THE LONGHORN FINAL PRE RACE EMAIL
PLEASE FIND A COPY OF THE FINAL PRE RACE EMAIL SENT OUT ON FRIDAY 17TH APRIL
Dear Longhorn Runner
Thank you for booking onto the 1st Longhorn event! With just 2 days to go we are very excited & looking forward to Sunday 19th April to see you all running around the beautiful route at the estate of Thoresby Hall, in north Nottinghamshire NG22 9WH.
This is your FINAL Pre-Race Email. This is an updated version of the previous emails sent on 26th March & 13th April. The main amendment to original information is that we no longer need ID from you in order to register. Also - please check road closures as I believe there may be a 4 mile closure on the A1 this weekend at Worksop (just north of the venue).
Here is the link to the Longhorn Participant List.Please check the list and that you are on here- so that any anomalies can be dealt with as soon as possible.
Allow yourself plenty of time to get parked & through registration. Registration opens at 8.30am.
We have a total of 362 entries so far & of course runners are welcome to book the 10k race on Race Day.
For up to date information on this event & others please like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/swimbikerunevents & follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/Longhorn_UK & also https://twitter.com/SBReventsUK
So that we can all chat about the event we have created a new Facebook closed group. Join us to talk all things LonghornClick here - Longhorn Facebook Group
There are lots of photos of the course on Twitter & Facebook so you can have a look. There's so much to see! Rural countryside... ancient parts of Sherwood Forest...lakeside views...not to mention keeping your eyes peeled for the Longhorn cattle!
ON THE DAY - Follow postcode NG22 9WH
Please check road closures as I believe there may be a 4 mile closure on the A1 this weekend at Worksop (just north of the venue).
Car parking - Please DO NOT use Thoresby Hall Hotel or The Courtyard entrances- please look for our yellow signs along the A614 & A616 which will direct you to Netherfield Lane & to the entrance to The Longhorn carpark entrance.
The car park is free to everyone & is open from 8.15am for athletes for registration at 8.30am.
Where possible please car share to minimise the environmental impact. Please do not leave any belongings on show in your vehicles.
At the Race Village you will find marquees for registration, secure baggage holding area, sports therapists, local running clubs you might like to join (including Notts Women Runners), our charity partners for The Longhorn -Nottingham Hospitals Charity, plus toilets, food /refreshments & first aiders/ambulance from St Johns Ambulance.
If you are from a running club, athletics association or triathlon club please bring your team flags with you & a marshal will display it in the Race Village Arena so we can see where the running community have come from.
You will need to register on the morning of the event in the registration marquee in Race Village- you can register any time from 8.30am until 9.50am. We'll issue you with a race number to wear & your chip for chip timing which can be worn on your left ankle. Chip timing is kindly provided by JC Race Solutions. At the end of the race you can print out full details of your race statistics, including pace per km & mile, lap time, where you are placed in your age group & more! Some of these statistics will also be sent a text if you gave us your mobile telephone number on the booking form. Results are displayed on a screen near the finish line & also emailed to you as a Finishers' Certificate.
Prizes are given to 1st man & woman on each race plus 1st veteran man & woman aged 35+ on each race. Unfortunately, as this is a new race, we are not in a position to give prizes on every age group this year.
You can register for the 10k race on the day for a cash booking fee of £25 from 8.30am - 9.30am but the half & full marathon entries close at midnight Wednesday 15th April.
Start times - The marathon will set off at 10am, half marathon at 10.05am & 10k will start at 10.15am.
Start points - The starting positions are within 50 metres of each other but please note the 10k race has a different starting point. There will be plenty of signage up on the day & marshals to assist.
There will be 4 water stations around the course but please feel free to bring your own isotonic drinks, energy bars or gels if you are running longer distances. Please ensure you don't drop any litter & take your rubbish home with you to preserve the environment & the wildlife on this course.
There are 3 toilet areas on the course including a disabled unit. Most toilets are based in the Race Village & there are 2 different toilet locations on the course.
Medical provision is provided between 9.30am & 4.30pm & we are expecting the event to conclude at 4pm.
There will be hot & cold food plus drinks available to purchase after the event including options suitable for vegetarians, vegans & gluten free. There will be hot food from The Baked Potato Catering Company & The Sunshine Van is providing coffee & bakes. Please see our closed facebook group for menus etc.
Please bring some cash if you would like to get a pre or post race recovery massage. James from Adjust massage & other local Qualified Sports Therapists with excellent experience will be providing this service for a nominal fee of £5 - majority of which is going towards charity after their costs. They will be offering a post race massage to flush through any tired legs or stiff backs, look out for the Adjust tent when your finished.
Nottingham Hospitals Charity
Our partnered charity Nottingham Hospitals Charity will have a presence on the day & we are hoping to raise funds towards the new helipad appeal. More about the charity - 'All of the money we invest goes to help save lives, build a better NHS or support research at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. The Trust is made up of your local hospitals – Nottingham City Hospital, the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham Children’s Hospital, Hayward House and Ropewalk House.'
Helipad Appeal: Getting patients to hospital quickly in an emergency is vital and valuable seconds can make all the difference.
Nottingham Hospitals Charity is launching an appeal to raise £3m to build an on-site helipad at the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre, which is based at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.
MARSHALS - mostly covered now but a few spots left if you know anyone!
The success of any event is thanks to the volunteers & marshals that assist on the day. We would be very grateful if you know of anyone that can commit to helping out from 8am - 12.30pm or 12pm - 4.30pm at The Longhorn. All marshals will receive a voucher for £20 off any future SBR Event which can be used for 1 year (including Longhorn 2016). They also receive a goody bag with a drink & snacks (fruit & choc) to eat on the day.
We require marshals on Sunday 19th for the following areas (mainly marshal points):
Registration - busy 8am-9.45am
Secure baggage area -
Water stations - there are 4 stations to hand out water to athletes
Key marshal points around course - to direct athletes, be LOUD to encourage & cheer runners on & to offer assistance to anyone unwell/with injury (this will be using a 2 way radio to request assistance from the medical teams)
Hand medals out
Remember runners can turn up on the day to run the 10k for a price of £25 cash only.
See you on Sunday 19th April!
Amanda & Jason