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Slooby Dhoo 10th March and Manx Mountain Marathon 31st March - Change of Race Contact/Organiser



The organiser/race contact of the Slooby Dhoo race on Saturday 10th March and the Manx Mountain Marathon on Saturday 31st March has changed to Steve Taggart.  Full details here and here.



Dunnerdale 10th November - Change of Race Contact/Organiser and Venue



The organiser/race contact for the Dunnerdale race on Saturday 10th November has changed to Jamie Baron and registration will now be at the Broughton Mills Village Hall.  Full details of the race here.



2018 England Mountain Running U17 Development Camp



More details here



5 Tors Cancelled



The 5 Tors race scheduled for 15th April has been cancelled.



Blacka Moor Chase - Change of Date



The date of the Blacka Moor Chase has been changed to Thursday 14th June at 19:30 (from 27th March).  Full details here.



Membership matters



Each year club membership secretaries complete and submit a return to England Athletics - read more



Championship eligibility clarification.



In response to a question raised by one club other clubs may want to note the following statement.

-          Eligibility for English Juniors over U13 is the same as for English Senior Champs.  Younger age groups in the Challenge only have to be members of the club they run for.

-          Individuals must be registered with EA or members of the FRA.  Some clubs only register (i.e. pay for) members who request it – it is not necessary for a club to pay EA for a member who is has already joined the FRA.  If a runner is registered with EA eligibility is the same no matter which club paid the registration fee.

-          Runners can only count for their first claim fell club, but the inflexibility in the EA/UKA system of administering first/first claim other can cause problems.  The FRA Rules (Handbook page 14) has been amended for 2018 to read

“d. Team eligibility.  Runners may count for a team for their first claim fell running Club only. This Club must be affiliated to England Athletics or other National Association. For runners who are simultaneously members of two clubs, in the event of ambiguity over which club has ‘first claim’ status an appeal should be made to the Membership Secretary at the start of the season”   

The FRA has made a request for a rule change on this issue which is going through the EA/UKA process at the moment, but with no certainty that our proposals will be accepted.


 


FRA Leadership and Coaching Courses 2018



New courses announced  - here



Steve Cliff. Fundraising for the MNDA.



I am sure that some FRA members would want to make a donation to support Steve's amazing fundraising efforts for the MNDA. 


Steve Cliff. Bowland



Members may have heard the sad news that Steve Cliff, until recently our Secretary,  has died after a long illness with Motor Neurone Disease.
Steve will be known to many of us as a friend, runner, instigator, with his wife Wynn, of the Anniversary Waltz races which came from a run on their wedding day and, latterly, his work for the FRA since 2015 as Race Liaison Officer and then Secretary.
He will be missed and our thoughts are with his family and others close to him.
Steve was an amazing fundraiser for the MNDA. On the basis that members would want the opportunity to make a donation in Steve's memory I am in contact with the family and will make a further statement on this.
We will arrange to have a more detailed statement in the next FR. If you have any anecdotes about Steve that should be included please send them to me or the Fellrunner Editor.
 
Nick Harris Chair.


Hawkswick Dash - Change of Date



The Hawkswick Dash will be held on Sunday 24th June not as previously published (1st July).  Full details here.



Committee vacancies 2018



The AGM to be held in Sept. 2018 will be looking to fill a number of vacancies.

The ones we know of at present are:

Secretary - immediate vacancy due to Steve Cliff resigning on the grounds of ill health. Replacement of the Secretary and offers of administrative support to the new Secretary urgently sought.

Chair, Treasurer and Fixtures Secretary - these vacancies will be due for election at the AGM.

If you might be interested please contact me, or the post holders for the latter two posts.

If you are interested you would be able to shadow those post holders still in post, including attending the next two Committee meetings. 

Nick Harris Chair [email protected] or on 07956344174



Race Changes Since Handbook Went To Press



The following changes have taken place to races listed in the 2018 handbook.  Go to the Races page for full details.  In addition to these changes, you can find races that missed the handbook deadline by going to the Races page and using the Race updates filter on the left side of the page.

Sun 21st Jan, Peak Raid 4, change of date from Dec 2017

Sun 18th Feb, Litton (Post) Christmas Cracker, change of date from Dec 2017

Sat 7th April, Pendle, change of contact/organiser

Sun 6th May, Clough Head, change to web address, entry fee, distance, ascent

Thurs 21st June, Grindleford, updated entry details

Fri 22nd June, Snowdon Twilight, change of date from 8th June

Sat 14th July, Wasdale, change of pre-entry dates

Sun 5th Aug, Saddleworth Round, change of date from 15th July



2018 English Junior Championship Races



The 2018 English Junior champs races will be:

March 25th – Todd Cragg (Ambleside AC organised)

April 14th – Blacko, Lancs (Trawden AC)

May 19th – Malham (KCAC)

May 26th – West Nab (Holmfirth AC), also Yorkshire Junior Champs race

June 16th – Clougha Pike (Bowland Fell Runners)

June 30th – Up the Nab (near Glossop), and Junior Inter Counties competition (Buxton AC)

Dates and venues for Junior do and English Schools to be confirmed.



2018 Subscription Renewal Notices



2018 Renewal Notices have now been sent to all existing 2017 members.
If you are a Life/Honorary Member or if you have an active Direct Debit instruction in place then you don't need to do anything.  Your membership will be rolled over for you on Tuesday 5th December.  Thank you all.
 
NB - If you received two emails please don't worry as the DD message was also sent to Life/ Honorary members by mistake - sincere apologies for any confusion.
 

If Ordinary Members do not have a Direct Debit instruction in place then you need to renew your membership before Tuesday 5th December to get your 2018 Handbook and Calendar in time for Christmas.  Anyone who renews late will NOT get their Handbook until some time in January 2018

Charmian



First on the Scene



What to do if you are First on the Scene of an incident on the fells -
essential reading here.


Welfare policy - Transgender and Anti Doping



The Committee have agreed that the FRA will be following the UKA policies on Transgender - http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/media/news/2016-news-page/august-2016/03-08-16-transgender-policy/ and Anti Doping - http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/cleanathletics/rules/
 
This replaces the item in the 2017 Handbook on P 24 Apps 3 and 4 and as previously set out in the Welfare policy - http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/documents.php The policy will be updated.


Welfare



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])



Race Organisers - Documents



Click here to use Jim Godwin's race organiser program