Do not attend if you are unwell or self isolating.
Parking for athletes and supporters is available in Tommy
Patton Park (Inveravry Avenue, Holywood Road, BT4 1RN), access
to park via railway bridge and enter via Sydenham bypass gate.
OR Airport Road - access to park via Sam Thomson Bridge.
Parking in Victoria Park is limited and is reserved for
volunteers, officials and local residents.
Registration is in the marquee just past the bowling pavilion and
opens at 11am. We would appreciate if just one person from each
club could collect the race packs for all of their teams.
Race packs will contain race numbers (4 and lettered A,B,C,D),
pins, timing chips, race rules, declaration form.
Declaration forms must be returned at the latest 20 minutes before
the start of the race. 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.
Toilets - near start finish area and in changing rooms on the
island (subject to Council's permission).
Changing facilities available on the island. Any items left in the
changing rooms are left there at your own risk.
Gazebos - if you wish to bring your club gazebo, we would suggest
leaving this off at the Sydenham bypass entrance (at your own
risk, this area will not be supervised) and then collected after
you have parked in one of the above areas.
Refreshments - water will be available at the finish for
competitors. There will be a coffee van selling drinks and snacks
parked near the registration area.
Please remember that the event is in a public park which will
remain open to the public throughout the event. You must respect
all users of the park. Please do not litter the park.
12:00pm - Masters Women
1:00pm - Masters Men
2:00pm - Senior Women
3:00pm - Senior Men
Relay teams must register FOUR runners and may register FOUR
Substitutions are NOT allowed. Only runners that are named at time
of registration may run for that team.
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
Only registered clubs with Athletics Northern Ireland, UK
Athletics or Athletics Ireland can enter.
All runners on a team must be registered with the same club and
registered with the equivalent athletics association
Runners over 16 and over can participate in senior races but only
if they have been registered as Seniors and paid the appropriate
Senior registration fee.
Runners aged 35 and over can participate in Masters races
Runners aged 35 and over may run in the Senior and Masters race on
the same day
Online entry ONLY, Online payment ONLY. Entry will close on 25th
September at midnight -
Rules of Running
All competing athletes must follow instructions from all race
officials and marshals.
Club officials are required to ensure that information provided by
VPCAC for participants, including Race Rules and Declaration
forms, is circulated to runners in advance of race day
Club officials and supporters must not obstruct the course.
Club colours and vests must be worn
Head phones are not permitted.
Race numbers must be worn on front of running vests. Each leg will
be designated by a different letter after the race number. Runners
are responsible for ensuring that the correct race number/ letter
is worn for each leg, eg first leg runner’s race number has an
‘A’, 2nd has a ‘B’ etc.
Start and finish pens will be in operation. Runners will be called
to 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
Athletes must not warm up on the running track. The inner trail
and football pitches will be available for warming up.
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 20 minutes prior to
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.
All runners will be chipped. It is the responsibility of each
runner to ensure timing mats are crossed during race laps
Times for each team and leg will be published after the event.
There will be a cash prize for the fastest leg runner in each
race, this will be posted out after the event.
Championship Team awards
The 2022 edition of the NI and Ulster Championship is an open
championship. 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
Championship medals will be presented to first 3 teams in each
A cash prize of £100 will be awarded to the 1st finishing team in
each race. A cash prize for the fastest leg runner in each race
will be posted out after the event. To be eligible, participating
clubs and athletes must be registered with Athletics NI or any
member organisation of UKA or Athletics Ireland.
First aid cover will be provided by Ambutran. Anyone requiring
assistance should alert the nearest marshal or official
The event is being held in a public park which will remain open to
the public throughout the event. Club officials, supporters and
runners must respect all users of the park.
Toilet facilities will be provided at the start area and on the
island in the changing rooms (subject to Council's permission)
Clubs may bring gazebos.
Please do not litter the park
Appeals must be made within 30 minutes of the official results
being announced for the event, verbally to the Race Referee by the
athlete or an authorised person representing the athlete
The Race Referee may decide on the appeal OR may refer the matter
to the Jury of Appeal. If the race referee makes a decision, there
is the right to appeal to the Jury.
An appeal to the Jury of Appeal must be made in writing within 30
minutes of the Race Referee’s decision, signed by a responsible
official on behalf of the athlete and shall be complied with a
deposit (£50) that will be forfeited if the appeal is not upheld.
The Jury of Appeal will consist of 3 independent members including
a Chairman& Secretary. The Jury of Appeal would meet within one
week of the event to review the appeals.
Athletes aged 16 and over can participate in Senior race but only
if registered with ANI as Seniors and have paid the appropriate
higher Senior Registration fee.
What are the age cut offs for the Masters Relay?
Athletes wishing to compete in the Masters Relay must be at least
35 on the day of the event.
The form asks me to enter 8 runners but I don’t have 8 runners
Without a named reserve you will not be able to substitute in
another runner. A person can be named as a reserve for more than 1
team but can only race for 1 of those teams on the day. Refunds
cannot be given for failure to field a full team on the day. You
can still enter the event as long as you register a minimum of 4
One of my team is not registered with ANI, can I still enter them?