Race Rules

The 2018 UKA Relay Championships are run in accordance with FRA rules and also with some additional rules specifically for this relay race.

Team Captains are responsible for ensuring that all their runners not only know the race rules but also abide by them. Any runner failing to follow these rules will cause the disqualification of their team…..there are no exceptions!

  1. Minimum age of all competitors is 18 years old (on day of relay) apart from Leg 4, where the minimum age is 16 years old. Leg 4 will be flagged and marshalled in accordance with the standard expected for Junior FRA races.
  2. Team members must be 1st claim runners for their club and wear club vests
  3. All runners must carry a compass and whistle as well as waterproof full body cover (taped seams and attached hood), hat and gloves and emergency food. This is the MINIMUM clothing requirement for each runner and the organisers may add additional items depending on weather conditions, so come prepared.
  4. Legs 1,2 and 4 will be provided with a map and this must be carried on each leg. The pair running Leg 3 will receive their map after they have started their leg.
  5. Bumbags/rucsacs/kit cannot be passed on at changeover.
  6. Kit checks will be carried out in accordance with FRA Rules….it is up to Team Captains to make sure all their runners carry appropriate gear.
  7. Parts of the race route are over exposed and technically challenging ground and all competitors take part at their own risk. It is advised that all runners have competed in at least one ‘Category A’ fell race.
  8. Runners on the ‘pairs’ legs 2 and 3 must stay in pairs at all times. This means within close sight & hearing distance (not shouting!)
  9. It is the duty of all competitors to help any runner in need of assistance.
  10. Any person or team retiring must declare so to the organisers at the Start / Finish.
  11. Please observe the Country Code. Clambering over walls, crossing private land, leaving gates open etc is against the spirit of fell running and the rules of this event and will result in your team being disqualified. Dogs are not allowed to run either, even if they are on a Lead!
  12. Each checkpoint must be visited by all runners. SPORTident timing is used and teams must dib in the recording box sited at each checkpoint. Runners must wear their race number on their chest and show it to marshals when asked – this is how we monitor the race.
  13. All teams must consist of 6 different runners – no doubling up on different legs.
  14. Leg 4 will be fully flagged. Legs 1 and 2 will be partially flagged. Yellow flags denote an advisory route (probably the fastest line) but do not have to be followed. It is compulsory to follow any red flags on the route. Where there are no flags, runners are free to choose their own route.
  15. A special note on GPS. As with all races organised by Ambleside AC, the use of certain navigation aids is NOT ALLOWED. To be very clear:
  • You are allowed to wear or carry a GPS device
  • You are allowed to use your GPS device to record your route
  • You are allowed to have distance / altitude displayed on your device
  • You are not allowed to follow a pre-loaded GPS route or ‘bread crumb trail’
  • You are not allowed to have a map displayed on your GPS device
  • You are not allowed to load GPS checkpoints onto your device

In an Emergency situation you may of course use any GPS function to navigate yourself safely off the mountain or to aid rescue. In doing so you must declare yourself as a non-competitive runner to the Organisers at the Start / Finish. Any runner seen or to be found using GPS as a navigation aid in a non-emergency situation will have their team disqualified and be reported to the FRA.

  1. All competitors must have read & accept the following standard FRA disclaimer statement:

I understand that this race is held in accordance with both the Rules and Safety Requirements of the F.R.A. I confirm that I am aware of the organiser’s information and requirements in connection with this race, & that I have read, & will abide by the rules set out in the Safety Rules document. I accept the hazards involved in fell running and acknowledge that I am entering and running this race at my own risk. Other that the organiser’s liability for causing death or personal injury by negligence, I confirm that I understand that the organiser accepts no liability to me for any loss or damage of any nature to myself or my property arising out of my participation in this race.

Mass starts

The event starts at 11.00am.

In order to keep the event to time mass starts will be imposed for legs 3 and 4 after leading teams in all categories have gone through change over.  Mass start timing will reflect conditions on the day and will be planned so that all teams finish the event.  Cut off times will also be imposed by the race organisers, and teams may be withdrawn to ensure that the event can finish on time and not put marshals at risk.

Timing and safety

Chip timing is being used and teams must register at the recording boxes, sited at each checkpoint. Runners must wear their race number on their chest and show the number to marshals when asked. This enables runners to be monitored and safety maintained.

The event is a senior competition for athletes aged 18 and over, but suitably experienced juniors aged 16-17 may run leg 4.

Parts of the course are over technically challenging ground and all competitors take part at their own risk. It is the duty of all competitors to help any runners who is in need of assistance.


Maps for legs 1, 2 and 4 will be provided to team captains at registration. Maps for the navigation Leg 3 will be available after the run out from the field. On Leg 4 it will be mandatory for runners to follow the flags. On Leg 1 and 2 the optimal route will be flagged but they are for guidance only. Navigational skill will be required on all legs particularly in the event of poor visibility. Pairs must stay together and be in easy communication on their legs. This is particularly important in poor visibility. Failure to do so will mean disqualification of the whole team.

Checkpoints will be marked on the race maps for each leg. Each checkpoint must be visited by both runners on the paired legs.

Knowledge, fitness and experience

This year it will primarily be the team captains who have the responsibility to confirm all team members have the required knowledge, fitness and experience to cope with an A Category hill/fell race. Race entries will be vetted by the organising committee.  Captains will be required to submit all leg runners onto SPORTident by midnight on Thursday 18th October.

Clubs must be affiliated to UK Athletics and all competitors must be first claim members of the club they are representing. All runners must wear their club vest, and runners must comply with the UKA Rules of Competition – The Runners’ Rules – which are contained in the FRA handbook.

Required kit for all legs is based on the mandatory FRA kit list as a minimum (Waterproof whole body cover with hood and taped seams, hat, gloves, map and compass suitable for navigating the course, whistle and food / emergency rations). The organisers may insist extra equipment is carried if weather conditions make this necessary. Random kit checks will take place before and after each leg, but it is expected that team captains check that members of their team have the required equipment. Handing over a bumbag with equipment at the end and beginning of legs is not allowed.

Prize Categories

The Championship categories for which British Athletics medals are awarded are: Open men, Open women, Veteran 40 men and women. There will be prizes for Vet 50 men and Women, and for a mixed team (3 men and 3 women) subject to sufficient entries in these categories.