7.5.16 Trial of a minor course change and new recommended pre run meeting place

A wonderful increase in use of the Racecourse sports pitches means we are having to consider an adjustment to our finish. This afternoon, Szabolcs and I made use of the beautiful weather to do an inspection and consider any new risks.

Finish: This Saturday 7.5.16 we will try a new finish, it will be a little further on up the path than you are currently used to, then off to the RIGHT by the grass courts.

The course hazards/ obstacles for the finish remain the same: trees, lamp posts, benches and bins at the sides of the paths and uneven ground as you run from path to grass just before the finish. We actually anticipate less metres on the grass which will lessen the current slip risk on wet or muddy grass. The finish will be indicated by poles and tape as before.

The scanners will be easy to find on the grass just beyond the finish funnel and we would ask you to congregate there for your post run chat then take the most sensible route away from the park that does not cross any of the sports pitches or obstruct finishing runner- we suggest the path towards the Kettering Road and round.

We recommend you come a little earlier to inspect the new finish if you have concerns.

Start: In moving the finish we will have to move the start forward by an equal distance. The course obstacles/ hazards remain the same but you will be a little closer to the bin/ lamp on the left and the bench on the right. As usual, please take care of these as you will be running in a large group at this stage and may not have sight of them until the last moment. Again, we recommend you take a few moments this Saturday to re familiarise yourself with the environment.

We have a clear safe plan of the start and finish for this weekend; every time we make these adjustments we have to risk assess. We welcome your feedback but any changes suggested can only be considered with some time and thought.

When we have a firm decision on any course changes, we will get the course re measured and changed on our website.

Pre run: We are such a large group now that we will be encouraging parkrunners to meet on the basketball courts (if they are not in use) or stay on the grass just around them so we are not blocking any paths for other park users.

Happy, safe and sunny running to all.