Belfast International 5k Road Race Selection Policy

22 April 2024

Belfast International 5k Road Race Selection Policy

This event will be held in Belfast City Centre on the 9th June 2024. A senior men’s and women’s teams will be selected for the international elements of the event.

Senior men’s and women’s NI & Ulster Teams only. Up to a maximum of 4 Men and 4 Women per team.

Expression of Interest – We require any interested athletes to submit an expression of interest to Mark Kirk by email to before midnight on the 19th May 2024. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WILL BE A CONDITION OF SELECTION AND ATHLETES WILL RECEIVE CONFIRMATION BY EMAIL.

Criteria for selection - The panel will base the selection on current form, recent past performances, and performance history in road running and track events over comparable distances. The aim is to select the strongest possible team to represent NI and Ulster at this event. The panel may use their discretion when necessary.

Selection meeting - The selection panel will meet during the week beginning of 19th May and the teams will be announced on the Athletics NI website once the final selections have been confirmed.

Selection Panel - Selections will be made by a panel nominated by the Athletics NI Selection Committee and shall be made up as follows:

  1. A representative of the Endurance Committee (Voting)
  2. The Athletics NI Endurance Coordinator (voting)
  3. A representative of Ulster Athletics Council (voting)
  4. An Independent Coach (voting)
  5. Independent Chair (casting vote)

The chair of the selection panel may direct that assistance is sought (in a non-voting capacity) from anyone else that they feel may be of help. Any voting member of the Selection Panel shall declare any known conflict of interest in respect of any selection issue and shall not be entitled to vote on that issue.

Appeals Process - There shall be no right of appeal to the selection made by the panel.

De-Selection Process - De-selection of an athlete may occur following;

  1. Failure to achieve the standard fitness testing protocols
  2. Failure to adhere to the Athletics NI athlete code of conduct

In the event that an athlete sustains an injury following acceptance of their position on the team, they are required to inform the ANI Endurance Coordinator immediately.

Confirmation of Team Staff - The team management positions will be appointed as required to support the team and will be confirmed by the Panel following the selection of the athletes.

Clean Sport - All athletes competing at the Belfast International 5k road races shall be deemed to have made themselves familiar with, and agreed to be bound by, the UKA Anti-Doping Rules and to submit to the authority of UK Anti-Doping in the application and enforcement of the Anti-Doping Rules.

The UKA Anti-Doping Rules apply to entrants participating in the sport of Athletics, for 12 months from the date of the entry to the event, whether or not the athlete is a citizen of, or resident in, the UK.