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Bates Green Gallop review

Thank you to all the vounteers and land owners that made Bates Green Gallop possible. It was a fantastic venue for us to hold our first trail run, and really hope we can make this a permanant fixture.
We had to take the decision to use a back up course, as one of the fields we had planned to use was unusable. As a result, the loop was 3.78 miles, opposed to the advertised 3.84 miles.

We really hope you enjoyed the occasion, and once again we’ve had some fantastic feedback and reviews, particularly about the home made cakes and aid station. All of this is being passed back to Judith who is our ever present catering expert! Zoe enjoyed being at race HQ lap counting and looking after runners welfare after each lap.

The route was varied and challenging, and really adds something new to the type of runs we offer, but with the same laid back style.

One of the more interesting points for us was the escaped cow! You couldn’t have made that up particularly after run director Debbie’s briefing!

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It was successfully herded back to safety by Richard, Russell and Robin after runners had passed on lap one!

Trackstar Review

Eastbourne Trackstar Marathon

Very well done to each and everyone of you who attempted or completed this crazy challenge. We never envisaged it would be so popular and sell out as quickly as it did!
Thank you to the marshals for their enthusiasm and to Nice Work! for providing the timing services. Judith did a fantastic job for us in the kitchen once again, providing spectators and runners with tea, coffee and home made cakes.

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Thanks also goes to:

  • Kylie – Photography services
  • Core Running – Pop up shop and spot prize vouchers
  • Chris Field – Massage Therapy – Winners vouchers. (Don’t forget to book in with Chris: Chrisfieldmassage@yahoo.com)
  • Domino’s Pizza – Spot prize vouchers
  • Tribe Sports – Discount code for runners (below)
  • Yazoo – Milkshakes
  • Sport Eastbourne / Eastbourne Borough Council – Venue

Results

The results are available on the Nice Work! website.

Please email queries to info@nice-work.org.uk

How it went

Being runners ourselves, we pride ourselves on making our events as we would like to find them if we were going to run them. On that front, we worked hard to keep costs to runners as low as possible, made sure the venue was tidy the day before, provided free tea and coffee to runners; be as friendly, welcoming and as clear as possible in our instructions.

The weather was fairly warm for runners, I’m not sure that breeze helped. You’ll be pleased to know we got caught in a deluge when we arrived to set up at 6:30 am! We also managed to trigger the alarm system when we arrived, what a start! There was a nice buzz around the place as runners started to arrive, and a popular playlist to provide some entertainment during the repetitiveness.

We had a lot to get right for this run. In theory it’s simple, but this was our first run with a full UKA license, and an England Athletics official was in attendance. I’m pleased to say he was really happy with the set up, our signage and instructions. Most of all he had a great day watching you all!

Nice Work! did a sterling job for us on the timing. Without them, this event would not have been possible, and I doubt there are many timing companies that would take on this challenge. I witnessed the frustrations as at busy times, they could not always feed back lap times to runners who didn’t have a counting method. Their primary role was timing and looking out for the people on their 105th lap! We are really grateful to those who followed the pre-race advice we put together and brought their own counting method. Runners who used the clickers found them really helpful. We do understand though; dependant on cost, a lap counting display is something we are considering for the future (but that’s not a promise!)

We pro actively monitor social media for feedback and ideas (as runners – we’re members of lots of the same groups as you!), but please let us know if there’s anything we could do better.

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Next year

We are provisonally booked in at the venue and with Nice Work! for Eastbourne Trackstar Marathon II, on the same weekend next year Sunday 13th May 2018. We would love to make this an annual event as it’s a great spectacle for the town. Watch this space for an official announcement.

Upcoming Events

We have two 6 hour challenge events coming up soon:

An out and out trail run on a 3.8 mile loop in Sussex woodland

A simple, flat, 4.4 mile out and back tarmac course starting at 4pm from Winchelsea Beach

Both of these runs, you just have to complete one lap to finish – although it’s better value if you run more!

Etiquette – Trackstar

Etiquette

There are just 80 participants. This is due to the constraints of running on a track. This should allow the event to be a success without overcrowding. In an ideal world this allows for 5 metres of track each – but bear in mind you will be running at different speeds!

  • Run on the inside lanes as long as you are still running
  • If you need to pass somone, move to the outside
  • If you need to walk at any point, please move to the outer lanes

We ask that you are considerate to all other participants, and just because someone isn’t going as fast as you, doesn’t mean they’re not on course for their own goal.
It is all part of the challenge of a track marathon.

Lap Counting – Trackstar

  • The experts at Nice Work will be providing chip timing. The chip will be on a neoprene strap, please wear it on your left ankle with the chip facing outwards to ensure the strongest possible signal. Do not wear the chip under a sock or any other garment.
  • Nice Work are not responsible for counting laps. They can let you know when you’re on your last lap.
  • You could wait until the finish – go with flow and just wait for the timing crew to tell you you’ve finished.
  • Use elastic bands. Start with 105 bands and discard one each lap. Probably best to split them into batches of 21 though!
  • Use a tally counter. We have trialed these cheap counters and have proven very reliable. They are small enough to wear on your thumb and easy to press. All you have to do is remember to press it each it lap. These can be bought on eBay for a couple of pounds.
  • Use the lap counter button on your Garmin – turn automatic laps off, and hit the lap button manually each time you cross the line, again you just have to remember to press it!

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A note about GPS

In almost every session I have run on this track, my GPS watch over reads. Add to that you will be doing a fair bit of passing do not be surprised if your GPS watch reads 27 miles or even more!
A recent example… I ran 38 laps, which recorded as 9.6 miles… it is in fact just 9.4!!! GPS tracking cannot handle the tight turns of a track.

Remember, all races are measured on the shortest possible route, for Trackstar this is lane one (London Marathon for example is along the blue lines). Each lane adds 7 metres to the distance of the track, so a whole lap in lane 2 is 407 metres. As you will pass others please bear in mind this will add to the distance shown on any GPS device.

Domino’s Prizes

Domino’s will be providing pizza vouchers as spot prizes for three lucky runners for use in their Eastbourne, Langney or Hailsham store. If you are not lucky enough to win please check out their deals page for minimum effort post race refuelling!

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Chris Field Massage Therapy

We are delighted to have Chris Field Massage Therapist attending Eastbourne Trackstar Marathon on 14th May 2017. If you are interested in having a sports massage on the day of the marathon either before or afterwards, please register your interest in advance. This way he can plan his day better. The cost is just £10 for 15 minutes. You are not committing by registering interest, he would just like a rough idea of numbers. His contact number is 07882475168 or can be emailed at Chrisfieldmassage@yahoo.com

Chris is kindly donating vouchers for free 60 minute sports massages after the event (not on the day) for the first male and female finishers. 

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Core Running

We’re excited to announce Core Running Ltd will be in attendance at Eastbourne Trackstar Marathon with a pop up shop for those last minute items you forgot to pack! They’re also providing spot prize vouchers for 5 lucky runners picked at random!

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Trackstar Venue

With all the facilities in pretty much one place, the track seems an ideal place to hold a marathon! However, there are a couple of things we need to be clear on before the day. Please see the graphics below.

  • The main sports park building contains toilets, showers, changing, our registration and kitchen area. Bags can be left in here, but we are not monitoring them.
  • Registration will not open until 8:30am – as the building will not be open until then!
  • The marathon will start at 9:30am
  • The start is where you would find the 200m race start on a track. Well, 5 metres in front to be precise! The start is not ‘chipped’ you will cross the timing mat for the first time after 195  metres.
  • The timing point (and eventually finish!) is the main finish line where all track runs finish, whether 100 metres, 10000 metres or a marathon!
  • The official water station is on the corner neareat the building, adjacent to lane 6. You will pass this every 400 metres!
  • Alongside the back straight, runners can place their own table with their own supplies, adjacent to lane 6. You will pass these every 400 metres!
  • Toilets are inside the main building and there is also a block accessable from outdoors during the run. If you need to use the facilities, or exit the track for any reason during the race, you must leave and rejoin at the designated point, which will be clearly marked on the 100 metres straight. This is a serious point – don’t risk DQ!
  • Related to the above – please don’t gather or let your spectators gather around the gates / doors or toilet route. Runners will want to be in and out as quickly as possible.
  • Our photographer will be trying to capture photos of all of you during the early stages when you still look fresh! When the first finishers come in, she will be taking photos of finishers with their medals just past the finish line.
  • There is a small grandstand for spectators, and plenty of room around the track  for spectators. If you wish to spectate from the field, please don’t be crossing the track every 5 minutes, and please make sure you don’t obstruct the view of the timers by crossing near the timing point.
  • Core Running (Hastings) will be setting up a pop up shop for those last minute items you forgot to pack!
  • Chris Field Massage Therapist will be in attendance for the day, and be available before and after the run. He also recommends his services in the days leading up to, and after the marathon, details to follow soon…
  • Tea, coffee & cake will be served from the kitchen in the main building

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  • The car park is free and there are plenty of spaces
  • Please come through the main sports park entrance. Once inside, the toilets are through the doors on the left. Registration / the track is straight on from the main entrance

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Access to Eastbourne Sports park is easy

  • Use the A22 if you are coming from out of town, and head towards the A2280 Cross Levels Way
  • If you are staying in Eastbourne, depending on which end, you can use the A2290 or A2021 to get to A2280 Cross Levels Way
  • The post code of Eastbourne Sports Park is BN21 2UF. It is on the A2280, Cross Levels Way
  • The nearest train Station is Hampden Park. It is easily within walking distance, but please check rail services
  • St Wilfrids Hospice has a Cafe open to all, and is open until 5:30pm (They are used to runners, it’s our parkrun cafe!)
  • There is a Sainsbury’s superstore within walking distance

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