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Golden Rules

‘The Golden Rules’ for race competitors.’

In the light of recent changes to the ‘FRA SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR FELL RACES’, which includes much tighter organisation and safety monitoring, we have produced a short list of items that you can help us with to make races run smoothly and help ensure everyone is safe at the end.

You are reminded that runners are responsible for all aspects of their own safety, before, during , and after the race including deciding to take part!

1:- You must register in person.
Reason:- So your kit can be checked beforehand and there is no potential miscount, by being registered twice.

2:- If you register and don’t start the race , you must return your number to race control and officially retire.
Reason:- We have to account for every person who enters the race to make sure they are safe.

3:-If you travel alone and don’t know anybody, inform registration, who will mark you race number. When you finish, you will be automatically deregistered by a separate team.
Reason:- If there is an error at the finish and you are not counted in for whatever reason, we need to know you are safe.

4:-Make sure the emergency contact number you give is aware of where you are and has their phone switched on. As soon as possible after you finish the race, contact them to let them know you are safe.
Reason:- If there is an error at the finish and you are not counted in for any reason we need to find out quickly whether you are safe or not.

5:- If you retire or are timed out on the course you must return your number to race control and officially retire.
Reason:- We have to account for every person who enters the race to make sure they are safe.

6:- Approaching a checkpoint make sure your race number is clearly visible to marshals and do not shout your number out unless instructed to do so.
Reason:- Many people shouting numbers at once can cause confusion and errors in recording numbers.

7:- If you travel to the race with other people, make sure you account for each other at the finish. If one of your party becomes overdue, inform race control.
Reason:-  So they can look through checkpoint recordings as soon as possible to find out the last point of contact.

8:- You must carry the minimum kit required by the FRA safety requirements, and are strongly recommended to carry any extra kit (eg lightweight foil bivi bag) and food that you need to survive unsupported, until you finish or reach safety.
Reason:- Many runners fail to realise that the specified kit is not to keep them comfortable whilst running, but to keep them alive for longer should they become immobile due to injury or looking after someone who is injured.

9:- If you do not have the experience necessary to navigate around the course, or are not fully fit, consider carefully whether you should enter the race.
Reason:- Once out on the course, your safety is your responsibility alone.