information and rules

Half Marathon and 5 Mile Fun Run Events

5th March 2023

Half Marathon

1.       The 13.1 mile HALF MARATHON will be held in accordance with the UK Athletics Associations Rules for Competition. The event will be run through town streets and undulating roads in attractive Chiltern countryside with markers at each mile. There will be drinks stations along the route.  No under 17's are allowed to run in the Half Marathon (UKA rule).

2.       START 10.00am from the Cricket Club, Castle Hill, Berkhamsted.

3.       ONLINE ENTRIES are open.  If you wish to have your race packs (chipped bibs, baggage label and race programme) sent to your home address you must enter online before midnight on 12 February 2023. You can still enter online until 23:59 on 3 March but you will have to collect your race pack at Victoria School, Prince Edward Street, Berkhamsted HP4 3HA on Saturday March 4 between 9am and 13.30pm, or collect on race day 5 March at the Cricket Pavilion between 8am and 9.30am.You MUST be able to run the Half Marathon in under 3 hours to enter the event.

4.       LOCAL ENTRANTS can register at Victoria School, Prince Edward Street, Berkhamsted HP4 3HA on Saturday 4th March 2023 between 9:00am and 1:00pm. Competitors can also register on the day of the race at Berkhamsted School Pavilion (near the finish) between 8:00am and 9:30am prompt. NOTE: ENTRIES ON 4/5TH MARCH ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY as numbers are limited. REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT 9.30 am on the 5th.

5.       OFFICIAL NUMBERS must be worn on the chest of each competitor for the duration of the event. Any Competitor not wearing an official number at the finish will be disqualified, as will any competitor swapping numbers. Competitors will be required to wear an electronic chip for official race timing purposes. 

6.       CHANGING ROOMS: There will be limited changing facilities at the Cricket Club, in the marquee with designated ladies changing room. Local competitors are requested to arrive prepared for running to allow those who have travelled a distance to have priority over changing rooms. Secure storage will be available during the race and toilet facilities will be provided.

7.       PARKING: There is pay & display parking in the town within 500 metres of the start. Free car parking is also available at Ashlyns School, a 25 min walk from the Cricket Club. PLEASE USE THE ASHLYNS OR OTHER CAR PARKS IN THE TOWN. The Police will be very strict with people parking on the route or in NO PARKING areas. Remember that it is for your own safety that we keep the roads clear.

8.       RUNNING PRIZES: Men 1st, 2nd & 3rd, Ladies 1st, 2nd & 3rd. There will also be Team prizes for men's, ladies' and Senior schools. See https://www.berkorun.com/prizes for details. All who complete the event will receive a medal. 

9.       FUNDRAISING PRIZE: See details of our scheme at https://www.berkorun.com/prizes.

10.    SWEEP VEHICLES: Will be provided for runners in distress around the course, who are recommended to drop out to the nearest marshal.

11.    KEEP LEFT: Runners must keep to the left of the road or as directed by the lead car, signs, marshals and/or the police. Other people will be using the roads so be safe and obey instructions. Keep left and do not cut corners. Runners ignoring directions will be disqualified.

12.    FINISH: After crossing the line, please proceed to the medal tent to collect your medal.

13.    RESULTS: Full details will be available on the website the following week.

14.    THE WINNING TEAM: is a team home first with four runners across the finish line. A team comprises not less than six runners. See https://www.berkorun.com/prizes for details

15.    NO REFUNDS given even in the event of race cancellation.

16.    NO DOGS or BICYCLES allowed. Anyone accompanied by either or associated with, WILL be disqualified.

17.    For runner safety earphone or headphones are not allowed unless approved by England Athletics

18.    Our privacy policy can be found at https://www.rotarygbi.org/privacy-policy/.

19.    UKA ANTI-DOPING RULES: An entrant to the Half Marathon event shall be deemed to have made him/herself/their self, familiar with, and agreed to be bound by the UKA Anti-Doping Rules.  The UKA Anti-Doping Rules apply to entrants participating in the sport of Athletics, for 12 months from the date of entry, whether or not the licence holder is a citizen of, or resident in, the UK.

20.    COVID 19 GUIDANCE: We respectfully ask that all participants adhere to any UK Government and UK Athletics published guidelines that may apply on 5 March 2023.

Five Mile Fun Run

Fun Run

1.       The 5 mile Fun Run follows the first part of the Half Marathon route. Two thirds of the course will be on country roads, with one uphill section. There will be a drinks station at about the half way point.

2.       START 10.30am from the Cricket Club, Castle Hill, Berkhamsted.

3.       ONLINE ENTRIES are open. If you wish to have your race packs (chipped bibs, baggage label and race programme) sent to your home address you must enter online before midnight on 12 February 2023. You can still enter online until 23:59 on 3 March but you will have to collect your race pack at Victoria School, Prince Edward Street, Berkhamsted HP4 3HA on Saturday March 4 between 9am and 13.30pm, or collect on race day 5 March at the Cricket Pavilion between 8am and 9.30am.

4.       LOCAL ENTRANTS for all races can register at Victoria School, Prince Edward Street, Berkhamsted HP4 3HA on Saturday 4th March 2023 between 9:00am and 1:00pm. Competitors can also register on the day of the race at Berkhamsted School Pavilion (near the finish) between 8:00am and 9:30am prompt. NOTE: ENTRIES ON 4/5TH MARCH ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY as numbers are limited. REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT 9.30 am on the 5th.

5.       OFFICIAL NUMBERS must be worn on the chest of each competitor for the duration of the event. Any Competitor not wearing an official number at the finish will be disqualified, as will any competitor swapping numbers. Competitors will be required to wear an electronic chip for official race timing purposes. 

6.       CHANGING ROOMS: There will be limited changing facilities at the Cricket Club, in the marquee with designated ladies changing room. Local competitors are requested to arrive prepared for running to allow those who have travelled a distance to have priority over changing rooms. Sorry no showers available! Secure storage will be available during the race and toilet facilities will be provided.

7.       PARKING: There is pay & display parking in the town within 500 metres of the start. Free car parking is also available at Ashlyns School, a 25 min walk from the Cricket Club. PLEASE USE THE ASHLYNS OR OTHER CAR PARKS IN THE TOWN. The Police will be very strict with people parking on the route or in NO PARKING areas. Remember that it is for your own safety that we keep the roads clear.

8.       RUNNING PRIZES: Men 1st, 2nd & 3rd, Ladies 1st, 2nd & 3rd. There will also be a prize for the top girls and boys school teams. See https://www.berkorun.com/prizes for details. All who complete the event will receive a medal.

9.       FUNDRAISING PRIZE: See details of our scheme at https://www.berkorun.com/prizes.

10.    SWEEP VEHICLES: Will be provided for runners in distress around the course, who are recommended to drop out to the nearest marshal.

11.    KEEP LEFT: Runners must keep to the left of the road or as directed by the lead car, signs, marshals and/or the police. Other people will be using the roads so be safe and obey instructions. Keep left and do not cut corners. Runners ignoring directions will be disqualified.

12.    FINISH: After crossing the line go to collect your medal.

13.    RESULTS: Full details will be available on the website the following week.

14.    THE WINNING TEAM: is a team home first with four runners across the finish line. A team comprises not less than six runners. See https://www.berkorun.com/prizes for details

15.    NO REFUNDS given even in the event of race cancellation.

16.    NO DOGS or BICYCLES allowed. Anyone accompanied by either or associated with, WILL be disqualified.

17.    For runner safety earphone or headphones are not allowed unless approved by England Athletics

18.    Our privacy policy can be found https://www.rotarygbi.org/privacy-policy/.

19.    COVID 19 GUIDANCE: We respectfully ask that all participants adhere to any UK Government and UK Athletics published guidelines that may apply on 5 March 2023.