THE HITCHIN 10km
Hello and welcome to The Hitchin 10km.
This race is taking place on Sunday 17th May and with a race start time of 9am.
The event is chip timed for accurate timing as we appreciate that we all like to know what we got when we cross the start line to the end.
Race rules for placings
The race rules for this event are for gun time to the finish line, so if you are in line for a prize for winning, making the podium or as an age group winner, then this is determined on your gun time, NOT your chip time, as technically it is still a race. In other words if you think you could be a contender then do not start at the back!
The event itself will have partial road closures, with the first mile (the north loop), all closed in an anti-clockwise direction.The closed roads will include:
- High Street
- Sun Street
- Tilehouse Street and Bridge Street
- Queen Street (side of carriageway closest to town)
- Hermitage Road (side of carriageway closest to town)
- Bancroft (side of carriageway closest to town)
- Willow Lane
Once the loop has been completed the runners head out to Willow Lane (closed) and then the open roads will be in Gosmore and Charlton loop (the south loop).
If you come to any junctions that have blind corners when turning, do not worry, as a marshal will be here to help you.Remember though, we cannot guarantee that any event is risk free from variables. Even closed roads have the potential for pedestrians, cyclists and emergency vehicles, so regardless, of where you are, always be vigilant.
The route itself is a beautiful one. It will start in right next to the town centre, with the first mile (the north loop) being on closed roads that go anti-clockwise around town, before heading out towards the Gosmore and Charlton villages to complete a clockwise south loop, before heading back into Hitchin, completing another 1 mile loop that you started on, and then that all famous Town Centre finish.
The route profile
The course profile is classified as flat and mildly undulating in places, with only a couple of small inclines. The total climb is approx. 45 meters, so this works out as an average of 4.5 meters of climb for each kilometre.
There will be a water station approximately at the half way stage, just after the 5km mark. Here you can get a cup of water. If you do, please dispose your cup to a bin marshal who will be further down from the water station. This helps to keep the area tidy and keeps us on board with the local residents, who we want out supporting you all, not picking up litter!
How much and why?
The race itself is £20 to enter. This is great value for money! We like to keep you all informed as much as possible and show what you pay for.
This goes towards:
- Road closures
- Equipment hire (barriers and cones being a good example)
- Chip timing and all that comes with it
- Course measuring
- Insurances and permits
- Many more smaller costs (too many to mention!)
Everyone who enters the race will get a T-shirt and medal. These will be given out at the end of the race from within the race compound that you will end up in once you finish and remove your race-timing chip.
Trophies and prizes will be given to those who make podium placements for both male and female categories and age group winners for both male and female too. Those who finish on the podium will get overall positional prizes and not the age group trophies, an example being if the race winner for men was in his 40’s, then the first placed male in the 40’s age category would then go to the second overall person. In the event that everyone on the podium happened, to be in his or her 40’s then the fourth placed male or female in his or her 40’s would be the age category winner! We hope you followed that!
We have team prizes too for clubs/organisations that have the same team name. This is based on the first 3 runners from your team, regardless of gender and age. Make sure that your team names are accurate as possible for them to be eligible to count.
The following prizes will be for:
- Overall male and female 1st, 2nd and 3rd
- Under 20’s male and female winners
- 20’s male and female winners
- 30’s male and female winners
- 40’s male and female winners
- 50’s male and female winners
- 60’s male and female winners
- 70+ male and female winners
- Team winners 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Registration and Race packs the day before
You can pick up your race packs the day before the event, so that you can avoid the early morning rush. This place will be announced closer the time and will be in Hitchin, with the times to be announced closer the time too once the location has been chosen. We want make sure that we choose a location where you can come to and park easily too.
Race day tips
On the day itself, it would be advisable to arrive with plenty of time to spare so that you can park and do the things you need to do, even if you have picked up your race pack the day before. The start line is a couple of minutes away from the town centre so make sure that you allow for this. Make sure that if it is a going to be a hot day, that you hydrate well, even in cooler conditions make sure that you are hydrated well and have consumed some form of energy to make sure that you do not have a sugar crash out on the course!
The town centre market square is the focus area to congregate and meet for registration and race packs etc, but, other areas nearby will be highlighted, such as where to go to drop off bags, toilets, changing etc.
Hitchin has a few car parks to choose from that are all nearby. This link will provide a map of them all for you.http://www.hitchinherts.com/map-parking
Race day registration and race packs
On the day, you can collect your race packs from 7:30am to 8:50am, although if you leave it too late you may end up missing the start. It is strongly advised to collect your race packs the day before the event to ensure that you will not be late (unless you forget to set your alarm!)
There are many places that have public toilets and some coffee shops will be open, as well as the local gym that will be the bag drop area. From the town centre, there are the toilets down the Arcade, the toilet block by the open-air market/St. Mary’s car park; Starbucks will be open too and are usually very good with us, so please buy a coffee!
Bag drops and changing facilities
We do not have big facilities for these so please come dressed ready and bring warm clothing to put on afterwards, as we do not have changing facilities to offer. We also do not have a bag drop but we may be able to hold on to bags for you.
When you finish
Upon crossing the finish line you will need to remove your chip and head towards the locations where you can collect your race t-shirt and medal and then you can get some much-needed water too. Once you have done so, please clear the finish zone so that it does not become crowded and that those behind you can make it out alive!
Supporting the race
If you are coming to watch then that is fantastic. As with all races, all those that take part really love to hear the crowd whipping up a frenzy of support for those they have come to watch. The only things we ask of you is to not get in the way of any runners on any parts of the course so that the runners can run without being obstructed. High fives are most welcome!
Marshals and volunteers
We are always in need of people to make these events happen. If you know of someone who is able and willing to help out then please put them in touch with us as we are always in need of people to help. It has been said a million times but without the help of those that do, events simply would not happen. All those that help get a race t-shirt (we must know sizes at least two weeks before the race as they have to be ordered) and they also get a snack pack to take with them, as well as maps and instructions on what to do. They can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Jake on 07963 520747.
Frequently asked questions
If you have a question that you would like an answer for then please contact us at email@example.com and we will get back to you ASAP. As you may appreciate, a million things can be asked so it would be easier for you to ask us directly! We hope that we have covered many things on here already. Other things that may crop up. No running with dogs. No headphones at all as not all roads are fully closed and your safety to hear your surroundings is more important. We will have a waiting list if the race sells out. You can transfer places no less than one week before race day. Race day entries may happen but no guarantee of a t-shirt or medal. No running with buggies. No wheelchairs (we apologise; the course is not reasonably practicable). Cut off time is 2 hours after the start of the race. It is strongly suggested that you do some training prior to the event!
Other events by Burnt Hare Events
We at The burnt Hare Family also host other local events that may be of interest to you! Such as the Hitchin Triathlon and The Hitchin Town Centre 5km. You can find them also at www.burnthare.com
To enter click this link.