6th November 2020

Competing in Licensed Events – Statement from UKA and the HCAFs

During the unprecedented landscape created by the current pandemic, UKA and the HCAFs are advising that athletes of all levels ensure that the competitions and races they participate in are UKA or runbritain licensed events, or have completed the relevant home country governing body license process. Events licensed formally through these processes are required to adhere to strict guidelines to ensure safety of all those involved.

UKA and other NGBs have been required to produce Covid-19 specific guidelines for their sports which are aligned to the DCMS Framework for the return of outdoor events. As well as these guidelines, the HCAFs and runbritain have produced a number of other documents to advise and ensure that event and race organisers are as informed as possible of the issues to be considered when staging competition under Covid-19.

In addition, licensing of an event through UKA or runbritain ensures inclusion in the runbritain or UKA online calendar, fixtures lists and results services including Power of 10.

Not all races and events are licensed by UKA, and if in doubt please check. We are aware of a small amount of events and races that do not license through UKA taking place that are not applying fully the requirements to stage an event in accordance with Government guidelines.

Finally, please note that all licenses issued for events in this current lockdown have been cancelled or postponed. No competitions should be taking place at any location in England during this period. For information around guidelines in your area please refer to your respective Home Country Athletics Federation.