Please read all our guidance below and watch our safety videos so you can know what to expect at the race.
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.
Each event may have subtle differences, but in general all event currently planned and open for registrations will follow the same format and rules as set out below.
Unless noted otherwise, we are not insuring the events with UK Athletics so your results will not be on their websites. Where we have an accredited and officially measured route, we will still be using these same routes so you can have full confidence in your official time. We are using an specialist event insurance company to insure the events.
If the roadmap published in Feb plays out, then our 2nd May Two Tunnels race will see runners start in groups 6. Cheddar on 12th/13th June in groups of 30. Lacock on 27th June, and future races should be back to normal with waves up to 150 runners.
All start times are based on the wave you select when you register. We retain the option to reduce a wave into smaller elements should that be what guidance suggests. Eg Wave 1A, Wave 1B. If you wish to be in the same wave as another runner then you MUST select the same irregular predicted finish time so we can pick you out. So rather than putting a predicted finish time of 1 hour (1:00:00) for a 10km, please put something like 1:00:34, along with any friend(s) you may wish to start with. You also need to select the same wave, eg Wave 1, in the first instance.
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. A member of the Relish team will be there to help with any questions.
There will be a walk through baggage collection tent. Please drop and collect your own bag, showing the baggage tag which matches your race number to the Relish team member to be able to leave the baggage tent.
Medals and post race snacks will be laid on desks for you to collect. Members of the Relish team will be there to help with any questions.
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. Water at the finish.
10km - no drinks station on the course, you need to be self sufficient. Water at the finish.
Half Marathon, Marathon, 50km - Drinks stations every 5km;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.
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!
- Please wear a face covering before and after the event; particularly around indoor type spaces such as toilet blocks, registration marquees and medal collection tents.
- If arriving by foot or bike, please aim to arrive with 30mins to spare before your start time. If arriving by shuttle bus (two tunnels), 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.
- Number collection, medal and post race snack collection are all self serve. Bag drop is supervised, you drop and collect your own bag and show the matching baggage label tag and race number tag to exit the tent with your bag.
- If you see some hand sanitiser, please apply it.
- Toilets are regularly cleaned throughout the day.
- 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 any shuttle buses (two tunnels races) 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.
- At the moment spectators are not permitted at the events (this should change in June 2021). When we can permit spectators it will be in a limited fashion, and please be aware that this permission may be withdrawn at any time so you need to be prepared for this possibility.
- 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.
- Follow the UK Athletics Code of Conduct for Runners and Spectators respectively.
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.
This means you need to keep the contingency date free when you book on to a race. If a race can not take place on the original date and you have made alternative plans on the contingency date, then we are not able to offer a refund.