Worcester City Runs

Q. How much do the events cost to enter?

Race Entry Fee until Feb 29th
Entry Fee from Feb 29th
10K Affiliated £24/Unaffiliated £26 Affiliated £26/Unaffiliated £28
Half Marathon
Affiliated £33/Unaffiliated £35 Affiliated £35/Unaffiliated £37
Families on Track £40 £40
Young Athletes
£8 £8

NB: Affiliated is to be a member of a UKA registered running club. Entry fees include VAT and processing fee.

Q. Is there a closing date for entry?

A. Midnight 1st September 2021

Q. Can I enter on the day?

A. No

Q. Which event should I do?

A. It depends on your experience and current levels of fitness. Choose an event that will challenge you but is ultimately achievable. You can choose from 10k or Half Marathon on Sunday 5th September, or the Families on Track relay has laps of 250m to 1km on Saturday 4th September.

Q. Can my kids enter?

A. Children over 16 can enter the 10K

  • Minimum age limit for 10k participants is 16 years old on the day of the event. Anyone born on or before September 5th 2004
  • Minimum age limit for Half Marathon participants is 17 years old on the day of the event. Anyone born on or before September 5th 2003

Children aged 5-15 years can be entered in a Families on Track Team. At least one team member must be over 18.

Q. Is there an upper age limit?

A. No. All that we ask is that any participant unsure of their physical ability to take part should seek medical advice from a general practitioner prior to the event.

QI haven’t run in a proper race before? Can I still enter?

A. Absolutely! It may be advisable to try a few shorter runs before the event, it’s not a race against the clock but a fun and safe way for you to find out how enjoyable running is and to hopefully start you training regularly.

Q. Can I transfer my entry to another event or person?

A. If you have entered the Half Marathon/10K but would like to swap events, or transfer your entry so another person, you can do this for an admin fee of £3 by logging in to your Active account through the link provided on your confirmation email. The deadline for all transfers is 21st July 2021.

Q. Will you send me information in advance?

A. If you are a UK resident, once you have entered we will send you by post your race number, timing chip & race information pack. Race information packs will be available for download on the website prior to the event. If you are an overseas entrant your pack will be available for collection from Race Information on event weekend.

Q. What is included in my race pack?

A. You will receive the following items:

  • Race number
  • Timing chip (attached to number)
  • Event Information booklet

Q. Why haven’t I received my entry pack?

A. Race information packs are being sent in batches via the first class post. If you entered after August 24th you will need to collect your pack on race day from the Race Information Cabin.

If you entered before August 24th and you have not received your information pack by Wednesday 1st September please call us on 01434 689 040 or email info@eventsofthenorth.com

Q. What do I do if I lose my runner number?

A. If you realise prior to the event, let us know via email or telephone and we can arrange for another number to be sent to you in advance for a small admin fee. If you can’t find your number on the day, the event information cabin at the venue will check your entry and issue you will an alternative number.

Q. Can I transfer my entry to another event or person?

A. If you have entered the Half Marathon/10K but would like to swap events, or transfer your entry so another person, you can do this for an admin fee of £3 by logging in to your MyLaps account through the link provided on your confirmation email. The deadline for all transfers is 21st July 2021

Q. Do I have to collect sponsorship? Is there a minimum I must collect?

A. It is not mandatory to run for a charity or collect sponsorship, this is completely your choice. If you would like to run for a charity our official charity partner is the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust, please email us to request a fundraising pack. We will send your details to our charity partner and you’ll be contacted with fundraising advice, but no minimum raise will be requested.

Q. Where does my sponsorship and entry fee money go?

A. All monies raised for your chosen charity should be sent direct to that charity.

Your entry fee contributes to the running of the event and pays for all the site infrastructure, equipment, T-shirts, medals and prizes.

Q. Can I take part in the event but donate my sponsorship to an alternative charity?

A. Yes.  Every runner is free to make their own choice if they would like to run for a personal charity close to them.  Where you decide to donate is up to you.

Q. Is there somewhere that I can park my car?

A. Yes, there is limited free parking at and around the venue;  you will be directed to a designated, free of charge car parking area on site in and around the Racecourse.

Parking will be first come first served, so we’re encouraging as many people as possible to use public transport

Q. I don’t drive – can I get to the venue by public transport?

A. Worcester Foregate Station is 10 minutes walk from Croft Road and Start/Finish area, and also to Worcester Shrubhill Station is a 20 minute walk or 5/10 minute taxi ride from the Racecourse.

Q. If I have been sent my race number, do I need to register on the day?

A. No. Assemble at the start 20 minutes before your race start time, wearing your race number (incorporates your timing chip) and join the crowds by the start line.

Q. What if I forget my race number?

A. Please go to RACE INFORMATION at the venue. One of the team will check your entry and issue you with an alternative race number.

 Q. What time does the race start? Subject to change – please keep an eye on the website and event emails in the run up to event day.

 

Race Start time
Half Marathon 09:00
10K 09:45
Young Athletes 09:10
Families on Track (Saturday) 11:00 and 12:30

Q. Roughly how long will it take to complete the course?

A. We would expect the majority of runners to complete the:

10k: 30 minutes – 1 hour 40 minutes

Half Marathon: 70 minutes – 3½ hours

Remember – it’s not a race…. you can take your time.

Q. Does the course go on any public roads with traffic?

A. Yes the course does take you along public roads, but they will all be closed/segregated to traffic for the duration of the race.

Q. How will I know which way to go?

A. There will be course signage and marshals at all key junctions to ensure you don’t get lost.

Q. Will there be any other activities available?

A. Yes there will be a range of activities available including sports massage, refreshments and music along the route and at the start and finish!

Q. Will there be any refreshments?

A. Water stations will be available throughout the route for all runners and each runner will be provided with water on completion of the course.

Isotonic energy drinks will be available at regular intervals from 10km in the Half Marathon.

Q. I’m injured can’t run what should I do?

A. Oh no and after all that hard work too! We are sorry you are missing out on the event.

Please contact info@eventsofthenorth.com to inform the event team of your withdrawal.

DO NOT PASS YOUR RACE NUMBER on to anyone else, it potentially puts them at a medical risk, we have no medical information or emergency contact details for them. The entry fee is non-transferable and non-refundable, however there could be the possibility of deferring your entry to the following year on production of an official letter from your doctor or physio. The deadline for medical deferrals is 4 weeks prior to the race date.

Q. What happens if it rains?

Some of the most successful events have happened in the rain. Our events will only be cancelled if there are severe weather conditions. Make sure you are suitably dressed for the event. If it is drizzling or cold in the morning bring a bin bag to put over your head it will keep you warmer and dry before you set off.

Q. How difficult will the course be?

Take a look at the event information on the website which has a map of the route and a course description. The courses have been designed to be fast and as flat as possible, this will make it great for those wanting to post a fast time and also for those first timers too!

Q. Do I have to run the course?

We advise participants to run /jog or combine that with fast walking because of the length of time it would take to walk the course. However, there is no restriction at all if you would like to enter and walk. There is a 3 ½ hour limit for the Half Marathon, after which time the event team will ask you to leave the course or run on the paths at your own risk. Please make sure you mention this on your entry form or contact the event team. You’ll be positioned accordingly on the start line.

Q. What facilities will be available?

A. Toilets will be provided at the start/finish and at each water station on the route. Refreshments will also be available in the start/finish area for runners and spectators at a cost. Secure bag drop marquee will be available for all runners. First aid and sports massage are located at the start/finish. Unfortunately we are unable to provide showers or changing facilities.

Q. When will I get my running time?

A. Your race will be chip timed.  The timing chip will give you an accurate start and finish time, so there’s no rush to be first over the start line when the gun goes!

Q. I need to collect my race number on the day where do I collect it from?

A. You must collect your race number from Race Information at least 45 minutes before the start of the race.

Q. Can someone take my place?

A. No. For health and safety reasons we need to ensure that the event organiser has all the details of the runners on the day in case of a medical incident. This is also against UK Athletics rules.

Q. Can my dog run alongside me?

A. For health and safety reasons we cannot allow any pets to participate in any of the events.

Q. How can I get in touch with someone if I have further questions?

A. You can email your questions to  info@eventsofthenorth.com or call 01434 689040

QCan I volunteer at the event?

A. Yes. We’re looking for a large team of volunteers to help us with the delivery of the event. Please register you interest by emailing volunteers@eventsofthenorth.com

Q. Why is there an entry fee?

A. The entry fee covers all the unavoidable administrative and organisational costs that make sure the events are safe and enjoyable.

Q. I can’t run the race now can I have a refund?

A. Your entry fee is invested in the cost of staging the event with the fees covering contractors, suppliers and administration costs.  The entry fee is non-transferable and non-refundable, however there could be the possibility of deferring your entry to the following year on production of an official letter from your doctor or physio. The deadline for medical deferrals is 4 weeks prior to the race date.

Q. Why can’t under 16s take part?

A. Unfortunately, due to health and safety, UKA rules and legal reasons, we cannot accept entries from under 16s in the 10k or half marathon.

Q. How secure is the event website?

A. This website is on a secure server. All the transactional areas of the website including entering events, paying in sponsorship and donating use industry standard 1024 bit SSL encryption.

Q. Is there a running community out there training for the event?

A. We have a great following on Facebook and Twitter. There are regulars chatting about the event and sharing training tips. Come and join us.

Q. I am a local resident, how is this going to impact me?

A.  To ensure the safety of all runners there will be road closures in place throughout the city which may affect you.  In due course there will be a full traffic management schedule posted on the website and you will receive information about road closures and timings.  If you have any queries or concerns please contact info@eventsofthenorth.com or call 01434 689040

Q. How can I get involved?

A. If you don’t want to run but would like to be involved we are looking for a large team of volunteers to help us with the delivery of the event. Please register you interest by e-mailing info@eventsofthenorth.com

Run clubs, charities and groups: Key areas such as a water station or busy road junction will need a small team of volunteers. We invite your club or group to ‘own’ one of these key areas. Work as a team and take responsibility for an area. Bring along club flags or branding and collect for charity.

Q. How can I get in touch with someone if I have further questions?

A. You can email your questions to info@eventsofthenorth.com or call 01434 689040

Q. I would like to offer a discount over the event weekend as I think I may be able to attract some additional business, can you help?

A. Great idea and with an additional 5000 runners plus their support in the City it is an ideal opportunity to maximise on sales. We would love to help communicate what you would like to offer. Please keep the offer simple. Email info@eventsofthenorth.com with your business details, contact details and the offer you would like promoted. We will be in touch and start communicating through our Social Media.

Q. I have a business on the route where the roads are closed, this is going to impact me.

A. We appreciate that the event may inconvenience certain residents or businesses. We are operating a rolling road closure programme designed with and approved by Worcester City Council and as such will impact individuals for the shortest time possible to ensure the safety of those participating in the event. All businesses affected by the event will receive an information leaflet explaining which roads are closed, for how long and how you move round.

A full road closure schedule will be posted online when it has been signed off by Worcester City Council.  Disruption will be kept to a minimum and a rolling road closure and reopening schedule will be in place on the day.

Families on Track

The entry fee for a team of 3 to 5 members is £40

Each family group can be 3,4 or 5 people. Of which at least 1 needs to be under 16 and at least one over 18. You can enter more than one family group.

Each family must complete 10km total distance in any combination of those distances they chose. (e.g. 6 x 1km 5 x 500m 6 x 250m=10km). Each leg is completed by an individual who then hands over to another family member for the next leg.

You can run in any order and run any distance as long as you eventually complete 10km. Changeovers take place in the “Crazy Zone”. This is here the fun happens!
Each family will have its own Pen in the Crazy Zone. Sort the changes and cheer each other on. When you complete the distance the whole family group joins together for the Glory Leg up to the Finish Line.

All members must complete at least one lap.
Each leg (1km, 500m, 250m) must be completed at least 4 times (so Dad cant do 10 x 1km to show off!!)

It depends on your age, experience and current levels of fitness. Choose the distance that will challenge you but is ultimately achievable. You can choose from 250m, 500m or 1km. Our guideline is that under-10s should take on the 500m and 250m. Because they are FAST!
You decide how to make up the 10km!

Children over the age of 4 on race day can take part as part of a team. The team captain must be over 18 and gain permission from the parent/guardian of any under 18s before registering.

No. All that we ask is that any participant unsure of their physical ability to take part should seek medical advice from a general practitioner prior to the event

All teams will have an electronic record of distance covered as well as a visual display that all can see.

For the health and safety of other runners taking part buggies or similar are not allowed at this event. Please see our event terms and conditions.

Subject to change – please keep an eye on the website and event emails in the run up to event day.

Start Time : Wave 1 - 11am, Wave 2 - 12.30pm

Please check your confirmation email to see which wave you have entered, if you would like to switch start times please let us know in advance of the day.

We anticipate that there will be a maximum time of 1.45 to complete the 10km distance, as there may be other waves to accommodate. This is slower than normal walking pace.

No, all relay legs are held within the Racecourse grounds.

Water stations will be available around the ‘Crazy Zone’ for runners and each runner will be provided with water on completion of the course.

Toilets will be provided at the ‘CrazyZone’. Refreshments will also be available in the start/finish area for runners and spectators at a cost. Secure bag drop marquee will also be available for all runners. First aid will be available at the start/finish. Unfortunately we are unable to provide showers or changing facilities.

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