BOFRA Championships 2014

November 7, 2014

John Young at the Kilnsey Crag race (Dave Woodhead)

John Young at the Kilnsey Crag race
(Dave Woodhead)

Our own John Young was looking for a proper challenge at the start of this season and had originally set the Fell Runners Association (FRA) English Championship as his target, however a slight “mix-up” with entry dates (that wasn’t quite the way he described it) meant that he was going to miss the first two races, so he decided to contest the British Open Fell Runners Association (BOFRA) championship instead*.   This was a brave decision and meant that he would be running against some very serious competition, but it transpires that John did incredibly well and finished the series in 7th position overall.  This was superb running and just what you would expect from our Club Captain, our colours have been noted at the highest level – please be sure to congratulate John the next time you see him!  

* There are two official bodies that govern fell-running in the UK, this harks back to the days when there were both amateur (AAA) and professional cadres of runner.  The FRA is logically a descendent of the amateur running organisations and therefore the races tend to be of longer distances, while the BOFRA events trace back to the old days of professional fell runners and are short, steep and frantic, quite often they’re held at village shows or country fairs –  good for spectators!

John at the Cracoe fell race (Dave Woodhead)

John at the Cracoe fell race
(Dave Woodhead)

John has written a great account of his BOFRA season and it’s seriously worth a read (you can find it here), but a brief summary of his race season is detailed below:

1.  Kettlewell (13th place)

2.  Helm Hill (8th place)

3.  Cracoe (8th place)

4.  Ambleside Sports (7th place)

5.  Farleton Knott (6th place)

6.  Arncliffe Gala (7th place)

7.  Reeth Show (8th place)

8.  Burnsall Classic (6th place)

9.  Embsay (3rd place)

More information on BOFRA here

2014 BOFRA Championship Table here

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