Instructions for Competitors

 

First of all, Thank you!

Once again, Hampton-In-Arden Sports Club and Knowle & Dorridge Running Club would like to say a big thank you to you for taking part, to our sponsors (Acupuncture and Sports Massage Clinic, Hunters, carreg.co.uk, Collins+ Chartered Accountants and Dynamic Rides) and to all the volunteers who help to organise and marshal this race without charge for their time. The profits made from the race will be donated to the Hampton-in-Arden Tennis Club and to Knowle & Dorridge Running Club.

Want to find out more about our sponsors? Just click on their logo in the sponsors area at the base of this page.

 

 
Organiser's Notes

This is our 13th year of running this annual event which will once again be organised by Knowle & Dorridge Running Club and hosted by Hampton-in-Arden Tennis Club. As in 2012, 2013 and 2014, the race will be part of the Warwickshire Road Race League (WRRL - www.warwickshirecountyaa.co.uk).

Acceptance

Acceptance of your race entry will be confirmed by email from Run Britain. You must then collect your race number from the race reception on the day of the race; please allow sufficient time to do this and to fix it safely to your race vest. We hope that you will have a great day out and will achieve your personal goals. Please note that we expect you to enter the race only if you can complete the nine-mile course within two hours (average pace per mile of 13 minutes) and that you should not enter the race if you intend to walk.

Road race permit code 2015-12818

The race is intended for both regular runners and novices and has been approved by the Midland Counties Athletic Association as a race that will be held under the current laws of competition of the Amateur Athletic Association of England and in accordance with the bye-laws of the Midland Counties Athletic Association.

UK Athletics Certificate of Course Accuracy

The course has been measured as nine miles by the UK Athletics Course Measurement Scheme using a calibrated cycle (or Jones Counter) in the hands of a fully trained and accredited course measurer. It's Certificate of Course Accuracy is Midlands Course Number : 14/315

Directions to Hampton-In-Arden

Hampton-in-Arden is situated on the B4102 between Solihull and Meriden close to the National Exhibition Centre between Birmingham and Coventry. The nearest motorway exit is Junction 5 of the M42 at Knowle. On reaching Hampton-in-Arden find the village green situated near to the railway station and turn into Shadowbrook Lane by the war memorial. The Sports Club entrance is 100 yards on the right. If you need any further detail you can generate a map to suit yourself by using an on-line mapping web site or a satnav device using the postcode B92 0DQ.

Venue facilities

Parking and changing facilities, including showers and toilets, are available at Hampton-in-Arden Sports Club, located close to the start and finish points. However, we suggest that you come fully changed and aware that demand for changing facilities may exceed the supply. Please remember that you remain responsible for the security of your belongings as the race organisers accept no responsibility for any loss or damage.

Starting instructions

On the day of the race, please ensure that you are at the start at least 10 minutes prior to the start, with your race number securely attached to the front of your running vest so that it is easily visible.

Safety Instructions

Safety is your responsibility so please be VERY careful crossing ALL roads. Marshals will be stationed at all junctions and will indicate crossing points. YOU MUST OBEY THEIR INSTRUCTIONS. For the first two miles to Catherine-de-Barnes the roads will be closed for the race, but this does NOT MEAN THERE WILL BE NO CARS AT ALL, so please be very careful. You should use the cycle path on the RIGHT side of Catherine-de-Barnes Lane between the one and two mile markers even though the road is closed. Otherwise, you will be using public roads so please respect the Highway Code and keep to the LEFT side of the road even if the racing line is to the right.
If you listen to an iPod or other portable music player when running you may not be able to hear traffic noise or instructions from the marshals so please DO NOT USE these devices UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES whilst you are taking part in the race. Anyone seen by a marshal wearing an iPod or other portable music player while taking part in the race may be disqualified from the results.

Administration

You are expected to finish the 9 miles in less than two hours, so please run. It is not a walk, so if you are slower than this please get into the trail car. The race marshals will only remain at their marshaling posts to guide runners who run the course in under two hours.

Course Information

The course is on public roads for all but about half a mile on a public footpath around the lake between the 7 and 8 mile markers. Mile markers will be displayed throughout the course. There are 4 water stations at Catherine-de-Barnes (2 miles), Barston (5 miles), at the far end of Hampton Lakes (8 miles) and at the finish (9 miles).

Medical

YOU MUST ENSURE THAT YOU ARE MEDICALLY FIT TO PARTICIPATE AND THAT YOU ARE ADEQUATELY COVERED BY YOUR OWN INSURANCE. IF YOU HAVE NOT TRAINED OR YOU HAVE A HEAVY COLD OR IF YOU ARE IN ANY DOUBT YOU SHOULD NOT START.

Medical help facilities will be available at the start and finish of the race to help anyone suffering from injury, illness or dehydration. If you are injured during the race, please stay with a marshal if possible so that we can arrange for you to be picked up by the trail car at the back of the race.

Drinks: There are 4 water stations. Please make CERTAIN that you drink sufficient water on the morning of the race and also during the race to avoid suffering from dehydration during the race. This is particularly important if the weather conditions are hot.

Asthma sufferers: If you have asthma please carry a ventilator with you.

Participation is at your own risk

Remember that YOUR SAFETY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AND THAT PARTICIPATION IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Food and drink at the end of the race

The Sports Club bar will be open to serve teas, coffees and bar drinks.

Results and Photographs

The results (and photographs where available) will be posted onto this web site (www.arden9.org.uk) on the day of the race and any remaining photographs by the Wednesday following the race.

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the following categories :

  • Mens Open
  • Mens Masters
    • Men 35-44
    • Men 45-54
    • Men 55+
  • Mens Team Prize (for pre-registered teams of 4)
  • Ladies Open (first 3)
  • Ladies Masters
    • Women 35-44
    • Women 45-54
    • Women 55+
  • Womens Team Prize (for pre-registered teams of 3)

The presentation ceremony will start about 12 noon.

Every runner finishing the race will be given a commemorative momento.

Details of how these will be distributed will be made available in due course via the race Twitter and Facebook pages (and possibly here on the website)

Please Note:

Each athlete will only be eligible for one individual prize - in other words, no individual athlete can win a 1st, 2nd or 3rd placed prize as well as an age category prize.

Participation is at your own risk

Remember that YOUR SAFETY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AND THAT PARTICIPATION IS AT YOUR RISK.

 
 

Comments

We try to make this a well organised and enjoyable day but we are always happy to listen to any of your advice or views. If you would like to make any comment about any aspect of the race then please contact the Race Director, Mark Cordiner-Barton on 07912 512758

The K&D Arden 9-Mile Road Race is organised by Knowle & Dorridge Running Club and hosted by Hampton-in-Arden Tennis Club. The race is part of the Warwickshire Road Race League.