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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Mad Jack's Five 2017 - Information for Competitors



Mad Jacks 5

(Approximately 5 miles multi terrain)
Race held under UKA Rules. Licence Applied For
Information for competitors

Date. Saturday 11th November 2017

Start time. 11.00am – also see below for registration closing times

Venue. National Trust, Attingham Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4TP                             

There will be a special memento to mark the 10th year

Shrewsbury AC and the National Trust  would like to thank Rybrook BMW Shrewsbury and UP&RUNNING Shrewsbury for their support of this event.

Entry fees.

In advance. Affiliated runners - £10, unaffiliated - £12. On-line at or by post. Closing date for receipt – Wednesday 3rd November 2017.

Entry on the day (Affiliated and Unaffiliated runners - £14) will be available if the race limit of 550 has not been reached.

Check the website:

 Contact Kevin Francis 07809 207 007 before travelling if in doubt.

What is an Affiliated runner? This is someone who has paid the current year's Affiliation fee to England/Welsh/Scottish or Northern Ireland Athletics. This is not the same as being an attached runner. If you are are Club member but have not paid the Affiliation fee you have to pay the higher fee. Don't know if you are Affiliated - check with your Club's membership secretary.

Minimum age.

16 years on the day of the race.

Medical fitness to compete.

Please do not enter this race unless your are reasonable fit and have completed some suitable running activity / training in the proceeding weeks. The weather in November can be cold, wet and windy. The course itself is very well marked out with approximately 15 marshals or more at strategic points.

All entrants will be required to sign the following declaration when entering the race. Please do not enter this race unless you are medically fit to compete. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit to compete.

“I declare that I will abide by the laws and rules of UK Athletics.  I am not under the minimum age to compete in this event.  I accept that neither the race director nor any persons involved in the organisation of the event will be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, costs or expenses that may arise in consequence of my participation in this event, however such may be caused.  I declare that I will not compete in this race unless I am in good health on the day of the race and that in any event, I will only compete at my own risk.” 

Advice on preparing for a running event can be found on the Runners’ Medical Resource website at '

Medical provision.

To UKA standards.

Contact details.

For race and course details. Kevin Francis 07809 207 007 

For race entries. Andy Lewis. 07943391110.

How to get there by road.

4 miles South East of Shrewsbury on the B4380 (old A5 road between Shrewsbury and Telford).

Sign posted from all local roads leading to National Trust, Attingham Park, SY4 4TP.

Follow National Trust signs, and race signs on the day when entering the Park itself.

There will be marshals and additional car park signs on the race day indicating where you can park, parking is free of charge.

Event HQ / registration area.

Within the courtyard area of the park itself, there will be visible signs on the race day.

Registration and race numbers.

Registration is within the Courtyard area behind the main entrance to house and park grounds.

The start of race is approximately 5 minutes walk from registration.

Registration opens at 9.00am and closes at 10.30am

Race numbers will be posted a couple of weeks before the race date. The closing date for pre-entries takes account of this. However, they can be collected from Registration on the day, if this has been pre-arranged with the organiser (this will normally only apply to entries close to the event date).

All runners must wear a number securely pinned to the front of the vest/T-shirt, numbers not to be cut, folded or mutilated.

NB. If you have pre-entered you do not have to go to Registration on the day.

Limited safety pins are available, so please bring your own. You will need 4 pins to make sure your number is securely attached.

Changing rooms and showers.

Not available.


Are available within the grounds of Attingham Park, and are clearly sign posted.

Start and Finish.

Approximately 350 metres from Registration area.

The start and finish areas are clearly sign posted once within the Park grounds.

They are in two different areas of the Park, and are separated by approximately 500 metres, or a 5 minute walk.


Will be available in the Courtyard area of the Park before, during and after the race. There is also a good play area for children within the Park grounds, and plenty of space for picnics and walks – all are clearly signposted. For more information on the many attractions at Attingham Park visit the website

Race route.

A multi-terrain course measuring approximately 5 miles.

The course is relatively flat with a minimal amount of tarmac / hard surface, with some woodland trails.

The majority of the course is off road, covering a mixture of pasture land where cattle, sheep and deer can be seen. The course also takes in a large amount of wooded area with certain obstacles, such as fallen trees which can create trip hazards. The course also covers several wet / marsh areas dependent upon weather conditions, leading up to the race and on the day.

Just before the finish of the race the course takes in the “pond” which means runners should run or wade through still water that is approximately 0.5 metres in depth.

This can be very muddy and obviously cold, be prepared for this popular feature at the end of the race.

Water stations.

There will be water at the finish only.

Retiring from the race.

It is expected that you will complete the course and pass through the finish funnel. If you find for any reason that you cannot complete the race you must report to the finish marshals, or a marshal nearest your retirement position.

This is an important safety feature – we need to know that all runners are accounted for at the end of the race. It is the responsibility of each runner to comply with this requirement. We don't want to be searching for a runner in the woods or adjacent areas who has retired from the race and gone home without letting us know.

Race prizes and awards.

Results will be available on the day as soon as possible after the race, a prize giving ceremony will take place in the Courtyard area where registration is.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:


1st  and 2nd  finishers overall plus the 1st male and female in each of the following age categories- 16-20, 21-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+

First unattached runner male / female

1 years membership to Shrewsbury AC.

There will also be a Spot Prize of a BMW car for the weekend (subject to Terms and Conditions) courtesy of Rybrook BMW. This will be drawn at random from the runners who compete on the day.

Team event. Separate prize for male and female teams. First four Affiliated Club runners to count.


Limited results will be available on the day. Full results will be available from the websites above and via

Cancellation, Refund and Transfer of Entry policy.

Cancellation by the organisers.

The race organisers will do everything within their control to ensure the race goes ahead.

National Trust have certain rules which apply to weather conditions that could make the Park unsafe to both runners and spectators, and therefore the Park can either be closed altogether, or the race re-routed at short notice. In the event that the event has to be cancelled this information will be posted on the race websites (see above).

In the unlikely event that the race has to be cancelled runners will be offered the option to have their entry transferred to either a rearranged race date (if the organisers can rearrange in the same year) or the following year's race, or to have a refund. The refund would be subject to a deduction for costs incurred by the organisers prior to the cancellation.

Refund of entry fee.

If a competitor decides that they no longer wish to take part in the race a refund of the entry fee will be made subject to the following:

- a deduction of costs incurred to that date by the organiser (including the charge by the card provider for online entries) and reasonable costs incurred in processing the refund – ''the balance''

- the full amount of the balance will be payable where notice is received by the organiser up to 4 weeks before the date of the race

- 50% of the balance will be payable where notice is received between 2 and 4 weeks before the date of the race

- no refund will be given where notice is received within the 2 weeks prior to the race.

Transfer of entry. The competitor can choose from one of the following options.

Option 1. The competitor can request that their entry be transferred to the following year's Mad Jacks race or to the Club's Eastridge Trail Half race. This latter option may require an extra payment to cover the higher race entry fee. For more details about the Eastridge race visit the Club website at  The request must be made before the race starts.

Option 2. The competitor can request the transfer of their entry to another runner. Where the transfer is from an Affiliated to an Unaffiliated runner extra payment will be required to cover the difference in entry fees. The request must be made and all information required must be sent to Andy Lewis by 9.00 am on Thursday 9th November so that the entry/results database can be finalised.

We hope that you enjoy this race


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