No. You do not have to be a member to enter any of the races in the BOFRA calendar, including championship races. However to be eligible to claim championship points you must be a member.
Registration for the Senior Race will close 15 minutes before the advertised start of the senior race. This is due to the fact that the people manning registration often wish to run themselves so it needs to close in order that they can get ready and warm up.
Championship positions are calculated after each race. Therefore it is not possible to backdate membership applications to take into account previous races.
The BOFRA calendar includes championship and non-championship races. BOFRA committee members officiate at all championship races and assist at others. Championship races include BOFRA organised races (eg Burnsall) as well as others taking place at shows (eg Alva and Ambleside). Non-championship races are included in the calendar to provide members with details of other traditional fell races in the country.
Race entry fees apply to every runner. Children £2, Adults £5. Entry fees at shows may be different and are often waived if you have paid to get into the show.
Everyone must register on the day, to ensure that every runner is safe and accounted for.
Members should use their BOFRA race number at every Championship Race. BOFRA race numbers cannot be used at any other race unless stated clearly on the race page
Members are provided with a single race number which should be durable enough to last the 15 championship races in the season. There is no provision for replacing lost or damaged numbers, so care should be taken. Where members forget their official number, they can still run providing that they display their allocated number clearly. Members should not run in a non-members number as they may not be allocated championship points. If there are any further queries, please contact the membership secretary.
Under 9's races are included at many events to provide an introduction to fell racing for the younger children and make the event more inclusive. Whilst an increasing number of children at the top end of the age category compete fiercely, this is not the case for all runners and the emphasis in this age group is on fun.
Where there is no under 9's race, then parents may enter their child in the under 12's race. However there is a significant difference between the ability needed to compete in these two age categories. Parents should therefore only enter their child in the older age category if they are entirely satisfied that their child can negotiate the course without causing danger to themselves or other runners.
The minimum age has been set at 6 years of age on the day of the race. This is for the safety of all competitors and efficient running of the whole race programme
The general rule is that all runners are expected to run unaccompanied. This was introduced because some parents were running alongside their child for much of the course providing coaching and advice and, thus giving their child an unfair advantage. Also at times they were getting in the way of other competitors. Consequently anyone that gains undue advantage may be liable to disqualification.
However as BOFRA likes to provide a friendly atmosphere and encourage newcomers to its races then the following would generally be allowed, providing the competitor concerned is not likely to win a prize or gain positions as a result of it, and no other runners are impeded by the person giving support.
Parents running with an U9, for their first couple of races. After this, the child would be expected to have enough confidence to run unaided.
Children running a competitor into the finish.
A senior or more experienced runner providing support to a newcomer whilst competing, in terms of coaching and advice through parts of the race.
Every competitor must wear shoes and equipment which are appropriate for the race in which they are competing. In some cases it will be necessary for runners to carry full body cover depending upon the weather conditions. All competitors must follow the race organisers direction. For further information please read the Safety Requirements page.