Lea Valley 50 KM

50k point to point trail run from Welwyn to London on the Cole Green Way and Lea Valley Path.

Race Data

Date Saturday 21st November, 2020
Start Time 8-9am
Price £48 Affiliated / £52 Unaffiliated
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Age Limits 20 years old
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Our first event of 2020 will be the “Lea Valley 50 km” which is a fast 50 km from Welwyn Garden City to Hackney Wick in East London. The route follows the scenic Cole Green Way and Lea Valley Path all the way from rural Hertfordshire to the Big Smoke. Welwyn is very accessible from Central London, being only a 35 minute train ride from Kings Cross station. The race finishes very close to Hackney Wick station for fast access back to other parts of London. As with all Camino events, you will be fully supported by 3 nutritiously stocked aid stations, first aid support and course markings in addition to the pre-existing Lea Valley trail waymarkers. Race held under full UK Athletics Permit granted through the TRA (Permit Number 3731).

LEA VALLEY 50 KM FAQ:

SEPTEMBER 24TH COVID UPDATE: Camino Ultra is an affiliated UKA Event Promoter and all our events follow their detailed Covid-19 guidelines for your safety. In addition we have our permit through the TRA (Trail Running Association) and they also supply a detailed list of Covid-19 specific requirements for Race Directors (Upto date ones are listed below) Most importantly the Lea Valley 50 KM will have a staggered start between 08:00 - 09:00 AM which will allow us to set you off in groups of no more than 6 runners. Rest assured that the Start/Finish and Aid Stations will all have the necessary hand sanitizers and protection that you would expect from this event

1. How can I sign up? – You can enter all Camino Ultra events through our partner Race Director https://www.racedirector.co.uk/events/lea-valley-50km-2020

2. Can I walk this race? There are cut-offs for all our events (mostly because the kind folk that you meet at all the start/finish/aid-stations are volunteers and we hire the venues and need to keep to strict times for our licences) So whilst you will definitely be able to walk sections of our ultra events they are not suitable for pure walkers

3. What happens with my stuff at the start? You will be given a tag to write your “name + contact number + race number” on and all of these bags will be transported for you to the finish location.

4. This is my first race – what happens if I don’t finish? One of the great things about our events are the accessibility of easy public transport. You are never too far from a bus or train station – dare say that a taxi could be called out to most places too.

5. Is there any mandatory kit? For Camino events the answer will mostly be no. However please do read any emails that are shared or community/social media posts – especially ones that may be helpful around weather warnings.

6. This is my first Ultra – what do I need to consider that I may not have done for a road marathon? Probably the biggest impact will be the amount of food/hydration that you may need. All the Camino Ultras will have adequate Checkpoints and we want to have a reputation for stocking the types of food on our aid stations that are actually good for you.

7. Is it possible to leave a car at the finish and easily get to the start via public transport? Yes - the journey between Hackney Wick and Welwyn is really straight forward and can be done in one hour. Catch the London Overground to Highbury & Islington Rail Station and then Great Northern train to Welwyn station. Cost will be less than £10 for this journey. There are more than two trains leaving Hackney Wick per hour and these start as early as 06:17 am. You would probably want to get 06:42am which would leave you over an hour to get to the start and registered. You can park all day near Hackney Wick from less than £8 using https://www.justpark.com/uk/parking/hackney-wick-station/

8. What happens if I get injured and are no longer able to take up my Lea Valley place?

Please see info for Race Refunds below. Always contact us on info@caminoultra.com - we are a small race organiser and we pride ourselves on a personal service. So we will do every thing we can to support you.

9. What does the Lea Valley 50 KM race include:

World-class timing from Race Director

Your results will appear on DUV Statistiks ultra website

You will receive a ReRun clothing stamp

Warm drink and delicious food at the finish

Checkpoints stocked with nutritious food/drink

Full insurance from UK Athletics

10. What happens with RACE NUMBERS:

Race Numbers will be posted out to you over 3 weeks in advance. They contain a timing chip and your emergency contact details etc on the reverse. Arrive at the start wearing your race number clearly on the front of your kit. This can be pinned onto shorts or top but must not be obscured by other kit such as a race vest. It must be clearly visible at all times. Please do not pin it on the back of your body or on the back of a race vest or rucsac. If your number does not arrive, you lose it or forget to bring it to the start, do not worry, we will have some replacements at the start point.

11. What will happen for the "Registration / Race Briefing" The race briefing will be video recorded, posted to YouTube and a link shared with you well in advance of the race. The briefing will contain all the information you need to know to have a safe and enjoyable run. Therefore, to avoid congestion and aid social distancing, there will not be a race registration area that is mandatory to attend prior to the race. As long as you have your number and are ready to race you can just show up near the start line ready to start.

12. What happens at the finish? There will be volunteers towards the end of the race that will inform you how close you are to the finish – so that you can be prepared to sprint it home. You will clearly see the finish banner (for Lea Valley 50 KM 2020 this will be by the Here East zone near the Hackney Olympic park. Our finish venue is the St Columba Barge which will have your bag, a clean toilet and your finish. There is a station at Hackney Wick which is a 10 minute walk from the Barge. There are plenty of amazing places to meet your friends and eat – we recommend the Crate for beer and pizza.

RACE REFUNDS You can process any Race refund through the existing functionality on the Race Director website. We will constantly update the signed-up runners through emailed newsletters. However there will be a clear date (Currently Tuesday 20th October 2020) where we will be no longer be able to process refunds due to the need to pay for committed spend for this race.