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Fell Runners Association 2020

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Wednesday 1st January to Thursday 31st December 2020

Renewal Period
Tuesday 1st October 2019 to Wednesday 30th September 2020
Membership Fees
Senior £16.00  
Under 23 £12.00  
Junior £8.00  
Family £24.00  
Life £200.00  


Membership Administrator - Patrick McIver

Joining The Fell Runners Association

The Fell Runners Association was formed in 1970 to cater for the needs of fell runners.  We now have about 7,500 individual members. Nearly 500 athletic clubs are involved with fell running through their regional athletic associations.

The association is the leading athletic body which looks after fell runners' interests. We hope that when you read about the benefits which come from being a member you will join us. We look forward to meeting you on the fells!

Our sport has a relaxed low-key atmosphere where friendships are easy to make and the hills are there to be enjoyed. There's something for just about everybody in fell running, whether it's the thrill at the sharp end, the pleasure of taking exercise amongst the hills, or the loneliness of the long distance.

Membership Types

  • Senior Membership - Suitable for most people
  • Under 23 Membership - For those age 20 or over but under the age of 23 on 1st January of the calendar year for which membership is granted.
  • Junior Membership - For those under the age of 20 on 1st January of the calendar year for which membership is granted.  If you are under 18, your online membership must be completed and paid for by someone aged 18 or over.
  • Family Membership - For up to two adults and any children under the age of 20 on 1st January of the calendar year for which membership is granted, all of whom must reside at the same family address.  Each named family member aged 9 or over on 1st January receives a personal copy of the Fixtures Calendar and Handbook (a maximum of 4 copies), but only one copy of each Fellrunner Magazine is supplied. 
  • Life Membership - A one-off payment secures you all the Senior Membership benefits for life.

The Membership year runs from 1st January to 31st December but anyone who joins the FRA from 1st October onwards is granted membership until the end of the following calendar year.

The Benefits of Joining the FRA

The Fellrunner Magazine
Three times a year we produce a magazine which is packed full of race reports, results, features, articles and photographs. The Fellrunner is posted to you and not only is it the official journal of the association it contains articles written by members. The magazine keeps you up to date with championships, committee news, courses on race training and navigation, ultra distance and international news.  Only one copy of the Fellrunner is supplied with Family Membership.

Handbook and Fixtures Calendar
The FRA registers fell races, and provides insurance for races which meet the required standard.  Each year the FRA Handbook and Fixtures Calendar is prepared and sent to each member.  Well over 500 races are listed with full race details.  It contains information about races registered with by the FRA in England as well as races registered by other bodies, including race in Scotland, Wales and N Ireland.  The Handbook tells you about all the various championships, the rules of fell running and what you need to do as a runner (including keeping yourself safe).  With Family Membership, each named family member aged 9 or over on 1st January of the calendar year for which membership is granted receives a personal copy up to a maximum of 4 copies.

The Championships
The FRA arranges a number of Championship series for senior runners, and also for under 23’s and Juniors (under 18).  The English Championship consists of six races, two at each distance, short, medium and long. A runner's best four races, at least one at each distance, are given points which are totted up to decide the winners. There are championships for women, men, veterans and team. There is also a British relay championship.

Annual Dinner and Awards
At the end of each season we hold an annual dinner and the presentation of championship awards. Speeches are kept to a minimum, something which can not be said for the eating and drinking, fortunately.

The Environment
Fell running is perhaps unique amongst sports in that it does not seek to attract ever greater numbers of participants. The reason for this policy is that we have to balance our sporting interests with the impact on the environment. The sad fact is that the hills of Britain simply will not cope with ever increasing pounding of feet. Protecting the environment is one of our primary aims. We continually liaise with agencies and land owners over access and racing over environmentally sensitive areas. The Fell Runners Association will continue to protect your interests in these and many other matters.

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