Friendly League is a series of six "closed" running races for senior and
junior runners from 16 road-running clubs based mainly around the
Peterborough area (in the UK). The races are staged at 4-5 week
intervals on a Sunday morning during the winter months from October to
March (hence Frostbite). Each of the 6 races is hosted by one of the
participating clubs. The senior races are all
between 5 and 6 miles and the junior races are less than 1.5 miles (one
day we will go metric!). The terrain varies from race to race and may be
anything from a wet and muddy cross-country to road running through a
town centre. The races are very well attended and each race regularly
attracts over 250 runners.
Each club may enter
as many runners as they want into each of the races. Scoring is based on
the finish position of each team's first 10 seniors to finish and first
5 juniors to finish (see rules below) with a trophies awarded to the winning, 2nd and 3rd place
teams at the end of the series.
This league is open
only to senior and junior members of the 16
participating clubs. If you wish to run in any of the races you must be
a member of one of the clubs as strictly no guests are allowed. Details
of each of the participating clubs can be found in the "Clubs" page.
The emphasis in
these races is on participation and enjoyment of all runners whatever
their ability or sex and friendly rivalry between clubs.
Code of conduct:
Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every athlete, coach,
technical official and marshal at all Frostbite events.
Swearing or using abusive language towards other athletes or
official will not be tolerated.
Be aware that your attitude and behaviour directly affects the
behaviour of your child and other young athletes
Encourage and support your fellow athletes
Promote fair play and remember you are representing your club.
Be aware of and look out for younger competitors and do your part to
make Frostbite racing a positive experience for them.
The name of the series is the
"FROSTBITE FRIENDLY LEAGUE".
All clubs must be affiliated to a
recognised athletics governing body in the UK and agree to abide by
Frostbite Friendly League rules.
There will be six races. Each host
club must be responsible for the organisation of their event. Each
club must have a race organiser. Events will take place on a Sunday
The start will be at 10:15am for
the Junior race and 11:00am for the Senior race.
The emphasis in these races is on
the participation and enjoyment of all runners and helpers without
the competitive element, the environment is one where the ordinary
runner isn’t put off by the elite. Ladies are especially encouraged
to take part.
Races will be over the distance of
5 to 6 miles on any terrain. The junior race will not be more than
Any number of runners may take part from each club.
For senior teams the first 10 runners to score, 3 of
which must be male and 3 must be female. The remaining places may be
male or female.
For junior teams the first 5 runners to score, 2 of
which must be male and 2 must be a female. The remaining place may be
male or female.
Runners will receive a ticket on
the finishing tunnel and must hand it to their team captain. Team
captains will be given score card on which they should name their
first scoring members and their accumulating score. Hand card in
Please do not write the runner’s
name on the position ticket. Team captains, after writing all of the
runners full names and positions on the envelope hand it in as soon
as possible after the race.
Once runners have gone through the
finish they must not go back and run in with other club members.
Junior runners will be 9 and over. Senior runners
will be 16 and over. Where a junior is 15 on the day of first race of the
season and 16 on the day of the last race of the season they may elect to run all
of the races in that season as either a junior or a senior but not both. The rule applies regardless of when a junior completes their first race of the season.
All runners must be a fully paid up member of one
of the participating Clubs. Runners may run for only one Club throughout
the season. No second claim runners without first claim Club approval.
Each participating club/team will
pay a fee for each team (senior and junior taking part. Fees will be agreed at the AGM each year. Each
club may, if they wish, charge their own runners to recover the fee.
Cheques to be made payable to the
FROSTBITE FRIENDLY LEAGUE and should be sent to the treasurers
address to arrive before August 1st.
In the event of a dispute the
league committee’s decision is final.
The league committee will be made
up of one member from each participating club with one vote each,
the league co-ordinator/chairman will have the casting vote.
The overall winner, runner-up and 3rd place for both
senior and junior teams will receive a trophy to be held for one
year. The trophies will be awarded at the last event for the juniors
and at the presentation evening for the seniors. There are no
individual category prizes. Awarding of spot prizes will be decided
at the AGM.
After each event points will be
awarded to each team. If there are 16 teams the team with the lowest
score will receive 16 points, the second lowest 15 points and so on.
In the event of two teams having the same amount of points the team
with the lowest number of running scores will be above the other,
Team A 16 points and a running
total of 533
Team B 16 points and a running
total of 432
Team B would be in the higher
position in the league table.
There are 16 clubs in the league.
If one club drops out the committee may decide at the AGM if another
club may apply to join. An individual club may elect to enter 2
teams during a particular season. However individuals must be
nominated for a respective team prior to the first race taking
place, and will be eligible, as in rule 11, to compete for that one
team only during the season
Runners must not wear headphones
All runners, both junior and senior
must wear club colours vest/tee shirt. Failure to do so will result
in disqualification, referee’s decision is final.
Running with dogs or buggies
Runners must not compete with a dog or buggy.
Rules as of July 2000
Amended 2004 New fees
Amended July 2007
Affiliation was to UK Athletics. Scoring was first 10 at least 2
Amended May 2011
Rule 11. Was: All senior runners will
normally be aged 16 years on the day or over, and must be fully paid
up members of one of the participating clubs. Runners may run for
one club/team only throughout the League. Where a 15 year old runner
will attain the age of 16 years during the Frostbite Season (i.e.
between the dates of the first and last event) he/she may elect to
compete as a senior in all events. No second claim runners without
first claim club approval. The league committee cannot give approval
or get involved. Junior age is 9 up to their 16th
birthday on the day of the race.
Rule 12. Was: £100 & £30
Rule 16. Was: Each club will receive
one spot prizes per senior team and one per junior team, for each
event, to distribute within their club how they deem fit. There are
no category prizes. The overall winning senior and junior team will
receive a shield at the last event for the juniors and at the
presentation evening for the seniors
Amended Aug 2012
Rule 7. Was: Any number of runners can
take part from each club.
For senior teams first 10 runners to score, 3 of which must be
ladies. (In the event of a predominantly ladies turnout at least 3
of the scorers must be men). For junior teams first 5 children to
score one of which must be a girl
Amended May 2013.
Rules 19 and 20 added.
Amended May 2017.
Rule 21 added, clarification of rule 11 where a junior become 16 during the season.
Amended May 2019.
Rule 7, junior scoring amended to: five to score comprising two boys and two girls plus either boy or girl as 5th runner.