Kempton Park Racecourse

Wanted: 18,000 test pilots for Reunion 5K

London Marathon Events has announced details of the Reunion 5K mass participation test event at Kempton Park on 15 May 2021

London Marathon Events (LME) has announced plans to have up to 3,000 participants and 3,000 spectators in each of three races at the Reunion 5K on Saturday 15 May – one of the key pilot events in the government’s Events Research Programme.

The event will be held at Kempton Park racecourse, Surrey, featuring three separate 5K races. The format has been designed in conjunction with the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) to provide scientific data on how mass participation events can safely resume as part of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown.

LME is working closely with Public Health England, Surrey County Council, Spelthorne Borough Council and other key stakeholders in the planning of the event, which has further support from the Mass Participation Sports Organisers, the collective of UK’s leading mass participation event organisers.

The aim of the Reunion 5K is to provide scientific data from participants, spectators and staff which can be used to inform DCMS in planning the safe return of mass participation sport and events. Each of the races at the Reunion 5K will be configured slightly differently to capture the most data. 

Everyone attending the event (participants, spectators and staff) will be required to provide a negative Covid-19 Lateral Flow Test ahead of the event in order to gain entry. Attendees will also be asked to undertake a PCR test both before and after attending the event in order to assist the programme’s research. Anyone testing positive before the event will not be able to attend and, in the case of participants, their entry fee will be refunded.

Hugh Brasher, Event Director of London Marathon Events, said: “We are very grateful to DCMS, Public Health England, Surrey CC and Spelthorne BC for their assistance and to Kempton Park for making the venue available on 15 May. The government’s Event Research Programme is a very significant step towards the safe return of events for participant and spectators and London Marathon Events, along with our fellow mass participation event organisers, is doing everything we can to assist the government with this project.”

LME's registration system partner njuko is providing the entry system at no cost. Matt Trevett, Partnerships Manager at njuko, said: "The njuko team is proud to play its part in the Events Research Programme and to support the organisation of the Reunion 5K."

Entries are now open. Entry fees for runners are £15 to cover the costs of organising the event
and all finishers will receive a medal. The event is free of charge to all registered spectators.

Full details and entry portal are available at LME website here

Image: Kempton Park Racecourse on Facebook

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