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 firstname.lastname@example.org – 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
The 2017 handbook and Winter Fellrunner magazine will be posted out from the printers next week so if you want to get yours for Christmas and you do not have a valid Direct Debit instruction in place then you need to RENEW your membership in the next few days. Don't leave it too late folks.
Just click on the "Edit/Renew" button on the Membership page.
The race contact/organiser of the Hexhamshire Hobble on Sunday 4th December has changed to Brendon Jackson. His details and the rest of the race information is available here.
The date of the English Championship Long Mynd Valleys race in 2017 has been changed to Saturday 25th March.
The next edition of the Fellrunner is being sent to the printers w/c 21 November and copies will be posted out soon after.
The race contact and organiser of the Mytholmroyd race on Sunday 11th December has changed to Phill Beecroft, full race details here.
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.
Despite rumours to the contrary, the Litton Christmas Cracker is going ahead as planned on Sunday 11th December, now with the support of members of Buxton AC. Details here.
Individuals and teams here
It with great sadness that I have to pass on the news that Dave Parry passed away this morning (10th October 2016) at home with his family. For over a year Dave has battled against cancer, but in recent weeks his condition deteriorated and now the very sad conclusion.
For anyone who has been involved in running in Teesside and North Yorkshire in the last 50 years and you will have competed against Dave, been coached by Dave or competed in a race organised by Dave.
Dave has competed on the road, cross country and his passion on the hills and fells; on his day you had your work cut-out to beat Dave.
As a coach he has helped many to develop their potential and make their mark in running.
As a race organiser Dave was prolific. In the most recent edition of Fell Runner the Fell Running Association’s magazine it was reported he had organised 1500 races. what started out as midweek training runs, developed into the North East Hill Running Association Winter and Summer Fell Race Series, often involving 25-30 races each year.
Not only did Dave organise his own races he helped out other, adjudicating many road races for local running clubs.
He was involved on the club scene with Middlesbrough Mandale, NYMAC and set up Esk Valley Fell Club.
Dave was never apparently fazed by anything when organising races, be it an issue minor or major, a local or national championship race.
Dave leaves a terrific legacy of hill running on the North Yorkshire Moors, as a person always good humoured, with a story to tell anda true gent.
Rest in peace Dave.
Clive Thornton Esk Valley Fell Club
Rest in peace Dave.
Clive Thornton Esk Valley Fell Club
All 2016 race organisers have been sent information on how to apply for a 2017 race license (previously known as a permit). If you are a new organiser, or haven't received this information, please contact me. The closing date for applications for races to be included in the 2017 FRA Handbook is Monday 31st October.
Andy Butler (Fixtures Secretary)
A report was received that a runner competed in an English Championship race with his race number pinned to his shorts, not his vest. Having found the case proved, the FRA Disciplinary Sub-Committee decided that the runner would be banned from fell races for three months but that the ban should be suspended for a period of twelve months. The ban would come into effect if the runner were to break any of the FRA Requirements for Runners 2015 and 2016 “the Runners’ Rules” during the next twelve months.
Runners are reminded that the Runners’ Rules provide,
4. Race Numbers
Wear your race number on your chest and show it to marshals at check-points.
The race number is an essential part of running the race, to check that runners don’t skip a checkpoint and to keep track of runners who are lagging behind or have dropped out of the event.
If you put on a cagoule over your number be prepared to uncover it to show to race officials at checkpoints, so that the number can be recorded. Don’t fold or cut down numbers as this makes them more difficult to read and also conceals the sponsor’s name. Only shout out your number if you are asked to do so.
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.
Eligibility qualifications for the 2016 English Championships are as follows:
* 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.
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