Well, we are far beyond plan B, but you know what we are saying ;-) We have made this page rather than butchering the other 10km, Half Marathon and Marathon event pages because we hope to come back to them at some stage in the future. Please see below for full info on what we are working towards (rather than the other pages).
We have approval from the Safety Advisory Group for Events (SAGE) to hold this event 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.
We would love to have your support, to come together with us to celebrate that our event is happening, and to show that together we can make it a safe and fun race experience.
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. As this race has multiple distances it does mean the schedule now extends into the afternoon. This is the only safe way to manage the numbers. Hopefully after 4 months without a race, an afternoon run still sounds like a tempting prospect!
Runners will register to be part of a Wave with an allocated start window. Eg 11:00 - 13:30. 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 Half Marathon, Marathon and 50km courses and the shared use of the path, you will likely need to overtake someone at some point. If you need to overtake a runner then pass with a 2m+ distance. If you are overtaken you must drop back by 10m before attempting to repass - we are confident this happens naturally, so what we are really saying is don't start running neck and neck. There will be regular breaks between waves of runners.
Everyone runs as an individual, the only exception is a maximum of two runners starting together if they are from the same household. 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 had made alternative arrangements to insure the event as it look liked UK Athletics were not providing much info. It is unlikely we will have time to go back through them. This means your results will not appear on UK Athletics websites, but we are using the sameofficially measured routes.
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 13th August 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.
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.
- If arriving by foot or bike, please aim to arrive with 30mins to spare before your start time. If arriving by bus, please follow the recommend times and you should arrive 30-45mins 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 the whole park.
- Face coverings are required on the shuttle bus and when you move around the race site, before and after your run. Do not wear a face covering when you are running. If you lip read please contact us ahead of time so we can help with any additional arrangements that might be required.
- Spectators are not permitted at this time, this is to ensure we do not go over our total agreed number at the venue. We have some very nice little ideas to ensure there is some good finish line atmosphere.
- 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 accessible 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.
We are running all the distances as out and back routes. This has many advantages; it helps us create an event atmosphere on the course - you will see other people running! It keeps the event space contained and much easier to manage safely.
Our event plan is to have no more than 100 runners on the course at any one time. Equally spread, this would put one runner every 100m which gives you plenty of space to pass runners and members of the public at 2m+
The long tunnel is having the lights upgraded so only one side will be lit during the race. The tunnels remain open to the public as before, 24/7, so this shouldn't be an issue. We would just ask you to consider wearing a white or brightly coloured top, rather than dark colours ;-) No head torches required.
The 5km is a single lap course.
The 10km is a single lap course, the 50km is a 5 lap course - they share the same turn around point.
The Half Marathon is a two lap, the Marathon is a four lap - they share a different turn around point.
There is an 8.5hr cut off for the 50km. There is a 3hr cut off for the first 13.1 miles of the marathon.
The shuttle bus from Odd Down Park and Ride remains the primary way for people getting to the event - see event info page for details. If you are driving, then the shuttle bus is how you get to the event. As is required by our event, and by general law, face coverings must be worn on buses. The buses will be operating in line with current social distancing practices. We anticipate a bus will have no greater than 33% occupancy (more likely 20%) and it will travel with windows open. Please do not be tempted to park in the side streets. Even more so, the support of the local community is really paramount to the success of the event. If you are cycling there will be bike racks.
There will be portaloos. 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.We will ensure there is enough space for bags to well spaced on the floor beneath one of our tents (valuables left at own risk). There will be at least 1 caterer in attendance. There will be no changing rooms.
For covid safety and environmental reasons there will be limited on course refreshments. We are no longer offering water in cups. At the drinks stations you can either refill your own bottle from our jerry cans (hand sanitiser provided) or grab a 250ml cardboard boxed water. Please only grab a 250ml box of water if you are going to drink it all. We are working on the basis of;
5km - no drinks station on route, no change. Box water available at the finish
10km - no drinks station on the course, you need to be self sufficient. It is unlikely you will use a full 250ml water mid way into your 10km, so carrying your own water supply is more efficient, cuts out the risk of people waiting for a drink and it is less wasteful. Your route is shared by the HM and Marathon routes so you will see water available but please use it responsibly as noted above. Box water available at the finish.
Half Marathon, Marathon, 50km - jerry cans with water and high 5 electrolyte out on the course to top up your own supplies. Please apply hand sanitiser before using. Marshals will also wipe down the taps. Box water available at the finish.
On course drinks stations and the finish will also have snacks. 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.
500m Colourburst = £8, 2km Colourburst = £10, 5km = £20, 10km = £25, Half Marathon = £35, Marathon = £45, 50km Solo = £50, 50km Pair = £60
There is a 3hr cut off for the first 13.1 miles of the marathon.
Every finisher will receive one of our top quality two tunnels medals, with a ribbon specific to the distance you have run. There will be post race refreshments, sealed boxed water or jerry cans and a great selection of snacks.
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 22nd November