Isle of Wight Marathon 2020 Race Instructions.

UNDER UK ATHLETICS RULES UKA Licence No. 2020-39450
IMPORTANT:
TIME LIMIT – 3 HRS 10 MINS AT 15 MILES – 6 HRS AT FINISH.
THIS WILL BE ENFORCED ON RACE DAY.
FOR SAFETY REASONS THE USE OF IN-EAR HEADPHONES IS NOT PERMITTED – IN ACCORDANCE WITH ENGLAND ATHLETICS GUIDELINES BONE CONDUCTING HEADPHONES ARE ALLOWED.

Runners,
Thank you for your entry to the Isle of Wight Marathon 2020. There has been a huge amount of effort behind the scenes this year to plan, negotiate and agree a format for this race to allow it to take place during the current Covid 19 restrictions.

Please read this document thoroughly as it is imperative that when you turn up to race on 4th October that you are fully aware of your responsibilities and that you have a clear understanding of the plans for race day. We will be under enhanced scrutiny from the EA adjudicator Public Health and the local population, so don’t turn up expecting things to be like they always have been because they are not, the timing plan and rules laid out in this document must be followed by everyone taking part.

Your stated target times will be used to seed the start if you wish to change that time or provide one please use the email below.

Runners with predictions of more than 5hrs 15mins will be contacted and asked to be ready to start 30 mins early (11am) in order to minimise our time on the course.

Questions can be asked on our FaceBook page and also by
email at races@rydeharriers.co.uk
Or by calling Steve Lee on 01983 616497

Have a great race and thank you.

RUNNER COVID-19 CODE OF CONDUCT

Please ensure that you read and observe this code of conduct to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for everyone.

• Do not travel to the event if you are showing any symptoms of covid-19 as outlined by the NHS, please read the information at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-Covid-19/.
• Do your homework – make sure you are aware of and understand this pre-race briefing information.
• Come ready to run – minimise your interaction with race staff, volunteers and participants by being as self-sufficient as possible.
NOTE: Please read the section on the Race Venue below.
• Minimise your use of the venue – arrive late and leave early – it will be open but the race organisation will NOT operate inside (you must abide by their rules).
• Come alone if you can (we are discouraging spectators, particularly at the start, finish and venue).
• Under no circumstances swap your number or give your place to another participant.
• Be respectful to volunteers and participants.
• Observe social distancing at all times. We will be under scrutiny by the Run Britain Race Adjudicator and locals so please follow social distancing. There will be ‘Stop the Spread’ signs spread around the venue and field as a reminder.
• Carefully consider your travel plans, avoiding public transport if at all possible. If you are travelling by car please follow the guidance and only give lifts to those in your social bubble.
• Leave more time than you normally would to get to and from the event.
• Be prepared to bring your own (extra) water and food and carry it with you during the race and please dispose of rubbish responsibly in the bins provided (there will be marshalled managed bins at each drinks station and 200m down the course). Note: sealed bottled water will be provided at the 8 drinks stations and the finish.
• Be aware of your personal hygiene e.g. avoid spitting and nasal clearance.
• Be mindful of your surroundings and impact on other participants, spectators, volunteers and the public. Don’t run with or carry children in the race.
• Bring your own hand sanitizer. There will be hand sanitizer at the porta-loos (there will be 4 porta-loos cleaned on a cyclic basis so in some periods only 3 will be available at any one time – please follow the signs on social distancing at the loos), start/finish field entry points and entry to the venue but limit your access to the venue if possible.
• If you experience COVID symptoms soon after the event, then please make this known through the government’s Track & Trace system.
• The start will use a socially distanced grid and be seeded by expected finish time, runners are asked to arrive as late as possible and be ready to form up at 11.20-25 for a 11.30 start. This will be signed and marshalled on the day. Runners are asked to leave after they finish.
NOTE: Please read the section on the START below.
• In order to limit total race time on the course we aim to start a small group of slower runners at 11.00am – they will get caught at 3-4 miles which will allow for safe overtaking. Please be mindful of these runners and overtake safely and with social distancing (see next point)
• Important note: With the seeded start it will be impossible (and not necessary) to overtake in the first Mile (approx.), after this as the field spreads overtaking is allowed but you must do so safely and socially distanced way (+1m).
NOTE: Please ensure you have given an accurate (as possible) predicted finish time.
• After you finish pick up a drink and leave the area as quickly as possible. We are requesting that runners leave the race venue after finishing to minimise numbers.
• If you have a non-urgent comment for the Race Adjudicator OR race staff please submit it via email after the event. Please be mindful of social distancing if you have to make a comment about the race on the day.
• Finally – hope you have a good and enjoyable run!

SPECTATOR COVID-19 CODE OF CONDUCT

(please pass on to any supporters you bring along although we are discouraging this)
Please ensure that you read and observe this code of conduct to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for everyone.
• Consider whether it is necessary for you to attend as a spectator – the advice is ‘don’t spectate’
• Do not travel to the event if you are showing any symptoms of covid-19 outlined by the NHS, please read the information at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-Covid-19/.
• Do your homework – make sure you are aware of and understand the pre-race briefing information offered by the event
• Minimise your use of the venue arrive late and leave early – it will be open but the race organisation will NOT operate inside (you must abide by their rules).
• Be self-sufficient – bring your own hand sanitizer and refreshments, dispose of rubbish in the bins provided on site (or if on the course take it with you)
• Avoid the most congested areas of the course including the start and finish and plan how you will get to your viewing position – however, the advice is ‘don’t spectate’
• If you are travelling home with a participant, agree a designated meeting place after the race
• Avoid physical contact with participants, volunteers or spectators including high fives and hugs etc.
• Wherever possible keep toilets clear for the use of participants and event staff and volunteers
• Be respectful to volunteers and participants
• Observe social distancing at all times
• Carefully consider your travel plans, avoiding public transport if at all possible. If you are travelling by car please follow the guidance and only give lifts to those in your social bubble
• Leave more time than you normally would to get to and from the event
• Be mindful of your surroundings and impact on other spectators, participants, volunteers and the public. Please dispose of any rubbish responsibly
• If you experience COVID symptoms soon after the event, then please make this known through the government’s Track & Trace system.

Race Venue and Numbers:

Grid Reference SZ 486954
Isle of Wight Community Club, 195 Park Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7NP.
Note that the Isle of Wight Community Club is a 15 minute walk up from the Cowes Red Jet Terminal. For a map please search for PO31 7NP.

The race organisation is limiting it’s use of the venue but it will be open (only the results computer will be inside in a designated/separate area (no access for runners to this area). Runners must follow the venue rules on hand sanitisation and social distancing before accessing. Please bring a face covering as this may be required by the venue.

There will be porta-loos on the field cleaned regularly – runners are asked to use these rather than the venue toilets.

There will be no changing facilities, runners should arrive ready to go, bring some dry kit to change at your car before leaving and please leave directly you finish. .

YOUR NUMBER WITH ATTACHED CHIP WILL BE POSTED OUT 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EVENT. PLEASE EMAIL RACES@RYDEHARRIERS.CO.UK IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED IT THE WEEK BEFORE.

THERE WILL BE NO ENTRY ON THE DAY.

All runners must wear their race number pinned to the front of their vests.

Please fill in the Medical Details on the back of your number.

DO NOT run wearing someone else’s number – it is against UK Athletics rules and could cause problems in the event of illness or accident as well as complicating the results.

We are not able to facilitate transfers once the race closing date has passed, with the following exception:

Transfers done after the postal date for numbers MUST be to someone you know and to whom you can post the number to (to avoid contact), full runner details must be emailed to races@rydeharriers.co.uk

Definitely NO TRANSFERS on Race Day.

Travel:
WightLink ferry discount details may be found here www.rydeharriers.co.uk/Concessions/
The Isle of Wight Community Club is a 15 minute walk or a five minute bus trip from the Cowes Red Jet Terminal (buses every 15 minutes that connect with Red Jet – Bus is No. 1 Newport via Roundhouse, ask for Isle of Wight Community Club, Park road).

Accommodation:
Please see Visit Isle of Wight (https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/)

First Aid Cover:
Wight Event First Aid will be present.

Medals:
Medals will be awarded to all finishers – these will be posted out to avoid contact on the day.

Bag Store:
There will be NO general secure bag storage facilities.

There will be limited (self service) secure baggage on the field at the start/finish for mainlanders travelling on the Red Jet – local runners (and mainlanders travelling in cars) are asked to use their cars please. Please use the hand sanitiser before entering the baggage area/tent and only one person in at a time please.

Headphones:
PLEASE NOTE – FOR SAFETY REASONS THE USE OF IN-EAR HEADPHONES IS NOT PERMITTED – IN ACCORDANCE WITH ENGLAND ATHLETICS GUIDELINES BONE CONDUCTING HEADPHONES ARE ALLOWED

UKA Medical Guidelines:
Please take a look at www.runnersmedicalresource.com, there is a wealth of medical guidance information for runners.

Presentation:
There will be NO Race Presentation, all prize winners will be contacted by our Treasurer to bank transfer the prize – this is to avoid contact on the day.

Isle of Wight Marathon Results 1957 to 2020:
The results for all previous Island Marathon races have been placed on the Ryde Harriers web-site (see www.rydeharriers.co.uk). Go to the Results / Marathon Results Search page, results can be searched by name (results for all years for one runner) or year (all results for that year).

Course:
One lap, undulating town and rural roads, Cowes, Gurnard, Rew Street, Porchfield, Shalfleet, Yarmouth, Afton, Willmingham, Thorley, Wellow, Shalfleet, Porchfield, Northwood, Cowes. Marker boards at each mile point.
See map below and also http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/177782876
The course is not suitable for wheelchairs.
The Course is open to traffic, please obey the Marshals and run on the Left-Hand side at all times – it is for your safety.
Wight Event First Aid will be operating a service to bring runners back to the Finish in a Covid-19 secure vehicle (be prepared and ask a member of your social bubble to be available pick you up). If you are unable to continue please wait at a Marshal Point / Drink Station and a lift will be arranged, a mask and gloves will be provided for use in the vehicle.
Drink Stations:
There are eight drinks stations (sealed bottled water provided) at approximately 3 Mile intervals.
There are NO sponge stations and there will be NO Special Drinks facility (in line with Covid-19 rules).
Please dispose of rubbish in the bins provided at the drinks station OR carry the bottle to the next station and dispose of there.
The drinks stations are located at:
Rolls Hill (3.1 Miles), London Farm (6.2 Miles), Ningwood Common (9.0 Miles), Yarmouth, start of railway track (10.9 Miles), Yarmouth, end of railway track (12.9 Miles), Thorley (15.8 Miles), Shalfleet (18.8 Miles), Porchfield (21.8 Miles), Pallance Hill (24.2 Miles).

Isle of Wight Marathon Covid-19 Start Plan.


The start will use socially distanced grids and be seeded by expected finish time, runners are asked to arrive as late as possible and be ready to form up at 11.20-35 for a 11.25 to 11.40 start.
Runners will be sent a Group and Row number with their race number – the Groups and rows will be signed on the day and marshalled.
Runners are asked to leave after they finish.
Runners who’s predicted time is over 5:15 will be asked to be ready to start at 11am in order to minimise our time on the course.
11.20am – runners proceed to Group position for Groups A, B and C
11.25am – Group A start in 2’s followed immediately by Group B and Group C – 5 sec gaps each 2 runners
11.25am – Groups D, E and F form up 11.30am – Group D start in 2’s followed immediately by Group E and Group F – 5 sec gaps each 2 runners
11.30am – Groups G, H and I form up.
11.35am – Group G start in 2’s followed immediately by Group H and Group I – 5 sec gaps each 2 runners
11.35am – Groups J and K form up.
11.40am – Group J start in 2’s followed immediately by Group K – 5 sec gaps each 2 runners

Isle of Wight Marathon – Course 2020

Race Marshal Venue – Isle of Wight Community Club – Cowes
PLEASE NOTE – THERE ARE NO SPONGE STATIONS IN 2020.