The Fell Runners Association (FRA) governs fell racing in England and the Isle of Man. Some of the answers on this page may differ in other home nations; where relevant, please check with the Race Organiser or with the Welsh FRA (WFRA), Scottish Hill Runners (SHR) or Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association (NIMRA).
Whilst these FAQ pages are intended to provide informal guidance and extra context, they are not a “controlled document”. For any questions on rules and procedures, the latest FRA documentation remains the authority.
For questions relating to COVID-19, please see our dedicated page here.
Q: What is an FRA Club Ambassador?
An FRA Club Ambassador is an FRA member at a running or athletics club who has volunteered to act as a point of contact for the FRA at that club, and to publicise key information from the FRA within that club.
One reason for the Club Ambassador scheme is that many fell runners, both novice and experienced, are not members of the FRA. The FRA has no means to communicate with those athletes, or educate them (especially around key safety issues). We encourage all regular fell runners to join the FRA (and we'd love our Club Ambassadors to do the same at their clubs), but at least by circulating FRA information within clubs we have a chance of reaching non-members.
Communications to Club Ambassadors from the FRA will be occasional, perhaps every couple of months or so, and will often follow an FRA Committee meeting or other event which requires important information to be disseminated. All we ask is that our Club Ambassadors publicise this information as widely as possible within their clubs, for example via websites, clubhouses, newsletters or social media.
Q: Who is my Club Ambassador?
Please see our list here.
Q: My club doesn't have an FRA Ambassador; can I volunteer?
Yes, absolutely – thank you! Please email the FRA Communications Officer.
Q: Is this scheme just for English clubs?
Although the FRA governs fell running only in England and the Isle of Man, we recognise that we have many Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish members, many of whom subscribe for The Fellrunner magazine which covers results and news from all Home nations. Additionally, many runners living outside England nonetheless race in England regularly.
We are therefore happy to include non-English clubs in this scheme, unless the individual national association has a different arrangement. For example. the Welsh FRA (WFRA) is in the process of establishing a similar scheme, so we send our communications direct to WFRA who will then decide which parts are relevant to Welsh clubs and runners and forward as appropriate. If in doubt, please contact our FRA Communications Officer.
Q: Our club's FRA Ambassador has changed / I need to stand down; whom should I inform?
That's fine – please just let the FRA Communications Officer know.