The aim of the club is to promote and organise 'fell' races in and around the West Midlands.

Notice Board

COVID-19

All races are cancelled until further notice. As compensation for Mercia members we are extending membership by a year for those that have already paid. You should have received an email about this. In the meantime there are some solo sessions you can try on FaceBook here (you need an FB account to see these).

Please read: A message from England Athletics.

Also, just a little note to thank our coaches/hosts of socially distanced training sessions for all their hard work (it’s not nearly as straight forward to organise these within the government rules as you may think) and a further thank you to those taking part. we are hopeful that these events and our Virtual Races are helping to keep our local fell running community motivated and to keep our club going whilst ‘real’ races are still not possible. Please may we remind people that whilst face coverings are not necessary for group runs (so long as social distancing is adhered to), we would recommend carrying one in case of emergency. If you require assistance off the hill or first aid then it’s your responsibility to keep those responders/first aiders safe from you. And finally, please arrive immediately before the start of each session and leave quickly afterwards. Thanks.

WEEKLY CHALLENGES

Our head coach is setting us weekly challenges which are compatible with the current lockdown rules. We had over 20 take part in the inaugural challenge last week! See info HERE to take part in the next/current challenge. Previous results are at the following links: Covid19 5km Challenge (April 13-17)

NEWS

Scroll down for the latest news from Mercia Fell Runners.

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 RACES

The rules and list of events for the 2020 club champs are HERE.
Trophy Winners for the 2019 Club Championship can be seen HERE.
New for 2020: An 'ultra' championship. Details are HERE.

TRAINING

No training at present due to Covid-19 restrictions - see this NEWS ITEM for update post slight relaxation of lockdown on JUne 1st. Informal training groups meet on the Longmynd and on the Wrekin and in the Lickey Hills on Thursday nights. The Longmynd group venue is posted on Facebook each week; the Wrekin group meets at the gate at the bottom of the main path at Forest Glen at 19:15; the Lickey Hills group venue is also posted on the above Facebook page. These groups are not exclusive to Mercia and whilst we may do some training such as hill reps there is not always a qualified coach, so you take part on the understanding it is at your own risk. There is also an informal social run on a Tuesday night from Church / Little Stretton - info HERE.

GILL HARRIS ROUND

We have our own mini-Paddy Buckley (takes 3-6 hours)! For info on the Gill Harris Long Mynd Tops Challenge Click Here. The records were updated 28/12/2018, click here to see details of the 26 completed rounds. The records are 2:52 by Pete Vale and 4:24 by Helen Stokes.

RACE ORGANISERS

Please send results to results@merciafellrunners.org.uk, preferably as a spreadsheet, they will then be posted on this site.

SERIES RACE COMPETITORS

When filling an entry form for a race make sure your name is written very clearly and exactly the same for every race (e.g. always Andy and not sometimes Andrew). Mistakes are hard to correct as the results are published in many places (usually shortly after the race). NB: The Outdoor Depot in Church Stretton sponsor the Shropshire Series races and offer a 10% discount on running gear to all Mercia members.

VOLUNTEER ROTA

Give something back! Races do not happen without volunteers to help marshalling, et al. Click here to see the help wanted for Mercia races.

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK

A private group for Mercia members is HERE (you need an FB account to access this group).
There is also a public group for all things "Shropshire fell running" HERE (no FB account required to view this group).

HASHTAG YOUR TWEETS #merciafr

Mercia Fell Runners Club 2020 AGM

The Mercia Fell Runners AGM for 2020 will be held at 7pm on Monday 16th November 2020, but due to Covid-19 restrictions this will be an online meeting, this will be followed by an ordinary committee meeting, any items you wish to be included in either agenda should be sent to club.secretary@merciafellrunners.org.uk. Please send agenda requests by 2nd November. Joining instructions will be issued in due course.

Trig Points Race 2021

It will likely come as no surprise that there will be no Trig Point race in January 2021. The Covid restrictions placed on the two landowners mean that no certainty can be given to permissions for such a large event. Detailed preparation and costs usually start about now (October) and so the decision not to plan for January has been made.

Batch Bash (MapRunF virtual race) results

The (experimental) virtual Batch Bash 'race' results are available here.

EA Volunteer Awards

England Athletics are currently holding the voting for the national volunteer awards, which include:-

Club of the Year
Coach of the Year
Leader of the Year
Official of the year
Volunteer of the year
Young Volunteer of the year
Services to athletics or running
Athletics and running (this is a one off to recognise those who have helped support there club or community during the pandemic).

EA Training Guidance

England Athletics have released new guidance, appropriate to the current guidelines stating that people can meet up to six others from separate households, and exercise outdoors.  Coaches and leaders are now allowed and covered with insurance to do sessions to the ratio of 1:5.
To do this you must also have a completed risk assessment, and have ppe in your possession, plus hand sanitiser.  Also, after the session all members must leave and not congregate.

COVID-19 impact on group runs

Many of you will be aware there was a slight relaxation of the Coronavirus lockdown regulations in England effective from today, 1st June 2020.

The new regulations specify that the maximum number of people who can meet in England is six. England Athletics advice is that coached groups can now comprise up to five athletes plus a coach, provided distancing is observed. A risk assessment must also be in place.

Mercia Virtual Vertical Challenge

Vertical Challenge

Starting on Monday 20th April until Friday 25th (midnight), the Mercia Virtual Vertical challenge.
The Covid19 5k Challenge favoured the flat areas, this will favour hilly. This could be your hill session for the week, always thinking about training ;-)

Rules:-

1. 30 minute timer, which starts at the bottom of the hill you run.
2. Run as much vertical climb in 30 minutes as possible.
3. Hills must be within running distance from home to prevent unnecessary travel.

Covid19 5km Challenge

From our Head Coach, a new challenge.

Rules:

1. Follow government guideline - no travel to do this, maintain social distancing etc etc.
2. Run 5k
3. Email your time and elevation climbed to coaching@merciafellrunners.org.uk - every 100ft/30m of climbing gets you a 10 second bonus (nowhere near enough, be like Tim P, go downhill).

2019-2020 Winter Series Results (Final)

Final results for the 2019-2020 Winter Series are available here.

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