Sawtry 10

The 2024 Sawtry 10 is now open for entries!

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Route

The race will start at Sawtry Village Academy (PE28 5TQ) and loop round the quiet, gently undulating country roads passing Hamerton Zoo and Aversley and Archers Woods before heading back to finish the loop at SVA.

Entries

Entries will open early April 2024 with an early bird rate of affiliated £17 and unaffiliated £19 which were last years prices.  Early bird entries will finish at midnight on 2nd June 2024.  Book early so as to not miss out.

2024 prices will apply from 3rd June to 31st August 2024

There will be no entries available on the day, when entries are closed, they are closed.

Minimum age

17 years

Race Start Time

10am

Why enter our race?

*Commemorative finisher medals

*£50 cash prize for the male and female who set the course record

*Trophies for first, second and third placed male and female

*Lead & Tail Bikes

* Fully marshalled

* Chip timing

*Paramedic support

*Open to all with a 2.5 hour cut off

* Refreshments at start/finish area

*Changing facilities

*Actual loos, not portaloos

*Ample free local parking

*Bag drop

*Early start option for slower racers

Go on… press that button… you know you want to!

 

SWTR would like to thank:

Thanks to all our sponsors, especially our ongoing lead sponsor John Green Premier!

Sawtry Village Academy and Sawtry Academy Leisure Leisure for the kind use of their facilities!

CARESCO for feeding and watering nearly 100 volunteers so early in the morning and for providing refreshments throughout the day!

Our volunteers, the race couldn’t happen with out you!

Our race committee for volunteering so much time to organise the whole race! 

The Sawtry community for their ongoing support of our race!

 

FAQs below 

 

FAQs

Where is the race?

The race headquarters is at Sawtry Village Academy, Fen Lane, Sawtry, Huntingdon Cambridgeshire PE28 5TQ (Entrance ///What3words: ///galloped.tummy.badge).  

The race starts on the school field at 10am. There will be a safety briefing at around 9.50am. 

Where can I park? 

The school car park will be closed as runners will be leaving and returning from that car park entrance.

Please do not park in the village.  A grassed car park off Bill Hall Way on the edge of the village (///What3words address is ///magazine.insects.plump). It is easy to find and it will be marshalled. The car park will open from just after 8. Please allow 10 minutes to walk from the car park to the school.

Disabled parking is available in the Old School Hall car park on Green End Road ///What3words: ///riverside.stacks.simply.  If you are not disabled, please do not use this car park as it will be used by those working and attending Sawtry Academy Leisure who kindly allow us to invade their space and that of the adjoining school for our Race HQ.

We encourage runners to car share and to arrive in plenty of time. 

When will I get my race bib?

You will receive an email with your race number in the week leading up to the race.

You can collect your race number from The Greystones Pub in Sawtry (one of our sponsors) between 12 and 2pm on Saturday 7th September.

On race day, collection will be from the race HQ (which will be signposted) from 8.30am. Please allow plenty of time in order to register, drop your bag off and warm up. 

What is the course like? 

The race is a one lap loop course. 

It starts on the school field and heads out of the school car park, left onto Fen Lane and down to The Green.  You will run past The Greystones Pub to the left and straight up Gidding Road heading towards Hamerton.  Once in Hamerton, you will pass Hamerton Wildlife Centre then bear left onto Hamerton Road.  You will turn left off Hamerton Road, toward Coppingford having the pleasure of running down Coppingford Hill and passing both Aversely and Archers Woods.  You will then head back into the village up Green End Road turning right at The Greystones, up Fen Lane and back into the school for the finish on the field.

One road will be closed to cars near the start but that aside, it is all on open roads, so please take appropriate care. There are marshals and ‘Caution Runner’ signs out on the course. 

Please note at around mile 9 there is a crossing point. This is where the EA Course Measurer has made an official mark for runners to cross over the road. It will be clearly marked and marshalled. Please keep to the left until you reach this point. There will be 2 Lead bikes and a Tail bike. 

Some of the surfaces will be uneven, particularly within the school at the start/finish area. 

Overall elevation is approximately 360ft.

What are the course records?

2023 saw new course records.  The female course record was set by Lucy Mapp at 1.01 and the male course record at 53.21 by David Hudson.

How many runners will there be?

Our license is for 450. We had 250+ runners last year. 

What is the minimum age to enter?

In accordance with England Athletics rules, minimum age on race day is 17.  All under 18’s must have the permission of a parent or guardian.

What facilities will be available at race headquarters?

Toilets (including disabled toilets)

A supervised bag drop off

First aid provision.

Food and refreshments will be on sale, provided by local charity CARESCO.

There are no shower facilities unless you are a member of Sawtry Academy Leisure in which case you can use the gym facilities.

Will there be an official photographer?

There will be an finish line photos and an official photographer out on the course, remember to smile

Where are the toilets?

There are unisex toilets in the school refectory near race registration and bag drop. If this area is busy, you can use the toilets in Sawtry Academy Leisure. There are also disabled toilets in the CARESCO centre where you will also find pre and post race refreshments. 

Where should I attach my race number?

Please attach your race number to the front of your running top or vest using safety pins or clips, securing it on in all four corners. 

Please don’t attach your race number to the back of your running top or vest. 

Affiliated runners must wear their club vest. 

Safety pins will be available in the registration area if you forget to bring some.

Is the course measured accurately and licenced?

The course is officially measured and licensed.  Our Certificate of Course Accuracy will be displayed at the race HQ along with the Course Measurement Summary, insurance and our UKA race licence: number (pending). There will be a UK Athletics adjudicator at the event.

Are the roads closed?

There will be a partial road closure and diversion in the village of Sawtry but runners will be on open roads once they leave the school grounds. Please can all runners use the highway code and be courteous to other road users along the route.  Marshals will be on the course supporting every runner and will not leave the course until our tail bike has passed them.  Local residents are well informed of the event and the road closures. 

Will there be water stations?

There will be three water stations on the course at approximately 3 miles, 5.5 miles and 7.5 miles.

Water is provided in recyclable plastic bottles. Please be mindful of the environment when throwing these and use the bins provided after each water station please. Please do not throw any rubbish into bushes or where they may not get seen by the post-race litter pickers.

Can I wear my headphones and listen to music?

No.  It is against UKA rules to run in a road race with headphones or other similar devices (unless worn for a medical reason).  You will not be able to hear other runners, instructions from marshals, traffic on open roads and it is unfair on other runners.  If you wear headphones or other similar devices you run the risk of being disqualified from other road races.  Bone conductors however, are allowed under UKA rules. 

What if I feel ill or get injured on the course?

Please flag the nearest marshal or ask a fellow runner to inform the next available marshal. All marshals have direct access to our medical team who will be called out to treat you if necessary. The medical team are Rutland Medical and will have people at Race HQ and a vehicle to be able to reach anyone quickly out on the course. 

What prizes are available?

All finishers will receive a medal. 

£50 cash for setting the course record (female & male). 

Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd  placed male and female.

Bonus prize for the 50th placed (chip timed) runner. 

Further race day prizes to be announced once we hit 250 entrants.

One prize per person.

Is there an early start option?

Runners who expect to finish between 2.15 and 2.30 have the option of an early start. This is not speedier runners who fancy an early start. Please email thesawtry10@gmail.com if you would like to book yourself an early start.  We encourage runners of all ability and pace.

Is the Sawtry 10 Mile part of the Cambs Road League?   

Yes, this race is one of the Cambs Road League races. 

Other CRL races for the year are:

Thorney 10k – 24th March 2024

Cambourne 10k – 14th April 2024

Eye 10k – 12th May 2024

Peterborough 5k series race 1 – date TBC

Peterborough 5k series race 2 – date TBC 

Fenland 10 mile 27th October 2024

The Cambs AA Road League rules are as follows:-

Open to first-claim members of clubs affiliated to Cambridgeshire AA.

Runners must represent their first-claim club.

Best individual results from five out of the eight races to count.

Overall points are awarded to the first 30 men, first 30 women, top 10 M40, top 10 M50, top 10 M60, top 10 W35, top 10 W45 and top 10 W55.

In each race, teams score three runners to count with the lowest total winning.  10 points are awarded for the first down to 1pt for 10th.

If maximum points are achieved, the winning team would score 80 points, winning individual 150 points and winning vets 50 points.

If you are a member of a club affiliated to Cambridgeshire AA and have entered our race as a member of that club, your results will automatically be included in the Cambs AA Road League.

Results

Results will be available from Sublime Timing after the race. Your race bib will have a QR code to link to your result. 

Race policy on refunds

As we hope any runner will appreciate, putting on a successful and compliant race requires a lot of work and upfront financial commitment. As such, like many other races we do not offer refunds or deferrals, but we will transfer your place to another runner if advised by 17th August 2024. If the race can’t go ahead for reasons beyond our control, the entries will be carried over to a rescheduled event. 

Can I give feedback on the race?

Absolutely.  Good, bad, ugly, we are happy to hear it. We think we have done a great job so far, but there is always room for improvement so we are very happy to hear your thoughts about any aspect of the race at thesawtry10@gmail.com

Additional information

UKA Rules for Competition will apply.

Dogs, buggies, nordic poles and unauthorised bicycles are not permitted on the course. 

Please take your litter home with your or dispose in the bins provided, not out on the course.

The UKA road licence number is,  2023-45492

 

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