NI and Ulster Road Relay Championship 2021

Saturday 25th September 2021

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Race day instructions

  1. Do not attend if you are unwell or self isolating.
  2. Parking:
    • 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Race packs will contain race numbers (4 and lettered A,B,C,D), pins, timing chips, race rules, declaration form.
  5. 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.
  6. Toilets - near start finish area and in changing rooms on the island.
  7. Changing facilities available on the island. Any items left in the changing rooms are left there at your own risk.
  8. 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.
  9. Refreshments - water, bananas and Avonmore protein milk will be available at the finish for competitors. There will be a coffee van selling drinks and snacks parked near the registration area.
  10. 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.

Race times

  • 12:00pm - Masters Women
  • 1:00pm - Masters Men
  • 2:00pm - Senior Women
  • 3:00pm - Senior Men

Entry Rules

  1. Relay teams must register FOUR runners and may register FOUR 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 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.
  7. Runners aged 35 and over can participate in Masters races
  8. Runners aged 35 and over may run in the Senior and Masters race on the same day
  9. Online entry ONLY, Online payment ONLY. Entry will close on 17th September at 12 noon - Enter online

Rules of Running

  1. All competing athletes must follow instructions from all race officials and marshals. Athletes must comply to current ANI guidance re COVID 19.
  2. Club officials are required to ensure that information provided by VPCAC for participants, including Race Rules, Declaration forms and maps, is circulated to runners in advance of race day
  3. Club officials and supporters must not obstruct the course. They should comply to current COVID 19 guidance.
  4. Club colours and vests must be worn
  5. Head phones are not permitted.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 judge
  8. Athletes must not warm up on the running track. The inner trail and football pitches will be available for warming up.
  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 20 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. All runners will be chipped. It is the responsibility of each runner to ensure timing mats are crossed during race laps
  12. 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

  1. To be eligible for the NI and Ulster Championship (9 counties), all athletes must be registered with ANI or Athletics Ulster (via Athletics Ireland), further information re this can be found in UKA and 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 presented to first 3 teams in each race.
  3. 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.

Event Rules

  1. First aid cover will be provided by Ambutran. Anyone requiring assistance should alert the nearest marshal or official
  2. 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.
  3. Toilet facilities will be provided at the start area ( and on the island in the changing rooms)
  4. Clubs may bring gazebos.
  5. Car parking is limited. More information re parking will be released closer to the event.
  6. Please do not litter the park
  7. Do not attend if you are unwell. We will be following current ANI guidance re Covid 19

Appeals

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

FAQs

Where does the event take place?
Victoria Park, East Belfast
How do I enter?
Entry is online via ANI website - Enter online
What is closing date?
17th September 2021 at 12 noon.
How much does it cost?
£30 per team
How do I pay?
Online payment when you register
What are the distances?
4 x 3380m
What are the age cut offs?
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 runners.
One of my team is not registered with ANI, can I still enter them?
No