General Information

Please use the headings below to navigate to your desired section

Entry information
Number Collection details
Changing Distances
Start Area
Pacers
Parking and Transportation
Road Closures
Baggage
Course Support
Chip Timing
Medals
Awards
Terms and Conditions of Entry

BEFORE RACE

Entry information
Online entry closes 23:59 – 31st August 2017. To be guaranteed postal delivery you need to be entered by 13th August 2017.

Number Collection details

If you enter AFTER 13th August you will need to collect your race number.

Number pick up is available at the RunGeek shop (WA2 8QP) on Friday 15th September 1pm – 5:30pm and Saturday 16th September from 10am to 4:00pm. Or you can collect on race day morning at Race Information, which will be open from 7am. To avoid queues on race morning we highly recommend any changes or collection are done at RunGeek..

Family Mile numbers are all collection only. Number pick up is available at the RunGeek shop (WA2 8QP) on Friday 15th September 1pm – 5:30pm and Saturday 16th September from 10am to 4:00pm. Or you can collect on race day morning from 9am. To avoid queues on race morning we highly recommend any changes or collection are done at RunGeek.

Changing Distances

Switching from Half to 10k
Before the deadline of August 13th, 2017:

If you would like to switch from Half to 10k, simply email this request along with your first name, last name, the mailing address that you registered with to info@contest-sports.com

After August 13th, 2017:

If you decide to switch from the Half to the 10k please take your assigned race number to the Race Help tent at the near to the Golden Gates, Warrington – Town Hall, WA1 1UH, on race day morning from 7am.

Switching from 10k to Half
Before the deadline of August 13th, 2017

If you wish to switch from 10k to Half, you will need to pay an upgrade fee of the difference between the two distances. To do this please contact us on 01925 875083 for instructions on how to upgrade your entry.

After the deadline of August 13th, 2017

If you would like to switch from 10k to Half, you will need to bring your assigned number and pay an upgrade fee at the Help Desk on race day morning. Race day upgrade fee is £10. Upgrades will be done in the Race Information tent at the near to the Golden Gates, Warrington – Town Hall, WA1 1UH, on race day morning from 7am.

RACE DAY

Start Area
The 10k and Half Marathon both start at the same time of 9am.

There will be signs along the Start area with expected finishing times on. Please stand in the marked area relating to your most suitable finishing time. We ask that you are realistic in your time so that you can run with similar paced runners without getting held up or holding anyone else up so that everyone can get the best start.

Pacers
We have a great team of pacers hoping to help you get the time you want. For the 10k the pace times are 45, 50, 55 & 60 minutes.
For the Half the pace times are 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:40, 2:50 & 3 hours.

Parking and Transportation

Both the train stations (Warrington Bank Quay & Warrington Central) are less than a 10 minute walk to the Start Line.

Warrington Bus Station is about a 5 minute walk from the Start Line.

If driving the recommended car parks are:

Golden Square Car Park There are over 1,700 parking spaces between the 3 level multi-story car park accessed via Midland Way, or the underground car park accessed via Legh Street.

Road Closures

Whilst the details for 2017 are being finalised, you can see the information from 2016 below, which will give you an indication of what to expect.

The race starts at 9am in Winmarleigh Street and the route will take the runners across Bridgefoot and east along Knutsford Road, before heading south through Grappenhall and Appleton Thorn.

The second half of the course returns to the town centre via Lumb Brook Road and Knutsford Road, then passing through the town centre and finishing by running up Winmarleigh Street to the Golden Gates. The course is very different to previous years, apart from the Grappenhall and Appleton Thorn areas, and once again there will be full and partial road closures and diversions for several hours from 5am until 2pm.

Details of the affected roads and the closure times are shown below.

Click Here for the full course map

The temporary prohibition order is in effect between the hours of 5am and 2pm on race day, Sunday 17th September. However, as the race does not start until 9am, early access will be available, albeit stewarded, and the roads will be opened as soon as possible after the last runner goes by. The probable actual closure times are shown below. If you have any specific queries or questions please contact us directly via info@contest-sports.com or call the event hotline on 01925 875716.

General Information for traffic.

Avoid Bridgefoot between 8.55am and 9.20am, as Bridgefoot will be temporarily held closed by Traffic Officers. This is at the start of the race, and is for safety purposes to avoid the bunched runners getting too close to traffic.

The following information is for the duration of the race. Officially, the traffic order is from 5am to 2pm, but Stewards will try to keep traffic flowing until 8am, after which the affected roads will need to be ‘sterile’. Roads will open as soon as the cleansing team have completed operations, and the traffic management teams can safely do so.

Information for traffic from the North.

When travelling from the north on the A49, there will be no access to Pinners Brow and the Central Station area, except for taxis and access to Pinners Brow Retail Park and Central Way. This access will be controlled by traffic officers. See ‘access to Central Station’ below for more information.

When arriving on the A49 at the Cockhedge Green roundabout, i.e. at the junction of the A49 and A57, access south on the A49 is restricted to Buttermarket Street, the Riverside Retail Park and Knutsford Road A5061.  There is a diversion in place for the A49 going south, using the A59 going west, which will eventually take you back on the A49 at the accessible side of Bridgefoot.

Information for traffic from the South.

When travelling from the south on the A49 or A5060, approaching Bridgefoot, there will be no access north onto the A49 Mersey Street, or east into the Riverside Retail Park or east into Knutsford Road A5061.  The only access will be to Wilson Patten Street A5061 going west. This will also be the A49 diversion which will take you to the A57 on Midland Way and therefore to the Cockhedge Green Roundabout and back onto the A49.

Information for traffic from the West

There will be no access to Sankey Street at the junction with Liverpool Road.   Traffic wishing to go east should use the A57 Midland Way to get to the Cockhedge Green roundabout. Access to Mersey Street and Knutsford Road via Bridgefoot will not be possible. Traffic wishing to go south on the A49 via Wilson Patten Street and Bridgefoot will be able to do so.

Information for traffic from the East

When arriving on the A57 at the Cockhedge Green roundabout, i.e. at the junction of the A49 and A57, access South on the A49 is restricted to Buttermarket Street, the Riverside Retail Park and Knutsford Road A5061.  There is a diversion in place for the A49 going South , using the A59 west,  which will eventually take you back on the A49 at the accessible side of Bridgefoot.

Traffic on the A50 along Knutsford Road will be diverted at Latchford , to go along the A50 Kingsway, instead of continuing along Knutsford Road towards Bridgefoot.

There will be no through road on the A56 Chester Road to London Road A49. Access will be possible as far as the traffic lights at Ackers Road. Traffic wanting to get to the town centre should use the Kingsway A50 instead.    Local traffic knowledge may mean that Fairfield Road is used to gain access to the A49 London Road, but Fairfield Road may get easily jammed because of parked cars.

Exit from estate south of Knutsford Road

To avoid the estate to the south of Knutsford Road near Bridgefoot being locked in, exit from St Mary’s Street west on the inside lane to Bridgefoot will be possible. On approaching Bridgefoot, there will be no access north onto the A49 Mersey Street, or east into the Riverside Retail Park .  The only access will be to Wilson Patten Street A5061 going west, or the roads to the south.

Access to Bank Quay Station

Wilson Patten Street is used as the diversion for the A49 Mersey Street, so is always accessible – except from the south via Bridgefoot from 8.55am to 9.20am – see General Information.

Access to Central Station and Winwick Road.

There will be no access to Pinners Brow and the Central Station area, except for taxis and access to Pinners Brow Retail Park and Central Way. This access will be controlled by traffic officers.

Taxis coming into the Central station area will be controlled by Stewards who will allow access to Central Way for drop off, and back again to John Street. A controlled one-way system will be used on the southbound lane to facilitate the taxis, as the northbound lane will have runners on it. Exit will be via John Street and Haydock Street onto Lythgoes Lane A49.

Residential traffic on Central Way will be treated the same way.

There will be no access to the Central Station area via Tanners Lane or Buckley Street

 

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ROADS AFFECTED EXTENT PROBABLE CLOSURE TIMES
Sankey  Street    5am to 2 pm
Winmarleigh  Street    5am to 2pm.  South from Palmyra Street South will be closed until 10am only
Wilson Patten Street From Winmarleigh Street to Bridgefoot Temporary closure 8.55am to 9.20am
Bridgefoot     Temporary closure 8.55am to 9.20am.
Various lanes are open after  9.20am  ie
1. Mersey Street (A49) to Knutsford Road (A5061) eastbound.
2. Wilderspool Causeway (A49) to Wilson Patten Street (A5061) both ways.
Knutsford Road (A5061) From Grange Avenue to Bridgefoot. Only the westbound  carriageway( to the town centre) is affected. 
 
 
Closed westbound 8am to 1pm. 
However, exit westbound  to Bridgefoot  from St Mary’s  Street allowed at all times, except from 8.55am to 9.20am.
 
Halla Way (A5061)    8am to 1pm
Wash Lane    8am to 1pm.    Entry and exit to Station Road allowed after 12pm.
Station Road From Wash Lane to Cantilever Bridge 8am to 12.30pm
Cantilever Bridge    8am to 12.30pm
Cantilever Bridge Southwest Approach    8am to 12.30pm
Ackers Road From Cantilever Bridge Southwest Approach to Chester Road 8am to 12.30pm
Chester Road (A56) From Ackers Road to Lumb Brook Road 8am to 12.30pm
Lumb Brook Road    8am to 12.30pm
Stockton Lane    8am to 10.15am
Church Lane From Chester Road to Broad Lane  
Broad Lane    8am to 11am
Cartridge Lane    8am to 11am
Grappenhall Lane (B5356)    8am to 11am
Witherwin Avenue Between the Lumb Brook Road junctions 8am to 11am
Loushers Lane Eastbound lane only.  Westbound is always open 8am to10.30am.    No access to Wash Lane and Station Road until 12.30pm
Bridge Street    8am to 12.30pm
Academy Way Westbound open to market car park 8am to 1pm
Academy Street    8 am to 1pm
Scotland Road    8am to 1pm
Winwick Street    8am to 1pm
Rylands Street    8am to 2pm
Suez Street    8am to 2pm
Palmyra Square South   8am to 2pm
     

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Baggage

You may leave a small bag – maximum size 50cm x 30cm x 20cm at the Baggage Area during the race. This is situated inside The Gateway Building on Sankey Street, which is just across the road from The Town Hall.

Baggage will be open from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm. Please reclaim your bag by 1:00 pm on race day. Please DO NOT leave valuables, cash or jewellery in your bag. The event is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Course Support

There will stations with water, High5 gels and sports drink

Station 1 Mile 3.4 – Water
Station 2 Mile 5.7 – Water & High5 Gels
Station 3 Mile 8.6 – Sports Drink
Station 4 Mile 11.2 Water & Gels
(10k) 7.5k Water & Gels
Station 5 (10k only) 5.5k Water

Chip Timing

MyLaps Bib Tag

You will use the MYLAPS BibTag for the electronic registration of your time. On the back of your race number you can find a chip (the tag) and a foam pad. Please read the following instructions to receive your correct time after the race.

Tips to guarantee your correct BibTag timing:

  • Place the race number on the center of the chest so everyone can see your number. Don’t cover this number with a jacket or with your hands/arms when you run over the timing mats. Please pay attention when you use a (stop)watch on the start and finish mats.
  • Never fold or damage this number. Especially on the location of the BibTag.
  • Use four (4) safety pins on the corners of the number. Do not damage or perforate the BibTag.
  • Do not remove the foam pad on the BibTag.
  • If you own a personal MYLAPS ChampionChip, you can leave it on your shoe. It will not influence your BibTag timing.

After the race you can take the race number (including BibTag) as a memory or souvenir, or you can throw it away at the normal rubbish collection (plastic).

After Race

Medals
Official English Half Marathon finisher medals are presented to runners in each race, Half Marathon, 10k and Family Mile after they cross the finish line.  There is a unique medal for each distance.

Awards
Awards will be given to the Top 3 Male & Female runners for the 10k and Half Marathon. If you are in the top 3 runners, a member of staff with give you a lanyard as you cross the finish line with instruction of what time you need to be at the Stage for the presentation, and how to claim your prize.

Age category prizes will also be given. Age category winners will be contacted post event once the results have been published.

Additional awards will be presented for various categories including: most entrants from a Running Club and Top Fundraiser. Information on these awards will be published online, along with terms and conditions.

A full break down of prizes and categories will be published shortly.

Terms and Conditions of Entry

I fully understand that I have entered this race entirely at my own risk and that the Organisers (Contest Sport & Media Limited) will not be liable for any injury before, during or after the event. I declare that I am physically fit and waive and renounce any rights and claims for damages that I may have against the Organisers, Sponsors, local authority hosting the event and national governing bodies, all municipal agencies whose property and/or personnel are used or in any way assist the Event, or individuals related to the Event, and all charities associated with the Event, together with their officers, directors, shareholders, successors and assigns, (collectively, “Releasees”) from all liability to the Participant and his/her personal representatives, assigns, heirs, executors, and successors for loss(es), damage(s) and claims therefor on account of injury to Participant or his/her property or the resultant death of Participant, whether caused by the active or passive negligence of the Releasees or otherwise, in connection with Participants involvement in the Event (“Losses”), and further covenants not to sue any of the aforementioned parties for such Losses.

I understand that I must be at least <15 years for 10k / 17 years for half marathon > years of age on race day to take part in this event. I understand that for safety reasons my race number should NOT be given to runners who have not signed an entry declaration. 

Athlete agrees to the use, publication and distribution of his/her name and photograph in broadcasts, newspapers, brochures and other media (including for advertising or sales promotional purposes) without compensation, and hereby waives and releases any claim or right Athlete may otherwise have arising out of such use, publication or distribution. Where applicable, Athlete agrees to their information being used by Organisers, Sponsors, local authority hosting the event and national governing bodies for the purposes of communications in relation to this event and future events by the organisers. Athlete may opt out of such communications at any time by contacting Contest Sports & Media ltd.

Participant acknowledges that the entry fee paid is non-refundable and non-transferable.  Participant acknowledges and agrees that Contest Sports & Media, in its sole discretion, may delay or cancel the Event as it deems necessary, including if it believes the conditions on the day of the Event are unsafe. If the Event is delayed or cancelled for any reason, whether or not within the control of Contest Sports & Media, there shall be no refund of the entry fee or any other costs of Participant in connection with the Event.