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

Changes to UKA Rules for Competition 2022 – 2024

UKA invite submissions from affiliated organisations for changes to UKA Rules for Competition 2022 – 2024. Details of the process can be found in the Timeline document that accompanies this note. All submissions must be made through the link which is on the Timeline by the closing date of 31st July 2021.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss a proposal, please contact

Rules Consultation Timeline – 2022

Combined Events Scoring Guidance – March 2021

A number of options are available for scoring Combined Events competitions as determined by the nature of the event, age group and the Competition Provider. Please click here to view guidance that explains those options and provides links to help determine the most appropriate method for each competition.

Rule Book Sales

UK Athletics Rules for Competition are published every two years and copies are available to buy at Neuff Athletics Equipment:, Email and Telephone 01752 893742.

UKA Rules for Competition 2020 – 2022 Incorporating World Athletics Rules (updated May 2021)

UKA Rules 2020 – 2022 Summary of Changes

UKA Rules for Competition – Supplementary Guidance Notes (updated June 2021) 

UKA Rules 2020 – 2022 – FAQ May 2020

IAAF Amendments for circulation to officials

U18 Steeplechase Rule Statement

U18 Barrier Height Adaptation (updated February 2021)

World Athletics Shoes Rule T5 (formerly 143)

Duties of Officials – Previously part of Appendix 3 – 2020


The World Athletics Shoe Rule introduced in July 2020, reference TR5.2 – 5.6, 5.12 and 5.13, does apply to competitions in the UK and athletes who wear shoes listed by World Athletics as not compliant with the Rules will be liable to disqualification and any records set will not be ratified.

Where a Call Room is operated it is the responsibility of the Call Room Manager to apply appropriate checks on equipment.  At other events the Referee will resolve any issues.

In case of doubt the list of shoes that are approved and not approved are detailed in the World Athletics documents that follow this note.

World Athletics Shoe Compliance List

World Athletics letter – List of approved shoes

World Athletics – Book of Rules

A set of useful FAQs relating to the implementation of the world athletics shoe rule is now available to view UKA World Athletics Shoe Rule FAQs June 2021


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.