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Harrock Hill 3 - Change of Date

The Harrock Hill race will now take place on Thursday 21st July, not as previously published.  All other details are unchanged and can be found here.

Cancelled - Crow Hill Reverse 8th August

The Crow Hill Reverse race on Tuesday 2nd August has been cancelled.

AGM Agenda and Committee Nominations - Reminder

The Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held at the Marl Pits, Newchurch Road, Rossendale, Lancashire BB4 7SN on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 2.00 p.m.

The AGM includes many aspects that were fed back from the Membership Survey. In particular, it will include the following: -

-          The formal AGM Agenda

-          Open discussion on a topic submitted to the Secretary by Wendy Dodds and David Rosen

-          Nicky Spinks will give a talk on her recent Double Bob Graham Record!

-          A presentation on the feedback from the Member’s Survey

-          An update on the development of the FRA Strategy, as we approach 50 years

The Committee looks forward to your active participation If you cannot attend then you are invited to submit a Proxy Vote for the formal AGM agenda  to the Secretary by 26th June 2016.

If you would like to stand for the committee then nominations must be submitted to the secretary by 26th June 2016 (this date has been extended out from the original notice). Details of posts are to be found in the constitution paragraphs 22 to 25.  

Members can stand for any post at the AGM and a number of members have indicated that they will not be re-standing this year. In all but one case we have indication of another member willing to stand for the vacant posts. The one post I have received no nominations for is the FRA Statistician.

All of those standing down have offered to provide assistance to the new incumbents and to provide a detailed handover.

I would like to personally thank those standing down for all of the work they have done in previous years, both as “named officers” and in contributing to the bigger FRA Committee Agenda.

A draft of the strategy will be posted on the FRA Web Site 2 weeks before the AGM, in preparation for consultation at the AGM.

Feedback from the member’s survey will also be presented at the meeting for discussion, and posted with the minutes.

2016 Fell CiRF - Alternative Weekend 1

Due to high numbers booking on the course, we can offer an alternative weekend 1 on the 3rd / 4th September. The venue will be in the South Lakes / NW area. The 2nd weekend of the course remains the same ( 8/9th October ). A new application form can be founder here.

New Fell LiRF Course in Kendal

Another Fell LiRF will take place in Kendal on the 10th September. Details and application form are available here.

Bull Hill 14th July - Change of Venue

The venue for the Bull Hill race on Thursday 14th July has changed to the Red Lion Pub, Hawkshaw just down the road from the previous venue which is closed for refurbishment.

Cancelled - Flan Fell 7th July

Due to the ongoing drainage works at the Gill in Ulverston, it has been decided to cancel the Flan fell race which was to have taken place on Thursday July 7th.

To stage the event would have shortened the race distances for both junior and senior runners by relocating the start and finish, the area is seriously restricted and there are safety concerns about the state of the path at Gillbanks, before the road crossing onto the fell.

Kirky Stephen Sports 1st July - Change of Venue

Please note the change of venue for the Kirkby Stephen Sports race on Friday 1st July to Upper Eden Rugby Club, CA17 4TF.

Chunal - Change of Date/Time

The date/time of the Chunal race will be changing.  Watch this space for more details in due course.

Barrow 29th August

The Barrow race will go ahead as planned on Monday 29th August despite the cancellation of Keswick Show due to the Storm Desmond flooding.  The course has been shortened slightly.  Parking will be on the old road, and public toilets are available in the village.  Full details here.

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

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

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.

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. 

Race Organisers - Documents

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