First, Second Claim Club Rules
Although Ripon Runners is a successful and growing athletics club I know that it is inevitable that some runners will want to compete for other clubs whilst still retaining their Ripon connection. We cannot offer a dedicated track, exposure to national and international competition, employ full time coaches nor do we offer a Cross Country, Senior programme. However I am still pleased that some of our members have progressed so far that they now need the level of competition offered by other clubs.
All this seems very reasonable to me until of course we get the facilities and track of Darlington! Meanwhile the rules are quite clear. Members of other athletic clubs may compete as a second team member if (a) the competition is open to second claim club members (as is the JHJ and the Ripon 10mile) and (b) the first claim club raises no objection as they have the right to demand that a runner fulfils his/her obligation to their first claim club.
If any member feels that a different interpretation of the rules would be more appropriate then do please get in touch with The Chair or the Race Director of Ripon Runners.”