Countdown to the Carsington 7+
Carsington 7+ is ready to go on 20 September
There are less than two weeks to go to the Carsington 7+ and entries have sold out for this picturesque race around the reservoir, set amidst the stunning Derbyshire countryside. As part of the Covid-19 measures, changes have been made to the route that has reduced the distance from 7.76 miles to 7.5 miles.
A thorough risk assessment of the course was carried out in accordance with government and UK Athletics guidelines and in order to ensure social distancing, the organisers have altered the narrow sections at mile 3 and 5.7 miles. These would have made staying two metres apart almost impossible for anyone overtaking and instead, runners will continue on lower paths to reduce the risk of congestion. This means a slightly shorter distance and fewer hills – the latter may be seen as good news for those who aren’t fans of inclines but everyone will still enjoy breathtaking views of the Peak District National Park.
The Race Village will act more as a holding area and includes a controlled one way system in and out of the area. There are hygiene stations with hand sanitisers and marshals available to ask for advice.
At the start runners assemble via four holding areas before setting off in groups of nine at 15 second intervals to maintain social distancing, following an undulating route on a cycle track in a clockwise direction around the reservoir, remembering to keep left at all times.
This event is part of the RunDerby Race Series and supporting Derby & District RSPCA.
More information about the safety measures and the latest updates can be found at the Carsington 7+ website.
Image courtesy of Carsington 7+