The start and assembly areas are located on Clarence Esplanade. This area is divided into 3 coloured areas – ORANGE, WHITE and GREEN (these correspond to your coloured run number).
You should aim to be at the start for 09:45 so that you can relax, soak up the atmosphere and get ready to run at 10:30.
The assembly areas themselves have been measured and barriered to cater for the number of runners taking part. However, it will get busy so use all available space within the assembly areas.
The wave system will be used at the start. This will see each coloured wave set off in pulses. This measured control is to help regulate the flow of runners through the narrow sections of the course. Please be patient when waiting to start your run.
Remember that your timing chips provide a totally accurate time for your run and will not be activated until you cross the start line and when you finish.
Running with friends or family
If you want to run with a friend but have been issued different coloured run numbers, organisers ask that you follow a simple rule – runners can move down a zone (away from the start line) but cannot move up a zone (or towards the start line). For example, a runner wearing a WHITE run number can move back into the GREEN assembly area but not forward in to the ORANGE assembly area.
Baggage drop off
Due to the large number of entries we cannot provide changing facilities at the Start or Finish area so please arrive changed and ready to run. We advise that you leave any baggage with friends/family or use the baggage drop off facility located onsite, which will be open from 08:30.
Important note – we strongly recommended that you do not leave any valuables within your baggage. We cannot accept any responsibility for the security of any items left in the baggage area.If you plan on using the baggage drop off facility, please tear off the baggage tag attached to your event number, fill in your details and securely attach it to your bag.
Toilets are available around the event site. It is inevitable that the toilet facilities will be busy before and after the run, so please allow plenty of time.
There will be a missing persons point located on Castlefield. In the event that you come across a missing person please contact the nearest event steward, official or police officer.