The 2021 summer cross country season is just about here, and Itchen Spitfires and Solent Running Sisters welcome you to our host race at Fleming Park in Eastleigh on Wednesday 21 July. The race will start promptly at 7.30pm. The race village area finish line will be close to the paddling pool on Fleming Park, just off Passfield Avenue and the start line is near the Nightingale Avenue end of the park. The race venue is at the old golf course ground and Dragon Fly Tail Park, Fleming Park, Eastleigh, Passfield Avenue SO50 9NJ.
Parking Parking is available at the Leisure Centre car park, although it is expected to be busy as there are classes and activities taking place in the leisure centre. There is also on-street parking on the streets nearby. Please park considerately, and car share where you feel comfortable to, or use public transport or cycle or walk / jog to the venue. Please do not park at the Pavilion on the Park car park.
Safety The race permits have been granted in line with Covid-19 protocols and whilst the regulations may change, the race organisers are still adhering to the information on which our licence was approved, we therefore ask:
• Attendees must not attend if they are unwell and / or have Covid-19 symptoms and /or are selfisolating;
• Attendees must observe hand hygiene – there will be sanitiser available at the race village and attendees should bring their own sanitiser and use it before and after the race and avoid unnecessarily touching objects and surfaces;
• Participation in the race is on the condition that competitors do not have symptoms / are awaiting test results / have been told to self-isolate;
• Whilst all precautions will be taken to minimise contact in the organisation of the event, competitors participate at their own risk.
• Attendees should minimise hand to hand transactions on site, such as shaking hands, and handing tickets / objects to people;
• Attendees should bring as few items as possible to the event, to avoid handling and storage of them;
• Where social distancing guidelines may still be in place these must be observed: such as keeping two metres apart and giving space to other competitors on the course and members of the public using the park; to minimise interactions with other participants and observe instructions from event marshals;
• For the race licence we had to set out a process for contact tracing if this is needed, therefore we ask that Clubs take some contact details including each competitors’ name, telephone number and In Case of Emergency details on the night and which can also be used for race results placing / processing.
The course is mostly on grassy track which does have some rabbit holes and deep divots. Any low hanging branches and tree roots will be marked with tape or flour or highlighted by marshals. At the top end of the course there is a short, steep downward hard surfaced slope with loose gravel and metal motorcycle barriers and is particularly hazardous and needs to be negotiated with caution. The race organisers have made some minor adjustments to the couple of very narrow pinch points on the route, to allow more space on the course. We ask to remain courteous to other runners when running through these parts of the course. As a result of having to squeeze several miles into a small area, the course has lots of tight turns and a busy junction where the route divides, please pay attention to the route markings and marshal instructions. The park is popular with dog walkers, cyclists and young people so please be mindful of this whilst running. Do not run on the gravel cycleway, unless directed to do so by the marshals.
Toilets There are no toilets available to participants for this race.
Water There will be water available at the end of the race, however, to reduce our environmental impact, it would be good if attendees can bring their own drink or re-useable cup.
We are looking forward to cheering you all on! Jamie & Rosie – Itchen Spitfires Jess & Danielle – Solent Running Sisters