Being a running club with roots firmly in fellrunning, Eryri Harriers recognises that by the very nature of the sport there are inherent dangers.  We fully support and promote the safety code issued by the Welsh Fell Runners Association and the Fell Runners Association.

Direct link to FRA Safety Guidelines is here.

A summary of the advice issued to fellrunners by the WFRA is recreated below. For the full WFRA safety advice sheet please view the Race Organisers Handbook on the home page of www.wfra.org.uk

WFRA Safety Requirements is here.

Runners & Safety

Individual runners (as well as race organisers) have responsibilities with regard to safety. The key rules for runners are:

  • Arrive at the venue with as much kit as the organiser is likely to require you to carry on the day. This means windproof full body cover, other body cover appropriate for the weather conditions (e.g. waterproof full body cover, hat, gloves etc.), map, compass, whistle, emergency food (long races).
  • BE AWARE THAT UNDER WFRA SAFETY REQUIREMENTS THE ABOVE MINIMUM KIT REQUIREMENTS ARE MANDATORY FOR ALL CATEGORY ‘A’ LONG AND MEDIUM RACES WHATEVER THE WEATHER OR TIME OF YEAR.
  • Have the necessary skills to cope with any navigational problems you may encounter, whatever the weather.
  • Complete a Category ‘A’ short or medium race before running in a ‘long’ one.
  • Be able to recognize the signs of hypothermia and hypoglycaemia in yourself and others.

Hypothermia: not responding to conversation; unco-ordinated movement and speech; inability to think clearly; wanting to carry on in adverse conditions; skin cold where normally warm, such as under armpit. Immediate action: wrap in warm clothing.

Hypoglycaemia: confusion, ill co-ordinated movement and speech; weakness, hunger. Immediate action: drink glucose solution or suck sweets.

  • Know what the organiser’s ‘drop-out’ procedures are and comply with them. As a minimum, if you retire you MUST notify the officials at the finish (and the nearest check-point marshal, if appropriate) before you leave the area.
  • If you see someone in trouble: HELP, even if it costs you the race.
  • Be aware that, by the nature of fell racing, first aid may not be readily available.

 

Competition Rules

A fell race is a race run on fell, hill or mountain terrain and is categorized as follows:

Category ‘A’

(a)  Should average not less than 50 metres climb per kilometre.

(b)  Should not have more than 20% of race distance on road.

(c)  Should be at least 1.5 kilometres in length.

Category ‘B’

(a)  Should average not less than 25 metres climb per kilometre.

(b)  Should not have more than 30% of race distance on road.

Category ‘C’

(a)  Should average not less than 20 metres climb per kilometre.

(b)  Should not have more than 40% of race distance on road.

(c)  Should contain some genuine fell terrain.

Race Lengths

(a)  A long (L) race is 20 kilometres or more.

(b)  A medium (M) race is over 10 kilometres but less than 20 kilometres.

(c)  A short (S) race is 10 kilometres or less.

Maximum distances for Juniors.

Under 8   –  1 kilometre

Under 10 –  2 kilometre

Under 12 –  3 kilometre

Under 14 –  5 kilometre

Under 16 –  7 kilometre

Under 18 – 10 kilometre

The age is at 1st January in the year of competition.

The minimum age is six on the day of the race.