Frequently asked questions
Where is the nearest car park to race registration?
The nearest car par is Bridge Street Car Park, Bridge Street, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4TG.
It is a pay and display car park with the following charges:
Mon - Sat: 5hrs: £3.70
Mon - Sat: Over 5hrs: £7.,30
Sunday: Flat rate £2.00
The top level of the car park is only open and if it is full, there are other parking available at the Two Rivers Car Park. On a Sunday, this car park is £2.00 for all day, but during the week it is exceptionally expensive!
There is some limited onstreet parking which is free in Church Street - however please check you are not in the area that has parking restrictions. There are also some roads nearby which are free to park in, but you will need to check there are no restrictions in place.
Where is the nearest train station?
The nearest train station is Staines-upon-Thames station. Exit the station on Platform 2 side (South SIde / trains FROM London Waterloo side). Turn right as soon as you leave the station and walk up Gresham Road. This road bends to the near to the station and then is straight for approx half a mile.
At the end of the road, turn right and cross over the B376 so that the river is on your left hand side. You will pass underneath the railway bridge and you should start to see some of our course signs. Just keep walking along by the river, go past the Slug & Lettuce, underneath Staines bridge and the Thames Side Brewery is just on the right after Staines Bridge.
It is about 1 mile from Staines station, so should take about 20 mins to walk.
Is there somewhere to lock up my bicycle?
There are places to lock your bike if you are cycling. Please ensure you do lock your bike as we cannot keep your bike at the aid station.
What facilities are available & is there a bag drop?
We want to minimise bags around the aid table at this time, so bag drop will only be available if you have travelled by public transport or cycled. With restrictions in place regarding COVID-19, we have to minimise the possibility of cross contamination between runners. PLEASE ENSURE YOU BRING EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR THE RUN AND LEAVE ALL OTHER ITEMS IN YOUR CAR.
Thames SIde Brewery does have toilets available. We will be operating a strict one in and one out policy so there could be toilet queues. Once again, this is due to current restrictions being in place.
There are no showers or changing rooms available.
What else should I remember to bring with me on the day?
As well as your normal running kit please ensure you bring the following:
A face mask / buff or perspex mask which MUST be used if you are planning on using the toilet facilities. We are not able to allow you inside the Thames Side Brewery to use the toilets without a masl. This is part of our COVID-19 Secure policies which are required for approval for this run. If you do not have a face mask, you will be able to purchase one of our running buffs
Clothing suitable for the weather conditions.
Change for the car park / debit card 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 £5.00 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.
Number pick-up & temperature check
We will be conducting number pick up outside. During number pick up we will be using a hand-held infra-red, non-contact thermometer to take your temperature. The thermometer works at a range of between 5cm to 15cm away from you. We will record your temperature on the start list.
If your temperature is reading high - for the purpose of our runs we will classify this as 37.6 degrees celcius or above,
you will not be permitted to run
. We will be strictly enforcing this rule so we suggest where possible you check your temperature before setting off for the run.
We understand our cut-off is below the government's suggested self-isolation level, however as body temperature tends to be lower in the morning we believe it is better to be more cautious. We also understand you could have a higher temperature due to a common cold or another illness, however we will have to strictly enforce the no run policy.
We will record your temperature on our start list and we will keep this information for two weeks following the event, after which we will shred and dispose of the list.
All the numbers will be in an envelop and this will also have safety pins inside. Please dispose of the envelops in our reccyle bin as we will be unable to reuse them unfortunately.
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.
Normal course (4.37 miles):
The normal course at this location is 4.37 miles (7.00km). This means you will need to run 3 laps for a half marathon, 4 or 5 laps for a 'mega half', 6 laps for a marathon, 7+ laps for an ultra. We also have a 50km option which is 9 laps plus a shorter lap to the 50km sign and back to the aid table. Any runner doing a half marathon or above will receive a distance pin.
The normal route map can be found here
Please be aware we reserve the right to change the routes depending on conditions or obstructions.
What are the minimum and maximum distances I can run?
As long as you complete at least 5km, you will be an official finisher. For the normal course, this is 1 complete lap. For the long course, this will be to the 5km sign where you will turnaround and head to the aid table.
You decide how far you wish to run on the day. Even if you have indicated you are going to run a specific distance when you entered, you can still run a different distance on the day. It is completely up to you how far you wish to run.
How do you know how many laps I have completed?
REVISED COVID-19 POLICY:
We will be recording your laps using an app. This means your number must be visible, on the front of your t-shirt in order for us to be able to do this.
We will call your number, so if you do not hear us we may not have recorded your lap. Please ensure you let us know before you start your next lap.
How do you know I have finished?
REVISED COVID-19 POLICY
You will need to inform us you are finishing as we will not have the normal finishing bell. Please let us know and we will sign you out of the event.
What type of terrain is the course?
The course is a mix of tarmac, flagstones (some of which are uneven and you will need to be careful) and dirt track.
We would always wear road shoes on this course.
What risks are on the course?
As well as the normal risks involved in trail running, please be mindful and aware of uneven surfaces and tree routes.
The footbridge on the course have wooden sections which can become slippery when wet. The footbridges are also narrower and you will need to be careful of other runners and path users.
Other users of the Thames Path
Please ensure you try and leave a 2 metre gap where possible between you and other path users. If you are unable to leave this amount of space, you should maximise the space as far as possible. We advise runners to have a running buff to hand and to pull this over your mouth and nose when passing members of the public without a 2 metre distance. In the section where the path is at its most narrow (about a 20 yard section just downstream from the wooden bridge), we request that runners give way to members of the public. We understand this may result in a few seconds beinng added to your time, however, we all have a duty to ensure the maximum level of social distancing as possible.
The Thames Path is used by a number of recreational users, including anglers, walkers, dog-walkers and cyclists. Please ensure you give other users the right of way and that you are courteous at all times.
Mecure London Staines-upon-Thames Hotel
You will run past the Mecure London Staines-upon-Thames hotel. The path temporarily moves away from the river, to the front of the hotel where you will be running for about 100 yards on pavement next to the B376. The footpath is wide, however, there is the risk that cars will be entering and existing the hotel car park and crossing the footpath. As soon as you are past the hotel, you will run underneath the railway bridge and be back by the river. All runners should take extra care on this section of the course.
Penton Hook Lock
Please take care going through the lock gates and ensure you are allowing as much space as possible to other runners.
Thames Side Road
Just after Penton Hook Lock you will be running on Thames Side which is a live road. The road is exceptionally quiet, wide and services around 16 properties. We do not have a road closure in place as we consider the risk to be low. In this section, we request runners remove headphones and are careful.
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 our course signs on the route.
We will have a marshal at the turnarond point, which is about 300 metres past Penton Hook Lock. Watch out for the turnaround sign!
Bring Your Own Bottle or Cup!
Whilst the COVID-19 risk level remains at 2 or above, we will be having a BYOBOC policy. You will be able to get your bottle or cup refilled at the aid station, however you will not be allowed to touch any of the jugs or bottles we have. It means you may have to wait longer at the aid station for a refill. We will do our very best to get you back running again as quickly as possible.
We recommend runners carry their bottle or their cup with them so that we minimise any storage of bottles and cups at the aid station and to help minimise the risk of contamination.
If you forget your own cup or bottle, we will have our re-usable cups for sale BUT we will not have any disposable paper or plastic cups available for your use.
What refreshments are available at the aid table?
We will have to minimise the available goodies at the aid table for the time being. We will have a range of sweets and a limited range of savory products available for runners.
We will be having strict policies in place at the aid table in order to minimise the risks to runners and Saturn marshals. Please ensure you are social distancing at the aid table and please be aware there will be no self-service.
If you need some of the items on the aid table, we will drop these into your hands (please ensure they are not over the aid table) using metal tongs.
As a result of the reduced range of items available, we will be trialing Tail Wind during this event. The Tail Wind will be available for runners who have completed 2 laps or more until it runs out!
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.
COVID-19 Secure policy and risk assessment
Please ensure you have read and understood our COVID-19 risk review ahead of the event. We believe we are doing everything possible to minimise the potential risk of transmission of COVID-19 from runner to runner, runner to Saturn personnel, Saturn personnel to runner and runner to the general public.
However, as runners, you also need to be fully aware of your responsibility to minimise the risk of infection from the participation in sporting activities.
Whilst we will adhere to our policies in order to minimise the risk, you are aware that sporting activities could increase your chance of being exposed to COVID-19. Whilst for the majority of people who are infected, the disease is mild and causes no long term health issues, in the minority it can be more severe. Severe cases can cause long term health damage, the extent of which and longevity is still unknown. A severe case can also lead to death.
By picking up your number, you are accepting that you are aware of this risk, that you have read our COVID-19 Risk Review (
click here to access a copy) and that you accept the risk associated with the event.
General first aid (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.
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.
How do I know where I am on the course to direct medical assistance as required?
We recommend runners download an App called What3Words. This will pinpoint your location and provide you a unique three letter phrase specific for your exact location. It can be used to help emergency services find your exact location or the location of a runner in need of medical assistance.
Both George and Charlotte have the app and it will also help them pinpoint where you are in non-emergency situations.
More information on What Three Words can be found at the following web addresses:
Medal and goody bag
We will have your goody bag and medal available in a bag for you, which we will give to you at the end of the event. We will also give you any relevant distance pin too.
We will not be able to put the medal on you as we normally would. You will also not be able to swap items in your goody bag as we normally would allow you to do.
We will, however, continue to have our vegan goody bags!
You should ensure you have checked the most recent weather information ahead of the event. Please ensure you have the correct clothing and equipment for the likely weather and course conditions.
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.
Please note, that we cannot guarantee we will be able to take any photographs as our first priority is to ensure we are complying with our COVID-19 rules. If we have the capacity we will take photographs.