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The Concorde One Hour Race - Sunday 4th June 2023
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I have to wear a running number?
Your running number must be worn on your front and clearly visible throughout the event. We will also provide a second number to be worn on your back. We cannot guarantee you a result if you do not wear both of these numbers as specified. We need to record your time every lap so we must rely on being able to see your number - we cannot stop you and ask every lap! In distance events it is possible to confirm a runner's number after they have finished but that will not be possible in this lap-by-lap event.
The course has been measured and certified by the Association of UK Course Measurers. The measurement is made out for "10k" although the background detail will enable us to calculate any distance run in the one hour. Click on the logo to see the certificate.
For the first event, in 2022, the distance from the start line to the finish line on the first completed lap was 1078m and subsequent laps were 1487m in length. The start and finish lines was carefully positioned so that runners crossing the finish line for the seventh time had completed exactly 10km.
For 2023 we are hoping to set up the laps slightly differently, using cones to extend the length run, so that the first lap is exactly 1km in length and subsequent laps are exactly 1.5km in length. The finish line on the seventh lap will still represent 10k. It should prove much easier for participants to know what distance (in km) they have run.
How will the one hour distance be determined?
We will record your time every time you cross the finish line at the end of each lap. Your one hour distance will consist of the sum of:
Don't worry about this - we will perform the calculations for you! But for instance, if you run at a speed of exactly 7minute kilometers, you would cross the finish line for the 6th time (8.5km) at 0:59:00 so be allowed to proceed on to a further lap. Providing you kept the speed up you would cross the line for the 7th time (10km) at 1:10:00 and we would estimate your one hour distance as 8.5 + 1.5 x (01:00:00 - 0:59:30) / (1:10:00 - 0:59:30) = 8.571km . If you slowed down on the 7th lap, or didn't complete it, your distance would never be less than 8.5km.
I want to run 10km and get a 10km time
As the one hour distance example shows, provided you can maintain 7minute kilometer pace (35minutes for 5k) you will be able to complete the seventh lap and get a 10km time, though your one hour distance will be recorded as less than 10km.
What are the prizes and what age categories will there be?
The prize fund is being set at 10% of the pre-race day entry fee total. This will be split across age groups with sufficient participation. The decision on which age groups will have their own prizes, and how many, will be made a few days before the event taking into account the number of entries in each age group.
Who can take part?
The event is open to all competitors aged 16 and upwards competing on their feet, or in wheelchairs. Buggies are permitted but please take care. Runners with dogs are permitted but note a maximum of one dog per entrant, to use a short lead and those with dogs will not qualify for the prizes. Cycles and scooters are banned from the course other than if needed by marshals or first aiders.
We are inclusive of all members of the LGBT+ community and we welcome entrants as female, male or non-binary. The changing facilities consist of a male changing room and a female changing room, each with toilets.
Prizes will be given in the female and male foot categories only, unless there are sufficient entries in the wheelchair and/or non-binary categories to justify their own prizes.
Will there be a team competition with prizes?
No. With a maximum field size of fifty it is unlikely that there could be many teams entered. However to help us plan for next year's larger event we will monitor the combined results of teams of three with at least one of them being a lady. Teams need to be identified on the entry form with identical team names. For larger clubs and groups with more than three entrants we may communicate with you to form different teams (A, B etc.). This is not a relay - each member of the team has to get a one-hour distance and the three distances combined will be the total distance for the team.
How green is this event?
The medal is from the company Zero Waste Medals with the medal itself made in the UK from wood. The ribbon is satin with a plastic clip but any spare or unwanted ribbons can be returned to the company for reuse or recycling. Last year's unclaimed medals and ribbons have been recycled by the firm.
You are encouraged to bring your own water but additional water will be provided in plastic cups at the end of the lap. All used plastic cups will be collected from the course for potential recycling.
We ask you to dispose of rubbish responsibly and can confirm that the site will be cleared of all rubbish before we leave.
How Charitable is this event?
A minimum of £1 per participant will be given to the charity Dreamflight. In addition, any proceeds from the event will be donated to Dreamflight. Last year, although we only had 32 competitors, we donated £109 to Dreamflight.
What is the schedule?
Subject to change:
Concorde Race Results?
Results will be available from the following day on this webpage and by email to all entrants.
The Concorde Road Race is British Airways Athletics Club's most important annually organised race. From 2013 to 2018 it was a five mile race. For results from previous years of the Concorde Race see Concorde Five.
I have a question which isn't answered here
Please email it to us at Concorde@barunner.org.uk