Aim and Functions
The Association of UK Course Measurers (AUKCM) maintains a system for the measurement and certification of road running courses in the UK. The Association was formed in January 2010 to give a more formal structure to the work carried out for the previous 20 years by the UK Course Measurement Working Party. It was reconstituted in February 2017 as a company limited by guarantee. The Association works closely with, but is independent of, governing bodies and other organisations concerned with road running. AUKCM will enter into agreements to certify courses on behalf of bodies which have rules regarding the measurement and certification of their courses.
The activities of the Association are funded by a modest Measurement Registration Fee paid by governing bodies to AUKCM for each measurement.
A summary of the Association’s history and its current relationship with other bodies is given here.
Membership of AUKCM is open to all qualified course measurers in the UK. Contact details for currently active measurers are available on the UK Course Measurement website. Measurers operate as independent agents, working directly for the race director, and submit measurement reports to the Area Course Measurement Secretary for certification. Race directors pay the measurer directly for the costs of the measurement. Guidelines for the level of charges can be found in the Reference Documents section.
Course Measurement Working Party
Management of the Association is vested in a Board of Directors elected from the membership, known as the ‘Course Measurement Working Party’ (CMWP). Non-voting members of the CMWP serve by invitation, and need not be members of the Association. They may include representatives of governing bodies.
Area Course Measurement Secretaries
Day to day administration of course measurement in the UK is carried out by Area Course Measurement Secretaries (ACMS). ACMS contact details are available on the UK Course Measurement website. In addition to administering the certification system, they recruit and train new measurers and are available to advise race directors and other officials on measurement matters.
UK Course Measurement Website
The Association maintains the UK Course Measurement website as the primary source of information on course measurement and certification in the UK. The website gives easy access to lists of measured courses and the location and contact details for measurers, and has sections giving general advice and information for race directors and runners. There is also an online theory training course for prospective measurers. For England, Scotland and Wales, race directors can renew Certificates of Course Accuracy online. We hope that this facility will be extended to Northern Ireland in the future.