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Cancelled - Shining Tor 14th May



The Shining Tor race has been cancelled this year due to access problems.



Cancelled - Coombes Tor 21st May



Unfortunately no one has stepped forward to take on the organisation of the Coombes Tor race on 21st May so the race has been cancelled.



Measgym Muddle



The final British Championship race, please note the start time is 11am not 1pm as stated in the handbook



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
Secretary


England International Mountain Running 2014



Event: Snowdon International Mountain Race (up-and-down)    19 July 2014 
Selection Date: 30 June 
Team Composition: 4 senior men and 3 senior women
Trial: Coniston 3 May
Selection Details: The first 2 senior men and 1 senior woman will gain automatic selection from the Coniston Fell Race with the remaining places to be decided by the selectors. If you are unable to compete in the trial race, it is your responsibility to provide the Chair of Selectors, Anne Buckley (annembuckley@yahoo.com), with details of all performances you wish to be considered at the selection meeting on 30 June.
 
Selection of all athletes is subject to the agreement of the athlete’s training and racing programme between the date of selection and the representative race by the committee.


Durris Mast - 15th May



This race has been cancelled.  There has been logging work in different sections of the race route leaving it unsuitable for a race and there continues to be work in the area so unfortunately it won't happen this year. It may be possible to reinstate it for next year, but this will have to be assessed at a later date.
 
Dennis McDonald, race organiser



Grindleford - 19th June



Due to an oversight, the Grindleford race was omitted from the Race Updates in the recent Fellrunner.  The race is taking place on Thursday 19th June and details can be found in the Events section of the website here.



Turbine Tangle - 20th September



The Turbine Tangle, scheduled for Saturday 20th September has been cancelled because of the further development of the wind farm.



Herod Farm - 16th April



This race is no longer taking place under an FRA permit.



Pendle Cloughs - 3rd May



This race is no longer taking place under an FRA permit.



Hartcliff Hill Race



24 04 14  - This race has been cancelled for this year. Work by National Grid means that sections of the route will be closed to the public over the race period. The race will take place in 2015.
 
Pete McLeod
RO


Cancelled - Wharfedale Off-Road Marathon Sat 7th June



The Wharfedale Off-Road Marathon on Saturday 7th June has been cancelled, however the Wharfedale Off-Road 1/2 Marathon will go ahead on the same date as planned.



Safety Requirements and Race Organiser’s Guidelines. Update



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.

Safety Requirements

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.

Consultation

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



Runner Alert!



 When things go tragically wrong at a fell race the race organiser may be in difficulty -but the runner will be dead.
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So What!
When runners are accused of breaches of safety requirements, they usually respond in one of three ways:
i) Sorry, I didn’t know
ii) Sorry, I knew, and I won’t do it again, or 
iii) Yeah? So what!
Response iii) recently earned a runner disqualification for not wearing a race number on his chest (Safety Requirement 8.2); but he could have received a lengthy ban from FRA races.
Education First, Discipline Last 
The FRA Committee are fell runners and they take no pleasure in disciplining their fellows. But they have responsibilities to the sport and will make “examples” of runners (or race organisers) to remind everyone that the FRA takes rules compliance seriously. Race Organisers at the recent workshops on the new safety requirements asked for runners to be reminded to read the Handbook and here is some of what runners will find there. It shouldn’t be news!
You The Runner
- are primarily responsible for your own safety on the fells.
- must comply with the requirements of the race organiser
- must read the “disclaimer” on the entry form before you sign. It matters.
Kit
- the Standard Equipment is printed on the back of the Membership Card. This is OBLIGATORY at every Long A, Medium A  and now Long B races. No exceptions-even if the sun is cracking the flags.
 -  the full kit must be carried at every race however short and gentle, UNLESS the Race Organiser relaxes some of the requirements.  
-  runners should take the full kit to every race and not try to guess what the race organiser will decide to relax on the day.
-  kit is carried to combat the weather when running but more importantly it’s for when you stop, tired, lost, maybe injured;  and your skinny body starts cooling on the way to hypothermia… and  death.
 - “waterproof” means sold as waterproof with taped seams. Good kit saves lives. 
Numbers
- are worn to be seen, cag or no cag, by marshals (and anyone else, eg the landowner).
- must be worn on the chest.
- must not be cut down.
Helping The Organiser To Count The Runners
- you are responsible for HELPING the organiser and marshals. 
- you must not register, decide not to run and go home without telling the organiser.
- you must not go through the finish funnel twice (or not at all).
- you must not drop out and then fail to go back directly to the finish to report to the organiser.
Camaraderie
- it’s only a fell race. If you see someone in distress then please stop and help.
Litter
- please don’t.
Finally
- please do what the Race Organiser asks. It is his/her race. He/she is always right and Sorry I didn’t know… will not work anymore.


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 (ianh2512@hotmail.com) 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.


Rules and Safety Documentation



Statement from the FRA committee about the implementation of the new rules and safety documentation.
 
Following the tragic death of Brian Belfield in the 2012 Buttermere Sailbeck race it was clear that the suite of fell race safety and approval documentation would need to be reviewed.  A lot of effort was put in to re-drafting the key Safety Requirements, including extensive consultation with clubs and race organisers.  However the new ‘rules’ had to be kept on hold until the inquest had been completed and the verdict of the Coroner was known.
 
After the inquest the precise wording of the new ‘rules’ had to comply with the Coroner’s requirements, and also with the advice given by our lawyer, who also acts for the insurance company.  It was necessary to take the Coroner’s advice on how we organise our sport, and also be certain that organisers will get full legal and insurance support.  This was achieved for the ‘Safety Requirements’ and it was possible – just – to get the new version to race organisers and into the 2014 Handbook before the end of the year.
 
The suite of documentation still needs work, but the organisers of races with FRA permits (of which there are almost 500) must have a clear set of requirements to work with this year.  
 
We don’t intend to ‘meddle’ with the wording during the year, as this would be confusing and not helpful.  We are assured by our lawyer, who is a specialist in the field of inquests, including deaths in athletics events that the current set of words is adequate.  But the FRA Committee will continue to work on the ‘rules’, with a view to having an improved version, after full consultation with the membership and legal and safety experts in time for future Handbooks.
 
No set of rules will satisfy everyone, but we will try very hard to meet the requirements of a broad consensus of race organisers and members.  The Committee is currently running race organisers’ meetings both to explain and clarify the new wording, and also to get ideas on implementation.  These have produced some excellent input, which will be published.  We will also seek input from across the FRA on any proposed changes.
 
As always, members of the Committee make themselves available to any FRA members with genuine questions or concerns about the sport, and our contact details are in the Handbook.
 
The Committee


Permit Refusal By FRA On Safety Grounds



During the 2014 race registration process last year, a race permit was refused by the FRA due to concerns the FRA had over the organiser’s commitment to comply with the new safety requirements.  Following appropriate assurances from the organiser that he will fully apply the requirements, a permit has now been granted.  The FRA are totally committed to upholding the standards they have set and will have no hesitation in withholding permits in the future if they believe that those standards are not being applied.

Nick Harris

FRA Secretary



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.


Clougha Pike Race 2014 Date Change



Junior Championship Race & Senior Race
 
Please note the Clougha Pike races are to be held on Saturday 21st June,  (and not the 28th June as indicated in the Fell Runner Magazine Autumn Edition). The details in the calendar website and fixtures calendar  have been updated. More information will appear on the Bowland Fellrunner Website in due course.
Many thanks
 
Chris Reade RO. 


2014 FRA Safety Requirements For Fell Races and Rules for Competition



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.



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.