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Please note that for the Under 23 Category in the English Fell Running Championships, the eligible date is 31st December in the year of competition rather than the date of the race. So for an Under 23 to be included in the Guaranteed Entry list, they need to have been born from 1998 onwards. The minimum age to be eligible in Senior races is 18 on the day of the race.
Start venue has changed to Braithwaite Lodge, Braithwaite, Keswick, CA12 5ST - same venue as Coledale Horseshoe. All other details unchanged
The Litton Elf Junior Fell Race on Sunday, 8th December is not going ahead because of a clash with the changed date of the local cross-country league
The FRA is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020 and as part of the celebrations we have introduced a fun series of 50 races where FRA members can take part and earn themselves points or simply credits towards some commemorative merchandise. Massive thanks to James Lowe for putting together the list and also for taking on the massive task of collating the data.
We have included all 17 surviving races which were in the 1970 FRA calendar, plus the six English Championship races, plus another 28 races (Ennerdale is both a Champs race and a 1970 race) from a wide geographical spread and starting on New Years Day with Captain Cook’s Race from Great Ayton in North Yorkshire and ending with the Auld Lang Syne on Penistone Hill on New Years Eve.
Of special note is the Pendle race on 4th April 2020 which will be exactly 50 years since the FRA was formed following the prize-giving for this very race at the Whitehough Camp School, near Barley. Further details can be found in Bill Smith’s article “Forty years of the FRA” in the special Celebration publication from 2010. Results from the 1970 races can also be found in this excellent publication now available on the FRA website.
It has also been brought to my attention that Kevan Shand (RO for both the Blackstone Edge and Turnslack races) is the longest serving race organiser. I understand that his prize list is something to behold with toilet rolls a speciality 😊
Points will be awarded to FRA members based upon the following formula:
The winner’s time (man or woman) divided by your time x 100
Runners will be awarded their 10 best scores plus 20% of the value of any other score.
There will be awards for the highest scoring men and women in Open/V40/V50/V60/V70 categories (age as at 01-Jul-2020) and conditional on at least 15 of the races completed.
Any runner who completes 15/25/30+ races will be presented with commemorative FRA garments.
Due to the fact that there are several unavoidable clashes, no-one will be able to complete all 50 races (not even Darren Fishwick) but we hope that members will help us to celebrate our own anniversary together with the longevity of some wonderful races around the country.
The 2019 AGM of the Fell Runners Association Ltd took place on Saturday 16th November at Barley, Pendle. Draft minutes are available on the AGM page here.
If you are an FRA member and are eligible for automatic inclusion then there is no need to complete this field which will be available after memberships have been rolled over on Tuesday 3rd December. The English Championship guaranteed entry list will be published in January and before online entries open for the Guisborough 3 Tops race.
Applications will open on the 1st of November and close on the 1st December. A list of successful applicants will be published during January. Please remember that you need not apply if you are eligible for automatic inclusion.
Because the Eskdale Inn has closed registration will take place in the pavilion at Castleton cricket club Grid ref NZ 68413 08211 from 9 o'clock.
The FRA have been considering how we can better educate all runners about the absolute no-no rules of fell running. Massive thanks to Jim Tyson from Ambleside who has come up with this poster which will be displayed at all fell races in the near future. Please take a moment to read and comply and help to keep this great sport safe and enjoyable for everone.
The Shittern Santa Saunter on 8th December 2019 has been cancelled
FRA Junior Championship- the hoody and t shirt shop is now open for business! Free t shirts for at least 4 races done, hoody for 6. Please note that because of the gap between the last race and the junior do, we're on a tight deadline for the hoodies orders. I'm discussing extending that but for now please proceed on the basis that you get your orders in immediately after the last race. Link to the shop
Following the FRA committee meeting on 4/12/16 and in light of recent publicity surrounding historical sexual abuse at football clubs, the committee clarified that any allegations of a similar nature within the sport of fell running will be taken extremely seriously and investigated appropriately.
We have already liaised with UKA and an update and explanation of his role will be provided by the newly appointed Welfare Officer in the Spring Fellrunner.
Any enquiries should be directed to Ed Gamble (firstname.lastname@example.org)