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Green Belt Way

Race Safety

Some words about race safety:

The race is nearly 220 miles long around a  big stretch of south-east England, so there are some inherent risks with taking part.  Please read the notes below, read your race map, attend the stage briefing (15 minutes before the start), pay attention to it, listen to marshals, drive carefully, and we will all make it round without any trouble.

We have a systematic marshalling and marking plan in place to warn you of danger points, including a full risk assessment of all of the potential dangers, marshals at road crossings, but none of that is a substitute for runners using their own common sense.  Marshals can’t (and shouldn’t) stop traffic or prevent you from crossing roads whenever you like, so you are responsible for your own safety. This isn’t always easy in the heat of competition, but please don’t take risks.

Our race licence and insurance is certified here:

(to be added) 

The following is the current version of the race risk assessment, with associated hazard codes:

Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment - Hazard Codes

 

 

The following is a summary of our first aid procedures:

Emergency Procedures

 

First Aid: We have two qualified and equipped first-aiders following the stages in the race control car and in the "sweep" car.  The number to call is printed on all race maps; all runners need to run with a copy of the map and with a phone.  We rely on runners to help each other in the event of problems as well as on our marshalls and first-aiders; you are rarely more than a mile or so from a road on the course (see the first aid document for an analysis of this), but clearly it is possible that help could take some time to get to you.

Traffic Dangers: On every stage there are sections of running on roads, road crossings, and many places where footpaths emerge onto roads with little warning. All of these roads are open to traffic, and some of them have traffic moving at high speed (the roads though Wycombe woods, Epping Forest, and near East Clandon being just a few examples).

Other Hazards: There are also other hazards, including livestock in fields, electric fences, steep hills, decrepit stiles, bicycles, horses, drunken wedding guests, level crossings, slippery paths, rowers getting racing boats onto the river, and all of the other things you might expect to find on a busy weekend in the countryside.

Fuelling: The race also takes place often in warm weather (or sometimes heavy rain), some of the stages are quite demanding, and it is quite possible to make navigational errors; we have watering stations and provide a few snacks at the finish, but it is up to runners to make sure they are properly fed and hydrated before they set off – this isn’t always easy given the timing and the general logistical challenge of getting to the different stage starts/finishes. Bring plenty of water and snacks with your car/bus, eat and drink well, follow your map, bring a change of clothing, and call or ask for help if you get lost.

 

How You Can Help:

SHORT CUTS: If a marshal sees you taking a short cut across a road instead of using the road crossing marked on the map (e.g. Hampton Court Bridge), you will incur a time penalty.

MAPS: You MUST run with your race map – at least the front page. We will provide you with copies. The timekeepers at the start will not let you start without one, and the race has a long history of people going wrong by not following them. Please take heed of the warnings indicated on the race maps – potential dangers are highlighted in red with the word DANGER.  The maps are hard to follow while running fast if you haven't seen them before - unless you want to get lost or into trouble, please spend some time reading through your map BEFORE THE RACE.

PHONE: Please take a mobile phone with you when you run – emergency numbers are included on the front page of the map.

MARSHALLING: Please look out for and pay attention to marshals, and if they ask you to stop, then stop. If you are aware of a danger or trouble on the course, please stop and inform one of them. If you are assigned marshalling duties, please take them seriously and let us know if you are unable to fulfill them.  We’d also prefer it if you didn’t listen to music while running.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: If you are running or marshalling, please treat members of the public, motorists, horse riders, cyclists, rowers etc. with calm politeness. We go to great lengths in providing notice to and getting permissions from anyone who might be affected by the race, so there should be no reason for anyone to object to our race.  Smile politely and carry on.

DRIVING: Please drive carefully! There are lots of narrow, fast country lanes with sharp bends. If you are running late for a stage, let us know, but missing a stage isn't worth risking a crash for - worst case, we will assign you a cut off time to your missing runner.

 

Marshalling Points:

The following is a list of the main marshalling points for each, with a summary risk rating.  These are also listed on each runner's race map, and specific hazards are highlighted on the detailed maps.

Stage

Place

Risk

Miles

Water?

Postcode

Time

Description (please refer to map for details)

1

Hampton Court Bridge

H

0

KT8 9AS

08:30

Cross using crossing

1

Walton Bridge (tbc)

H

5.1

Water

TW17 8LY

09:00

tbc - need to check works, and may not be "high"

1

Russell Road

M

5.6

TW17 8JJ

09:03

Left turn, as pavement runs out

1

Ferry Lane turn

L

6.5

TW17 9LG

09:10

Left turn

1

Chertsey Bridge

L

8.6

Water

KT16 8JA

09:15

(Water only)

1

Gate after Staines railway bridge

L

12.4

TW18 4BO

09:35

Through gate after rway bridge

2

Staines Bridge/towpath

L

0.2

TW18 3JF

09:40

Onto towpath from bridge

2

Towpath/mooring

M

3.1

Water

SL4 2SH

09:57

Warn for mooring

2

Bridge

L

5

SL3 9DA

10:07

Sharp left after bridge and back onto towpath

2

Turn onto road towards Datchet

M

5.7

Water

SL3 9BZ

10:10

Left onto pavement

2

Road crossing through Datchet

H

6.4

SL3 9BR

10:14

Past road crossings and then over to pavement on RHS

2

Windsor/Eton Bridge

M

7.5

Water

SL4 1PU

10:20

Cross Farm Yard, right to bridge, then left to Brocas

3

Maidenhead Bridge

L

4.2

Water

SL6 0BB

11:00

Up to bridge crossing

3

Turn after bridge to A4094

H

4.4

SL6 8DW

11:00

Right turn onto busy road

3

Road into Cookham

H

7.7

SL6 9RE

11:20

Right turn onto busy road

3

Cookham church

H

7.8

Water

SL6 9QW

11:20

Road crossing to churchyard

3

Railway crossing

H

9.6

SL8 5RF

11:30

Pedestrian level crossing

3

Spade Oak 

M

10

Water

SL8 5PT

11:30

Left turn to footpath

3

Lane to finish

L

10.8

SL7 3RY

11:40

Right turn to lane

4

Handy Cross

H

2.9

Water

HP10 9QD

11:55

Over road and into field over stile

4

Booker/Limmer Lane

H

4.5

Water

HP12 4QX

12:00

Right and then cross road

4

Lane End Rd

H

5.3

HP12 4EW

12:05

Across busy road to path

4

Toweridge Rd/A40

H

7.3

HP14 3AP

12:20

Right towards West Wycombe

4

Cookshall Lane

M

7.9

Water

HP14 3AA

12:20

Over roundabout to lane

4

A4128 crossing to Boss Lane

H

11

Water

HP14 4PE

12:40

Over road to lane

5

Heath End Road crossroads

H

0.25

HP15 6HP

12:50

Over junction

5

Turn to South Bucks Way

M

2

HP16 0DL

12:58

Cross road on bend and join footpath

5

Little Missenden

L

3.3

HP7 0QU

13:10

Guide away from SBW and around village

5

Path under A413

M

5

Water

HP7 0RN

13:20

Guide out of cricket field, and warn about low bridge

5

Amersham High St/church

H

6

HP7 0DT

13:20

Cross road, left into churchyard

5

Amersham A416 crossing

H

6.5

HP7 0DBD

13:22

Block runners to prevent from crossing Station Rd

5

Raan's road roundabout

H

7.2

HP6 6NX

13:25

Under bridge and across roundabout

5

Bell Lane

L

8.5

Water

HP6 6PQ

13:35

Left onto road

5

Latimer Farm

M

8.8

HP5 1TU

13:35

Left from road over stile, and warn about livestock

5

Flaunden crossroads

M

11.35

HP3 0PW

13:45

Over crossroads

5

Hog Pits Rd t-junction

M

11.6

Water

HP3 0PW

13:50

Over road and onto forest track

5

Chipperfield road turn

M

12.8

WD4 9DE

14:00

Left and then right to Buck Hill

6

Langley Rd & turn after bridge

M

1.5

WD4 9JQ

14:10

Onto road, over bridge and right to footpath

6

Church Rd crossing

H

2.1

WD4 8JR

14:15

Across busy urban road

6

Primrose Hill crossing

M

2.8

Water

WD4 8HS

14:20

Across road and onto narrow path

6

Sergehill Lane crossing

H

4.6

WD5 0RW

14:30

Across busy road

6

Potters Crouch

M

6.1

Water

AL2 3NN

14:35

Across quiet crossroads

6

Field towards houses

L

7.2

AL3 4JW

14:40

Right to field

6

King Harry Lane

H

7.6

AL3 4HX

14:45

Cross via pelican crossing into park

7

Cottonmill Lane crossing

M

0.3

AL1 1HJ

14:55

Across lane and back onto Ver Path

7

Hatfield underpass

L

5

Water

AL10 0SQ

15:20

Bridge over motorway, then right to subway for Alban Way

7

St Albans Rd West crossing

M

5.25

AL10 0FH

15:25

Alban way crosses minor road

7

Lemsford Rd crossing

M

5.4

AL10 0DL

15:25

Alban way crosses minor road

7

Ground Lane road crossing

M

6

AL10 0QH

15:25

Alban way crosses minor road

7

A1000 crossing

H

7

Water

AL9 5HW

15:30

Cross A1000 using traffic island, before A414 bridge

7

Cole Green Way start

L

10.25

Water

AL7 3DQ

15:45

Turn on verge from Holywell Hyde Lane into Cole Green Lane and way

8

Subway to Hertford castle

L

2.75

SG13 8FL

16:15

Ignore cycle path signs to use pedestrian underpass

8

Maidenhead Rd Hertford

M

2.85

SG14 1EA

16:15

Use pelican crossing to cross into pedestrian shopping street

8

Mill Rd canal crossing

L

3.5

Water

SG13 7GD

16:20

Cross Mill Rd and weir to join canal towpath

8

Amwell End crossing

H

5.7

Water

SG12 9BS

16:30

Towpath emerges onto road - use traffic islands

8

St Margarets

L

7.75

Water

SG12 8DH

16:45

(Water only)

9

Cross bridge

L

1.5

EN10 6QT

17:05

Cross bridge and narrow road to join other side

9

Station Rd, Waltham Abbey

L

5.5

Water

EN9 1AZ

17:25

(Water only)

9

Enfield Lock

L

7

Water

EN3 6GE

17:35

Turns away from river to Godwin Close

9

A112 crossing to Mott St

H

8

EN9 3QQ

17:45

Left to pavement, then right to Mott St

9

Crossroads towards High Beach

M

9.75

IG10 4AD

17:50

Straight on over Avey Lane

10

A104 forest crossing

H

0.55

IG10 4AF

18:00

Cross busy, fast road

10

A121 forest crossing - Broad Strood

H

1.7

IG10 2SD

18:05

Cross busy, fast road

10

B127 forest crossing

H

2.6

CM16 5HW

18:10

Cross busy, fast road

10

Theydon Rd crossing

H

4.2

Water

CM16 4EA

18:20

Cross busy, fast road and turn right

10

Epping station

M

5.15

CM16 4FG

18:25

Cross Central Drive and onto footpath to station

10

Cross Bower Hill

M

5.3

CM16 7AA

18:25

Cross Bower Hill to join pavement on LHS

10

Crossing to Houblons Hill

H

6.4

CM16 7QJ

18:30

Cross Coopersale St into Houblons Hill, watching ditch on green

10

Coopersale - road crossing at church

M

7

Water

CM16 7QT

18:35

Cross to school and onto path through woods

11

Toot Hill T-junction

M

0.8

CM5 9LF

19:00

Right turn into Greensted Rd

11

Essex Way turn off road

L

1.3

CM5 9LG

19:00

Left turn after farm onto Essex Way

11

Ongar High St

L

2.9

Water

CM5 9AB

19:10

Cross road using zebra crossing, and left into Castle St

11

High Ongar

M

4.2

CM5 9RL

19:20

Cross road and through hedges into fields

11

Paslow Farm

M

6.5

Water

CM4 0JY

19:30

Cross road and round barns to St Peters Way

11

Blackmore Rd crossing

L

7.1

CM4 0RB

19:30

Cross road and into field towards finish

12

Sharp left bend

M

0.8

CM15 0QZ

08:00

Road bends sharp left past two roads to the right

12

Windmill/Billericay turn

L

4.4

Water

CM15 0TD

08:20

Left turn signposted Billericay

12

Lower Rd junction

L

5.4

CM13 1XB

08:25

Left & right turns

12

Hutton Lane turn

L

6.7

Water

CM13 1QG

08:30

Cross road to right turn

12

Hutton Church 

L

7

CM13 1RX

08:35

Path to left of church, then right & left to bridleway

12

Brentwood Rd crossing

H

9.5

CM13 3QZ

08:45

Cross busy road and turn left & right towards golf club

13

Childerditch Lane

H

0.3

CM13 3RZ

09:05

Cross lane, half right turn to join pavement along Eagle Way

13

Magpie Lane crossing

H

1.7

CM13 3DT

09:12

Emerge from woods to turn right and cross road

13

Warley  Rd crossing

H

2.3

CM13 3JH

09:14

Cross busy road into Codham Hall Lane

13

Codham Lane end

L

2.85

Water

CM13 3FB

09:17

Join path around field

13

Nightingale Lane

M

5.5

Water

RM14 1EW

09:28

Cross residential road

14

Pike Lane

H

0.2

RM14 2XL

09:42

Emerge from fields to run briefly along Pike Lane, then right to path

14

Ockendon Rd

M

2.15

Water

RM14 2DJ

09:51

Cross road

14

Aveley High St

M

5.8

Water

RM15 4AD

10:06

Right to high street, then cross to left and turn left

14

Mardyke Path start

L

6.55

RM19 1YX

10:11

Left turn to path

15

Pigrims Way turn

M

0.85

DA1 1RF

10:45

Right and left turns to Pilgrims Way

15

Green St turn

M

1.2

DA1 1QA

10:45

Turn left and cross using traffic island

15

Darenth Country Park entrance

M

2

DA2 6PU

10:50

Left to cross Gore Rd, then right to cross park entrance

15

Turn up Darenth Hill

M

2.4

DA2 7JP

10:50

Turn right to cross road at pub and to pavement on RHS

15

Roman Villa Rd turn

M

2.9

DA2 7QS

10:50

Left to Roman Villa Rd

15

Bridges pub

M

4.6

Water

DA4 9AZ

11:00

Right over river, then left to cross road and onto Darent Valley Path

16

Road section after start

M

0.2

DA4 0JF

11:34

Cross road and back onto path

16

Otford High St

L

3.2

Water

TN14 5PQ

11:50

Turn right to pavement

16

Telston Lane

M

3.8

TN14 5JX

11:50

Cross High St and left to Telston Lane

16

Rose & Crown pub

M

4.75

TN13 2TH

11:55

Turn right to cross London Rd, then right on pavement

16

Morants Court Rd

M

5.3

TN14 6HD

11:55

Left to cross Morants Ct Rd, then right over M25, then left to B2211

16

Road bend towards Chevening

H

5.8

TN14 6HB

12:00

Right to cross road, then over decrepit stile

16

Keepers Cottage

L

7.5

Water

TN14 7PP

12:10

Left onto road down steep hill

16

A233 crossing

H

10.8

Water

TN16 2DS

12:25

Right onto A233, then left into the Avenue

16

Church Hill turn

M

12.3

TN16 2DG

12:35

Right into Church Hill

16

Ship Hill turn

M

12.8

TN16 2JY

12:38

Left into Ship Hill

17

Clarks Lane turn

M

0.8

TN16 2JT

12:55

Right turn at t-junction

17

The Ridge turn

M

1.55

CR6 9QH

13:00

Right onto B269, then left onto The Ridge

17

Gangers Hill turn

M

3.3

Water

CR3 7AX

13:10

Left turn at t-junction

17

Tandridge Rd Junction

L

4

RH9 8DF

13:15

Run across junction with road to left

17

Quarry Rd turn

L

4.7

RH9 8DF

13:15

Sharp right up track

17

Stanstead Rd junction

M

7.6

Water

CR3 6AJ

13:30

Right at junction, then left to NDW

17

Hilltop Lane crossing

M

8.7

CR3 5BL

13:35

Cross lane to continue on NDW

18

Gatton Rd crossing

M

0.75

RH2 0TA

13:55

Right onto road, then left towards school and NDW

18

Viewpoint & footbridge

L

2

Water

RH2 9RP

14:00

Cross Wray Lane and round snack bar to cross footbridge

18

Pebble Hill Rd

H

5.8

Water

RH3 7BP

14:20

Left to pavement, then cross road to pavement on RHS

18

The Coombe

M

6.3

RH3 7BW

14:25

Right into residential road, then round to left to NDW

19

Turn onto road from Box Hill

L

1

RH5 6BY

14:47

Through stile and left to join road

19

Subway to Westhumble

L

1.4

RH5 6BX

14:47

Through subway and left & then right into village

19

Chapel ruin left turn

L

2.2

RH5 6AY

14:52

Sharp left turn to small road

19

Ranmore road crossing

M

4.2

Water

RH5 6SR

15:05

Cross road junction to gate to NDW

19

NDW road crossing

H

6.5

Water

RH5 6QS

15:12

Right & left turns over road on NDW

20

West Horsley Road Crossing

H

2.6

KT24 6DG

15:57

Busy road crossing using traffic islands east of roundabout

20

Silkmore Lane turn

M

3

Water

KT24 6JP

16:00

Cross road to fork left

20

Jury Farm/Ripley Lane

H

4

KT24 6JT

16:05

Track ends; sharp right to road

21

Anchor pub

M

1.5

GU23 6QW

16:22

Road crossing

21

Old Parvis Rd

L

3.3

Water

KT14 6LE

16:32

Road crossing

21

Byfleet Rd crossing

H

4.5

KT15 3JH

16:38

Busy road crossing

21

Weybridge Lock 

H

5.8

Water

KT13 8HN

16:45

Busy road crossing

21

Church Walk

L

6.5

KT13 8NH

16:50

Small footpath

22

Hampton Court bridge

H

4.8

Water

KT8 9EP

17:25

Cross using pelican crossing

22

Turn up to Kingston Bridge

L

7.7

Water

KT1 4BU

17:40

Left up to road (not under bridge)

22

Turn off Kingston Bridge

L

8.1

KT1 4BU

17:40

Sharp left down ramp to towpath

22

Towpath to finish

L

9.1

KT2 5BD

17:45

Left off Lower Ham Rd to join upper towpath to finish