RACE DAY INFORMATION - Strathearn Marathon 2021
Preparations are nearly complete for the 2021 Strathearn Marathon on Sunday, 6thJune. Because of Covid it will be different from previous years, so this is a brief reminder of the race arrangements.
See also: Strathearn Marathon 2021 Start List
Further FAQs: Strathearn Marathon FAQs
And Cultybraggan Camp Rough Map
Most importantly, YOU MUST STAY AT HOME IF YOU
- Live in a Level 3 or 4 area – because of Scottish Athletics rules we cannot let you take part in the race
- Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last14 days
- Have COVID-19 symptoms or are feeling unwell
- Have been overseas to a country on the quarantine list or exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- Or have been told to self-isolate as part of the contact tracing measures in place.
Covid precautions during the event
We’re following Scottish Athletics guidance on precautions to minimise COVID-related risks during the event. Principal elements of that are: minimum time spent by runners at start/finish venue, runners registering and starting in small waves or "bubbles", physical distancing at all times, no spectators, no prize-giving, no indoor procedures, and additional hygiene measures to ensure sanitation.
- You don’t need to wear or carry face covering for the race, but you are asked to observe national rules on social distancing before going to registration and after finishing the race. Once you have joined your race “bubble” at registration, physical distancing from other runners in your “bubble” is not required until after the race.
- You should wherever possible avoid mixing with runners from other ‘bubbles’ during the race.
- It is likely that you will pass/be passed by other runners so please give them a wide berth when this happens. There is plenty of space on the roads throughout the course, but be wary of any traffic at all times.
- If you use the toilet facilities at the camp, you should of course use the hand sanitising gel provided.
Race number and timing chip
- These have been sent out to you by post - please let us know if you have not received your number (by email to email@example.com)
- The timing chip attached to your race number is disposable, so you do not need to hand it in after the race.
- Please wear your race number on your front so that it can be clearly seen.
Arriving at Cultybraggan Camp
- Your start time – printed on the label of the envelope in which your race number arrived, and viewable on the Strathearn Harriers website - is when you will start the race together with your wave or “bubble” of other runners with similar predicted times. You should report to race registration 15 minutes before your start time, ready to run.
- So you should arrive at Cultybraggan prior to your start time, giving yourself enough time to park or be dropped off, use toilet facilities and prepare yourself ready to race.
- If you are late, make your presence known to the registration team when you arrive. If possible, they will re-allocate you to a slot in a later ‘bubble’.
- You should not come to the registration area before your allocated time. You should not congregate in the registration or race start areas prior to your registration time. We need to be strict about this to ensure no mixing of ‘bubbles’ at the start
Registration and race start
- Registration will be very simple – we’ll just make a note that you have turned up – so it should take no more than 5 minutes or so. We’ll ask you to stay in a registration holding area during that time.
- Thereafter you will be directed from registration to a final warm-up area until your start time. During that brief final warm-up period you will be able to make last-minute toilet visits or clothing drops if necessary, but as previously said, you should ideally come to registration ready to race.
- Your ‘bubble’ will start the race approximately 15 minutes after the previous one.
- We are using chip timing at the start and finish so your race time will be recorded when you cross the lines at start and finish.
- UKA / SA rules are that runners should not wear “in ear” headphones in races that take place on roads which are open to traffic, but “bone conduction” earphones are permitted.
Changing and personal belongings
- We are unable to offer indoor changing this year so please come to registration ready to run.
- We encourage all runners who are parked at Cultybraggan to leave all their belongings in their car.
- There will be an area where you can deposit clothing or a bag for collection after the race. Please note that items are left at your own risk, so avoid leaving any valuables.
- Under Covid restrictions we cannot allow spectators to congregate at Cultybraggan Camp.
- There is a specified drop-off location outside the camp where your family or friends can drop you off prior to your registration time, but they must not drive into the camp and will have to drive off again immediately after drop-off.
- Anyone coming to pick you up after the race should only arrive close to your anticipated finishing time. The location for pick-up is the race car park inside the camp, entering by the main entrance – marshals will provide direction. People picking you up must stay in their car.
- We encourage any visitors to make use of the facilities/attractions of the Strathearn area during the race.
- There are a number of points around the course where spectators can view runners safely.
Water stations and personalised drinks
- Water stations will be available at 3.5M, 7.5M, 10.5M, 13M, 15M, 18.5M, 21M, and 24M.
- Water will be provided in sealed bottles only. You should pick up a bottle from the table provided as marshals will NOT be handing bottles over to runners.
- Please dispose of your bottles in the bins provided a short distance along the road from each water station, or if that’s not possible drop them beside a race mile marker sign.
- Because of Covid restrictions we are unable to offer our usual personalised drinks service this year.
Dropping out of the race
- It is most important that you notify the nearest marshal that you have had to withdraw from the race as we need to account for all runners.
- Marshals can assist you if you need transport back to Cultybraggan or require first aid. Marshals are available at all road junctions and water stations.
At the finish
- Your race time will be recorded when you cross the finish line.
- Note that there will not be a big timing clock at the finish showing your race time as runners will have started at different times.
- Results will be posted online as soon as possible after the event (hopefully the same evening).
- Once you have crossed the finish line you can pick up your squirrel medal and goody bag from the tables provided. There will also be chairs if you need to sit down for a minute or two to recover from your efforts. These will be sanitised between each use.
- Once you have recovered we ask you to make your way to your car or the pick-up area to avoid a large congregation of runners around the finish area.
- Unfortunately, the rules prevent us from providing our usual selection of post-race sandwiches, cakes and drinks this year. Instead your goody bag will contain savoury snack and sweet snacks freshly prepared by local artisan bakery Wild Hearth, based at the Camp, plus a banana kindly donated by Tullybannocher cafe.
- There will be no formal prizegiving this year. Cash prizes will be posted to individuals by cheque as soon as possible after the race.
Special offer from Run and Become
- Run and Become, Edinburgh’s specialist running shop in Queensferry Street, have been long term supporters of the event.
- They are offering all entrants to the Strathearn Marathon and the Crieff 10km event a 10% discount on all full price running shoes, clothing and accessories.
- Simply mention your entry to the event when instore or use the code online (which will be emailed shortly) at checkout to receive your 10% discount.
Prizes will be awarded for:
1st 3 male and female runners
1st 2 male and female Vet 40 runners
1st 2 male and female Vet 50 runners
1st male and female Vet 60 runners
1st 2 male and female local runners
new course records - male and female
Results will be made available on the website as soon as possible after the completion of the race.
Find out more
For more information about the Strathearn Marathon, contact race organiser Cathy Tilbrook by emailing the club at firstname.lastname@example.org.