Battersea Park

Date:22 August
Start time:09:30
Location: Map, Directions
Results: Senior, Tenderfoot

There will be no briefing on race day.  This note takes its place.

Meeting Location: meet in the grass area at the western end of Central Avenue in Battersea Park. 

Start time: 10k - the first wave will start at 9.30am.  The Tenderfoot run will start at 10.30am.  The Fun Run will start at 11.00am.  There will be no Relays or a big League-wide Picnic as these have not been licenced by Enable Leisure & Culture, who manage Battersea Park on behalf of Wandsworth Council, because they have Covid “social distancing” concerns.  Individual clubs are welcome to do their own thing foodwise. 

Race format:  there will be a UKA qualified timekeeper.  You will be starting in waves of c.30-40 runners at 1-minute intervals, fastest runners first.  There will be six holding pens just behind the start line.  Estimated finishing times will be shown on each pen (e.g. Pen 1: under 41 minutes, Pen 2: 41:00 – 45:59, etc).  You will need to go to the holding pen appropriate for your estimated performance, from which you will be called to the start by the Start Coordinator.    

The race will be held under UK Athletics rules.  Licence number 2021-42161.

Warm-up:  please warm up away from the start and finish areas.  Please return to the start area 5 minutes before the start of the race.  

Course:  10k: Four and a bit laps anticlockwise.  Start at the track end of Central Avenue.  Finish at the western end of Central Avenue.  Tenderfoot: out and back course along the length of Central Avenue.  Start and finish at the western end of Central Avenue (where the 10k finishes).  Turn at the track end of Central Avenue.

Finish:  a finish funnel formed of cones will be set up on the left-hand side of Central Avenue.  Please walk to the end of the funnel so that you can be given your place ticket.  You will need to give your place ticket to your Team Manager and you must tell them the wave you started in and make sure they note this on their registration / results sheet. 

Changing and toilets:  there are no changing facilities.  Please come ready to run.  Public toilets in the park will be open.  The closest to the start and finish are those located near to the Bandstand.  At the time of writing, full toilet facilities are available here for women but only temporary toilets are available for men.  We have paid for a toilet attendant to be on duty from 8.00am. 

Baggage:  there will be an informal self-service baggage area in the vicinity of the meeting point.  Please supply your own bag.  The area is open and is not secure.  Therefore, articles are left at the individual’s own risk.  We recommend that you do not bring valuables.

Hygiene:  hand sanitizer, masks and gloves will be available at the information desk for anyone who needs them.  

Water:  there will be no drinks station on the course.  Bottled water will be available at the finish.  Please bring your own drinks where possible. 

Other park users:  you do not have priority over other park users so please act with consideration towards them.

Medical:  We want EVERYONE to feel safe at our race.  Please behave in a considerate way towards other people and act in a responsible, socially distanced manner. 

You must undertake a self-assessment for COVID-19 symptoms. Do not travel to the race if you, or someone in your household, etc., are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been told to isolate.

Please make sure you are fit enough to run 10km (6.2 miles).  If in doubt, please consult your doctor or medical practitioner. 

If you see a runner with a problem, please stop to assist them and get help as soon as possible.

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms soon after the event, then please make this known through the NHS Test & Trace system and book a test.

Travel – the Northern Line will not be running.  Please check the TFL website for other engineering related line closures.

Serpentine look forward to seeing you on Sunday – and good luck with your race.