Club policy on wearing headphones.

In races, the wearing of headphones is mainly prohibited and you will be disqualified if seen. Organisers state in their entry procedures whether headphones are allowed.The rulebook says

UKA RULE 240 S 5 UKA SUPPLEMENT – HEADPHONES The wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted in races on any single carriageway road that is not wholly closed to traffic. This restriction does not apply to races held on dual carriageways provided that there are clear, structured separations between the separate carriageways. Competition Providers of races held entirely on roads closed to traffic may apply this condition where appropriate to local circumstances.

240 S5 Use of headphones - Headphones that work by conducting sound through bones and do not sit in the ears are acceptable. Hearing is not affected as the ears are not blocked.

On club training nights, members are advised not to wear headphones. Our insurers say  "We will be expecting athletes to follow the guidance given.  Having said that, the insurance will apply  if there is legal liability, subject to the policy condition to take all reasonable precautions to prevent injury."

Club policy on transferring race numbers

Running a race using somebody else's number without informing the organiser is strictly prohibited. The race organiser may not allow number transfers. Running in somebody else's name apart from being against the rules damages the integrity of the results, can affect team results and age category winners and have health and safety implications in the event of an accident.  Any member known to run in another runner's number will be subject to club sanctions from the club. You may also be banned from taking part in other races as outlined below.

RULE 143 S 2 UKA SUPPLEMENT - ATHLETE BIBS (PREVIOUSLY UKA RULE 18, 103 & 209) (1) Every athlete shall be provided with at least one bib which shall normally be worn on the breast and show a suitable identification number or name. (2) Road Races (i) There should be provision for medical information and contact details on the reverse of the bib for prior completion by the athlete. (ii) In Road Relays every athlete must wear the supplied bib(s), which must serve to identify the team and should also identify the stage that the athlete is running. (iii) Numbers are issued to the individual athlete completing the application form except with the specific authority of the Competition Provider. Athletes who receive transferred numbers without permission will be disqualified from the race. Both runners will be subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate National Association. (vi) A runner must retire immediately if ordered to do so by a medical officer of the race. (v) Runners who retire from a race must not remove their bib until they have reported to an official as having retired from the race.

We tend to adopt England Athletics policies on more general matters, e.g. welfare, disability, discrimination etc etc.
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