NIURA Selection Policy for Anglo Celtic Plate 100K Home International 2023

Date: Sunday 2nd April 2023

Venue: South Lake Leisure Centre, Craigavon

Age Group: Senior (18 or over)

Northern Ireland Team: Up to 5 men and 5 Women (100K). Possibility of ‘B’ teams added if standard met.

Northern Ireland Ultra Running Association (NIURA) will be taking a self-funded team (Entry will be paid and kit provided) to the Anglo Celtic Plate 100K Home International.

The aim of selection is to target a team medal and provide an opportunity for ultra-distance athletes on the development pathway to prepare for future competition at European and World level.

Selection Timeline

Ultra runners must complete the application form before and return this to NIURA Secretary, Sammy Daye by 28th December 2022

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Application Form

Selection Panel

Sub group of NIURA committee members

The chair may also (at his/her discretion) seek assistance (in a non-voting capacity) from anyone else whom it is felt may be of help.

Any voting member shall declare any conflict of interest in respect of any selection issue and shall not be entitled to vote on that issue.

A ranked reserve list may also be selected, to use in case of illness or injury of the selected athletes.

Athlete Eligibility

  • Athletes who either have a birth, parental (one parent born in Ulster) or residential (twelve months) qualification in Northern Ireland and Ulster shall be entitled to represent NI & U in representative competition.
  • Applicants must have Athletics Ireland or Athletics Northern Ireland club membership.
  • Athletes must be paid up members of NIURA on receipt of application.
  • Athletes must have committed to the CleanSport anti-doping requirements of ANI.
  • For particular events, prior participation in one or more specific races may be required (eg in NI & Ulster Championships). Dispensation requests for not competing must be received in writing at least one week before the specific race.
  • Athletes must commit to attending meetings and development squad days as arranged.

NIURA Consideration Standards

One of the following three standards:

  • 100K race in 8hrs 30mins (men) or 10hrs 30mins (women)
  • 50K race in 3hrs 25 mins (men) or 4hrs 30 mins (women)
  • Marathon in 2hrs 45 mins (men) or 3hrs 20 mins (women)

Aspects of importance to be taken into account:

  • Performances must have been achieved at a labelled or sanctioned event or have held an ANI Permit in the three years prior to the selection date,
  • Consideration will be given to the number of performances above or close to the Consideration Standard. However, achieving the consideration standard does not guarantee selection.
  • Other considerations will be: Consistency of performance and performance history, current form
  • date of performances.

The following may also be taken into consideration:

  • Experience of looped ultra events
  • 50k trail race experience
  • Documented evidence that ultra runners are committed to their own development and have shown progression in the last three years.
  • Adherence to the Code of Conduct and any outstanding disciplinary matters.

If insufficient athletes meet the performance standards, the selection panel may recommend a reduced team to the full NIURA committee. Alternatively, on the advice of the selection panel, further athletes may be added by the NIURA committee to ensure sufficient team members to have a scoring team.

Appeals Panel

If an athlete wishes to appeal non-selection for a team, the athlete should contact the NIURA chair within ten days of teams being informed. The chair will appoint an Appeal Panel, a group of three people, not involved in the initial selection to review both the selection process and the results of the selection. The Appeal Panel will gather evidence from the athlete and the Selection Committee and report back to the NIURA Committee. The recommendation of the Appeal Panel could include addition of the athlete to the team (if possible or feasible), agreement with the original selection decision and advice on the selection process. A successful appeal should not involve the removal of an already selected athlete from the team.