Race Co-ordinator Kevin Hardwick looks after everything race related at Pudsey Runners & Walkers.
If you want a race featuring with us then please contact him directly. Have a look at our Facebook group as races are posted as events if you click the going button so that we know how many runners are hoping to take part in each race.
After the race please email him your time at firstname.lastname@example.org along with any race related photos and comments so that he can add them to our facebook page.
CHANGING RACE ENTRIES
From time to time the issue of 'swapping' race entries comes up: person A has entered a race in advance but can't do it for one reason or another, person B wants to do the race but has not got an entry. So person B wants to run in person A's number.
Some races do not allow race numbers to be swapped to another person. If you do that anyway and break the race rules (creating potential logistical and safety problems) you are also breaking the Rules of UK Athletics and that is quite serious. If a race organiser becomes aware of such a breach they are obliged to take disciplinary action against both runners. Unfortunately, the possible consequences include:
the race organiser may ban either or both runners from entering the race in future years
the Pudsey Runners Committee may be obliged to investigate the complaint and take disciplinary action, which is unpleasant for everyone and a poor use of Committee time
in some cases the regional association may impose a lengthy region-wide race ban on the individual
if it is a FRA fell race the FRA Disciplinary Committee may take action, including a possible racing ban
You are advised not to offer or take a race number without the explicit permission of the race organiser and the race entry details being updated.
WEARING OF HEADPHONES
From 1 April 2016 a new rule regarding the wearing of head phones in road races was introduced into the 2016-2018 edition of the UKA Rules of Competition.
"The wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted in races on any single carriageway road that is not wholly closed to traffic.
This restriction does not apply to races held on dual carriageways provided that there are clear, structured separations between the separate carriageways. Competition Providers of races held entirely on roads closed to traffic may apply this condition where appropriate to local circumstances."
Race Directors may apply the condition to any race where they consider the wearing of headphones to be a hazard - including, for example, where runners must be able to hear marshals' instructions or on a lap course, and UKA will support the race director where that local condition is applied.
Enforcement of this rule is a matter for the race director and referee and disqualification of runners who choose to ignore it is an option.
Race Directors should state at the point of entry and in all pre-race publicity whether or not headphones are banned because failure to do so could result in many runners appearing on the day expecting to run with them.
The rule book is available for reference at Rules of Competition or to buy from Harry Hitchcock Ltd, Lyon House, 16 Lyon Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey, KT12 3PU; 01932 225591