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Route Queries and Race Regulations

Are there maps of the routes?
Maps for each race can be viewed here

Are there toilets on the route?
Yes, there are toilets situated on the route.

Which stations have energy gels?
There are energy gels at water points situated at mile 6 and just before mile 11.

Is the course suitable for a wheelchair?
Yes, the course is suitable for a wheelchair.  We have a wheelchair race which will start 10 minutes before the half marathon race, so as to avoid collisions.  Please be aware that the start and finish line are both in the park and hence are on grass.  There are also hills and speed bumps on the route.  If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us on 01727819327 and we will be able to advise you.

Why is the walking half marathon not a race?
Due to the whole route not being closed to traffic, we unable to make it an official race. The event is chip timed so participants can get an official time. There are also spot prizes available for 3 walkers. 

I don’t know whether to do the half marathon or walking half?
Walking events is strictly walking so suitable if you have no intention to run.
The running half marathon has a time limit of 3h 15mins so you could walk parts but you need to have the intention to jog a good percentage of it.

Are there time limits on finishing the races?
Yes, there time limits for each race.  They are as follows:

Half Marathon: 3 hours 15 minutes
Wheelchair Half Marathon: 3 hours 30 minutes
Walking Half Marathon: 5 hours
5k: 55 minutes
Fun Run: No limit 

How does the race start work for the Half Marathon?
You will be asked for your estimated finishing time when registering. You will then be sent further details in regards to your starting pen within your Race Pack.  This has been introduced to help prevent collisions and injuries at the start by people going quicker or slower than others. Race results are done by gun time; however your chip-time starts when you pass under the gantry and over the chip mats so don't worry if it takes a while to get through the start. Both your gun and chip time will appear in the results.

My training has been going well/poorly and my estimated time does not reflect my current fitness levels.  Should I start in a different zone?
If you know your estimated finish time is wrong before the event, please go to your events page and change your time, this option is available until 7th May 2018. After this time please call the St Albans Half Marathon team on 01727819327 who will be able to change your starting pen.

Are there pace makers?
Yes, there are pace makers for a selection of times.  More information can be found here.

Can I run in fancy dress?
Yes, we encourage you to!  Fancy dress helps to make the race really fun for spectators, families and runners alike.  There’s even a prize for the best fancy dress, so get your thinking caps on!

Can I wear headphones?
The wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted in races on any single carriageway roads. Under UKA rules, you are allowed to wear bone-conducting headphones. We will be allowing the use of Bone Conduction headphones ONLY for the running half marathon but the runner must declare this in their registration form before the event or they may still be disqualified.

Any runner seen using any other form of headphone or who has not declared using bone conduction headphones will be disqualified. The Race Director has taken advice and in-line with current UKA rules and BARR recommendations on health and safety grounds when establishing our head phone policy. Please respect our rules, we don't have many!

Is the course fully marshalled?
Yes, we are known for our loyal, enthusiastic and encouraging marshals.  We could not run the event without the continuous support from the local voluntary organisations that help us marshal the event.

Can I take my dog?
Sorry, no dogs are allowed in any of the races.

 

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