The rules set out below are in part taken directly from the Articles to make them more readily accessible to members and in part they are additional rules drawn up by the Executive Committee to aid in achieving the objects. They cover all of those points likely to be of most interest to members but are not comprehensive. For a full detailed understanding of the rules this document must be read in conjunction with the Articles. If there is any conflict between the Articles and the Rules it is the Articles that must apply.
Any runner who confirms in writing, by filling in an application form or by email that they wish to be a member and who takes part in at least two of the designated races in a year is entitled to vote, elect the officers and the committee and control the affairs of the company. The only liability on them as members is that if the company is unable to meet its debts they have offered a guarantee to meet those debts up to a maximum amount of £1 (one pound).
There are three types of member:
Associate members: These are members who have applied to join Runfurther by filling in an application form, by letter or by email. There is no membership fee.They are not entitled to vote or to stand for election and are not bound by the guarantee.
Ordinary members: These are members who in addition to applying as above have met the competition requirements:
To have completed at least two Runfurther races in the current year; or
- To have completed at least two Runfurther races in the previous year; or
- In the case of an existing ordinary member who is prevented from competing due to injury, the Executive Committee may grant exemption for meeting the competition requirements for a maximum period of 6 months.
Ordinary members are entitled to vote and to stand for election and are bound by the £1 guarantee.
Honorary members: A general meeting of members may appoint any person as an honorary member of the company. Honorary members can attend and vote at meetings. They cannot stand for election as officers or be members of the Executive Committee but at the discretion of the Executive Committee may be co-opted onto it. Honorary members may be appointed for a maximum term of 5 years.
2 Obligations of members
In addition to the £1 guarantee required of ordinary members all classes of member are bound by the following obligations:
In all races coming under UK Athletics jurisdiction to comply at all times with UKA rules;
- In all races coming under Fell Runners Association rules to comply at all times with FRA rules and requirements, particularly in respect of mandatory equipment and procedures for retiring from races;
- In all races to comply with the race organiser’s requirements; particularly in respect of mandatory equipment and procedures for retiring from races;
- In any race, including races not in the Runfurther series, not to knowingly engage in any activity designed to gain an unfair advantage e.g. taking short cuts, receiving assistance and support contrary to the rules of the event etc;
- When competing to act on the basis that giving aid and support to injured or ill runners is more important than achieving a personal race goal.
In respect of any breach of any of these obligations the Executive Committee is empowered to suspend or terminate membership and may report the conduct to UKA or the FRA as appropriate. Members have a right of appeal to a members meeting.