Trial: Sedbergh, 31 August 2014
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Trial Races Saturday 9th August 2014 Incorporating the 2014 BA Mountain Running Championship and the 3rd race in the 2014 BA Mountain Running Challenge
Results and report now added. Click here for details
The date of this race is shown incorrectly in the FRA Handbook. It takes place on Tuesday 5th August.
I am still keen to obtain the contact details of a male and a female runner who were on the course, unregistered, at Fairfield.
I have two photos sent to me by the race organiser:
If you know them and their contact details could you please forward them to me.
The FRA disciplinary committee has considered a allegation from the organiser of the Fairfield fell race that Philip Jamieson ran the race course whilst unregistered. The allegation was that this action put the safety of runners, who had entered the race, at potential risk. We have upheld the allegation and decided that Philip Jamieson should be banned from entering any races registered with the FRA for a period of 3 months, expiring on 27 Sept. I will also be sending a copy of this decision to all race organisers asking that they don’t let him enter any races during this period.
Click here to use Jim Godwin's race organiser program
Unfortunately due to building & refurbishment work taking longer than anticipated, Rossendale are unable to host this year’s junior do at Marl Pitts.
The Junior Do will now take place at Queen Katherine School, Kendal on Saturday July 19th.
Many of you will know it from the English Schools Championships last year but please also note the change of date to the Saturday. (Primarily to avoid a clash with Kentmere)
Apologies for any inconvenience but it will still be a cracking day & I’m looking forward to seeing many juniors & parents there for the day.
It will follow the same format, 10 – 3 with a training camp feel to it with presentations, lunch and of course hoodies/t shirts to be collected!
The U8 and U10 junior races at Ingleborough on Saturday 19th July have unfortunately been cancelled; the other junior races will go ahead as planned.
The organiser of the Cracken Edge race has changed to Jim Harries. Full details here.
Please note that the date of the Sandstone Trail races has been changed to Saturday 27th September.
Please note that due to circumstances beyond the organiser's control the date for the Ilkley Incline Fell Race and the Junior Fell Relays has been changed from Wednesday 10 September to Wednesday 3 September. All other details of these events remains as published in the 2014 Fixtures Calendar.
Geoff Howard, Organiser of the Ilkley Incline
The final British Championship race, please note the start time is 11am not 1pm as stated in the handbook
The Turbine Tangle, scheduled for Saturday 20th September has been cancelled because of the further development of the wind farm.
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
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.