The 36th annual Woodbridge Round-the-Town Charity races was held in 2017 on Sunday 14th May 2017. The races follow an undulating course through the streets of Woodbridge that brings the whole town out to line the streets and support the runners.
The races raise money for local charities and in 2016 £5000 was raised and shared between five charities. This year the races will support three charities:
- Riding for the Disabled
- St. Elizabeth Hospice
- Breast Cancer Now
The charities have been chosen by the family of Andrea McNally, who sadly died earlier this year. Andrea was a great sportswoman and a former Shuffler who worked tirelessly to share her enthusiasm for running.
The races could not be held without the generosity of our sponsors which for 2017 are:
On the day there are two races: a 10km race for runners aged 15 and over and also a junior 1.5km race for runners aged between 7 and 15 inclusive.
Entries to both races opened at 8am on Friday 10th March 2017 via the RunBritain website. The two races are extremely popular and the 10k filled within the hour and the junior race filled by the end of the afternoon! For this reason, there will be no entries available on the day there is also no waiting list in operation.
Entries for the 10km race will be £16 for Affiliated Runners (you will need your URN number when you submit your entry) and £19 for Unaffiliated Runners. Entries to the 1.5km junior race will be £6.
Once entered into the race, entry fees are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another runner or deferred to another year if you are no longer able to race.
In the situation that race organisers are forced to cancel the race due to unforeseen events beyond their control (for example, but not limited to: adverse weather conditions, crime scene investigation taking place, major road-traffic accident, police advice against staging mass participation events, etc) entry fees cannot be refunded. This is because most of the costs of staging the event are committed well before race day and these cannot be reclaimed by the club. Any surplus remaining will be donated to the selected charities.
Numbers will be provided for both the 10km and junior races and will not be posted out so will need to be collected prior to the start of the race.
Runners will have the opportunity to collect their numbers before the day of the race from Woodbridge Library on Tuesday 9th May between 6:30pm and 7:30pm. If you do collect your bib early please make sure that you don’t fold it as this can damage the timing chip and please remember to bring it with you on race day as we are unable to provide replacements.
Otherwise, numbers can be collected on the day of the race from Woodbridge School Hall anytime between 9:30am and 11:45am. Please look up your race number online or look at the boards in the entrance to the School Hall before coming to the desks to collect your number.
Please fill in requested information on the back of your race bib in case of a medical emergency.
Race Day Road Closures
In order to allow the races to take place safely, a number of roads will be closed during the race and a Road Closure Map is available.
Race Day Car Parking
Free race day car parking is available at Woodbridge School (off Burkitt Road, IP12 1EL and marked on the map below with a P symbol) although this is limited so please try to share lifts or walk where possible or use other public car parks within Woodbridge. Please do not park on nearby residential streets in such a way that will either inconvenience local residents or block the running route.
Please note that road closures will be in force in Woodbridge close to the start of the race so please try to arrive early, especially if you need to collect your number and get to the starting line.
Toilets and changing rooms are available at Woodbridge School and these facilities will open at 9:30am. There are no secure storage facilities, so any items left in the changing rooms will be at your own risk.
Pre and post race massage will be available from Gilmour Piper.
The start line for both races is on Burkitt Road outside of the Buttrums Mill car park near to the entrance of Woodbridge School. Any warm up exercises can be done in the nearby Woodbridge School grounds.
- The 10km race will start promptly at 12 noon, but please ensure you are at the start line by 11:55am to hear any last minute announcements.
- The 1.5km junior race will have a single start shortly after the 10km race has set off. However, junior runners should congregate at the junior run assembly area at around 11:40am so that they are ready to move to the start line after the 10km runners have departed.
Please note that if the weather is wet there is no shelter at or near the start line. If your child is in the junior race please have a good umbrella and warm clothing available for them before and after the race.
Run under UKA rules (License Number 2017-28200)
The 10km course (shown in red on the map below) consists of a short 600m section from the start line up to Market Hill and then consists of two laps through the streets of Woodbridge. Across the course there is around 83m of ascent (approx. 271 feet) so starting at a moderate pace is a good idea for most runners to leave enough in the tank for the later stages of the race.
The 1.5km junior course (shown in blue on the map below) follows the same route for the first 600m before heading down New Street and then onto the Thoroughfare and then up Church Street to finish back at Market Hill.
Both courses are entirely on road and marshals are around the course to direct runners. Please note that although some roads are entirely closed to traffic, others are only closed to traffic in one direction and others are fully open to traffic. Take care and be alert to motorists and please run on the left hand side of the road at all times. Roads closures are in place for 60 minutes after the start of the race and any runner wishing to continue after a road has been reopened will be required to run on the pavement for their own safety.
Beware of de-hydration, especially if it is a warm day, and drink plenty before the race and there are also four water stations on the course. Do not run if you feel unwell on the day.
Headphones (including bone skull ones) must not be worn during the race as these may impede the hearing of instructions from the marshals.
In the 10km race runners will pass official water stations four times during the race (at approx. 2.4km, 4.7km, 7km and 9.4km) and these will be based outside of the Duke of York pub before turning onto Ipswich Road and outside the Red Lion pub before turning onto the Thoroughfare. These official stations are both marked on the course map above with cup symbols. There may be other water stations on the course, but these are unofficial. Water in bottles will also be available at the finish line.
In the junior race, refreshments are only available at the end of the race.
The finish line will be outside the Shire Hall on Market Hall, which is also the location of the Race Headquarters.
All runners that complete the race will receive a t-shirt featuring an interesting and unique design for 2017. Various sizes are available and can be selected when you are making your race entry.
Timing and Results
Both junior run and 10km race are accurately timed using chip timing. The 10km race results will be based upon the gun time (the time taken from when the race is started to crossing the finish line), but chip times (the time taken to run from the start line to the finish line) will also be provided for information only. In the junior run, only gun times are published.
Provisional results will be posted on notice boards outside the Shire Hall on Market Hill as the race proceeds and via a link on our website as soon as possible after the race. The final results will be made available on our website within a week.
Awards and Prizes
The presentations to the charities will be made at 1pm on outside the Shire Hall on Market Hill, followed shortly after by the presentation of awards for the junior and 10km races.
In the 10km race, the following trophies and prizes are awarded:
- Trophies and cash prizes to the first (£50), second (£25) and third (£10) placed male and female finishers
- Trophies to the first placed runners in the M15-19, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65, M70 age categories (unless already awarded an overall 1st/2nd/3rd race prize)
- Trophies to the first placed runners in the F15-19, F40, F45, F50, F55, F60, F65 and F70 age categories (unless already awarded an overall 1st/2nd/3rd race prize)
- Cash prizes of £35 to the first male and first female finishers over 40
- Trophies to the first and second affiliated teams (based on the aggregate time of the team’s first three runners)
- Trophies to the first and second non-affiliated/sponsor teams (based on the aggregate time of the team’s first three runners)
The following enduring trophies are also awarded:
- JJ Award to the fastest unaffiliated runner from Woodbridge and adjoining parishes
- Mick Witham Memorial Trophy for the first over 50 unaffiliated male
- Cherry James Memorial Trophy for the first runner in the F40 age category
- Dick Dolan Awards for the fastest male and female teenagers
Additionally, there is a £150 cash prize for the winning male or female if they break the current 10km course records.
In the junior race, medals are given to:
- The first placed runners in the B7-8, B9, B10-11, B12-13 and B14-15 age categories
- The first placed runners in the G7-8, G9, G10-11, G12-13 and G14-15 age categories
If you have any questions or queries about the 2017 Woodbridge Round-the-Town Races then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous Years Results:
- 14th May 2017: Seniors, Juniors
- 15th May 2016: Seniors, Juniors
- 17th May 2015: Seniors, Juniors
- 18th May 2014: Seniors, Juniors
- 19th May 2013: Seniors, Juniors
- 20th May 2012: Seniors, Juniors
- 15th May 2011: Seniors
Current Course Records:
- Male: Aaron Scott – 31:19 (set in 2013)
- Female: Jennie Roberts – 37:06 (set in 2009)