Cotswold226 2017 – Pre race mail
Good afternoon all, I hope you’re all well and ready for next weekend’s Cotswold226 race ?
We’re just over a week away now, so I wanted to get you all out a bit of final info for the race, and run through a few points for race weekend.
In this mail, I’ll cover the following:
Race info Pack
Slight change to run course
Spectator Parking on the day
Race info pack
In case you didn’t find this find this from my previous email, you can find the race info pack here:
This contains everything you need to know about the race, so please take the time to print it off and have a good read through.
If there’s anything you’re unsure about, please just ask
You can find the start list for the race here
We’ve made a slight change to the run course for this year, which I think you’ll find is for the better.
As you would’ve seen from the previous run map. we had a small dogleg section on the northeast side of the course that was used to make the distance up. We’ve now moved that out and back section to the north wet corner of the course as we think that will work better, and being tarmac, will be a better all weather surface to run on
You can see a rough outline map of the new course here
Although everything you could possibly need for race day is in the info pack, we wanted to run an informal briefing on Saturday to talk through the race bit by bit and answer any questions you might have.
It’s not compulsory, as you’ll het your 5 min compulsory briefing just before you all get in the water Sunday morning, but it’s a nice chance to meet myself and the team and go through every aspect of the race so there’s no surprises on Sunday morning
Registration is on Saturday between 12 & 17:00, so we’ll run the briefing by the registration tent on Saturday afternoon at 14:00
Spectator Parking on the day
Ignore what it says in the race info pack about paying £5 to park. For the 226, we can squeeze all the competitor cars into the carpark at the race start, and a number of competitors, which you won’t have to pay for.
Once all the competitors are in and parked, there’s still space for a few spectators cars.
However, if your spectators come along later and this car park is full, they’re going to need to park elsewhere.
You can park in the waterpark itself any time from 10am when it opens, but this is expensive at £14/car (their standard entry fee). Your family do, however, then get full use of their beach, waterpark and various other bits, that our run course goes right by.
However, if they don’t mind a 15minute walk back to the finish area, they can park in Neighbridge Country park (on the run course) for £4 all day at the pay and display machine. Neighbridge is the nicer of the three lakes in my opinion, and they’ll see runners got past their twice on each lap.
I have to be very strict on this, but please make sure no-one parks in Somerford Keynes village, as this is a residential area, and they get very upset with people parking in their streets.
We have a good relationship with the residents of SK as our middle distances races run right through their, but we cannot accept anyone parking in there for the 226, and you’ll be jeopardising all our races in the future if you do.
Please let your supporters know this, and if they get stuck for somewhere to park, get them to call me 07595 591612
The water temperature is currently around 20deg, and I can’t see this getting much warmer between now and next Sunday.
I’ll update the Facebook page over the week if anything changes, but I fully expect the race to be Wetsuit Optional
For those pf you that have loved ones wanting to keep an eye on your progress during the race, we’ll put the link to the athlete tracker up on the results page of our website later next week:
Right, that’s it from me
We’re here to help, so if you get any questions, please just get in contact with myself or James Higgs (James@dbmax.co.uk)
Thanks and see you all next weekend
Graeme, James and the 226 team