Fell Championship (2021)

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Ingleborough Mountain Race17-JulyAM11K/600mRace up a mountain!
James Herriot Trail Race27-JulyCM14K/305mscenic route on moorland tracks and paths near Castle Bolton in Wensleydale
Round Hill8-AugCM14K/350mA Tour of Blubberhouses Moor, visiting Round Hill and a couple of bogs….and no they won’t have dried out!
Crowden Horseshoe21-AugBM12.9K/518mLittle information available as at 4th May 2021
Great Whernside25-SeptAS6.5K/475mFrom Scabbate Gate, Kettlewell to the top of Great Whernside and back
Lockton Limping24-OctBM11.2k/350mThis is very much an entry level fell race,
Litton Birks Loop14-NovBM7.7K/372m
Only the 3rd time this race has been run
Auld Lang Syne31-DecBM10.8K/300mLots of folk do it in fancy dress but you have to be very, very quick on the draw to enter when entries open.


Many of us are aching to get back to the fells and hills – clean air, magnificent views and hopefully find some peace in our mad world. I’ve almost forgotten what a proper hill looks like. The edge of the Vale of York is no place to coop-up a Fell Jogger.

I understand that the FRA are very busy at the moment licensing races and releasing the details onto the website. It’s a “watch this space” at the moment for which races will take place. The good news is  that a Nidd Fell Champs is on the cards for 2021.

However, in anticipation of forthcoming competition, as we emerge from Lockdown there are quite a few rule changes in the world of fell racing for 2021. Click this link for the full rule changes but the main changes for Nidds are likely to be:

  • GPS for navigation NOT allowed in any FRA licensed races – for better or worse the debate is now over. They can be used for recording your route, or emergency purposes. If used for the latter you’ll be deemed to have retired from the race.
  • Clarification that map & compass means a physical compass, not an electronic one.
  • Dual pricing now allowed for FRA members/non-members, not unlike UKA races. [However, tiered pricing and heavily commercialised adverts are not allowed.]

It has become clear that as the number of off-road races has grown over recent years the differences between fell, trail, XC, ultras, challenge hikes/runs etc had become blurred. The FRA believes it is essential that fell running retains its unique character and that the distinction between fell running and other disciplines is made clear. The risk to competitors in fell races is higher than in most other disciplines, with higher ground (and often worse weather), tougher terrain and more difficult navigation. The Principles and Rules are in place to recognise that.

The FRA were concerned that many newer competitors to fell races haven’t always got to grips with these differences between fell races and other off-road competition such as trail races, ultras,  charity, LDWA and other professional organised events to name but a few. You should always read the organisers specific requirements/rules and not assume what you know from one type of event naturally transfers to others.

The following documents on the FRA website (and now Nidd Valley) all draw the threads together:

I could go on for ages more, if you’d let me.

If you’d like any further deciphering please do contact me on philrobinson1000@gmail.com

FRP Phil Robinson

Nidd Valley Runners – FRA Ambassador