Runner information – Woodbridge round-the-town races 2022

The 40th annual Woodbridge Round-the-Town Charity races will be held in 2022 on Sunday 8th May 2022. The races follow an undulating course through the streets of Woodbridge that brings the whole town out onto the streets and support the runners. 

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.

If you have any questions about the race not answered here, you might find what you are looking for in our Woodbridge 10K FAQ.

Charities

Over the 40 years the race has been run, over £100,000 has been raised for local charities. The beneficiary charities are selected each year by club members at the AGM. This year’s beneficiary charities are:

  1. Jetty Lane: Community, youth and arts centre in Woodbridge
  2. Seckford Almhouses chapel: Renovation of this historic building, providing disabled access
  3. Project 21: A charity changing the lives of people with Down’s Syndrome in East Anglia
  4. 4yp: Suffolk Young People’s Health Project
  5. Motor Neuron Disease Association: Improving care and support for people with MND

Sponsors

The races could not be held without the generosity of our sponsors, listed below:

AdnamsAirborne FitAmarinth
Anderson GroupBarker GoteleeBarretts of Woodbridge
BDK – MedicalBrafe Engineering LtdChapel Properties
Cornerstone Residential Estate AgentsEast Coast AdventuresEast of England Co-op
Fenn WrightGiles GroupGilmour Piper
Gressingham Foods Howard ConstructionNotcutts
Pinfold & CoThe Cherry TreeThe Galley
King’s Head WoodbridgeWoodbridge Complementary Health CentreWoodbridge School

Covid

For all runners or spectators – if you have any symptoms of covid or have tested positive please do not attend the event.  Runners are advised not to run if they have tested positive for covid or had covid symptoms in the 2 weeks preceding the race.

Race Enquiries

There will be a gazebo at Woodbridge School if you have any questions on the day or have any issues with race numbers. 

Race Numbers

Numbers will be provided for both the 10km and junior races and will be posted out in advance, so will not need to be collected prior to the start of the race.

Please fill in requested information on the back of your race bib in case of a medical emergency.

If your race number does not arrive please go to the race enquiries gazebo at least and hour before the race on race day.

Transfers

The window for transfers has now closed as we have had to send the order for the race bibs to the printers.

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 here.

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 and will fill up, 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 arrive before 11.30am to ensure time to assemble at the starting line and beat the carpark filling up.

Facilities

Portable toilets are available in the carpark at Woodbridge School. There are no secure storage facilities, school buildings are closed.

Start Details

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 11:45am so that they are ready to move to the start line immediately 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.

Race Details

Run under UKA rules, UKA License Number 2022-42876.

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. 270 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 Market Hill.

For both races the finish line will be outside the Shire Hall on Market Hall, which is also the location of the Race Headquarters.

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. Road 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.

Safety

Beware of dehydration, especially if it is a warm day, and drink plenty before the race. 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. Your race number should be attached to the front of your running vest using pins and be visible at all times.

What should you do if you encounter an issue on the course?

If you feel unwell or are injured on the course, please alert the nearest marshal who will make contact with race officials at Market Hill and a first aider will come out to you. Similarly if you see another runner obviously in difficulty and who is unable to make their own way to a marshal please do let a marshal know on their behalf.

What should I do if I have to pull out during the race?

If you do need to pull out of the race, please do let a marshal or a race official at Market Hill know. In this event, please do not go near the finish line as your timing tag may inadvertently be registered and create erroneous results. 

 Water Stations

This year there will be one water station on the 10k route at the Duke of York, but for the junior route there is only water at the finish.

Both the 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.

 Timing and Results

Both the 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.

T-shirts

If you purchased a race Tshirt this will be available to collect near the finish area at Market Hill after you finish the race.

Awards and Prizes

  • Presentations will be made at around 1:15pm outside the Shire Hall on Market Hill. In the 10km race, the following trophies and prizes are awarded. Trophy winners will be photographed with the ‘actual’ trophy but will only take home a smaller keepsake.

    Trophies and cash prizes to the first (£75), second (£50) and third (£25) placed male and female finishers.

    1. 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)
    2. 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)
    3. Cash prizes of £20 to the first male and first female finishers over 40 (unless already awarded an overall 1st/2nd/3rd race prize)
    4. Trophies to the first affiliated team (based on the aggregate time of the first three runners)
    5. Trophies to the first sponsor team (based on the aggregate time of the first three runners)

    The following enduring trophies are also awarded:

    1. Founders Cup (in memory of the late JJ Johnson) to the fastest unaffiliated runner from Woodbridge and its adjoining parishes.
    2. Mick Witham Memorial Trophy for the first over 50 unaffiliated male.
    3. Cherry James Memorial Trophy for the first female aged between 40 and 44 inclusive.
    4. 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 we will attempt to present approx. 12:45 depending on result availability, medals are given to:

    1. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd placed runners in the B7-8, B9, B10-11, B12-13 and B14-15 age categories
    2. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd placed runners in the G7-8, G9, G10-11, G12-13 and G14-15 age categories

Contacts

If you have any questions about the 2022 Woodbridge Round-the-Town Races, then please email entries@woodbridgeshufflers.org.uk