Fell Championship

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Latest - updated 21 July 2024 Includes Black Rocks but not Sheldon

Some updates, now only includes all runners who have completed in 4 or more races. Where runners havent completed the full set, an estimate has been used to order the results

Name Short(4) Medium(2) Long(1) Total Average
Alex Jones 5 3 2 43.51 6.22
Will Broad 4 1 2 54.85 9.14
Matt Downes 5 1 2 87.44 14.57
Robin Mitton 2 1 1 97.36 24.34
James McMurtry 1 3 2 99.00 24.75
Malcolm Busfield 3 3 2 290.93 48.49
Mairi McGilveray 3 1 0 216.62 54.16
Katie Busfield 3 2 1 340.65 56.78
Emily Sanders 3 1 3 269.82 53.96
Kate White 4 0 0 286.44 71.61
Jess Downes 4 0 0 302.97 75.74
Val Playdon 4 1 0 391.39 78.28
Sarah Bailey 4 1 0 397.30 79.46
Martin Wright 6 2 0 570.45 95.07

Full details in the sheet here

Race details below First race 28th Jan, Tigger Tor.

General Information:

The Fell Running Championship is open to all members (subject to minimum age limits on certain races). However, all who plan to take part should be aware that fell running is significantly more hazardous than road running, and some of the races in the championship will require specific equipment (waterproof full body cover, hat, gloves, map, whistle, compass) to be carried, and the ability to use a map and compass to navigate will be important should a race be held in poor weather/visibility. This is particularly the case on the longer races where the field can take different routes between checkpoints, and you may not have a line of other runners to follow.

See Requirements for Runners for more guidance.

That said, there are plenty of runners in the club who regularly take part in fell races, and we will be more than happy to offer advice on kit and/or navigation.
The races have been selected to give as many runners a possible the chance to compete. There are races in every category which are easier and more suitable for fell running novices, and I will be happy to advise on the suitability of races if asked.

Further details of all races, can be found on the excellent Fell Runners Association (FRA) website http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races

Fell races are all categorised by severity of the terrain and the amount of height gain (A, B or C) and by length (S, M or L), with AL generally being the hardest, longest races, and CS the shortest, easiest. See the FRA Safety Rules (link above) for a full explanation.

Some races require Pre-Entry (PE), and some are traditional Enter on the Day events (EOD). If there is an option it is usually a bit cheaper to pre-enter, and it guarantees you a place. Keep an eye on the FRA website, as pre-entry is becoming more and more common.

2024 Championship Races

- Date not confirmed Cancelled

Date Race Category
Sun 28 Jan 2024 Tigger Tor BM
Sat 10 Feb 2024 Half Tour of Bradwell BL
Sun 25 Feb 2024 Doctors Gate AL
Sun 24 Mar 2024 Edale Skyline AL
Sun 14 Apr 2024 Wirksworth Incline AS
Tue 21 May 2024 Totley Moor BM
Sun 2 Jun 2024 Passing Clouds BM
Fri 7 June 2024 Carsington Fell Race CS
Sat 8 June 2024 Wincle Trout BS
Tue 11 Jun 2024 Calton Crawl BS
Sat 15 Jun 2024 Weaver Hills AS
Sun 30 Jun 2024 Kinder Trog BL
Sun 30 Jun 2024 Bakewell Pudding Race CM
Thu 4 Jul 2024 Winster BS
Sat 6 Jul 2024 Warslow Beer Festival AS
Wed 10 Jul 2024 Black Rocks BS
Thu 18 Jul 2024 Sheldon BS
Fri 2 Aug 2024 Salt Cellar BM
Tue 6 Aug 2024 Parwich Panoramic Five CS
Thu 8 Aug 2024 Ricky's Race BS
Tue 27 Aug 2024 Eyam BS
Sat 31 Aug 2024 Longshaw Sheepdog Trials BS
Sat 14 Sep 2024 Three Shires AL
Sun 29 Sep 2024 Wirksworth Undulator BM
Sat 5 Oct 2024 Curbar Commotion BM
Sun 13 Oct 2024 Windgather BL
Sun 10 Nov 2024 Roaches BL
Sun 10 Nov 2024 Leg It Round Lathkil BM

Championship Rules:

  1. Senior event, 7 races to count across the board, minimum 1 Long, 2 Medium, 4 Short, but points will still be counted for anyone completing additional longer races (i.e., you can do more long races in place of Short/Medium, or more Medium in place of short, but not the other way round)
  2. Novice event, 6 races to count, minimum 2 Medium, 4 Short, but points will still be counted for anyone completing additional longer races (i.e., you can do long races in place of Short/Medium, or more Medium in place of short, but not the other way round.
  3. Points are awarded based on overall finishing position in the race. i.e. if you come in 47th place in a field of 120 starters, then you score (47/120) x100 = 39 points.
  4. You can do as many of the races as you like, so long as the minimum requirements are met, and your best scores in each category (S,M,L) will count.
  5. The winner will be the runner with the lowest total from their best 7 qualifying races (6 for novices)
  6. There will be awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places in the Male & Female Championship, plus awards for the best Male and Female Novices.
  7. Runners must enter races as Ashbourne RC runners.
  8. Matt Downes and Will Broad will administer the Championship but may not be at all races. It is the members own responsibility to inform the administrator that they have taken part in races and provide information on the results if required. ashbournerunning@gmail.com
  9. We have done our best to make sure that all the race details are correct, but please make sure you check at least the FRA website when planning your events.

Novice’s Championship:

  1. The idea of this is to encourage more club runners to participate in fell races and the fell race championship who do not have a history of fell running, and without the need to be able to complete a challenging long race to qualify for a championship position.
  2. Separate trophies will be awarded for the novice’s championship.
  3. To qualify for the novice category, you must be a newcomer to fell running, have not previously won the novice championship, and have not finished in 3rd place or above in the fell championship (rule may be relaxed on this final point in the event that 3 or less runners complete either the Male or Female championship).
  4. The ARC Committee will ultimately agree who qualifies for the novice category.

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