Have you ever seen an adjudicator at a running event?
Do you know why they are there or what they actually do?
Well as a UKA adjudicator for almost a year now, let me tell you what it is we do.
Firstly we are not there to squirrel out a fault. We are there to help events meet the UKA rules that they commit to when getting a race licence and to help event organisers to have a safe well organised event.
All race organisers who decide to have their race licensed by UKA get their license issued to them by answering a series of questions and providing information about the course, the Heath and safety, and other key requirements that ensure they will be insured under UKA.
I know that for some organisers particularly smaller events, having the adjducator on site is an added stress o an already stressful day. If I explain how I see my role, which is one I take on voluntarily, then you may not find us being there so stressful.
When I get to a race I like to meet the organiser and if they’ve got time, go over the checklist with them. Then I like to walk around and get a feel for how its all going ask questions and make notes whilst checking off items on the list. I look at the event from a standpoint of giving recommendations to help future events.
Once my checklist is complete I will just be around the event and help where I can. Then I will let the organiser know the areas I’ll be putting in the report and explain my reasons before I go. Later that evening or week I write and submit the report online on the Runbritain website.
That’s what I do as an Adudicator, are you an adjudicator or race official? Tell us all about what you do.