These are the instructions for the 10th Ashtead 10k and 2k Fun Run on Sunday 19 September 2021 - please read them carefully!
You will not receive anything through the post.
If you can't run, we are still looking for marshals (please email me at email@example.com if you can marshal - marshals are needed from 9.00am at the Scout Hut).
Further details (course map etc) are on the race web site - click here.
The race is organised with the kind permission of the Corporation of the City of London and the Ashtead Common Rangers.
The Ashtead 10k and Fun Run is an 'Eco-race' and we are trying to reduce its environmental footprint as much as possible by looking at all aspects of the race. However, the greatest effect will come from as many participants as possible walking/jogging/running/cycling/using public transport/car-sharing to get to the event.... please do your bit!
If coming by train, come to Ashtead British Rail station - 50 minutes from Victoria or Waterloo, 30 minutes from Guildford. Please check for engineering works/bus replacement services/delays.
If driving, please park in the Ashtead Station car park, which costs £2.25 (cash) on a Sunday. Details on parking are here. If driving, do not pass over the level crossing. Please car-share if possible!
It takes 2-3 minutes to walk from the railway station to the Scout Hall (toilets only this year).
The Ashtead 10k and 2k Fun Run has raised over £15,000 so far for charity, and for the last few years has raised directly for Rianna's Fund (http://www.RiannasFund.org) - which supplies the marshals out on the course (say 'Hello' as you go by!). This fantastic local charity organises and funds schools and children's homes in Kenya and India, enabling the poorest to access care and education.
See what goes into organising a race...
Before the race you need to arrive in enough time to collect your running number - which will be at the race start.
Registration will be open from 10.00am.
Please try and make three NEW friends at the race!
A limited number of toilets are available in the Scout Hall - So please go before you come - if you can! There are no toilets at the race start. You can change in the Scout Hall (no changing rooms, just a hall). You can leave gear in the Scout Hall (not secure).
The 10k race starts at 11.00 sharp.
The 2km fun run starts at 10.30. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times - make sure you can keep up with your child! (the adult does not have to pay to enter the fun run, but if they have done, they will receive a running number and a medal as well).
The route is an out and back undulating course. The ground is muddy in places and very uneven, rutted and pot-holed and you must watch your step at all times. You must keep your hands free at all times (not in pockets for example).
The course is on a Site of Special Scientific Interest, which is also a National Nature Reserve. Please be considerate towards other users. Please don't litter out on the course (gel packets especially).
We have been looking for hornets this year (after the massed hornet attack on runners in 2010) and we have not found any (there have been none since 2010). If you are alergic to bee stings, insect bites or the hairs of the Oak Processionary Moth, then it might be a good move to bring an alergy medication, just in case. (Our first-aiders will also be equipped).
MP3s, iPods and bone-conducting headphones are absolutely banned for personal listening or for broadcasting music. We will disqualify anyone running with earphones. Listen to the birds (Robins, Magpies, Wood pigeons, Blackbirds, Lapwings, Wrens and Carrion crows are most likely), bees, owls, deer, cows, wind in the trees and the encouragement of your fellow runners. Don't run in a bubble!
Please encourage your fellow runners!
Absolutely no spitting - yeuch! Nasty!
KEEP LEFT AT ALL TIMES!
Returning runners have priority over 'outward' runners - please let them go first if required.
There is a water station at half way (the race turnaround point).
There will be water, apples and carrots for the runners at the end.
All runners will receive a unique bone china drinks mat.
There will be a free raffle at the race finish, at 12.30, based on your running number - for both 10k and 2k runners. The race prizes will also be given out at this time. Come along - it'll be fun! If you have anything 'eco' that you would like to donate to the raffle, please bring it along (jam, home produce, good pre-read books etc). The raffle is especially popular with children.
Photos and results will be up online on the evening after the race.
Enjoy the race!
Rob McCaffrey - for the Ashtead 10k and Fun Run
PS: The races are organised by Ashtead Running Group - we run on a Tuesday evening at 7.30 from the Woodman Pub in Ashtead, and we are not as fast as we used to be. All welcome!
Race organised by Ashtead Running Group (ARG)