BRANCHES & BAYS 5K
Part of the Urban Trails series of races by Trail Outlaws.Set in a beautiful and historic area of County Durham the Branches and Bays 6k promises to be a must do event in the running calendar.
As a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) it is a route that Trail Outlaws have worked very hard to bring to the calendar. Starting in the local village of Hawthorn, the route takes you through the Durham Wildlife Trust and National Trust managed woodland of Hawthorn Dene.
Once you venture onto this route I'm sure you will agree, that it is one of the most beautiful and a true trail run.
- Bespoke Medal
- Chip Timing by TOTS
- Instant Online results by TOTS
- Feed stations – water and sweets, more substantial snacks and drinks on longer events
- Fully marked and marshalled route
- Medical Cover
- Free event parking
- First male and female, first in age category. Level up for free!
- Bespoke memento for all runners
- Digital photography of event and entrants
- Chance to purchase bespoke event t-shirt
Route and Course Markings
Aid Stations/Check Points
There will be a check point at 4 miles. Sweets and water will be available at the check point. Water will be available at the end of the race.
The race checkpoint has first aid equipment for minor injuries. The start/finish area will also have first aid provision inculding a paramedic and an ambulance. Nearest local hospital:- Sunderland Royal Hospital, Kayll Road, Sunderland, SR4 7TP. Tel: 0191 565 6256
Shoes suitable for the ground conditions.
All finishers get a bespoke medal and a race memento. Free parking for the event and free digital photography. A race t-shirt is also available as an addditional purchase.
There are also male and female prizes for the categories shown below.
Race Registration and Parking
Hawthorn Community Centre,
SR7 8SGMap for Hawthorn Community Centre
Branches & Bays 5K - 11/08/2024
08:45 - 09:50Village HallOpens for race registration, pick up race numbers and race merchandise.
10:10Start/Finish AreaRace safety briefing
10:15Start/Finish AreaRace start!
11:30Start/Finish AreaAwards Presentation
12:15Start/Finish AreaRace cut off
Branches & Bays 5K - Rules
- All competitors must be running under their own names and numbers. No swapping of numbers or running in another’s place will be accepted. If you are found to be running in another’s place you will be disqualified.
- You must log your number with race marshals at each check point. It is your responsibility to make sure the marshal takes your number.
- Any competitor who is deemed unfit to continue by the race directors, marshals or medics will be withdrawn from race. The decision will be FINAL.
- Runners must carry all mandatory equipment at all times during the race unless stated otherwise at Race Briefing by the Race Director. If found to be not carrying the required kit at any time, you will be disqualified.
- If you decide to retire from the race you must notify a marshal. You must surrender your race number and you will not be allowed to continue.
- Unsporting behaviour (cheating) will not be tolerated and result in immediate disqualification. This includes but not limited to, not carrying mandatory kit at all times, taking short cuts, use of PEDs.
- We strongly advise against the using of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs i.e Ibuprofen) during the events, as they are proven to cause harm during endurance events. Doing so against this advice is strictly at the competitor’s risk.
- All runners take full responsibility for their own navigation during the event.
- You must have your bib number visible at all times or easily accessible to show the Check Point team.
- If you do not leave an aid station before the cut off time you will not be allowed to continue for safety, cut-off times will be strictly enforced. If you get to the finish line after the final cut off you will unfortunately not be listed as an official finisher and will not be eligible for awards.
- Littering will result in immediate disqualification. We must respect the trails at all times. Some of our events take place in SSSI (Sites of Special Scientific Interest), and securing permission to host events in these areas is very difficult. If you litter you not only jeopardise the events future, but more importantly you jeopardise the area.
- Dogs are NOT allowed to take part in the event. They present a trip hazard to other runners and a risk of upsetting livestock of local land owners. of local land owners.
- Earphones/headphones may be used, but MUST be taken off head or out of ears completely at certain points.
- When you’re approaching a road crossing
- When you’re approaching a checkpoint
- If you see a marshal in hi-viz anywhere along the race route
- On any section of trail narrow enough that you’re running single file
- Speakers are not allowed
- If you forget about your earphones, and a marshal signals you to remove them, you must do so immediately. If you try to argue the point about your music being turned off, your earphones may be confiscated from you until the race finish, and you also risk being removed from the race for your own safety, i.e. disqualified.
- You do not have a right of way priority over any other users of the course, you must respect other users of the course throughout the duration of the event.
- The race has an ARC permit number and will be held under ARC rules. We recommend that you make yourself familiar with ARC rules specific to Trail running: http://www.runningclubs.org.uk/rules