Whilst the ROs and EHR try to cover the key points for competitors, you may need more information than we have provided. Feel free to tell us. It is important we know.
The responsibility for a competitor’s decision to participate in a race is theirs alone. Hill running is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore involves an element of risk.
Fell runners should:
- be aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event.
- be responsible for the safety of themselves and their other property whilst in the event area before, during and after the event.
- accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions.
- have deemed themselves fit enough, experienced enough and sufficiently equipped to compete in the event.
- be aware that the provision of a race management team including marshalls, officials and volunteers by the organiser does not relieve competitors of their own responsibilities
- consider that the provision of any search and rescue cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances.
Please remember that the Race Organisers are putting a lot of work in to provide you with some fantastic events in which to take part. Familiarise yourself with the Rules of Competition and the Safety Rules in place for the event.
The philosophy of hill running is that for senior competitors, you the runner are primarily responsible for your own safety whilst competing.
It is essential that you understand the race organisers directions regards:
- Minimum kit requirements stipulated
- Retirement procedures
- Specific Race instructions that may be issued prior to or on race day.
Ultimate responsibility for a junior competitor and whether they have the sufficient skills and experience to deal with the demands of the event is in the hands of the parent or guardian who is attending the event and has approved the entry of the junior.
Race Organisers promoting their events on the EHR website are expected to provide reasonable levels of pre-race information. This is important information for all competitors, published in advance of each event and updated as necessary on the day of the event.
It is important that you are aware of this information and make the judgement as to whether you are able to cope with the demands of the event. It is also crucial that you check for any updates that are published either approaching or on the day of the event.
You the Competitor must make the judgement as to whether you are able and equipped to cope with the demands of the event.
Certain races require previous hill running experience or perhaps general endurance running experience. Please ensure that you are fully aware of the ROs advice and only enter when you are confident that you are of an appropriate standard.
If you have any doubt about your experience to compete in a specific race then you probably shouldn’t take part. Contact the relevant race organiser to outline your hill running history and discuss with the organiser if the race is suitable for your level of experience and fitness. Be realistic and truthful about your current level of experience and fitness.
Anyone who competes in any fell races should have the necessary skills to cope with the navigational problems which may occur, whatever the weather.
In most fell races navigational skills are essential in order to find your own way round the course. The acquisition of these navigation skills is the responsibility of the competitor and you should have the skills to navigate around the route without markings and marshalls. The Race Organisers endeavour to provide you with sufficient information to be able to do that.
As well as navigating yourself round the route, an important factor to bear in mind is that if you are injured or ill you may need to get yourself off the hill safely and quickly, without the assistance of others, and so escape route planning may be important.
Events have differing rules for kit, you should make yourself aware of those rules and abide by them.
As a general rule competitors including juniors should arrive at races prepared to carry all of the following equipment:
- Adequate whole body cover to protect against hypothermia or heat exhaustion/dehydration in the severest conditions likely on the day.
- Map of the race route and compass suitable for navigating the course.
- Emergency food and/or fluids as needed for the conditions
- Any items specific to the individual competitor’s needs.
Hypothermia is dangerous. Competitors should be aware that if circumstances cause a runner to stop or slow to a walking pace then body heat is lost quickly. In cold, wet or windy weather the onset of hypothermia can be very rapid unless sufficient warm clothing is worn. This fact influences decisions on the equipment that Race Organisers may recommend for runners to carry in poor or unsettled weather conditions.
Race Organisers advisory equipment is usually a MINIMUM requirement. Ultimate responsibility for what Kit is carried lies with the Competitor. Take responsibility and please carry the right kit.
Heat exhaustion / dehydration are also dangerous and you should be aware of the risk and precautions you should take.
If a competitor decides to retire (including not starting after collecting race identification at registration) please follow the procedures set out by the RO unless not in a position to do so. This is likely to include advising appropriate officials of their retirement.