The 2019 Thames Run has now taken place.
Well done to all our runners and thank you for a fantastic event.
Thank you for your support of the 2019 Wallingford Thames Run.
Please read the Race Information factsheet below for important details about the event.
Should you have any further questions before the day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org On the day of the event, visit our registration desk located in the school hall for assistance.
Thanks again and enjoy the run!
2019 Thames Run Committee
The full address is Crowmarsh Gifford School, Old Reading Road Crowmarsh Gifford Wallingford, OX10 8EN. Follow the sign posted route to Crowmarsh Gifford School from the yellow signs.
You need to be at least 13 years old to run the 5k and 16 years old to run the 10k.
Runners to assemble for start near the front of the school by 9:15am for the race briefing and to be called forward by Race Officials. The fastest 10k runners (sub 40 mins) are encouraged to start near the front and slower runners (60 mins+) towards the rear. 5k runners will be asked to start at the rear of the field. Your timing chip, supplied by Stuweb, will give your actual time. Unless you expect to finish at the front of the field, there is no need to start at the front. The race is due to start at 9:30am promptly. We may need to hold off on starting the race until the road is clear. Please note immediately after the start you will be on a public road so be alert for traffic.
There will be parking available in the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) car park on Benson Lane, the school is a short walk away. Car parking will open at 7:30am.
You will be asked for a voluntary £1 contribution for parking. All donations will go to Style Acre one of our designated charities. In the event you arrive late and the car park is full, you will be directed to alternate parking. NO PARKING/DROP OFF will be possible near the start/finish on Old Reading Road. This is to ensure that there is no obstruction to the route. No parking will be possible in the two pubs close to the start or on the Old Reading Road (as this will obstruct the start/finish area). Please note: parking at this site will close promptly at 2:30pm.
The closest railway station is Cholsey. GoGreen taxis operate a service on Sundays the start line is approximately a 10 minute journey from the station. Phone 01491 524 343 or access their website at GoGreen Taxis for further information.
Please check bus and train timetables before you depart (Train: www.gwr.com Bus: www.thames-travel.co.uk)
The Thames Run is multi-terrain route along local footpaths and the banks of the River Thames, and back through the historic market town of Wallingford. For the 5k event runners complete one circuit of the route and for the 10k route two. Runners need to take care when approaching the finish area to ensure that they do not start a second lap (5k runners) or cross the finish line (10k runners). Marshals will be in place to guide runners onto the 5k finish or 10k second lap. We do our best to make the run as free flowing as possible however there are some narrower sections and the odd gate on the course. For those who ran in prior years, the narrow muddy section has been removed from the course which makes the course faster overall. There are two road crossings on each circuit within Wallingford Town before and after the bridge. Please be considerate to pedestrians and other runners, and take care when crossing roads during the run.
All runners will be briefed by the Race Start Co-ordinator immediately prior to the race about potential hazards. This includes:
Your race bib will contain your timing chip. Please make sure the number is visible on the front of your vest during the run.
The sun can be strong at this time of year. Please take fluids on board before the race and consider wearing a cap and some high factor sun cream. Water will be available at the finish and at the water stop (just after the 5k marker on the 10k route).
Running shoes and socks, shorts, T-shirt/vest, sunscreen and pins. Plus a positive attitude!
We regret that there are no changing facilities. There are portable toilets and possessions may be left in the baggage area strictly at your own risk. We will keep an eye on them for you, but cannot guarantee their safety. Please present your race number to drop and collect baggage items. Toilets are positioned near to the start line. They will get busy just before the run starts so please be patient!
First Aid facilities will be available at the event. Please ensure any important medical information is detailed on the back of your race number.
We are proud to be plastic free again this year! Runners are encouraged to bring their own bottles. Water will be available in recyclable cups and/or for your own drinking bottle at the start and finish and after 5k mark for those participating in the 10k. Please stay hydrated.
After crossing the finish line please keep moving to the finish area where you will be presented with your race medal. We don’t need the timing chips returned. Provisional results will be available on the day and in due course it is planned they will be posted to our website.
We welcome feedback after the event – good or bad! Please send your comments to email@example.com. Please also contact us if you'd like to help next year.
The race route includes sections that run along the river bank or are close to the river. We cannot control the river level or the weather, so we reserve the right to change the race course to our “wet weather” route without prior notice if, in the opinion of the race committee, the standard race route is unsafe or flooded.
In the extreme event that the wet weather route is also considered by the race committee to be unsafe or flooded then we reserve the right to cancel the race at up to 24-hours from the race start time. Should this occur notification will be sent by email to your race entry email address. We regret that we cannot offer refunds if the race is cancelled due to extreme conditions as we will have already incurred all our running costs. As we organise the race to support local and national charities we ask for your understanding and support.
The Wallingford Thames Run 5K and 10K race has been approved as a Race that will be held under UK Athletics Rules for Competition and in accordance with the Licence Requirements. Licence Number 2019-35870
The Thames Run will be held on the same day as the Crowmarsh Gifford school fete. Refreshments will be available before the start and we will be providing refreshments us usual afterwards, including tea, coffee, soft drinks and ice cream. There will also be a BBQ to fill that gap after your exertions. Families & friends are welcome to come along and enjoy the attractions whilst you run!
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