The guidelines listed below (in no particular order of priority) will indicate that NIMRA recognises its responsibilities and confirms its commitment to the conservation of the natural and historic environment and to ensuring that its members also recognise their responsibilities towards the protection of the environment. Furthermore the guidelines suggest ways in which races can be planned and organised to minimise the effect of the event on the environment and to try, wherever possible, to leave the area without a trace of our passing!
1. A key part of good event planning is to consult the Landowners, other interested agencies eg Mourne heritage Trust, National Trust and local farmers regarding access.
2. To be aware of the impact on the environment and take steps to minimise this where possible.
3. Best practice is to check that the event does not cross sites of special scientific interest – see here.
4. Check the race route before and after the event for signs of damage, litter or race markers within a week of the event, there should be no trace of the event.
5. Use gates/stiles where possible.
6. Respect other recreational users.
7. Use existing paths and avoid creating new paths were possible.
8. Ensure that sufficient parking is available so as to avoid congestion on rural roads and gateways.
9. Dogs should not be permitted in a race or accompany a competitor. They pose a threat to wildlife, livestock and fellow competitors.
For further info please get in touch with the NIMRA committee.