Battersea Park, Battersea, London. SW11 4NJ
Battersea Park, on the south bank of the River Thames, is an oasis of tranquility and natural beauty. With riverside views, a boating lake and hidden gardens tucked away amongst the trees, this inner city park is the ideal location for a run.
The park opened in 1858 and is steeped in history. It occupies land formerly known as Battersea Fields which was used to grow lavendar and asparagus. It was also known as a popular spot for duelling, The Duke of Wellington and the Earl of Winchilsea famously met here for pistols-at-dawn. But this was hundreds of years ago; when you hear the starter pistol on the day all you'll need to worry about is racing to the finish line!
Not unfamiliar with sporting events, the first football match played under Football Association rules took place at Battersea Park 1864. Soak up the competitive atmosphere and go for your best time! Take in the park's gold and red canopy overhead, and spot the London Peace Pagoda and famous sculptures fly by as you chase down your PB on the flat, smooth paths of the park.
Once you've sprinted across the finish line and collected your special souvenir medal, drop in at the Putt in the Park cafe, or the Pear Tree Cafe by the lake, for some post-run refreshments.
Start times between 09:30-11:30, allocated in starting waves based on your estimated finish time.
Entry on the Day will not be available at this event.
NHS Test and Trace will be enforced at this event and all participants required to complete a health declaration prior to attending. Participants will not be permitted on site if they have not completed the form, a link to which will be communicated in the week leading up to the event.
One-way navigation and social-distancing signage will be present on site to facilitate adherence to official guidance. Participants should review the UKA Participant Code of Conduct prior to arrival.
Sanitisation stations will be available at various points on site and any items collected post-run (medal, water etc.) will be self-service to faciltiate a non-contact environment amongst staff and participants.
Participants will start individually at (approximately) 15 second intervals - to maintain sufficient social-distancing between runners - with a recommended 15-minute arrival window communicated to all participants prior to the event.
Participants from the same household will be permitted to start together.
Things will be a little bit different as you cross the finish line. There will still be marshals to clap and cheer for you, but they won’t be handing you your medal and weighing you down with goodies. All of this will be self-service.
Once you’ve crossed the finish line please follow the signage and stewards directions, you will be required to keep moving to keep the area clear for finishers coming up behind you.
The first thing you will be asked to do is sanitise your hands before helping yourself to the water, medal and goodies laid out on tables for you.
Staff will be on hand to clean and restock the tables, and to answer any questions, but they won’t be handing anything to you. Please observe the queue markers and ensure that you continue to social distance as you make your way through the rewards area.
Once you’re loaded with rewards, please clear the area as quickly as possible. If you want to meet friends or family, please do this back at your car. To minimise contact it is important that you are at the event for the least amount of time possible.
Bib Numbers will be available for collection on the day for pre-registered participants. To be fastened to the front of your top using safety pins provided, your number should be visible at all times. Your timing chip is attached to the back of your number and should not be removed. You must complete the relevant health information on the reverse of your number prior to starting your run.
The Route will be contained entirely within the park and is suitable for runners of all abilities. 5K/10K runners will be required to complete 2/4 laps of the course to complete their respective distance. Participants are asked to remain vigilant of other runners, spectators, marshals, cyclists, dogs and other users of public footpaths and rights of way at all times.
This run will be Licensed with UK Athletics and the results submitted to Run Britain within a week of the event.
Results will be uploaded live to our website (internet connection permitting) and communicated to all pre-registered participants within 24 hours of the event.
All finishers will receive a Medal on completing the event. Subject to a competitive field of runners, Prizes will be awarded (post-event) to the top three runners overall and the top runner in each of the veteran categories (V40/V50/V60/V70) for both males and females.
Marshals will be present on the course throughout.
Course Markings, including arrows, tape and distance markers, will be present on the route where necessary.
Pacers will not be offered at this event.
A self-service Bag Drop will be available. Whilst we recommend bringing as little as possible, you can leave essential belongings with us while you run using the tear-off baggage strip on your bib number. You can then present your bib number on collection to retrieve your item.
Portable Toilets and sanitisation stations will be available for use throughout the event.
Water Stations will not be available on the course, participants will need to be self-sufficient and carry anything required to refuel and hydrate during the run. Water will be available after the event for all participants.
Refreshments will be available at the Putt-in-the-Park cafe and the Pear Tree Cafe throughout the event.
There are no dedicated Changing Rooms/Showers at this event.
Lost Property from an event will be kept for one month. If unclaimed, or ownership cannot be determined, lost property items will be donated to charity.
As part of our COVID response to ensure social-distancing is possible throughout the event, we are not currently permitting runners to run with Buggies/Pushchairs, nor will Spectators be permitted at this event.
This event is suitable for Wheelchair Users. You may be asked to start at the front of the field before the scheduled start time and be vigilant of other runners overtaking during the event.
Noise-cancelling Earphones/Headphones are prohibited and whilst we discourage the use of other earphones/headphones at this event, participants choosing to use them should ensure they are set to a minimum volume such that instructions from marshals or other event officials can be clearly understood. We reserve the right to disqualify participants who cannot hear instructions as a result of their use.
Whilst there is no strict Time-Limit for this event, in order that we adhere to the restrictions imposed by the venue hire agreement, it will be necessary for us to begin deconstruction of the registration/finish area(s) at approximately 12:30 to facilitate the removal of all equipment from the premises by the agreed time. Runners will therefore need to be able to complete their registered distance by this time.
For further information about our events, or any event updates, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. You can also join our Strava club to see how your fellow competitors are training and compare your race day performance.
For further details on parking and how to get there, please visit the park website.