County Qualification Details

County Qualification

All entrants for Sussex County Championships athletics events must have a Sussex County Qualification. This requires birth in the county or residence. Residence requires nine months continuous residence in the county immediately prior to the date of competition. (See Rule 9 of UKA Rules for Competition below.) 

Attendance at the University of Sussex or any Further Education establishment does not qualify an athlete to compete in the County Championships, unless they have a birth or residential qualification. 

County Qualification for Sussex Championship Road Races

Each year one 10k and one half marathon road race in the county is nominated to be the County Championship race, and Sussex medals awarded in addition to any normal race medals and awards. To be entered into the County Champs the Sussex Qualification box should be ticked (or online equivalent) when entering the race, subject to eligibility (above). Also the entrant's England Athletics registration number should be quoted.


The following extract is taken from UK Athletics - Rules for Competition - effective from 1st April 2014 and is reproduced with permission from UKA. This information is provided as a guide only and should not be considered as a definitive statement of the rules.


(1) County Championships are open to all eligible athletes possessing a County Qualification.

(2) A County qualification may be acquired as follows:

(a) By birth (see also Rule 4(1)).

(b) By nine months' continuous bona fide residence in the County immediately prior to the competition.

(c) By service in a Unit of HM Forces stationed in the County for nine months immediately prior to the date of competition. Temporary absence on duty shall not break a qualification acquired under this paragraph.

NOTE 1: A Regimental Depot affiliated to a County Association may include in its team only duly qualified member of a service battalion.

NOTE 2: Membership of a Club affiliated to a County Association does not, of itself, provide an athlete with a County qualification unless at least one of (a) - (c) above is satisfied.

(3) Competitors who have qualified, and competed under 2(b) or 2(c) retain that qualification until they have acquired residential qualification and competed in the Championship of another County, or represented another County in an Inter-County Championship.

(4) A student at school, college or university does not acquire a residential qualification by residence in the County during term time only (See also (10) below).

(5) An athlete who has competed in a County Championship, (other than as allowed under (10) below), or represented a County in an Inter-County Championship, may not compete in the Championships of, nor represent, another County in that Competition Year.

(6) County Inter-Team (including relay) Championships are open to:

(a) Any Club affiliated to the County Association, fulfilling the appropriate requirements of Rule 2(4).

(b) Any Unit of HM Services stationed in the County.

(c) Any school, college or business house in the County.

NOTE. Every member of a team must hold a County qualification as defined in (2) above.

(7) A County may, at its discretion, limit Team Championships to affiliated Clubs.

(8) Athletes whose first claim Club is not affiliated to the County Association may compete for their second claim Club in a County Inter-Team Championship if they posess the necessary County qualification. Subject to the application of this Rule athletes may represent their Club from the date of election to the Club.

(9) A Club may affiliate to more than one County.

(10) A County may at its discretion relax the qualification in the case of younger athletes, Juniors and Seniors in term-time residence at a school, college or university within its boundaries, but competition in any such events shall not be deemed to have established a County qualification for any inter-county competition. This discretion is not extended to include athletes of any age attending only as day students at the institution concerned.

(11) Where County boundaries are changed by law, affecting the place of birth or residence of an athlete, thereby moving it from County A to County B the following shall apply:

(a) If athletes have already competed for County A or in the Championships of County A, under (2) above, they shall retain the existing birth or residential qualification unless notice is given in writing to the Honorary Secretary of County A that they wish to be qualified for County B.

(b) If athletes have not competed for County A or in a Championship of County A under (2) above the place of birth or residence shall be deemed to have been in County B and any period of residence in County A to have been in County B.

(12) Competitors in an Inter-County Championship must possess a County qualification under (2) above for the County they represent.

The above Rule refers to "eligible athletes" and to Rules 2(4) and 4(1). The definition of an eligible athlete is contained in Rule 1.

Rules 1, 2 and 4(1) are as follows:


All competitions under the Rules of UK Athletics (UKA) are confined to amateurs as defined by these Rules.

(1) Definition of Amateur

An amateur is a person who is eligible to compete under the Rules of UKA.

(1) Eligible Athletes

All competitions under the Rules of UK Athletics (UKA) are confined to eliigible athletes as defined by these Rules.

(2) Restriction of Competition

Competition under UKA Rules is restricted to athletes who are under the jurisdiction of a Member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and who are eligible under the rules laid down by UK Athletics.

(3) Ineligibility to Compete

The following are ineligible to take part in competition under UKA Rules:

Any persons who:

(a) have taken part in any competition in which any of the competitors in any of the events were to their knowledge ineligible to compete under UKA Rules.

NOTE: This does not apply to any athletics meeting which is solely restricted to the Masters age group.

(b) are ineligible to compete in competitions under the jurisdiction of any national governing body of athletics affiliated to the IAAF.

(c) take part in any athletics meeting which is not sanctioned by UKA or other appropriate Association.

(d) take part in any competition outside the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland which is not sanctioned, recognised or certified by the Member Association of the IAAF.

(e) have competed, or are competing in any sport for pecuniary reward, other than as permitted by IAAF Rules which have been accepted by UK Athletics.

(f) are suspended or banned for a doping violation under the Rules of UK Athletics and the IAAF, or any other organisation whose sanctions are recognized by the IAAF and UK Athletics in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code.

(g) ask for, or receive, directly or indirectly, any monetary consideration, reward or employment for becoming or continuing as a member of a Club or any other athletic organisation.

(h) use the services of an Athletes' Representative other than one approved under Rule 11.

(i) have been suspended or banned for being in breach of Rules 16 or 17 (Advertising and Sponsorship or Clothing).

(j) have been declared ineligible to compete by the IAAF.

(k) have committed any acts or made any statements either verbally or in writing, or have been responsible for any breaches of the Rules, or other conduct which, in the opinion of a National Association is considered to be insulting, improper or likely to bring the sport and/or UK Athletics into disrepute.

(4) Other than for doping offences identified in (3)(f) above, unless the period of ineligibility is stated in the relevant Rule or Regulation of the IAAF or UK Athletics, those ineligible under this Rule shall be deemed ineligible for a period set down in guidelines produced by the Board of UK Athletics, or, in the absence of such guidelines, for such period as the Board of UK Athletics (for doping matters) or the National Association (for all non-doping matters) shall decide.

(5) If athletes compete whilst suspended or ineligible, the period of this ineligibility shall be deemed to recommence from the time they last competed as though no part of a period of suspension or ineligibility had been served.



(1) A club is a bona fide Club or Society of amateur athletes affiliated to UKA in accordance with its Articles of Association and Rule Book. Each club must also be affiliated to the National Association in whose geographical area of responsibiliy the Club's headquarters are located. No Club may form a branch.

(2) An affiliated Club must supply to the Association to which it it is affiliated, and to the UKA itself, such information as that body requires.

(3) A club must be properly constituted with a constitution which provides, inter alia, for its democratic management by means of a managing committee and the holding of an annual general meeting of all its members.

(4) Athletics is organised within the following disciplines:

(a) Track and Field

(b) Race Walking

(c) Road Running

(d) Cross Country

(e) Fell and Hill Running

(f) Trail Running

Clubs are deemed to cater for those disciplines for which they have declared to the appropriate Association the intention to compete in team competitions in that particular activity. Members of a Club may only compete in Championships or other Open Team Competitions if their club is specifically affiliated for that discipline.


(1) For the purpose of determining place of birth for a competition qualification this may be either at the location of actual birth, or at the domicile of the mother at the time of birth, if different. In the event that the different locations are in different Counties or Districts then the athlete may make an irrevocable selection for which County or District they wish to be eligible. Once an athlete has made a decision as to their County or District of birth this may not be changed.