First Things First
- Check you’re on the Entry List >>>
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- Final Instructions Email.
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Get in Touch on Race Day
- Race Director: Simon Barnes (07939 102102)
- Race HQ: 0370 2183 102 (onsite)
- Shambles Emergency:
- Any Emergency: 999
- WHEN: Sunday 7th May 2017
- WHERE: Shambles (& surrounding street) , High St, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AP
Note: this is 100m away from previous HQs)
GL5 1AP (visit: Shambles Indoor Market )
- RACE NUMBER COLLECTION: 7:30am onwards
- RACE START: Marathon 9:00am/ Half 10:30am/ Quarter 11:15am
Directions & Car Parking
The following directions will take you to the recommended Car Park, Cheapside Car Park
From South Bath/Nailsworth on A46
Follow the A46 into Stroud, and straight over Junction with A419/Dr Newtons Bypass. At next Mini-Roundabout turn right to Town Centre and Station. At next Roundabout straight over and past the Station Car Park and into Cheapside Car Park
From North (Cheltenham, Gloucester)
Follow sign for A46, Nailsworth and once through the Bus Station, take a left at Merrywalks Mini-Roundabout for Town Centre and Stations. Straight over next roundabout, passed the Station Car Park and into Cheapside Car Park
Follow signs for Stroud and Stroud Train Stations and continue to Merrywalks Roundabout. Straight over towards Town Centre and then straight over passed the Train Station Car Park and into Cheapside Car Park
From Cirencester & M4
Follow sign for Stroud A419 and after 11 Miles from Cirencester you will reach Stroud, take a left onto Stroud Bypass/Dr Newtons Way. At the roundabout, turn right towards Cheltenham.
At next Mini-Roudabouts turn right to Town Centre and Station. At next Roundabout straight over and past the Station Car Park and into Cheapside Car Park
The Shambles (Race HQ) and Start/FInish sit in the centre of Town on a pedestrian only area, so no vehicles are allowed. However, there are 4 Car Parks within 5 minutes walk from the Race HQ/Start/Finish
Please don’t park in the Town Centre as it is very limited and locals need some space to gain access to their residence and others for the morning newspaper stop. Also please try to avoid Church Street Car Park for obvious reasons on a Sunday morning
Listed below are recommended Car Park
Cheapside Car Park, GL5 2AD – FREE on Sundays
Cheapside has easy access from all directions and is the largest Car Park that is free on Sundays. To get to race HQ head to the Train Station and go up and over the footbridge.
London Rd Surface Car Park, GL5 2AJ – FREE on Sundays
Note: Please make sure you haven’t turned into Waitrose Car Park and also the multi-storey at the back of this Car Park is closed on Sundays.
Stratford Park Leisure Centre, GL5 4AF – FREE
10-15 Minutes Walk away from the Town Centre, but plenty of spaces
Other Car Parks are available, including the Merrywalks Multi Storey, but this still has a charge on a Sunday. Link to Council Website of Car Parks
Please park considerately and with respect to local residents
Race Number Collection & Race HQ
Registration will open from 7:30am. Registration will take place in the Shambles indoor market hall.
UKA affiliated athletes and other Club members may be required to prove their Club Affiliation by showing their UKA licence or other respective ID at registration. Please remember your licence otherwise we may have to charge you the additional unaffiliated £2 on the day.
Attaching your Bib
Your Bib, which is also your timing chip, must be worn on the front of either your vest or shorts and must be visible at all times. If covered up, it will delay you at the Checkpoints and may not get registered on the Start/Finish line.
NOTE: Incorrect attachment may results in no finishing time
There are plenty of Public Toilets outside to the rear or the Town Hall on Bedford Street approx 200m fromRace HQ, which open automatically from 7am, including disabled, family/changing areas and urinals.
There is an area inside the Shambles, where you can leave baggage, but any items are left at your own risk.
Food & Hot Drinks
Hot Drinks , snacks and cake will be available from the kitchen within the Race HQ
You on Race Day
We want you to have a great running experience, however, if you feel unwell before the start please seek medical advice, do not take part or or if you still wish to take part then please check your fitness and look at www.runnersmedicalresource.com for information and advice related to running events
Be prepared – Weather
This is a challenging undulating/hilly long distance race (7.5, 13+ or 26+ Miles) on footpaths and trails and is being held in spring so please wear appropriate shoes and clothing for the terrain and weather conditions.
Previous Medical Conditions
If you have a known medical condition not declared upon event application or a change in a previous condition that you feel may affect you during this event, then you are advised to inform us as organisers of this change/addition.
Please give yourself plenty of time to arrive, park and register. The last thing you want on event morning is to panic because you are running late (pun intended). We would suggest one hour before your event start time.
Please assemble by the Start Line 10min before the start of your race for a safety briefing & last minute instructions.
The use of headphones or music players
The Race permit for this event strongly advises that runners do not wear personal headphones/earphones to listen to iPods, MP3 players, smartphones or other personal music players whilst participating in the event. Why? Running whilst wearing headphones/earphones significantly reduces your ability to hear traffic, individual vehicles, instructions and warnings from the police, marshals and other people, and generally distracts your attention, increasing the risk of accident or injury to yourself and possibly other people.
If however you choose to participate in the event using such a device you accept full responsibility for your own safety and for the safety of anyone else who may be affected by your acts or omissions.
NOTE: You must remove your ear plugs completely when approaching a Road Junction or Crossing and you will be disqualified if you don’t adhere to this request.
Insurance & Permit
Remember to familiarise yourself with the Association of Running Club rules before the event, information can be found at http://runningclubs.org.uk/ARC_rules.pdf
All of our marshals are there to help you, so if you have any issue during the event please let them know.
A route map will be available at the venue, but there are plenty of marshals and signs around the course. All road junctions will be marshalled or suitably have warning signs, but marshals are not there to help you cross the road and are by law not allowed to interfere with road traffic. You cross all roads (this includes Junctions even though you are on the main road/pavement) at your own risk, so please look left, look right and again before crossing the road.
There are also GPX files available of all routes on the maps & stats section >>>
Race Numbers should be attached to the front of your top or shorts.
The Start is on the High Street, 50m from Race HQ and just past Costa. Please line up 10 minutes before the start of your race inside the start area, which is clearly marked. Line up approx to your ability, but don’t panic as this is a long race and the footpaths are wide with plenty of room to give you the opportunity to find your pace.
Once the starting gun has been sounded, you ‘ll need to cross the Chip Timing Mats at the Start Line. Please ensure you remain inside the marked area, otherwise you may not get recorded.
If you have a problem or need advise please ask a Marshal who will assist you.
There are 8 Checkpoints for the Full Marathon, 4 for the Half Marathon & 1 for the Quarter, which will all have water available & First Aid.
Checkpoints 4 & 7 have Drop Off facilities for Marathon Runners. You can at that start put clearly marked items, which you want to have taken to Checkpoints 4 and/or 7, into the containers/vehicles for that checkpoint. You are solely responsible for labelling, putting in the correct container/car and then collecting at the Checkpoint. Please be aware that returning unused items will happen after the last runners has passed through that checkpoint and returned to Race HQ. Please don’t drop items off, other that rubbish at any checkpoints
- Brimscombe Hill Junction (3.2 Miles)
- Olympic Varnish, Knapp Lane (6.1 Miles)
- Mackhouse (9.9 Miles)
- Wallbridge (12.3 Miles)
Marathon Drop Bag Zone & Registration
- Ocean Bridge (15.5 Miles)
- Middelyard (17.7M)
- Ram Inn, Woodchester (20.7M)
Marathon Drop Bag Zone & Registration
- Amberley Bus Stop (23.1 Miles)
- Ocean Bridge (3.5 Miles)
- Middelyard (5.9M)
- Ram Inn, Woodchester (8.7M)
- Amberley Bus Stop (11.1 Miles)
- Amberley Bus Stop (4.4 Miles)
There is an 4pm cut-off time for this event, at which point the Marshal/Checkpoints will no longer be manned, but someone will be at the finish line with your medal and record your finish time manually.