Information for Runners

The ASICS Fleet Half Marathon has developed an on-line Race HQ to help answer the most common problems that can arise. Please check here first before contacting us with any questions as you may find the answer here. Due to the large number of e-mails received daily, we cannot respond where the answer is included here.

Before Race Day

Check the files indicated in the right column for further information about The ASICS Fleet Pre-London Half Marathon. Additional information is shown below.

I have had a problem with entering on-line

If there are any problems with on-line entry contact FRSystems which provides the entry system. If you received confirmation of entry by e-mail then your entry is secure. Fleet Half Marathon cannot answer questions about the on-line entry system.

Can I enter by post?

Only military entries (and other Race Director approved entries) are accepted by post. All other runners should use the on-line entries facility.

Can I still enter the race?

Entries are accepted up to 18 February 2018 or when the entry limit has been reached. There are no late entries or entres on the day.  Note - in previous years the civilian entries are normally full by Christmas/early New Year - please enter early.

Has my entry been accepted?

Yes, if you have entered on-line and have confirmation then your entry is secure. If you are a military entry you will receive a confirmation of entry once your bank credit or cheque has been cleared. Note that it does take some time to process the military entries which can lead to a delay in names showing on the start list.

Army / Armed Forces Entries

Questions relating to Army or other armed forces entries should be directed to the Army Athletic Association Web site at www.armyathletics.org or your relevant Service contact. All Army and armed forces entries must be made on the official entry form on www.armyathletics.org. Please do not enter on-line through the civilian route.

Sponsorship

The ASICS Fleet Pre-London Half Marathon supports Bloodwise (formally known as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research) and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. For more information about these charities and how to raise funds for them visit our partners page. However, you are free to represent another charity should you wish to.

Late entries

There are absolutely no late entries or entries on the day.

Reserve List

There is no reserve list.

I am injured or otherwise unable to run. Can I have a refund?

In most cases, a refund of the entry fee or carrying an entry over to a future year are not possible.  If you will not be running, you do not need to inform us.  Do not give your number to someone else.  This is a dangerous practice should there be a medical issue on the day.

However, if you advise us by 1st March 2018, we can transfer your number to another runner.  Please contact FR Systems if you are looking to transfer with full details of the new runner.  After 1st March 2018, because our numbers are printed with individual names no further transfers can be actioned. 

Can I transfer my entry to another runner?

Yes - see paragraph above.

If you transfer your number to another runner without the event being advised this is againist UK Athletics regulations. UK Athletics states: Rule 216 Entires(3) 'Numbers are issued to the individual athlete completing the application form and are non-transferable except with the specific authority of the Race Secretary'. This is particularly relevant in a medical emergency where the person running is not that shown on the race listing.

I have changed my address

If you change your address please contact our entry administrators FR Systems at so that your race pack is sent to your new address.  Also ensure that you have Royal Mail Redirection set up.  You can amend your entry up to the 1st March 2018.  After this date race packs will be sent to the original address on the entry if it has not been amended.

When will I receive my race number?

Race packs will be sent out after 2nd March 2018.  Please do not contact us if you have not received your race pack by race day.  Instead, if you have a confirmed entry either on-line or postal (on on-line listing, e-mail confirmation or cheque cashed), download the Runners Notes and contact the Race HQ in the Runners' Tent on race day - your place is secure and your number will be re-issued on race day.  Pre-ordered T-shirts are being sent out with the race packs.

Please note that race packs for military entries will not be sent out and must be collected from the Runners' Tent on the day. Please arrive to collect numbers between 8.30am and 10am (latest).  You may want to download and print your own runners notes - these will be emailed to you in advance of the day.

Runner numbers and ChampionChip

Please check that your running number has a ChampionChip fixed to the back of it. If this is not the case, please visit the Race HQ (in the Runners Tent) in Calthorpe Park on race day. Do not contact us in advance.

For 2018, your timing chip will be fixed to the back of your race number.  Do not remove the chip or fold your number in a way which may damage the chip of your finish time will not be recorded.

Bag tags

These will be sent out in the Runners' Packs from 2nd March 2018.

My number has not arrived. What do I do?

First check that your entry has been accepted by checking the listing of runners. Otherwise, if the race pack does not arrive by the race day, you can pick up a replacement number and ChampionChip on the day from Race Enquiries. You do not need to contact us in advance.  See 'when will I receive my race number' section above.  Full details of how to reach the event are included in the Runners' Information.

Race Day

What time does the race start

10.30. It will not be delayed for anyone arriving at the start late.

Music whilst running

The use of personal stereos, iPods, phones or other music devises is not allowed under UKA rule 240 S5 - the wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted in races on any single carriageway road that is not wholly closed to traffic.   There are some short sections on the Fleet Half course which do have traffic coming in the opposite direction to runners and is therefore not wholly closed.  The wearing of such equipment may prevent you from hearing instructions from marshals and other event staff as well as the hearing of sirens/horns from emergency services and other vehicles.  By wearing such devices you are putting yourself and those around you at risk.  Rule 240 S5 also states if the athlete wears conductive headphones, these are acceptable as these work by conducting sound through bones and do not sit or block the ears.  The event will have no responsibility should this rule be ignored.

Please do not risk our ability to get a future license for this event by ignoring this rule.

Parking

Park in the town centre car parks only. There is no parking available in Calthorpe Park. Do not park in the roads around the park. Not only does this inconvenience local residents but parked cars may also obstruct the race and your vehicle may get damaged. The town centre car parks are just a short walk from the race start and finish. There is a large car park at the Hart Centre with the entrance in Albert Road. Car parking charges must be paid.

Reaching Calthorpe Park

Calthorpe Park is a short walk from the town centre car parks. Car parking fees must be paid. Turn up the Fleet Road and then right at the crossroads with the Oatsheaf pub on the corner. Calthorpe Park is on the left-hand side further down Reading Road North. There is an access route across the cricket field as well as the main park entrance.

What time does the race start?

The race will start promptly at 10.30. There is a short walk from Calthorpe Park to the start so ensure that you arrive in plenty of time. Please listen to PA announcements and allow plenty of time for the walk to the start. The start will not be delayed for late arrival of runners. Line up close to your estimated finish time board - this allows faster runners to be at the front.

Route notes

The Race HQ on the day is in the Runners' Tent.

The route is the same as that used in 2017. 

There are sleeping policemen on the final run in to Calthorpe Park.  These will be painted on the day (probably yellow) so that they are clearly visible.  There are also sleeping Policemen on Fleet Road between 2 and 3 miles.

Drinking on the Run

There are 5 water stations on the route. New water pouches are available at water stations 3 and 5. Watch the video clip for advice on how to use these pouches.

Pace Runners

For the 2018 event we will have pace makers to guide you to the following finish times - 1:30, 1:45, 2:00 and 2:15.  They will be clearly visible wearing a back pack with a flag showing their pace time.  There will be 2 pace makers running together for each time band.

Race time limit

As stated in the race entry terms and conditions, there is a three-hour time limit for the race.  This event has a strict 3 hour time limit due to the use of the public road and the imposed limit on the road closure duration.  If you are falling behind this time limit, you will be allowed to carry on but will be asked to use the pavement as we are obliged to re-open the roads according to the schedule on the approved road closure agreement which is based on a 3 hour time limit.

Weather forecast

When running take plenty of liquid on board at each drink station. Do not wait until you feel thirsty.

BBC forecast

Medical cover

The ASICS Fleet pre-London Half Marathon ensures that it always has excellent medical cover in case there are any difficulties. We exceed the Level 3 cover as defined by UK Athletics. More details of the required levels of medical coverage

Results

Results will be published in the finish area as soon as possible after the runners finish. They will also be available on www.fleethalfmarathon.com. Your finish time can be texted to you if provide your mobile number on the entry form.

After the race

If you wish to drive around the course after the race, e.g. to visit one of the pubs on the route, please bear in mind that there may still be runners on the road. It may be worthwhile driving the course in the same direction as the race as road closures may have been lifted by that stage

  • Sunday’s forecast - Less than 5% chance of rain, 10 degrees but feels like 6. Bit windy. Race is going ahead.
  • Lead car prepped and ready.
  • A thought for next year, could there be a number collection desk in say Hart shopping centre on the Sat so that local people can collect their numbers the day before. I know this means volunteers for an extra day but would reduce the rush on the Sunday. I know that Maidenhead Half do this.
  • Ok, so pretty soon the admin team will have to stop answering some of the emails. Race notes were sent out via email last weekend and our website answers most questions. Jim Trott can answer most other questions.... https://youtu.be/3Z0QUygjr2w
  • Could be a touch windy on Sunday... then again, it could be 10 degrees with a light easterly breeze, who knows.
  • We’ve just posted a link below to our race results and there should also be a link on our website home page to the results. PLEASE don’t message us on Sunday to ask where/when the results are. Please also note that when the results are posted initially they are classed as PROVISIONAL results until we’ve confirmed that everything was fine and there were no discrepancies. Things can and do go wrong in a race, for example a single 10k runner crossing the finish line after only one lap pushes everyone down one place and plays havoc with prize awards too. I hope you all have a great race and that your hard work and training pays off and most importantly that you enjoy the day.
  • Retweeted SportSystems (@SystemsSport): @Fleet10k Results links for #Fleet10k https://t.co/sdU1uES2uc and #Fleet5k https://t.co/YkYkWfY90J on Sunday Have a good run! https://t.co/TGzjkSFDda
  • Hi, please can you tell me what time you're closing the roads on Sunday? We are coming from the m4 to twesledown so want to make sure we get through before. Thanks
  • Hi, please can you advise which roads in Fleet will be shut on Sunday? I can't find the informatin on your website or anywhere else. TIA
  • Thanks to @CllrSteveF for reporting some of the potholes on the race route. Hopefully these will be taken care of before race day

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