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).
If you have an existing place booked for our original race dates; 10th May, 12th July or 16th August please scroll down to the bottom to select a new start time. As previously noted, the 10th May races are carrying over to the 25th Oct, the 12th July races are carrying over to the 25th Oct OR 22nd Nov, and the 16th August race places can be confirmed for the 22nd Nov.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to confirm your new time slot.
Our new event format has been approved by Public Health England the Safety Advisory Group for Events. We have very detailed plans to ensure social distancing measures are in place through out your race day, along with additional hygiene measures in place through out the venue.
It is very important you familiarise yourself with our updated event plan, check out our safety plan and measures, so you can not what we will be asking of you on race day, and what you can expect from us. You can see all this info on our Safe Race page.
Runners will set off individually at 15-30 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 aftermonths 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..
To simply the routes, we are using all the Return Ticket routes. We are not using the Hilly Ticket or City Ticket routes for the time being as they involve narrow sections of route which would make social distancing very difficult.
All routes are out and back sections on the two tunnels path with different turn points for each distance to ensure it is accurate.
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. Bike racks are supplied for cyclists, please bring your own lock.
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. There is a cut of of 8.5hrs for the 50km.
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.
New bookings for 25th Oct will carry over to May 2021 (most likely Sunday 2nd May) if the event can not go ahead.
New bookings for 22nd Nov will carry over to Aug 2021 (most likely Sunday 15th August) if the event can not go ahead.