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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.

Wickham Twilight – Race Instructions

The Wickham Twilight races are out & back, 5k or 10k, along the Meon Valley Trail, Wickham.

START TIME – The race starts promptly at 7pm.

PARKING – Parking is at The Wickham Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, either in the centre car park, or in the car park at the surgery at the top of Houghton Way. Parking is FREE

REGISTRATION – All race numbers need to be collected from The Wickham Centre before the race starts. The collection point is The Meon Room, which is situated at the rear of the centre.

TOILETS – There are toilets at the centre

COURSE DETAILS – IMPORTANT – This race is being held on the Meon Valley Trail. The trail is predominately compacted gravel, with some soft mud along a short part. There is also a short section of tarmac road at the start/finish.

MEDALS – Finishers medals will be handed to all runners at the finish line

TIMING – We are using chip timing for this event. We cannot stress enough, the importance of wearing your race bib/timing chip on the front of your shirt/vest. If it is not worn correctly the timing system may not register your finish time.

I always feel like an imposter!

Just over a year ago, following the 2018 Hundred Acres races, I was sent an email, calling me a charlatan!

I don’t mind admitting that at the time, I didn’t know exactly what I was being accused of being so I took to google, and what I saw made me both sad, and angry.

“a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill.”a self-confessed con artist and charlatan”

All of my working life, I have suffered from self doubt in my own ability and discovered that this is actually known as ‘Imposter Syndrome’.

“Impostor syndrome (also known as impostorphenomenon, impostorism, fraud syndrome or theimpostor experience) is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts his or her accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. “

This attack, by somebody who themselves had been the subject of bullying and name calling, also accused me of being homophobic!

To be honest, this all came as a bit of a shock and did nothing for my insecurity and self doubt, but I wasnt about to give up.

My ‘Imposter Syndrome’ has made me more resolute, and more intent on proving to nobody else but myself, that whilst I am not anywhere the best at what I do, I am ALWAYS the best at being who I am, what I am, and what I am capable of,

If that isn’t good enough for people, then I would prefer not to have to deal with them. There are plenty of races available to run, without people having to race the ones I organise, only for them to speak out and attack me again, for the lack of mud, for too much mud, for too many hills, for not enough hills.

Whether or not I am a charlatan, or an imposter, is for all of you to decide, but let me leave you with one thing to ponder.

All Rural Running events, are planned by me, the course is designed by me, the signs are put out by me, the race day preparations are done by me, the numbers are sent by me, emails are dealt with by me, the Race Director is me, the results are processed by me, the course is dismantled by me! This ‘hobby’ is something I do alongside a full time job that takes me away from home, and means I have to work some evening planning my activity. Saying all that, I am so lucky to have met lots of lovely people who are always happy to help, by giving up their time, to give something back. I am also blessed to have the support of an incredible wife, who selflessly gives up not only her time, but also her dining room table and spare bedrooms for the cause!

I will never be able to organise the ‘perfect’ race, but I will always try, with limited resources, to organise enjoyable, fun, and friendly events, offering value for money.

If I am indeed a charlatan, I think I am a pretty good one!

Finally …. Thank you all for continuing to support what I do, if you stop running, I’ll stop organising 🙂

Southwick 10k Instructions

Race Day Instructions

We will soon be holding our Southwick 10k Road Race, on the 19th May. We would like to thank the Southwick Parish Council, Winchester City Council, and the people of Southwick for their help and support.

Your race is a 10 km (approx) road race, comprising an out and back course on closed roads. Whilst roads are closed to through traffic, you should expect a small amount of traffic moving around the course. Please keep left on all parts of the course and use pavements when you can, for your own safety. Only cross any unclosed roads when it is safe to do so.

The start is in West Street, Southwick.

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 situated in the car park in Priory Road, just outside the main entrance to MOD Southwick Park.

Please note that the race starts at 9.30am, with a short safety brief, at the start line, at 9.20am.

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st placed male and 1st placed female. All finishers will receive a medal, which will be given to them at the finish line.


PARKING
Parking is extremely limited in the village of Southwick. Once again we will be using the car park outside MOD Southwick Park. There is a parking charge of £4 per car. Please ensure you have the correct money. We would encourage you to car share.

RACE NUMBERS
Some race numbers have been posted out. If you have not received yours, it will be issued to you on the morning of the trace from the car park.

WATER
There is a water station on the course at approximately 3km, 7km and at the finish. Please dispose of your cup/bottle thoughtfully

POST RACE REFRESHMENTS

The Golden Lion Public House, High Street, Southwick will be open for refreshments at the end of the race.

RESULTS

The results will be published in the hours following the end of the race on www.webscorer.com and on the Rural Running Events Facebook Group.

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 Southwick 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
Southwick 10k

Access to All

A few weeks ago we announced we were providing funding for 5 local runners to complete the England Athletics Guide Runner course. We had some doubters, who thought we were promising something we couldn’t deliver, but we delivered, and will continue to deliver.

We had more requests than we thought we could get places, so had to draw 5 names from the hat.

Yesterday, the first of our candidates completed the course, congratulations to them.

This now means, local club, Meon Valley Runners, and Lonely Goat Running Club, are able to accommodate Visually Impaired runners.

As an event organiser, we always said that our races should be accessible to all. With VI Guide Runner volunteers we are now able to accept entries from VI runners.

Any Guide Runner acting as a guide or a helper in any of our events, gets FREE entry.

We will continue to work to be all inclusive to everyone, because we believe that running should be something we can all do, irrespective of ability, gender, sexuality, race, or religion, or age.