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Crow Hill Reverse Important Information From Organiser Regarding Parking



Runners MUST park at the Community Centre in Mytholmroyd for the Crow Hill race on 2nd August.  This was the race venue over the years (still closed by flooding), and is only a two minute walk to Race HQ (Dusty Miller pub)
 
It is IMPORTANT that runners do NOT park at the pub, the local Sainsbury one stop, or the health Centre.
 
Reg Czudek, race organiser


Cray - Change of Date



The date of the Cray race has been changed and will now be on Sunday 21st August.  Full details here.



Coaching



Change of Venue for 10th September Fell LiRF
The venue has changed from the Lakes to Mytholmroyd near Hebden Bridge, all other details remain the same.
 
Additional Fell LiRF course in Kendal on the 25th September.
An additional Fell LiRF has been organised for the 25th September in Kendal. Additional Fell CIRF Coaching Weekend 1
 
An additional Fell CiRF coaching course is available on the 3rd & 4th of September at Horwich Leisure Centre.
Candidates must also attend the 2nd weekend on the 8/9th October at Mytholmroyd near Hebden Bridge and an assessment day TBC.
 
Forms for all the above are available at Events / Coaching.


FRA AGM 2016



AGM SUMMARY
Around 30 members attended the 2016 AGM which was extended to include a number of additional items, including an inspiring talk from Nicky Spinks about her background, and record runs culminating in the double BG. 
 
FORMAL AGENDA
The formal part of the agenda included acceptance of the Executive Report, the Finances, Nomination of Names Officers and Member Representatives that form the core committee for 2016 - 2017, and the Auditor for the coming period. Details of which can be found here.
 
The committee welcomes a number of new members - Jude Jepson (co-opted by the committee earlier in the year and now Chair of the Championship subcommittee); Carl Bedson (Statistician); Nicky Spinks (Member Representative); Nick Hewitt (co-opted by the committee earlier in the year and now Member Rep and Chair of the Safety, Equipment and Rules subcommittee); and Ed Gamble (Welfare Officer).  
 
Thanks were given to those leaving the committee, who have supported our sport for many years - Jon Broxap (an amazing 30 years on the committee), Andrew Schofield (Scoffer), Ian Hartman and Mike Robinson. 
 
With the changes to the committee, the balance of men to women now closer reflects the membership (previously 15%, now 26% of the committee are women). 
 
DISCUSSION
David Rosen raised an issue regarding the obligations of the committee to accept formal resolutions. There was a brief discussion on company law, and the Chair and Secretary committed to investigating further and publishing clarification.
 
Two proposals were raised as part of the general discussion of FRA matters. Details of the proposals can be found on the FRA web site. There was active discussion on both issues and alternative ideas put forward. 
 
The meeting indicated support for the principle of moving towards greater equality for older women in the English championships. This view was based on a proposal from Wendy Dodds that women in the 60 and 65 age groups should run any 4 from 6 English Championship Races. We are now polling the relevant women membership who are active in the Championship on their views; ahead of the new Championship subcommittee considering the matter further and making a recommendation to the full Committee in September.  Details of the decision from the Committee meeting will be published on the FRA web site.
 
David Rosen proposed to replace men's teams with "open" teams in the British Hill and Fell Running Championship Relay (BHFR), removing the need for a men's category. The chair emphasised that decisions on the BHFR sat with the UKA / MRAG, not with the FRA, although the FRA is a member of MRAG. After discussion the concept was not supported by those who attended the meeting; although it was emphasised that "mixed" teams are being implemented in the BHFR 2016. Inclusion of mixed teams has been available in all previous years except 2015, when the limited size of the venue did not allow for the additional numbers. The growing popularity of the event has restricted number of venues that can support mixed teams as well as Championship categories. 
 
The chair provided a short introduction to the next stage of drawing up an FRA plan, following the member survey earlier in the year. Key outcomes from the members survey and the feedback from FRA subcommittees have been brought together in order to determine how they should be implemented. Members are encouraged to review the outcomes document and provide feedback and ideas on how they might be realised. The full results of the member survey can be found here. 
 
Thanks were given to everyone who attended and made the event both memorable and enjoyable. A formal set of minutes have been produced for acceptance by at the 2017 AGM
 
FRA Secretary
Steve Cliff


Crow Hill Reverse 2nd August Back On



The Crow Hill Reverse race on Tuesday 2nd August which was reported as cancelled, is now back on.  The organiser/race contact is Reg Czudek and the venue is now the Dusty Miller pub in Mytholmroyd.  Thanks Reg Czudek for taking it on.  Full details are here.



Disciplinary report



A report was received that a runner competed in an English Championship race with his race number pinned to his shorts, not his vest. Having found the case proved, the FRA Disciplinary Sub-Committee decided that the runner would be banned from fell races for three months but that the ban should be suspended for a period of twelve months. The ban would come into effect if the runner were to break any of the FRA Requirements for Runners 2015 and 2016 “the Runners’ Rules” during the next twelve months.

Runners are reminded that the Runners’ Rules provide,

4. Race Numbers

Wear your race number on your chest and show it to marshals at check-points.

The race number is an essential part of running the race, to check that runners don’t skip a checkpoint and to keep track of runners who are lagging behind or have dropped out of the event.

If you put on a cagoule over your number be prepared to uncover it to show to race officials at checkpoints, so that the number can be recorded. Don’t fold or cut down numbers as this makes them more difficult to read and also conceals the sponsor’s name. Only shout out your number if you are asked to do so.



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.



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.



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)



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. 



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