- 1500m Walks
For races up to 400 metres On your marks Set, and, where necessary, stand up. No time excessive, the command stand up is given.
If a false start occurs (ie when one or more runners gain an advantage) a second shot is fired. Offending athletes are warned by the starter and the starter gun is reloaded. If a second false start occurs by any previously warned competitors, they will be dis-qualified (except U6-U9). Multi-event athletes will be disqualified after 3 false starts.
HINTS ON STARTING – STANDING START
When called to take your marks, place your front foot just behind the line and relax.
When called to get set, lean forward, placing all your weight onto your front foot
And using your back foot only to steady yourself. Concentrate, waiting for the sound of the gun.
When the gun fires, take off without moving backwards.
When called to take your marks your hands should be behind the line, your front foot placed to allow your front knee to pass behind the nearest elbow to it. Your back foot is placed so the knee is on the ground next to your front foot.
When called to get set, you must roll forward on your hands, lifting your bottom into the air as you do so. Your front leg would ideally be at 90deg. and your back leg would ideally be at 120 deg. From this position, with or without blocks, you will get the best possible start.
Race walking is a progression of steps so taken that the walker makes contact with the ground so that no visible (to the human eye) loss of contact occurs.
The advancing leg shall be straightened (ie not bent at the knee) from the moment of first contact with the ground until the vertical upright position.
U7 & 8 – 400m EVENT
This event is run as a distance event with a mass start from a curved line. If there are large numbers in an age group, the event could be run as two heats, graded as other track events are graded.