The qualifying date for determining age groups will be 31st December 2018. Thus everyone born in the same year will be in the same age group. This to bring the U09 - U19 structure into line with IAAF requirements.
Provisional list of English Junior Championships races (subject to final confirmation):
Further information will be available in the FRA 2018 Handbook, and on-line FRA 2018 Calendar and FRA Junior page.
Official full rules, regulations, and lists of awards for the 2017 FRA English Junior Championship and Junior Challenge can be found in the 2017 FRA Handbook, which is available to FRA members.
These extracts are only for the convenience of entrants, and should not be used as the basis for any dispute or protest.
Due to the variable weather conditions found at fell races, ALL competitors may be required by the Race Organiser to carry full waterproof body cover. This is defined as a jacket with attached hood, and overtrousers, both of which must have taped seams.
The following definitions apply to the FRA English Junior Championship and Junior Challenge.
Age groups are based on the competitor's age on 31st December 2017, and are subject to distance limits.
The minimum age to compete is 6 years on race day.
If the age of an under 13 competitor is not known, then that competitor will not be eligible for the championship.
A competitor may only run in their permitted age category.
Under 13 and over 11 Boys and Girls - born in 2005, 2006 (3Km)
Under 15 and over 13 Boys and Girls - born in 2003, 2004 (5Km)
Under 17 and over 15 Boys and Girls - born in 2001, 2002 (7Km)
Under 19 and over 17 Boys and Girls - born in 1999, 2000 (10Km)
This makes a total of eight age categories.
The first 49 competitors in each age category will score points towards the age category championship; 50 for 1st, 48 for 2nd, 47 for 3rd, 46 for 4th, ...., 1 for 49th.
Points are allocated according to the positions (not times) in the final race results.
Note, under UKA rules there cannot be a tie in a fell race due to the lack of accurate measuring equipment. The finish line marshal is the judge of fact.
Up to the best 4 scores from the 6 selected races will count towards the final positions.
The competitor with the highest cumulative score from her/his best 4 scores from the 6 championship races will be the winner.
The competition is open to clubs affiliated to England Athletics.
The total points scored by the top 3 runners for a club in any championship age group category will count. The maximum score in any round is therefore 150 points.
The club with the highest cumulative points for all 6 races will be the winner.
Under 9 and over 6 (*on day of race) Boys and Girls - born in 2009, 2010, *2011 (1Km)
Under 11 and over 9 Boys and Girls - born in 2007, 2008 (2Km)
This makes a total of four age categories.
No points or championship medals will be awarded.
Open to English Athletics affiliated clubs taking part in the U09-U11 Challenge series.
Each club with a minimum of 3 runners in any combination of the 4 categories at a Challenge race will receive a credit.
Clubs with a total of 4 or more credits after the final race will receive an award at the Junior Do on Saturday 15th July at Rossendale Harriers, Marl Pits, Newchurch Road, Rossendale.
Gold medal and trophy for the winner of each age group category.
Silver and bronze medals for the second and third placed competitors in each age group category.
In the event of a tie on points, the competitors will receive the appropriate medal for the position.
These will be presented at the Junior Do on Saturday 15th July at Rossendale Harriers, Marl Pits, Newchurch Road, Rossendale.
There is a facility on the Archive/2017 page for Top 20 competitors to print their FRA Certificates.
Competitors in the Challenge Series can print their FRA Certificates from the Challenge page.
U09-U19 FRA Member Awards:
Further awards are made by the FRA in recognition of those runners, who are a junior or family member of the FRA, and have supported the Championship and Challenge Series by completing at least 4 of the 6 races.
A T-shirt for 4 or more races.
Plus a hoody for 6 races.
Both awards are in unique designs and colours.
The FRA Shop is now closed, and it is no longer possible to place an order.
Junior & Club Tables
I would ask that as in previous years competitors, parents, and coaches continue to support me in ensuring the accuracy of the Championship points tables. There are a significant number of competitors, who seem to be eligible under the imposed rules, but have not registered and so I have been unable to allocate points to them.
Please with any queries, and I will try to respond as soon as possible. However, I cannot resolve questions about eligibility, which should be addressed to Nick Harris the Chair of the FRA.
Final 2017 points tables are now available. Congratulations to everyone, who has taken part this year.
Certificates for competitors, who have completed 4 or more races can be downloaded and printed from the 'Archive/2017' menu tab.
Each selection opens in a new window. Close that window to return to this page.
The pages are interactive - you can sort and filter the data to create your own view of the championship.
Details - Site Navigation (new window).
Roll of Honour
The list of past Championship Winners
shows the changes in age groups over the years leading to the current format, which began in 1996. Some winners can still be seen competing in the senior championships and local races. A few now bring their children to the junior championships.
This facility is provided and run totally independently of the FRA, and at no cost to that organisation. However, it is the official source for the FRA Junior Championship, Challenge and Clubs points tables.
I am not an elected member of the FRA Committee. I am a co-opted member of the FRA Junior Sub-committee.
Various FRA publications refer to me as the FRA Junior Statistician. This is not a role I have ever been offered or accepted.
If you have any queries regarding FRA Junior Championship eligibility, please contact the FRA Chair. Decisions on eligibility are not my responsibility.
If you have any queries regarding the various championship points tables: