This is a test event and therefore please note the changes below.
Start line opens – 5.30 pm Start line closes – 7.00 pm
Please note that the race headquarters are NOT at the Sailing Club – but down the Nature Reserve Road past the new Visitor Centre.
We are delighted to announce our first test event to be held under the new Covid -Safe Guidelines will take place on Friday August 7th 2020. This date was originally the date for race 2 in the Rye Summer Classic Series and was a 10k race. If you have an entry for the original series race 2, it will be valid for this race. If you would prefer not to take part, then please let us know and we will defer your place to a future race.
The reason for the change to a 5 mile race is not Covid-related – the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is undergoing major construction work for a new Visitor Centre and, as a result of that work, a significant part of the Nature Reserve Road close to the village is temporarily closed. As a result, we cannot make a 10k course and so the race will be held over 5 miles. Unfortunately, we do not have time to secure a course measurement certificate for the distance, but the race will be as close to 5 miles as gps technology allows.
Because this is a test event, we will be trialling a number of new procedures which are designed to ensure our races will be Covid-secure – we would ask that you bear with us during this important testing phase as we seek a return to normal road racing.
If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 as outlined by the NHS please do not travel to the event and email us and we can let you know deferral options available.
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 night. 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.
If you wish to enter the race on the evening, entries will be available subject to the race limit not being reached and you will be asked to email your details there and then to us and pay using a contactless card.
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.
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 5-minute slots, beginning at 5.30pm and remaining available until the final slot at 7.00pm. 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.
Please arrive ready to run. There are no changing facilities and no facilities for left baggage – this is in line with UKA Guidelines.
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.
Again, in line with UKA Guidelines, there will be no water station on the course and you are encouraged to bring your own water and, if you wish, carry it with you during the race. As it could be a particularly warm evening please remember to dress appropriately and stay hydrated. 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.
Again, in line with UKA Guidelines, medals will not be awarded at the event but can be sent out to you after the race, if you wish. Similarly, no results, race prizes or awards will be available on the evening. Results will be uploaded immediately to our website and emailed to participants on Monday 10th August. Race and age group winners will receive a memento in the post after the event.
Hand sanitiser will be available – please use it regularly.
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 some members of the public may still be uneasy about seeing an organised event so they will require your understanding.
Spectators are not encouraged to attend – but if they must do so, they should not congregate around the race start or finish areas.
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.
Please note the start and finish are a few hundred metres from the Car Park in Rye Harbour – so please leave plenty of time to reach the start area. Toilets are also located near the car park at the entrance to Rye Harbour.
Please read the Participants and Spectators Code of Conduct
It’s an out and back route and the surface is concrete throughout. Your favourite road shoes will be fine.
First Aid A private medical provider will be in attendance on the day and the course will be fully marshalled to aid participants. There will also be a sweep marshal following the race to ensure that nobody is left behind and that all runners are accounted for.
As you cross the finish line please make sure you cross over the Chip Timing mat which will automatically record your official time against your race number. Any runners wearing a bum bag around the course must be careful not to apply pressure to the timing chip on the reverse of your race number. This can cause a problem with the signals from the chip and may affect your race time. This also applies when starting/stopping your watch as you cross the line – please wait until you have crossed the mats before activating or deactivating your watch. Signal Permitting- Live results will be available on www.nice-work.org.uk during the event and a full set will be posted online shortly after the event has finished. All athletes who provide us with a legible email address will also be emailed the final results on the next working day following the event. If you are missing from the results or need to report an issue, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who wish to drive to the event there is parking available at Rye Harbour. Please be aware that it is a busy car park with other visitors to the Nature Reserve. We encourage car sharing where possible. Currently the car park is free but there is a donation box, if possible, we would appreciate it if you could drop a few coins in. There is also a sign saying the car park closes at 8pm – please ignore this as it will be staying open for the evening. If the car park does become full please use the roads in the village but please be mindful of local residents and do not block any driveways. By Public Transport
There is a train station at Rye with regular trains from Hastings and Ashford. There are regular buses from Rye station to Rye Harbour village.