FRA Races: COVID-19

From John Telfer: “I received the following notice from the FRA last night regarding the cessation of all FRA races for the foreseeable future. I shall keep you all informed about any further updates in the coming weeks and months.”

FRA response to Government statement on COVID-19

Yesterday the FRA published a statement on our position regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The essence of this statement was that we would adhere to Government policy and that FRA races could continue until advised otherwise.

Sadly, the Government has this evening announced a new set of much stronger, far-reaching measures.. These include advice that all non-essential travel and social interaction should cease, for a period of time to be determined but probably several weeks at a minimum.

As Government policy has changed, so must the FRA’s. We must therefore now advise all FRA Race Organisers to cancel or postpone their races for the foreseeable future.

Since our statement of yesterday we have received a great deal of private correspondence. We are extremely grateful to the many people that have written to express their support but we are sure everyone will appreciate that there is now no choice but to suspend racing.

There is no change in the FRA’s overall policy as outlined in yesterday’s statement, which is that we will align with Government advice as and when it is updated. We will continue to avoid unilateral actions which could be unhelpful to the Government’s strategy for combating the disease.

Decisions will need to be taken on race series such as the English Championships and “50 @ 50” series. We will make further announcements on these in due course.

25th Simonside Cairns Race

The 25th Running of this event proved to be a successful occasion with all runners completing the course. Strong winds and wet ground proved to be testing conditions. NFR’s John Telfer took over as race organiser for the day and he should be commended for his first class effort. Brian Robson is the only person to have completed his 25th Simonside Cairns Race and was presented with a box of jelly babies! Founding race organiser Peter Reed was on hand to present the prizes and thanked for all the pain and suffering he had caused over the last 25 years.

PS. I have an Inov8 Racelite pack with kit in my possession which was left behind at the Newcastle Hotel yesterday – Paul Appleby.


photos courtesy of Kevin Bray marshalling at Old Stell Crag