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BEAT THE BARGE – INFORMATION for Runners and Spectators

July 29, 2021 by Martin Lawrence
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BEAT THE BARGE 2021 will be held on Saturday 7th August at Linford Manor Park.
The run starts at 4pm.
Weather permitting (the forecast is looking OK) we are hoping to make an afternoon of it in the park with some stalls. Please feel free to bring a picnic and spend some time among family and friends.

Getting there
Linford Manor can be found in the village of Great Linford, with access from Marsh Drive, the High Street, or Parklands via St Leger Drive. Postcode for SatNav users MK14 5AX.

Car parking
Free car parking at the following locations:

  • Off Marsh Drive, a new large parking area at the Memorial Hall.
  • Off Parklands, in front of the Arts workshop buildings

Toilets
There are no public toilets in Linford Manor Park. However we have agreed the use of toilets at the Nags Head pub which is located just outside the park gates.

Refreshments and Stalls
There will be various stalls in the event village. This year we have Lisa and Pete’s BBQ, a charity cake stall, strawberries & cream and a tombola for MK Act (the club’s charity of the year), Really Awesome Coffee, Chins Kitchen, Emily’s Star, The Treatment Lab, David Downs Sports Therapy, Milton Keynes Play Association and Elaine’s Honey. The Nags Head will also be open for food and drinks. Some stalls will be able to take card payments but please bring some cash with you.

Spectators / Supporters
Spectators are positively encouraged. We are hoping to create a fun, family friendly event with plenty of room for picnics and games in the park area. Please be aware that the canal towpath is narrow in places which are not suitable for spectators.

Registration
The registration marquee will be open from 3pm with the start of the Race at 4pm. Runners please arrive in plenty of time to register. If you have not registered (or notified us) by 3.45pm we will sell ‘on the day’ places, £12.50 on a first come first served basis.

There will be a (non-secure) bag drop area available if required.

Race Details
The route is approximately 5 miles long, taking in the canal towpath, open fields, woodland bridleway and a redway section. We do not have sole use of the paths so please be aware of other users.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A PREDOMINANTELY OFF ROAD EVENT WITH UNEAVEN SURFACES, ONE SET OF STEPS AND SOME NARROW PATHS. EXTRA CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN AT ALL TIMES OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS

The barge will travel along the canal section of the route (Approximately the last 2 miles). Can you complete the 5 mile course to get back to the finish before it?!?

Timing
The event will be chip timed. When you register you will be given a shoe tag to record your time.
On crossing the finish line you will receive your well-earned medal and have your shoe tag removed.
You will also be able to collect your Beat the Barge 2021 t-shirt. Results and times will be published later on redwayrunners.com in the Beat the Barge section of the events tab.

Water
Please note that there will be no water station on route. Please bring your own water for after the race.

Awards
Trophies will also be awarded to the first 3 male and first 3 female finishers.
Every runner will receive a raffle ticket for some spot prizes which have kindly been donated. The raffle will be drawn after the presentation. Winners must be there to claim their prize – if not present, it will be re-drawn. Additional tickets will be on sale too.

Event Schedule

  • 3.00pm Registration opens
  • 3.15pm Barge leaves Manor Park
  • 3.50pm Runners Briefing
  • 4.00pm Runner Start
  • 5.30pm Presentations and raffle

Thank you for your support. We hope to have a really enjoyable afternoon.