Location: Stokes Bay Road, close to the Bayside Cabin Cafe, Gosport PO12 2QT Date: Sunday 6th December 2020 Time: 10:00
This race will have new Covid safety measures in place and therefore please note the changes below.
Mile Start line opens – 8.00 am Mile Start line closes – 10.00 am 5k Start line opens – 11.00 am 5k Start line closes – 13.00 pm
We are delighted to announce the NEW Gosport Christmas Golden Mile and 5k race!
The race will be held under the new Covid -Safe Guidelines. We have successfully developed a number of new procedures which are designed to ensure our races will be Covid-secure and ensure the safety of our runners, staff and the general public.
It will be the same event and course that you know and love from the Summer (which was sadly postponed this year due to the Covid pandemic). So, we decided that it would be a great idea to bring you a Christmas edition!
The Gosport Golden Mile appeals to athletes of all ages, sizes and abilities. Test yourself against the best on this pancake flat, point to point one mile course along the promenade in Gosport. We will host a senior race and a Junior Golden Mile with all waves being seeded by estimated time.
And, if you've enough energy left, why not try your luck in the Gosport Golden 5k that follows the Golden Mile? The 5km race is a popular addition to the Hampshire running calendar, a fast and flat, out and back dash along the promenade. We will have prizes for leading runners and all participants will receive a festive medal.
The event is pending final council approval.
Covid Safety Measures on Race Day:
The first change you will notice is the start time. Rather than a single start time for all runners, we are operating a pre-booking system with start times available in 3-minute slots. Mile races will be from 8.00am through to 10.00am. We will then commence the 5k waves from 11.00 am. A maximum of twelve people will be able to begin the race in each slot – and each of those people will be allocated a place on the start line according to their anticipated finish time, with the fastest runner lining up on the front of the start line.
If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 as outlined by the NHS or have been unwell in the last 14 days please do not travel to the event and email us and we can let you know deferral options available. Current NHS advice on coronavirus/Covid-19 can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-Covid-19/
Entering the event
If you have entered the race in good time, your race number will be sent to you in the post.
If you have entered the race close to the race date, you will need to collect your race number on the morning of the event. If you proceed to the registration table, a race official will write down your name and advise you of your race number – and you will be asked to sanitise your hands and, if you wish, put on gloves, before collecting your number from a storage box on the desk. Please remember to social distance from the race official and anybody else who is collecting a number. A race official will manage any queues to ensure everybody remains socially distanced.
Please note that you will not be able to enter on the day due to the new guidelines. Entries are available online until midnight the night before the event.
Race numbers must be worn on the front of your shirt and not on your legs or back. If you do so you may not receive an accurate time. Make sure you do not damage the chip. Please make sure you complete the medical information on the reverse of your number. Remember race numbers are non-transferable. This is particularly imperative at this time as it is now more important than ever that we know who is taking part in the event.
Please note the following changes for the event and please read the codes of conduct below.
1. As mentioned previously, the first change you will notice is the start time. Rather than a single start time for all runners, we are operating a pre-booking system with start times available in 3-minute slots, beginning at 8.00am and remaining available until the final slot at 10.00am. A maximum of twelve people will be able to begin the race in each slot – and each of those people will be allocated a place on the start line according to their anticipated finish time, with the fastest runner lining up on the front of the start line.
2. Please arrive ready to run. There are no changing facilities and no facilities for left baggage – this is in line with UKA Guidelines.
3. A sterile area will be in force around the start line with strictly no access to anybody other than participants and race officials. Once you enter this area you will not be able to leave until your race begins. NO SPECTATORS WILL BE ALLOWED WITHIN THIS STERILE AREA.
4. Again, in line with UKA Guidelines, water, in sealed bottles, will be available at the finish and you will be required to collect it yourself from an unmanned water table – hand sanitiser and gloves will be available for you to use. There will not be water stations on the course. Please consider bringing your own water with you, you will be able to fill up your own bottle at the water stations.
5. Again, in line with UKA Guidelines, no results, race prizes or awards will be available on the day. Results will be uploaded immediately to our website and emailed to participants on Monday 7th December. Race medals will be located at the finish line. Race winners and age group winners will receive a memento in the post after the event.
6. There will be toilet facilities at the start / finish area and these will be sanitised regularly. Please play your part by washing your hands thoroughly and using hand sanitiser before and after use.
7. Hand sanitiser will be available – please use it regularly.
8. You must maintain social distancing at all times – before, during and after the race. When overtaking another runner please be mindful of the space available. Please be aware that there will be other visitors on the promenade on that day so please maintain your own social distance.
9. Spectators are not encouraged to attend – but if they must do so, they should not congregate around the race start or finish areas.
10. Once you finish your race please continue to walk through the finish funnel and return direct to your vehicle – do not wait for friends or family.
11. Please read the Participants and Spectators Code of Conduct. Please observe the ‘Rule of 6’ and do not gather in large groups to discuss the race or take team photos.
The Gosport Golden Mile and the Junior Golden Mile start from a point close to the Inshore Lifeboat Station, Lifeboat Lane, Stokes Bay PO12 2TR. The route covers a measured 1 mile route finishing – obviously – a mile away from the start, close to The Bayside Cabin Café.
The Gosport 5k will start from a point close to the Bayside Cabin Café and cover an out and back route along the promenade, onto a country path around Fort Gilkicker before returning to the start. A very short section of the route is on a shingle pathway, but this is only a few metres.
There will be drinks stations at the start and finish of both races, plus 5k runners will be able to take advantage of the one mile start line drinks stations, ensuring there is water available at 1 and 2 miles.
First Aid St John Ambulance will be in attendance on the day and the course will be marshalled to provide assistance. There will also be a sweep marshal following the race to ensure that nobody is left behind and that all runners are accounted for.
Your individual time and position will be recorded by your electronic chip. We will endeavour to display results as they come into the race headquarters. Results will be uploaded to www.nice-work.org.uk as soon as possible after the race. All entrants that have supplied a valid and legible email address will receive a copy of the results as soon as possible after the race.
Race HQ: adjacent to the Bayside Cabin Café, Stokes Bay Road, Gosport PO12 2QT.
There is plenty of car parking available along the sea front, but please pay attention to any parking restrictions and remember to pay the appropriate rate where applicable.
The closest railway station is Portsmouth Harbour and the promenade is served by local buses.