Due to Fallen Trees and environmental issues on the usual race route, Flower Scar Fell Race will be taking a slightly shortened route this year, avoiding the forest area completely. As a result of this late route change, the navigation section will be scrapped and the route will be fully flagged throughout for this year only. Route details will be posted on the Todmorden Harriers website ASAP and a link to the new route can be found below:
An early start of 10:45am is also being implemented to give every runner the best opportunity to make the 1:15pm cut off at checkpoint 6. Full FRA kit will be required for all runners and a buff will not be accepted as a hat. Map and Compass compulsory andextra race food highly advised. This is a winter race so there is a strict No Kit, No Run policy.
BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP RACE IN IRELAND
Entries for the Seven Sevens will open on 8 January via the NIMRA website
JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE - DATE CHANGE
The Helm Hill race (last in the series) has been re-scheduled to 3rd July
Just before Christmas, Joss was taken into hospital with a suspected stroke. He was subsequently assessed as to the cause and has now started what will be a tiring course of treatment and physio.
He is in good spirits and, as expected, determined as ever.
We know that the fell-running community will want to send him their best wishes for a speedy recovery though we would appreciate it if he is not contacted directly at the moment.
On behalf of the FRA and the fell running community, we send our love and good wishes for a full and speedy recovery to our very good friend and legend of the fells, Ironman Joss.
With only one race to go (the Auld Lang Syne, on Penistone Hill on New Year's Eve) Darren Fishwick now has an unassailable position at the top of the table but has been out-Fishwicked by Wendy Dodds who has completed an amazing 32 races.
FRA Equipment Officer Steve Walthall, as the fourth member to complete 24 races, collected his special engraved glass at the Litton Christmas Cracker on 12th December.
See the [email protected] page for the latest standings.
The standings for the [email protected] anniversary race series have been updated following the Long Tour of Pendle and the Cardington Cracker.
Please see our dedicated [email protected] series page for full details and the latest standings, with just two races remaining.
Applications for addition to the English Championships Guaranteed Entry List are now open.
For details, plus a list of those qualifying automatically through 2021 results, please see our Championships page.
For more details of the background to the Guaranteed Entry List, please see our Championships FAQ page (near the bottom).
The closing date for applications is 31st December 2021.
Posted on behalf of Nic Barber, FRA Championships Co-ordinator.
Eight members indulged in a bit of Fishwicking this weekend to claim points at both the Dunnerdale and Roaches races and Paul Burchell achieved the significant milestone of 24 races to earn himself an engraved glass. With just four more races in the series, who will earn a T-shirt for 12 races and a Hoodie for 18 races? Next up the Tour of Pendle next Saturday 20th November.
Please see our dedicated [email protected] page for the latest standings and details of remaining races.
The programme of races in the English Championship for next year was announced at the FRA ‘Do’ as follows:-
|Buckden Pike||18 June|
|Bradwell Short||13 August|
|Guisborough Three Tops||30 April|
|Lower Borrowdale Skyline||21 May|
|Old Crown Round||23 July|
|Langdale Horseshoe 50th Anniversary||8 October|
After the short but deceptively tough Black Lane Ends race today, there are just six races left in the [email protected] race series and so six more opportunities to earn yourselves an exclusive and very special T-shirt (for 12 races) and hoodie (for 18 races). With Darren Fishwick and Tom Day battling it out for the top of the leaderboard and some gritty tussles in the age-group categories, there is still much to be gained. The next two races are Dunnerdale on 12th November followed by the Roaches on 13th November. Fishwicking anyone?
PLEASE NOTE: The Cardington Cracker has been confirmed for Sunday 5th December.
We hope to open the online shop for the exclusive T-shirts and Hoodies very shortly and there will be one print run with all garments posted out early in the New Year.
Latest standings: please click here.
Remaining races: please click here.
Juniors! Juniors! Great news, this coming Sunday (24th October) is your chance to get a sneak preview of a 2022 Junior English Fell Championship race & the British Junior Inter-County Fell Championship race at the Great Whernside - Here We Go Again races, Kettlewell, North Yorkshire.
The draft minutes of the FRA's AGM for 2021, held on Saturday, are now available here. These include a summary of the general discussion afterwards at which the FRA Committee fielded questions from the audience. Thank you very much to all those that attended and contributed and also everyone that dropped in for tea beforehand.
FRA General Secretary
There are just 8 more races left in the anniversary race series and therefore 8 more opportunities to earn a very special [email protected] commemorative T-shirt (for 12 races) or Hoodie (for 18 races).
There are currently around 200 members within striking distance of a T-shirt and 25 who could earn themselves a Hoodie although an element of Fishwicking may be required for some.
Wendy Dodds has been presented with the first engraved glass (for 24 races) as she reached the remarkable milestone of 25 races completed whilst establishing a WV70 record at the Y3P.
Latest scores - click here.
Remaining races - click here.
Please note that free parking for Saturday's FRA AGM will be kindly provided by Langdale Primary School (almost opposite Chapel Stile Village Hall). The gates will be unlocked from 2:15pm onwards for everyone wishing to drop in for FREE TEA AND CAKES (see below), even if not staying for the AGM.
Tomorrow (Saturday 9th Oct), the FRA will be providing FREE TEA, COFFEE and CAKES in Chapel Stile Village Hall (just next to the village shop) from approx 2:30pm onwards after the Langdale Horseshoe fell race, before the AGM at 4pm. Please drop in if you can. You do not have to be an FRA member and you do not need to stay for the AGM!
The FRA's 2021 AGM will take place at 4pm on Saturday 9th October in Chapel Stile Village Hall, following the Langdale Horseshoe fell race. Parking has been arranged at Langdale Primary School.
The Chairman's and Treasurer's reports, plus accounts for financial year 2020, are available on our AGM page here along with full details of the AGM.
Also available on the AGM page is a proxy voting form. If you are an FRA member but are unable to attend the AGM, you are encouraged to submit a proxy voting form (direct download here, with instructions). The deadline for receipt is 4pm on Thursday 7th October.
Because of COVID rules at the venue, it would be helpful if you could advise the Secretary of your attendance in advance (email below) and bring a face covering.
Prior to the AGM, from approx 2:30pm onwards, we intend to hold a 'drop-in' session with free refreshments. If you are racing Langdale, please drop in for a few minutes for tea and cake on your way home.
Neil Talbott (email)
FRA General Secretary
PLEASE NOTE REVISED TIMETABLE - see link for further details.
The FRA Junior 'Do' is this coming Saturday, 2nd October, 10am-1pm in Sedbergh.
For details please see our Juniors page.
Following Thieveley Pike, there are just eleven races left in the [email protected] race series and it's hotting up at the top of the leaderboard with Tom Day from Keswick breaking through the 1000 point barrier. Tory Miller has created some great designs for the T-shirts and Hoodies to be awarded for participation in 12 and 18 races respectively and we have some special engraved glasses for those who take part in 24 of the 50 races.
The latest results, and a list of the remaining races, are available on the [email protected] series page.
Updated after South Mynd Tour here
The FRA Committee has a vacancy for the role of Environment & Access Officer. This role primarily involves liaising with Race Organisers, landowners (large and small) and ecological bodies to facilitate land access for fell races.
The Access Officer role would suit an FRA member with a passion for fell running and the willingness and determination to negotiate with landowners and fight the corner of our unique, traditional and non-commercial sport. This position is particularly vital at a time when gaining race permissions is proving increasingly problematic owing to the plethora of trail, ultra and charity events now taking place; several traditional FRA races have recently been cancelled or adversely affected because of Access-related issues.
If you would be interested in this role, or in helping with this topic in some capacity, please contact the FRA Chairman, Charmian Heaton, at [email protected], or any member of the FRA Committee, for more information.
Entries are now open for the English Schools Fell Running Championship 2021!
For more details, please click here
Entries are now open - click here
The Roundthorne Hotel, Penrith on Saturday November 6th
List of races and results
The FRA are hugely indebted to Martin Bagness, Harvey Maps and the OS (HMSO) for their kind permission to publish an online copy of Martin's timeless navigational skills booklet, "Mountain Navigation for Runners", for all fell, hill and mountain runners, and coaches.
To read the full story and access the book, please click here
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])