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Insurance Cover for Race Organisers

A note has been produced by the FRA following issues raised by Race Organisers earlier in 2014. The production of the note involved direct consultation with both the UKA and the insurers by FRA member Graham Wadsworth, who has a lifetime of experience working in the insurance industry but who is now a retired insurance broker. It is now on the Race Organiser page of the FRA website.

Bradda Niarbyl Championship Race 2015 Entries Open

Entries have opened today for the 2015 Bradda Niarbyl English and Manx Championship race on the Isle of Man on Saturday 11th July 2015. Entry is via the Manx Fell Runners website:

Please renew your membership before 10th December 2014

The AGM endorsed a decision to increase subscriptions for the first time in 10 years. The FRA has also decided to take a leap into the 21st century and collect subscriptions online, using the membership system offered by SiEntries.  This will accept payment by direct debit, debit or credit cards.  We will NOT be accepting any payments by Standing Order from now on.

All members including those who previously paid by standing order, Life and Honorary Members need to complete the renewal process by Wednesday 10th December otherwise you will not receive the FRA Handbook & Fixtures Calendar in time for Christmas.  Those who renew late will receive the handbook in late January.

To renew, please visit  

High Peak Marathon

Very sorry but due to a problem with our website all entries made before Saturday the 15th of November have been lost.

If this has affected your entry please make your entry online again or forward the confirmation email you received  (this may be under spam) to and we will manually reinstate your entry.  

All entries to be made before 30th November.

Apologies again and thanks for your patience.  Richard Bradbury

Crowden Horseshoe fell race 31 August 2014.

The Crowden race had mandatory kit, in accordance with FRA rules. Gary Smith, Royton Road Runners, has admitted not carrying the kit and has been banned from entering any race registered with the FRA for a three month period expiring on 10 Feb. 2015. Will all race organisers please note this decision.
Nick Harris, General Secretary

Crowden disciplinary

Crowden fell race 31 Aug. 2014
The Crowden race had mandatory kit, in accordance with FRA rules. One runner, Jason Keast, Royton Road Runners, has admitted not carrying the kit and have been banned from entering any race registered with the FRA for a three month period expiring on 17 Jan. 2015. 
Will all race organisers please note this decision.
Nick Harris, General Secretary

Access/Environment Officer

The FRA is looking for a member to be co-opted onto the Committee and take on the Committee work in relation to access and environment. 
This can involve a variety of issues such as liaison with landowners or race organisers about land access and related issues. Knowledge of the CROW act would obviously help; rules on access to moors during grouse shooting etc. 
In the first instance interested members should contact the Secretary to discuss the position.

Race Registration 2015

All organisers of 2014 races should by now have received the registration papers for 2015.  If you wish to register a race and haven't received anything yet, please get in touch with me, preferably by email. Contact details are on FRA>Committee page of this website.  The deadline for submission of races for the 2015 handbook is 31st October 2014. 

2015 Safety Requirements

These can now be viewed on the Race Organisers' page.  It should be noted that for the remainder of 2014 the current requirements still apply.

Mytholmroyd Change of Date to Sunday 14th December

Please note that the Mytholmroyd race has been put back by a week to Sunday 14th December.  All other details are unchanged and can be seen here.

Fairfield race – 2014

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.


Nick Harris





Fairfield Fell race 2014 – Unregistered runner

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.

Nick Harris


Race Organisers - Documents

Click here to use Jim Godwin's race organiser program

Legal advice and help with drafting a document for juniors.

The FRA Committee have been building up a reference group of members with specific expertise and who can help and advise us from time to time. To date we have input in relation to insurance; safety, both mountain rescue and health and safety; juniors/coaching and from some race organisers.
1.  Could you offer legal advice to the FRA Committee on draft documents etc?
2. We are putting together a leaflet for juniors and have text that would look very uninviting to any junior member. Could you offer help with an improved layout e.g. cartoons/photos? (Junior members putting themselves forward would be welcomed.)
Suitable payments will be made to those appointed, if required.
If you like to put yourself forward you are welcome to send me a brief resume to or phone me on 07956344174
Nick Harris, Secretary

Insurance - 'hazards'

British Athletics/UKA has a statement on ‘hazards’ on their website which has caused concerns to a number of race organisers:
“Hazardous Activities Exclusion – this policy does not apply to liability arising out of hazardous activities which increase the risk of bodily injury or damage to property. This includes but is not limited to amusement rides, bonfires, bouncy castles, fairground rides, fireworks, inflatables.”
We have been in correspondence with British Athletics/UKA on this and, a number of other issues in relation to insurance and further details will be sent to race organisers at a later date when this dialogue is finalised.  However we have been able to gain clarity that:
'The intention of this exclusion is to remove hazardous risks which are not part and parcel of the core activities of the insured parties.  It does not exclude any athletic activities that are approved by British Athletics, which do include fell running.'
I hope that will remove the anxiety I know some organisers have.
Nick Harris

2014 English Championships qualification

If you are not a first claim member of an English club and either registered with the appropriate part of British Athletics or a member of the FRA, please notify the FRA statistician by e-mail ( or by letter (see address on website) prior to the first race in the 2014 English Championship (Pendle - Sat. 5 April) to advise of your eligibility as follows:
  • born in England or resident in England for a minimum of twelve months prior to the date of the first race in the 2014 English Championship and;
  • a member of a club outside England which is affiliated to British Athletics or an unattached runner who is a member of the FRA.

FRA Hypothermia Leaflet

Can be downloaded here

England Athletics registration

Following a change of management at England Athletics they have advised us that they are no longer able to continue the arrangement whereby members of the FRA can obtain free registration with EA.
If you have obtained EA registration via the FRA it will lapse from April 2014.  EA registration does not affect access to fell races in any way, but it will mean you have to enter as ‘unattached’ for other England Athletics events, notably road races that you may wish to compete in.
Should you wish to continue to be registered with England Athletics you should go through an EA affiliated club, and pay the £10 EA fee via them. At the moment there is no arrangement for athletes to register direct with EA.

FRA Radios

Monitoring runners is a vital aspect of the safe conduct of fell races and so the FRA has long had a set (6) of Motorola radios available for free loan to race organisers.
The FRA has now purchased three further sets (of 6) of a more powerful Motorola model which have much improved radio coverage.
These are available on free loan from Jon Broxap via Pete Bland Sports where they are stored.
Race organisers are urged to make use of this facility.
The FRA is committed to do all it can to ensure safety in fell races and if future demand for radios from race organisers exceeds supply then the FRA will purchase additional sets to safeguard the future of the sport.