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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

www.ruralrunningevents.com/blog

Remembrance 5k & 10k

Race Day Instructions

The Remembrance 5k & 10k runs take place on the 9th November 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.

There will be a pre race warm up for both races, conducted by Portsmouth Outdoor Fitness

The Start Line is on the Monument Lane, adjacent to the Royal Armories Museum at Fort Nelson. PO17 6AN. The races finish is in the same place.

All runners must register at Fort Nelson by 9.45am.

Number collection for this event is at Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, Portchester, from 8am. Those of you that have purchased tee shirts should collect them from registration. 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 on Portsdown Hill Road, opposite Fort Nelson. Parking at Fort Nelson in the main car park is available at £3 per car. The gates to the car parks will NOT open until 8am. Please do not turn up early.

Refreshments

There is a cafe situated inside the Museum Building, serving hot and cold snacks and drinks.

Toilets

There are toilets situated in the museum building as well as in the 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, and for the 5k runners at approximately 2.5k. There will be water at the finish for all runners.

Medals

All finishers will receive a medal on the finish line.

Wickham Torchlight 2

Race Day Instructions

The Wickham Torchlight runs take place on the 11th October 2019. 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.

All runners must register at the Meon Valley Centre by 6.45pm.

Number collection for this event is at The Wickham Centre, PO17 5AL from 5.30pm.


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.

Water

There will be water at the water stations on the course for the 10k runners, but not for the 5k runners. However, there will be free water at the finish for all runners.

Water station will be at the turn point 5k.

Medals

All finishers will receive a medal on the finish line.

Wickham Wine Runs – Race Day Instructions

The Wickham Wine Runs take place on the 15th September 2019. The race starts at 10.30am, following a race brief on the start line at 10.15am.

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.

All runners must register at the Meon Valley Centre by 10am.

There is no number collection for this run as it is not being timed.


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.

Water

There will be limited water at the water stations on the course for the 10k runners, but not for the 5k. However, there will be free water at the finish for all runners.

Water stations will be at 2.5k, 5k, and 7.5k

All runners will receive a plastic wine glass when they register at The Wickham Centre. This needs to be carried throughout the race. There will be NO wine glasses at any of the wine stops.

Medals

All finishers will receive a medal on the finish line. Please dispose of your wine glass in the bin by the finish line.

Turkey & Tinsel Trot

The Turkey and Tinsel Trot, on the 1st December, is a multi lap challenge held around the roads and trails of Portchester Castle.

The challenge is open to both individuals and teams.

The objective is for runners/teams to run in sets of 3 laps to earn the four courses of their christmas dinner!

The amazing medal consists of 4 sections, each representing a course.

3 laps – A starter , 6 laps – main course , 9 laps – dessert, 12 laps – Christmas Cracker

These laps can be run by team members together, or as a relay, as long as the team run a total of 12 laps between them.

Each lap is approximately 4km, meaning the 12 lap challenge is a marathon.

Laps will automatically counted, with the challenge being chip timed.

Fancy dress is encouraged but not compulsory, with the most creative being awarded a prize.

There will be plenty of water and snacks available throughout the event.

Wickham 10k Marshalls

Marshall Positions MP Position Instructions Name Contact No MP1 Top of Mill Lane Ensure road closure is enforced, and that runners continue onto Pricketts Hill – Vicky Hayes


MP2 Top of Prickets Hill Ensure road closure is enforced, and that runners turn right onto High Street, keeping to the RH side of the road
Andrew Clarke / Sarah Haynes


MP3 Station Road / Twynhams Hill Direct tunners to turn to their right onto Twynhams Hill
Kate Viney


MP4 Twynhams Hill / Hospital Lane Direct runners to turn left onto Hospital Lane
Lisa Rogers


MP5 Hospital Lane / Gravel Hill Direct runners to turn right onto Gravel Hill and cross road onto pavement when safe to do so or when directed to do so
Annemarie Jackson


MP6 Gravel Hill / Bishops Wood Road crossing point Runners should be directed to cross Forest Road onto Gravel Hill, only when safe to do so. Runners should be directed to keep to their left and remain on the pavement
William Barker / Lynsey McDonald


MP7 Gravel Hill / Mislingford Road Direct runners to cross road and into Mislingford Road. Runners should be directed to keep to the left hand side of the road
Joanne Patricia Woods


MP7 Mislingford Road / Bishops Wood Road crossing point
Runners should be directed to cross Bishops Wood Road onto Newmans Hill, only when safe to do so. Runners should be directed to keep to their left
Louise Lamb / Jacqueline Fit Lumps Healy


MP8 Newmans Hill / Hospital Lane The closure of Hospital Lane should be enforced and runners directed to continue along Frith Lane towards Wickham
Mary Shepherd


MP9 Water Station Water Station in entrance to CeeJay Ltd – Katie Cox-Hockey / Emma Darby


MP10 Medals and water – Claire

Wickham 10k Road Race – Race Day Instructions

The 3rd Wickham 10k Road Race takes place on the 18th August, starting at 9.30am.

Below are the Race Day Instructions. These instructions contain important information for those taking part.

LOCATION – The race starts on Mill Lane, just to the north of the entrance into Houghton Way, and The Wickham Centre.

PARKING – We have been asked to request that runners and spectators avoid parking in Wickham Square, instead they should use the FREE parking at The Wickham Centre, at the Surgery in Houghton Way and in Station Close, adjacent to the Meon Valley Trail. Please note that Mil Lane will be closed from Blind Lane, and from The Wickham Centre from 8am.

REGISTRATION – Race numbers should be collected from the Registration Point, inside The Wickham Centre from 8am.

TOILETS – There are toilets in The Wickham Centre. These toilets will be accessible from 8am

TIMING – The race is chip timed. The timing chips will be attached to the race bibs. It is essential that the race bibs are worn on the front of runners shirts/vests. If not, there is a risk of the chip not being read by the system. Results will be available live during the race and a link to the posted results will also be sent via SMS to all runners.

FIRST AID – We have our own medical team, consisting of a lead paramedic, who has a team of first aid trained, medical professionals working under him, most of whom will be taking part and as such will be out on course. They will be distinguishable by a yellow ‘MEDIC’ armband. If you require any medical attention or feel unwell, before, during, or immediately after the race, you should speak to one them.

MEDALS – All runners will receive a bespoke medal once they have finished.

THE COURSE – The course is all on road. It consists of a single, clockwise lap. The roads will be closed to THROUGH TRAFFIC.

You should exercise caution when approaching road junctions as there may be some local traffic using the roads. We would ask that you follow the instructions given to you by marshals and by signs.

There will be a water station at approximately 5km. Please dispose of your cup thoughtfully.

Portchester Castle 10k – Race Day Instructions

The 4th Annual Portchester Caste 10k takes place on the 28th July, starting at 9.30am.

Below are the Race Day Instructions. These instructions contain important information for those taking part.

LOCATION – The race starts on the footpath into Castle Shore Park, which lies to the north of the castle, adjacent to the coastal path. The footpath is accessible from Castle Street, or from the Castle Main Car Park.

PARKING – We have been asked to request that runners and spectators avoid parking at the castle, instead they should use the main village car park, which is situated in Asshetton Court, off Castle Street. The Start/Finish is just a short walk from the car park. Parking in the main village car park is FREE. There also public toilets at the car park, with more toilets near to castle, in the main car park.

REGISTRATION – Race numbers should be collected from the Registration Point, on the field, near to the Start/Finish. Number collection will be open from 8am and will close promptly at 9.15.

TOILETS – As previously stated, there are toilets at the main village car park, as well as at the castle car park.

TIMING – The race is chip timed. The timing chips will be fixed to the back of the race bibs. It is essential that the race bibs are worn on the front of runners shirts/vests. If not, there is a risk of the chip not being read by the system. Results will be available live during the race and a link to the posted results will also be sent via SMS to all runners.

FIRST AID – We have our own medical team, consisting of lead paramedic, who has a team of first aid trained, medical professionals working under him, most of who will be taking part and as such will be out on course. They will be distinguishable by a yellow ‘MEDIC’ armband. If you require any medical attention or feel unwell, before, during, or immediately after the race, you should speak to one them.

MEDALS – All runners will receive a bespoke medal once they have finished. There will be trophy for the 1st placed male and female runners.

THE COURSE – As has been the case in previous years, the course consists of a number laps. The course map can be viewed by clicking here https://www.strava.com/routes/19753552

The loop off to the left of the filed/path is only run on the first lap, not on the 2nd and 3rd laps.

It is also important that the when running the grassy area at the southern end of Kenwood Road, runners go around the metal fence that surrounds the playground, before heading up Kenwood Road, to turn right into Wicor Path. When runners reach the end of Wicor Path, they could exercise caution as this road is open to traffic. ALL runners should cross the road at this point, before turning left and running on the pavement. NO runners are to run on the road on this segment.