The UKOCR Race Series has been developed with the support of British Obstacle Sports.
It will recognise the best competitors of the 2024 race season, by setting out a series of races during the year for competitors to race against each other in.
Changes from Last year
All changes are incorporated into the below. However, for ease of reference the relevant changes are below:
New events – There are some changes in the events which form part of the series. The events are listed below.
Tie Break – There is a change to the tie break
Scottish OCR Series – Alongside the UKOCR Series, the Scottish OCR Facebook group will be running their own series concentrating on Scottish races supported by British Obstacle Sports. Check the Scottish OCR Facebook group for full details. If a race appears in both series, then you earn points for both series.
The points for the British OCR Championships event will be awarded first to anyone who takes part in the elite race, with points then distributed to the fastest age group times. So if there are 20 runners in the elite men's race then the men's age group points will start at the 21st point mark regardless of everyone’s finishing time as long as all 20 elite men finish the race.
March 24th Tartan Warrior
April 27th Born Survivor
May 12th Nuclear Challenge Cup
June 29th British OCR Championships
July 14th Rood Rampage
August 11th Spartan Sprint
October 19th Tough Mudder Northwest
UKOCR reserves the right to add additional events to this list, such changes will be made no later than 01/07/2024.
UKOCR Race Series Point System
All races are scored using the following points system. Points are assigned based on the competitor's final place and gender with the exception of the British OCR Championships (see further details below).
Points will be awarded as follows:
Places beyond 10th, the point differential between each finisher will be 1 point until 360th place and any finisher beyond that will be awarded 1 point.
The points for the British OCR Championships will be awarded first to anyone who takes part in the elite race, with points then distributed to the fastest age group times. So if there are 20 runners in the elite men's race then the men's age group points will start at the 21st point mark regardless of everyone’s finishing time as long as all 20 elite men finish the race.
UKOCR have no responsibility for individual events including the production of results, these will be supplied by each event and any discrepancies would need to be directed to them who in turn will notify UKOCR of any changes within 10 days of the race date.
Individual Race Prize Money
UKOCR or British Obstacle Sports are not responsible for any prizes or prize money associated with any individual event. Individual events may organise their own prize money; however, such money is outside this series. Neither UKOCR or British Obstacle Sports will be liable for any failure by an individual event to provide any prizes or prize money which the individual event has promoted.
Race Series Age Categories
There will be 2 age categories in 2023 in each gender category of male and female Competitors
- "Open" for all athletes of all ages
- Masters for athletes 40 and above based on their age on 31/12/2023
Note that it is possible for a masters athlete to win both the Open and Masters category
The points system per race will not be based on separate categories, but only on gender and there is no “roll down”. So for example if at a race 1st place is an Open, 2nd place is a Master and 3rd place is an Open then the Open competitors will receive 500 and 435 points respectively to count towards their overall race series standing. The Master’s competitor will receive 465 points to count towards their standing.
Under 18 Athletes
Under 18 athletes can take part in the open category based on age eligibility set by individual races. There is no allowance if an athlete is not able to take part due to age in one or more races.
If any adaptive athletes would like to enter the race series within an adaptive category, Please contact UKOCR via email at email@example.com
Overall Race Series Winners
The winners will be decided by the total amount of points accrued over their best 4 finishes at the events. If any competitor only finishes 3 races or less then their points from all races will count.
Competitors who acquire enough points from 3 races or less may rank higher than those competitors who finish 4 or more races. I.e. For the avoidance of doubt the total amount of points will separate racers. There are no additional bonuses for finishing 4 or more races, save for having more opportunities to earn points.
If any competitor finishes 5 or more events, then their points from “unused” finishes are not redistributed, they simply are not used. E.g., if a competitor finishes 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th then their 5th place finish will not be used. However, the 6th place competitor at that race will not “acquire” the unused points instead they will be awarded the 185 points associated with 6th place which, providing such a finish is being used, will count in that competitor's overall series finish.
Tie Break Procedure
The tie break procedure will only be employed to separate the top 10 positions in each series (so places 1st to 10th for both male and female in both Open and Masters). The tie break procedure will be, in order of importance:
- Points earned in Nuclear Challenge Cup on a head-to-head basis will be used first providing both competitors attended
- Points earned in head-to-head races which the tied competitors finished which are being used in the series (i.e., races in which one or more competitors are not using their result do not count for the purposes of this tiebreaker).
- Number of first place finishes in races which a competitor is using for the series.
- Points earned in races in which a competitor finished in the top 3 which are being used in the series.
- Points earned at the last race of the season irrespective of whether that result is used for the series. Any competitor not attending will receive 0 points for the purposes of this tie-break.
- Points earned in all head-to-head races which involve the athletes irrespective of whether such races are being used for the competitor’s overall series race.
- Coin flip/drawing of lots
In the event of a tie being between more than two competitors then the above procedure is applied to break the initial tie. Once the tie is resolved t no hen the procedure is reapplied from the beginning. E.g. If three competitors are tied on points and one competitor is eliminated following the application of tie break (ii) then the process begins again with the two competitors' points earned in head-to-head races being considered and so on.
For positions 11th onwards in the series then any competitors on the same number of points will simply share that position with the following places being adjusted accordingly. E.g., if two competitors have the 11th most points, they will joint 11th place with the next position being 13th place etc.
Race Series Eligibility
- To be eligible to be in the series you must be a member of British Obstacle Sports.
- If your membership lapses during the season you will not receive points for future events from the point of expiry.
- New members will only receive points for races completed within 14 days of registration, except for the last race of the season where you must be a member before the race begins to collect points.
- All Competitors must abide by the British Obstacle Sports Code of Conduct outlined in the British Obstacle Sports Rulebook.
- British Obstacle Sports members who do not wish to participate in the series or a specific event can elect to opt out by making UKOCR aware. Please note that points won by opted out British Obstacle Sports members will not be redistributed.
Race Series Prizes
The 3 top placed male and female athletes in both categories will be recognised at the UK Obstacle Racing Awards for 2024 with trophies
UKOCR Team Championships
The UKOCR Team Championships is a special additional competition to give teams that train and race together an additional target for the year. It will run alongside the UKOCR series and will use the points earned by athletes within the UKOCR series to determine Team placing.
An athletes team
An athlete will nominate their team via British Obstacle Sports. A member who confirms their team will receive points for that team for races completed within 14 days of confirmation, except for the last race of the season where you must confirm your team before the race begins to collect points. Note only the applicable athlete can confirm their team to avoid duplicate team claims from occurring. It is the responsibility of the athlete to ensure that they are registered for a team. Neither UKOCR nor British Obstacle Sports are obligated to chase up athletes to confirm their team.
Once an athlete has nominated their team then it will last for the duration of the season. If an athlete decides that they no longer wish to represent a team, then they should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All points scored by an athlete up to that point will still count if appropriate, but they will be deemed unattached from that point onwards.
To seek to avoid any gamesmanship, an athlete can only change team once. Further only points earned following the change will count to their new team. So, for example if an athlete changes teams following race 2 then only points from race 3 onwards will count towards their new teams total. Note that the athlete’s points for races 1 and 2 may count in their old team’s total (if appropriate).
A team’s points will be calculated using the top 10 results from their athletes over the course of the season based on the eligible results criteria listed below. So, if a team’s athletes have 7 eligible first place finishes and 3 eligible second place finishes their total score will be 4,895 points.
Eligible results are as follows:
- Only UKOCR series races and eligible waves within those races in which points are awarded will count towards a teams scores.
- Each individual team member can only contribute their two best results to their team’s total. Consequently, a team’s score will be made up of a minimum of five athletes and a maximum of ten athletes’ score.
- A team’s score must have a gender split ratio of at least 60/40. So, of the ten results used for the team’s score, their best 4 results from the male field will be counted and their best 4 results from the female field will be counted. The final 2 results can come from either field subject of course to the rule that an individual athlete can only contribute up to two results to the overall team score.
- An athlete must be otherwise eligible to score points in the UKOCR series. E.g. they must be a British Obstacle Sports member and must not have any other good reason as to why they are ineligible such as conduct issues.
- The scores which are used by a team are not “locked in '' until after the final race of the season. A team can use an individual athlete's best two results (subject to it being an eligible result) irrespective of where it came in a season. E.g. if an athlete achieves a 5th place finish in race 1 and a 3rd place finish in race 2 then such results can be substituted out in the event that an athlete achieves a higher position at a future race.
Working out results
A team does not need to directly nominate which results to use. The UKOCR and British Obstacle Sports team will seek to ensure that a team’s highest eligible scores are used when publishing its updates and final standings.
Should a team have any disputes concerning its total then such dispute is to be raised to email@example.com by no later 24 hours after the final results have been share or such later date that the UKOCR team may nominate at their sole discretion.
Tie break procedure
The Tie break procedure will be employed to separate the top 10 teams. From 11th place onwards ties will be allowed, and the teams will simply share the position.
The tie break procedure is as follows:
- The highest number of first placed positions earned by the team with their 10 eligible results.
- The highest number of first and second placed positions earned by the team with their 10 eligible results.
- The highest number of first, second and third placed positions earned by the team with their 10 eligible results.
- The final positions of the Teams best placed male competitor and best placed female competitor in the UKOCR series.
- Providing that at least one of that athlete's scores contributed to the team score. So, for example if Team 1 has the 1st placed male and the 2nd placed female and Team 2 has the 3rd placed male and the 1st placed female then Team 1 would win the tie break.
- The final positions of the Teams top two placed male competitors and top two placed female competitors. Again providing that at least one of those athletes' scores contributed to the team score.
- Coin flip/drawing of lots.
- In the event that a tie is between more that two teams then the above procedure will be used to break the initial tie. If a tie still exists then the tie break procedures are reapplied from the beginning to the remaining tie(s) until no tie exists.
The 3 top placed teams will be recognised in the UK Obstacle Racing Awards for 2024 with trophies
However we are working closely with other sponsors and should further prizes become available these will be published by UKOCR on our social media channels.
In the case of a dispute or issue which cannot be resolved by these rules then the decision of the series organisers UKOCR will be final. Any disputes must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Full details of the 2025 season, including how to change team, will be announced when the 2025 season is announced following to 2024 season.