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Racing is back, and runners are back together. This 5k event at Kempton Park is the perfect way back into running. Take on one of three 5k races and enjoy a beautiful spring run.
5k - Race B, 5k - Race C, and 5k - Race A
Sat, 15 May 2021
Sunbury-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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The event experience
Based on 9,000 participants
Where and when
Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Rd E, Shepperton, Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 5AQ, UK
Sat, 15 May 2021
5k - Race A:8:30am |
5k - Race B:11:45am |
5k - Race C:3:30pm
The Reunion 5k course is a fast, flat route with a few turns on hard-packed paths.
Aiming to learn more about how mass-participation sports can return, this 5k event trial and test a number of factors to find the best possible roadmap for returning to racing.
3 different 5k structures will be tested, meaning theres plenty of opportunities to run.
More specific route information will be available closer to the event.
The races will be split up as follows:
- Race A will have social distancing for 3,000 runners and 3,000 spectators
- Race B will have no social distancing for 3,000 runners but will have social distancing in place for 3,000 spectators
- Race C will have no social distancing for 3,000 runners and 3,000 spectators.
Runners should be aware of the following information when entering, and that you will need to complete the following before the event:
- Take a Covid-19 lateral flow test on Friday 14 May. You'll be sent more details of how to order a home lateral flow test kit, or book a test at your local test centre, once you’ve signed up
- Provide evidence that your lateral flow test was negative to gain entry to the event
- We are also asking attendees to take pre- and post-event home PCR tests, carried out to inform the research. Further information on booking these tests will be sent to attendees prior to the event
- Download the official NHS Test and Trace app on your phone ahead of arrival at the event
- Wear a face covering before and after the event (subject to confirmation)
- Complete a short post-event questionnaire
- Complete the Reunion 5k in less than 60 minutes
Organizer route images
- Bag drop
- Chip-timed results
- Finisher's medal
How to get there
Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Rd E, Shepperton, Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 5AQ, UKGet full directions
There will be a bike park area at the venue for you to safely leave your bike while you take part in the event.
Kempton Park is located on the A308 between Sunbury on Thames and Hampton Court, less than one mile from Junction 1 of the M3 via Junction 12 of the M25. If you are planning to drive to the Reunion 5k, please choose the entry option with a free car park permit.
Kempton Park Station is 200 yards from the North entrance of the racecourse. Trains run every half an hour direct from London Waterloo with a 40-minute journey time. Please note that, due to social distancing measures, the eight-carriage trains can only accommodate up to 150 passengers, so do not travel by train unless absolutely necessary.
Event day logistics
08:30 - 09:30 Race A start
11:45 - 12:00 Race B start
15:30 - 15:45 Race C start
Runners have 1 hour from their start time to complete the 5k.
All runners and spectators must be 18 and older, and those living with someone clinically vulnerable, or those who are pregnant, are advised they should not attend.
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Your supporters are welcome to the Reunion 5k as long as they are aged 18 or over, not in a clinically vulnerable group and they register in advance.
Participants will have the opportunity to register spectators once they have received their entry confirmation email.
Please note that spectators will not receive access to the car park unless they are in the same vehicle as the participant.
What is the Reunion 5k aiming to learn?
It is part of the government’s Events Research Programme and has been designed in conjunction with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) to provide scientific data on how mass participation events can safely resume as part of the roadmap out of lockdown (from 21 June). For more information on the Events Research Programme, see the following link - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-about-the-events-research-programme-erp-paving-the-way-for-larger-audiences-to-attend-sport-theatre-and-gigs-safely-this-summer/guidance-on-the-events-research-programme
Do spectators also have to undergo the same Covid-19 tests?
Yes, all spectators will also have to take a Covid-19 lateral flow test on Friday 14 May and show evidence of a negative result to be permitted entry to the event. Attendees are also asked to take pre- and post-event home PCRs tests, carried out to inform the research. Further information on booking these tests will be sent to attendees prior to the event.
Will I be required to wear a face covering while running?
No, you will not be required to wear a face covering while running, but you may be asked to wear a face covering at other times. It is asked that you put your face covering in your pocket or carry it in some other way during your run.
What is the time limit to complete the 5k?
You must complete the Reunion 5k is less than one hour (this time will start when you cross the Start Line).
Do I need to have had a Covid-19 vaccination to take part?
As part of the entry process and data capture for the Events Research Programme, everyone (runners and spectators) will be asked if they have been vaccinated, but this is not a requirement to attend the event. Whether you have had one, two or no vaccinations, you are welcome to enter.
If I test positive for Covid-19 before the event, can I get a refund?
Yes. If you test positive for Covid-19 your entry fee will be refunded.
How do I show I have a negative Covid-19 lateral flow test result when I arrive at the event?
You will be asked to show a text message or email confirming a negative result from your lateral flow test to event staff on arrival at the Reunion 5K. If your result is positive, you will not be permitted to enter.
Do spectators need a ticket to enter the event?
All registered spectators must bring ID and their entry QR code as well as providing evidence of a negative Covid-19 lateral flow test upon arrival at the venue.
I ran in Race B at the Kempton Park Reunion 5km race. It was a test on behalf of the Government to see the effect of no masks or social distancing within a large group of people to help with the reintroduction of large running events. 3 tests required, 2 prior to race day and one 5 days after. The whole event was extremely well organised. This was my first 5km race and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The volunteers were great too. Helpful and supportive. Well done to all involved.
5.0Did the 5k - Race B in 2021
This special event was extremely well organised to test the safety of a return to mass participation running events. Three Covid tests ever a week to analyse the impact of the event on infection rates. Very friendly and a great atmosphere.
5.0Did the 5k - Race C in 2021
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