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: How does a club affiliate with the FRA?
The FRA is an organisation for individual members, not clubs. Clubs cannot affiliate to the FRA directly.
When clubs register with their national governing body for athletics (for English clubs, this is England Athletics) they are invited to affiliate for specific disciplines, one of which is ‘hill and fell running’.
For more information on club affiliation to EA, please see here.
Q: How does the FRA communicate with clubs?
Clubs are encouraged to nominate an FRA Club Ambassador to act as a point of contact between the FRA and the club. This is a very “low maintenance” role, mainly involving circulating key FRA information and correspondence within clubs, e.g. via email, club websites, social media or clubhouses. We ask that Club Ambassadors should be FRA members.
Any club may nominate a Club Ambassador, even if the club does not affiliate to EA for hill and fell running. A list of our current Club Ambassadors is here. FRA members at clubs without a Club Ambassador are encouraged to volunteer! (Please contact our Communications Officer.)
For more information, please see our FAQ for Club Ambassadors.