It's cheap. Membership for 2013 is a mere €10. Races cost €5 for registered members and €8 for non registered athletes, cheaper than a short and mixer - and last longer.

Every course is accurately measured and subject to rigorous standards set by the BHAA and by race promoters.

Races are held at sensible times - Sunday mornings and summer evenings, for example.

It's a staff with a difference - you find your work colleagues have personalities.

You don't have to be an Olympic athlete to take part. Everyone is equal in importance in one of the sports where Olympians and you too can rub shoulders.

The calendar includes country, road, distance and very long distance.

What sport is all about. Enjoy running in varied locations over many distances with healthy, happy people.


Membership is open to all people in employment on payment of a €10 registration fee for 2012. Each race on the calendar, with the exception of the Business Houses Challenge which is promoted by the association itself, is organised by individual companies, or jointly organised by two or more companies affiliated to the BHAA.

Individuals who have not got sufficient numbers of runners in their place of employment to form a team, are always welcome in BHAA events. Indeed, registered individual runners with less than a full team form a good part of any entry. The incentive is then to ‘coerce’ a fellow worker or workers to run.

Most events use company recreational facilities or company canteens for registration, dressing and post-race catering. This keeps the promoters costs within reason and also allows them to offer superior facilities to the runner.

Affiliation and registration with the BHAA is arranged in large organisations through a team secretary. If you work in ESB, An Post, EMC, Bank of Ireland, Guinness, Primary Teachers, Secondary Teachers, or any of the companies listed in the results in this website, finding your team secretary should not be too difficult. If it is difficult, the BHAA registrar or any committee member at a BHAA event should be able to find out for you.

Events vary in distance from 5K to 15 miles, though most road races are between 4 and 6 miles and there is also a cross country event on the calendar.

While you do not have to be registered before you arrive at an event, it is in your own interest that you should complete a registration form and send it off a week before the event. This saves going through a registration process on the day, and ensures that you are eligible in the prize list.