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River Thames Half Marathon is a licensed RunBritain Race.

Licence No. 2016-26170.

Race Day

MAIN INFORMATION

If you are driving, YOU MUST PARK YOUR CAR IN WALTON-ON-THAMES TOWN CENTRE. The Heart shopping centre (next to Sainsburys) has space for 800 cars (charge just £1) KT12 1GH.

 

http://heartshopping.co.uk/visitor-info/car-parking

 

Drewitts Court car park (next to Bensons for Beds) has space for 147 cars and is free on Sundays - KT12 1DP. The start is only 700 metres from the car park. Note the only parking is in the town centre.

 

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PARK AT THE START AS THE AREA WILL BE MARSHALLED AND YOU WILL BE TURNED AWAY.

 

The future of the race relies on the goodwill of the residents so please park responsibly. There is ample cycle parking at the start at Walton Bridge.

 

13.1 miles along the roads and Thames towpath. Start in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 1BT and finish at the spectacular new Walton Bridge, opened in July 2013.

 

The course is flat and fast so a Personal Best is possible.

 

Entries will be accepted until 10am on Friday 28th October 2016, or until our race limit has been reached, if earlier.

 

Accurately measured licensed course

Chip Timing - time you cross the line to the time you finish

Bespoke race medal to all finishers

TRAVEL & PARKING

TRAVEL

Travelling by train from London

The first trains arrive at Walton-on-Thames at 7.45am. The station is 1.4 miles from the start.

 

Travelling by train from Woking

Train arrives at Walton-on-Thames at 6.50am, 7.20am and 7.50am. (Times correct at Jan 2015).

 

For full details see:

http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/

 

Travelling by bus

The 555 from Heathrow arrives at 7.33am.

 

PARKING

If you are driving, YOU MUST PARK YOUR CAR IN WALTON-ON-THAMES TOWN CENTRE. The Heart shopping centre (next to Sainsburys) has space for 800 cars (charge just £1) KT12 1GH.

 

http://heartshopping.co.uk/visitor-info/car-parking

 

The start is only 700 metres from the car park. Note the only parking is in the town centre.

 

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PARK AT THE START AS THE AREA WILL BE MARSHALLED AND YOU WILL BE TURNED AWAY.

 

The future of the race relies on the goodwill of the residents so please park responsibly. There is ample cycle parking at the start at Walton Bridge.

BAGGAGE

Storage will be available in a designated baggage area at the start/finish. Runners will drop off and collect their own bags, but stewards will monitor the area. The organisers regret we cannot accept responsibility for security and advise that competitors do not leave valuables in their bags.

CHANGING & TOILETS

There will be very limited changing facilities and we therefore recommend that runners come ready to race.

Toilets are available at:

the pedestrian exit of the Heart shopping centre car park (which will be open especially for the race from 7am),

McDonalds, 5 High St, Walton-on-Thames KT12 1DG (open from 6am).

There are public toilets at the start/finish at Walton Bridge, KT12 1BT.

Portaloos will be sited at the start/finish.

Unfortunately, there are no shower facilities.

CHIP TIMING

Your unique pre-programmed timing chip will be available for collection in an envelope along with your race number at Registration at the start. Follow the instructions for attaching it to your running shoe. Without your unique chip a time and position will fail to be recorded.

COURSE

The course has been accurately measured and holds a certificate of course accuracy (reference 14/342). It is a flat, mixed terrain course over public roads, with a 6 mile section on a good surface tow-path along the River Thames.

 

No dogs, accompanying vehicles or cycles are allowed on the course (with the exception of the organisers lead and tail bikes).  We regret the course is not suitable for wheelchairs, prams or pushchairs. The course will be marked at each mile.

PRIZES

Prizes will be awarded to the first three men and women; first W35, M40, W45, M50; There are also prizes for the first two local men and women and for the first men's and women's teams.

 

Prize winners are only eligible to receive one individual prize.

FIRST AID

Professional first aid cover will be available to provide medical support if necessary.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS

If you have a medical condition that will need consideration should you be taken ill, during the race, please write the details on the back of your race number. If you feel unwell before the race, or have not been well for a few days prior to the event, please do not start: remember there is always another year and another race.

POST RACE

On completion of the race, drinks and food will be available to purchase in the pubs and cafes in nearby Walton-on-Thames town centre.

PRIZE GIVING

Results will be published on www.sportsystems.co.uk. All runners who finish the course and are wearing their race number will receive a bespoke commemorative medal and goody bag. There won’t be a prize-giving at the finish, sports voucher codes will be emailed to the winners later in the day.

Prizes will be awarded to:

First 3 Men, First 3 Women, First Veteran Man 40 & 50, First Veteran Woman 35 & 45. First two local men and women. First Men’s and Women’s Teams (4/3 to score respectively). There will also be various spot prizes.

Only one individual prize can be won.

 

RACE DISCIPLINE

The route runs on partly public roads. Keep to the left of the road, pavement or path during the race. Take care when overtaking and make way for faster runners. If you need to stop or walk for any reason, please move to the side of the course, so as not to impede other runners. Instructions issued by the Race Marshals, who will be wearing fluorescent yellow bibs, MUST be obeyed. They will advise you of any hazards.

 

Any runner not complying with these rules is liable to disqualification. The Race Referee’s decision is final at all times. This advice is for your own safety and that of other road users. Without your co-operation it is not possible to hold a race on public roads.

RACE NUMBERS

Race packs containing your race number, timing chip and final instructions will NOT be posted out but will be available to collect from The Weybridge Health Club & Spa, Walton Lane, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8QA. They will also be available to collect from 7am at the start on race day. Please try and arrive at Walton Bridge one hour prior to the start to allow time to collect your race number and timing chip and attach these to your vest/t-shirt (don't forget to bring safety pins) and shoe respectively.

 

Pin your race number on the FRONT of your running vest or ‘T’ shirt, where it is most visible for race officials. Runners who do not have a properly displayed number or are identified as running under the wrong name will be liable to disqualification.

 

Please complete the form on the back of your number with your name, contact details and any medical condition. This will help in the event of an accident or illness.

RULES

The race will be held under UKA rules.

 

From 1st April 2016, a new rule regarding the wearing of headphones in road races was introduced by UKA: The wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted in races on any single carriageway road that is not wholly closed to traffic. For more info, click here:

 

About 8 miles of the route is along the towpath, the remainder is along mostly quiet roads that are not closed to traffic. It is important to be able to hear race instructions, warnings and traffic before and during the race and even after crossing the finish line.

START

Prior to the start runners must assemble in the holding area in Cowey Sale, under Walton Bridge. This is a pedestrian area. YOU MUST STAY THERE AND NOT OBSTRUCT THE MAIN ROAD. Marshals will walk you to the start line.

 

All competitors should try to arrive at least one hour before the start to allow time to collect your race number and timing chip from Race HQ. You will also need time for warming up and lining up. The Start is on the the road please assemble at Cowey Sale, under Walton Bridge, KT12 1BT. The race will start promptly at 8.30am. Listen for the race marshals instructions to guide you to the start at the appropriate time.

 

Please be realistic about your expected performance, line up according to how fast you plan to run. Slower runners should move to the back of the group. The race cut off time will be 2 hours and 45 minutes. Runners arriving after this time will be permitted to finish but may not be fully supported.

 

Please pay attention to the pre-race instructions. These are for the benefit of all runners, and will help guide you through the course and keep you safe. This advice is for your own safety and that of other road users.

 

You must be certain to run over the matting at the start line to ensure that your chip is registered.

 

Team Entries: Team prizes will be awarded to the first mens' team and the first ladies' team. The first 4 men/3 ladies to finish will score.

WATER STATIONS

Water stations will be provided at approximately 3 mile intervals on the course, or the nearest safe place.

CANCELLATION OR POSTPONEMENT

The organisers will endeavour to proceed with the race under all circumstances, but if for any reason beyond their control, including extreme weather conditions making the course unsafe, or advice from the Police or the independent race referee, they reserve the right to delay the start, to postpone or to cancel the race. In the event of cancellation, the organisers regret that entry fees will not be refunded as all revenue will be committed to suppliers and race administration.

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