Update on Financial assistance and final entry form


The inaugural Commonwealth Championships for Ultra Distance and Mountain Running I would like to give you an update on financial assistance and the final entry form.

The Local Organising Committee LOC is currently considering providing financial support to  competing teams and individuals. One of the major expenses for the LOC in staging the Commonwealth Championship is that of providing accommodation for the athletes .

The LOC intends to provide  financial  assistance  for bed and breakfast ONLY for three athletes per event,  a  maximum of 12 athletes from Wednesday 17th September to Monday 21st September 2009, for each Commonwealth  Country outside the United Kingdom .

 Confirmation of accommodation assistance  for Commonwealth countries within the UK will be confirmed week commencing 20th July 2009.

The main factors to be taken into account in the amount of grant to be given to a Commonwealth Country for this inaugural event will be the distance the competing country has to travel to the event and the number of athletes entered. The LOC may also consider the performance levels of individuals and teams in previous International competition.

If you can give us an indication as to the numbers of athletes and officials who will attend this event from your Federation this will greatly assist  us in calculating the amount of financial support we can offer towards accommodation costs. It is our intention to send out final entry forms week commencing 20th of July but please contact us soon as possible before this with estimated numbers likely to attend.

Whilst it is the responsibility of competing countries to pay for their travel costs to reach the United Kingdom teams will be welcomed at the agreed point of arrival and given assistance for their onward journey to Keswick. These costs will be met by the LOC once you arrive in Penrith, Cumbria.  There may be additional  support offered to Commonwealth Countries but at this stage we cannot make any further guarantees.

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The hostel accommodation in Keswick ranges from £21.95p to £24.00 per night bed and breakfast . The LOC have blocked booked 210 beds . 

If any Commonwealth country requires accommodation before 17th September 09,please email Ken Taylor the LOC accommodation officer for assistance kt.k@btinternet.com

Details of the Commonwealth Championship will sent out to all Commonwealth Countries around 20th July 09.Final entry will close Monday 24th August 09.

The nearest Airport is Manchester . The nearest train station from Keswick is  Penrith and there will be mini buses  to transfer  athletes and management from Penrith to Keswick .  There  are also  trains direct from London  and Edinburgh to Penrith railway station, Cumbria England.

Below is the event programme:


Thursday 17 September
9:30am start of the Opening Ceremony at Theater-by-the-Lake
12 noon start of the Commonwealth Championship 24 hour race (Men and Women) around the Fitz Park course

Friday 18 September
12 noon -- finish of the Commonwealth Championship 24 hour race
1:30pm -- start of the Commonwealth Championship Women's 8km uphill-only Mountain Race
12:30pm -- start of the Commonwealth Championship Men's 12km uphill-only Mountain Race

Saturday 19 September
9:00am -- start of the Commonwealth Championship 100K Road Race (Men and Women)
10:00am -- 2.5K race for boys & girls 9 & 10 years old
10:45 am -- 3K race for boys & girls 11 & 12 years old
11:30 am -- 5K race for boys & girls 13 & 14 years old
11:30 am -- 5K race for boys & girls 15 & 16 years old 12 noon
12:30 pm -- Open 10K race – men & women over 17 years old
3:30 pm -- Finish of Commonwealth Championship 100km

Sunday 20 September
10:00 am -- 3K race for boys & girls 10 & 11 years old
10:05 am -- 4.8K race for boys & girls 12 & 13 years old
10:10 am -- 6.4K race for boys & girls 14 & 15 years old
11:00 am -- 12K – 3 lap course - Senior Men & Women Open Mountain Race 
11:00 am -- 8K – 2 lap course – Junior’s aged 16 &17
12:30 pm -- Start of Commonwealth Championship Women’s 8km up and down Mountain Race
1:30  pm -- Start of Commonwealth Championship Men's 12km up and down Mountain Race
4:00   pm -- Presentation of Medals for all events at Marquee located on Fitz Park
5:00 pm -- Speakers celebration party                                                                                                                                 

Monday 21 September
Departure of athletes and Management Officials VIPS, IAU and WMRA Council Members

Finally  may I remind you to  please forward an indication of the number of athletes and  officials likely to attend these championships . It  would be  greatly  appreciated if you could provide this information by no later than Thursday 16th July 2009.

Yours in Sport

Norman Wilson

Chairman of the

Commonwealth Championship

Executive Committee

Email: Norman.Wilson@eon-uk.com

Tel + 00 44 1452 722720