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FV65 Championship



It has been brought to the attention of the Championship and Rules sub-committees that there is an anomaly in the rules stated in the Handbook and The Fellrunner.
 
The Handbook lists FV65 as a 'main' veteran category in the Championships. The 'additional' categories of FV50 teams and MV60 teams do have the meaningful competition rules applied, but because FV65 is a 'main' and existing category, the competitiveness rule would not apply.
 
Apologies to all those involved.


FRA and British Championship individual and team trophies!



It's time to return the 2017 FRA and British Championship individual and team trophies! Could the holders please return the trophies to the Pete Bland Sports van which will be at Cautley this weekend, Hodgson Bros relays 7th October and British relays 20th October, or to the shop before then. Or you can pass them to Helen Berry. Thank you!


Grindsbrook Circle race (22 September) cancelled



Unfortunately permissions for the Grindsbrook Circle race have not been sorted in time. The Grindslow Knoll Junior Races will be on as planned same day at 9:30.
 
Ian Fitz


English Schools Fell Running Championships



Entries are now open at www.esfrc.org for the English Schools Fell Running Champs at Giggleswick School on 23 Sept. Entries can be made by schools and parents (if the school isn't making an entry). Each runner will receive a branded shoe bag this year rather than t shirt (it's easier to resource and administer and will be something different). Please ensure that the school name is accurately entered for the team competition



FRA AGM



The FRA AGM took place in Rossendale yesterday to decide on Committee matters and, as is traditional, hold a general discussion on fell running matters.
 
A number of new Committee appointments were made and we would like to thank retiring officers and welcome the following:
 
Charmian Heaton as Chair
 
Neil Talbott as Secretary
 
Sue Jeff as Membership Secretary
 
Dave Bowen as Fixtures Secretary
 
Paul Booth as Fellrunner Editor
 
Ben Abdelnoor as Member Rep.
 
 
As with all Committee posts, these roles are performed on a voluntary basis by people drawn from the FRA membership, who share a love of fell running.
 
The general discussion afterwards covered the subject of the use of GPS in races and this reflected the strength of feeling and breadth of opinion that has been apparent within the fell running community recently.
 
The FRA recognises that this is a subjective matter that goes right to the heart of our sport. Our next steps are to engage via email with those Race Organisers who arrange Navigational Skills Required or NS races to notify them of the new race category by which they can prohibit the use of electronic devices for route finding, and to ensure that they are fully briefed to enable them to make an informed decision.  The new race categories will come into effect from January 2019. 
 
A separate item was a request that Long races should be included in the English Championships Under 23 Category
 
Charmian Heaton


Use of GPS for route finding in races.



The following statement has now been approved by the FRA Executive Committee for implementation for all FRA registered races with effect from 2019.
 
A new line will be introduced into the table of Race Categories which are currently race length (SML) and ascent (ABC).  The new category will be G (GPS allowed) or NG (GPS or other electronic device not allowed).  The RO will select either option at the time of race registration and licence application and this will be clearly published in the Calendar and in the Race Listings on the website.
 
If a fell race is designated non-GPS (NG) then the use of any electronic device to aid route finding will be prohibited.  The use of such a device to display compass, distance travelled, time, speed or altitude will be allowed, as will recording of actual route for post-race analysis.  If such a device is used for route finding in an emergency situation then that competitor should retire from the race and declare themselves non-competitive.
 
To be clear, either a G or an NG category race will still be eligible for Championship status and it will be up to the relevant RO’s to decide for their own races.  MRAG will insist on a ban for the navigation leg at the British Fell Relays and for the 2018 Relays, electronic navigation will not be permitted for any of the legs.


Disciplinary Notice



Robert Simpson of Shettlestone Harriers has received a two month ban for retiring from a race (Darren Holloway Memorial Race) and failing to inform the race organiser. This is a contravention of Rule 5. 



Dunnerdale 10th November - Now Pre-entry Only and Change of Race Contact/Organiser



The dunnerdale race on Saturday 10th November is now pre-entry only, and the race contact/organiser has changed to John Millen.  Full details here.



A reminder: Club vests



Please note: to qualify for team points in Championship rankings each compeditor must wear the vest that his/her club has registered with British Athletics. This is a ruling of British Athletics to which the FRA is affiliated.
 
Anyone not wearing the registered club vest will not count for team points in the Championship rankings.
 
We fully appreciate that in certain weather conditions additional layers may be required.


Announcing changes to the British Championship from 2019



For more details click here



Salcombe Coastal Marathons 5th May and 20th October - Cancelled



It is with regret that the organiser has cancelled the Salcombe Coastal Marathons scheduled for Saturday 5th May and Saturday 20th October due to ill health.



Dunnerdale 10th November - Change of Race Contact/Organiser and Venue



The organiser/race contact for the Dunnerdale race on Saturday 10th November has changed to Jamie Baron and registration will now be at the Broughton Mills Village Hall.  Full details of the race here.



Membership matters



Each year club membership secretaries complete and submit a return to England Athletics - read more



Championship eligibility clarification.



In response to a question raised by one club other clubs may want to note the following statement.

-          Eligibility for English Juniors over U13 is the same as for English Senior Champs.  Younger age groups in the Challenge only have to be members of the club they run for.

-          Individuals must be registered with EA or members of the FRA.  Some clubs only register (i.e. pay for) members who request it – it is not necessary for a club to pay EA for a member who is has already joined the FRA.  If a runner is registered with EA eligibility is the same no matter which club paid the registration fee.

-          Runners can only count for their first claim fell club, but the inflexibility in the EA/UKA system of administering first/first claim other can cause problems.  The FRA Rules (Handbook page 14) has been amended for 2018 to read

“d. Team eligibility.  Runners may count for a team for their first claim fell running Club only. This Club must be affiliated to England Athletics or other National Association. For runners who are simultaneously members of two clubs, in the event of ambiguity over which club has ‘first claim’ status an appeal should be made to the Membership Secretary at the start of the season”   

The FRA has made a request for a rule change on this issue which is going through the EA/UKA process at the moment, but with no certainty that our proposals will be accepted.


 


Steve Cliff. Fundraising for the MNDA.



I am sure that some FRA members would want to make a donation to support Steve's amazing fundraising efforts for the MNDA. 


Steve Cliff. Bowland



Members may have heard the sad news that Steve Cliff, until recently our Secretary,  has died after a long illness with Motor Neurone Disease.
Steve will be known to many of us as a friend, runner, instigator, with his wife Wynn, of the Anniversary Waltz races which came from a run on their wedding day and, latterly, his work for the FRA since 2015 as Race Liaison Officer and then Secretary.
He will be missed and our thoughts are with his family and others close to him.
Steve was an amazing fundraiser for the MNDA. On the basis that members would want the opportunity to make a donation in Steve's memory I am in contact with the family and will make a further statement on this.
We will arrange to have a more detailed statement in the next FR. If you have any anecdotes about Steve that should be included please send them to me or the Fellrunner Editor.
 
Nick Harris Chair.


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)



Race Organisers - Documents



Click here to use Jim Godwin's race organiser program