English Schools Fell Running Championships

Sunday 24th September 2023

Event Details

The 2023 English Schools Fell Running Championships will be hosted by Giggleswick School near Settle on Sunday 24th September.  Details of the event can be found at https://www.fellrunner.org.uk/juniors/english-schools

The Races

        Year 7 - limited to those under the age of 13 on 31st August 2024 at the end of the school year starting 1st September 2023.  2.83km with 130m ascent. 

                     Records Will McNally 13:36 (2019) and Maisey Bellwood 14:42 (2019)


Years 8 & 9 - limited to those under the age of 15 on 31st August 2024 at the end of the school year starting 1st September 2023.  3.96km with 206m ascent. 

Records Charlie Allmond 20:15 (2019) and Eve Whitaker 22:20 (2018)


Years 10 & 11 - limited to those under the age of 17 on 31st August 2024 at the end of the school year starting 1st September 2023.  5.59km with 247m ascent. 

Records Jack Sanderson 23.37 (2022) and Georgia Bell 27.17 (2022)

Year 12 & 13 - limited to those under the age of 19 on 31st August 2024 at the end of the school year starting 1st September 2023.  5.95km with 251m ascent. 

Records Freddie Roden 25:50 (2022) and Jess Bailey 28:25 (2022)

All competitors are required to carry FRA kit comprising of a good pair of fell/trail shoes, a waterproof top, hat and gloves.  NO KIT - NO RUN

There will be a full road closure in order to ensure the safety of all competitors and spectators.

The Courses

The courses for all age groups are varied throughout and made up of lower and higher fell with twists and turns, a stream crossing, and a mix of short, sharp and more sustained climbs and descents in stunning countryside.

Race registration, briefings and all race starts and finishes will be at Giggleswick School - Papes Field BD24 0DG


All races start and finish in the same place and use a well-marked and marshalled course. 

1045:  Y7 (Min. age 11) Distance 2.7km, 130m ascent – Meet and brief 

1100 – Race starts


1120:  Y8-9 (Min. age 12) Distance 4.2km, 206m ascent – Meet and brief 

1130  – Race starts


1205: Y10-11 (Min. age 14) Distance 5.5km, 247m ascent – Meet and brief 

1215 – Race starts

1305:  Y12-13 (Min. age 16) Distance 6.0km, 251m ascent – Meet and brief  

1315:  – Race starts

1430 Presentation of prizes

Overall School Prize

Points are awarded according to the position in each category being 1st = 1 point, 2nd = 2 points, 3rd = 3 points etc.  For each race there is a Boys and a Girls category (so eight categories in total).

To qualify for the overall school prize a school must start runners in at least 3 different age categories (allowing comprehensives, prep. schools, sixth form colleges, single sex schools to be included in the competition).  Each school's best four positions are determined regardless of category and are added together with the lowest total being declared the winner.  In the event of a tie, then the school with the highest number of first places, then second places etc. wins.  So, if Team A has (1, 2, 2, 4) = 9 and Team B has (2, 2, 2, 3) = 9 then Team A will win by virtue of the first place. 

The overall school trophy is the FRA Cup which was first presented in 2008 to Ermystead (an all boys school).  In 2022 the victors were The Queen Katherine School at Kendal with (1, 3, 3, 4) = 11 points.  It's all to run for in 2023.

Please check the FRA website Fellrunner — English Schools  and the FRA Juniors Facebook page for the latest information.

This is a competition for Year 7 and above.  Most schools will enter pupils (but in some cases Parent or Guardian must make the entry) - please check with your school.  If making an entry on behalf of a pupil please ensure that the name of the school is correctly stated. 

If your child is joining a new school in September and wishes to run then please make sure the school is aware of the competition.


We look forward to welcoming you to Giggleswick on 24th September.

Jez Wilkinson (Race Organiser)

Fergus Ogilvie (Giggleswick School)

Entry Options - Age 11 - 18 on Sat 31 Aug 2024
Entries closed
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Refund Policy

Refunds & Cancellations
Individual refunds will only ever be issued at the Race Organiser’s discretion. For a refund to be considered, full details must be emailed to us for consideration within a reasonable time frame of the event.

We do not refund booking fees that were applied on top of the base Entry fee paid. The fees are Third Party charges and as such we do not receive them as part of the race regisitration transaction.
We hold the rights to amend/cancel any aspect of an event at late notice. Cancellation will only ever be a last resort for us, and we will always take direction on event cancellations from government agencies (e.g. the Met Office for weather related incidents) and the National Governing Body concerned, in addition to our assessment of the local conditions.
In the event of any cancellation, if it possible to reschedule the event to a different date in the same calendar year then all entries will be automatically transferred to the new date. Deferrals and transfers will be permitted for the rescheduled event.
Where an event cannot be rescheduled, committed contractors will be paid and remaining funds will be offered as partial refunds.

Sun 24 Sep 2023 at 11:00
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