For more information on Junior fell running, please see our FAQ page here.
For full details of the Junior Championship format, see below (here).
For the Junior Inter-Counties Fell Race, English Schools Championship and other Junior events, see below (here).
The FRA English Junior Fell Running Championship, or just "Junior Championship", is the National Championship for Juniors in fell running in England. The Championships are open to all Juniors, regardless of ability.
There are six Championship races each year spread over, primarily, the north of England between approximately March and July (or September, in COVID-affected years!). There are individual and club competitions in a range of age categories.
The Championship format is "four races to count", but there is no expectation that all runners will compete in four races. The same format applies to team (club) competition.
The Challenge series, for Under-11 and Under-9 runners, runs in parallel to the Championship but with the emphasis primarily on enjoyment and participation.
For further details of categories, scoring etc please see below or click here.
NOTE: Last date for ordering T-shirts and Hoodies for FRA members is 5th July. See below for eligibility and further details.
Championship points are scored from the best 4 results.
There will be six races as follows:
|13-06-21||Up the Nab||details>||Now hosting Inter Counties Championships|
|10-07-21||Bradwell - Peak District||details|
|Nov 21||Hoppits||Reserve race|
The names of Junior categories (e.g. "Under-13") reflect the age of the runners at the end of the year.
For 2021, ages for all categories are therefore as at 31st December 2021.
(Boys and Girls)
|Year of birth||Age of competitors||Maximum race distance|
|all based on age
at 31st December 2021
|Under 9's||2015, 2014, 2013||6 (from date of 6th birthday), 7 or 8||1 Km|
|Under 11's||2012, 2011||8, 9 or 10||2 Km|
|Under 13's||2010, 2009||10, 11 or 12||3 Km|
|Under 15's||2008, 2007||12, 13 or 14||5 Km|
|Under 17's||2006, 2005||14, 15 or 16||7 Km|
|Under 19's||2004, 2003||16, 17 or 18||10 Km|
|Date TBC||Junior Fell Running "Do"||Venue TBC||Details will be announced as and when this event is scheduled, COVID-permitting; see below for more information.|
|29-05-21||Junior Inter-Counties Fell Race||Up the Nab||Aligned with Championship race - see above for details of the race itself and below (here) for more information about the Inter-Counties competition, or see the dedicated Inter-Counties website.|
|Late Sept or early Oct||English Schools Fell Running Championship||Sedbergh School (provisional)||See the ESFRC home page (here) and the notes below (or click here) for more information.|
Some Championship races will inevitably clash with other sporting events and personal commitments. There is no expectation for athletes to complete all 6 races. The award to FRA members of a hoody for completing 6 races and for a tee-shirt for completing 4 races is intended to reward commitment, rather than performance.
Those athletes seeking opportunities to race at county and national level will be coached by their selectors to carefully choose which FRA Junior Championship races to enter (and not necessarily all of them). So, the following points should be noted:
1. Racing should be planned according to the season's target(s) and thinking about race frequency is important. For example, most of the athletes in the GB Mountain Running team will not do the whole British and/or English Champs fell race series.
2. There are always more races to choose from than it is optimal to do.
3. Athletes can choose 4 races to complete the FRA champs. series - they do not have to do all 6.
4. If athletes want to compete internationally (European Champs, Youth Cup, World Champs) they will need to consider whether completing the FRA Championship series fits into their programme or whether just doing 1 or 2 races would be better.
5. The race programme has been carefully selected to provide a variety of terrain, location and courses. Athletes will have various different strengths in each, so there is opportunity to focus on which course is likely to allow optimum performance tailored to each athlete.
6. If an athlete is selected to run for England or GB their selection is conditional upon agreeing a suitable racing programme with the selectors for the time period between the trial and the event.
7. All forms of sport at the junior level will find that the potential stars of the future will also have interests in other sporting activities and this should not be discouraged.
We look forward to seeing you on the fells and hope you enjoy the excitement of the championships as they unfold.
Please contact FRA Junior Co-ordinator Helene Whitaker by email (here) or via the FRA Juniors Facebook page with any suggestions for improvement or offers to host English Championship races in future.
Under-9 Boys & Girls (year of birth 2013 or later - must be at least 6 on day of race)
Under-11 Boys & Girls (year of birth 2011 or 2012)There are no championship medals for the Challenge categories, but a commemorative T-Shirt to runners who finish 4 or more races in the series and a hoody to runners who finish 6 races, and in both cases are members of the FRA by the time of the last race.
In all Championship age categories the first 49 runners score points.
Scoring for all races: 1st = 50 pts, 2nd = 48 pts, 3rd = 47 pts, 4th = 46 pts, etc, to 49th = 1 pt.
Points are based on the position as shown in the race results.
The best 4 results from the above 6 races will count towards the final positions. The winner will be the runner with the highest cumulative score. In the event of two athletes obtaining the same score that position will be shared, and if this is a medal position both runners will receive the same colour medal with the appropriate engraving.
If the age of any competitor is not known, they will not count in the Junior Championship. All competitors can only count in their respective age categories.
Vouchers will be awarded to the first three finishers of each Championship race
The 3 best individual scores by an England Athletics affiliated club in any Championship category at each race will count towards the club award. The winning club will be that with the highest cumulative score for all six races.
Perpetual trophies to first overall boy and girl in U13, U15, U17 and U19 age categories. A trophy will also be awarded to the winning club.
Championship medals to first 3 overall boys and girls in U13, U15, U17 and U19 age categories.
Commemorative championship T-Shirt to all competitors who finish 4 or more races and a hoody for all who finish 6 races and (in both cases) are members of the FRA by the time of the last race.
For further details on the Championship and Challenge statistics, including the points tables once the series are underway, please visit the FellJunior website.
The 2021 Junior Inter-Counties Fell Race will be Up the Nab. For details of the race itself, see top of page, and check www.felljunior.org.uk and the FRA Juniors Facebook page for updated information.
For details of the inter-county competition, see the dedicated Inter-Counties website.
For details of county reps, who can advise on matters such as whether a county team is to selected/sent, selection policy and who the manager is, please see the England Athletics page on Inter-County competition here.
Note: This year the Inter-Counties will include the U15 age group as well as U17 and U19.
The Junior Championship Presentation will be at the “Junior Do”. The venue and date for this are not yet confirmed. Please check www.felljunior.org.uk and the FRA Juniors Facebook page for updated information.
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The 2021 ESFRC will be hosted by Sedbergh School on a date to be confirmed in late September or early October. Please check www.felljunior.org.uk and the FRA Juniors Facebook page for updated information.