Hi all. I'm pleased to announce entries for the Desborough 10k will open this Friday 29th March. West Lodge and myself have worked closely on ways to improve the event from previous years. This will be race number 2 in a new series. The Desborough 10k will remain the same, start time 7.30pm and the 1st 150 entries or June 1st (whichever is the sooner) will receive a quality Tech race T Shirt as well as race medal for every finisher. Due to struggling in previous years to get enough volunteers to marshal the 2k and 5k safely we have decided to make some big changes. The 5k will now be part of the 10k course and start later at 7.15pm. The 2k start time will remain the same at 6.15pm and the course will now change to a 1 lap. As the 2k and 5k has grown significantly & have previously been very popular. It has been extremely challenging to control large numbers of children (even with 7 volunteers at the finish line!)finishing across the line and through the funnel at the same time so I am introducing chip timing for both of these races like the 10k, guaranteeing a finish position and accurate time. I'm sure everyone will agree this is the best way forward.
Course Information The start/finish area is situated to the rear of registration and the Farm Park. We measured the course with 3 separate Garmin watches taking the average of the 3 to make this a Garmin measured course. There is an out lap of 0.9km before entering Lap 1. Please be aware this is a multi-terrain course and will have the pitfalls of one. It is mostly flat but there are one or two ruts in the ground with a ramp at approximately 0.85km from the start and narrow sections. These will be well marked so you should see these in advance. You then pass through the West Lodge Rural Centre grounds and through the beautiful Desborough countryside onto traffic free road. Turn right heading towards Desborough for 0.8 miles then turn right up Back Lane for a further 0.3 miles then right into the driveway of West Lodge. The 5km and water station will be at this point and then you take the right filter heading on to lap2. The final 400 metre section is also divided at this point and marshals will point you left towards the finish. In the event of a warm evening, extra water will then be available at the opposite end of the course.
West Lodge Rural Centre is well signposted from all directions, just follow the official brown road side information signs. If you are coming form further away then the postcode is NN14 2SH on Back Lane, Desborough. If you are arriving from the south take Junction 3 A14/A6 heading towards Market Harborough for 2 miles to a roundabout. Take the 2nd exit straight for 0.5 miles to another roundabout. At this point take the 2nd exit turning right signposted Desborough and Rothwell. Proceed 1 mile to another roundabout and take the 1st exit turning left, proceed 0.3 mile and take the 1st turn right. West Lodge is 0.3 mile on the left. If you are arriving from the east then head towards Corby on the A43. Go towards Corby town centre passing Tesco, then turn left at the KFC/Esso Garage and proceed on the A6014 passing 4 roundabouts and Morrisons supermarket before arriving at the A6003 roundabout. Take the 3rd exit (Desborough/Rothwell) and then take an immeadiate right signposted Pipewell and Desborough. Proceed for 2.5miles passing through the village of Pipewell before arriving at Desborough. West Lodge is signposted right just before you enter the town.
Looking for marshals If you live locally and have family or friends who are coming along to support you then please consider if they would like to play a role in making the race possible by being one of our marshals. In order to organise our 10k safely we need to ensure that we have marshals stationed around the course. Marshalling requires no knowledge of running or first aid, it basically involves responsible adults wearing a high visibility jacket, which we provide, and being prepared to use their own mobile phone so that incidents can be reported and assistance sent.
Marshals are asked to attend a short briefing before the race at 6.30pm in the Race HQ and will be given a particular section of the course to cover. Other than being vigilant and on-hand, marshals are free to shout, cheer and encourage runners as they would normally and for their help, each marshal will receive a goody bag! If you do know somebody who would like to be a marshal then please contact Sarah on 07735616186, message via the Facebook site or email email@example.com before Saturday 30th June so as we can have idea of the marshal numbers.
The picture on the right shows the timing chip tied within your shoes laces. If you've never used this system before then follow the instructions on the right or ask someone at registration who will be happy to help.