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Rules Of Competition


Athletics has a set of rules for Competition and a series of official notification periods for proposed changes to them.

UK Athletics governs the Rules for Competition for the following disciplines:

  • Track and Field Competition

  • Road Running Competition

  • Cross Country Running
  • Fell and Hill Running
  • Race Walking
  • Trail Running

The UK Athletics Rules for Competition are published every two years.

2014-16 UKA Rules for Competition

The 2014-16 UKA Rules for Competition is attached below. 

  • The omission of Under 13 Girls Javelin specification (Rule 139) from the printed version of the Rule Book has been corrected in this copy.
  • Corrections have been made to Hurdles specifications for Masters’ competition (Rule 116)

  • Implement weights and age groups for Masters’ throws have been reviewed to correspond with Masters’ rules for competition.

The Rule Book may be downloaded through this link but if printing please be aware that it has approximately 200 pages.

In addition to the rules contained in the above publication, there are also separate rules relating to anti-doping. These can be found in the Anti-doping section.

Clarification on rule concerning representative vests:

Vests which can be worn at individual English County, Scottish District, Welsh Regional and National Championships (but excluding Road  Running) under Rule 17.3 are:

  • Home Country (including Schools)

  • County (including Schools)

  • Area (Territorial)

  • City Representation

  • First Claim Affiliated Club

  • University

IPC Athletics Rules and Regulations

Please visit the IPC website for the most up to date information relating to disability athletics competitions or follow this link to view the IPC document





Rules Change Consultation 

In May 2015 UKA set out their timelines for considering Rule changes in advance of the publication of the 2016 Rule book.  The final stage of consultation is now open and your thoughts on the proposals presented in the following documents will be welcomed and appreciated.