Race instructions

Please read the following very carefully before race day.

Hello everyone and thank you for entering the Pendock Spring Chicken Runs.

I set out below final instructions which you should read carefully.

Unable to run / transfer place

If you want to transfer your place over to a friend, please fill in the race transfer/withdrawal form before Friday 25th March. Any number swaps that aren’t changed over properly will cause issues with the results/prize-giving and invalidate insurance, so please ensure you complete the form before giving your entry to someone else. We’re unable to offer refunds (your entry fee will go towards improving the school).

Covid  

We had hoped that Covid would have disappeared by now but that is not the case and indeed it seems to be doing a good job of going through the organising group!  We all have a responsibility to take the presence of Covid into account and care for ourselves and others around us. Therefore please don’t turn up if you have Covid-19 symptoms. Traditionally these have been listed as having a continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change in normal sense of taste and smell and more recently seem to be traditional cold like symptoms.

Water

We have 2 water stations on the course and water will be available at the finish.

Chip timing

We are chip timing the race for the first time. This includes the 1k. Official results will be posted later on our website and on the Lush Race Timing website.

Starting the races

The 1k for younger runners will start from slightly further down Grafton Lane this year i.e. slightly further away from the school. It is important that runners pick up their numbers and chips early and proceed in good time to the start which is almost 1k away. This year instead of runners going past the school and then turning right they will turn right into the school car park (which will be closed for almost all vehicles) and then proceed along the final straight in a right to left direction.

The 5k and 10k will start from slightly different positions on the Pendock Cross side of the motorway bridge. This means that technically both races are net downhill although you may not appreciate that when ascending ‘the hill’. The 10k will proceed away from the school and soon turn left into Grafton lane. The 5k will proceed in the opposite direction going past the school and down School Lane.

The Course

There are a couple of tweaks to the 5k and 10k courses this year. Following a ‘straw poll’ the decision was made to retain ‘the hill’ – the views from the top are worth it!  This year having reached the top runners will turn right behind the hedge of evergreen trees. This allows for a smoother surface so runners can concentrate on the views rather than where they are placing their feet!  The traditional exit from the hill section is very rough so we have planned a slightly different route through a line of trees and have taken out the dogleg which has traditionally followed the exit from the hill.

The other change is at the end. Instead of turning left into the school grounds before the school runners will run past the school and then enter it through the staff carpark and run along the finishing straight from right to left.

The course is currently dry and the forecast is set fair. If it does rain in the days prior to the run it could become sticky in places. Certainly at the moment road shoes are perfectly acceptable.

The off road section is on private land so a massive thanks to Rosemary and Ed Philipson-Stow. There are other parts of the route which are also not on public footpaths. Please respect the fact that you will be running in part on private land. If there is any litter please hold on to it until you can dispose of it responsibly.

Getting here and parking

The school car park is closed to runners.  Please don’t attempt to park there.  Parking this year is further from the school, about a 10 – 15 minute walk so leave plenty of time please.  The car park is on School Lane but after the exit from the village towards Tewkesbury (on the right) or if coming from Tewkesbury on the left just as you enter the village. There is a separate marshal car park halfway down School Lane from the school on the left.

Leaving Pendock at the end of the race

If you have finished your race before other runners have finished theirs please don’t go along School Lane in the direction of the school from the car park which interferes with health and safety and the enjoyment of other runners.  If you are heading towards

the Cross before the race is finished please turn right out of the car park, then left at the T Junction to the Ledbury/Tewkesbury main road.

Road closure

Netherley Lane will be closed for the duration of the race – albeit by law we cannot prevent local entry. The other roads will be open so please be aware of traffic. Those running the 1k should not need to go onto a public road and when coming into school they should run on the pavement.

Number pick-up

The intention is that this will be outside this year. You should pick up a number together with a chip tag to thread through your laces or Velcro on your shoes. Once you have picked this up please move away from the area to affix your number and tag. In fixing your tag it is important to keep it as a flowing band with the chip at the top. If the band with the chip timing is pressed up against another surface it may not work. Number pick up opens at 9.00am

Timetable

  • 8:45 – car park opens
  • 9:00 – number pick up opens at school
  • 10:05 – 1k number pick up closes and 1k runners proceed to start almost 1k away
  • 10:30 – 5k and 10k number pick up closes, 1k starts
  • 10:50 – final briefing in playground before heading to start
  • 11:00 – 10k start
  • 11:05 – 5k start

Volunteers / no entries on the day

Thank you for your support for the race once again.  Entries close early evening on Thursday. There will be no entries on the day. We are still looking for Marshals. If you know anyone who could help please let us know. Further, if you are able to come early and help either with car parking or number distribution please let us know. I can be contacted on nigel.tillott@daviesandpartners.com.

Prizes

There will be prize giving following the races and everyone can put their race number into the raffle. As many of you know prizes have  a Spring Chicken theme! The 1k is a fun run, but we usually recognise the first male and female child with a gift. The 5k is also a fun run. There is a shield for the first male and first female under 18 and we also provide a prize to the first 3 males and females.

For the 10k there are prizes for the first 3 males and females and then age category prizes going up in increments of 10 years.

Clocks

Clocks go forward on race day so you have 1 hour less than you think you have to get here!

Finally

Most important we all hope that you have an enjoyable run. This is a community event and all proceeds go to providing much needed funds for the local school. Don’t forget to bring a little money for homecooked food and cakes at the end!

Any queries my email is nigel.tillott@daviesandpartners.com and my mobile is 07979 518396.

Yours in running

Nigel Tillott
Race Director