Road Race, 11am Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018 at The Waterfront Club, Whitstable, Kent

Race Day Information

The following information has been drawn up to assist you on the day. Please take note of the details which are covered in three sections - General Race Information, Actions On Race Day and Safety Notice & Route Description. We hope you enjoy the race and that you have a great day at Whitstable.

Please note that as we are using chip timing there are specific arrangements at the start and finish. For the 2018 race you will need to pick up your race number and chip on the day as they will not be posted to you. See further details under Actions on Race Day.

General Race Information

  1. Race HQ/Parking:
    The assembly and Race HQ is at the Waterfront Club, Beach Walk, off Tower Parade, Whitstable CT5 2BP. Beach Walk will have a road closure from early in the morning and so please do not attempt to drive into this area. Please also do not park on the 10K route.

    Parking in the Town is extremely limited (and costly) but please do not park on the 10K route. The Gorrell Tank car park (pay and display), the nearest public car park to the race HQ, should be open on race day. Please note, however, that car parking at Westmeads Recreation Ground will not be available for car parking on race day.

    Wherever possible please car share or use public transport. For clubs able to hire a coach, Whitstable Coach Park will be available.

  2. Race Number: Your race number and timing chip must be picked up on the day at registration. It will not be posted to you - please allow extra time to pick up your number and chip. It is also important that you complete the personal details on the reverse side, as one of the safety control measures. Please wear your number on the front of your vest so that it is clearly visible to the finishing line officials.

    A number of you enter as couples, families, work colleagues etc. We are happy about this but we do ask you to ensure that you double check that you are wearing the correct number that has been allocated against your name. This is important as the chip timing number corresponds with your race number - there has been some confusion caused by people swapping numbers late in the day! If you are part of a block entry from your running club a separate instruction will have been sent to your club coach. Please ensure we have been notified of any changes by the closing date for entries, 6pm on 30th April. We cannot allow any changes of numbers after that date. We also cannot defer places for next year's race or provide refunds.

  3. Chip Timing: Your chip timing tag must be collected on the day along with your race number. This tag, which you will fit to your trainer/running shoe is very important. It corresponds with your race number. No chip means no race time; you will be shown as DNF (did not finish)! Please note also that chip timing tags will be collected after the race.
  4. Changing: There are NO pre-race changing facilities available at the Waterfront Club. It is advised that you arrive in your running kit. Toilets are available on the promenade, approx. 300m from the Club, and closer to the race start. Additional toilets are available on Marine Parade, 400m beyond the Start line. Please note that bags etc can be left in a designated area at the race HQ.
  5. Rules/Permits: The event will be run under UK Athletics rules (UKA Licence 2018-31829). The course has been accurately measured and has a UKA Accuracy Certificate (No: 13/123); both licences will be displayed at the race HQ.
  6. Start: The start time is 11:00am prompt. Please gather on the grass section adjacent to Tower Hill (Tankerton Slopes), opposite Park Avenue. Immediately before the race start the traffic on Tower Hill will be stopped briefly to allow participants to assemble at the start line and the race to commence.
  7. Medical: St John Ambulance volunteers will be providing medical cover at the race HQ and around the course. There will also be access to a doctor, as required. You are recommended to visit the website: www.runnersmedicalresource.com to help with your event preparation.
  8. Refreshments: A drinks station is available at approximately 5K. Further drinks and refreshments will be available at the finish and at the Waterfront Club.
  9. Race Mementoes: Technical T-Shirts and medals will be given to all competitors.
  10. Charity: A pound from each entry will be donated by Canterbury Harriers to the Demelza Hospice Care for Children charity.
  11. Prizes: Prizes will be awarded for the male, female, team and veteran race categories at approximately 1pm at the Waterfront Club.
  12. Results: Full race results will be displayed as soon as possible after the race and will be put on the race website, www.whitstable10k.org.uk, on the day of the race. Queries relating to race results must be raised initially with the race director then subsequently with the race referee, if necessary. Queries must be raised within one week of the results being published on the race website.

Actions on Race Day

  1. Arrive at 10:00am latest. This will give you time to park, go to race HQ to get your race number and chip, warm up and get to the start.
  2. Report to race HQ to get your race number and timing chip.
  3. Be careful to securely fasten your chip to your running shoe using the ties provided; guidance is available at the Race HQ.
  4. Warm up and other personal pre-race preparation.
  5. At 10:40-10:45am proceed to the start. This is a 5-7 minute walk from Race HQ. Follow directions. You should be assembling in the start area at 10:50am latest.
  6. 11:00am race start.
  7. At the finish please proceed as directed by the finish lane marshals who will move you through the finish funnel. Please keep your place in the funnel.
  8. IMPORTANT: Please note that race-timing chips will be collected after the race.
  9. Once you have finished you can also collect your T-Shirt and you will need to show your race number to do this.

Safety Notice

This is being issued to all entrants to the Whitstable 10K. Your participation in this event will be taken as confirmation that you have read this notice and fully agree to comply with the instructions given.

  1. Competitors should not be accompanied by either dogs or cyclists. By the nature of the course, the race organisers consider that it is not appropriate for participants in wheelchairs/similar vehicles to take part.
  2. Please listen to all of the public address announcements. Important health and safety information will be communicated by these means.
  3. For your own safety, the safety of other runners and members of the public, the wearing of head/earphones or similar device is not permitted in this event. Automatic disqualification from the race results will follow for any competitors ignoring this race instruction.
  4. Prior to the start, please keep off the Tower Hill road until you are called to the start line by the Race Director.
  5. The course will be marshalled by members/people designated by Canterbury Harriers. They will be wearing yellow marshal bibs. Please listen and act on any instructions given to you by these race marshals.
  6. Although largely off main roads, the course uses roads where there is likely to be some traffic. Consequently, please keep to the left-hand side of roads, unless you are instructed otherwise by a designated race marshal.
  7. A number of the roads are uneven and rough. These sections have warning signs and marshals, as appropriate; however, please take extra care in these areas.
  8. After the Coast Guard Cottages (approx. 3.5km), there is a grass section for approx. 250 metres. Consequently, please take care with the change in surface especially if wet underfoot.
  9. After the 5km point, the course is on the promenade until the finish. Although there is a lead cyclist, promenade marshals and warning signs for runners and pedestrians, please take care as the location may be busy with visitors for the Bank Holiday.

A route description and map of the course can be found on the race website www.whitstable10k.org.uk and at the Race HQ on the day.

Race Officials:
Race Director - John Hartley, Canterbury Harriers
Race Referee - TBD
Race Adjudicator - Mick Barlow, UKA

Queries relating to race results must be raised initially with the race director by email and then subsequently with the race referee, if necessary. Queries must be raised within one week of the results being published on the race website.

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