This item is only of concern to English athletes.
What is EA? - England Athletics is the governing body which manages and develops Athletics in England, performing the same kind of duties as were performed by the AAA (and its regional bodies, e.g. NoEAA, SoEAA etc) in the past. Scottish Athletics, Welsh Athletics and Athletics Northern Ireland are the equivalent bodies in the other home nations. Do I need to register with EA? – On the face of it, the answer is no. Fell races in England do not charge any levies on behalf of either England Athletics or the FRA. They are open to all runners who fulfil the organiser’s criteria.
However, if you want to count in either the English or the British fell running championships, then you must either be a member of the FRA or registered with England Athletics.
Other reasons to register - You can take part in other types of races (e.g. road races) without paying the levy, or, if you want to race abroad, you can use your EA card instead of paying for a doctor's "fitness-to-race" letter.
How much does it cost? - England Athletics have agreed that, for runners who are FRA members and not members of multi-discipline athletics clubs affiliated to EA, they will allow registration without any charge at all. Please note the proviso – this is not supposed to be a method of avoiding registration payment, rather it is for members of fell-only clubs who might wish to run the odd road race, or to race abroad.
How do I go about registering with the EA? - Simply email Debbie Thompson who handles all FRA membership enquiries (contact details in the Calendar, in the magazine and on the Committee page of this website), expressing your desire to register. Please supply your FRA membership number (if known), your full name, running club, address and date-of-birth.
Can my club membership secretary do this for me? – Debbie will be happy to accept bulk applications from club membership secretaries, providing all the necessary details are supplied