Race Information – Lee Valley VeloPark

LEE VALLEY VELOPARK KIDS RACE, 5K, 10K, 10 MILE & HALF MARATHON
Saturday 31st October 2020
Address: Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3AB

(PLEASE READ IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION BELOW)
EVENT VILLAGE OPEN @ 9:00 AM

Start Times:
10am – 10 mile (2:30 hour cut off)
10:30am – Half Marathon Wave 1 (2 hour cut off)
11am – Half Marathon Wave 2 (3 hour cut off)
12pm – 10k Wave 1 (60 minute cut off)
1pm – 10k Wave 2 (90 minute cut off)
2pm – 5k Wave 1 (45 minute cut off)
2pm – 1 Mile
Please listen closely to all marshal instructions and remember to keep a safe distance from the runners around you as you are guided to the start line.Please note: you will be set off in waves based on the estimated finish time entered at the checkout. 

As you will be aware our events have been modified to ensure we can adhere to social distancing and the guidelines issued by RunBritain and UK Sport. You can see the full guidance issues by RunBritain online HERE.Please familiarise yourself with the measures that will be in place at the event HERE.Thank you for your cooperation with the new regulations in place at the event, these are necessary to ensure a safe environment and mean that we can continue to provide race opportunities.

If you have been in an affected place, been in contact with someone with coronavirus or had any symptoms in the last 14 days please refrain from attending the race. For further guidance please visit the NHS website HERE.

Race Packs 

All race packs have been sent out in the post. If you do not receive your race pack before the end of the day on Friday 30th October please contact us at [email protected] to arrange a pack for collection.

Check your wave HERE.

You will not be able to run without a race number and chip.

NO CHIP MEANS NO TIME.

 

When you collect your race packs, please take a couple of minutes to fill out the brief runner Information form which can be found printed on the back of your bib. This will help us greatly in case of an emergency!

Race Start 

The colour of your race number will relate to the wave you are starting in. This has been determined by the estimated finish time given when signing up.

Within the event village you will see the start line and each start area marked out with a corresponding coloured sign. When arriving please familiarise yourself with your start area.

YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CHANGE WAVES.

The Event Village and Start Lines

The layout of the event village will be different to what you may have previously seen at the VeloPark. In order to create a larger space and ensure a safe environment for all runners and marshals the event village has moved to the front of the VeloPark and you will be guided to the start line in waves by our marshals ahead of each race.

See below an outline of the new event village:

See route to the start line:

Toilets

For this event we will use portaloos, rather than the usual toilets inside the building, which will be located next to the carpark. Lining up for these toilets will be socially distanced. If you live locally we recommend using toilets at home.

Hygiene Stations

There will be multiple hygiene stations around the event village and start/finish area for all participants to use throughout the event. These will have hand sanitiser, wipes, spray, tissue and bins for the disposal of any tissue or litter.

Baggage

There will no formal baggage drop within the event village. Please limit the number of belongings you bring to the event and if possible leave anything in a car or with friends during the race. This is in order to reduce contact between runners and staff.

During the race

The course is a closed off 1 mile loop. You will complete 3 laps for 5k, 6 for the 10k, 10 laps for the 10 mile and 13 for the half marathon. There will be plenty of marshals around the course and after the completion of your laps head under the blue inflatable arch to finish.

If you need to overtake on the course please be sure to take a wide berth around the runner in front.

Spitting and nasal clearance during the race is NOT permitted.

Spectators

Please be aware that due to social distancing and restrictions enforced upon us we ask that you do not bring any spectators with you to the event.

Refreshments

Please bring your own water to the event to avoid congestion on the course, there will be a very limited amount of water at the water station on course for Half Marathon runners. We recommend staying hydrated in the lead up to the event.

When discarding water bottles or gel packets on the course, please try to leave them near to the signs around the course

After the race

Do NOT stop within the finish area. Please continue through the finish until you pass the medals and are in an open space.

There will be sealed ACTIPH water bottles at the finish for each runner to collect along with your medal , Love Corn and Kind Snack bar which will be laid out on tables for you to help yourself.

We ask that once you have collected your medal and water to leave the event as soon as possible to avoid groups congregating within the event village.

Good Luck with the run on Saturday from Team ACTIPHACTIPH Water is the UK’s first alkaline ionised bottled water with the highest pH in Europe. Through a unique ionisation process, our purified spring water is infused with a blend of electrolytes and supercharged to create a smooth and clean tasting alkaline water with a pH9+. ACTIPH is the healthy choice as you restore and maintain your natural balance, enabling you to live life to the fullest and get the most out of every day. All ACTIPH bottles are 100% recyclable and BPA free including the cap and label which makes us unique to other bottled waters and we believe gives us a clear sustainability advantage. Please remember to recycle in a recycling bin after the race. Take your hydration to a higher level and grab a bottle of ACTIPH at the finish line.

KIND® is more than just a name. It’s a commitment: to making snack bars that don’t compromise. Just the very best ingredients. Full of wholesome nutrients. And always packed with flavour. They have kindly donated some of their delicious bars for you all to try after your race! To find out more about KIND and their products, head to their website HERE.  Please be aware this product contains nuts.

Love Corn have kindly provided some post race goodies for you all to try and can be collected from the finish line alongside water, bananas and of course flapjacks! To check out more of their product, see their website HERE.

Results

Results will be available on www.runthrough.co.uk after the race.

Pictures

We will have a photographer taking a few snaps of the race and they will be on Facebook after the race so be sure to check it out and see if you can spot yourself.

Travel

Address: Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3AB
VISIT VELOPARK WEBSITE HERE

Lee Valley VeloPark is situated at Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3AB.

We strongly recommend travelling by public transport to Lee Valley VeloPark, allowing plenty of time to get to the venue and please plan your journey ahead of your visit to check for any planned closures or engineering works.

By rail

Nearest station/tube: Stratford / Stratford International Lee Valley VeloPark is a 20-minute walk from both stations.
Stratford station is served by:

  • Underground: Jubilee and Central Lines
  • Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
  • National rail: Abellio Greater Anglia for services to Liverpool Street and Essex and East Anglia
  • London Overground services

Stratford International station is served by:

  • Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
  • National Rail: Southeastern High Speed 1 services to St Pancras International

Useful links:

By bus

Several bus routes connect to Stratford and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with the key routes being: 388, 308, 339, 97 and N205 which all stop near Lee Valley VeloPark.

TfL map of bus routes from Stratford East Village (bus stops W and X closest to Lee Valley VeloPark)

By taxi

If you wish to depart from Stratford or Stratford International using a taxi then Westfield Stratford City have the Stratford City Cars Taxi Lounge located outside Waitrose on the lower ground Floor (near car park A).
Black taxis are available from outside Stratford stations’ northern ticket hall which is located on the lower ground floor of Westfield Stratford City near Starbucks.

Alternatively, you can call these licensed cab numbers:

By car

Car parking at Lee Valley VeloPark is limited and we strongly advise travelling by public transport, however if travelling by car is essential we are situated 5 minutes from the A12 and blue badge holder spaces are available.

You will get 4 hours free parking, but you will need to ensure you put your car registration in the designated machine after your race. This machine is located in the finish tunnel, where you collect your post race goodies, please be sure to access this to avoid a fine.

Please follow the signs to the parking machines and follow the instructions on the machine, otherwise you will receive a fine. You can also park at Westfield next to the Stratford international train station.

By bike

There are cycle routes connecting Lee Valley VeloPark to local residential areas as well as the cycle routes through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The venue is close Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 1 and Barclays Cycle Superhighway CS2. Bike racks are available at the venue.

On foot

There are good pedestrian links to Lee Valley VeloPark from Westfield Stratford City, Hackney and Leyton.

Social Media

For updates leading up to the race, please check out our on Twitter @runthroughuk use the hashtag #Runthroughuk in the build-up to the race.

If you want to talk all things running before and after the event join our RunThroughUKChat group on Facebook.

If you #RunThroughUK on Instagram with your race day collages, the best ones will feature on our page!

​If you had any further questions please take a look at our COVID-19 specific FAQ’s page HERE or contact us by email at [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you there!

The RunThrough Team 🙂