Rules, Awards and UTMB

Rules, Awards and UTMB

This page contains the concise information about a couple of particularly important race rules, the awarding of medals and information about UTMB points.

Race Rules


The Ridgeway Challenge is held under UK Athletic Rules for Competition.  Both start times are governed by these rules.




There is general rule 144 3 (a) stating that "pacing" by someone not participating in the race counts as assistance and is therefore not allowed.


This remains the case in the Ridgeway Challenge 86 Miles. Pacers are not allowed.  Athletes are liable to disqualification should a pacer be used.


Use of Poles


There is a specific rule for the use of poles (see also 144 (d))


Rule 252 2

(d) If specifically permitted by the Organisers, athletes may use poles such as hiking poles.


The Organiser does not specifically permit the use of poles.  Poles are prohibited throughout the event. Athletes are liable to disqualification should poles be used.




Only entrants starting at 12:00 midday are entitled to 1st, 2nd or 3rd places.


Medals will be issued as soon as possible.  Awarding of medals may take up to twenty minutes from the time a competitor finishes to being awarded.



UTMB Points and the ITRA


Obtaining UTMB points has proven to be a complicated, awkward and drawn out process with a level of uncertainty.  The race director attempted to obtain points in 2017 however the process proved too difficult.  The Ridgeway Challenge will not have UTMB points.


ITRA points, in whatever form, will not be pursued for the event.