Chiltern League Race 2
Saturday 10th November 2018
Teardrop Lakes, Milton Keynes MK5 8PA
The first thing to check is whether you have you registered with us for this season’s Chiltern League races? If you plan to run in any of the Chiltern League races this season please click here to complete our online registration form by Thursday 8th November (if you haven’t done so already!).
The venue has been primarily selected because of the parking available at the nearby National Bowl.
Please park in the National Bowl Car Park as signed opposite MK5 8PA on H7 Chaffron Way.
It is essential that all athletes use this parking facility which is only a 10 minute walk from the course and does not involve the crossing of any roads.
Note that the postcode MK5 8PA should be used – do not use the postcode for The National Bowl – and please do not use the “Car Auctions Parking”.
Please remember to arrive at the St Albans table one hour before your race, allowing time for parking and walking into the Park – please see the timetable below (which is unique for this match).
Volunteers for tent and registration
We would prefer to take a club tent – as this makes it easier to keep bags dry, giving runners a base – so we would appreciate if parents of younger runners would take the tent (stored at the track) and older athletes could bring it back. Please contact Deborah or Peter to arrange pick up of the tent.
We also have a volunteer rota for registration. We ask that every parent / carer of anybody running in the Chiltern League races covers at least one of these tent or registration slots during the 5 matches.
This is a flat grassland course with a couple of short but steep hills and is being used for the fifth time. The course map can be viewed by clicking here and the details of the laps and loops for each race can be seen by clicking here.
The start line has been moved from its position in recent years, and is adjacent to the main Club Tent area. Under 15s now run approximately 4000m and the U13 course is slightly different and longer than previous years.
Full timetable details can be seen here. A summary is below (note the times are slightly different to those for other Chiltern League matches)…
11:30: U11 Girls (1750m)
11:45: U11 Boys (1750m)
12:00: U13 Girls (2900m)
12:15: U13 Boys (2900m)
12:30: U15 Girls (4150m)
12:45: U15 Boys (4150m)
13:00: U17/U20 Women (4800m)
13.25: Snr. Women/Vets (5600m)
13.50: U17 Men with U20 Cross Challenge Men (5600m)
14.10: Junior Men/Snr. Men/Vets (9050m)
There will be a marquee available for changing in case of bad weather, and portable toilets near the start/finish areas. A burger type van will be available for food and drink.
If you have medication such as inhaler that may be required please run with it – in a belt or arm pocket etc.
Vests and numbers
- Any member age 11 & over will need to run in a current St Albans AC or Striders Vest.
- All athletes under 20 are required to hand their number back at the St Albans registration desk after the race. If you do happen to go home with your number please return it in a named envelope FAO Fiona and handed to a coach at the next training session. Numbers contain timing chips – so please be careful with them as we get charged for lost/damaged numbers and this cost will have to be passed back to the athlete.
- Older athletes who keep their own Chiltern League numbers (or people who accidentally took their number home) please don’t forget your number! If you have lost it, then please inform Fiona (email ) and arrive 1.5 hours before the race to allow time to get a new number. Unfortunately the athlete will need to pay the nominal cost for the new number.
Any other family members who wish to take part in a Chiltern League race are very welcome. If they are a member of another affiliated running club, please send Fiona their name, DOB & UK Athletics number 48 hours before the race and they will run as a non-scoring guest and we will give them a number, (email ). If they are not a member of an affiliated running club, then they will need to go to the Race Office upon arrival (suggest 90mins before race), pay £3 and be given a number there. These guests / casual runners may wear whatever running vest or T shirt they feel comfortable in.
British Cross Challenge
The Teardrop Lakes fixture is also incorporating the “British Cross Challenge” Race 2 – an event attracting top runners from around the Country plus there is a match between RAF and Oxford University. If any athletes also wish to be included in the “British Cross Challenge” please enter yourself through UKA () and will be issued with a new number and chip on the day. Please inform Fiona prior to race day, that you have entered or you will be excluded from League results.
Results will be available by clicking here. Please don’t get too concerned if your time is missing or something looks odd – please wait 12 hours before re-checking and only send queries then. Everybody who finishes the race (even if walking) scores for the team and there is now a camera at the finish so any discrepancies can be checked afterwards.