Harry Hawkes Runners Information

Run under a UKA License

Arrival and Venue

The race HQ is at Giggs Green, Thames Ditton, Post code KT7 0BT. Both races start and finishe at this location. The race village is situated by the Thames Ditton Cricket Club, on the North West corner of the Green.

If you are local, please consider walking, jogging, cycling or getting a bus to the event. If you drive, see the by car section below.

By car

The start of the Race is close to the Thames Ditton Cricket Club in Giggs Hill Road on the West side of the Green. Giggs Hill Road confusingly also continues on the North side of the Green. Please DO NOT park on either branches of the road, or on Watts Road, which is effectively a straight line continuation of Giggs Hill Green (West side). These roads are narrow and parking causes serious congestion. Furthermore the race starts on Giggs Hill Green (West side) and continues up Watts Road, so cars parked here will be blocking the course.

Take the Portsmouth Road which runs straight from Kingston Town centre to the Scilly Isles in Esher (A307) Using a satnav enter Postcode KT7 0BT.

Car Park 1. CEB, 1 Atwell Place, Thames Ditton, KT7 0NE. Located just off the Portsmouth Road and is approx. 2 min walk form the race start. There are about 200 spaces available on a first come serve basis.

Car Park 2. Thames Ditton Library, Mercer Cl, Thames Ditton, KT7 0BS . There are 50 spaces and it is used very little on a Sunday, with no charges applying. When this area is full please continue to an alternative car park.

Car Park 3. Ashley Road car park, Thames Ditton, KT7 0NH. There are spaces for 66 cars and it is virtually unused on a Sunday morning. Again there are no charges on a Sunday. It is about a third of a mile to walk back to the start. There is a single automatic public toilet cubicle (cost 25p) in the car park.

Car Park 4. Hampton Court Station, Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, KT8 9AE. This is a large car park with plenty of spaces and costs just £2 for all day Sunday. It’s about 1.4 miles from the start, so allow 25 minutes to walk or 15 minutes to jog. A nice pre-race warm up!

By Train from London

There are currently no planned engineering works affecting local rail lines. However if you are travelling from central London and using the London Underground, please keep up to date with engineering works using the TFL website and make sure you check your route before travelling.
Waterloo to Thames Ditton. Trains depart Waterloo on Sundays at 06.57, 07.27 and 07.57 and arrive at Thames Ditton station 33 – 43 minutes later.  The station is 10 minutes’ walk from Giggs Hill Green. The 06.57 and 07.27 are the better trains to aim for as although the 07.57 should get you in to the station at 08.30, this is probably a bit tight if you are collecting your number or wish to register on the day.
Waterloo to Surbiton.  Trains depart Waterloo on Sundays at 06.57, 07.27, 7.40 and 07.57 with journey time of approx. 25 – 38 minutes. Surbiton station is 1.5m from Giggs Green and a K3 bus from Surbiton Station will take another 20 minutes.

By Bus

The K3 bus from Kingston via Surbiton Station runs to Thames Ditton. The service is less frequent on Sundays, however the first bus is at 7.54 from Kingston (or 8.01 from Surbiton Station). Get off at the Mayfield Close bus stop on Sugden Road and then walk up Angel Road which is just West on the opposite side to Mayfield Close. It is about half a mile (8 minutes) to the start.
There are various buses running on Sunday mornings to Hampton Court, which is a 30 minute walk from the start. For full details check London bus routes online.

Baggage

Baggage storage facilities are the Race HQ. The organisers cannot accept  responsibility for security and advise that competitors do not leave valuables in their bags.

Toilets

There will be plenty of portaloos provided at the Race Start and Finish on Giggs Hill Green.

Race Numbers

Please note that we are not sending numbers out in the post in advance. You are able to collect your number in advance of the race (advance collection info will be confirmed in due course), or from race registration on the day. If you are picking up your number on the day please arrive at least 1 hour early to allow time for this. Only the person who has entered the race should collect the race number.

It is permitted to transfer race numbers to another person, but this should only be done in advance through the Race registration service operated by Sport Systems. This is a condition for entering the race and is extremely important especially in the event of illness or an accident during the event. It may also affect the results, and may mean someone getting a prize to which they aren’t entitled.

Pin your race number on the FRONT of your running vest or ‘T’ shirt, where it is most visible for race officials. Runners who do not have a properly displayed number or are identified as running under the wrong name will be liable to disqualification.
Please complete the form on the back of your number with your name, contact details and any medical condition. This will help in the event of an accident or illness.

It is permitted to transfer race numbers to another person, but this should only be done in advance through the Race registration service operated by Sport Systems. This is a condition for entering the race and is extremely important especially in the event of illness or an accident during the event. It may also affect the results, and may mean someone getting a prize to which they aren’t entitled.

Pin your race number on the FRONT of your running vest or ‘T’ shirt, where it is most visible for race officials. Runners who do not have a properly displayed number or are identified as running under the wrong name will be liable to disqualification.
Please complete the form on the back of your number with your name, contact details and any medical condition. This will help in the event of an accident or illness.

Shoe Chip Timing

The shoe chip is secured by weaving it through your shoe lace; please follow the instructions in your race pack as to how to do this. Your chip will be detected as you cross the finish line and your time and race number will be recorded automatically. Results will be in finish position order. Personal chip times are for your information only.
Please make sure that you return your chip after finishing the race, otherwise you may not get a time!
There will be two times recorded for each runner. The first is what is called the Gun Time. It’s the official race time and is the time that the runner takes to complete the course from the time the gun was fired. The second is the Chip Time. This records the time that the runner actually takes from crossing the start line to crossing the finish line. The difference between the two times is the time elapsed from when the Starting signal sounds and the runner crosses the start line.
As far as the rules of athletics are concerned the Gun Time is the important time, and this is what the results and prizes are based on. The chip time though is important for the individual runner in assessing their performance in the race.

Course

Both courses have been accurately measured and have a certificate of course accuracy. It is a flat, mixed terrain course over public roads, with a section on a good surface towpath of approximately three miles, and approximately one mile on woodland paths.
No dogs, accompanying vehicles or cycles are allowed on the course (with the exception of the organisers lead and tail bikes).  We regret the course is not suitable for wheelchairs, prams or pushchairs. The course will be marked at each mile.

Entries

A maximum of 750 runners will be allowed on the day. We will accept entries on the day, unless the maximum entry figure is reached in advance and entries are closed

Fastest Times

The overall 10 mile course record is held by Andrew Maud of Clapham Chasers who ran a time of 0:52:41 in 2014 whilst the course record for women is held by Tish Jones of Belgrave Harriers who ran a time of 1:01:28 in 2013.

Finish

The finish is in the same place as the start on Giggs Hill Green.
The timing chip on your shoe will record your race time as you cross the line. Make certain that you run over the matting in the finish funnel, this will ensure that your chip is registered. Once you have crossed the finish line, don’t stop, keep moving to the end of the funnels; stay in the exact order in which you have finished. Please don’t get ahead of anyone in the finish funnels. This is very important for accurate timing and placing. If someone gets in front of you, politely ask them to go back, they may not only get your hard earned place and time, but they may also mess the whole results up.
On completion of the race, runners will be presented with their finishers medal, fruit and water.

First Aid

Professional first aid cover will be available at the race to provide medical support if necessary.

Medical Conditions

If you have a medical condition that will need consideration should you be taken ill, during the race, please write the details on the back of your race number. If you feel unwell before the race, or have not been well for a few days prior to the event, please do not start; remember there is always another year and another race.

Post race

On completion of the race, Thames Ditton Cricket club are organising a cash Barbeque, and the bar in the clubhouse will be open. Runners are encouraged to stay on and enjoy the post race atmosphere.

Prize Giving

Prize giving will take place on the Green, as soon as possible after the race. Individual prizewinners will qualify for one prize only.
The ‘higher prize’ will be given if a competitor wins more than one category, e.g. a vet 40 man who wins the race would get 1st male prize and the next vet 40 man would get the 1st men’s vet prize. If you think that you have won something please stay to collect it. It makes the event more enjoyable and prizes not claimed on the day will have to be collected from the organiser subsequent to the raceday.

All results and information will be posted on the Harry Hawkes website.

Prize List

Prize list will be updated soon.

Race Discipline and Rules

The route runs on public roads. Keep to the left of the road, pavement or path during the race. Take care when overtaking and make way for faster runners. If you need to stop or walk for any reason, please move to the side of the course, so as not to impede other runners. Instructions issued by the Race Marshals, who will be wearing fluorescent yellow bibs, MUST be obeyed. They will advise you of any hazards.
In line with UK Athletics rules the organisers prohibit the use of headphones during the race, as these may prevent you from hearing instructions from Marshals. (Please note the UKA do allow bone conducting headphones).
Any runner not complying with these rules is liable to disqualification. The Race Referee’s decision is final at all times. This advice is for your own safety and that of other road users. Without your co-operation it is not possible to hold a race on public roads.

The race will be held under a UK Athletics licence.

Start

All competitors should try to arrive at least one hour before the start to allow time to collect your race number and timing chip from Race HQ. You will also need time for warming up and lining up. The Start is on Giggs Hill Green.

The 8 mile race will start at 9.00 am.

The 10 mile race will start at 9.15 am.

Listen for the race marshals instructions to guide you to the start at the appropriate time.
Please be realistic about your expected performance, line up according to how fast you plan to run. Slower runners should move to the back of the group. The race cut off time will be 2 hours and 30 minutes for both distances.
Please pay attention to the pre-race instructions. These are for the benefit of all runners, and will help guide you through the course and keep you safe.This advice is for your own safety and that of other road users.
You must be certain to run over the matting at the start line to ensure that your chip is registered.

Team Entries

Team prizes will be awarded to the first Mens Team and the first Womens team.The first 4 Team members to finish score. If you are thinking of entering a team please ensure that when you enter you state the correct team name so that scoring points can be attributed correctly. The entries are all computerised and therefore different notations will be record differently . For example “The Stragglers Running Club” is different from “Stragglers”.

Water Stations

Water stations will be provided at the following points on the course:
•    Start / Finish
•    2 miles
•    4.5 miles
•    7.5 miles

Policy on refunds, deferrals and transfers.

We regret that once you have entered the race we do not offer refunds.

We are involved in race organisation for a period of at least six months prior to the event taking place. Costs are incurred from the outset and your entry fee is invested into the cost of staging the event – everything from the start and finish venues, to printing, advance ordering of medals, race numbers, first aid, toilet hire and marketing and VAT. Additionally, KBC always make a direct contribution to charity from the entrance fees. For this reason we are not able to offer a refund if you withdraw or are unable to run.  However if you inform us you are unable to run due to an injury or for medical reasons, or you contact us within 14 days of making your booking, we may at our discretion offer a deferral to the following year. No deferrals will be offered once we have reached 28 days from the race day. We do allow transfers to another runner if you follow the official procedure. You must find a replacement runner to take your place and complete a transfer form which is available from our agents, Sport Systems.  There is an admin fee of £5.00 if we transfer your place. The number will then be transferred to the new runner.
Please do not run with someone else’s number, or pass your number to another runner unless you have officially transferred. Non registered runners are not covered under race insurance and in the event of Accident or illness during the race, we will not have correct information for medical personnel or contact details if we need to contact friends or family. Runners identified in unofficial transfer of numbers may be banned from future races.


If the race is cancelled or postponed. The race organisers will endeavour to ensure that the race takes place on  the date and at the time advertised. If for any reason it is not possible for the race to take place, updates will be posted on the event website and all runners for whom we hold email addresses will be contacted. in the event of cancellation or postponement, runners will be given the option of transferring their entry to the revised date if it possible to reschedule. Because of the substantial costs incurred by the event prior to it taking place no refunds will be offered.


Course Variation. The race organisers have a policy of having all courses independently measured in advance, using an officially accredited measurer from the Association of UK course Measurers. In some circumstances the actual course  may vary from the measured course, due to circumstances outside the organisers control. Should such variation occur, the organisers will give details. We regret that in these circumstances no refunds will be made, nor any recompensed offered.