What is Fell Running?
Fell running is also known as hill running and has been established in this country for many
centuries. The fell race was often, and still is a part of village fairs and sports galas. This form of running is usually
associated with the Lake District and the Grasmere Guides races, but other historic races from the 19th century still take place
in the Yorkshire Dales and Lancashire.
Modern races have developed considerably from the early short up and down dashes. Classic races on Snowdon and Ben Nevis, the
24 mile Three Peaks in the Yorkshire Dales, two day mountain marathons, relays, all add to the great variety of distance and
terrain on offer. Indeed, the British Senior Championship is based on a format of short, medium and long races.
The professional side is organised by the British Open Fell Runners Association (BOFRA), which offers excellent short races for
younger runners. The amateur sport in England is administered by the Fell Runners Association (FRA), under the overall control of
the ruling athletics body (currently U.K. Athletics). There is a thriving junior scene, with over 400 competitors taking part in
the FRA Junior Championship of six races.
Contact your local club for details via 'Links' on the menu.
FRA Race Organisers - Documents
Welcome to this facility, which has evolved over a number of years from my race results system,
and my observations of procedures at races.
Please read the following carefully:
- This is a work in progress, and as such comes with no warranty.
- Nevertheless, the current version has been successfully used for a number of senior and junior races.
- It needs more evaluation, constructive feedback and ideas to become truly ‘good practice’.
- Please email contact ‘at’ felljunior.org.uk with your suggestions.
- The design philosophy:
- To prompt all those involved in fell races to think about their responsibilities and fulfil them.
- Clear communication via consistent formats is a way of achieving that goal.
- The system is not intended to be a superficial tick box exercise, which implies the RO has conformed with FRA requirements.
- It is expected that in addition, RO will produce their own fully detailed plans for their race.
- The input data validation and output are based on current FRA rules, guidelines, and documents.
- I will endeavour to keep the system in line with any changes to FRA rules and guidelines.
- The system has not been endorsed by the FRA committee.
- Please read the Notes and Document Usage pages, which can be found on the system menu.
Please click for the system menu.