secretary 18.2.2014
During the 2014 race registration process last year, a race permit was refused by the FRA due to concerns the FRA had over the organiser’s commitment to comply with the new safety requirements. Following appropriate assurances from the organiser that he will fully apply the requirements, a permit has now been granted. The FRA are totally committed to upholding the standards they have set and will have no hesitation in withholding permits in the future if they believe that those standards are not being applied.
Can be downloaded here
The FRA Committee has revised its Safety Requirements and the current draft (1st September) underpinned documentation sent to potential 2014 Race Organisers to enable work to start to ensure the 2014 FRA Handbook/Calendar appears on time.
The draft document was well received at the recent Inquest but the FRA cannot issue the final version until it addresses the broader views of the Coroner, which are still awaited. The final version will be included in the 2014 Handbook/Calendar (and here).
The FRA Committee believes that the Safety Requirements should continue to be written in everyday language and not become overly legalised. However, the finalversion will be subjected to legal scrutiny to ensure that the new Safety Requirements protect runners, Race Organisers and the FRA within a sport which, by its nature, is recognised as hazardous and which will always involve accidents.
Fell runners have primary responsibility for their own safety.
Race Organisers have broader responsibilities-a “duty of care” for competitors; and the benefit of insurance via their FRA Registration (although liability for causing death or personal injury by negligence cannot be excluded).
Safety Requirements first appeared in the 1992 Calendar when, eg, there was no mandatory kit requirement. The 2014 draft includes changes in standards, clarifications…but nothing that changes the essence of the sport.
By placing greater emphasis on the competitor to recognise their responsibilities in fell races the new document may be welcomed by Race Organisers on whom the sport depends; as it has since 1970 when the FRA was created, based on the good will of the race organisers of that time.