Principles of Fell Running

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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 here live 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. See guidance here."



FRA AGM



Notice of the FRA's AGM 2019 is available here. For full details, including the 2018 accounts and proxy form, please see the AGM page.



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.


Championship Trophies



Could all 2018 British and English Championship team and individual winners please return their trophies to the Pete Bland van at the Hodgson Brothers relays (6th Oct), the British relays (19th Oct) or before then to the PBS shop in Kendal.  We must have them back at least two weeks before the 'Do' in order to get them engraved for this year's winners.
 
For queries contact Helen Berry at championship@fellrunner.org.uk


English Championships and Medallists



Updated after Ilam National Trust here including Championship medallists.



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 - http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/media/news/2016-news-page/august-2016/03-08-16-transgender-policy/ and Anti Doping - http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/cleanathletics/rules/
 
This replaces the item in the 2017 Handbook on P 24 Apps 3 and 4 and as previously set out in the Welfare policy - http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/documents.php The policy will be updated.


Welfare



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 (welfare@fellrunner.org.uk)