At Threshold Sports, we are committed to making our events as inclusive as possible. Mass participation sports have consistently struggled with gender balance on the start line, just like many other industries. We believe it is our responsibility as event organisers, to make a change and get as many women taking part as possible.
We hope that by adopting all the following commitments, our events will be more female-friendly experiences where women feel empowered, comfortable, and supported from signing up to the finish line.
Fair deferral policies
Any pregnant woman should have the right to return to exercise when they are fit, healthy and well enough to do so. Pregnant women can defer their entry on our events for up to 2 years.
Other exceptions to the normal deferral policy:
– Participants adopting or birthing via surrogacy within 3 months of the event date can defer entry for up to 2 years
– Participants with a partner who is pregnant with a due date within 1 month, or 2 months post event date, can defer for up to 2 years
Women in Sport meetings
Every month we hold internal Women in Sport meetings to make sure that as a business, we are being inclusive as possible and always making improvements, because there is always more that can be done.
We will be holding ourselves accountable and are working on setting up an advisory panel. On the panel, we will have passionate advocates for inclusivity who will be able to support our progress, give us feedback as an event organiser, and ensure we are making significant positive change.
If a participant gets in touch to say they will be breastfeeding on our events, we will do everything we can to support them and make them comfortable. We will make sure the start, basecamp, finish, and each pit stop has a chair and private area for them to breastfeed.
Expect to see sanitary products at all info desks, pit stops and in the female cubicle toilets, throughout the event. If at any point there happens to be an empty box, please inform a member of crew as soon as you can.
In previous years we have always had the basecamp male and female cubicles within close proximity. We have acknowledged the feedback on this and will be separating the male and female cubicles further with clearer signage from 2023
As an event organiser, we’ve done our best to provide the most generous cut offs on our events, so that they appeal to anyone.
Safety and ride rules
On every event we have our route director give a participant brief to each start wave. This includes things like adopting the correct etiquette out on the route, do’s and don’t’s, safety reminders, and more.
All of our Ride Across Britain participants receive a medal upon completion of the 9-day ride.
We understand that many people want to purchase event merchandise, so the option is there, and all sizes are either in male or female fit. Unisex clothes tend to be a male fit, which can deter some women thinking of taking part.
This year, we will be introducing the option to anonymise participants results to respect the privacy of our community. If you are taking part in 2023 and would like to have your results anonymised, please contact us.
We are constantly trying to improve our events and make them accessible for everyone – ultras for all. If you have any suggestions or recommendations on how we can improve for future years, please make use of the post event survey or get in touch.