A great venue with free on site parking and wide open running in the Bath countryside. The route is 100% grass and it is nice and flat. It is a 1 lap 5km and a 2 lap 10km. The route is relatively compact so you will see other runners from a distance on others part of the route.
Runners will set off individually at 30 second intervals. We still do the timing, you do the running. We are working with a maximum of 100 runners on the route at any one time, this works out at 1 runner every 100m on average.
Runners will register to be part of a Wave with an allocated start window. Eg 09:00 - 10:30. Runners within a Wave will be set off at 30 second intervals by seeding runners fastest to slowest, (predicted times to be supplied when you register). Organising runners fastest to slowest will reduce the need for runners to overtake, though due to the lapped nature of the course there will be overtaking required at points during the race.
Everyone runs as an individual, the only exception is a maximum of two runners starting together if they are from the same household bubble. Please only start as a pair if you intend to run the whole event together and you must run in single file at all times so that social distanced over taking can be achieved. If a household pair wishes to start at the same start time, you must select the same predicted time so that you appear next to each other in the start list. Please select a slightly obscure time to facilitate this, eg 24 mins, 12 seconds rather than 25mins, 0 seconds.
We have a 5km Canicross race with runners starting from 09:00. The start format will be the same as described above. You will have your own allocated time on the course. In the unlikely event you see other runners on the course, and they need to overtake, place give them the space to pass.
Race numbers will be laid out on desks with a paper weight. You can pull your race number out from under the paper weight without handling the paper weight. Grab a few safety pins and you are set.
When you register you will have to select a predicted finish time which will be used to seed runners in your wave from fastest to slowest. Start lists will be published online on Thursday 9th September confirming your individual start time. You need to look up your race number and your individual start time.
The start area is a place where everyone needs to be mindful of their social distancing. To make this as comfortable as possible for everyone we will lay out a grid of stakes so that people waiting can be well spaced (yellow Xs), and so that when the next starter is called up (to the pink Xs), there is space for people to easily move through the waiting runners.
The first five runners (those with the five quickest predicted start times) will be called up the start line together and take up positions as the next five runners to start, (pink Xs). When the first runner starts, everyone on a pink X moves up one space and the 6th runner will be welcomed to the start line.
We have approval from the Safety Advisory Group for Events (SAGE) for this new event format, which is hugely exciting, and we feel is a real testament to the seriousness that we approach our events. This SAGE is local version of the national team that advises the government on safety. On the board are Public Health England, police, ambulance service and all council departments within Bath and North East Somerset Council. This is the highest level of approval an event can receive, it serves as the strongest signal that an event can have that we are doing things right. Whilst you read the event plan below, some of the format will be new, some things have changed, but this is absolutely the only way an event can be held right now.
To keep inline with government guidance and our SAGE review, we have some easy to follow rules which I am sure you are all used to by now. Best summarised as; be socially distanced, apply hand wash/hand sanitiser and wear a face covering (not during your run), respect other users on the route. In more detail;
- Please do not attend the event if you have displayed any covid symptoms in the 14 days in the run up to the event.
- Please download the Track and Trace App to your phone...you know you will end up doing it eventually so lets do it now!
- If arriving by foot or bike, please aim to arrive with 30mins to spare before your start time. Please make your way from the race site 30mins after you finish your race.
- We are practising a 2m+ social distance policy, we have the luxury of space so we are going to make good use of it. One way systems will be in play with socially distanced markers on the floor where you might need to queue.
- If you see some hand sanitiser, please apply it.
- Gatherings of 6 may only take place away from the main race areas; please don't meet up by the start line, or the finish area. We have use of a large site :-)
- Spectators...confirmed spectators are not permitted. Sorry. In light of the recent announcements we felt this was the most appropriate course of action.
- We are not performing temperature checks pre race. If you do not feel well in any way, do not attend the event. Covid tests are not available on site.
- The course is largely on private land, with a few very quiet parts which are shared with to the public. As always, our definition of a successful event is one that our runners enjoy and one that the wider community enjoys. More so than ever, it is vital you respect the space of other users, there are far more significant matters at play here than chasing a new PB. Please give way to other users if you can not pass safely.
- The Relish staff will be wearing PPE; masks, gloves/hand sanitiser, visors or screens will be used when we need to work more closely with you and each other.
The route is all grass and very flat, just 30m height change per 5km lap, though to be honest I am not sure where those 30m are, it could just GPS trickery.
The route is nice and compact enabling you to see runners at different parts of the course as you go. There is also plenty of space for easy overtaking. There are just two short sections of 20m where there is no over taking.
The 5km is a single lap course, the 10km route is two laps bringing you back through the start/finish area to get a cheer from the waiting runners as you start your second lap.
There is free on site parking at the race and bike racks for cyclists. We ask you only enter the main event area 30mins before your start time and leave 30mins after your finish time. The nearest public transport would be a bus to the Lansdown Park and Ride. From here it is an approximately 2km walk to the start area.
There are toilets on site which will be regularly cleaned throughout the day. There will be a self serve, but supervised bag drop facility - you drop and retrieve your own bag and show that your baggage label and race number match. There will be at least 1 caterer in attendance. There will be no changing rooms.
For covid safety and environmental reasons there will be no on course water stations therefore please come prepared with your own bottle for the run.
After the race we will have sealed bottles of water for all runners, or we can refill your own containers with water and there will be bottled water. They will be in sealed individual packets; chocolate, mini soreen loaves, haribo, tribe bars (vegan) etc. We will not be offering our usual selection of fresh fruit.
Only advanced registrations will be possible. There will be no on the day sign ups for any of the events.
5km = £20 min age 12, or adult accompanied min age 10
10km = £25 min age 14.
Every finisher will receive one of our top quality medals. There will be post race refreshments, sealed water (or jerry can refills) and a great selection of snacks.
Adult accompanied option - must run with the young runner for the whole run. Free unless you wish to claim a finisher's medal, in which case we ask you sign up as usual and select the same start time so that you appear next to each other in the start lists.
Please download the Track and Trace App to your phone...you know you will end up doing it eventually so lets do it now!
Whilst it feels like life is returning to normal, and we sincerely hope it is, there is the potential for further disruption which could come into play at any time. In this event we will still owe payment to our suppliers; medical cover, portaloos etc which we will honour. This means we will have to pay for these facilities twice, in full again on the rearranged date which will put a big hole in the funds. This does mean we won't be in a position to offer a refund, but we will honour your booking and transfer to our contingency date of 12th September 2021.