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

Welsh 1'000s Race

Mercia Member Celia Mills is entered in the Welsh 1'000s Race  and would appreciate any helpful navigation tips from members who have done this event.  She would ideally like to see if anybody is free to recce the route?
If anyone can help Celia please get in touch with her at      Thank you

Champs Race Entries ***IMPORTANT***

Great Lakes Run (English Champs) is already over half full at the last update to Ambleside's website:

If you're planning to do this, please get an entry in ASAP. There are only 3 Mercians down at the moment: Connor, Kim and myself.


Borrowdale (also English Champs) opens for entries on 31st May. This is from the Borrowdale website:

Shropshire Junior Fellrunning Series – Starts Weds 25 April

Mercia Fell Runners (in association with Ludlow Runners, Newport and District RC, Shrewsbury AC and Telford AC) are pleased to present a summer series of junior races for all age groups U10 and up (i.e. children aged 8 years or more on 1st January 2012). There are four races in the series:
Wednesday April 25th, 7:30pm—Wrekin Streak Venue: Forest Glen, Wellington (the car park at the bottom of the Wrekin), grid ref.:638093 U10/U12s in junior race 1.4km/105m starting immediately after the main race; U14/U16/U18s in the main race

Cribyn and Mynydd Troed Races - Transport

A final reminder that it's the Cribyn race this Saturday and another good opportunity to grab those vital away race points for the Mercia champs. As there weren't quite enough people to justify booking a bus / coach, folks will have to travel down by car. Tom has kindly volunteered to help co-ordinate the car share.
Can you let him know please if you're either intending to drive down in your own car or if you would like a lift. He's on (07886) 689234. Good luck everyone!

RAC 12 mile Sponsored Walk Sunday 29th April 2012

WALK FOR HEROES - This year the Sponsored Walk is in aid of Afghan Heroes
The Walk commences at 10.30 am on Sunday 29th April 2012 from Holly Cottage, Lower Wood, All Stretton, Shropshire and will take either walkers or runners over the beautiful Shropshire hills, a gentle 1 mile walk is also planned for young children and parents.

The Mynd Mac - Results

Results are up for todays race, photo's will bw available shortly at &
and a video is here:

The Mynd Mac - one off race on 1st April. From Carding Mill Valley - VERY WORTHWHILE CAUSE - MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT

A REMINDER - The " Mynd Mac " will take place on this SUNDAY 1st APRIL. 10.00 am.  This race will be in aid of MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT.  Come along and support this worthwhile cause.  There is ENTRY ON THE DAY and costs £5 or donation.  It is a 7.25k route with 414.5m ascent centred around Cardingmill Valley.  Registration in Cardingmill Valley in the NT Education Rooms by the Pavilion.  Further details from Michael Burton 07802 566405

Coaching Courses

I now have the dates etc. for the next batch of leader and coaching courses - these are also on the FRA website.
There are two courses offered at present. The LiRF (Leader in Running Fitness) is the equivalent of the old level one course and covers organising running groups, covering things like warm-ups, training sessions, safety, etc. at a fairly basic level. It is specifically tailored to Fell and Mountain Runningand is an official UKA qualification. This course lasts a day and will be run three times in 2012:

Lad's Leap - Simon Bailey wins First English Champs Race!

Mercia Fell Runners has kicked off the championships season with a bang at Lad's Leap. The course is a hard but classic fell race, with a steep initial climb followed by a singletrack trod over some very peaty muddy ground and a short steep descent to run under the Lad's Leap crags to a second much more runnable ascent, more peaty single track and a flying last mile down rough fellside. Although advertised as a short race, we got good value, with most folk's GPSs reading 6.1 or 6.2 miles!

Results for the Newsletter

Just received a note from Rob Court:

"I have taken on collating race results for the Club Newsletter. I will be doing my best to collate any races that Mercia runners compete in but I may miss the odd one. If you are doing a race which is a bit further afield and low key it would be great if you could let me know. Either mention it on a Tuesday night or drop me an email:
I look forward to collating your results!
Rob Court"

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