BOFRA News

Embsay Fell Race - Change of start

Due to the farmer having been unable to cut the grass, the start field for Embsay Fell race has been moved 2 fields to the left, behind the school. Registration will still take place in the small field just behind the car park, From here there is a short walk through an adjacent field on the public footpath to get to the start field. The course runs straight up from here through fields to join the original course where normally runners meet the track. There is strictly no access to the field we normally run up through as the farmer does not want the grass trampling. Similarly in the intervening field to get to the start everyone must stick to the footpath, do not allow children to play in this field. The race page has been updated with a modified map. Also due to there being livestock in some of the fields there are strictly no dogs allowed beyond the registration field.

Embsay Fell Race - Parking, refreshments and toilets

The villagers of Embsay are once again helping to host the race by providing free parking at the cricket ground, Embsay Cricket Club BD23 6RY which is only a five minute walk to the start field. The local school will be serving refreshments in the village hall,just over the road from the start, please support them. There are also toilets in the village hall.

Parking for Burnsall Fell Race

Car parking for Burnsall fell race will be £3 with a donation from the farmer to charity.

Hebden Sports

Hebden Sports has a new organiser for this year. Whilst its on the same day as Reeth Show, for anyone not wanting to travel that far, the sports is offering free entry to any BOFRA members. Simply take your BOFRA membership number to get free admission.

Kilnsey Show Entries

Pre-Entry for Kilnsey Show fell race close end of this week, 12th of August. Numbers for the senior race will be limited to 100, due to safety issues coming down the chimney. Entries on day will only be accepted if this number has not been exceeded and will be on a first come, first served basis.

U9's race at Ambleside

New for 2018 Ambleside Sports have added a separate U9 fell race, so they now have their own category to run in.

SMOKING AND BBQ BAN

Due to the extremely dry conditions this summer, the ground and all plant life is tinder dry. Consequently, the fire risk is immense with some moorlands already having been set alight. Thus, BOFRA have taken the decision to instigate and enforce a smoking and BBQ ban on all land associated with our races.

Please respect the countryside

The future of BOFRA races is totally dependent on the good will of the farmers and landowners whose land we use. In view of this please could we all respect the following requests:
1. ALL dogs on leads at all times to prevent life-stock “worrying.”
2. NO climbing on walls under any circumstances (unless it is part of the race). Last year at Cracoe, children climbed on a field wall and it fell down. If the wall had fallen on them, they would be dead. Many thanks for your continued co-operation.

Revised Senior Route for Kirkby Gala

Just a heads up for seniors that the senior route has been modified for 2018. Any seniors planning to run may want to look at the updated map and familiarise themselves with the new route.

Kirkby Gala - Details

Kirkby Community Centre once again welcomes all BOFRA members to Kirkby Gala.
Members are welcome to camp on the Gala field on Friday and/or Saturday (£10 per family per night, including hot showers).


However there is one difference this year and we are seeking BOFRA members’ cooperation, please:
A young man called Steve, well known and well-loved in the village, died at a much too young age (38) this year. His family and friends are organising a 5-a-side football tournament in his memory at this year’s Gala, and they are going to have two football pitches across the top end of the football field, towards the tennis courts.
Therefore we would ask BOFRA members not to set up camp in the cordoned-off area until after the memorial tournament ends on Saturday around 4.30 to 5pm.
If you wish to camp along the bottom hedge on Friday or Saturday, that will be fine, but please squeeze up as we are going to be a bit tighter for space than usual. If you are only camping on Saturday it would help us if you just parked your car or van along that field hedge on the south side of the Gala field, and didn’t actually set up your camp until the end of the day.


Exciting News!

This should be the last year our fell-running friends should have to put up with 1950s facilities at Kirkby. Our plans for two new changing rooms and a complete re-modelling of the rest of the buildings have been passed, and we have so far been awarded grants totalling £160,000 out of the £220,000 we need to fully refurbish the Community Centre. (We have applications in for the rest of the money we need.)
Our builder starts in December, and by the time you come in 2019 the new changing rooms at least should be completed.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE WITH WHAT WE KNOW ARE RATHER SUB-STANDARD FACILITIES UP TO NOW!


Lowgill Sports - Details

Lowgill Sports is a new event on the BOFRA calendar and a BOFRA Championship fell race for 2018. It is a traditional country sports, so as well as the fell race there are a host of other activities which make for an entertaining afternoon/evening.

Entry is £3 for adults and 50p for children, with no additional charge for the fell races, so quite a bargain compared to some shows and sports.

There is free parking in the field which is open from 3pm. There are children’s sports from 3.30pm and registration for the fell race will also open at 3,30pm, with the children’s fell races at 4.30pm. Senior fell race is 6pm. Entries for the fell races close 30 mins before each event.

For more info look at the BOFRA webpage which has maps for the fell race and also the sports own website.


Coniston Gullies - Allow plenty of journey time

Please note that Coniston Trails Marathon and Half Marathon will be taking place around Coniston Lake on Sunday. So please allow a little extra time as their may be congestion due to additional traffic and runners crossing roads, etc.

The start and finish for the trail events are at Coniston Old Hall so hopefully will not impact our parking, and they should have cleared the part of their course which overlaps with ours, by the time of our races.

However it's best to be prepared.


Coniston Gullies Parking and Registration

Parking for the Coniston Gullies Race.  Parking will be in the school grounds at the John Ruskin School, Lake Road Coniston. Cost of parking will £3 per car, a bargain considering the local car parks are charging £1.80 for an hour.

Please do not park on the road up to the Gullies, because it makes access difficult for the residents living up the road, and makes us and the association very unpopular with them and the locals.

Race registration will be in the school grounds and all competitors and spectators MUST walk to the start. Please allow 10-15 minutes to get to the start. The start is through the stile at the beginning of the original race route and along the wall.

Also if its a fine and warm day, many of us will go down to the lake afterwards for a barbecue



Race Details for Sedbergh

Please do not bring dogs onto the sports field.
If you have a dog on other parts of the course please ensure it is on a lead at all times, IT IS THE LAMBING SEASON !!!

All runners please ensure that you take on plenty of water and bring a drink for afterwards.
The nearest toilets to the sports field are in the village centre, next to the car park.

Parents must not run alongside or pace their children whilst they are racing, ignoring this may lead to your child's disqualification.

All junior entry forms must be signed by a parent on the day.

There will be a raffle, any prize donations will be gratefully received.

First race will be the Under 9s and starts at 12 noon sharp. Registration will open at approximately 11:00am.

Please note that the Senior's Race will not start before 1:30pm.




Membership Applications, Membership Packs and Race Number Collection

Race numbers for member applications have not be posted out this year. They will be bought to Sedbergh Fell Race and Coniston Gullies where they can be collected, on the day of the race.

Please get there early to collect your membership pack, also please ensure it is collected before you register for the race.

If you have still not sent in your membership application then BOFRA will accept membership applications on the day of the race. If you do apply for membership on the day of a race, you must ensure that you submit the application and receive your membership/race number before you register for the race.

You can only be awarded championship points for championship races you run after your membership application has been accepted.




Race fees and prize money

Following on from discussions at this years AGM it has been decided to increase race fees to £5 for Seniors and £2 for juniors in line with what many other races now charge. This has allowed us to increase the prize money at races BOFRA organises. Below is the currently proposed prize schedule.

Prize Money 2018 BOFRA organised races (excluding shows which set their own prizes)
Race Category 1st 2nd 3rd
Seniors £40 £25 £15
Vets, in each category £15
U17 £10 £8 £6
U14 £8 £6 £4
U12 Trophies down to 5th place
U9 Trophies down to 5th place

Prizes are equal for male and female




New Chairman

Following this years AGM at the Craven Heifer in Ingleton Su Thompson has been elected as Chairman for 2018 and Pauline Scholes as Vice Chairman. BOFRA would like to extend its thanks to Lee Marshall and Tracy Strong who both stepped down from their positions at this years meeting. Estelle Willis will be taking over the roll of Secretary for the coming year, thanks to Judith Marshall for holding this position last year. A number of others have also joined the committee for 2018, see the contact page for more details.

BOFRA AGM

The BOFRA AGM will be held on Sunday 25th February 2018, starting 3pm at the Craven Heifer, Ingleton LA6 3HG. All welcome.