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The Fell Runners Association was formed in 1970 to cater for the needs of fell runners throughout the the country. We now have about 6,800 individual members. Nearly 300 athletic clubs are involved with fell running through their regional athletic associations.
The association is the only athletic body which looks after fell runners' interests. We hope that when you read about the benefits which come from being a member you will join us. We look forward to meeting you on the fells!
Our sport has a relaxed low-key atmosphere where friendships are easy to make and the hills are there to be enjoyed. There's something for just about everybody in fell running, whether its the thrill at the sharp end, the pleasure of taking exercise amongst the hills, or the loneliness of the long distance.
Three times a year we produce a magazine which is packed full of race reports, results, features, articles and photographs. The Fell Runner is posted to you and not only is it the official journal of the association it contains articles written by members. The magazine keeps you up to date with championships, committee news, courses on race training and navigation, ultra distance and international news.
Each year a fixtures calendar is prepared and sent to each member. Well over 400 races are listed with full race details. It contains race information from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The Handbook tells you about all the various championships, the rules of fell running, safety requirements, access and environmental guidelines and the F R A constitution.
The Senior English championships consists of six races, two at each distance, short, medium and long. A runners best four races at least one at each distance are given points which are totted up to decide the the winners. There are championships for women, men, veterans and team. There is also a British relay championship. There is a six race English Junior Championship for U12 - U18 competitors, with the best four scores to count. The races incorporate a club championship, and there are non-scoring races at each round for U8 and U10 runners.
At the end of each season we hold an annual dinner and the presentation of championship awards. Speeches are kept to a minimum, something which can not be said for the eating and drinking, fortunately.
Fell running is perhaps unique amongst sports in that it does not seek to attract ever greater numbers of participants. The reason for this policy is that we have to balance our sporting interests with the impact on the environment. The sad fact is that the hills of Britain simply will not cope with ever increasing pounding of feet. Protecting the environment is one of our primary aims. We continually liaise with agencies and land owners over access and racing over environmentally sensitive areas. The Fell Runners Association will continue to protect your interests in these and many other matters.