May 23, 2021
From 8.20 Norfolk Showground
IMPORTANT COVID SAFETY INFORMATION
UKA Licence No 2021-41228
Course Measurement Certificate No 20/217
Thank you for entering our first race of 2021. Despite having to defer the race from its traditional “Valentines” slot we are so pleased to be able to put this race on despite all of the obvious challenges. We hope that you enjoy the day and are as excited as we are for getting back to racing.
Socially Distanced Race
Due to the current Covid restrictions, this event has been organised in a Covid-secure environment. This means that there are certain restrictions and changes to what you would normally expect at this event. These are explained in the sections below. For everyone’s safety you must strictly follow the rules. No exceptions will be made for any reason. Please note that spectators are not allowed at this event. Only runners will be permitted to enter the Showground. Anyone seen entering the showground with family members or friends will be asked to leave.
If you have any Covid-19 symptoms YOU MUST NOT ATTEND.
These are currently recognised as:
• a high temperature
• a new, continuous cough
• a loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste
Wave Start Time
Runners will set off in waves from 08.20-11.00am. There will be limited runners in each wave, and we expect all participants to observe social distancing protocols.
Link to wave start time here: https://www.norfolkgazelles.co.uk/races/valentine10k/Master-Val-2021-wave-list.pdf
Refreshments and Water
Understandably, there won’t be a water station out on the route, so please provide your own hydration if you need it. Water in bottles will be provided at the end of the race. We will also have a coffee van selling refreshments for runners so please do bring you card/cash.
We ask that all participants wear a mask before they start and observe social distancing. Masks can be discarded after the runner has passed the start line. Please note that marshals will not be asked to enforce this rule, but we will rely on individuals to follow the current guidelines.
Venue & Car Parking
Race HQ: Race HQ will be at the Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, New Costessey, Norwich NR5 0TT.
Ample car parking is available for all participants at the showground. Please use the entrance immediately off the Longwater roundabout and proceed as directed by the marshals. Please only park where directed and only leave the car park as instructed. Disabled parking is available close to Race HQ; if you need to use this, please advise the marshal who will direct you accordingly.
We are using Chiptiming UK for this race and every individual will receive a chip and bib for the race. Please ensure that this is securely fastened to the front of your vest and make sure it is clearly visible. This is very important. Please complete the medical and emergency contact details on the back of your number, ahead of arrival where possible. The majority of bibs for runners that entered prior to 10th May will be posted out prior to the day. If you entered before the 10th May and haven’t received you bib by the 20th May please make contact with the race directors prior to race day. For anyone that entered after the 10th May that has not received their bib, please proceed immediately upon arrival to the dedicated race HQ where your number will be allocated. NB if you have lost your number, we will not be able to provide alternatives on the day so please contact before race day.
Changing & baggage
Due to our Covid secure risk assessment there will be no changing areas or baggage storage on site and therefore any items left at the start finish area will be at the runners’ own risk and may be removed if thought to be hazardous. Runners are encouraged to leave belongings in their own vehicles where possible. Limited toilets are available on site and will be manned to ensure cleanliness is maintained. Please do not use other areas for a “wild wee” anywhere else at the showground.
Is the race officially timed?
Official times will be provided by our timing company and will count for your new PB! These will be posted on social media and our website.
What is the terrain?
For 2021 this is a road 10k and takes in a variety of paved and country roads.
How old do I have to be to run?
15 years+ to take part in the 10k
Is there a cut-off time?
The final road closure is in place until 1:30pm. We will be ensuring that runners wave times allows all runners to complete in this time whilst trying to ensure runners leave in a wave with similar paced runners.
Is there a medal for finishers?
Yes! Medals are provided for everyone who finishes the race. These will be available for collection after the race on the day.
What time does the race start?
The Valentine’s 10k will begin at 8:20 with rolling starts until 11:00. Your wave time will be provided by clicking the link above.
What is the date of the race?
The event takes place on Sunday 23 May 2021
Can I run with headphones?
No headphones will be permitted on this race (this includes bone conducting headphones). This is an England Athletic rule, anyone wearing headphones will be disqualified.
Is there a bag drop?
In line with our Covid-19 risk mitigation plan, there is no bag drop. If you wish to leave belongings with the outbuildings on site you do so at your own risk.
What are the prizes?
First male and female £50, second male and female £25, third male and female £15. Trophies: First male 15-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-69; 70+ Trophies: First female 15-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60+ Team trophies: First male/female team (x3 runners). There will be a medal for every finisher.
There will be no presentations on the day and all prize winners will have prizes posted, with cash prizes being paid via PayPal to the email address for which they entered.
Support is provided by MedPTS
If we can be of any assistance whatsoever, please contact:
Ceri Theobald (Joint Race Director) 07967059220
Or email email@example.com
Finally, we really hope you enjoy the race on the day. If you are keen to progress as a runner and want to get involved in one of the friendliest clubs catering for all abilities with excellent coaching and facilities please drop us a line.
Link to PDF of race terms: Norfolk-Gazelles-Valentine-Letter.pdf (norfolkgazelles.co.uk)