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.
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.
COVID-19: owing to uncertainty and the likelihood of substantial changes a printed 2021 fixture calendar will not be published. Race information will be maintained on the fellrunner.org.uk website.
The FRA arranges a number of Championship series for senior runners, and also for under 23’s and Juniors (under 18). The senior English Championship (sponsored by Pete Bland Sports and inov-8) 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 championship categories for women, men, veterans and teams. The junior English Championship consists of a series of six races for Under 19, 17, 15,and 13 categories (sponsored by Pete Bland Sports and inov-8). There is also a Challenge series for younger Under 11 and Under 9 juniors. The English Schools Fell Running Championship is sponsored by Pete Bland Sports and Bridgedale Outdoors. The FRA is grateful to each of our headline sponsors whose generosity supports active participation at championship levels.
There is also a British relay championship, organised by British Athletics.
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.
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.