The start and assembly areas are located on Arundel Gate. This area is divided into 4 coloured areas (orange, white, green and pink), which correspond to your coloured run number.
The start assembly areas will open to runners at 09:00. Follow signage to the coloured zone that matches the colour on your run number. Please ensure that you are in your coloured assembly area no later than 09:35 for the start of your pre-run warm-up, which will be taken by Morrisons Great Run experts. The warm-up starts at 09:45.
The assembly areas themselves have been measured and barriered to cater for the number of runners taking part. However, it will get busy so please 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, we ask that you follow a simple rule - runners can move down a zone (away from the start line) but cannot move up a zone (towards the start line). For example, a runner wearing a white run number can move back into the green assembly area but not forward into the orange assembly area.
Due to the large number of entries we cannot provide changing facilities at the start or finish areas 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 within the Town Hall, which will be open from 08:30. Please enter using the main entrance on Pinstone Street.
Important note: we strongly recommend 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 run number, fill in your details and securely attach it to your bag.
There will be toilets adjacent to the start assembly area at Arundel Gate and near the exit from the finish system on Surrey Street. It is inevitable that these toilets will be busy immediately before the start of the run so please allow some extra time.
A missing person's service will be located at the information point in the Winter Gardens. If a situation arises please contact an event steward, event official or Police officer.