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The Quicksilver Hampton Court Half Marathon
Gigg's Hill Green, Thames Ditton, SurreyGigg's Hill Green, Thames Ditton, UK
Sun 23rd February 2020
Starting at 09:30
£35.40 - £37.40
Runners will enjoy the closed road loop around the picturesque village of Thames Ditton, the historic Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames marketplace, the iconic 3 mile stretch of the Barge Walk beside the Thames, and of course full views of Hampton Court Palace. The route is pavement, pedestrian/cycle track, riverside way, and tarmac paths through parks.
Do it for charity
Officially measured course run under UKA licence
A superb medal
A high quality technical race T shirt
A great goody bag
Accredited traffic marshals
Toilets at Start/Finish and halfway mark
Water stations will be provided at approximately 3 mile intervals
Professional First Aid cover will be available at the race to provide medical support if necessary
Giggs Hill Green, Giggs Hill Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0BT
Hampton Court is 1.4 miles from the race start at Giggs Hill Green, which is approx a 29 minute walk.
How To Get There
On foot: Local runners are advised to jog to the start and drop kit at the baggage drop.
By bike: Local runners/keen cyclists are advised to come by bike. There will be plenty of bike racks avaible near to Giggs Hill Green.
By train: The nearest train station to Giggs Hill Green is Thames Ditton. We have organised with SW trains that the two early trains (below) to travelling to Thames Ditton from Waterloo on the day of the race, will have extra carriages on them to accommodate runners.
06:57 London Waterloo, arr. Thames Ditton 07:30
07:27 London Waterloo, arr Thames Ditton 08:00
By bus: There are various bus routes running on Sunday mornings, see below, or for more options check out London Bus Routes here.
Tip: If you have a smartphone, a good bus route app is: Bus Times
By car: Thames Ditton is within the M25 corridor and can be accesed from various points on the SW side of the M25. It can also be accessed from the A3, which runs from central London.
Park & Ride
The Park and Ride scheme is put in place to make arrival at the race simple and stress free. Car drivers are advised to park at Sandown Park Race course in Esher, which is 1.8 miles from the start at Giggs Hill Green. Runners can then use our special Park & Ride bus service to travel to and from the start. Buses will be leaving Sandown Park at regular intervals starting from 06:30am. The total journey time to the race start from Sandown Park will take approx 15 minutes.
Please use the Park and Ride facility if you are planning to travel by Car. Do not park on local roads as many of these form part of the course, and we want to avoid unnecessary disruption to local residents.
Sandown Park, Portsmouth Rd, Esher, KT10 9AJ (1.8 miles from the start at Giggs Hill Green
Parking costs £12 per car and the buses to and from the event are free to the driver and passengers. So we encourage you to join up with friends and family and limit number of vehicles.
HOW DO YOU BOOK?
You can use the entry form and select to purchase a P&R ticket as a separate merchandise option. Click here
Once booked, you will receive your Car Park permit via email 1-2 weeks prior to raceday.
On race day:
Arrive at Sandown Park Race Course with your Park & Ride permit on show in your car. A steward will show you where to park.
Once you have parked up head to the front entrance of Sandown which is where the buses will be picking up.
Hop on a bus. (Buses will be leaving at regular intervals from 06:30am).
The bus will drop you at the bottom of Claygate Lane, which is just a short walk to the start at Giggs Hill Green.
See you at the Start!
After the race, return to where the bus dropped you off and hop on a return bus back to Sandown Park!
This professionally managed event includes baggage storage, toilets at Start/Finish and halfway mark and an officially measured course run under a UKA licence.
Accredited traffic marshals will keep you safe and pacer groups will help you achieve your target time.
The closed road start and finish add to the big race feel and runner security.
The course is very flat and runs on pavement, shared pedestrian/cycle track, riverside way, and tarmac paths through parks.
The race starts at 08.30 am. The wave start system will give all entrants a clear run on the open public road elements. There are good runner facilities, toilets and baggage area at the Race HQ.
There are no changes being made to the course and the course will remain the same as in 2018 and 2017. The course was accurately measured in January 2017 and holds a certificate of course accuracy (Verification measurement under the Association of Course Measurer’s Registered Distance rules). It is a flat, mixed terrain course over closed and public roads, with a section on a good surface towpath of approximately three miles.
No dogs, accompanying vehicles or cycles are allowed on the course (with the exception of the organisers lead and tail bikes). We regret the course is not suitable for wheelchairs, prams or pushchairs. The course will be marked at each mile.
The race starts and finishes on Giggs Hill Green in Thames Ditton. The first mile of the course is run on closed roads, and in total 5 miles are traffic free. The 08.30am start time and new “wave” groupings have been designed to give runners a clear run on the open sections. There are good toilet facilities on site and other runner facilities including baggage storage. There are also toilets at approximately halfway round the course.
The race HQ is at Giggs Hill Green, Giggs Hill Road, Thames Ditton, KT7 0BT . Race HQ is based in the Event Village, on the Green.
Please note that there is no onsite car parking and local runners are encouraged to come by foot, cycle or public transport. If you need to come by car, please use the Park & Ride service available.
Baggage storage: This will be available at the event HQ in a designated baggage area. Stewards will be available to keep the area secure and to assist with drop off and retrieval. Your race number contains a perforated strip at the bottom which you should detatch and loop around your baggage before handing it to the steward. It is recommended that you do not leave valuable items in your baggage. The organisers regretfully cannot accept responsibility for security and advise that competitors do not leave valuables in their bags.
Toilets: Portaloos will be sited adjacent to the race village on Giggs Hill Green. There will be also be additional toilets at the halfway point on the course.
Chip timing: Your unique pre-programmed timing chip will be mailed to you 2 weeks in advance . This is a shoe chip and these will come with instructions when sent. Without your unique chip a time and position will fail to be recorded for your performance
For the Half Marathon there will be two times recorded for each runner. The first is what is called the Gun Time. It’s the official race time and is the time that the runner takes to complete the course from the time the gun was fired. The second is the Chip Time. This records the time that the runner actually takes from crossing the start line to crossing the finish line. The difference between the two times is the time elapsed from when the Starting signal sounds and the runner crosses the start line.
As far as the rules of athletics are concerned the Gun Time is the important time, and this is what the results and prizes are based on. The chip time though is important for the individual runner in assessing their performance in the race.
Start: All competitors should try to arrive at least one hour before the start to allow time time for warming up and lining up. The race will start promptly at 8.30 am. Listen for the race marshals instructions to guide you to the start at the appropriate time.
Please be realistic about your expected performance, line up according to how fast you plan to run. The race cut off time will be 3 hours. Runners arriving after this time will be permitted to finish but may not be fully supported.
To avoid congestion on the course and especially over the first few miles we will employ a wave start process with a gap of a minute between each wave.
Please pay attention to the pre-race instructions. These are for the benefit of all runners, and will help guide you through the course and keep you safe. This advice is for your own safety and that of other road users.
You must be certain to run over the matting at the start line to ensure that your chip is registered.
Finish: The Finish is in the same place as the Start at Giggs Hill Green. On completion of the race, runners are invited to visit the Event Village where you can visit the sponsors tents, check out the free massages and chat to other runners. Hot drinks and food will be available on a cash basis from the official race vendors
The timing chip attached to your shoe will record your race time as you cross the line. Make certain that you run over the matting in the finish funnel, this will ensure that your chip is registered.
On completion of the race, runners need to move promptly down the finishing funnel and will then be presented with their finishers medal, tshirt and detagged before picking up free fruit, water and goody bags.
Medical Conditions: If you have a medical condition that will need consideration should you be taken ill, during the race, please write the details on the back of your race number. If you feel unwell before the race, or have not been well for a few days prior to the event, please do not start; remember there is always another year and another race.
Race numbers: These will be posted in advance. It is permitted to transfer race numbers to another person, but this should only be done in advance. This is a condition for entering the race and is extremely important especially in the event of illness or an accident during the event. It may also affect the results, and may mean someone getting a prize to which they aren’t entitled. if your number has not arrived before race day please go straight to the Race HQ in the Event Village where the team will help you out.
Pin your race number on the FRONT of your running vest or ‘T’ shirt, where it is most visible for race officials. Runners who do not have a properly displayed number or are identified as running under the wrong name will be liable to disqualification.
Please complete the form on the back of your number with your name, contact details and any medical condition. This will help in the event of an accident or illness.
The race is officially measured by the Association of Course Measurers and holds a Registered Distance certificate. It is licenced through Run Britain and holds a full United Kingdom Athletics licence (UKA licence number 2018-32063)
The route runs on public roads. Keep to the left of the road, pavement or path during the race. Take care when overtaking and make way for faster runners. If you need to stop or walk for any reason, please move to the side of the course, so as not to impede other runners. Instructions issued by the Race Marshals, who will be wearing fluorescent yellow bibs, MUST be obeyed. They will advise you of any hazards.
Policy on wearing headphones during the race:
The Hampton Court Half Marathon is run under licence from UK Athletics and we are bound by British Athletics rules. From 1st April 2016 a new rule banning the wearing of head phones in road races was introduced. This applies to races held on single carriageway roads that are not closed to traffic.
As the Hampton Court Half Marathon has significant sections on open roads, and because we feel it is the runners and organisers interest for runners to be able to hear marshals instructions, we do not permit the use of headphones on any open road sections of the race. Any runner not complying with these rules is liable to disqualification. The Race Referee’s decision is final at all times. This advice is for your own safety and that of other road users. Without your co-operation it is not possible to hold a race on public roads.
However please do note that bone-conducting headphones are allowed under UKA rules and therefore allowed in this race.