Future Events – Postponed Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With additional restrictions of movement likely to be imposed over the weekend, and recognizing our moral responsibility to you the runners, to volunteers and to the residents of Wickham, we do not think it it appropriate for us to be facilitating increased traffic in the village.

We have therefore had to abandon our planned ‘turn up and go’ version of the race and postpone the race until the autumn.

All our races, by their nature, take place in rural locations, where there are small, very close communities, whose support we rely on heavily. One day, hopefully in the near future, Coronavirus will have gone, and we will return to those locations, and would hope to continue our relationships with local residents.

In the meantime, those who wish to run a either a 20 mile or 10k on their own route, or on the published route, can do so, and once we receive an email notifying us you have done so, we will send you your medal.

We are not in a position to offer refunds but over the coming weeks, for those that do not run the virtual, or cannot make the rescheduled date, we will offer a credit note to be used on any of our 2020/2021 races.

We have tried our best to come up with an acceptable workaround but we have to be mindful of the way that the virus can be carried and spread, and that this can happen very quickly, before you even know you have it.

Once again thank you all so much for your support. Michelle and I, as are some of you, heading into some very difficult times, which I am sure we will all get through, if we support each other.

Please stay safe, and take care.

Jeff

Coronavirus – COVID19

Coronavirus COVID-19

In light of the extraordinary effect the virus is having across the World, let alone the UK and with our events being temporarily suspended, we are extending the validity of any Advance Purchase Entry Vouchers.

Vouchers will continue to be valid for a period of 8 months from the date we recommence operations. Any voucher purchases for postponed races will continue to be valid for those races.

Our races are currently suspended until 30th April. All races programmed during that period can be run as a virtual race, or can be run in small groups. A course map/maps will be available for you to download shortly.

Beyond the end of April, the position is unclear. We will be taking our lead from both the UK Government and England Athletics.

Any further notices will be posted here and on the Rural Running Events Facebook group.

Knowle Village 10k

Race Day Instructions

We will soon be holding our Knowle Village 10k, on the 22nd March. We would like to thank the Wickham Parish Council, Winchester City Council, and the people of Knowle and Funtley for their help and support.

Your race is a 10 km (approx) mixed terrain race, comprising a single lap course, on open roads, gravel paths, muddy fields and wooded tracks. Whilst the roads are open to traffic, vehicles will be temporarily held until runners have passed through the road section. In Funtley, runners should keep to the pavement on the right hand side of the road.

The start is on the village green.

There is no need to register once you have your number and chip. However, any queries on the day, should be directed to the crew in the Race HQ, which is will be situated on the village green, adjacent to the start.

Please note that the race starts at 9.00am, with a short safety brief, at the start line, at 8.50am.


PARKING
Parking is extremely limited in the village of Knowle. Please respect the local residents by NOT parking in allocated parking bays around the village. There are a few ‘Visitor’ parking spaces around the village. Alternatively, there is a large car park just off the A32, off the Knowle Road roundabout. This will mean you will have a 20 minute walk to the start, so please leave yourself plenty of time.

RACE NUMBERS
Some race numbers have been posted out. If you have not received yours, it will be issued a replacement on the morning of the race from Race HQ.

WATER
There is a water station on the course at approximately 5km and at the finish. Please dispose of your cup/bottle thoughtfully

RESULTS

The results will be published on the www.ruralrunningevents.com website, a link to which will be posted on the Rural Running Events Facebook page.

MARSHALLS
The course will be marshalled where deemed necessary in the interest of safety, but all turns and changes in direction will be clearly marked. Proceed with caution at all junctions and crossings. Ultimately, you are responsible for your own safety on course.

If you know anybody who is not taking part but would like to be involved, we still need marshals for the event. Please pass on my email address to them.

DISCLAIMER
By taking part in the Knowle Village 10k you declare you are fully aware of the actual and potential risks in participation in this event. You declare that you will not compete in the race unless you are medically fit on the day of the race and that, in any case, you will compete at your own risk.
To the extent permitted by law, you accept that the organisers and sponsors of the race, or any of their agents, will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, costs or expenses, which may arise in consequence of your participation of the event.
Nothing in these terms of use shall exclude or limit the liability of the organisers or their agents for death or personal injury due to its negligence or for its fraud you grant your permission to Rural Running and its sponsors, assigns and licenses to use or authorise others to use photographs, motion pictures, recordings, data or any other record of your participation in this event for any legitimate purpose without remuneration
By starting the race you acknowledge that you have read and understand the above.

Kind regards
Jeffrey Clark
Race Organiser
Knowle Village 10k



Fizz & Chips

Race Day Instructions

The Fizz & Chips runs take place on the 12th February 2020. The race starts at 7pm, following a race brief on the start line at 6.50pm.

All runners MUST wear a Head/Chest torch or carry a torch.

The Start Line is on the Meon Valley Trail, adjacent to the FREE car park in Station Close. The races finish is in the same place.


Parking

There is free parking at the Wickham Centre and at the free car park in Station Close, alongside the Meon Valley Trail. In the event all the free parking is taken, there is Pay & Display parking in Wickham Square, a 3 minute walk from the start.

Medical Services

We have once again engaged the services of our Medical Team. Please seek their advice if you are feeling unwell before the race. During the race, if there is a medical emergency, the first call should be to the Race Director, on 07472 220433. Please put this number into your phone contacts. In the event you are unable to get an answer, you should seek medical assistance by calling 999.

Finish Line Treats

Every finisher will receive a glass of prosecco and a portion of freshly cooked chips. Once you have got your chips/fizz, please move away from the area so as to allow others to get theirs.

Water

There will be NO on course water stations for this event. However, there will be water at the finish for those not wanting to partake in a glass of ‘fizz’.

Medals

All finishers will receive a medal on the finish line.

Southcoast 50

Race Day Instructions

The Southcoast 50 place on the 2nd February 2020. The 50k race starts at 8am on the western end of the promenade in Littlehampton, near to West Green Car Park.

The Start Line is on the promenade itself.

All runners must on the start line by 7.50am

Race Numbers will be posted out by first class post to the address used on the registration

The Course

The 50km course is a single East/West leg, from Littlehampton to Portchester. It is a self guided route, with a number of checkpoints along the way. These checkpoints are at the following locations

Bognor Regis (Outside Butlins SCW)

Pagham (Summer Lane)

Chichester (Railway Station)

Emsworth (Queen Street)

Cosham (Atop Portsdown Hill)

A course description and route will be sent out with the race numbers, as will a copy of these instructions.

Parking

There is a pay and display car park near to the start for any spectators/supporters.

There is also FREE parking at the finish at Portchester Castle. We are offering transport from Portchester Castle to the Start. The transport will leave Portchester Castle at 6.15am prompt. The start will only delayed for a late arrival of runners using the official transport.

Bag Drop

There will be a bag drop available at the start. Bags will be transported to the finish.

Toilets

There are toilets close to the start. There are also Public Toilets along the route, as well as at the finish.

Medical Service

We have once again engaged the services of our Medical Team. Please seek their advice if you are feeling unwell before the race. During the race, if there is a medical emergency, the first call should be to the Race Director, on 07472 220433. Please put this number into your phone contacts. In the event you are unable to get an answer, you should seek medical assistance by calling 999.

Water

There will be a water at the water/feed stations on the course. Runners must make sure that they declare any allergies to the volunteers manning the feed stations as the food on offer may contain various allergens.

Medals

All finishers will receive a medal on the finish line as well as a goody bag.

Equipment

All runners must be in possession of a fully charged mobile phone and must be carrying enough money to be able to get themselves home should they need to. Runners MUST inform the RD on 07472 220433 if they abandon their race between the check in points.

We would also recommend runners carry a spare pair of dry socks, as part of the course may be covered in surface water.

In the unlikely event this event is cancelled due to circumstances out of our control, every effort will be made to arrange an alternative event, but this cannot be guaranteed. No refunds will be given as a result of either the cancellation, or runners not being able to make the rearranged event.

Twixmas 10k & 5k

Race Day Instructions

The Twixmas 10k & 5k runs take place on the 29th December 2019. The 10k race starts at 10am, with the 5k starting a short time after following a race brief on the start line at 9.50am.

The Start Line on the field at Wicor Recreation Ground, AFC Portchester, Cranleigh Road, Portchester

All runners must collect their numbers by 9.45am

Number collection for this event is at AFC Portchester. It is important that runners wear their numbers on the front and do not cover it as the race timing system may not detect your number and you will not get a time recorded.

Parking

There is a free car park at AFC Portchester, but be warned, the car park does fill up with dog walkers and other users of the ground.

Refreshments

There is a kiosk at the ground selling hot and cold drinks, burgers, bacon rolls etc

Bag Drop

There will be a bag drop available at the ground. However, runners leave their bags etc at their own risk.

Toilets

There are toilets in the changing rooms, situated in the car park car park.

Medical Service

We have once again engaged the services of our Medical Team. Please seek their advice if you are feeling unwell before the race. During the race, if there is a medical emergency, the first call should be to the Race Director, on 07472 220433. Please put this number into your phone contacts. In the event you are unable to get an answer, you should seek medical assistance by calling 999.

Water

There will be a water at the water station on the course for the 10k runners, at approximately 5k.

Medals

All finishers will receive a medal on the finish line.

In the unlikely event this event is cancelled due to circumstances out of our control, every effort will be made to arrange an alternative event, but this cannot be guaranteed. No refunds will be given as a result of either the cancellation, or runners not being able to make the rearranged event.

Turkey & Tinsel Trot

Event Instructions

With just over 2 weeks until our Turkey & Tinsel trot at Portchester Castle, and with the event now all but full, we are publishing the Event Instructions.

The Event

The Turkey & Tinsel Trot is a multi-lap, timed challenge, offering runners the opportunity to either run a marathon distance, or lesser distances, in multiples of approximately 3.5km.

Runners can run individually, or as a team (minimum of 2, maximum of 6). Each team must run a total of 12 laps between them.

For example: A team of 4, running 3 laps together, will have run the 12 laps required, so ALL team members will qualify for the full set of medals. It is the accumulative total of laps run by the team that counts towards the medal.

The challenge starts at 10am, in the small ‘meadow’ to the right of the main castle entrance. Runners must have started their final lap by 4pm. After this time, no further laps may be started.

PARKING

As a condition of our permit to be able to run this event, we have been asked to instruct ALL entrants to use the main village car park, in Asshetton Court, of Castle Street. The start area is a short 7-minute walk from this car park.

PLEASE DO NOT PARK AT THE CASTLE CAR PARK

Parking at the castle is reserved for Marshals and Volunteers, and for visitors to Portchester Castle and St Mary’s Church.

TOILETS

There are Public toilets 150m from the start, which is on the course, 2/3  around each lap. There are also toilets at the car park in the village. Please make use of these toilets.

MEDICAL SERVICES

We have our own medical Team at the Start/Finish, as well as several medically trained volunteers around the course, as well as also taking part in the event. If, at any time either before, or during the event, you feel unwell, please make sure you report to the start area, or inform one of the on-course medical team who will be wearing armbands.

MEDICAL EMERGENCY

The default for any medical emergency out on the course is to call 999.

FOOD AND DRINK

With each lap being 3.5km, we are not placing any water stations out on the course, but there will be a drinks and food station at the start/finish area. This will include water/jelly babies/energy bars. Please make sure you are adequately hydrated.

For finishers, there will be mince pies, mulled wine, and other festive fancies!!

MEDALS

ALL runners, whether they be team members of individual runners, who meet the lap count criteria, will receive all four medals, making up the ‘Christmas Dinner’.

The medals are as follows

3 laps – a starter

6 laps – a main course

9 laps – a dessert

12 laps – a drink and a cracker

TIMING

We are chip timing all runners. The system will also count laps run by individuals and team members. Each team member MUST run a minimum of 1 lap.

Numbers must be worn to the front to be read by the sensors. Any runner wearing their number anywhere other than on their front, may not be counted, and therefore may not meet the lap count criteria. NO COUNT – NO MEDAL.

THE COURSE

  1. From the Start, head along Castle Street (away from the castle) and turn left into Hospital Lane.
  2. At the end of Hospital Lane, turn right (but keep left) and run along the coastal footpath. Do not run along the private driveway.
  3. At the end of the coastal footpath, you will reach a grassy area. You must run clockwise around the metal fence around the children’s play area.
  4. When you have gone ¾ way around the fence, bear left and run up Kenwood Road, keeping to the pavement on the right.
  5. Approximately 250m along Kenwood Road, you will be directed onto Wicor Path, where you turn to your right onto the path. Continue along the path to end, at its junction with Castle Street.
  6. When you reach Castle Street, exercise extreme caution, as this is a crossing point. You MUST only cross the road if directed to do so by the marshalls.
  7. Once you have crossed Castle Street, turn to your left and stay on the pavement.
  8. Approximately 250m along the pavement, you will be directed to turn right onto a footpath leading into Castle Shore Park. Stay on this path.
  9. Near to the end of this path, turn left through a narrow gap and continue straight along a well-trodden, established track. Do not deviate from this path until directed to do so by sign/marshall.
  10. At the end of this path, turn sharp right and head towards the coastal path. On reaching the path, turn right onto the coastal path and follow this path.
  11. When you reach a set of ‘steps’, go down the steps and turn to your left, continuing along the coastal path until directed, after approximately 250m, to turn right onto a muddy path.
  12. This path will take you to the car park. Cross the car park and turn left. This is where you will find the public toilets.
  13. Continue along this path the point where you rejoin the coastal path, and then turn right, running around the outside of the castle wall, until you reach the main castle entrance.
  14. THIS IS THE END OF YOUR FIRST LAP.
  15. Continue onto your 2nd and subsequent laps. You are FREE to break out for a drink at this point.

This event is a FUN challenge, not an Olympic trial event so please treat it as such.

Please also be aware that we do not have exclusive use of any part of the course and as such I would ask that you pay due respect to other users of the paths, pavements and tracks.

RESULTS

We will publish a set of results/times as soon as we can. They will be published on our website

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