About us

UK Athletics runbritain Medical Advisory Group

The Runners' Medical Resource website 

The content on this website is maintained by UK Athletics runbritain's Medical Advisory Group, a voluntary committee.  The website was designed and is hosted with the generous support of realbuzz.com

Background : The Road Race Medical Conference

In 2005 a group of race directors and medical directors from leading UK road races and triathlons first met to combine their expertise in road race medicine.  Our initial project the following year was to publish best practice advice for competitors preparing for endurance events on this Runners' Medical Resource website.

The runbritain Medical Advisory Group

In 2011 the group went on to publish the 'Good Practice Guide to Medical Services at UK Road Races', which was subsequently adopted by UK Athletics (the governing body for athletics in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) as their official code of practice for road race medicine.  The Road Race Medical Conference then changed it's name and accepted a formal role as the official Medical Advisory Group for runbritain - UK Athletics’ road race management group, which is responsible for licencing and safety standards within the sport.


The runbritain Medical Advisory Group has a number of roles :

  • Advising UK Athletics on road race medical services
  • Advising and supporting road race organisers and medical providers
  • Maintaining and updating the Road Race Medical Services Good Practice Guide, now in its second edition published in 2013
  • Providing a forum for discussion of road race medical issues within the UK
  • Initiating policy reviews and research
  • Liaising with other agencies, such as the International Institute for Race Medicine IIRM

The Medical Advisory Group has a small working party responsible for day-to-day management of its activities, and a wider consultative group for discussion of policy issues. Membership of the group is widely drawn with representatives of some of the largest road races in the UK (including both UKA licenced races and independent promoters), plus voluntary sector, state sector (NHS) and private sector medical providers, and representatives from the governing body. All members of the group offer their time and experience on a voluntary basis.

Our underlying ambition is to promote best safe practice within the sport, and to improve the knowledge and understanding of race medicine for the benefit of participants, the wider public, race organisers and their medical providers.

We are in the process of developing this website as a resource for both runners and race organisers (and their medical providers).


For further information about the group and our work, please use the ‘Contact Us’ link at the bottom of this page