Event Information

Extreme Circumstances
In case of extreme weather or other circumstances that could threaten the event, information will be posted on the website and updates will be sent by email. Unfortunately as a charity fundraiser we are not in a position to refund entry fees if weather conditions lead to cancellation.

Arrival
Please arrive in plenty of time.  Race numbers will be sent by post about a week before the race, don’t forget to bring yours with you. The Race Headquarters will have pre and post race massage, pre and post race refreshments on sale and plenty of other runners to talk with to keep you busy.

Directions
Directions and route map will be available shortly. The course is a reduced length version of the previous half marathon route, with a relocated start and finish.

Car Parking and Travel

There is ample car parking. The start is 3 miles from Brockenhurst train station. Unfortunately the start is not on a bus route.

Race Numbers

You must pre-book your entry – race numbers will be sent out by post and we are not able to accept entries on the day.

Make sure you fill in the information on the back of the number.  This could be vital in cases of emergencies.  Fix your number to the front of your shirt with 4 safety pins.  (available at the collection desk).

Do not race in another person’s number.  This is against UK Athletics rules and can present huge problems with results and age group prizes as well as issues with emergencies. You can officially transfer numbers by contacting the Race Secretary. Anybody found to be racing in another person’s number will be disqualified and banned from future events.

Toilets and changing

There will be toilet facilities but no showers at the start/finish.

Baggage

There will be baggage storage at your own risk, so do not include valuables or clothes you want to see again.  Any clothing not reclaimed from the baggage area after 3.00 pm will be washed and donated to charity.

The Start

The race starts at 10.30 am.  If you miss the start by more than 5 minutes you start at your own risk and may find race support including marshals has been removed.

The Race

Personal music devices with headphones are allowed during the race.   Accompanying cyclists and dogs are not allowed in the race.

Follow the marshal instructions at all times and listen to any warnings of hazards ahead.  Recreational horse riders who have strayed on the course could be a significant hazard.  Please give them plenty of advance warning when approaching from behind and be prepared to stop if the horse becomes agitated. The race will have one or more lead marshals on horseback or bike.  They will not be carrying the race clock which will be located on the finish line.

The course will have mile markers and direction signs with marshals at all significant junctions unless the marshal has been called to an emergency. .

There are only 2 road crossings.  The marshals have no legal control over traffic and have no power to stop traffic.  The marshals are there to help you but ultimately you are responsible for your own safety.  Do not cross the road if a marshal stops you.  When you are allowed to cross the road, make your own final decision on how safe it is and when to do so.

Please do not go through the finish line twice as it plays havoc with the results and we will only record your slowest time!

Finish Cut Off time: the finish cut off time is 3 hours, to allow runners of all levels to compete.

Drinks

Water on the course will be provided in bottles, courtesy of Careys Manor Hotel, Senspa and The Montagu Arms at approximately.  Bins will be provided approximately 100m after the drink station but if you choose to continue running with your bottle please make sure you give it to any marshal further round the course together with any gel wrappers etc.  Every marshal will have a bin bag. Littering is unacceptable and will result in disqualification. Any runners reported littering will be excluded from the results.

Dropping out and medical cover

If you need to drop out for any reason, your nearest marshal will inform you of the nearest vehicle access point.  You may need to wait before being dropped back at Race Headquarters.  If you are unable to make it to the vehicle access point emergency pickup will be arranged.

Any runner unable to maintain a pace within a 2 hr finishing time will be asked to abandon the race.  If they chose to continue they do so at their own risk and accept that race support may be removed.

In case of medical emergencies we have Race Doctors at Headquarters and out on the course.  If you find another runner in need of assistance inform your nearest marshal or recruit other runners to do so.  All marshals will know how to contact our medical team and other help.  Do not delay in getting help especially if you have no formal first aid qualifications.

After the race

When you finish you will be given a goody bag containing various items.

Prize giving

Prize winners will have their prizes sent to them by post in the week following the race. A full set of results will be emailed to all competitors when available after the race.

Race Photography
A professional photographer will be in attendance and photographs will be available for purchase after the event.

Notes for Spectators
Passing personal drinks to competitors is not allowed under UKA rules but will be allowed in our race.  You can also leave personal drinks (which should be labelled with the competitors name and race number) at the drink stations.

See also:  Race Rules