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EVENT GUIDE

Spring event : Sunday 24 March 2024

Thank you to the team at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens for helping to make this event possible.


A significant amount of work has gone in to creating a running event at this truly remarkable venue, which is designed primarily for walking and admiring the views, unbelievable sculptures, plants and wildlife. 

We could not have achieved this without the support from the team at Leonardslee.


Your safety and event enjoyment are of the utmost importance to us. Please take some time to read through our Participant Guide ahead of the event.



DATE AND TIMING

Heritage Trail Series spring event at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens starts at 9am on Sunday 24th March 2024.

  • Please arrive by 8:30am
  • Please aim to be in the start area by 8:50am


RUNNING NUMBERS

Running numbers will be posted to you up to 7 days before the event. (We will not be providing pins.) 

If you booked parking and spectator passes, these will be sent to you at the same time. 

N.B. If you enter in the two weeks before the event date, your running number (and any passes) will be available to collect on the day.

If you do not receive your running number please email us at info@heritagetrailseries.co.uk and we will ensure you have a race pack to collect on the day.



SPECTATOR PASSES

Leonardslee Gardens has kindly agreed to reduce the entrance fee for spectators and still allow full access to the Gardens and play areas after the event has finished. 

Spectator passes can be purchased pre-event at a discounted fee. Spectators can also pay on event day to access the Gardens but will need to pay full price.

If you booked spectator passes, these will be sent to you with your running number.

If you and your family are members of Leonardslee Gardens you do not need to pay for spectator passes.

N.B. If you enter in the two weeks before the event date your running number (and any passes) will be available to collect on the day.



INFO TENT

If you have any queries or have not received a running number (or passes) please head to the Info Tent when you arrive at Leonardslee Gardens. The Info Tent is near to the main entrance to access the Gardens.  



WATER

Drinking water will be available for all at the Start / Finish. We will not have a drinks station on the route but you will pass the taps after 4km.

To aid our sustainability please bring your own drinks bottle.

There will be an area that you can leave your bottle for after your run if you don't wish to run with it.



TOILETS

As part of our efforts to remain as sustainable as possible, we will not be hiring in event toilets. Leonardslee Gardens are used to have 1,000’s of visitors daily and have ample facilities. 

There is a big block of toilets by the entrance to the Gardens, and toilets by the cafe within the grounds.  Please arrive early in case of queues to use the toilets.



BAGGAGE

We will have a baggage tent by the start line where you can leave your bags but the area will not be secure.  If you have any valuables please leave them in your car or with a friend / family member.  We will not be held responsible for any lost or misplaced items left in the baggage tent. 



WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

The gardens are very well protected from the elements but the English weather can be very unfair.  Our suggestion is to plan for all types of weather.



WHAT TRAINERS SHOULD I WEAR?

50% of the route is on hard packed gravel or tarmac paths, suitable for all types of running shoe. 

50% of the route is off-road on grass and through woodland and best suited to off-road trainers. 

The route drains very well - however, if it is raining while the event is taking place or there has been rain overnight / heavy rain during the week then the route will be slippy and muddy in places. 

We would therefore recommend you wear trail running shoes to take part in Heritage Trail Series. The route can accommodate road running shoes but please be warned that there may be sections where you will need to walk if you do not have shoes with good grip.

LOCATION & TRAVEL

Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens is located at :

Brighton Road
Lower Beeding, Horsham
RH13 6PP

Google Maps directions



LATE ENTRY

We can take entries right up to 8am on event day.  For anyone entering late, please follow the entry link on the website. When you have received your confirmation email, you will be able to collect your running number and passes from the Info Tent on the day.

If there are any problems trying to enter late, please come to the Info Tent where event team will be on hand to help.



CAR PARKING & BOOKING PASSES

As an event we pay to use Leonardslee Gardens car park, so every car must book a car parking pass. If you have not booked a parking pass you can purchase them on event day. 

Please understand that the process can take 10-15mins on event day so please leave with plenty of time.

If you have booked a series pass for all four events or if you are a member of Leonardslee Gardens you do not need to pay for parking. 

There is a very large car park at Leonardslee Gardens which will be busy but not full.  Its a 15-20minute walk from the car park to the start area so please arrive in plenty of time.



ROUTE MAP

Please find the route map for the spring event here.



ROUTE INSTRUCTIONS 

The Leonardslee route is over two laps - one short, the second longer.

The route will be well marked out with signs on every turn and at regular intervals along the straight sections of the route. There will be signs for each kilometre. Volunteers and event staff will be placed on key junctions.

Please be warned that the route is hilly and in some places it may be quicker to walk.  There are also some long or steep downhill sections which can be slippy.

Overall our advice is to enjoy your journey around Leonardslee Gardens and leave your PB for another day!



THE ROUTE - SAFETY

Please note that as this is a trail event, some of the course will be uneven underfoot and potentially slippy if it has been wet in recent days. Please take care and wear trail running shoes.

  • Please be considerate to the gardens and other users at all times. Please do not litter and take any drinks bottles or wrappers with you to a bin.
  • Take care on uneven terrain – whether on grass, trails or paths. Please be mindful of other participants, visitors to the garden, children, dogs, wildlife, garden maintenance teams.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 10km.


HEADPHONES

We are very happy for you to run with headphones but please be aware that they impact our ability to communicate with you.



RUNNING WITH DOGS / CANICROSS

We love dogs and want to encourage people to run with them, however we can appreciate that dogs can be annoying as they have minds of their own and don’t appreciate they are running in an event.  

If you are planning on running with your dog please be respectful that those around you may not be dog lovers, so please keep the lead short and your dog under control.

For the non-dog lovers amongst us please respect that it is not often that people can do an event with their dog. The route is beautiful and challenging - definitely not a day to worry about chasing a PB.


Thank you for reading.


If you have any further questions about the event please check the FAQs section. If you can't find what you're looking for, please email us info@heritagetrailseries.co.uk


We wish you a peaceful, enjoyable and unforgettable time at Heritage Trail Series. We hope to see you at the summer event on Sunday 9th June!