Magna Carta Frequently Asked Questions

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The registration for the half / marathon will be hosted at the Wraysbury Skiff & Punting Club HQ,Riverside, Egham, TW20 0AA. The start time for the marathon will be 9.00am sharp and for the half marathon at 10.00am. Both races will start on the Thames Path trail right next to Race HQ and the route for the full marathon will initially be 2 out / back 2.5 mile loops to Staines Bridge followed by 4 out / back 5.3 mile sections, to the Old Windsor Lock (turnaround point). The half marathon route will just be one 2.5 mile out / back loop to Staines Bridge, followed by 2 out / back 5.3 mile sections again turning around at the Old Windsor Lock. Both the turnaround points near Staines Bridge and the Old Windsor Lock will be well marked and fully marshalled. The check points at Old Windsor Lock and at the Start / Finish will be very well stocked.

We always have a 10 minute mandatory pre-race briefing at the start, just to talk though course conditions. Race health and safety is vitally important to us too, so we will also brief you as to what you need to do if you’re not feeling well. We want you to enjoy the race in every way so it’s mandatory that you attend this briefing!

The registration will be at the Wraysbury Skiff & Punting Club Race HQ and it will be open from 7.30am sharp. We would suggest that you were here with plenty of time to spare in order to get changed and get your baggage secured in the Skiff Club. We will have tear off Tyvek baggage tags that correspond numerically with your colour coded race numbers on the day, so please ensure that these are tagged onto your bag when you hand your bag to the baggage marshal. When you collect your race bags you will need to show your race bib number for security purposes to collect it again. We don’t accept liability for any loss of personal possessions but there will be someone in charge of the baggage. There is an on-site car park at the Runnymede Pleasure Grounds which is a short walk to Race HQ for your use, and the car parking is free for the whole day. There are plenty of car parking spaces available for all runners and spectators.

There will be changing facilities in the tents situated outside the Skiff Club for male / female runners to change in.There will also be toilets located in the Race HQ, as well as portable toilets situated right outside the Skiff Club close to the Thames Path for all runners taking part.

The course is really flat / fast and is run along the Thames Path out / back sections. As this is a national trail we would ask all runners to show courtesy to all other users of the trail as there will be a number of walkers and cyclists using this trail.The conditions are weather dependant and if it rains the Thames Path trail can get muddy on certain stretches of the trail but I would personally recommend using road shoes.I will provide you with feedback on the overall conditions in the lead up to race day so you know what to expect in advance. At the turnaround point Check Point at the Old Windsor Lock, full please move out of the way of your fellow runners if you stop to re-fuel to avoid congestion.

  • Aid Station 1 Wraysbury Skiff & Punting Club Start / Finish.
  • Aid Station 2 Old Windsor Lock.
    *Additional marshals will also be at the half / marathon initial turnaround point near Staines Bridge.

The 2 Aid Stations on course at the Start / Finish and at the Old Windsor Lock these will have a selection of food / drinks including GU Energy Gels, Chia Charge Bars which are provided by my sponsors, and there will also be jelly babies, crisps, coca-cola, fruit cordial and water. 

There will be plastic pop-up bins provided at all the Aid Stations for your water cups / gel sachets to be discarded. We would urge you not to discard any litter on the Thames Path trail please. The marshals will take any litter from you too, so please just keep it until you get to a marshal, or use the bins provided.

Yes we will be using the Race Director for the RFID chip timing, which will mean that access to provisional results will be available straight after the race. All final results will be based on gun times, though you’ll have your chip time too. There will be a race Chip timing mat at the start /finish and all race participants will be required to cross this mat at the start / finish in order to have their respective chip times correctly recorded, the Chip timing device will be contained within you race bib. We encourage participants to record their own times too using watches or Garmin’s if possible.

If you are feeling unwell and need to retire from the race, contact me David Ross 0798 4540177 and let me know so I can account for you. You can also inform a marshal or a first aider and they will pass on the message to me. Please on no account leave the course without informing me of your whereabouts as your safety is my main priority. My contact number will be printed on the front of the race bib if needed, and I would like you to complete your emergency contact information too at the back of your race bibs.

There is an on-line entry limit of 300 runners inclusive for the full / half marathons, although I might be accepting entries on the day, on a discretionary basis.

No but what I urge you to do is to check the projected weather forecast on BBC Weather here and I will also send out a pre-race brief to ensure that you have the right race apparel in advance for race day. A Gore-Tex or rain jacket is recommended if it’s raining, including a beanie and gloves, alternatively if it’s a sunny day bring a cap and sunglasses. As this is a flat and easy course to run I would recommend road shoes.

Yes there is an allocated car parking facility is located at the Runnymede Pleasure Grounds, Windsor Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0AE this will be available for all runners taking part and any spectators that want to support their runners too. The car parking facility is free for all day parking and there is plenty of parking available for spectators to use too.

There are frequent trains running form London to Staines and to Old Windsor Train Station, from either of these stations it’s a short walk to the Race HQ at the Wraysbury Skiff Club.

  • Unique Magna Carta bespoke medal.
  • Winners’ trophies for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male / Female runners for each event.
  • Race Director Chip Timing, free race certificate and net chip times sent directly to your mobile after the race. 
  • Sports Action Photography with an option to purchase the race photo’s.  
  • Well stocked Aid Stations supplying Torq Energy, Chia Charge Bars, crisps, jelly babies, bananas, coca cola, fruit cordial and water. 
  • Cue Medical professional medical support through the race for all runners. 

Yes the photography will be done by Edward Thomas and the team from Sports Action Photography and the photo’s will be available to purchase shortly after the race has taken place. 

Chip Timing will be provided by Chris Mills from the Race Director RFID timing you will be issued with your race number containing your electronic timing chip which is at the back of the race bib Registration on the day. The provisional results will be recorded initially and will be pinned to a notice board directly by the race start / finish, but please note that these will only be provisional and will be subject to final verification.

Winners trophies will be awarded to the top three male / female runners for each race distance and these will be handed out straight after the top three runners have completed their respective races.

We will have qualified medics from Cue Medical who will be providing professional medical support on race day. Your safety is of paramount importance to us and if you’re feeling unwell prior to or on race day we would strongly urge you not to run. If you have to retire from the race due to feeling unwell please ensure that you notify a medic, marshal or one of us so that we can account for you. My contact number is clearly displayed on your race bibs for this reason.

Yes we work closely with GU Energy and Chia Charge, they sponsor my events and provide much needed energy electrolytes / gels which will be on the course, we strongly recommend you using these as they are there for a specific reason and that is to balance the electrolytes lost when sweating, restore glycogen, enabling you to have more fuel in the tank. We would also encourage you to pay particular attention to little and often, especially if it’s a hot day which will mean that your sweat rate increases. Remember that as little as a 2% drop in body weight (caused by excessive sweating) can lead to a 20% drop off in performance. The responsibility for your fuelling needs lies solely with you, although our Check Points will be well stocked to ensure your needs are sufficiently catered for during the race.

Yes, you will be able to use music players for this event as there are no traffic sections at all, but please be mindful of other trail users and your fellow runners that might want to pass you.

The race is fully TRA (Trail Running Association) and UKA (UK Athletics) permit certified, fully chip timed and is this respect we have all the necessary indemnifications in place required for these to be officially recognised events. The marathon can be used for Good For Age (GFA) qualification for the London Marathon and as a qualification race for the Comrades Ultra Marathon (SA).

The time limit for the half marathon course is 6hrs and it’s 6.5hrs for the marathon course.

To adhere to UKA and TRA licensing requirements there is a minimum age that runners need to be to participate in race meetings, for the 10km event it’s 16 years old, half marathon it’s 17 years old and for the marathon it’s 18 years old. 

We operate a no refunds policy as initially stated at the point of entry. We do however reserve the right to offer future switches or deferrals if the event cannot take place for reasons out of the control of race management including but not limited to flooding, severe weather or denial of access to the original course. Race management also reserve the right to postpone the event until a later date and all entries will be carried forward to this date and refunds may not be offered under these circumstances. Event cancellation due to reasons such as Coronavirus (COVID 19) or other such pandemic, public health, local authority travel and movement restrictions and bans of any kind etc. are beyond our control and no refund will be given in such circumstances.

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