FAQ'S & FULL EVENT INFO
*Bibs & chips are not sent out - They are collected race day*
When is race day?
Race day for 2020 is being confirmed soon! - The start will be at 11.00am - but runners will be released in waves.
Where is it?
Race starts at 'WV Active Aldersley' (Aldersley Leisure Village), Aldersley Rd, Wolverhampton WV6 9NW.
Am I able to park?
Yes, there's plenty of free car parking, but as always with an event this size it does get busy, so please car share if you can!
Are there any changing facilities?
Yes, we have full access to the showers / changing rooms / toilets at WV Active Aldersley. Please respect these facilities and other 'none event' users on the day.
Can I get onsite refreshments before / after the race?
Yes, you can take full advantage of the onsite cafe.
Serving hot and cold food as well as Costa Coffees.
What are the 'route info points' all about? (see below)
There is a set race route which you MUST follow, but there is very minimal signage along the route. Plus, the first water stop isn't until mile 7, so please bring water to carry if you'll need some before then.You EASILY navigate the route by STAYING ON THE PATH YOU'RE ON UNTIL TOLD TO LEAVE IT BY A MARSHAL. But if you want to know the route in detail beforehand, the route info points can be printed off and carried with you. As long as you pay attention at a few key crossing points you can't go wrong. You basically follow one canal all the way out, and one trail path most of the way back in.
Is it a timed event?
Yes, although the emphasis here is on fun and adventure, we are still using one of the most accurate chip timing systems available today. This doesn't mean you have to be a competitive runner to enter, although it's fine if you want to go out guns blazing! Everyone will have their time recorded no matter how leisurely you want to get round.
Tell me about the route:
Although this is a 'half-marathon' it's slightly over that distance at almost 13.75 miles rather than the usual 13.1 miles. Terrain includes grass, compressed gravel, mud and a little tarmac at the road crossings. The towpath narrows at certain parts, but still plenty of room for you to overtake others of a more leisurely pace.
On exiting the grounds of WV Active Aldersley you follow the towpath of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal. Quickly you pass through Smestow Valley, a local nature reserve.
What about spectators?
Friends and family are encouraged to come along and there are no additional spectator / parking fees. The start and finish are in the same location and allows them to wave you off and cheer you back in without having to move. Toilets within the centre can be used by spectators, as can the cafe area serving hot and cold food and Costa Coffees.
When do I get my race number & timing chip?
You collect these from registration (at the race start area) on race morning, this opens at 09.00am. Please arrive in plenty of time to get yours which will be listed alphabetically (surnames) at the collection point. We will have safety pins available but won't complain if you bring your own!
How much is it and can I enter on the day?
Solo Entries: £25.50 each
(this includes all admin & processing fees, you WILL NOT be charged any more at checkout!)
The event WILL sell out again.
In the unlikely event of any places left, they will be sold for £30 on race morning, first come first served.
Will there be first aid available?
Yes, but you should be relatively fit and have no known medical conditions which would hinder your run or cause the race organiser concern. All abilities are encouraged and welcomed at our races, but you are still expected to be able to comfortably run/jog most the route, no matter how slow. First aid support will be present on the day. You are reminded not to run if you feel ill or have a cold or flu on race day as this can be extremely dangerous. Do not take part if you have any respiratory illness or recent medical condition. If it becomes apparent to the sweep runners that you are in difficulty, ill, or are only able to finish by walking the remainder of the route, then you are likely to be asked to retire from the race, remove your race number and make your way back to the start area. This may sound harsh but it is for your own safety. No refund will be given under these circumstances.
Race Rules, Cancellation & Transfer Policy:
All entries are non-refundable. The staging of events have to be booked and paid for many months in advance.
We are however pleased to offer a transfer service (admin fee applies). We can swap your race place to a friend, relative, team mate etc, but you must handle any reimbursement of funds directly with that person - WE ONLY SWAP THE RUNNERS ENTRY DETAILS OVER.
This transfer service is not compatible with strangers off the race waiting list, nor can any entries be deferred to next years race / or any other event.
*To transfer your place - Although a simple process, this can ONLY be done on race day morning at the registration area.
There is a £1 admin fee payable in cash per person transferred. You do not need attend, but your replacement MUST arrive at registration BEFORE 10AM and once signed in, we shall complete the transfer.
By entering this race you agree to abide by all of the above rules and conditions as well as the disclaimers via the online sign up process.
POINTS TO REMEMBER BEFORE ENTERING
The emphasis is on fun, being outdoors and enjoying the scenery. Don't worry about there being minimal signage this is what this event is all about. The route follows one canal all the way to Wombourne (although the towpath does cross to different sides sometimes) and follows one trail path most of the way back to Wolverhampton. So as long as you are aware of when to exit the towpath (marshals will be at these points), and pay attention at the road crossing having done so, you'll easily access the trail path for your return journey. There will be sweeper runners following the last runner to make sure everyone gets round safely.
- Runners can print off and carry a copy of the ROUTE INFO points if you want to.
- There are only TWO water feed stations along the route (one at the Wom Brook section approx 7.5 miles and the other at approx 11.5miles) so please carry a water bottle if you think you'll need some before the 7.5mile mark.
- You are responsible for your own safety when crossing roads, running along any part of the route and being able to swim.
- This is shared public land. Please be aware of other members of the public using these paths and trails, you do not have preferential rights of way. Be aware of other persons who may be in your vicinity (fishermen, bikers, leisure walkers etc).
- You will be running along the canal towpath in very close proximity to water. It is essential therefore that ALL competitors are competent swimmers as there are no lifeguards on duty!
* Final race info & instructions will appear on your entry confirmation email *
* Please read and re-read this BEFORE event day *
Taking in the beautiful scenery and wildlife you'll soon find yourself arriving at Bratch Locks at approx 6.5 miles. This forms one of the prettiest groups of canal buildings on the whole of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal.
Ducking under the road here (you really have to duck!) you continue along the towpath until just after mile 7 where you exit the canal at Giggetty Lane.
After safely crossing the ajoining Planks Lane, the route continues alongside the little stream of Wom Brook which flows from the nearby village of Wombourne.
Negotiating a dog leg crossing of the brook and the following steps up the embankment you are starting your return journey along the Staffordshire Railway Walk.
This was originally part of the Wombourne Branch Line built between 1912 and 1925 by the Great Western Railway Company and used during The Second World War to transport wounded allied soldiers. Nowadays it's all weather compacted surface makes is an ideal path for your run for home.
You can spot the old stations on the way, some of which have been turned into quaint cafes and coffee shops.
It's full steam ahead following the Railway Walk until the last mile or so where you're diverted back onto the canal for your final stretch back into WV Active Aldersley.
Get your pre & post race sports massages!
Therapist Jan Hodgkiss will be onsite offering pre & post race sports massages for just £5!
Great to concentrate on specific areas of the body, or problem areas you may have.