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Guaranteed Entry Under 23

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.

Change of venue for Kong Winter race 2 on 14th December 2019

Start venue has changed to Braithwaite Lodge, Braithwaite, Keswick, CA12 5ST - same venue as Coledale Horseshoe. All other details unchanged

FRA English champs guaranteed entry document

Details here

Litton, 8th December - no Junior races

 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

FRA 50 @ 50 Race Series to celebrate the 50th Anniversary 1970 – 2020

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.

Have fun

Charmian Heaton

FRA AGM - Draft minutes

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.

English Championships - Guaranteed Entry

From 2020 guaranteed entries for the English Championship races will only be granted to members of the FRA.  To facilitate the application process, SiEntries will add a new, optional field to the FRA membership profile to allow those who believe they have good reason to be considered to state their case as follows:
  • Please summarise your reasons for applying and provide supporting evidence e.g. recent results or past Championship track record.

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.

British Championships - Guaranteed Entry

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. 

Eskdale Eureka - change of venue

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.

Championship races 2020

B. March 14th . Aran Race. AM Wales
E. April 4th . Guisborough Three Tops. AM England
B. April 25th . Seven Sevens. AL N Ireland
E. May 16th . Alderman’s Ascent. AS
Inter-counties Championship. May 23rd .Llanberis Ridge.
E. June 13th . Ennerdale Horseshoe. AL
E. July 4th . Blencathra. AM
B. August 1st . Glenshee Nine. AL Scotland
E & B. August 29th . Arnison Crag Horseshoe. AS
E. September 20th . South Mynd Tour. AL

Under 23. Changes for the 2020 English Championships

Entrants in the 2020 U23 English Championships may include one Long race amongst their three Championship 'counters'. In other words, they are required to run one Short, one Medium and one 'other' of any distance including Long.

Race Poster

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.

Shittern Santa Saunter - CANCELLED

The Shittern Santa Saunter on 8th December 2019 has been cancelled

FRA Emergency Outdoor First Aid Course

Details here

FRA Junior Championship

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

GPS devices for navigation

At a meeting in September, the FRA Executive Committee voted to introduce a new race category relating to the use of GPS devices for navigation.
This is not a cut and dried subject and throughout our discussions, the principles of fellrunning have been at the forefront of our thoughts. We have consulted extensively with our membership base and Race Organisers to arrive at the following position, which will form part of the FRA Requirements for Runners 2018 (the ‘Runners’ Rules’):
“If a race is classified ‘non-GPS’ (NG) then the use of any electronic device to delineate a route, to display current position on a map, or as a compass, will be prohibited. The use of such a device to display distance travelled, time, speed or altitude will be allowed, as will recording of an actual route for post-race analysis. If such a device is used in an emergency situation then that competitor should retire from the race and declare themselves non-competitive.”
For the avoidance of doubt, GPS is not allowed in FRA registered races in England unless the race is categorised as "G"; by the race organiser.
The Kit Requirements for FRA Races are further clarified in respect of the fact that maps must be on paper. A conventional compass must be carried in addition to this.
Happy running!
The FRA Committee

First on the Scene

What to do if you are First on the Scene of an incident on the fells -
essential reading here.

Welfare policy - Transgender and Anti Doping

The Committee have agreed that the FRA will be following the UKA policies on Transgender - and Anti Doping -
This replaces the item in the 2017 Handbook on P 24 Apps 3 and 4 and as previously set out in the Welfare policy - The policy will be updated.


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 (