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: Is there additional guidance available for ROs of Championship races?
Q: How does the “guaranteed entry list” work?
Each year, a “guaranteed entry list” will be published by the FRA for the Senior English Fell Championships; UK Athletics will publish a similar list for the British Championships. People on these lists must be given at least one week to take up their places for races in the respective championships before entries are opened more widely.
Q: Must I provide priority entry for FRA members?
Yes, this is mandatory from 2021 for Senior English Championship races (except for races that also form part of the British Championship, for which priority entry for FRA members is not permitted). After the “guaranteed entry list” window, FRA members must be given at least one further week to enter the race (up to a limit of 80% of the race’s capacity; 20% of entries must be reserved for “open sale”).
Q: Is there specific guidance for organisers of Junior Championship races?
Yes - go to the Juniors page and check the resources in the left-hand menu.
Q: Can I ask the FRA to subsidise my Championship race?
Yes, but only under certain circumstances.
For Senior Championship races, ROs should set entry fees to cover all expected costs, including additional expenses incurred because the race is a Championship event. The FRA may consider subsidising Championship races in special circumstances, e.g. where unexpected costs arise that could not reasonably have been foreseen, on presentation of the accounts for the race. However, it is important to note that the FRA will not automatically make up any shortfall in the accounts. The guidance for ROs of Championship races should be consulted, which for example makes it clear that later races in the season often have lower turnouts and that this should be planned for.
All Junior Championship races are eligible for a grant of £60. In addition, ROs may apply to the FRA for support to address exceptional circumstances, as above for Senior events.