Race Rules

The Oakhaven Half Marathon will be held under UK Athletics rules.  In addition the following Race Rules shall apply and take priority:
  1. Entrants are required to abide by the Race Rules and marshals’ directions.  Entrants for the half marathon must be amateur, and 17 years or older on race date.
  2. Entries to the Oakhaven Half Marathon are personal to the applicant, and race numbers cannot be sold or given to another runner.  Any runner who competes in another person’s race number will be disqualified.  Transfer of race numbers is allowed prior to the event through the Race Organisers only with a fee of £2.
  3. No refund can be given if the race has to be cancelled or postponed due to circumstances outside the race organisers’ control.  All proceeds will be donated to Oakhaven Hospice Trust.
  4. The race organisers reserve the right to refuse or cancel applications, including duplicate applications, or alter the date of the event, the course route or distance.
  5. Discounted England Athletics Affiliated entries will only be available for registered members of athletic clubs with paid up affiliation to England Athletics for the current competition year.  Entrants claiming the EA discount whose affiliation fees are found on subsequent enquiry not to have been paid to the association (whether by the entrant or club) will be required to pay the surcharge of £2.00 on notice or to have their entry cancelled, subject to payment of a refund of £10.00
  6. To the extent permitted under the Unfair Contract Terms Act the race organisers, sponsors, charities, suppliers and/or their agents will not be liable for any injury, loss or expense which may arise in consequence of your participation in this event save as to negligence
  7. Entrants participate in the race at their own risk and undertake not to take part unless they are medically fit to run a half marathon and able to complete the course within 3 hours
  8. All runners are required to complete the personal, contact and health details form on the back of their race number. This is a requirement of participation and may be checked by race officials prior to the start.
  9. Runners starting the race more than 5 mins after the start time will run the course at their own risk and accept that race support may have been removed.
  10. No wheeled vehicles, dogs, following cycles, alcohol or tobacco allowed.  Please note supporters travelling to different points on the course by bike should only use roads and approved New Forest Nation Park cycle routes.  Please do not take cycles or cars onto private tracks in the forest
  11. The race organisation will take steps to prevent horse riders from entering the course.  Should a horse rider stray on the course and be unaware of your presence, runners should give verbal warnings in plenty of time when approaching from the rear and must be prepared to slow down or stop to protect the rider.
  12. The use of iPods or personal stereos is banned at this event.  If you go off course because you didn’t hear a marshal we may never find you!
  13. Littering is absolutely unacceptable.  The New Forest is a sensitive environment and suffers from excessive human pressure.  We need to respect the Forest and as a race organisation we and Oakhaven Hospice need to be welcomed back by the Forestry Commission in future years.  Every marshal will carry a bin bag so please carry the litter to the next marshal for disposal.  Any participant reported for litter offences will be excluded from the results and their entries will be refused in future years.
  14. Race marshals and medical team members have the authority to disqualify and remove any runner they consider to be acting dangerously, or to be unfit to compete
  15. Disqualified runners will be removed from the race results, banned from future Oakhaven Half Marathons and reported to UK Athletics
  16. Team Rules – We do not require competitors to wear official club or team vests.  Team results will be based on cumulative times (not places)
  17. Open Teams: 4 to score for men’s teams, 3 to score for ladies’ teams. Second claim rules apply
  18. Winners will receive only one overall or category prize and it will be the highest value prize they are entitled to.  The vet categories are defined as over a certain age.  Therefore a V50 can qualify for V40 or senior prizes etc. but will not be promoted at the expense of the lower age group unless the value of the prize is higher.
  19. All runners including overall or category prize winners will be eligible for spot prizes.
  20. Runners must be capable of finishing within 3 1/2 hours.  Any runners unable to keep above this pace will be asked to abandon the race and race support may be removed.
  21. Runners are required to give assistance to fallen runners, and to report any casualties immediately to the nearest first aid post or race marshal
  22. In the event of any dispute the decision of the Race Referee and Race Director shall be final
  23. Any Runner who goes through the finish line twice will only have their slowest time recorded.