12 May 2019
The Marlow 5 has been an established event in the town since 1984. For the first few years of its existence it started and finished at the Marlow Football Club ground in Oaktree Road, rather than in Higginson Park, as it does now. When it moved to Higginson Park, it quickly became a very popular event, not least because it is a virtually flat course with glimpses of the beautiful River Thames, the majestic Marlow bridge and the picturesque lock. In fact it is so popular that, for the second year in a row, the Marlow 5 has been chosen by the Berkshire County AA as its 5 mile championship. Handy Cross Runners and their team of Marshalls look forward to welcoming you to this iconic event on May 12th 2019.
Prizes Prizes will be awarded as soon as possible after the race Individual 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female 1st and 2nd male and female aged 40 to 49 1st male and female aged 50 to 59 1st male and female aged 60 to 691st male and female aged over 70 1st male and female junior aged under 18 Team 1st male and female Athletic Club (4 to score) 1st Sports and Social Club (4 to score) 1st Company Team (4 to score)
The Course One of the only 5-mile events put on in the local area of this nature, it’s a real privilege for us to be able to host this event. Starting and finishing in the beautiful Higginson Park, it is fast and flat around the streets of Marlow and ideal for an attempt on your personal best. All roads including Marlow Bridge are officially closed for the duration of the race. A Grant & Stone vehicle will lead the race and there will be a sweep marshal. We ask that you please listen and follow the instructions of the race marshals and any police but remember that at all times you are responsible for your own safety and well-being. Slower runners may be asked to use the pavements rather than the road.The Race RouteThe course starts in Higginson Park and leaves via the main gates, turning left up the High Street, turning right into Spittal Street on into Chapel Street and turning right into Glade Road and then right into Station Road, left into Mill Road and onto Gossmore Road, left into Riverpark Drive, right into Lock Road and right into Station Approach, through the industrial estate and right into Field House Lane, left into Parkway, left at the roundabout into Little Marlow Road, then left at the next roundabout into Wiltshire Road, right into Gunthorpe Road and through into Westhorpe Road, left into Newtown Road, right into Dedmere Road, left into Lock Road, right into Mill Road, left into Station Road, across the mini roundabouts and back into to the park to finish. Water will be available at the finish and about half way around the course
Before the StartWe will be accepting a limited number of entries on the day, up until 9.00am, subject to the entry limit. However, entries on the day will not be eligible for team prizes. There are toilet facilities within Higginson Park and these will be supplemented by portable toilets. Please don’t use the toilet facilities in Court Garden Leisure Complex. Unfortunately, no changing facilities are available but there will be Grant & Stone baggage vans available for runners to leave their personal belongings. These vans will be numbered up so please leave your bags in a van according to your race number. All belongings are left at your own risk. Race Number You will need to collect your race number from the Information Tent in Higginson Park on the morning of the race. The tent will be open from 8 a.m. The number should be pinned to the front of your vest or T shirt ensuring that the pins are positioned at each corner. Please ensure you fill in the Health & Safety information and any medical conditions you have. You must not transfer your number to anyone else. The StartYou should assemble in Higginson Park at least 15 minutes before the start of the race which will be at 9.30 am sharp, whether you are there or not. Please line up in accordance with your anticipated finishing times which will be found on posts adjacent to the start. For those of you who wish to take part, there will be a warm-up led by a representative from Anytime Fitness Loudwater to help get you in the mood and hopefully aid the prevention of any pulls or strains.
Car ParkingCar parking may be at a premium on race day so please car share if possible and do not park on the route as some of the roads are quite narrow. All car parks in Marlow are shown below but please be aware that there may be charges on the day, so remember to bring some change.
HeadphonesYou are reminded that, when you signed up for the race, you agreed not to use an MP3 players or an iPod or wear headphones whilst participating in the race. This is for your own safety, and the safety of others, because it is vital that your hearing is not impeded so that you will be able to follow instructions/warnings given by marshals and so that your senses can properly alert you to any dangers that may arise. A map of the route can be found below.
Volunteers can request to Marshall these events, to submit your interest fill in the form via the following link: http://handycrossrunners.co.uk/wordpress/request-to-marshal/
Running Buggies We are pleased to announce that, for the second year, we will be inviting running buggy competitors to take part in this year’s race. As last year, these competitors will start from the rear of the field.TimingThis year we are again using chip timing with the chip needing to be attached to your shoe laces. At the end you will need to wait whilst the chip is removed.ResultsRace results will be will be available on our website www.handycrossrunners.co.uk and on the website of Race Timing Solutions, racetimingsolutions.racetecresults.com, as soon as possible after the race.The Resolute CaféThere is a new café open in Higginson Park, The Resolute Café, which is run by Karl & Nina Shaw. On race day the café will be open from 7.30 a.m. for coffee/teas/cold drinks and pastries etc – please give them a try.