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FRA Under-23s Training Camp in Ambleside



We are pleased to announce a fell running training camp for our under-23 members from 17-19 April 2020 in Ambleside, sponsored by Kong Adventure (https://www.kongadventure.com/).

All FRA members aged 18-23 are invited to attend at a subsidised rate of £60 for the weekend, including two nights' accommodation in YHA Ambleside, breakfast and dinner, plus guided runs, nav training, and a Blencathra race route recce.

The weekend will be led by Sarah McCormack (FRA U23 coordinator) and Paul Tierney. For enquiries or to book a place, contact Sarah at [email protected].

 

 



Barbondale, 16th Feb - CANCELLED



Due to Storm Denis, today's Barbondale race has been cancelled



Jarrett Jaunt 15th February - POSTPONED



Tomorrow's race is cancelled due to the weather forecast. The organiser hopes to rearrange at a later date



Flower Scar 15th February - CANCELLED



Due to last weekend's flooding and a further Amber weather warning, this Saturday's Flower Scar race has been cancelled



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





Longsleddale KWL race 9th Febrauary - CANCELLED



Unfortunately we are going to have to cancel the Winter League Race at Longsleddale this weekend. The parking field is waterlogged with no prospect of it drying out in time. Rain is also forecast for the weekend. The (new) landowner is supportive of the race so I'm hopeful that we will be able to put it on later in the year when conditions are more favourable.

With 6 races left in the series the qualifying number of races will remain at 7 and 5 for seniors and juniors respectively.



High Peak Marathon 7 March - Cancelled



We are sorry to have to confirm at this late stage that High Peak Marathon will not be going ahead in March as we have been unable to find a suitable route that is acceptable to The National Trust and other landowners.

Details at http://www.highpeakmarathon.org.uk/



Dick Hudson's race - date change to 7th May



The date of Dick Hudson's race has changed from 30th April to 7th May. All other details unchanged



Fell Runners Association 2020 - Senior English Championship Entries



Entries for the first English Championship race at Guisborough Three Tops on Saturday 4th April will open on SiEntries on 1st February. Those who are on the Guaranteed Entry list (here) will then have until 10am on Friday 7th February to take advantage of their opportunity for prioritised entry.
 
Entries will then be opened up to FRA members only up to a total limit of 300 entries.
 
Entries for all remaining places up to an event limit of 400 will then open at 10am on Friday 14th February and a waiting list will be used if the event fills up.


Charnwood Hills race on 2nd February is CANCELLED



Following recent heavy rains, the trustees of Bradgate have withdrawn permission for us to cross the Park. As such we have no alternative but to cancel the race.
We will be refunding all entry fees in full as soon as possible.
We apologise for the cancellation but it has been brought about by factors beyond our control.
 
Zoe Pickering - Race Organiser


Blakes Heaven 25th January - CANCELLED



Due to unforeseen circumstances, Blakes Heaven has had to be cancelled



Whaley Waltz - date change to 1st August



The Whaley Waltz is now on 1st August as the Whaley Bridge Carnival date has moved to coincide with the 1st anniversary of the Toddbrook Dam incident



Yr Aran British Championship race



The Yr Aran British Championship race is now full. Anyone on the guaranteed entry list has until midnight on Sunday 19th to get their entry in?
 
Many thanks
Jude Jepson 


Race date changes from Handbook



Kett Killer now 29th April (was 29th May)

Glarama now 17th May (was 24th May)



Guaranteed entries - British Championships 2020



Please find the 2020 British list here​. Note that priority has been given to those who have demonstrated evidence that they could be in contention for a medal. There will inevitably be some disappointed applicants but we are not able to answer individual queries unfortunately. 
 
Jude Jepson


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.



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.



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.



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 ([email protected])