Template Regulations for Pegularity Events

Template Regulations
| Sample Route Instructions/Checks | Sample Pegularity Sheet | Sample Memory Pegularity

Standard headings are shown in bold. Standard text is shown in black regular font.
Free form text to be inserted by the organisers is shown in italic font.
Substitutional text is shown in red font.
Guidance notes for organisers is shown in blue font.
Tips for competitors are shown in green font.

1. Name & Date
The (name of event) will take place on (date of event) and will be governed by these regulations.

2. Location
The event will be based at (name of venue).
Events should ideally start and finish at the same place, and have adequate facilities for car parking, toilets and refreshments. Pubs or village halls are good for public events (though of course you should seek the prior approval of the owners); private events may be conveniently based at a (large) private home.

3. Entries
Entries open on (date of opening) and close on (date of closing). The entry fee for the event is (£fee).  The maximum number of entries is (maximum number of entries).
Entry forms must be sent to the Event Secretary.
The event is open to (complete with any eligibility requirements).

4. Officials
Clerk of the Course (responsible for the overall planning of the event): (name)
Event Secretary (responsible for the event administration, including entries): (name)
Chief Marshal (responsible for organising marshals): (name)
Safety Officer (responsible for overall event safety): (name)
(Include other officials as appropriate)

5. Event Programme
Competitors should register between (time) and (time) at (place)
(State whether there will be a measured distance available so that competitors may gauge their normal average speed.)
The competition will start at (time).
(Insert known details about the programme or state they will be provided in the Final Instructions)
The competition will finish at approximately (time).
Results will available at (time).
Awards will be presented at (time).

6. Final Instructions
Final Instructions will be issued to competitors before the event or at the start venue. These instructions will advise any additional information required for the event and will supplement these general regulations. 

7. Terrain
(State whether the Pegularities will use private land and/or the public highway; the approximate mileage on each; and the types of terrain to be covered.)
The course for events should be carefully chosen. Walking along or alongside main or busy roads must always be avoided. Quiet country lanes, public parks, tracks and footpaths are ideal. The use of private tracks and paths is possible though of course landowners' permissions must have been obtained, and competitors must be advised accordingly.

8. Registration
At Registration, competitors must complete any outstanding paperwork or payment of fees before being permitted to take part. 
Competitors must also confirm they have adequate footwear and clothing for the anticipated weather/terrain. 
Competitors must surrender all equipment which would allow them to monitor speed and/or distance. 
The wearing of simple watches is permitted.

9. Format
(Ideally state here the number, type and distance of the Pegularities or state that such information will be provided in the Final Instructions)

10. Measurements
The distance to be travelled on each Pegularity will have been accurately measured using a measuring/trundle wheel or similar distance recording device. 
Measurement will have been at 6 inches from the left hand edge of the route (natural or organiser erected boundary) in the direction of travel.
Distances will be quoted in decimal miles. 
Competitor speeds must be quoted in miles per hour to one decimal place. For the purposes of keeping the event to schedule, the minimum nominated average speed (NAS) for any Pegularity will be (insert speed).

11.1. Pegularities
A Pegularity consists of a start control, a finish control and, optionally, any number of undisclosed intermediate controls. 
Controls are points at which an official using an official timepiece records the time of day of a competitor's arrival. 
Each control on a Pegularity will be marked by a board erected by the organizers, a sample of which will be on display at the start venue.
A competitor is deemed to have arrived at a control when they stop adjacent to the board at a control.
A master timepiece showing the accurate time of day will be on display at the start venue. Any other official timepieces used on the event will be synchronized to the master timepiece.
A Pegularity may also include intermediate Route Checks to verify that a competitor has followed the correct course.

11.1 Control Procedures

11.1.1 Pegularity Start 
Report to the start control between or at the time(s) advised in the Event Programme or Final Instructions. The start marshal will ask for your nominated average speed (NAS) for the Pegularity and will allocate your start time; this information will be recorded on your Pegularity Sheet which will be given to you at your scheduled start time.
The Sheet will also contain space to record Route Checks, the arrival times at subsequent controls and, for non Memory Pegularities, Route Instructions. 
The Route Instructions will contain a description or map of the route to be followed, the location and/or nature of Route Checks to be recorded, and, optionally, the average speeds to be maintained. Average speeds may be varied during a Pegularity to perhaps make allowances for sections of difficult terrain. Such average speeds will be expressed as a proportion of a your NAS: e.g. turn left and then take care over bumpy ground (average speed 0.8 of your NAS for 0.15 miles).
On a Memory Pegularity, at a competitor's scheduled start time, they will be handed the Route Instructions. They must memorise these instructions and pass them back to the start official. The competitor may not make notes. The time taken to memorise the route instructions will be included in the time taken to complete the Pegularity. The Route Instructions may specify a maximum reading time.
Strategy is important on a Memory Pegularity. Competitors must try to compensate their speed to allow for the time taken to memorise the Route Instructions. If an incorrect route is taken, an additional penalty will be incurred, so to minimise overall penalties, a competitor should still attempt to complete the Pegularity in the best time possible.

11.1.2 Intermediate Time Controls
Stop at the control board and hand your Pegularity Sheet to the marshal, who will record your arrival time and then return the Sheet.

11.1.3 Pegularity Finish Control
Stop at the control board and hand your Pegularity Sheet to the marshal, who will record your arrival time and keep the Sheet for marking. By reference to speed and distance tables you will be advised of your early and lateness penalties on the section.

12. Route Checks
Route Checks may be used to confirm that the correct route on each Pegularity has been followed. These may take the form of:

  1. recording routeside information: 

    i) of a permanent nature such as the numbers on a hydrant sign; and/or 

    ii) of a temporary nature such as code boards or objects erected by the organizers

  2. objects to be collected

  3. observation by an official (usually on a Memory Pegularity)

The Pegularity Sheet will specify the nature and location of each Route Check. Location may be specified by 

  1. an absolute point on a map or narrative of the route, or 

  2. a relative distance from a landmark.

Clearly a Route Check should not require a major deviation from the measured route. Nor should the location require a competitor to climb trees, wade through water or employ any other kind of discomforting activity. The Route Check may be easily visible or well hidden, depending upon how much the organisers want to delay competitors. The organisers should, however, provide some indication of the degree of location difficulty.
Competitors should not make a fuss or noise when they locate a Route Check since they might reveal its exact location to another competitor.

13. Penalties 

  1. Early or late arrival at an intermediate or finish Pegularity Control - 1 mark per second

  2. incorrect recording of a Route Check - 30 marks

  3. incorrect route taken on a Memory Pegularity - 60 marks

  4. Not completing a Pegularity - 300 marks

  5. Unsporting behaviour - Exclusion

Classification will be in order of fewest penalties.

14. Awards
(List of awards)

15. Safety and Comfort
Comfortable and weather/temperature conscious clothing, especially footwear, is an important factor for competing on Pegularities.
For running competitors a vest, shorts and cross-country running shoes are a good choice. In case there is a delay between Pegularities, having a tracksuit to hand to avoid getting cold would be useful.
Walkers will need to dress for comfort taking note of forecast weather. For example on a summer day of showers you might want light clothing but carry a lightweight mac with you.
Always make way for faster competitors that wish to overtake. 
(Add any other safety matters)