Pendock goes virtual

Read the latest update from the organisers

Thank you for your support which raises vital funds for the local school.

Following careful consideration we have sadly concluded that against the background of the latest COVID-19 guidance we can’t safely host the Pendock Spring Chicken Runs this September as planned.

Instead we will be putting on Virtual Spring (or should it be Autumn) Chicken Runs adopting the same community spirit for which the races have become known.

Whilst we would love to have welcomed you to the actual event, the virtual format does give us and participants much more flexibility. For example, as well as medals and goodies for all we can award prizes on a wider basis than usual. Sure there will be prizes for the speediest, but also:

  • Best fancy dress
  • Best landscape
  • Best Strava art
  • Most altitude gained

If you entered the 10K there is also a prize for the best accumulated 10K, 5K and 1K time within 7 days. Usually Easter eggs feature as prizes – we can’t do that in the Autumn but we know runners love chocolate so that will feature!

As an entrant to the original race your entry will automatically transfer to the virtual race unless you opt out (see below).

No problem if you can’t do the distance in one go or whether you run, walk or do both as long as your total distance adds up to the race distance you entered that’s fine.

It would be good if as many as possible did the runs over the weekend of 19-20th September to create a real race spirit – and we will be distributing virtual numbers to help with this. However if you have to do the race earlier that is no problem. All we ask is that you upload your run details and ideally a photo to runpendock.co.uk/completed by 5pm on 20th September. We will then publish results and awards as soon as we can.

So you can do your own route in your own time when you like. Given that it is a virtual event and your route we can’t monitor it and you will be running it at your own risk. However to keep the ‘Pendock’ in the race it would be good if as many as possible could run within 10 miles of Pendock or somewhere visible from the village. The actual course is overgrown in places so not the best venue but we are lucky to have the Malvern Hills, Castlemorton Common, Redmarley Woods, Bredon Hill and the banks of the Severn and Avon all within reach. Whilst we can’t be responsible for you copying we may be persuaded to share where we will be doing our runs – and would welcome your routes too!

We hope you will participate in this virtual event. As indicated all monies raised are used to give much needed funds to the village school. We have opened the virtual event on Entry Central so if you know anyone else who may be up for this different race experience please spread the word and send them to:

https://www.entrycentral.com/pendockvirtual

If you can’t do the race we hope you will donate the actual entry fee. As we had to cancel the original race less than a week before it was scheduled we have incurred most of the costs.

If you can’t take part and don’t wish to donate the entry fee we will refund the base entry fee less £3 covering most of the cost already incurred by the school for each entry. For those who have ordered t-shirts these have been obtained and we are sorry we can’t offer a refund of their cost.

Keep an eye on this website and the Facebook page for regular updates.

Yours in Running

The Pendock Spring Chicken Run Race Team

The 5K and 10K are now full. You can join the waiting list online as we do get runners pull out, but we can’t guarantee you’ll be offered a place.

Frequently asked questions

When will the prizes be awarded?

All virtual runs should be completed on or before Sunday 20th September. Prizes will be announced in the following days.

Can others enter the virtual run that didn’t enter previously?
How will I receive my medal and goodies?

When you have completed your virtual run and filled in the finishers form, you’ll be asked your preferred method of collection. There will be collection points at Pendock School and in Worcester, Gloucester, Malvern, Tewkesbury and Upton-on-Severn.

Do I need to complete the virtual run on 19-20th September?

It would be good if as many as possible did the runs over the weekend of 19-20th September to create a real race spirit – and we will be distributing virtual numbers to help with this. However if you have to do the race earlier that is no problem. All we ask is that you upload your run details and ideally a photo to runpendock.co.uk/completed by 5pm on 20th September. We will then publish results and awards as soon as we can.

Where should I run?

You can do your own route in your own time when you like. Given that it is a virtual event and your route we can’t monitor it and you will be running it at your own risk. However to keep the ‘Pendock’ in the race it would be good if as many as possible could run within 10 miles of Pendock or somewhere visible from the village. The actual course is overgrown in places so not the best venue but we are lucky to have the Malvern Hills, Castlemorton Common, Redmarley Woods, Bredon Hill and the banks of the Severn and Avon all within reach. Whilst we can't be responsible for you copying we may be persuaded to share where we will be doing our runs - and would welcome your routes too!

Do I need to send proof that I completed the distance?

When you have completed your run, you will need to fill in the finishers form. You can send a screenshot from Garmin/Strava, etc or a photo of a treadmill screen or GPS watch. If you’re unable to send this in, that’s ok, but you won’t be eligible for time related prizes.

Do I need to wear a race number when I complete the virtual run?

No, this is entirely optional.

Will the event go ahead next year?

Yes, we plan to host the non-virtual Pendock Spring Chicken Run on Sunday 21st March 2021. This is subject to change depending on government advice.

What happens with the t-shirt I ordered when I entered?

If you are completing the virtual run, you will receive your t-shirt with your medal and goodies. If not, please get in touch and we will arrange to get your t-shirt to you. Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds on t-shirts as they were made to order.

Can I get a refund?

If you can't do the race we hope you will donate the actual entry fee. As we had to cancel the original race less than a week before it was scheduled we have incurred most of the costs.

If you can't take part and don't wish to donate the entry fee we will refund the base entry fee less £3 covering most of the cost already incurred by the school for each entry.

Complete the refund request form.

Can I defer my place to next year?

Unfortunately not. As a small school, Pendock relies on the funds raised at this event and with us already incurring a lot of costs organising this year’s event, the school would lose even more money if places are deferred to next year.

If you still have questions, please phone race director, Nigel Tillott on 07979 518396 or fill out the contact form on the FAQ page.