The first English Fell Running Championships were held in the 1986 season, based on results in various fell races of different lengths over the year.
The winners have been as follows.
|1986||Dave Cartridge||Carol Haigh|
|1987||Bob Whitfield||Vanessa Brindle|
|1988||Shaun Livesey||Clare Crofts|
|1989||Gary Devine||Clare Crofts|
|1990||Shaun Livesey||Cheryl Cook|
|1991||Gavin Bland||Cheryl Cook|
|1992||Brian Thompson||Jacky Smith|
|1993||Mark Croasdale||Carol Greenwood|
|1994||Mark Kinch||Andrea Priestley|
|1995||Mark Kinch||Sarah Rowell|
|1996||Ian Holmes||Sarah Rowell|
|1997||Mark Roberts||Mari Todd|
|1998||Ian Holmes||Angela Brand-Barker|
|1999||Gavin Bland||Janet King|
|2000||Ian Holmes||Sally Newman|
|2001||Cancelled due to foot-and-mouth outbreak|
|2002||Ian Holmes||Andrea Priestley|
|2003||Ian Holmes||Louise Sharp|
|2004||Simon Bailey||Louise Sharp|
|2005||Simon Bailey and Rob Hope||Sally Newman|
|2006||Rob Jebb||Natalie White|
|2007||Simon Bailey||Janet McIver|
|2008||Rob Jebb||Natalie White|
|2009||Simon Bailey||Philippa Jackson|
|2013||Simon Bailey||Victoria Wilkinson and Helen Fines|
|2014||Tom Addison||Victoria Wilkinson|
|2015||Simon Bailey||Victoria Wilkinson|
|2016||Simon Bailey||Victoria Wilkinson|
|2017||Sam Tosh||Victoria Wilkinson|
|2018||Carl Bell||Kelli Roberts|
|2019||Carl Bell||Kelli Roberts|
|2020||Cancelled due to Covid-19|
|2021||Billy Cartwright||Hannah Horsburgh|
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