Greenway Challenge Runners Information
Sunday May 7th 2023, 9:00 am
ARC Permit No 23/0227
Thank you for entering the 2023 Greenway Challenge. Please read carefully through the following information.
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 4JN
IMPORTANT:- There is NO car parking at Race HQ
If possible, please run, walk, or cycle to the event, there is bike parking available at the farm. There is no car parking at race HQ, please use Spirella Building, Letchworth, SG6 4ET, which is a short walk to Standalone farm, Directions below and a google maps link HERE
Marshals will be available to direct you to the farm.
1. Walk north
2. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Icknield Way
3. Exit the roundabout onto Icknield Way
4. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Cowslip Hill
5. Exit the roundabout onto Cowslip Hill
6. Turn left onto Longmead
7. Turn left onto Wilbury Rd
8. Arrive at location: Standalone Farm
Make sure that you arrive in plenty of time. We encourage arriving at the farm by 8:00 for you to be able to pick up your event number in time. If you decide to park on side streets, then please be mindful of local residents.
Race Number Collection
Number pickup will only be available on the day, please pickup before 8:45 at race HQ. Numbers will be allocated on the day.
If you aren't able to run, there is no need to let us know. Unfortunately we can't offer refunds or deferrals for this race, you can however transfer your place to another runner in 2023's, please follow the link in your confirmation email.
Please wear your event number on the front of your running vest. The event organisers will not be held responsible for incorrect reporting of results if the event number is worn incorrectly. The race is Chip timed only.
Assembly, Start and Finish
Entrants are requested to warm up within the farm area and assemble in the start area at least 10 minutes prior to the start to listen to final race instructions. The event will start at 9:00 prompt. The finish is also within the Standalone farm area.
Toilets are available but since we are based at a working farm there are unfortunately no changing or showering facilities. A small baggage area will be provided.
You are responsible for your own safety on this course. Please cross any roads carefully and stay on footpaths wherever possible. There are race marshals positioned at critical safety points on the course (i.e. road crossings) but the marshals have no powers to stop traffic for you. Most of the course is traffic free but if you are running alongside a road, you must stay on the pavement. Failing to comply with these instructions will result in disqualification. For safety reasons, please refrain from wearing headphones of any type during the race.
Event Sustainability - Medals & T Shirts
We don't give out medals or t-shirts to finishers of the Greenway Challenge. This is to ensure that our impact on the environment is low as possible by not introducing new items into the world that aren't needed. Don't worry though, your Half Marathon is timed and results are posted online, our famous cakes will be available at the end of the race, alongside the feeling of having completed a half marathon! No goody at the end of the race also means we can donate more to our NHRR charity after the race.
We are also doing other things to ensure our race is as sustainable as possible, as a club we have invested in reusable cups to reduce our reliance on single use plastic, we are using reusable tape, or bunting where we can, the numbers provided by our timing partner are reusable, we have replaced our petrol-guzzling blow up arch by a gantry and we also encourage car sharing, walking or cycling to our event.
Entertainment and Refreshments
Standalone is a working farm and is open to the public on race day. Event entrants, friends and family can visit the farm café free of charge. However, if you wish to enter the farm itself then you must pay the entrance fee. The start and finish area are not within the area of the farm where an entrance fee is required. A farm shop is located on the premises where you can purchase refreshments, toys and gifts.
Greenway Challenge Course Description
The course is clockwise around the Letchworth Garden City Greenway. Please note that this is a self-guided event and marshals will not be present at all junctions and turnings. A route description and map is available on www.greenwaychallenge.org.uk. Please print a copy of the instructions and map if you need it.
Click here for a downloadable .GPX file of the route.
There will be 2 water stations at 5.8 and 10.5 miles. If the weather is warm, bring along your own water to take with you on the course.
Hearts Medical will be in attendance on the Farm. If you have any medical conditions, please mark your race number with a cross in the left-hand corner and write details of your condition and an emergency contact number on the back.
Thanks to our chip timing partner, race results will be updated live here as they happen https://my.raceresult.com/232371/results
After the race
There will be cake and refreshments available after the race.
Thanks to Standalone Farm and the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation for their continued support.
A donation will be made to this years club charity more details of which can be found on Club Charity (nhrr.org.uk)
Looking for another challenge?
You might like to enter this years standalone 10km race see www.standalone10k.org.uk for more info. Or come and join us on the first Saturday of every month for a friendly 5km race around Norton Common, see FSOTM - Free 5km Race (nhrr.org.uk)
Enjoyed today’s event?
Looking to make new running friends and meet like-minded people? Why not come along to North Herts Road Runners? We are a vibrant, friendly, sociable running club with around 250 members of all ages and abilities. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday, 7pm at Mrs Elizabeth Howard Memorial Hall, Norton Way South, Letchworth, SG6 1NX. We offer a wide range of running options, from coached sessions to gentle runs across the countryside. Our experienced coaches can advise you on your training from 5k to marathon and beyond and our members are happy to show you new running routes. I am sure you'd enjoy being a part of NHRR so just pop down and see us! Find out more about us on www.nhrr.org.uk.
We hope you have a successful and enjoyable race!
Race Director: Lindsay Cook