Q: If I can’t run and have already entered what are my options?
A: You can either defer to a later race (2018 races possibly as not yet announced, that might include some finger crossing that there will then be one you can do) or the place can be transferred to another runner.
Q: Can I change between races?
A: Yes, extra money will be payable if doing the longer route, however we can’t do refunds if downgrading. At the time of writing the price differences seem to be £2 as the largest part of each is the medal cost.
Q: When will the results be viewable?
A: Possibly not until the following evening. Once all runners are safely off the course and left Race HQ our main focuses will be taking down the course and making sure that we leave the race HQ, and areas used in a good state as we really hope to use these venues in future. Unless it’s too late we also plan to say thank you to the marshals & volunteers at a nearby pub. I realise seeing the results is really important to the runners but hopefully you can understand why being nice to the venue and helpers is also very important. Factors like changes on the night and the team comps may also effect the time.
Q: Your races are expensive
A: Yes they’re not as cheap as some of the club organised races but are significantly cheaper than some other races of comparable distance. The largest single cost is the medal which seems essential to putting on a well-attended race currently. If you would like a free place you could always help or marshal to obtain a place for the future.
Q: Can I marshal or volunteer
A: Yes we’d love people to get involved. There is a free place in another race for helping.
Q: Do you have Aid Stations on the courses
Q: Ok what’s on the aid stations
A: Our currently announced races are 5 and 10k and 5 miles and 10 miles in the autumn and at night. With that in mind the minimum on the courses will be water and sweets with bananas available at the end. I am hoping there will be more but don’t want to promise that and not deliver. Very interested to hear what sweets people like while running. I like Percy Pigs!
Q: The races have laps, why?
A: The currently announced races are night races and the longer races are 2 laps. Night races pose that extra challenge of convincing some of the runners it is a good idea. Making sure they don’t get lost. To that end we felt that by having laps we could sign the course more effectively. Eg the budget for course marking is spent on half the distance than a single lap course.
There is also other benefits of needing less marshals (we want people to run not marshal) and if any runners have any issues the distance to the race HQ are much less and because for our night races we stay on the race HQ’s land we can use their ATV to help anyone who needs it. This also avoided the added cost of running across other landowners land. Also we thought for those racing the course it would slightly nullify the home advantage and so lead to better competition. Eg you’ll know where the finish is so if you like a sprint at the end of your runs you’ll have a good idea where to start sprinting from and the Ninesprings course we think has a particularly fun end.
Q: I want to run but I’m nervous about doing so at night
A: Night running shouldn’t be something to fear if equipped with a good head torch. Subject to demand we are looking at organising night runs in the areas of the races before the races. These will be free but may have limits on the number of people who can run. These provide a good opportunity to gain confidence. Watch our facebook page for information on these.
Q: What should I wear
A: The first thing to consider is the weather. Being the autumn in the UK it could be a mild night, it could icey, also could be wet, windy or decidedly pleasant. Night time is normally a fair bit colder than the day. We do ask people to wear something high vis and reflective though for current races there is very little amount of time on roads, I think less than 50 metres in each race and they’re very quiet areas.
Q: Are there Prizes
A: We intend price male and female prize for positions 1-3, with age group prizes for 1st in those categories (only 1 prize per person) plus team prizes and a possibly fancy dress prize.
Q: Can I walk the races
A: Unfortunately some running would be needed to finish both races. We didn’t feel it would be fair to the marshals to keep them out for say as long as it would take a slow walker to cover 10 miles.
Q: Do your races have time limits
A: Yes please look at each race page for information on that.
Q: Are your races timed
A: Yes our races are timed. Possibly the traditional stop watch method initially with video camera back up but this may evolve. For multi terrain night races there is less worry about times being right to the split second.
Q: Is there adequate parking?
A: Yes the race limits are set around the parking available as well as the courses. Please see the individual race pages for further info.
Q: Are the race distances accurate
A: The headline distances we advertise our approximate. We plan to publish the routes and from there you can see the likely distance. Although the exact routes may change as obviously weather and other issues aside a bit reroute close to the time is not something we can rule out. Also there may be some variation between taking the racing line as speedy experienced runner would do and the centre line which the mapping websites would be estimating.
Q: What are the age limits for running
A: At the moment 18 and up, being the first year we’re keeping this simple. If you want to run but are under 18 please let us know as we plan to address this in time.
Q: Can I wear head phones
A: Shortly, no, we plan to review this constantly as personally many of us wear them when running solo but for the first night races we do want to make sure runners can hear our marshals especially if they’re try to shout at them that they’re running off the course.