Nuclear Races Standards


At Nuclear Races we are constantly reviewing not only what we do but also how we do it. So these are the standards we live our lives by right now. After the next event we review how our proceedures and policies have worked as well as taking feedback from participants and then make revisions or additions as needed. So please think of this as a living document.


  • 1x all terrain low ground pressure 4×4 vehicle (quad type) for every 200 participants on the course at any one time
  • Marshals to be supplied with “survival kit”, marshal briefing pack and pre-race briefing
  • Minimum of 1 water station every 2miles/3km (weather dependant)
  • 20% of marshals to be first aid trained
  • The course is risk assessed by an independent health and safety consultant before race day and a health and safety official to be present on the day
  • All marshals will have 2 way radio – mobiles are not a reliable form of primary communication.
  • No fire
  • No electric shocks
  • No barbed wire
  • Course marking to be carried out appropriately
  • Electronic chip timing to be used so there is a record of who is on the course in case of emergency
  • Warm changing rooms and wash down water for participants’ comfort and to help minimise hypothermia
  • Event organiser to have at least £10,000,000 public liability
  • Timber used in obstacles should be of structural quality
  • Pre-race independent course inspection and test run
  • Warning system with flags similar to motor sport to relay conditions


  • No water to be deeper than approximately 6ft
  • Water test for E. coli and other pathogens to be carried out where danger of ingestion
  • All shallow water to be marked as such
  • A water operative/marshal to be present in large expanses of water



  • 1 professional medic for every 250 people on site – not volunteers
  • 5 minute fast 4×4 all terrain vehicle emergency response anywhere on the course after a call for a medical assistance
  • Ambulance access to medical area/zone
  • Every entrant’s personal medical information given to the medics before the race starts



  • No queuing at any obstacle due to risk of hypothermia (water obstacle dependent)
  • Must be able to cope with minimum 10% of competitors suffering from hypothermia and/or dehydration
  • Emergency obstacle repair team (equipped with a quad) to be on hand during the day to deal with course issues
  • Course to be swept at end to check for stragglers/injured
  • Safe and secure bag/key drop



  • As farmers we are custodians of the countryside and therefore very conscious of the need to minimise any environmental impact and ideas aim to enhance the habitats on the farm



  • Toilets on the course for marshals and runners
  • Toilets in village for spectators (one for every 50 people on site)