Races & Events Reminder

Important Reminder re Races & Events

Scottish Athletics have issued the following statement to clubs and Club Secretary Yvonne McNairn would like to draw this to everyone’s attention.

“Following an incident last week at a Scottish Athletics licensed event, we just want to remind all athletes that the swapping of race numbers is strictly prohibited.

For organisers, this often-innocent practice can cause huge headaches, if they either do not allow transfers, or are not at least aware of them. Problems arise most often if that runner is taken ill during an event. The back of a race number usually carries their medical information or it is certainly detailed within the race director’s database. If that does occur, the risks are very real and potentially life threatening, as has been evidenced in other countries in recent years.

It can also impact on team positions, even if an athlete does not compete in a team event, they may inadvertently have an indirect impact on finishing positions in other teams. Also, where entries are full and waiting lists have been created, you could be keeping someone away from a competition opportunity where they legitimately deserve that place.

It is also worth recognising that within Run Britain rankings or other data used within events, it does not provide accurate data on the individuals taking part.

Whilst we will work with event organisers to try to create processes (eg swapping policies where practical), Scottish Athletics will operate a zero tolerance policy on any athletes caught behaving in this manner, and sanctions may apply.

If you have any queries please feel free to contact the Scottish Athletics Events Team.”