Rules

Last updated –  September 25th 2017

Entry Rules

  1. Relay teams line up:
    • Male teams must register FOUR runners and may register FOUR reserve runners.
    • Female teams must register THREE runners and may register THREE reserve runners.
  2. Substitutions are not allowed. Only runners that are named at time of registration may run for that team.
  3. Runners may only run in one leg per race. If a team includes a runner who has already run a leg of the race, that team will be disqualified.
  4. Only registered clubs with Athletics Northern Ireland, UK Athletics or Athletics Ireland can enter.
  5. All runners on a team must be registered with the same club and registered with the equivalent athletics association.
  6. Runners aged 16 and over can participate in Senior races but only if they have been registered as Seniors and paid the appropriate Senior registration fee.
  7. Runners aged 35 and over can participate in Masters races.
  8. NEW – Runners aged 35 and over may run in the Senior and Masters race on the same day.
  9. Online entry ONLY for Relays – deadline 5pm Saturday September 30th. Online payment ONLY.
  10. Online entry ONLY for junior races – cash payment at registration on the day.
  11. Entry for primary school races is ONLY on the day − cash payment at registration on the day.

Rules of Running

  1. All competing athletes must follow instructions from all race officials and marshals.
  2. Club officials are required to ensure that information provided by OAC for participants, including Race Rules, Declaration Forms and information maps, is circulated to runners in advance of race day.
  3. Club officials and supporters must not obstruct the course – spectator areas are available.
  4. Club colours and vests must be worn.
  5. Running with headphones is not permitted as it is a Championship event.
  6. Race numbers must be worn on the front of running vests. Each leg will be designated by a different letter. Runners are responsible for ensuring that the correct number is worn for each leg.
  7. Start and finish pens will be in operation. Runners will be called to the start pen in advance of changeover and be called onto the course beside a start judge. It is the responsibility of each runner to ensure they are in place to be released by the starting judge.
  8. Athletes must not warm up on the running track. The inner trail and football pitches have been booked for athletes warming up and will be clearly sign posted on race day.
  9. Declaration Forms are required to validate entry on race day. Clubs agree to fill these out accurately and submit to registration officials within the deadline of 15 minutes prior to each race.
  10. Final team members and running order will be confirmed on the Declaration Forms and once submitted, team line up and running order MAY NOT be changed. Failure to comply will result in a runner or team being disqualified.
  11. There is a £200 cash prize for new male & female team course records awarded on the day.
  12. All runners in the Relay races will be chipped. It is the responsibility of each runner to ensure timing mats are crossed during race laps.
  13. Times for each Relay team and each leg will be recorded and published on the Orangegrove AC website after the event.
  14. Times for junior races will be recorded and published on the Orangegrove AC website after the event.
  15. No times will be recorded or published for primary school.

Championship Team Awards

  1. To be eligible for the Northern Ireland and Ulster Championships (9 Counties) all athletes must be registered with Athletics Northern Ireland or Athletics Ulster (via Athletics Ireland), further information regarding registration can be found in the UKA or Athletics Ireland competition rulebooks. Clubs should ensure that athletes are registered before entering to compete in a championship event. Clubs found to have fielded un-registered athletes will have those athletes disqualified.
  2. Championship medals will be made available for first 3 teams (M & F)
  3. Only clubs affiliated to Athletics Northern Ireland or Athletics Ireland that are based in Northern Ireland or Ulster (Monaghan, Cavan and Donegal) are eligible for team awards in the Championship.

Event Rules

  1. First aid cover will be provided by the Ambutran. Anyone requiring assistance should alert the nearest marshal or official.
  2. The Relay Event is being held in a public park, Victoria Park, which will remain open to the public throughout the Relay Event. Club officials, supporters and runners must respect all users of the park.
  3. Toilet facilities will be provided at the start area.
  4. Limited changing facilities available. Clubs may bring gazebos if they inform OAC and book a pitch.
  5. Car parking is limited. Please refer to maps for parking facilities on race day.
  6. Please do not litter the park. Place rubbish in bins or take home to recycle.