The county senior and vet road relays are held at the seafront at Harwich over an officially measured 5km course.
To be eligible to enter the Essex Championship you need to either have been born in Essex or have been an Essex resident for at least 9 months. In addition you cannot have competed in another county's championship in the same year (eg. Suffolk / Kent,etc) Runners will not qualify for medals if they are not wearing the club kit of their first claim club in whose name they have entered. The race will be timed using a chip timing baton that must be carried in the hand at all times
The race is also open to teams that do not meet the Essex qualification criteria although such teams will not be awarded any county medals.
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Essex Road Relays hosted by Harwich Runners
Location - Race HQ Harwich and Dovercourt Rugby Club, Wick Lane, Dovercourt, Harwich CO12 3TA
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Information and Final Instructions
Directions – by Car
Follow the A12 and join the A120 East towards Harwich. Continue on the A120 until the Ramsey Roundabout (this is the second roundabout after the road becomes single lane traffic.) At the Ramsey Roundabout take the third exit to Dovercourt (B1352.) At the mini roundabout turn right into Oakley Road. At the next mini roundabout turn left into Low Road. Follow Low Road for approximately one mile. The Race HQ is a right turn off Wick Lane into the swimming pool entrance. The Rugby Club sits behind the swimming pool. Please note there is limited parking which will be reserved for officials and the Harwich team.
Directions from Dovercourt Railway station.
To travel by train, take a train to Manningtree and change for Dovercourt. The journey is about one hour and twenty minutes from London Liverpool Street. It is about a mile and a half from the station to race HQ. On leaving the station bear right straight ahead to the main road and shopping area. Continue straight over into Kingsway to the seafront. Turn right along Marine Parade and Wick Lane i.e. continue to follow the sea front passing the Lighthouse. The Rugby club (Race HQ) is behind the swimming pool and will be on your left.
The race starts and finishes on the Promenade about half a mile from HQ.
There is a car park at the Rugby club which will be reserved for Essex Officials and Harwich Runners. There are two car parks at the bottom of West End Lane. Be aware there is a Recycling Centre near the car parks which often result in queues in West End Lane. There is lots of unrestricted parking on the road near to the start/finish.
There are changing facilities but no showers available at the Rugby club. There will be refreshments at the Rugby Club and at local cafes. There is no baggage storage but bags can be left at the Rugby Club at their owner’s risk.
There are toilets at the Rugby club and public toilets near the start and by the promenade (see map). There are also toilets in the park which forms part of the course.
The course is a measured 5km predominantly on the promenade which a small section through the park on paths. It is potentially fast as it is flat.
On arrival, teams need to register and collect their numbers, baton and declaration sheet. Teams need to return their completed declaration sheets confirming the names and running order of the runners to Gary Chandler by 10.30 at the latest.
In addition to normal race numbers Vet runners will be given an age category number to wear on the back of their vest.
The baton is light plastic and comfortable to run with. It contains the chip timing element. The baton will be passed after the runner has run under the gantry. Batons will be collected at the finish. The final runner in each team must pass under the finish line gantry to record the time (this includes incomplete teams).
This is not a track relay so if anyone drops the baton, the team will not be disqualified, simply pick it up and carry on. However the race director reserves the right to disqualify a team if anyone seeks to gain an advantage e.g. by throwing the baton.
The medals and Open prizes will be presented at the Rugby Club after the race.