COVID-19 - Advice for Competition Providers

12/03/2020 00:00, In Blog /

Event Postponements & rearrangements

We're aware a number of events are likely to need to be postponed and rearranged. Please contact us to discuss new dates before finalising and publicising any dates - we are keen to avoid fixture clashes where possible in what will become an even more congested calendar.

If you are cancelling your event this year then please contact and the race will be cancelled on the runbritain system and removed from the Race Listing page. There is no licence fee due for cancelled races and the deposit payment for the licence application can be deferred to next year. If your race is cancelled, you will need to arrange refunds of entry fees or deferrals to next year’s race.

UKA Statement

If you are a Competition Provider / Race Organiser, please read the below guidance issued by UK Athletics:

Dear Competition Providers

The spread of Coronavirus is increasing in the UK. While current numbers are still small it is likely these will increase. The UK plans are led by the Public Health England (PHE) and on the 3rd March 2020 the government published an action plan as a guide of what to expect across the UK. This considers what is known about the virus and what is in place to contain it and prevent spread. This is available on this link:  

To reduce the risk to all the athletics community, UKA will be working with the Home Country Federations to review the latest government guidance relating to events and activities that are licenced by UKA.  As competition providers and the organisers of the events, the following information will be of use to you:

Event Insurance

  • Please note that UK Athletics’ Public Liability insurance does not cover cancellation of events.  Any organiser who has taken out event insurance will need to check with their own broker or provider.  For reference, click here to read what our insurance does cover.   

Good respiratory hygiene

  • regular hand washing for 20secs.  If you have no access to wash your hands, use of anti-bacterial wipes or gel
  • not touching your face, sneezing into your elbow is still the best advice to prevent spread of all viruses, including Coronavirus

Additional Resources

 Any further updates will be posted on the UK Athletics website.