Please see our Goring Gap 50K Race Guide information below
Important Event Information
It’s very important that you are aware of the race format which differs from most road and multi-terrain races. This event is not suitable for faster runners looking for PB’s, it’s a challenge event rather than a race and runners are required to self support i.e. carry a phone in case of emergency, carry at least a 500ml water bottle to top up at support stations. Regardless of which distance you choose please read the “guide to self support” there will be something useful to everyone.
The route is predominately public footpath, but also quiet lanes and village roads. Staggering the start allows us to use a route that would not normally be suitable for mass participation events. We expect a density of around 2/3 runners per 100m. It is important to note that the route is not closed to other people, there will be walkers, joggers, cyclists and as there are quiet lanes through villages on the route there could be the odd vehicle. There are a few road junctions to cross and there are several gates to pass through. We have no road closures; you are responsible for ensuring it is safe to cross and you must stop and check at road crossings.
Where you are running by a road this always means you should use the pavement or track by the side of the road, there are roads with no pavement so please be aware there could be vehicles accessing properties in these roads. Please read our event guide carefully (posted out late April 2021) and study our interactive route maps on the event specific page.
There are marshals at key points and we will sign the route, long stretches are on established trails along the river bank so should be easy to follow. There will be a mobile number printed on the race numbers so you can check the route if you are unsure or require assistance. If you do require assistance we ask that you reach a point on the route which will help us reach you, a road junction or landmark. We suggest downloading the app “What three Words” this will help us pinpoint your location to within 3 meters
If you have any questions relating to the event format or just general questions about the event or our Covid-19 planning you can call us on M- 07551 006099 (office hours please), or use the e-mail button at the bottom of this page.
Venue Address & Parking
The venue is Mapledurham House, Mapledurham, Reading. RG4 7TR. It is a rural venue not served by public transport so car or bike are the only real options. Parking is available at the venue and is no more than 100m from the start and finish area. The route into Mapledurham is narrow please show caution and look out for pedestrians.
Covid-19 & Social Distancing
We will update this page as we get closer to the event to reflect the most up to date guidelines for participants attending live events. We are waiting on further guidance from RunBritain (England Athletics) but as a minimum we are asking those attending to follow these guidelines.
We are not encouraging runners to bring extra people with them but if you need to, perhaps a driver then they need to register here
• Do not travel to the event if you are showing any symptoms of covid-19 as outlined by the NHS
• Do your homework – make sure you are aware of and understand the pre-race briefing information offered
• Come ready to run – minimise your interaction with race staff, volunteers and participants by being as self-sufficient as possible
• Come alone if you can
• Under no circumstances swap your number or give your place to another participant
• Be respectful to volunteers and participants
• Observe social distancing wherever possible
• Carefully consider your travel plans, avoiding public transport if at all possible
• Leave more time than you normally would to get to and from the event
• Be prepared to bring your own water and food and carry it with you during the race and please dispose of rubbish responsibly
• 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
• If you experience COVID symptoms soon after the event, then please make this known through the government’s Test, Track & Trace system
If you have any concerns or would like to ask a specific question relating this event and Covid-19 please e-mail or call 07551006099
Start Times - Start & Finish Procedure
Start times are staggered, this is to reduce the density of runners on the route as its narrow in places and passes along quiet lanes.
There is a button at the top of the home page with the individual staggered start times for each person and each event.
Ultra 8.00am – 9.40am.
Marathon 9.45am – 10.10am.
Half Marathon 10.10am – 10.45am.
Please e-mail us by the 12th April if you have someone you would like to start with.
You need to be at the start area ready to be called 10 – 15 minutes before your start time. Make your way to the pens (A – E) by the start and wait in the pen shown against your name on the start sheet.
The start line manager will call you up around your published start time. If you are ready we may call you a little earlier if there is a gap, don’t worry too much about starting exactly at the time given as the timing mat will register exactly when you do start. Start bands are in 5-10 minute intervals and you will be started in pen groups over the course of this window.
At the finish line wrapped medals and water can be collected from tables located a few meters after the gantry. Again this is due to the likely Covid-19 that will be in place at the time of the event, we would much prefer to be giving these out.
Our understanding of the current government guidelines is that camping/camper vans will be permitted if you have your own self contained toilet facilities. Annoyingly this is in force until the 17th May. If you have and would like to camp overnight Saturday then please e-mail us. There is no charge and we have plenty of space. If the guidance changes we will update this page.
Support Station Information
Support Stations – This has been causing us some issues due to the guidance from England Athletics (RunBritain) regarding covid-19 safety measures. We think these stations are going to have to be self service with individual wrapped products available to take rather than pre-prepared by the volunteers, this also limits what we can offer i.e. opened cakes, fruit and chopped up nutrition are a risk so it will be wrapped items such as energy bars (tribe), gels & sweets (Hi-5) crisps, bottled water, isotonic mix (SOS) etc at the support stations. Hopefully normal service will be resumed in 2022!
Half Marathon Mile 5 & Mile 10 – 500ml bottled water
Marathon – Mile 6.7, Mile 10, Mile 15, mile 19 – 500ml bottled water, wrapped cake, energy products gel & bars, isotonic mix
Ultra 50 – Mile 5, Mile 10, Mile 14.2, Mile 19, Mile 21, Mile 26 – 500ml bottle water, wrapped cake, energy products gel & bars, isotonic mix
Due to the difficulty in sourcing venues due to Covid-19 restrictions it is like that most stops will be at pop up gazebos, we do have villages halls booked just in case the situation changes and very much hope that in 2022 all stops will be able to offer tea, coffee and hot food.
We will locate medics at each of the support stations, there is also a mobile medic but if at all possible try to make it to the support station if you have an issue as some sections of the route are difficult to reach by vehicle. Use the mobile app What Three Words to help us locate you.
Guide to Self Support
So it’s summer, it’s a run, what could i possibly need to take other than my running kit? Well it’s important to understand that this is a serious challenge and you should prepare for all eventualities. If you need to stop then it’s wise to have something to pull on to keep warm, if it’s raining you need a waterproof. You are out there for a long time and you need a way to contact us or call for support if you run into a problem.
You are responsible for carrrying your own water. Although we have support stations where you can refill, you can never be entirely sure during an ultra how long it will take you to reach the next station. Some sections might take longer than others due to heat, terrain, tiredness, injury, navigational issues etc. There are three ways to carry fluids on the run: handheld, multi-bottle waist belt, and hydration pack. Find out what works best for you during your training runs.
Items you might like to consider taking with you are –
LA base layer – a separate layer to that which you start the race in which should be kept dry and used only in an emergency.
A waterproof jacket with sealed seems – runners who become wet through suffer reduced core temperature leading to a slowing of pace which can ultimately result in hypothermia. Jackets without sealed seems are not waterproof – the fabric should be verified waterproof (not wind or showerproof). The minimum water resistance of a jacket should be 10,000mm. As well as keeping you dry the waterproof can also be used to keep you warm should the temperature suddenly drop
A plastic bag for wet clothes, and rubbish
A Bottle or hydration pack (to carry between 1L & 3L of water)
Electrolyte drink eg. SOS Rehydrate and extra sachets for re-fill
A mix of fuel – Energy bars/chews and sweets etc..
OS Map – take a map or the section of the map
Waterproof map case if it’s wet
Mobile Phone (COMPULSORY) – with spare battery or on-the-go charger
Whistle – If you suffer an injury and are unable to proceed the whistle may help your being located far more quickly than without one.
Compeed Blister Plaster
Kinesiology Tape – Cut into strips already
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