Race Info & Route

Following a highly successful event last year, the Sandridge 10k and family fun run is back for 2021!

Taking on a ‘COVID proof’ new look, the event will see runners starting and finishing in the village to complete a GPS tracked audio guided route around the outskirts of Sandridge.

When: Sunday 12th September 2021.

Where: Sandridge, St Albans, AL4.

Why: For health, for fun, for the children of Sandridge Primary School.

With whom: This year we are introducing a GPS audio guided app for all runners to use. The app will give you audio instructions as you run around our scenic 10k route.

We would LOVE nothing more than to be running together and encouraging competitive sprint finishes, however, the app enables us to still run competitively as it tracks your run via GPS and produces a live results board of all runners, so this year THERE WILL BE WINNERS!!

We will be staggering the starts in line with government guidelines on race day (this may be 1 or any number of runners starting at any one time), we ask you stick to government advice and run only with others if it is safe to do so.

All runners will be asked to sign up to a start time ahead of the event.

Route: The 10k route is a TRAIL run – predominantly off road on paths and woodland terrain. Please be aware of trip hazards and uneven footing.

This is a ‘live’ route and given the nature of the event, runners may encounter walkers, cyclists, horse riders and other members of the public. Please respect social distancing and be aware you may be required to give way. The Sandridge10k is a scenic rather than PB course!

There will be limited physical route markings out on race day, course guidance will come via the audio guided GPS app (ROYO – downloadable from your app store) for which you will be given sign up details prior to the event. You will need to have the app running throughout your race.

Marshals will be stationed at points where trail intersects with road. All runners need to be aware there may be live traffic and should engage road safety sense at all times.

**If you would like to run your own race wherever you are you have our full endorsement 😊. Plan your own beautiful 10k, run it on 12th September and send us your ‘evidence’ (strava/garmin/other screenshot) we will then post out your medal**

Music: Yes! You are able to start your playlist prior to hitting ‘GO’ on your ROYO app – your music will fade in and out when a route instruction needs to be given.

Water: Hydrate well before your run and look forward to a cool drink when you finish, or take a bottle with you to have on route. There will be no water stations on route.

Chip timing: There is no chip timing BUT accurate GPS timing will be recorded via the ROYO race app which will provide your audio guidance. This will provide a real time leader board. So, go on, challenge yourself…and a friend…

Medals: YES! Our beautiful bespoke wooden medals will be awarded to all finishers of both the 10k and family fun run events.

We are crossing our fingers and toes that (covid permitting) we will be able to set up Race HQ at one of the pubs in the village again so we can award your medals on the day and have a (socially distanced) drink with you after your run.

For those who are further afield, we will gladly post your medal to you once we receive evidence of your tracked run.

Race numbers: Runners following the audio guided route will be asked to wear a running number with health and safety information completed on the reverse. These will be sent to you as a PDF which you will need to download, print off and attach to your running top.

First aid: Qualified first aiders will be mobile around the course on bikes for the duration of the event within our planned event times.

Please run safely, look after each other and have fun


Entry Fees:

Entry to both events is open!

Family Fun Run (approx 1 mile)

Family Fun Run entry is £6 (£5 for club affiliated runners).

10K Trail Run

Walkers or Runners 16 to 116 years (be sensible!) of age may enter the 10K event.

Standard entry £15, running club affiliated runners £13

2020 runners are entitled to 10% discount on 2021 race entry. If you have not received this code, please email us sandridge10k@gmail.com so we can verify your race entry last year and send you the code 😊

Please note there is an administrative booking fee set by the sign up company added to all entries.

Online entries will close at midnight the day before the race or when the run reaches capacity.

Getting to the event

In the interest of both health and minimising our carbon footprint, runners and spectators are encouraged to walk or cycle to the event where possible.

There are regular bus routes through the village of Sandridge.

For those who need to drive, we ask you to car share where appropriate! We do ask drivers to consider off setting their carbon load via the Woodland Trust’s ‘Carbon Capture Scheme’.

There are public car parks in Sandridge Village (High Street, AL4 9DA).

Car parking space will be opened up at Sandridge Primary School (Woodcock Hill, AL4 9EB)

With Thanks

The Rose & Crown
Carpenter's Nursery & Farm Shop