Hampson Park Community Centre, Webb Rise, Stevenage SG1 5QU.
The Stevenage 10km starts and finishes in Hampson Park, Stevenage, SG1 5DU. The course is primarily run on cycle paths and footpaths around Stevenage, taking in 3 of the town’s parks. Hampson Park for the start & finish, Fairlands Valley Park and King George V park. You also pass through Stevenage Old Town, the war memorial on the historic bowling green and take in the delights of the pretty Avenue, a tree lined path on the outskirts of the Old Town before ever so slightly climbing back up Martins Way into Hampson Park where you’ll find your T-Shirt, Medal and well earned slice of cake waiting for you.
08:30 - Information area open for race number pick up. Baggage store opens
08:30 - Car parking from Meredith Road open for runners
09:30 - Free of charge under 16's Mini Mile Starts
10:10 - Pre race warm up by Mark Dunn
10:20 - Call to the Start area
10:30 - START!
11:05 - First finisher expected
11:45 - Trophy presentation
The race will be run under an ARC permit and will have a certificate of course measurement ensuring that it is an accurate 10km distance.
Please allow enough time to collect your number from the registration area near the start if you didn’t collect it prior to race day. Please take advantage of the early collection service that has been set up for Saturday 14th September (see below). No numbers will be posted. Your timing chip will be attached to the back of your number. Please do not remove it, bend it or cover it with a jacket or you may not register a time. A list of entries and running numbers will be available on race day. Pin your number to the front of your running vest/top.
Saturday 14th September 9:30am to 12 midday Hampson Park Community Centre. There will be a registration desk to the side of the community centre.
Sunday 15th September 8:30am to 10:15am at the registration desk near the Hampson Park Community Centre.
We are trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Please try to car share where possible or, if you are local, leave the car at home and warm up to the race venue.
There will be parking available in the field at Hampson Park adjacent to Meredith Road. Use the postcode SG1 5QT for sat navs. Follow the attendants instructions as you enter the field and keep your speed down to a maximum of 5mph.
In addition, the car parks at the Oval shopping centre (from Vardon Road) and Fairlands Valley Park are available.
There is also parking available on the nearby streets – Webb Rise, Meredith Road, Vardon Road, Lonsdale Road, Archer Road, Wilden Road and Jessop Road. These are all within 5-10 minutes walk of the start area. When parking on the street please be considerate to other road users, avoid double parking and do not park on verges/kerbs to avoid parking fines! Parking at Hampson Park community Centre is reserved for the race organisers and marshals.
Stevenage is on the main line between Kings Cross and Peterborough.
The bus station is around 400 metres from the railway station. Turn left out the station, down the ramp into the town centre shopping area where you will find the bus stops. The SB2 or SB3 buses will take you to the Meredith Road bus stop next to Hampson Park or the Oval shopping centre. It is no more than a 5 minute walk from the bus stop to the race start.
Please note there’s a minimum age of 16 years on the day of the race.
There will be mobile toilets available in the park near the information stand and community centre. There will no changing facilities.
PLEASE DO NOT USE THE TOILETS IN THE COMMUNITY CENTRE.
A supervised baggage area is available in the hall at the back of the community centre. Please go to the baggage area from around the rear of the community centre, opposite the basketball court, following the signs, rather than trying to go through the community centre There is a detachable baggage label at the bottom of your race number and safety pins are available at the baggage area. Please note that all kit storage is at the owner’s risk.
The race is on an undulating course run on cycleways and pathways throughout with the exception of one small road crossing at Ditchmore Lane. Marshalls will be positioned throughout the course to guide runners. Please follow their instructions. The route will also be well signposted.
The race starts in Hampson Park and leads out on to Fairlands Way where it takes a single loop around the northern field of Fairlands Valley Park. It leads along Fairlands Way into King George V Park where there will be a water station. From the park, runners will be directed across Ditchmore Lane before joining Lytton Way cycleway. This leads beside the historic bowling green and High Street before passing along the Avenue. The exit from the Avenue has a narrowed opening so take care as you pass through it. The route passes the Oval shopping centre before returning into Hampson Park through the east entrance.
Each kilometre will be clearly marked throughout the course. Race signs will also be positioned at regular intervals throughout the course directing runners where appropriate. Runners should proceed straight ahead on the route unless told to turn by one of the race marshalls or one of the signs.
Drinks will be available in recyclable cups at approximately 5km in King George V Park and in recyclable cups at the finish. If the weather is hot there will be an additional water station at around 7km..
There is no time limit for the race as we believe all abilities should be encouraged to run. We will not stand down our course marshalls until the last participant has passed.
Spectators are welcome around the course, please ask your friends and family to come and cheer you on! Views of the race will be particularly good in the park areas – the northern corner of Fairlands Valley Park including the bridge crossing, King George V park near the play area and water station, along the Avenue, the High Street bowling green and Hampson Park where there are toilet facilities and refreshments available to purchase.
If you suffer from a medical condition which may lead to an emergency during the race, please put a cross on the front of your number and write details of the medical condition on the reverse. Discuss any medical problems with your GP and do not run if you feel unwell or are recovering from an illness. Always warm up to avoid injury before exercise and start the race well hydrated. Avoid alcohol before the race. First Aiders will be on the course.
Runners can be accompanied with dogs or pushchairs, but not both. If you are running with your dog or pushchair please make sure you start at the back of the race start and take care with other runners on the course. The course is not suitable for wheelchair users.
The use of standard headphones are not permitted. However, headphones using bone conduction technology can be used. It is vital that runners are able to hear instructions given by our marshalls at all times.
The race time clock will be at the finish line and all finishers will get a chip time (time from when you cross the start line to the finish line) and a gun time (time from the start gun to the finish). Race timing is organised by www.racesonline.uk.
Results will be available in real time and on this website. Finishers will receive an SMS and email with their times and finishing position.
Light refreshments will be available before and after the race from a mobile coffee / drinks van in the park, there will also be an ice cream van in the park. Further refreshments will be available in the coffee shop in Hampson Park community Centre. There will also be a free cake stall for all runners at the finish. We are seeking donations for our nominated charities and collection tins will be available at the cake stand.
Presentation of prizes will be made as soon as practicable once the award categories have been filled. We expect this to be approximately 11:45am.
Trophies will be awarded to the first 3 male and female runners in the race, and then 1st place in the following categories - Men: Vet 40, 50, 60, 70+ Ladies: Vet 35, 45, 55, 65.
All race finishers will receive a medal and race t-shirt. Finishers can also enjoy free cake at the finish! Why not enjoy a drink with your cake at the Hampson Park community centre coffee shop? A finisher certificate will be downloadable from the results section.
In the event the race can’t be run due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers, all proceeds, less costs incurred, will be donated to charity. There are no refunds or deferals.
A donation from the proceeds of the race will be made to the designated local charities. 2024 charities will be announced in the new year.
We are very grateful to our sponsors Menzies accountants, ASK Physio, Tollers Solicitors, Decathlon Stevenage and Tesco Broadwater. Also to our supporters Sport Stevenage, Stevenage Borough Council, Marshalls trophies and Hashtag Digital Media
The Junior Park Run will NOT be on this year, however there is a FREE Mini Mile event taking place in the park, just before the main 10k event. Any child (4-15 yrs) that wishes to take part just make sure you are in the park before the 09:30 start time. There will be a medal and sweet treat for all finishers.
Want to get involved in a running club in Stevenage? Stevenage Striders is FREE to join. Find out more at www.stevenagestridersrc.org.uk
See you on Sunday 15th!