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Sunday FEBRUARY 16 2014

Starting at 10:00am

REF No 12/065

Held Under ARC Rules

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Notice to all Entrants

Welcome to the third annual Baldock Beast Multi-terrain Half Marathon, organised jointly by North Hertfordshire District Council, Baldock Town & District Partnership and North Herts Road Runners. We do hope you enjoy the race and hope that you will continue to support us in the many years to come.

We warmly thank all our Race Sponsors, who have donated prizes, provided us with essential equipment and helped us financially. All our major sponsors are listed on page 5 but the following companies have also been crucial in making this event possible:

Ø Up and Running

Ø Association of Running Clubs

The event organisers would also like to personally thank Richard Harbon from North Herts Road Runners who has helped us over the last 3 months with the planning of this event. After you have completed the Baldock Beast Multi-terrain Half Marathon why not register for the North Herts Road Runners Greenway Challenge Multi-terrain Half Marathon. This 13.1 mile run takes in some of the best countryside in North Herts and will be held on Sunday 4th May 2014. For

more information please check out the North Herts Road Runners website at www.nhrr.org.uk

Another word of thanks goes to Chris Choghlan, who helped to design the Baldock Beast course. As you will soon find, he has created a challenging but picturesque course which takes in both road running and off road sections through open fields and woodland.

Please take the time to read this booklet carefully as there are important points about parking, race pack collection, race etiquette etc that will help to ensure that your run is trouble free and enjoyable.

Further Information

If after reading this booklet you still have any questions please contact me, Ashley Hawkins, Race co-ordinator and Community Development Officer for

Baldock on 01462 474225 or 07778933078 or e-mail me at Ashley.hawkins@north-herts.gov.uk . Please also contact me with any booking or payment

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Race Packs

There will be no mailing out of race packs. Race parks consisting of a race number, timing chip and baggage tag can be collected by competitors at the following times and venues:

Pre-Race Zeus Hotel – Click on the link for directions http://www.zeushotelandrestaurant.co.uk/directions.htm

Sat 8th February between 930am and 230pm

Sat 15th February between 930am and 230pm

Race Day - Old Wallington Road, Baldock, SG7 6PB

Sun 16th February between 8am and 930am

Please note that no race packs will be given out after 930am on race day. Competitors are strongly advised to collect their race packs

either on Sat 8

th

or 15

th

February from Zeus Hotel. Participants who have not collected their race packs by 930am on race day will not

be allowed to race.

Parking

Runners are requested not to park along Clothall Road so as to avoid congestion. There will be Sunday morning football both at Hartsfield School and Bakers Field so please do not park on Clothall Road.

Runners are asked to park in the car parks as detailed on the race website under race day parking map.

These are the High Street Car Park outside of Zeus Hotel and the Simpson Drive Car Park which is located at the back of the Baldock Community Centre. There is also parking at Tesco’s which is located at the top of Baldock High Street.

Please be considerate to our neighbours by not parking on Clothall Road or the side streets surrounding the race start point on the Clothall Common estate. Eg Barley Rise, Chauncy Gardens, Merchants Walk etc.

Coach Transfer to race start/finish point

As stated in the Parking section above, runners are asked to park in the High Street outside Zeus Hotel, Simpson Drive car park and Tesco’s car park only. The race start/finish point is approximately half a mile from the High Street car park. Coach transfer will be available between 7:45am and 9:25am to transfer runners to the race start point. If you have not collected your race pack prior to race day it is advised that you arrive early on the day as race packs will only be given out between 8am and 930am.

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If you have collected your race packs prior to the race day (from Zeus Hotel on Sat 8th or 15th Feb) you may wish to keep warm in your cars prior to catching the coach to the start / finish point. Runners are reminded that they should be at the race start point no later than 940am as the race will start prompt at 10am. Coach transfer will also be available to runners after the race. This will run from 1130am until 115pm.

Changing and Baggage

Unfortunately there are no changing facilities for runners prior to the race start. However we have negotiated the use of showers for after the race at Knights Templar Sports Centre. Click on the link below for directions to Knights Templar Sports Centre.

http://www.bing.com/maps/?lvl=15&where1=SG76EY,%20UK&FORM=MMREDR

There will be truck available at the race start /finish venue for the storage of participants baggage. Please secure your baggage tag (provided to you in your race pack) to your bag and hand it in at the baggage drop off point. Your baggage tag number will be the same as your race number and your racing chip. To reclaim your bags runners will be required to show their race number as proof of baggage ownership. Bags will not be returned without a race number. Runners are reminded that any kit left during the race is at the owners risk.

Toilets

There will be 10 portaloos available at the race start/finish point on the Old Wallington Road.. Medical

If you have any allergies or medical conditions please write them in waterproof ink on the back of your race number.

St. John Ambulance will be in attendance on race day. All race marshals will be required to have access to a mobile phone on the day so that St. John’s can be contacted if any runner becomes unwell or picks up an injury. St John Ambulance are providing vehicular support to this event so that issues can be dealt with swiftly and effectively.

Refreshments

We will be providing both pre and post race refreshments at the start / finish point at the Old Wallington Road. . This will include teas, coffees, soups and fruit drinks. There will also be a bbq at the start / finish point selling bacon and sausage rolls and also burgers! Again all will be served with Val’s special recipe onions!! Please support the barbecue as this is a fundraiser for a local community group.

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We are in the process of securing special deals for runners and their families /supporters at the various pubs and cafes in Baldock High Street for the weekend of the race. These will be e-mailed to all runners during the week prior to the event. The businesses and eateries of Baldock look forward to greeting you during the Baldock Beast weekend and hope that you stay long after the race and visit in the future.

(Refreshments during the race)

Along the race course there will be 4 water stations which will be providing both water and a hydration mix drink. Each water station will have two tables. Staff manning the water stations will be offering runners water only. If runners would prefer the hydration drink please help yourself to this from the table. Staff will not directly hand out both drinks in case runners use the water to cool themselves down by pouring over their head! Just to be clear, staff will only be handing out water – those runners wanting the hydration solution, must help themselves to this from the table provided! Finally on completion of the race all runners will be given a bottle of water and a banana.

Declaration

The organisers would like to remind you that you have entered this race at your own risk and that they will in no way be liable for any injury before, during or after the event.

Results

A provisional list of results will be displayed in the medals/trophy marquee as they become available on the day. Race results will be shown showing both gun time and chip time. All race trophies will be awarded based on the gun times!

Results will be available from the chip timings website from 7pm on race day at www.galeforce-events.com . A full list of results will also be published on the

Baldock Town Partnership website at www.baldocktown.co.uk/ as soon as possible after the race.

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For safety reasons runners are advised not to use MP3 Players or ipods during the race so that they can hear traffic and also listen to instructions provided by the marshals. Runners are reminded that the course does include several right hand turns and that extra caution must be used at these turnings. The use of MP3 players or ipods is therefore not recommended and runners use them at their own risk.

All runners are requested to congregate at the Race Start Point at least 15 minutes prior to the race start time of 10am.

Runners are requested to congregate next to the marker according to their predicted finish time. This will range from finish times of 1h 30 or less / 1h 40 or less / 1h50 or less / 2hours or less / 2h 10 or less . Please stand in the area for your predicted finish time so as not to hold up runners.

Please note that this course is not suitable for wheelchairs and runners must NOT be accompanied or followed by cyclists.

Runners who wish to run with their dogs are advised that they must start at the back of the race and that the dog must be kept on a short lead at all times. Runners with dogs must also be advised that the Association of Running Clubs Public Liability Insurance will not cover runners with dogs.

Runners are reminded that they must wear their race number on the front of their t-shirt and must have their racing tag strapped to their ankle. Failure to do so will lead to disqualification from the race.

Runners must keep left in all cases, unless otherwise directed by Marshals, as failure to do this may jeopardise future events and may also lead to

disqualification. Along certain sections of the course there are no white lines in the middle of the road. Please ensure that you keep in to the side at all times. Where there are white lines runners must ensure they keep to the left hand side. Failure to do so may lead to disqualification.

Due to the narrowness of the course runners are asked to run no more than 3 abreast.

Runners are advised that this is a multi-terrain half marathon which includes sections on uneven gravel paths, over fields and through sometimes marshy woodland. Runners are advised to take particular care with footing on the off-road sections of the course so as to avoid trips and sprains.

There will be four water stations along the route as well as at the finish. (See refreshment section for more detail.)

Markers are provided at every mile. There will be ample marshalling and supervision around the course with transport back to the start from the support vehicle if required. Runners are reminded that they must follow the instructions and advise from marshals at all times. Failure to follow marshal instructions will lead to disqualification.

Once you have crossed the finish line runners are asked to move away from the area so as not to cause congestion at the race finish

point.

At the end of the race runners are requested to give their race chip and strap to a marshal who will be waiting near the finish point.

Runners are reminded that they must return their race chip on completion of the race. Marshals and staff will be in attendance after

you complete the course to remove the strapping and chip from your ankle.

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All race memorabilia will be available to runners at the race start /finish point directly on finishing the race. This will include a medal, a bottle of water, banana and a yet to be confirmed extra treat.

The baggage reclaim is at the start / finish point so that runners can get wrapped up warm whilst they wait for the prize giving ceremony which will take place promptly at 1215pm. After the race, runners are invited to enjoy a warm drink or something nice from the barbecue

Prizes

There will be a medal and some other yet to be confirmed goodies for all finishers in the race. Additionally there will be trophies for the following categories:

First 3 Women and Men First 3 Women >35 First 3 Women >45 First Woman >55 First 3 Men >40 First 3 Men >50 First Man >60

First male team (4 to score) First female team (3 to score)

The Prize Ceremony will take place at the race start/finish point at 1215pm.. Competitors are reminded that trophy prizes are awarded based on gun time and not chip time.

Please note entrants are only eligible for one open prize in the individual categories. If a veteran runner gains a senior individual placing the runner will be given the choice of prizes. Team prizes are based on aggregate times.

Entrants are reminded that they should be able to complete 10 miles in 2 hours and that we cannot guarantee full support after 3 hours, although timekeepers will stay longer.

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Acknowledgements

We would like to thank all you runners for entering the Baldock Beast Multi-terrian Half Marathon. We hope that you enjoy the race on Sunday 18th March and

hope that you will return for years to come to support this fantastic event. We would also like to thank the following groups, without whose help we could not have managed :

North Hertfordshire District Council & the North Herts Safety Advisory Group-for their assistance and advice about the event

2nd Baldock Scouts, Bassingbourn Girls Youth Football Club and residents from Wallington and Sandon Villages – who look after the water stations

2nd Baldock Scouts – for handling runners baggage

St John Ambulance – who are there just in case

Knights Templar Sports Centre - for the use of their showers after the race

Baldock Town Partnership , Baldock Festival Committee, Baldock Round Table, Baldock Rotary and all the many volunteers – who take care of marshalling round the course

Adult Care Services and Baldock Senior Club - who provided the minibuses for escorting marshals to their marshalling points around the course.

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