9th March 2021


Following on from amendments to Rule 5 of the Technical Rules issued by World Athletics, UK Athletics can confirm the full implementation of the rule to all UK competitions held under UKA rules in relation to the use of shoes for competition.

For the wording of the amended World Athletics Rule, please follow this link.

While World Athletics require that the amendments apply to all ‘Senior or Junior National Championships’ and are not mandated to be applied below this level, after consultation with the Technical Advisory Group and others, the UKA Rules Group has determined that it is appropriate that the amendments to the Rule should apply to all competitions held under UKA Rules both as a matter of fairness and also due to the range of events within the UK where qualifying marks, selection standards and records can be set.

A list of World Athletics approved shoes can be viewed via the following link

Adhering to these rules is therefore a sport-wide responsibility that starts primarily with the athlete. Whilst the excellent officials working within our sport will be part of this process, athletes will need to take responsibility to ensure that their shoes conform to the Rules and understand that event officials will have the right to check shoes and take appropriate action. Any queries should be communicated to rules@britishathletics.org.uk .

Our thanks go to the UKA Rules Group and the UKA Technical Advisory Group for their consideration of this matter and to athletes of all levels for their future cooperation in following these rules.