Event details and schedule
BALDOCK BEAST MULTI-TERRAIN
HALF MARATHON 2018
Sunday 25th February 2018
Starting at 10:00am
BALDOCK BEAST MULTI-TERRAIN
HALF MARATHON 2018
Notice to all Entrants
Welcome to the seventh annual Baldock Beast Multi-terrain Half Marathon, organised by the Baldock Events Forum. We do hope you enjoy the race and hope that you will continue to support us in the many years to come.
Please take the time to read this booklet carefully as there are important points about parking, race pack collection, race etiquette etc that will help to ensure that your run is trouble free and enjoyable.
We warmly thank all our Race Sponsors, who have donated prizes, provided us with essential equipment and helped us financially:
• Amber Health
• DB Sharp & Sons
• Extreme Scaffolding
• Floyd Automatic
• Gallery 1066
If after reading this booklet you still have any questions please contact me, Richard Harbon, Race co-ordinator on 07496 367275 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also contact me with any booking or payment enquiries.
There will be no mailing out of race packs. Race packs consisting of a race number, timing chip and baggage tag can be collected by competitors at the following venue and times:
Templars Hotel in Baldock High Street – please click on this link for directions http://templarshotelandcarvery.co.uk/
Saturday 24th February between 1.30pm and 3.30pm
Sunday 25th February (Race Day) between 8am and 9.15am.
Please note that no race packs will be given out after 9.15am on race day. Competitors are strongly advised to collect their race packs either on Saturday 24th February or on Sunday 25th February before 9am. Participants who have not collected their race packs by 9.15am on race day will not be allowed to race.
Runners are requested not to park along Clothall Road so as to avoid congestion. There will be Sunday morning football both at Hartsfield School and Bakers Field so please do not park on Clothall Road.
Runners are asked to park in the High Street Car Park outside of Templars Hotel and the Simpson Drive Car Park which is located at the back of the Baldock Community Centre. There is also parking at Tesco’s which is located at the top of Baldock High Street.
Please be considerate to our neighbours by not parking on Clothall Road or the side streets surrounding the race start point on the Clothall Common estate, e.g. Barley Rise, Chauncy Gardens, Merchants Walk etc.
Changing and Baggage
Unfortunately, there are no changing facilities for runners prior to the race start.
There will be a truck available at the race start /finish venue for the storage of participant’s baggage. Please secure your baggage tag (provided to you in your race pack) to your bag and hand it in at the baggage drop off point. Your baggage tag number will be the same as your race number. Your timing chip is built into your race number and is protected by a foam pad. Do not remove the foam pad! To reclaim your bags runners will be required to show their race number as proof of baggage ownership. Bags will not be returned without a race number. Runners are reminded that any kit left during the race is at the owner’s risk.
There will be up to 8 portaloos available at the race start/finish point on the Old Wallington Road.
To avoid upsetting local residents and other competitors please ensure you use the toilets provided – do not be tempted by a nearby tree or bush!
If you have any allergies or medical conditions, please write them in waterproof ink on the back of your race number.
Hearts Medical Services will be in attendance on race day. All race marshals will be required to have access to a mobile phone on the day so that Hearts Medical Services can be contacted if any runner becomes unwell or picks up an injury. Hearts Medical Services are providing vehicular support to this event so that issues can be dealt with swiftly and effectively.
Along the race course there will be 4 water stations which will be providing water and energy drinks. On completion of the race all runners will be given a bottle of water and a banana.
We will be providing both pre and post race refreshments at the start / finish point at the Old Wallington Road. This will include teas, coffees, soups and fruit drinks. There will also be a BBQ selling bacon & sausage rolls and burgers.
We are in the process of securing special deals for runners and their families / supporters at the various pubs and cafes in Baldock for the weekend of the race. These will be e-mailed to all runners during the week prior to the event. The businesses and eateries of Baldock look forward to greeting you during the Baldock Beast weekend and hope that you stay long after the race and visit in the future.
The organisers would like to remind you that you have entered this race at your own risk and that they will in no way be liable for any injury before, during or after the event.
A provisional list of results will be displayed in the medals/trophy marquee as they become available on the day. Race results will be shown showing both gun time and chip time. All race trophies will be awarded based on the gun times!
Results will be available from the chip timings website from 7pm on race day at www.galeforce-events.com . A full list of results will also be published on the Baldock Events Forum website at www.baldockbeast.co.uk as soon as possible after the race.
For safety reasons runners are advised not to use MP3 Players or ipods during the race so that they can hear traffic and also listen to instructions provided by the marshals. Runners are reminded that the course does include several right hand turns and that extra caution must be used at these turnings. The use of MP3 players or ipods is therefore not recommended and runners use them at their own risk.
All runners are requested to congregate at the Race Start Point at least 15 minutes prior to the race start time of 10am.
Runners are requested to congregate next to the marker according to their predicted finish time. This will range from finish times of 1h 30 or less / 1h 40 or less / 1h50 or less / 2hours or less / 2h 10 or less. Please stand in the area for your predicted finish time so as not to hold up runners.
Please note that this course is not suitable for wheelchairs and runners must NOT be accompanied or followed by cyclists.
Runners who wish to run with their dogs are advised that they must start at the back of the race and that the dog must be kept on a short lead at all times. Runners with dogs must also be advised that the Association of Running Clubs Public Liability Insurance will not cover runners with dogs.
Runners are reminded that they must wear their race number on the front of their vest/t-shirt. Failure to do so will lead to disqualification from the race.
Runners must keep left in all cases, unless otherwise directed by Marshals, as failure to do this may jeopardise future events and may also lead to disqualification. Along certain sections of the course there are no white lines in the middle of the road. Please ensure that you keep in to the side at all times. Where there are white lines runners must ensure they keep to the left hand side. Failure to do so may lead to disqualification.
Due to the narrowness of the course runners are asked to run no more than 3 abreast.
Runners are advised that this is a multi-terrain half marathon which includes sections on uneven gravel paths, over fields and through sometimes marshy woodland. Runners are advised to take particular care with footing on the off-road sections of the course so as to avoid trips and sprains.
There will be four water stations along the route as well as at the finish. (See refreshment section for more detail.)
Markers are provided at every mile. There will be ample marshalling and supervision around the course with transport back to the start from the support vehicle if required. Runners are reminded that they must follow the instructions and advice from marshals at all times. Failure to follow marshal instructions will lead to disqualification.
Once you have crossed the finish line runners are asked to move away from the area so as not to cause congestion at the race finish point.
All race memorabilia will be available to runners at the race start /finish point directly on finishing the race. This will include a medal, a bottle of water and a banana.
The baggage reclaim is at the start / finish point so that runners can get wrapped up warm whilst they wait for the prize giving ceremony which will take place promptly at 11.45am. After the race, runners are invited to enjoy a warm drink or something nice from the barbecue.
There will be a medal and some other yet to be confirmed goodies for all finishers in the race.
Additionally, there will be trophies for the following categories:
First 3 Women and Men
First 3 Women >35 First 3 Men > 40
First 3 Women >45 First 3 Men > 50
First Woman >55 First Man >60
First male team (4 to score) First female team (3 to score)
£50 prize for beating the male or female course record which stands at 1h 12 mins 57 seconds and 1h 22mins 53 seconds.
The Prize Ceremony will take place at the race start/finish point at 11.45am. Competitors are reminded that trophy prizes are awarded based on gun time and not chip time.
Please note entrants are only eligible for one open prize in the individual categories. If a veteran runner gains a senior individual placing the runner will be given the choice of prizes. Team prizes are based on aggregate times.
Entrants are reminded that they should be able to complete 10 miles in 2 hours and that we cannot guarantee full support after 3 hours, although timekeepers will stay longer.
We would like to thank all you runners for entering the Baldock Beast Multi-Terrain Half Marathon. We hope that you enjoy the race on Sunday 25th February and hope that you will return for years to come to support this fantastic event. We would also like to thank the following groups, without whose help we could not have managed:
North Hertfordshire District Council & the North Herts Safety Advisory Group - for their assistance and advice about the event.
2nd Baldock Scouts and residents from Wallington and Sandon Villages – who look after the water stations.
2nd Baldock Scouts – for handling runner’s baggage
Hearts Medical Services – who are there just in case?
Baldock Events Forum, Baldock Festival Committee, Baldock Round Table, Baldock Rotary and all the many volunteers – who take care of marshalling round the course.