Inverurie, Tuesday 17 March 2020
Over the last few weeks, the RG2020 Race Committee and the Garioch Sports Centre have been monitoring the situation with regard to COVID-19 and its potential impact on everyone involved in our event: runners, spectators, staff, volunteers and suppliers.
With the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community at the forefront of everything we do at RGHQ and the GSC, it was clear to us on Friday that the only responsible course of action for us to take was to postpone the event.
Quite simply, we need each and every one of our marshals, volunteers, medics, staff and support crew on race day, and in the current environment, that could not be taken for granted.
Guidance from both the UK and Scottish governments since our decision on Friday has confirmed that postponing the event was the correct course of action.
Bearing in mind other running events already in the local diary, and the availability of the GSC, key staff and suppliers, the new date for RG2020 will be Sunday, 13 September.
We hope that each and every one of you will be able to join us in September, but we also know that the date we have chosen may not suit everyone.
Due to the costs we have already incurred, and will be incurring because of the postponement, we regret that we will not be able to offer refunds or deferrals to our 2021 event.
We will, however, be allowing runners to transfer their own entries to the event to someone else, free of charge.
Transferring your entry is easy:
* The confirmation email you received when you signed up will have a link to your registration details and a password to access them. When you follow the link and enter the password, your own details will appear. Simply ‘overwrite’ your details with those of the person to whom you will be giving your race pack and save the entry.
* If you can’t find your confirmation email or have forgotten your password, follow this link https://www.entryhub.co.uk/entry/forgotten/269 to reset your details.
The system will be open for transfers until Monday, 31 August.
Transfers between races (from the 5k to the Half-Marathon, for example) are not allowed.
If you haven’t already made arrangements to transfer your entry to someone else, we’ve created a Facebook group to allow runners looking for places and runners offering places to connect with each other: https://www.facebook.com/groups/312602176364734/about/
Runners themselves are responsible for updating the entry system with any new details (as above) and for handing over their race packs to those taking their places.
If you are unable to effect a swap through the Facebook group or your own networks, please contact RGHQ (email@example.com) and we will put you in touch with someone on our waiting list.
As all our junior runs are organised by age group, some runners may have the ‘wrong bib’ for their ‘right age’ on race day.
Our timers have advised us that children should run in the correct race FOR THEIR AGE ON RACE DAY (CAT 1, ages 4, 5, 6; CAT 2, ages 7, 8, 9; CAT 3, ages 10, 11, 12) as the timing chip will place them in the correct category.
Any CAT 3 runner who turns 13 on or before race day will be sent a new 5k bib and t-shirt closer later in the year.
Your entry will be automatically transferred to the rescheduled event. Your bib and timing chip will work as normal. PLEASE KEEP YOUR RACE PACK SAFE UNTIL RACE DAY AND USE THE BIB AND CHIP ENCLOSED ON SUNDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER. Folded, bent, wet or damaged chips may malfunction and not record your time.
The funds Run Garioch raises for the non-profit Garioch Sports Centre are essential for its day-to-day operations. The Covid-19 pandemic will present it with many financial and logistical challenges in the weeks and months ahead.
We are very grateful to those runners unable to join us in September who we know have taken the view that their entry fees represent a donation to a local charity and essential community facility facing a considerable threat.
If you have any further questions or comments about any aspect of RG2020, please contact RGHQ directly.
Your race pack, including your event t-shirt, will be posted to you at the address you provided when you entered online.
Your bib will incorporate your timing chip and luggage tag, should you wish to check any baggage.
Please complete the emergency details on the back of your race number with a ballpoint pen.
On race day, fasten your number securely to the front of your top using the four pins provided – one at each corner, as per the instructions in the Event Programme.
It is a race requirement that your number be visible at all times.
Race numbers are non-transferrable. Anyone found to be running with someone else's bib will be removed from the results.
If your race pack does not arrive before race day, please check in at Race HQ well before your race is due to start. Please also bring a copy of your registration confirmation email and/or ID.
0905 eGroup 5k Call-up
0915 eGroup 5k Race
0945 eGroup 5k Prizegiving
1005 Bon Accord Glass Half Marathon Call-up
1015 Bon Accord Glass Half Marathon Race
1245 Bon Accord Glass Half Marathon Prizegiving
1010 Dandara 10k Call-up
1030 Dandara 10k Race
1215 Dandara 10k Prizegiving
1300 CP&Co. Junior Run Cat. 1 Girls - 600m (Ages 4, 5, 6)
1310 CP&Co. Junior Run Cat. 1 Boys – 600m (Ages 4, 5, 6)
1320 CP&Co. Junior Run Cat. 2 Girls – 1000m (Ages 7, 8, 9)
1330 CP&Co. Junior Run Cat. 2 Boys –1000m (Ages 7, 8, 9)
1345 CP&Co. Junior Run Cat. 3 Girls - 2000m (Ages 10, 11, 12)
1400 CP&Co. Junior Run Cat. 3 Boys – 2000m (Ages 10, 11, 12)
1445 CP&Co. Junior Run Prizegiving
Inverurie is approximately 16 miles northwest of Aberdeen on the A96. The nearest train station is Inverurie, on the Aberdeen to Inverness line. The nearest airport is Aberdeen Airport at Dyce.
Run Garioch is now a very big event. Some congestion in the local area will be inevitable on race day, but please help us keep it to a minimum.
If possible, walk as part of your race-day warm-up, use public transport or share lifts if you can.
If you have to drive to the event, please be aware that there is no direct road access to, or parking available at, the Garioch Sports Centre on race day.
The Strathburn Hotel, located across from the race start and finish at the Garioch Sports Centre, offers runners and spectators special rates for B&B accommodation over race weekend. Please contact them directly for more information or to book.
If you’re driving to the event we would encourage you NOT to enter Inverurie from the roundabout on the A96 near Morrisons.
Burghmuir Drive (the start and finish of the adult races) will be closed all day from the Strathburn Hotel up to the roundabout at Morrisons.
Burghmuir Circle will only be open for local access and VIP parking (but only via the Strathburn Hotel junction).
To ease congestion around Morrisons and Blackhall Road, we’ve introduced a Drop-Off Zone at Strathburn School, which is located at the back of the Garioch Sports Centre (sat-nav post code AB51 4RY) and is only a short walk from the start lines.
We’ve secured agreement from the Aberdeenshire Council Roads Depot, Tawse Tyres and Strathburn School to use their car parks on race day. Many thanks to them for their support. These carparks are all located in Harlaw Road (sat nav post code AB51 4TE ), which is a short warm-up jog away from the Sports Centre. There are also other public car parks located elsewhere in town.
Parking for our disabled athletes and spectators is available at the Strathburn Hotel on Burghmuir Drive. Many thanks to them for their support.
If you’re travelling from the North on the A96 please turn left at the Conglass junction (the left turn before the roundabout near Morrisons). This will take you down to the roundabout at the bottom of Burghmuir Drive.
To use the parking at Harlaw Road, turn left along the B9001 to Rothienorman and take the next right into Harlaw Road, where the car parks will be signposted and attended.
To reach the Drop-Off Zone at Strathburn School, proceed straight across the roundabout into North Street and proceed along to, then turn right into, Saphock Place, which leads up to Strathburn School where the Drop-Off Zone is located. On leaving Strathburn School there will be right-turns only into Strathburn Road. At the end of Strathburn Road turn left into Middlemuir Road and out on to Blackhall Road near the junction with North Street and West High Street.
If you’re travelling from the South on the A96 please enter Inverurie at the first roundabout (at the end of the dual carriageway), which will take you through Port Elphinstone and on to Inverurie Town Centre. At the end of the square in the Town Centre turn left into West High Street.
To use the parking at Harlaw Road, take the first right into Constitution Street, then along to the end and straight past Tesco into Harlaw Road. Proceed along Harlaw Road until you reach the car parks.
To use the parking at Gordon House, continue along West High Street and at the end turn left into Blackhall Road. Gordon House is on the left as you proceed up Blackhall Road.
To reach the Drop-Off Zone continue up West High Street and at the end turn right into North Street. Proceed along to and turn left into Saphock Place, which leads up to Strathburn School where the Drop-Off Zone is located. On leaving Strathburn School there will be right-turns only into Strathburn Road. At the end of Strathburn Road turn left into Middlemuir Road and out on to Blackhall Road near the junction with North Street and West High Street.
If you’re entering Inverurie on the B9001 from Rothienorman, the Harlaw Road parking is the first left after you enter Inverurie.
For the Drop-Off Zone, continue straight ahead until you come to the roundabout then turn left into North Street and proceed along to, and turn right into, Saphock Place, which leads up to Strathburn School where the Drop-Off Zone is located. On leaving Strathburn School there will be right-turns only into Strathburn Road. At the end of Strathburn Road turn left into Middlemuir Road and out on to Blackhall Road near the junction with North Street and West High Street.
If you’re coming from Oldmeldrum, take the new link road across to the Rothienorman Road (B9001) and follow the directions above from Rothienorman.
Enquiries regarding lost property and other general queries will be handled at Race HQ.
Volunteers from CLAN will be operating a secure baggage-storage facility in the Event Village.
The cost will be a donation to our partner charities.
Please use the luggage tag on your race number to check your baggage.
Toilets will be located in the Event Village. There will also be male and female changing areas in the Event Village in the lower carpark. There will be no access for runners to the toilets in the Reception or Gym areas of the GSC.
The Event Village will return for 2020.
Davidsons Butchers of Inverurie will be returning to Run Garioch to spark up the traditional race-day BBQ, with all profits to be returned to the Garioch Sports Centre. Fly Cup Catering of Inverurie will also be on hand, selling home bakes, soups and sandwiches in the catering marquee.
All adult races will start on Burghmuir Drive, outside the Garioch Sports Centre.
Volunteers from a variety of charities and service groups as well as private individuals will be acting as marshals on race day.
Please follow their instructions as well as any posted signs.
If you have the opportunity, please thank the marshals for their efforts – there would be no Run Garioch without them.
If you don't plan on running this year, but would still like to be part of Run Garioch 2020, please consider becoming a marshal. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You don’t need to have a number pinned to your chest to take part in Run Garioch! If you’re not running this year, please come out to cheer on your friends, family and neighbours. Here are a few of the best times and places to watch the action, but please bear in mind any road closures that may affect your travel.
All adult races will finish under the gantry on Burghmuir Drive.
All children's races finish under the gantry in the fields behind the Garioch Sports Centre.
Please ensure you run under the finish line gantry and through the funnel to record your final time.
The end of the race is under the gantry, not at the 'spotter' mats placed 20m in front.
Exit the funnel to receive your water, banana and medal. You can then exit the finish area, rejoin your family and friends and celebrate your achievement!
If you've signed up for a free result SMS from Sinclairs of Inverurie, you'll receive it within a short time of finishing.
Results will be available on the FRS website after the event.
First aiders from North East Services and Training will be available opposite the finish line and able to respond to any incidents during the event.
First Aid will also be available in the Garoch Sports Centre.
If you are not feeling fully fit on the day of the race, please do not run. There'll always be next year!
If you feel unwell during the race, please inform the closest available marshal. He or she will inform our medical support team so that they can assist appropriately.
Please ensure you are properly hydrated and come prepared for the extremes of weather. Our climate can be unpredictable It may be very warm and sunny, requiring sun cream or conversely very cold and wet requiring warm and dry clothing.
If the race needs to be cancelled on the day for any reason, the Race Director's decision will be announced on this website and Facebook by 0900 on Race Day.
Images from Run Garioch 2016 are available on www.pauldouglaspictures.com.