Through the Great Central Walk disused railway and the closed town and country roads of Britain's railway centre, this is the half marathon you can't afford to miss.
With a fun 1k run for the family too, this is your perfect end-of-half-term day out before all the Hallowe'en and fireworks fun.
Starting at Hart field, you'll quickly find yourself out on to clear country roads and flying round to return to the town centre on 'a linear nature reserve' - the old railway line that is now a recognised wildlife hotspot.
Of course, all this also means a new, exclusive medal and course records in each male and female category up for grabs.
Be there from year one to help this event become a major fixture in the race calendar - we'd love to see you there.
*Entering the race
Enter online before Wednesday 25 October 2017. On the day entries, if available, will be subject to an additional surcharge. You'll receive pre-race communications two weeks before the race and in the week commencing 23 October.
*Getting your race pack
Race packs are not posted to addresses for this event. All race packs should be collected at the race village from 8am on race day.
Free race day parking is provided at Rugby Town Football Club, Butlin Road, Rugby CV21 3SD. The car park will open at 7.30am and close at 1.30pm. It is five minutes walk to Hart Field. Please do not park on nearby residential streets.
*At the race
Toilets, bag drop and catering trucks will be at Hart Field. Once you have collected your race pack, attach your number to the front of the shirt you will run in with safety pins provided, and use the tear of strip on your race number to attach to any belongings you want to leave in the bag drop. Toilets and catering will be available on Hart Field throughout and after the race until 12pm. There are no dedicated changing facilities at Hart Field, so please arrive ready to run wherever possible. The family fun run starts at 9.45am, shortly before the main race and stays within Hart Field. Medals are awarded to all fun run finishers!
*After the race
Collect your medal and finishers' goody bag as soon as you've crossed the finish line. You'll be able to take a print out of your chip timed race result from the race timing gazebo. Prizes will be awarded on race day wherever possible. Full results will be sent to all finishers later on race day with a link to view photographs from the course and finish line.
Race Day Schedule
8.00am Race Village Opens, Car Parks Open
9.45am 1k Fun Run Starts
9.45am Start Line Assembly
9.50am Route Road Closures Begin
10.00am Race Starts
11.06am First Half Marathon Finishers Expected
1.30pm Event Closes, All Roads Reopened
Trains do arrive into Rugby on some lines early enough on race day for runners to get to the race in time for the start. Runners should check travel times thoroughly before travel to the race by train.
Some route numbers will be on diversion between 9am – 1.30pm to avoid the race route. Please check your local bus stop or the Stagecoach website for details of the closest stops to make your journey.
Cars and Bicycles:
Road closures apply to those traveling to and from the race. Please ensure you arrive early enough to reach the car parks and be prepared to wait or take a diverted route if you are leaving the town before all roads are re-opened.
All roads are open to pedestrians. Crossing may be restricted at points to ensure safety for all runners and spectators. Race marshals can offer assistance in crossing roads safely. If you need to cross a road during the race where there is not a marshal, please do so with great care and do not obstruct any runners.
Free race day parking is provided at Rugby Town Football Club, Butlin Road, Rugby. CV21 3SD. The car park will open at 7.30am and close at 1.30pm. It is a five-minute walk to Hart Field.
On-street parking is not advised on the race route, where roads will be kept as clear of parked vehicles as possible. On-street parking on nearby roads will likely have restricted access when the race is in progress making it difficult to leave before all roads are reopened.
Road Closures and Alternative Routes for Traffic
Roads that are closed on or close to the race route will only be closed for the minimum amount of time. Our timing estimates shown on the road closure map are intended as maximum closure times - roads will not be closed any earlier than the stated closing time, but may open earlier than re-opening time.
Whilst we appreciate frustration for drivers, we do all we can to provide advance notice of closures and to keep disruption to an absolute minimum. On race day, our marshals and road safety officers will provide current, accurate information to the best of their knowledge regarding timings and alternative routes. It is hoped that the benefit to the town and all those running or spectating is far greater than the disruption of temporary road closures. If you are not able to travel by road for a short period during the race, please be patient. Abusive or intimidating behaviour towards staff and volunteers will be reported to the police. For details on roads that are closed or popular routes that are affected, see our schedule of road closures and our maps of recommended alternative routes.
The Rugby 1k Family Fun Run
9.45am Starting and
Finishing at Hart Field
Pre-registration is not required for the fun run, but runners must complete a registration form and pay an entry fee of £10 on the day.
The Rugby Half Marathon
Runners who enter online can collect their race number from the registration desk at the Race Village on the day.
Please attach your number using the safety pins provided on all four corners to the front of the clothing in which you will be running. Your unique chip for electronic race timing is affixed to the back of your race number. Please leave it there - do not peel it off. This race does not require shoe tags.
If you have any allergies or medical conditions please detail them on the back of your number, and mark a large cross in red on the front using a felt-tip pen.
During the race, do not remove or lose your race number. Do not remove the item of clothing to which your race number is attached. Without it, your race time will not be recorded and you will not receive a result.
Please be ready to run by 9.45am. Although it is not possible to hold organised pens or release waves for specific paces, it is expected that faster runners should move closer to the front of the start area. Runners of all distances start from the same start line at the same time. Your chip will record your specific time, so don’t worry about where you are amongst other runners at the start line.
On the bottom of your race number, there is a tear-off strip that should be attached to any items you’d like to leave in the baggage drop.
Open from 8am, the baggage drop will be in the race village in Hart Field. There are no dedicated changing facilities at Hart Field so please arrive ready to run where possible.
Once you’ve dropped your items, it is difficult to retrieve them for you until after the race so please ensure you have everything you need and leave anything you don’t.
Toilets and Changing
At the race village at Hart Field, portable toilets will also be available outdoors, close to the start / finish area.
On the Half Marathon race route, there are additional toilets around 4 mile and 11 mile points.
After you’ve crossed the finish line, you’ll be able to have a printed result straight away from the timing area in the race village. Full, verified results will be posted on our website later on race day.
Goody Bags, Medals and Prizes
Every runner receives a special commemorative medal and t-shirt for each of the Half Marathon and 1k fun run. These will be given to you as you move through the finish area after crossing the finish line, along with a goody bag with drinks and snacks.
Prizes will be awarded to the top runners in various age categories. If you’re given a prize token in the finish area, take it to the goody bag team to get your prize.
Your safety is the top priority – please do not run if you are feeling unwell. Contact us if you need to withdraw from the race before race day and we’ll do our best to transfer your place to next year’s event.
Our Do’s and Don’ts to make sure you have the best possible, safe and healthy run:
Eat and drink well during the week leading up to the race, especially making sure you are well hydrated
Have a race plan, remembering to not start out too fast and thinking about when you might need to take on more water, energy drink or sugary snacks
Be patient at the beginning of the race – it will be busy as you cross the start line, but will space out very quickly allowing you much more room to run at your own pace
Pay attention to marshals and anything ahead of you. Whilst the course is on closed roads, there may be some vehicles moving slowly where they have had special access granted to the course for healthcare reasons. Aside from vehicles, be aware of twists and turns, hills and dips, or unexpected pauses or stops from runners ahead.
Note the locations of the water station and medical stations if you think you might rely on them.
Stop and ask for help if you’re feeling unwell. Marshals can get first aid help to you if you can’t continue.
Tell as marshal if you can’t continue. There is a sweeper bus that follows the last runner that can collect you to drive you back to the race village. If you withdraw from the race and don’t tell an official, we’ll expect you to still be out on the course and waiting for you to finish.
Have a great time and enjoy the atmosphere! Marshals and spectators love a high five and have been known to help out on hot days with hose pipes or provide extra sweets and treats!
Get carried away at the beginning of the race – the adrenalin of race day, your excitement and lots of people running alongside you will often tempt you to run faster than usual, even without realising it! This often makes the second half of your race much more difficult, so remember to pace yourself according to your training and feeling comfortable.
Wear headphones unless you have ‘bone conducting’ headphones that are permitted on UK Athletics licensed races such as this one. Other types of headphones can prevent you from hearing warnings from marshals or other runners, or being able to respond quickly enough to an immediate danger either in front of or behind you.
Over-hydrate – drinking too much water can be dangerous. Check out guidance online if you’re not sure how much you should be drinking.
Swap race numbers or give your race number to someone else. Your personal information associated with your number is critical to the care and treatment you’d receive in an emergency, along with the contact details of your family or friends.
The Rugby Borough Council in pursuance of its powers under Section 21 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847, and all other enabling powers hereby make the following Order for
Preventing obstruction of certain streets within the Borough of Rugby subject to access being maintained for emergency vehicles and except with the permission of a Police Officer no person shall cause any vehicle to enter any of the length of streets during the times described in the Schedule below on Sunday 291h October 2017.
(1) Langton Road- the whole length ( Road Closed 9:30-10:15)
(2) Lower Hilmorton Road- from its junction with Langton Road to its junction with Kingsley Avenue ( Road Closed 9:30-10:15)
(3) Kingsley Avenue- the whole length ( Road Closed 9:30-10:15)
(4) Hilmorton Road from its junction with Kingsley Avenue to its junction with Ashlawn Road ( Road Closed 9:30-10:30)
(5) Ashlawn Road from its junction with Hillmorton Road to its junction with Barby Lane ( Road closed 9:30-10:30)
(6) Barby Lane- the whole length ( Road closed 9:30-13:00)
(7) Rugby Road- the whole length ( Road closed 10:00-13:00)
(8) Onley Lane- the whole length ( Road closed 10:00-13:00)
(9) St Peters Road ( Road open- controlled crossing)
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