On Race Day

Important Information about the day of the race

KEY INFO

Date of event: 27th November 2021.
Registration: Race numbers and timing chips can be collected at registration. Registration is at the start- St Anne's Church rooms (in the church grounds & will be signposted) DE45 1RY. Registration 8.30- 9.30am sharp!
Start time: 10:00am. Note we are hoping to run as normal a race as possible, with a mass start (and faster runners, self selecting a position nearer the front).
Starting point: St Anne's Church, 1 Church Street, Baslow, DE45 1RY.
Finish Point: Baslow St Anne’s Primary School, School Lane, Baslow, DE45 1RZ.
Distance: 12km.
Elevation gain: 400m.
FRA Category: BM (medium length & medium ascent). FRA mandated & insured via UKA
Entry fee: £10 (on-line entry only) NOTE THERE ARE NO ON THE DAY ENTRIES
Minimum age: 18.
Maximum number of runners: 350
Covid precautions: Bring along a facemask and be social distancing aware. One way registration system and as much outdoors activity as possible

1. Covid RULES

We are intending to run as safe an event as possible and want all runners to feel as safe as possible. Therefore please observe the following

YOU MUST NOT COME TO THE EVENT IF:
  • You have symptoms of COVID-19 or
  • You are living in a household with someone who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection or
  • You have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace or
  • You have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms within the past 10 days 

CHANGING YOUR MIND
If you decide to not come to the event because of a COVID-19 restriction or because you are feel it would be unwise to attend, please let us know by email as soon as you make the decision.  Unfortunately, we cannot provide a refund for you.

PLEASE BRING A SIMPLE FACE MASK.
Please wear a simple face mask (or face covering such as a buff) at Registration, carry it throughout the race in your bumbag (in case you have an accident) and wear it again when you hand in your Timing Chip.  Simple face masks weigh nothing and occupy no space in a bumbag!
SOCIAL DISTANCING AT THE EVENT - 2M RULE
You will have your own views about social distancing but in an organised event at such a sensitive time, we believe that we need to compromise and respect those who are being most cautious.  Our marshals have been briefed to keep their distance from you.  Please be empathetic to everyone involved in the event and also be aware that members of the public are visiting the Peak District.  Please try and keep to the 2M distance rule at all times. 

Spectators - we aren’t encouraging spectators to attend the event but any supporters should be a safe distance away. Cheering and clapping is still allowed though!

You will see hand sanitiser on tables at the start and finish. Marshals will also have hand sanitiser available. Please feel free to use it at any time.

2. THE ROUTE, CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT

The weather has been wet recently and the ground is saturated but has recently dried out quite a bit. However please bring your grippiest fell/ trail shoes. Please also bring plenty of warm, sensible clothing appropriate for a winter fell race. 
This is a category Medium B race and as such FRA rules recommend best practice is to carry all FRA mandatory minimum kit but specific requirements are at the race organiser’s discretion. As such (and depending on the weather forecast/ weather on the day)  we are hoping not to require mandatory full minimum kit (nor to have mandatory kit checks) but the race organisers do reserve the right to refuse to let anyone run who clearly does not have a sensible level of suitable kit.

The route is going to be well marked and marshalled.  Runners should be aware that the first 500m of route includes various twists, turns, and a major pinch point up the ginnel over the bridge.  We hope you will regard this as a feature of the race, and we urge you to be respectful of the grounds of the church, exercising patience if required.  There is approximately 12km after the last pinch point to make up any lost time.  We trust that runners will sort themselves on the starting line appropriately.

Please note (technical issues permitting) that new for 2021 is an exciting "King/ Queen of the Mountain" timed segment for the climb from Cliffe College to Curbar Gap courtesy of Av Timing! Maker sure you run over both timing mats where indicated to make sure your effort counts!
See our website for all relevant FRA rules & guidance baslowbolt.com (practical advice & FRA rules & kit sections).  As we are trying to make this a low plastic event please bring your own waterbottles. There is no water or drinks provided out on the course due to covid regulations (you’ll have to wait till you get to the finish for the refreshments provided).

The race is being held at the end of November in the Peak District and in light of this we advise that you expect the worst and run with full FRA kit (ie full waterproof body cover (waterproof jacket including hood & trousers), hat, gloves, compass, whistle, map & emergency food). Note that fell/ trail shoes should be worn. Road shoes are not suitable and should NOT be worn. Please come well prepared, otherwise the organisers reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who is not adequately equipped.
This is a winter, FRA mandated Medium B fell race with the potential for adverse weather especially up on the edge so please bring all necessary kit with you as required by FRA rules.  A decision will be made on the day regarding what must be carried, depending on weather conditions. All runners therefore need to be prepared to run with full FRA kit which comprises:

Waterproof whole body cover (with taped seams and integrated attached hood), hat, gloves, map of the route, compass, whistle and emergency food. 
Best practice is to carry FRA Mandatory Minimum Kit, but specific requirements are at the Race Organiser’s discretion on the day.
All competitors should be aware and adhere to the FRA runners’ rules which are available on the FRA website  http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/ . These will also be available at the race.
The weather forecast for the race will be displayed on the day. A map of the route will be displayed on the day but is also currently displayed on the website. A copy of the FRA event check list will be displayed on the day. A hypothermia leaflet will be displayed on the day. Please be aware of the potential dangers of hypothermia.

3. REGISTRATION

Registration is by the start at the church, in the adjacent church rooms. St Anne's Church, 1 Church Street, Baslow, DE45 1RY. Look for the signs around the church gounds. Registration is opening at 8:30 am and closing at 9:30 am sharp. There is NO on the day entry note. We will operate a 1 way system for runners to register, get their number, then race chip and bag drop. There are limited toilet facilities.

Runners will then assemble for a briefing at 9:50am with the race starting at 10am. All addresses, maps and postcodes are on the website. We anticipate that the first runners will return within the hour (50 mins course record!) and the prize-giving ceremony is planned for circa 11:45 am. There are no cut-off times for the race to encourage as many participants as possible to give it a go.

If you can't run then please cancel your entry asap so we can give your place to someone on the long waiting list. You can do this yourself by amending your entry via the website and either cancelling yourself or deferring (at no cost) to 2022. Or you can email us race@baslowbolt.com but it's easier if you can do it yourself!

The race finishes up at Baslow St Annes School, a short distance away.

FINISH:
Your timing chip will record your race time as you cross the finish mat. Please put on your face mask / covering immediately after finishing, and use the hand sanitiser made available.
Take off your timing chip and place it in the bucket provided. Don't hang about but head back down to the start for the cakes!
After race refreshments are back at the church rooms at the start. Every runner will get a free tea/ coffee and choice of delicious, mainly home made PTA cakes! There will also be hot soup available for purchase so bring some change (cash only sorry) if you might fancy some soup. Any family/ friends/ spectators will be able to buy refreshments as well for cash if they need sustenance (all proceeds from the race & refreshments to the school PTA).

4. PARKING

Please see the website parking & transport page for full information including a map on on street parking. We advocate the use of public transport, cycling and car sharing to reduce the demand for parking. Pay and display parking is available at the Car Park in Church Lane, as is on-street parking throughout the village.

See RaceLifts.org Baslow Bolt page for more car sharing information- share a car where you can please.

Note also that the Chatsworth Christmas market is currently running, so the village will be really busy on Saturday. We therefore advise all ruiners to arrive early for registration, to beat the rush and secure parking.

There is adequate parking in the Baslow Pay and Display car park (DE45 1SR). Parking is also available on residential roads in the village (see map on Baslow Bolt website). Please park considerately for local residents.

We have been advised that parking wardens may be patrolling the village this weekend, so please avoid any illegal parking or you may be fined.

5. THE ROUTE

The route is fully marked and marshals are at key points on the route.  A map of the route is on the Baslow Bolt website. Please note the minor change to the 2020 route. The route this year does not go along Baslow Edge, but follows the Bridle Path directly from Curbar Gap past the Eagle Stone to the top of Bar Road. This change relates to Covid Restrictions on land permissions but should not affect the quality of the running experience for participants!

There is also a bad weather route which cuts under Baslow Edge which can be implemented if weather conditions and visibility poor and dangerous.

6. Prizes 

Each finisher will get a race time and position posted on-line later asap. This year we have 6 age categories (open V40 v50 v60 v60 & v70) with prizes for both male and female winners. Plus fastest local male & female. So 14 prizes in all! We've got some pretty good prizes courtesy of our sponsors that include Chatsworth, Accelerate, Bakewell Physio Group etc!

Updates regarding the race can be found on the website and on our Facebook Baslow Bolt page and also on twitter @baslowbolt.

See you on 27/11!

Richard Conroy and David Elphick (& team)
Race Organisers
Baslow Bolt