GREENHAM COMMON - NEXT EVENT TBC 

NOVEMBER 2020 - 9:30am

Thank you for entering our Greenham Common event on DATE TO BE CONFIRMED 2020.

We will be running during the week, but with the current weather forecast, it is likely the course will have a few puddles, but overall it is a course we would recommend road trainers.

We are not expecting any major changes over the next few days, but if any details change in we will announce this on our Facebook chat group and we recommend you join the group to ensure you have all up to date information.  Our Facebook group is:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/518330428522979/

Our new Strava Club is also available to join if you have the Strava app. We have a small number of runners in the group so far and already it's interesting seeing some of the miles people run!! Within Clubs search type in Saturn and not Saturn Running and you should find us easily or on the web then go to the following link https://www.strava.com/clubs/484356?oq=saturn

Please let us know if this event is a special occasion for you e.g. your first marathon attempt, a landmark half or full marathon or your first organised run and we will mention your achievement at our pre-race briefing!!

Frequently asked questions

LOGISTICS

Where is the nearest car park to race HQ / registration?


Where possible, please try your best to car share. The main car park will only just have sufficient space for all runners so it is very important to ensure you minimise gaps between you and the car next to you. This will also allow some space for regular users of the common. PLEASE NOTE THE MAIN CAR PARK WILL NOT BE UNLOCKED UNTIL 8AM, WHICH MEANS WE WILL ONLY GAIN ACCESS TO THE VENUE AT THIS TIME. WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO OPEN REGISTRATION UNTIL 8:15AM - PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE 8:15AM. Main Car Park - Greenham Control Tower - RG19 8DB The main car park is next to race registration. The car park is just off Bury Banks Road. Please be aware the venue is in the countryside so post codes do not always get the actual location, The official post code is RG19 8DB but RG19 8BZ is recorded as the post code if you Google it. Both postcodes will get you to the approximate area!! If you are using Google Maps then please enter the following: Greenham Control Tower and Cafe. This will get you to the actual location but be aware that if you enter Greenham Common Control Tower into Google maps, then Google Maps will not recognise this. Also you enter Greenham Common then Google Maps will take you to the wrong location! There is sufficient parking at the venue, but we request you try as hard as possible to car share. This will allow regular users of the common and visitors to the centre space to park. We will have marshals helping you park as close as possible to the next car. Please minimise gaps between your car and the next car. Crookham Car Park - RG19 8EJ If the main car park is full then you will have to park in one of the other car parks. This car park is small and about 1 mile away from Race HQ. It will take you around 20 minutes to park in this car park and get to race HQ. This car park is open at all times. Pyle Hill Car Park - Near to the Church Of The Latter Day Saints If the main car park is full then you will have to park in one of the other car parks. This car park is small and about 1 mile away from Race HQ. It will take you around 20 minutes to park in this car park and get to race HQ. This car park is open at all times. In addition there is street parking near to Pyle Hill. Please be aware, whilst there is space for all runners to get parked in the main car park, the car park is still used by common users and therefore we cannot guarantee if you are late arriving that you will find space in the main car park. We suggest all runners therefore aim to arrive before 9am to allow yourself time to park elsewhere and still make the race start




Where is the nearest railway station?


The venue is closest to Newbury Racecourse Railway Station. Other nearby stations are Newbury Railway Station and Thatcham Railway Station which are a similar distance from Race HQ. There will be trains from London and Reading to these stations which arrive in time for the start of the event. Local taxis will also be available. Please check train times on https://www.gwr.com




Is there somewhere to lock up my bicycle?


There are places to lock your bike to outside the Greenham Control Tower if you are cycling. Please ensure you do lock your bike as we cannot keep your bike at the aid station.




What time is race registration / race briefing / start & finish times?


Race Registration Race registraiton is inside the Greenham Control Tower. On entering the building, the registration is at the end of the corridor to the left. Please can you queue along the corridor, collect your numbers and then exit the Control Tower via the Cafe. We have been asked if runners can avoid congregating in the Cafe unless they are buying tea and coffee as the cafe will be used by members of the public and there is limited space in this area. Race Breifing & Start Time The race brieing will occur at 9;20am at the start / finish line. This is compulsary for all runners. It is important that you attend the meeting even if you have run the course before so that any new risks can be communicated to you. The event will start at 9:30am for the vast majority of runners. If you are a runner who requires the full 7hrs for the distance you want to do, we will set a small number of runners going at 9:00am. You must inform us before hand via email requesting a 9:00am start time. We will close this off after 20 runners. Event Finish Time The event is due to finish at 4:00pm for all runners. Please be aware the cafe will close at 4pm exactly, so if you are running until 4:00pm you will no longer have access to the toilets.




What facilities are available?


There is a great cafe in the Greenham Common Control Tower which sells coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cakes and various other items too. The Greenham Common Control Tower is a museaum and we recommend all runners look around the museam. There are toilets available in the Control Tower, however with the sewage system being old then we request all runners minmise the amount of toilet paper they use in order to avoid toilets becomming blocked. This is especially true for the female toilets as the sewage pipes are due to be renewed shortly. If there are any blockages, runners will be given access to the Accessibility Toilet within the centre.




What should I remember to bring with me on the day?


As well as your normal running kit please ensure you bring the following:

  • Clothing suitable for running in temperatures that are predicted to be between 7 - degrees centigrade. We do not have compulsory kit, but its winter and temperatures can feel colder especially if it's wet or windy.
  • Change for the car park or download the relevant app as detailed on the car park signs. If you do not have change, there are cash point machines andshops in Egham which may be able to help. We will have limited change available.
  • Change for any merchanise you may wish to buy. We sell reusable cups for £3.00 and buffs for £4.00 which can be bought on the day if required.
  • Mobile phone with our mobile numbers recorded stored in them. If you get into any difficulty medically then we can respond quickly. Our mobile numbers are 07921 699240 & 07825 835377.





THE COURSE

What is the course and how is it measured?


How are our courses measured? Our courses have been measured using a Garmin and a Jones Counter which has been calibrated to ensure accuracy. In measuring the course, we have taken the shortest route possible. This means if you take a different route or weave to avoid other runners / puddles, your own GPS device will tell you that you've run further. Also, if your device loses signal to the GPS satellites, it will assume you have ran a straight line from where you lost your signal to where it is picked up again. This can make your GPS report a shorter distance. What is the course? The course consists of two different loops, each measuring 4.37miles We will refer to the loops as the Blue Loop and the Pink Loop, Blue Loop (4.37 miles): The Blue Loop is the first loop that you will do. You will head west from the start line and you will need to follow the Blue Saturn Running Directional signs. The route is a complete circular loop and you will arrive back at the aid station from the east. You just need to complete this one loop to be an official finisher. The blue route map can be found here: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/746461 Pink Loop (4.37 miles): After completing the Blue Loop, you will leave the aid station heading east and will follow the Pink Saturn Running signs.. For anyone familiar with the Newbury Parkrun at Greeham Common, this route will look familiar for the first 1.7 miles. However, you will pass through the woods near to the Crookham Car Park, before looping back round and back the same way as the first 1.7 miles. You will arrive back at the aid station from the east. The pink route map can be found here: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/746467 Combined Route Map (8.74 miles) The full route map can be found by following this link: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/746479 Please be aware we may need to amend the course slightly depending on weather between now and the event. However, each lap will remain 4.37 miles in length.




What are the minimum and maximum distances I can run?


Minimum distance As long as you complete at least 5km, you will be an official finisher. We have a 5km sign on the Blue loop and if you want to run the 5km distance, you need to run to this sign and turn around and run back the same retracing your route back to where the run started. Alternatively, you can run the full Blue loop which is 4.37miles (7.0km). Half marathon distance You need to complete 1 Blue lap, 1 Pink lap and then 1 further Blue lap to complete a half marathon. Full marathon distance You need to complete 3 Blue laps and 3 Pink laps to complete the marathon distance. Ultra marathon An ultra marathon is a minimum of 4 Blue laps and 3 Pink laps, but you can continue for as many laps as you want. 50km distance After completing the minmium ultra distance of 4 Blue laps and 3 Pink laps, you need to head out on the Blue lap until you reach the 50km sign and then return to the aid station. The 50km sign is approximately 0.25miles from the aid station. Maximum distance There is no maximum distance, however you need to be finishing your final lap at around 4pm, which means we would not alow you to start another new lap after 3:20pm. I signed up for a marathon / half-marathon distance, can I change? We collect your preferred distances in order to manage the number of marshals and to keep the authorities informed of the likely number of runners on the course during the day. However, our events are as flexible as you want them to be, so you can decide on the day how far you actually want to run. As long as you complete the minimum distance, you are a finisher.




How do you know how many laps I have completed?


At the end of each lap we wil give you a wrist band. We will count the number of wrist bands you have at the end of your run and record your time. From the number of wrist bands you collect, we can then calculate the distance you have run and record you in our results.




How do you know I have finished?


As soon as you have reached your distance or you have decided you have completed enough for the day, you will ring the bell and that will tell us you have finished your run. We will then count your wrist bands and record your time




What type of terrain is the course?


We vast majority of the course is on hard packed paths, which will be suitable for road shoes. There is a small section (approx 1 mile in length) which is through woods. The paths here are not as formal and if the weather is bad on the run up to the event these can be a little bit muddy. We will be running the course again on Friday this week and we will put more details on our Facebook Chat Group ahead of the event.




What risks are on the course?


As well as the normal risks involved in trail running, even on well maintained paths, please be mindful and aware of uneven surfaces and tree routes. The majority of the route is flat, but there is one short steep hill around 3 miles into the first lap. Cattle on the course Greenham & Crookham Commons have grazing rights for local farmers. It is likely you will see some cows and horses grazing on the Common, although there are not large numbers of cattle. Please take care if you are passing any cattle. If you see cattle on the course, please approach slowly and carefully. They will normally move out of your way. However, if there are a number of cattle, you may need to retrace your steps and find a route around the cattle. It is extremely important for runners to understand the cattle have the right of way under the grazing rights on the land. Failure to afford cattle the right of way will result in your disqualification. Please also be aware that cattle on the course are not domesticated animals and their behaviour cannot be guaranteed. Therefore all runners need to approach any grazing animals with extreme caution. Other users of the Common As well as cattle, the Common is open for walkers, runners, cyclists and dog walkers. This means you do not have exclusive use and under our agreement with the trust that manages the land, all other users of the Common have the right of way over the runners.




Are there marshals on the course and do I need navigational experience?


You do not need any navigational experience for this course. We will have plenty of course signs. On the Blue lap, these are dark blue signs with light blue arrows. On the Pink lap our signs are bright pink with dark blue arrows. As long as you follow the arrows for the lap you are on, you will complete the course. We will have a marshals on the course to assist runners navigating the route. Over the period of the event, we will bring some of the course marshals back to the race HQ to assist with finishers.





AID STATION

Re-usable cup policy


We believe we have the one of the most environmentally friendly cup policy of all running event organisers. Our hire cups are all dishwasher cleaned between events and we don't use any single use plastic or paper cups. Even the most environmentally friendly paper cups are single use by their nature and some of these cannot be recycled or composted as easily as their environmental claims - often resulting in such cups being diverted to landfill. We will have two bins at our event, one for recycling e.g. bottles, cartons etc. and a second one for food waste. If you use our bins please can you ensure you put the recyclable waste in the correct bin so we can minimise landfill. During race registration you can hire an Orange reusable cup for free (please return this at the end). There is a completely voluntary charitable donation and all proceeds from the cup hire will go to our Charity of the month, which for January is Surfers Against Sewage. To date you have raised £1,357 for a variety of charitable causes. Alternatively you can buy a Blue or Pink cup for £3.00 which you can use at any event or you can use a cup you already have. Please take your cup to the Aid Table and we have our perspex cup holders. We will write your number on the perspex and your preferred drink if you let the marshal at the table know your choice. This means we can have your preferred drink ready for you at the end of each lap, which will minimise your stopping time. Just put your empty cup back in your numbered slot on the cup holder and it will be filled next time you return.
We can also accommodate runners who bring their own cup, bottle or hydration pack which can be refilled with any of the drinks we offer at the aid table.




What refreshments are available at the aid station?


We believe we have the most extensive and best stocked aid table, with goodies suitable for all runners. We have a wide selection of sweets, savoury items, cheese, fruit, crisps, cookies, nuts, pretzels and watermelon! Our section for vegans includes fruit, nuts, crisps and sweets. If you have a gluten intolerance there will be items on our aid table which you can have. Please do inform us if you have any food allergies and if your food allergy is severe we recommend you bring your own fuel with you and not to use the food on the aid table. This will prevent any cross contamination from runners who may well have their own food items with them and use our aid table. For instance we are aware some runners bring items with them such as nuts and we could not guarantee items that "nut free" items on the aid table would not become cross contaminated. The aid station will have water, squash and fizzy drinks which are available for all runners. Please note we do not routinely have gels or sports drinks, however, we occassional receive free samples from various entities and where we do we will place these on the aid table. If you rely on gels, please remember to bring your own with you.




Food allergies


Please do inform us if you have any food allergies and if your food allergy is severe we recommend you bring your own fuel with you and not to use the food on the aid table. This will prevent any cross contamination from runners who may well have their own food items with them and use our aid table. For instance we are aware some runners bring items with them such as nuts and we could not guarantee items that "nut free" items on the aid table would not become cross contaminated.





FIRST AID & EMERGENCIES

General first aid assistance (non-emergency)


We have a first aid box at the aid table and there are marshals with first aid experience available. If you have a medical need on the course then please call George or Charlotte and we will get assistance to you as quickly as possible. If you are unable to call us, for instance you do not have a phone, then please stop another runner and ask for assistance. If you are a runner and notice another runner in need of assistance, then please stop and help. We recommend, even if you are able to return to the aid table without receiving assistance, that you inform George or Charlotte so that we can get the relevant first aid items ready for your arrival. If you are unable to return to the aid table, but your injuries are not serious or life threatening e.g. a sprained ankle, we will get to you as quickly as possible. There are access points onto the course at various locations and in most cases we should be with you within 10 minutes. We suggest you carry a mobile phone with you in case of an emergency and for you to store our mobile numbers in your contacts. Charlotte can be contacted on 07825 835377 and George on 07921 699240. If you are in need of general first aid assistance, please call Charlotte or George.




Medical emergency


In the event of a medical emergency you should, if possible, call the emergency services on 999 first before contacting Charlotte or George. Please also pass a message onto the next runner so they can relay it back to race HQ and other marshals on the course. As a runner, if you see another runner with a medical emergency then please check their situation, call 999 and care for them to the best of your ability and knowledge. You should be given guidance as to what to do in the situation from the 999 operator. Following this, and as long as it is safe to remain with the runner requiring medical assistance, call George or Charlotte if you can and stop other runners to assist you in caring with the runner requiring medical assistance. Life threatening emergencies may include respiratory distress, severe chest pains, cardiac arrest, rapid irregular heart rate, uncontrolled bleeding, shock, choking, hypothermia (cold core body temperature) and hyperthermia (hot core body temperature) and hyponatraemia (excessive water intoxication). Please also be aware that people in a serious medical condition can be disorientated or violently aggressive. During this event, we will have third party medical cover in place and access to the Common for a vehicle.









OTHER INFORMATION

Medal and goody bag


All finishers will receive a medal and a goody bag. You can select some items for your goody bags. If you are vegan please let us know at registration as we have vegan products for your goody bag which are not available to all runners. During registration we will mark your number so at the finish we will give you a vegan goody bag.




Weather forecast


The current weather forecast is expected to have temperatures ranging from 6 to 8 degrees. There is a 35% chance of rain during the event, with light winds. However, the conditions can change and we recommend runners continue to review weather conditions the day before the event. Please ensure you have suitable clothing for the expected weather conditions. You can see the latest weather forecast at the following link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2641689




Photography


We will be taking photographs during most of our events which we will post on our Facebook Saturn Running Chat Group. This will be the only place you will be able to view your photographs. If you like your photos, you can use them for free. If there are any photos you want us to remove, then please send us a copy of the photo and we will find it and remove it for you. Equally if there are photos you like, then you can have them for free - we can also email you a JPEG version as long as you let us know which photo you want.





FORTHCOMING EVENTS

What future events do you have?


February 2020 Saturday 1st February - Lee Valley Country Park - NEW VENEUE - Bohemian Run to celebrate the iconic band Queen. REGISTER HERE Friday 21st February - Runnymede - Midweek Trolls Challenge Run with prices from £23.00. REGISTER HERE March 2020 Sunday 1st March: Runnymede - I Run And I Know Things - one of our GoT themed runs with mini-me pin only option available from £26.00. REGISTER HERE Sunday 15th March: Reading - The Lost Runs - a truly epic themed Lost Boys medal and mini-me pin option from £26.00. REGISTER HERE Sunday 22nd March: Runnymede - Pokerun Fundraising Run - This is a great run and we are raising money for Alzheimers Society, RNLI and Steps. All profits will be donated to these three charities. REGISTER HERE Friday 27th March - Runnymede - The Darkside v Lightside Midweek Chasing Numbers Challenge - A chance to receive one of our themed medals or a Chasing Numbers medal - REGISTER HERE Saturday 28th March - Runnymede - Time Turner & Pre-London Marathon Training Run - Whether you are running London or not, you can turn back time for medals you may have missed. Last year this event sold out! REGISTER HERE





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