Road Race Licensing Process



Applications for Road Race licences must now be submitted online, at This Site, and will be processed by a regional panel. The position of County Licence Officer for Avon (this is a UKA appointment, not an Avon AA post) is currently vacant, but in case of query contact Gavin Lightwood.


Our Road Running Coordinator (position currently vacant) will be available to advise local Road Race promoters on the licensing process but has no say in the issue or non-issue of licences.



Road Race Risk Assessments


The process of gaining a Permit for your Road Race now includes doing (or having done for you) a Risk Assessment.


It's not as bad as it sounds: a lot of it is stating on a form the sort of checks which the conscientious Race Organiser will be carrying out in his / her mind when planning a race (including hazards on the competitors' route to and from the start and finish). There are people in the County who have attended the recent UK Athletics Seminars on the subject and who may be available to help (no charge, but petrol expenses would be appreciated).


And if the worst happens, and there is an accident during the race? If you can produce the completed Risk Assessment document, and show that you have done what you can to reduce any "High" or "Medium" risk categories to "Low", then you are in a much stronger position if the legal fur and feathers start flying. If you have not done any Risk Assessment (the "Oh well, it's only a Fun Run" approach maybe) then things might be rather more problematical.


You can get more details of the Risk Assessment process, and download the required form,
at the UK Athletics Web Site



Road Racing -- Police Involvement?


Some novice organisers think: "Oh, a race on public roads. I'd better go along and see the local Police ...". This statement from the Association of Chief Police Officers explains what the Police can (or more accurately, won't or can't) do for you.