Thank you for entering the 9th Annual Colchester 10k which will start at 10:30am on Sunday 14th May 2017 . We are looking forward to hosting our largest field in the 9 years that we have been running the event. with up to 950 registrations.
There are a number of changes this year that need to be noted by new and seasoned runners.
1. Chip Timing (Don’t bring your arms up to start/stop your Garmin when crossing the line)
Harwich Runners are providing chip timing services this year with chips attached to race numbers rather than shoes. We have been asked to ensure that you keep your arms away from your chest when crossing the start and finish lines to ensure an accurate read. See this document for an explanation.
2. Route Changes
The course was officially measured in March 2017. The opportunity was taken to make slight changes at the following locations. Marshals will be in place to give you directions.
- Berechurch Road Crossing 1 – Run to the left of the cycle gates, diagonally across the road and to the far tarmac track.
- Hooper Avenue Roundabout – The route no longer runs straight across the roundabout but follows the pedestrian path.
- Berechurch Road Crossing 2 – After crossing the road turn right along the tarmac path instead of the sharp left along the gravel track.
- Ypres Road / Circular Road South Crossing – When reaching the bottom of the Ypres road run diagonally across Circular Road South to the crossing point (instead of the sharp right along the pedestrian path)
- The route map can be found on our website
3. Layer Road Closure
The left hand side of Layer Road wll be closed on a “rolling closure” basis to maintain safety. Please note that opposing traffic will still be flowing normally to care should be taken to stay on the pavement or left hand side of the road.
4. Pacing Team
Running Colchester have kindly provided us with a Pacing Team at 5 minute intervals from 40 to 70 minutes. They will be obvious in their bright green vests. Please align yourself at the start of the race according to their position on Circular Road North.
5. Water Stations
Water will be provided at approx 4.5k and 7.5k. To help reduce littering we would appreciate if you could throw any waste into big bins approximately 200m past the water stations.
Race Day Information
Access for Runners and Spectators
Car parking for competitors is on Abbey Field BEHIND the Arena Sports Club. (closest Post Code CO2 7SZ) The best way to approach is to turn right into Napier Road/Circular Rd North at the traffic lights from Mersea Road (B1025). Parking is not permitted in the Arena car park. Please arrive in good time. All other access roads will be closed at 10:20hrs. Marshals will be on hand to direct.
Competitor access to the Garrison Race Track will ONLY be from Abbey Field South Gate adjacent to the car park.
Registration will take place from 08:30 until 10:00 at the Garrison running track. Desks will be set up in alphabetical order and you will collect your race number and safety pins. There is always a queue so please arrive early.
Please deposit your belongings at the designated bag drop, either in the old pavillion or in the gazebos located on the grass, near where you entered the track area. You retain responsibility for your belongings, so please avoid leaving valuables..
Toilets are always at a premium and we have ordered additional portaloos in additiona to the standard facilities. There is always a pre-race queue so allow time before the race.
The starting line is on Circular Road North adjacent to the childrens playground. Access to Abbey Field is via the West gate of the track and announcements will be made over the track tannoy at about 10:15 to move onto Abbey Field if you have not already done so. Circular Road North will be closed from 10:20 to allow time to line up in your starting position. Please look for the Pacer placards and position yourself accordingly.
Front Runners Please Note: The starting position is about 50m back from previous years on the corner of the childrens playground.
These be posted on the web site at http://Colchester10k.com as soon as they are provided to us by the Chip Timers. We hope that this will be early on Sunday evening. We will announce this on our FaceBook page
Make a Date with us Sunday 13th May 2018
The 10th Anniversary Colchester 10k race is scheduled for Sunday 13th May 2018. Why not book in early? Our website will be open for online entries immediately after the race on Sunday. We will also be sending out information in the near future.
Entries for 2018 will close on Sunday 29th April or sooner if we reach our maximum number of runners. There will be no “on the day” entries.
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Thank you also for entering and for supporting fund-raising for our main charities, Army Benevolent Fund, Veteran’s Aid, Doucecroft School (Autism Anglia) at Marks Tey and Beacon House in Colchester. You may also use the race for fund-raising for your own charity.
Please also support our sponsors; Colchester Travel / Nordic Experience, Tiro Associates and WRS Insurance, we thank them for their continuing support and to the Army for their help in making the facilities available.
I wish you a successful and enjoyable 2017 Colchester 10k Race.
Rotary Club of Colchester Trinity