Link to Defintion of Surrey
To compete for Surrey or to enter one of its championships an
athlete requires a Surrey qualification. County qualifications are
defined by UK Athletics in its Rules for Competition. Each club secretary has a copy of the current Rule Book and they should be your first point of contact regarding any interpretation.
The following extract is taken from UK Athletics - Rules for
Competition - effective from 1st April 2012 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.
RULE 9 ENGLISH COUNTY
Championships are open to all eligible athletes possessing a County
(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
(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
Rules 1, 2 and 4(1) are as follows:
ELIGIBILITY TO COMPETE
All competitions under
the Rules of UK Athletics (UKA) are confined to amateurs as defined by these Rules.
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.
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.
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
RULE 2 CLUBS
(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
(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.
RULE 4 COMPETITION
(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.
The "County of Surrey"
for the purposes of Athletics (and many other sports) is described as
being the Ancient and Geographical County of Surrey. This means that
in addition to the current Administrative County of Surrey it also
includes part of Greater London.
Because of the various re-organisations of local
government in the London area, and the fact that as far as athletics
is concerned there is no county of London, the athletic county of
includes that part of the Greater London area which, historically, was
part of Surrey. In order to simplify matters Kent County AA and Surrey
County AA agreed that for those areas, South of the River Thames which
have one of the following London postal disrticts, are considered to be
located in Surrey:
London Postal Districts in Surrey :
SE1 (Southwark), SE5 (Camberwell), SE11
(Kennington), SE15 (Peckham), SE16 (Rotherhithe), SE17 (Walworth),
SE19 (Norwood), SE21 (Dulwich), SE22 (East Dulwich), SE24 (Herne
Hill), SE25 (South Norwood), SE27 (West Norwood), SW2 (Brixton), SW4
(Clapham), SW8 (South Lambeth), SW9 (Stockwell), SW11 (Battersea),
SW12 (Balham), SW13 (Barnes), SW14 (Mortlake), SW15 (Putney), SW16
(Streatham), SW17 (Tooting), SW18 (Wandsworth), SW19 (Wimbledon), SW20
For those parts of Greater London which are not
located in a London Postal District then those located in the London
Boroughs of Croydon, Sutton, Merton, Kingston and that part of
Richmond which is on the "Surrey side" of
the River Thames are all considered to be located in Surrey.
The Administrative County of Surrey comprises
the boroughs of Elmbridge, Epsom & Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley,
Reigate & Banstead, Runneymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath,
Tandridge, Waverley and Woking.