Juniors Fell Running

Harrogate Harriers Junior Fell Running – 2019 is coming!

Who is Fell Running for?
Whether you are already a fell runner, or just keen to try off road running, these sessions are for you.
Based on fun and getting out into the wild, the runs are great for someone wanting to try something sociable and a little bit different.  Cross country runners wanting to train off road may want to come and give it a go. It’s advisable to be able to complete a park run first, but we can cater for most abilities.

When and Where do we train?
Harrogate Harriers Junior fell running section meets once a month on Thursdays, 18.30 start and we run whatever the weather.

What should we bring?
Come prepared for mud, and wear sturdy trail shoes or strong trainers if you don’t own a pair of fell running studs. In the heat of summer, bring a water bottle and in winter, wear gloves, hat and a jumper.  A cagoule and change of clothes for the ride home is advisable if its a wet night. In the dark you will need a torch of some kind and a head torch is ideal.

What about Medical issues?
If the runner suffers from asthma, has any medical condition we should be aware of or are have allergies to bees, nettles etc please inform the run leader before the session.  Please ensure the runner has their inhaler with them.

What if I’m not a member of Harrogate Harriers but would still like to give it a go? 
If you are not a member of Harrogate Harriers, you need to join as second claim in order to be able to attend.

Where can I find more information?
More information on Junior fell running is available from the following websites:
Click here to view the FRA 2019 Calendar
Click here for BOFRA membership information (not yet updated for 2019)

*Plea for donations of old and unwanted fell shoes (especially small sizes) for lending out.


Check list of what to bring to the winter training sessions:
🙂 Headtorch
🙂 Good sturdy shoes
🙂 Warm/waterproof clothing including hat & gloves.

Dates for 2019 Sessions……..

24th January 2019.  Venue: Parking on Harlow Moor Rd, nearest Post Code, HG2 0QB. Navigation for survival / beginners with GB International Orienteer Quentin Harding.
21st February 2019.  Venue: Harlow Moor Rd, Harrogate, nearest Post Code, HG2 0QB
21st March 2019.  Venue: Squinting cat Pub (Lund House Green, Harrogate HG3 1QE)
11th April 2019.  Venue: Crag Lane (Car park along from Betty’s at Harlow Carr) Harrogate HG3 1QA

Who leads the sessions and how do I get in touch?
The sessions are led by volunteers with a “Fell/Trail leader in running fitness” certificate as a minimum. Helene has her Summer Mountain Leadership qualification. We are all DBS checked volunteers.

Any questions, email Helene Whitaker on

FRA English Junior Championships and Challenge
(age categories as at the 31st December 2019)
March 30th Clough Head
April 14th The K4 – The Kong Kettlewell Kaper hosted by Harrogate Harriers!
May 6th Coiners (Also Yorkshire Championships)
May 18th Sedbergh
June 22nd Clougha Pike
July 7th Up the Nab

Local (ish) & good fell races:
13/1/19 Soreen Stanbury Juniors, Penistone Hill Country park, nr Haworth, Keighley, over 6 yrs
4/2/19 Ikley Moor fell race. Wells Road Ikley min age 6 yrs  EOD £2
23/2/19 Inov8 High cup nick race,  Dufton
Bunnyruns (Haworth) over 12  yrs £3 on day or £7 pre entry for whole series:
2/4/19, 9/4/19 & 16/4/19 relay on 23/4/19
6/4/19 Pendle Juniors, Barley, U9 – U17
9/4/19 Todd Crag Ambleside, OK not local but a proper “fell” run.
1/5/19 Wednesday evening race Lothersdale , nr Skipton
14/5/19 Jack Bloor race. Iklely moor. Min 6 years old. Teams of 3

Yorkshire selection for inter-counties junior U17 and U19 Championships : TBC
Qualification is by birth or residency for 9 months in the county
Contact for this is David and Eileen Woodhead : 01535 669100
For updates see:

Junior Home international:  Betws-Y-Coed, Wales. 21st September 2019
Trial for this is Pendleton fell race, 24th August. U20 In senior race, U17 in Junior race
Selection based on: trial position, FRA U17 Championship and selectors discretion.
Team composition: see FRA website/handbook for all information

Training camps:
Introduction to mountain running for 14-16 year olds, 17th March (TBC), Sedbergh
Selection criteria : top 10 in FRA Junior champoinship or placed in BOFRA races/ FRA junior championship races
Contact: Duncan Richards  or o7764610799

Performance in International Mountain Running for 17-19 yr olds, 12-14th April, Ingleton
Selection : top 10 english schools, national or inter-counties cross country, GB mountain vest in 2018, Top 10 in junior home international 2018, top 6 in area cross country, performances of similar standard to above “please ask Neil Wilkinson” on or 07846981988

Transition to mountain running for 19-22 yr olds, evening of 23-24th February (after National Cross-Country Championships) Leeds
Contact Alec Duffield on or 07740065929

Some things  to watch
Trial for the European Uphill Champioships to be held in Zermatt on 7th July will be held at Skiddaw (Keswick) on 2nd June.  A good opportunity to watch the best in England racing for a spot on the team.
Trial for the world Championships to be held in Argentina (up and down)  on 15th November, will be held at Betws-y-coed on 21st September. The best in GB & NI will all be there.

2018 Round Up

Seren at West Nab FRA championship race   Olivia at Ilkley fell relays in September

Fell Running Champion

Tom and George on the Christmas treasure hunt

HH Junior Fell run visit to the Christmas Tree on Simons Seat 8/12/18

A small but very fit group of youngsters were trailed to the summit by a number of older Harrogate Harrier club members and despite the wind and squalls we all made it to the summit on a very blustery December morning.







Fortunately Stump Cross café had a hot fire comfy sofas and hot chocolate to die for, not to mention their  selection of cakes and hot sausage sandwiches.  Next outing already being planned so to ensure you don’t miss out,  sign up for the off road email list so you don’t miss out or email Helene on :