Boxing Day 5 – 26th December 2023

Date: Tuesday 26th December 2023

Venue: Witham Rugby Club, Spa Road, Witham, CM8

2023 Results

RACE INSTRUCTIONS

2023 Race Instructions

Race info

Race information will be sent to all online entrants via their registered email address. We will also add updates to our Facebook page.

Entry prices: Please note 50% of all race profits will be donated to charity. 

£14 affiliated

£16 unaffiliated

£20 on the day if race is not full

T Shirts available for £5. Please note a limited amount of T shirts have been ordered. If entering after the 10th of December your T shirt may have to be posted rather than collected on race day.

Online Entries are now closed. 72 On the day entries are available. Please arrive from 9am.

Start time: 10:30 am

Your race number can be collected from the runner registration desk between 09:00 and 10:15am  The desk will be located inside the rugby club. The timing chip is attached to your trainer. From 10:15, runners will be called to start making their way towards the start. Please note that the start is approximately 550 metres from the rugby club across the playing fields. As you approach the start gathering area, you will be asked to gather in pens linked to your estimated ‘per mile’ pace.

Please be aware a time limit of one hour will be applied. Thereafter runners remaining on the course after one hour will be treated as pedestrians and should respect normal highway rules.

Parking:

Parking is not available for runners at the Rugby Club or Witham Football Club – this parking is for race volunteers and marshals only.

We have arranged parking for runners at the following locations:

  1. ACL Witham, Spinks Lane, Witham, CM8 1EP (W3W location for the entrance is https://w3w.co/income.restless.lamppost) – approx. 12 min walk to the Rugby Club
  1. Witham Leisure Centre, Spinks Lane, Witham CM8 1EP (W3W location for the entrance is https://w3w.co/recruiter.counters.width) – approx. 13 min walk to the Rugby Club

Please drive carefully and follow the instructions of the car park officials. The walking route to the Rugby Club is indicated on the map below and will be sign posted with yellow arrows, but please note the address and W3W location for the Rugby Club above.

The car parks will be locked 1 hour after the race finish (i.e. at 12.30pm). Any cars left in the car parks after 12.30pm will not be accessible until the venues reopen after the festive period.

Car parking is limited to around 200 spaces. Should the car parks become full, please park courteously on the surrounding local roads.

Race Number:

This must be worn on the front of your vest/T-shirt, securely fastened at the corners so we can see it easily in the finish area. The Chip this year will be a chip that attaches to your trainer. There will be Marshals removing this shortly past the finish area.

As this is our means of identifying you on the course, or in the case of a medical emergency, please do not allow someone else to use your number.

If you have a medical condition, please write the details on the reverse of your number in waterproof ink and also mark a red cross on the front of your number with the marker pens available at the registration desk. Please also declare any medical conditions on the entry questionnaire that our first aid provider needs to be aware of.

Your number will include a detachable baggage label which should be used for the baggage facility.

Prizes:

There will be three prizes in each of the senior men and senior ladies categories plus prizes for the first male U18, veteran over 40, over 50, over 60, and over 70, and female U18, veteran over 40, over 50, over 60, and over 70. Runners can only win one category prize. A team prize will be awarded to the first male and first female team (four to score) 

There is also a prize for best fancy dress and fastest in fancy dress (race director decision)

To keep prices low and affordable for all runners we have made the T Shirt available for “opt in” at a small price.

Facilities:

A baggage facility will be provided in the main hall. Only baggage with the label from your race number attached will be accepted into this area otherwise bags will be left at your own risk. Refreshments will be available on site. First aid will be available in the finish area and all marshals are in phone contact with the race headquarters. Two toilets areas are available within the rugby club and there are changing facilities but no shower facilities. To access the changing area, you have to exit the main hall at the back of the rugby club and there is a door to the left which provides access to the changing area. Please ensure you use the toilet facilities within the rugby club rather than any other locations.

Results:

Will be posted on the Witham Running Club website www.withamrc.org.uk.

Headphones:

This race is operated under England Athletics rules. For Health & Safety reasons please do not wear headphones/in ear headphones (or similar) – you will be disqualified if seen to be wearing these.

Under EA rules, bone conduction headphones are permitted and you may wear these should you wish.

Course Description:

The race starts in Blunts Hall Rd. The route gently climbs for the first two miles. At the end of Terling Road you will turn left. As you turn back towards Witham the course heads gently downhill. These roads will not be closed but they are quiet and will be fully marshalled. At around 4.5 miles, you will pass where you started and cross under the railway line for a second time before turning into the driveway towards Witham Rugby Club, where the finish will be positioned close to the race HQ. The route is all on road, except for the last 50 metres which is on a track. 

Route

map

  • Five mile race
  • Fast, undulating, mainly rural, all road course.
  • UKA Licence No:  2023-45449

Beat The Pud!

For the last 6 years we’ve added some extra fun and you all seemed to enjoy it! So once again, there will be a running Christmas Pud for you to chase to help you run off those festive indulgences! Will you have what it takes to Beat the Pud?!

Beat The Pud!

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Race Results

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