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Latest - updated 7 August 2022

Update for the Fell champs after Parwich Panoramic.

Current standings (remember lowest score is best)

Name Short(4) Medium(2) Long(1) Total Score Average
Keith Morgan 4 2 1 213 40
Malcolm Busfield 4 2 1 299 45
Emily Sanders 4 2 1 401 59
James McMurtry 4 1 1 126 22
Alex Jones 4 1 0 82 16
Jason Harris 4 1 0 215 46
Katie Busfield 3 2 0 298 60
Steven Corney 3 1 0 69 17
Will Broad 3 0 1 128 32
Rob Ball 3 1 0 174 44
David Patrick 4 0 0 246 61
Andy Lee 3 0 0 111 37
Rosie Booz 2 0 1 206 69
Sarah Bailey 2 1 0 255 85
Val Playdon 3 0 0 266 89
Rob Kaul 1 1 0 31 16
Gary Wilson 1 1 0 74 37
Rebecca Russell 1 1 0 168 84
Nick Broad 2 0 0 186 93
Chris Patterson 1 0 0 2 2
Max Hathaway 1 0 0 25 25
John Horobin 0 1 0 33 33
Phil Banks 1 0 0 43 43
Alex Garrett 0 1 0 44 44
Andy Lynch 0 1 0 46 46
Rob Alger 0 1 0 49 49
Emma Jones 0 1 0 66 66
Kate Tilsley 1 0 0 73 73
Jess Downes 1 0 0 94 94
Zoe Styles 1 0 0 95 95

Full details here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KiSh83x3ikCBo1z1jouzv9bmoBpXQQ8Y/view?usp=sharing

Email your finish time or questions to ashbournerunning@gmail.com. Rules below.

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.

2022 Championship Races - Short

Day Date Race PE/EOD Distance Elevation
Wednesday 04/05/22 Rainow 5 – BS PE/EOD 5.0m 751ft
Saturday 21/05/22 Mount Famine – AS PE 5.0m 1850ft
Thursday 02/06/22 Bamford Sheepdog Trials – BS EOD 4.5m 1001ft
Saturday 11/06/22 Wincle Trout Run – BS PE 5.9m 1050ft
Tuesday 21/06/22 Riber Run – BS EOD 4.2m 1001ft
Wednesday 29/06/22 DCRO Dash – BS PE 5.3m 1263ft
Wednesday 13/07/22 Black Rocks – BS PE 5.6m 820ft
Thursday 21/07/22 Sheldon – BS EOD 4.0m 531ft
Thursday 28/07/22 Brassington – BS PE 5.6m 1050ft
Tuesday 02/08/22 Parwich Panoramic 5 – CS EOD 5.3m 656ft
Thursday 11/08/22 Ricky’s Race - BS PE 4.5m 787ft
Friday 26/08/22 Date Change Weaver Hills Race – AS PE 2.2m 659ft

Meduim

Day Date Race PE/EOD Distance Elevation
Saturday 02/04/22 Chicken Run – BM PE/EOD 8.3m 1421ft
Sunday 19/06/22 Date Change Passing Clouds – BM EOD 9.8m 1854ft
Sunday 26/06/22 Bakewell Pudding Race – CM EOD 6.5m 656ft
Sunday 21/08/22 Crowden Horseshoe – BM PE 8.0m 1699ft
Tuesday 30/08/22 Eyam - Barrel Inn – BM (or BS?) PE 6.5m 1509ft
Saturday 01/10/22 Curbar Commotion – BM PE/EOD 9.9m 1362ft
Sunday TBC Wirksworth Undulator – BM PE 8.4m 1260ft
Sunday 13/11/20 Leg it Round Lathkil – BM PE/EOD 7.1m 951ft

Long

Day Date Race PE/EOD Distance Elevation
Sunday 27/03/22 Edale Skyline - AL PE 21.1m 4505ft
Sunday 26/06/22 Kinder Trog – BL EOD 15.5m 3050ft
Sunday 24/07/22 Holme Moss – AL PE/EOD 17.7m 4314ft
Saturday 10/09/22 Groovy Kinder Love – AL PE/EOD 15.2m 4232ft
Sunday 23/10/22 Windgather – BL PE/EOD 13.5m 2500ft
Sunday 13/11/22 Roaches – BL EOD 15.0m 3701ft

Championship Rules:

  1. All runners in the main championship must complete a minimum number of races in all 3 length categories as below:

    • Short best 4 races from 12
    • Medium best 2 races from 8
    • Long best 1 race from 6

    The Novices Championship will be decided on results in Short and Medium races only.

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The winner will be the runner with the lowest total from their best 4 Short, 2 Medium, and 1 Long race. (4 Short, 2 Medium for novices)
  5. There will be a Male & Female category in both the main championship and the novices championship.
  6. Runners must enter races as Ashbourne RC runners.
  7. Dave Patrick 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.
  8. I have done my best to make sure that all the details are correct, but I’m not infallible. Please make sure you check at least the FRA website when planning your events.

Novices Championship:

  1. The ‘Novices Championship’ will be decided, for both Male and Female runners, based on Short and Medium races only.
  2. The idea of this is to encourage more club runners to participate in fell races and the fell race championship without the need to be able to complete a challenging long race to qualify for a championship position.
  3. Separate trophies will be awarded for the Novices Championship.
  4. For the purposes of the Fell Championship, a ‘Novice’ is defined as a runner who has not completed more than 8 fell races previously. Experienced road runners may be excluded if the Championship Organiser feels that they are not novices in the spirit of the meaning.
  5. Previous winners of the novice championship will not be eligible for the award the following year.
  6. Eligibility is at the discretion of the Championship Organiser.