BOFRA News



Ring from Kirkby Gala Reunited

At Kirkby Gala back in June, someone we believe to be a BOFRA member handed in a diamond ring which they had found on the field.
We are pleased to tell you that through the pages of the parish magazine we have been able to reunite the ring with its owner, who was thrilled to get it back as it had been her Granny’s.

If you were the person who handed it in, THANK YOU!

Kirkby Community Centre Committee

Wasdale Fell Race cancelled

Due to heavy rain in the Lake District which has forced the cancellation of Wasdale Show and the fact that there is a great deal of flooding at the head of Wasdale; we have regrettably had to cancel the final race of this years’ BOFRA calendar: Wasdale Fell Race.

In accordance with the rules, the championship will remain at the best 8 races over the season. Consequently, the final championship tables and positions will be those as after Embsay.

For anyone who has only completed 7 races and were planning to run Wasdale to claim their T-Shirt, these will now be awarded to all competitors who have completed 7 races over the season.

Whilst this is an unfortunate end to the season, there is little we can do with only a few weeks left till presentation.



Wasdale Show cancelled

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you, that due to severe floooging, Wasdale Show has been cancelled.



Wasdale Show Kit Requirements

Wasdale Show and race is approaching and anyone who has completed this race will know, it is our highest and possibly toughest race with very unpredictable weather. Therefore, anyone hoping to run the race at Wasdale Show MUST arrive equipped with full kit and be prepared to carry it during the race.

The Standard Equipment for the Senior race is:-

• Wind and waterproof top including hood (sold as waterproof with taped seams).
• Wind and waterproof trousers (sold as waterproof with taped seams).
• Hat and Gloves.
• Map of the race route and surrounding area.
• Compass suitable for navigating the course.
• Whistle.

The Standard Equipment for the Junior races is:-

• Wind and waterproof top including hood (sold as waterproof with taped seams).
• Hat and Gloves.

A decision will be made on the day before registration opens as to what, if any, kit is required or recommended.


Presentation Dinner

Details for this years Presentation Dinner are now available, which this year will be at the Rolls Royce Leisure Club in Barnolsdwick on Saturday November 4th

Presentation Dinner Details

Presentation Dinner Ticket Application Form




BOFRA T-Shirts

For those that expect to have completed 8 races by the end of the season we are starting the process of sorting out T-shirt sizes for the much coveted BOFRA T-shirts.
It is a particular problem for junior members as many people didn't fill this section of the form in. The sizes are given below and are by age. Regardless of your child's age, could you please email or message Su Thompson, Membership Secretary, with what size your child actually requires. e.g. a very small 11 year old could be in an age 7-9 T-shirt. Club vests and last year's T-shirts or this year's FRA T-shirts give a good idea of sizes.
age 7-9
age 9-11
age 11-13
age 13-15
Many thanks
Su




Ambleside Sports - Start Times and registration

Times as published on the Ambleside Sports website are :
U12 - 12.45 pm
U14 - 2.05 pm
U17 - 2.55 pm
Seniors - 3.35 pm

As this is a show please be aware that start times are approximate and races may start sooner or later than advertised to fit in with other events. Please listen for announcements on the day.

Registration will open at approx 11.30am and close at 3pm.



Kirkby Gala Thankyou

Kirkby-in-Furness Gala Committee would like to thank all BOFRA members who attended the Gala for their fantastic good nature and enthusiasm for taking part in the weekend. We would like especially to thank the campers, who always seem to enjoy their stay with us and are always very appreciative, and who never leave any rubbish or even a sign that they have been there. (I am hoping you clean up after your dog as well as you clear your pitch – I am sure you do.)

Special thanks to the BOFRA committee, who do an excellent unobtrusive job of organising the fell races.

If you have any comments or requests for next year, please don’t keep them to yourselves – let us know ASAP (rbrushton@hotmail.com). (We have a post mortem meeting next week and will try to take on board any suggestions.)

You may know that we are planning to build two new changing rooms and then refurbish the centre itself, but we can’t promise that even the first phase will be complete by next year, as we are dependent on grants.

Finally, please see BOFRA’s Lost and Found page if you lost a ring on the field.

Best wishes to all our fell running friends - please plan to come back next year!!

Roger (Rushton)





Alva Games pre-entry and Trophies

Please could all trophy winners from last year's Alva Games please ensure their trophy is returned, before or on the day of the games. If you have a trophy and are not going to Alva please arrange for someone how is attending the games this year to return it for you.

Entry on the day is possible (you pay to enter the Games - £6 for adults £4 for youths but thereafter entry to the race is free) but for your name to appear in programme please pre-enter by supplying name, age group and home town not later than 30th June to BOFRA either through their Facebook page or by email to the BOFRA Secretary (secretary@bofra.org.uk) OR by email to the Games Secretary Telephone alvagamessec@btinternet.com.



Lowgill Sports Update.

Lowgill Sports is on Saturday commencing at 3pm. The BOFRA programme shows that there is only an Under 12, Under17 and Seniors race. The Lowgill Sports organisers have extended the fell race to include all the junior race categories.

This format of the event is very much like Killington Sports pay on entry, then entry to any competition is free.

This is a great afternoon out for families.

For further details please see the WEB site Lowgill Sports. or their Facebook Page



Hawkswick Car Parking, Registration and Start.

Car Parking, Registration and the Finish are all in the same field. The start will be just out on the road.

The cost of parking will be £2 per car a bargain!

The committee has provided a toilet at Hawkswick, please make a donation by the door when you use it to cover the cost of providing the next one at another race.

There are a number of the committee and helpers who are unable to attend this race to help, and there is a requirement for a number of road marshals. If you are going to the race and are able to help, please talk to Lee or someone on registration.

The photograph below shows a field with a building in the center. This is the location of car parking and registration.





Kettlewell Car Parking Proceeds

Car Parking at Kettlewell raised around £200. £100 was donated to Kettlewell Primary School. The rest will fund the provision of loos at Hawkswick and other races.



Kettlewell Car Parking, Registration and Start.

Parking will be in the field below the registration field.

Registration and the start have also been moved into this field
The cost of parking will be £2 per car a bargain compared to the main car park in Kettlewell.
Access to the car park is along the track on the left just before the bridge as you come into Kettlewell from Skipton.

The photograph below shows access to the car park through the gate.





Coniston Gullies Parking

Parking for the Coniston Gullies Race.  Parking will be in the school grounds at the John Ruskin School, Lake Road Coniston. Cost of parking will £3 per car, a bargain considering the local car parks are charging £1.80 for an hour.

Please do not park on the road up to the Gullies, because it makes access difficult for the residents living up the road, and makes us and the association very unpopular with them and the locals.

Race registration will be in the school grounds and all competitors and spectators MUST walk to the start. Please allow 10-15 minutes to get to the start. The start will now be through the stile at the beginning of the original race route and along the wall.

Also there will be a German Film Crew filming the race, so if you missed your opportunity with BGT, then here is your chance to get on German TV.





Alva Games pre-entry and Trophies

Please could all trophy winners from last year's Alva Games please ensure their trophy is returned, before or on the day of the games. If you have a trophy and are not going to Alva please arrange for someone how is attending the games this year to return it for you.

Entry on the day is possible (you pay to enter the Games - £6 for adults £4 for youths but thereafter entry to the race is free) but for your name to appear in programme please pre-enter by supplying name, age group and home town not later than 30th June to BOFRA either through their Facebook page or by email to the BOFRA Secretary (secretary@bofra.org.uk) OR by email to the Games Secretary Telephone alvagamessec@btinternet.com.




Kirkby Gala Camping

Kirkby Gala Welcomes BOFRA Members – Saturday 24 June

BOFRA members will be made very welcome once again at Kirkby-in-Furness Gala weekend on the sports field (post code LA17 7TG).

Any members wishing to camp on the field may do so; there is no need to book in advance. This year we are charging £10 per family per night.

If you are staying the weekend and would like to play tennis, netball or basketball, you can do so free of charge if you bring your own equipment. (Book a slot as soon as you arrive in the box by the court gate – only book one hour at a time, please, to give everyone a chance.) (Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a lead or in your car throughout the time they are on the field.)

All the usual attractions will be available outside and in the marquee, including games of skill and strength, with prizes for the winners; children’s entertainer, bouncy castle, donkey rides etc. Something for all ages. Sunday 25th June (Gala Sunday): OPEN GARDENS: an opportunity to visit private gardens in three areas of Kirkby. Admission by programme (including map) from the Community Centre.

New this year: Gala Sunday, 10.15am in the marquee: “Community Praise” – an hour of non-denominational thanksgiving for the community - songs, prayers and readings – ALL WELCOME. Why not put the date in your diary now – we look forward to seeing you!




Final Race Details for Sedbergh

Please do not bring dogs onto the sports field.
If you have a dog on the other parts of the course please ensure it is on a lead at all times, IT IS THE LAMBING SEASON !!!

Please do not park on Busk Lane this is a condition set by the school who have given us permission to use the sports field.

All runners please ensure that you take on plenty of water and bring a drink for afterwards.
The nearest to toilets to the sports field are in the village centre next to the car park.

Parents must not run alongside or pace their children whilst they are racing, ignoring this may lead to your child's disqualification.

All entry forms must be signed by a parent on the day.

There will be a raffle any prize donations will gratefully be received.

First race will be the Under 9s and starts at 12 Noon sharp. Registration will open at approximately 11:00am.

Please note that the Senior's Race will not start before 1:30pm.





Under 9s Race at Sedbergh

There have been a number of parents who have asked if there will be an under 9s race at Sedbergh Fell Race. With Sedbergh Gala not being held this year, and the race being organised by BOFRA. BOFRA will run an Under 9s race. This will be the first race of the day starting at 12 noon.




Membership Applications, Membership Packs and Race Number Collection

Race numbers for member applications have not be posted out this year. They will be bought to Sedbergh Fell Race and Coniston Gullies where they can be collected, on the day of the race.

Please get there early to collect your membership pack, also please ensure it is collected before you register for the race.

If you have still not sent in your membership application then BOFRA will accept membership applications on the day of the race. If you do apply for membership on the day of a race, you must ensure that you submit the application and receive your membership/race number before you register for the race.

You can only be awarded championship points for championship races you run after your membership application has been accepted.




Membership Applications

Please can you send in your applications to join BOFRA the fees are the same as last year.
Family £30
Senior £15
Junior £7

Application forms can be found here

Please do it NOW to ensure you are registered before the first race. Race numbers for member applications will not be posted out this year. They will be bought to the races where they can be collected on the day of your first race, and before you register for the race.



Changes to the 2017 Race Programme

There a a number of changes to the Race Programme which are listed below, but please always check the WEB site before you depart for a race to check for any last minute changes.

Due to none of the Senior Races starting at 1:00pm during the 2016 season, because of the juniors races taking longer and over running the 1:00pm senior race start time. The start time for Senior Races will change to 1:30pm. The will allow senior runners go through their pre-race routines closer to the start of their race. Senior Registration will now close at 1:15pm.

If the juniors races overrun the senior start time then the Senior Race will start 10 minutes following the completion of the last junior race. This is only applies races that are held by BOFRA and commence with Junior races at 12 Noon. The only exception to this is the Helm Hill race where junior race commences at 2pm and the Seniors Race will commence at 3:30pm

Sedbergh Gala has been cancelled for 2017 it may be held in 2018. For this year Sedbergh will revert to a BOFRA Championship Race starting at 12 Noon. The start will be in the Gala Show field but to secure this location the committee has had to bring the race forward to the 7th May.

Malham Charity Relays has been moved to Sunday 21st May starting at 11:30am.

Farleton Knott has been move to a week later to the 6th August. This race used to be on the Sunday following Amble side Sports. By moving it a week later it allows more time for preparing the route.



BOFRA Annual General Meeting 2017

The Annual General Meeting was held on the 26th February at Ingleton Ex-Servicemens Club

The minutes from the meeting can be found here