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Contrary to rumours that have been circulating recently the Boar's Head pub has not shut down but is re-opening its doors to the public in its new, re-furbished version this Friday (24th.May).
Consequently the Boar's Head race WILL take place as planned and the pub WILL be the registration and Prizegiving venue. I hope this re-assures intending competitors that their journey will not be in vain. Dave Jones
Entries for Great Lakes Fell Race are now open for those with guaranteed places in English and British Championship races. The full list of those who qualify for Guaranteed Entry is here (English) and here (British). To be guaranteed an entry you should enter by 16:00 on Friday 3rd May. Entries for all remaining places will open at 08:00 on Saturday 4th May and a Waiting List will be used if the event becomes full.
The RPMRT Boulsworth Hill race has had to be postponed to 23rd October due to access issues. Other details unchanged
Juniors - save this date
20-07-2019 at Marl Pitts - Rossendale Harriers
Alistair Kent (unattached) of Hindhead, Surrey has been given a 6-month ban for providing false information (previous race experience) to a race organiser.
The ban will run from 1st April to 30th September 2019 inclusive.
Hope Wakes race - date changed to Wednesday 26th June. All other details unchanged
The BOFRA Charity Relays are moving to Sunday 22nd September 2019 to avoid clashing with the Up the Nab junior champs. race. All other details will remain the same.
At the request of one of the landowners the Paddy's Pole race date has changed from June 4th to June 18th. Other details unchanged
The Fell Inter-Counties this year will be hosted by the Flower Scar race (Todmorden). The date has now been fixed as Saturday 11th May 2019. The race will not be run on its original date of 16th February
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Each year club membership secretaries complete and submit a return to England Athletics - read more
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.
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)