Howgills Junior FRA Race

Helm Hill Running Club is proud to host The Howgills Junior FRA Races part of the Junior English Fell Running Championships (the final race of 5 events) on Sunday 3rd July 2022. 

The Junior Championship (for under 13s to under 19s) and the Junior Challenge (for under 9s and under 11s) form the National Championships for Juniors in fell running in England.  They are open to all Juniors aged 6 and upwards on the day regardless of ability.

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Description. The race starts from The People’s Hall in the picturesque market town of Sedbergh under the backdrop of the magnificent Howgill Fells. The U9s will run out-and-back to the lower foothills of the Howgills, whilst the U11s, U13s and U15s will head towards Winder (473m), across and then back down the steep slope. The U17s get to push on further, half-way up to Arant Haw and then dropping down, whilst the U19s continue up to Arant Haw (605m) and then descending to Crook Cairn (460m), down a steep slope until traversing Settlebeck Gill and then enjoying a fast shallow descent into the finish. The route will be well signposted by many flags and friendly marshals to ensure everyone follows the correct route. The Start / Finish is electronically controlled with runners being issued ankle race tags and bibs on the day from Registration.  Food and Refreshments will be made available and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Age categories are as follows:


Year of birth

Age on 31-Dec-22


Under 9

2016, 2015, 2014

6 (from date of 6th birthday, 7 and 8

To follow

Under 11

2013, 2012

9 or 10

To follow

Under 13

2011, 2010

11 or 12

To follow

Under 15

2009, 2008

13 or 14

To follow

Under 17

2007, 2006

15 or 16

To follow

Under 19

2005, 2004

17 or 18

To follow


Please Note closing date for entries is Midnight on Friday 1st July. 

Race Map. Will follow shortly.

Event Entry. Entry for all races will be online via Crazy Legs Events. Cost is £3.

Event Parking.  Weather permitting, there will be event parking in a field next to The People’s Hall, Sedbergh. There will be a charge of £3 per car and car sharing is encouraged.

Registration.  Registration will be in The Peoples Hall.  All runners will be issued with a colour-coded number (which must be worn unfolded on the chest) plus a timing chip to be attached to the ankle.  Electronic timing will be provided by Crazy Legs Events.

Registration will open from 9.30 am.

Refreshments.  Hot and cold drinks will be provided and there will also be a charity cake stall so don't forget your spare change.

Prizes and Awards.  Pete Bland vouchers will be awarded to the first three placed girls and boys for each age category. All finishers will receive a medal, with the first three finishers receiving their First, Second or Third place medal respectively.

Rules.  Please take time to familiarise yourselves with the FRA rules for runners as illustrated on Jim Tyson's cartoons which you can view here;

This event is run under FRA (Fell Runners Association) Rules and COVID-19 guidance which can be viewed here

These courses will be challenging and all juniors will be required to carry a waterproof top, hat and gloves. Pete Bland Sports stock a junior size bum bag.  Even in July the weather in the Howgills can change quickly!