Race organisers RunThrough report successful return to racing – Runner’s World (UK)

Race organisers RunThrough report successful return to racing  Runner’s World (UK)

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It’s about time we had some good news when it comes to racing, right? With events all over the world being cancelled and rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic, race organisers Run Through have reported a successful return following their Tatton Park 10K event on Sunday 9 August.

The first event for the organisation since lockdown, using a time trial format, groups of 50 runners were allocated a start time based on their predicted finish time. Runners were spaced in the starting pen in two socially distanced rows, faster runners at the front and slower runners at the back and released in ten second intervals.

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Runners too seemed to enjoy the event, one runner commenting, ‘I ran this yesterday, thoroughly enjoyed it, felt completely safe and really well organised.’

While spectators weren’t allowed at the event, as usual, RunThrough’s marshalls, wearing PPE, added to the morale. ‘Following the release of our governing body guidelines we are very keen to get as many events back as possible and are working hard with venues and councils to get things going again. However there is of course a lot to consider and some events will take a bit more time for us to get the necessary approvals to ensure a safe return to running events’, RunThrough told Runner’s World.

What other safety measures are in place?

  • All marshals and staff will be wearing PPE at the race.
  • All race packs will be posted to runners beforehand and there is no bag drop at events to reduce contact between runners and staff.
  • Multiple hand sanitising stations around the event for runners.
  • No water stations on the course to reduce contact between runners and staff and bottlenecks on the course – runners should bring their own hydration with them.
  • If you need to overtake, runners must ensure they leave a distance of at least a meter between themselves and other runners.
  • Spitting and nasal clearing on the course is not permitted.
  • Runners are asked to clear the finish line as soon as possible.

A full list of RunThrough’s Covid measures can be found on their website.

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What other events have been planned?

If you’re keen to get back into racing, we’ve rounded up some of RunThrough’s planned events to sign up to:

Please note: the RunThrough team are updating their website with as much notice as possible, but some events may unfortunately still be cancelled.

Currently, the following events are confirmed and ready to go. Sign up on the RunThrough website.

26 August: Chase The Sun Tatton 10K

13 September: Tatton 10K

13 September: Dorney Triathlon

20 September: Cheshire Half Marathon

26 September: Lee Valley VeloPark

27 September: Run Heaton 5K, 10K and Half Marathon

27 September: Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit, includes 5K, 10K, half marathon, 20 mile and marathon distance.

3 October: Run Aintree 5k, 10k and half marathon

With other races at Olympic Park, Battersea Park, Crystal Palace, Wimbledon, Colchester Zoo and many more going through final approval processes.

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