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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.

2016-18 UKA Rules for Competition


Click here to view a summary of the main rule changes.

Click here to view UKA Rules for Competition 2016 supplementary guidance notes April 2016.

Click here to view UKA Rules for Competition 2016 supplementary guidance notes September 2016.

 UKA Rules for Competition have been merged with IAAF Rules and renumbered accordingly. All specific UKA Domestic Rules are shown in blue and where common rules previously applied across disciplines, these have been merged under one heading: for example you will find all age group rules under Rule 141.

Copies are available from Harry Hitchcock Ltd, Lyon House, 16 Lyon Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey, KT12 3PU; 01932 225591; hhltd@btconnect.com

A “Frequently Asked Questions” document has been prepared to address questions as they are raised and this is available here. It will be updated regularly as further questions are received at rules@uka.org.uk .


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.