The Ricki Savage 20 Mile Road Race – Final Instructions

Start Time: 09:30

Location: The Boating Pool, Ramsgate, CT11 0HE

Host: Thanet Roadrunners AC


The Ricki Savage Thanet 20 Mile Road Race Sponsored by Bay Running Shop and Adrian Smith Associates Ltd.  Race Licence: Full.


Course Measurement: 16/330


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Directions to the start by road: From the M2 take the A299 (Thanet Way) to the St Nicholas roundabout.  Follow the signs for Ramsgate, continuing all the way to the Roundabout at Grange Road, take the third exit and then the second Right Turn onto the Royal Esplanade, where there is ample free parking available. Please allow plenty of time to park and pick up timing chips.


Directions by train

The nearest station to the start is Ramsgate.  It is approximately two miles walk from the start. Turn Left out of the station into Wilfred Road, follow through the crossroad into Grange Road and continue through to the roundabout and take the second exit and then the second right on to The Royal Esplanade. The may not be a train arriving from London in time for the race.  We recommend checking with South Eastern Rail and local accommodation.



There is no need to register on race day.  Race HQ will be open from 07.30hrs on race day. Race HQ will Close at 09.15hrs to allow for a prompt start.




The race is run under UKA rules.  You must not give your race number to another runner without the permission of the event organisers.  Rule 209(4) – penalty for transferring numbers.  This is about managing medical emergencies.  Athletes who receive transferred numbers without permission of race organisers will be disqualified and results unpublished.  Please ensure you write emergency contact and medical information on the rear of your race number.   Headphones or similar devices (other than those medically prescribed) are not permitted.


There is a baggage drop by Race HQ, and there are ample toilets ON BOTH SIDES OF THE SITE. There are excellent catering facilities at Race HQ.


Please be prepared for all weather conditions.




Please do not attempt the race if you feel unwell.  First Aid will be available at the start/finish and on the course, supported by Margate Ambulance.


Route maps will be available to view at the start.  The course has been officially measured and deemed accurate by an official using a Jones Counter. The course is largely traffic free.  However, you will be running in pedestrianised areas, which are not closed to the public. There are NO ROAD CLOSURES so please obey marshals when crossing roads on the course.  Please obey any instructions given by marshals or police.  Failure to do may result in disqualification. It is against race rules for runners to be accompanied by a coach/supporter on a bicycle.


A mapometer profile of this 20-mile road race, including route profile, can be viewed here.


We welcome disabled athletes but you must contact the race director before entering to discuss needs and requirements, the course, and reasonable adaptations we may allow.   We do not consider the course to be wheelchair friendly.


During The Race

Start at 09.30am


Water Stations

Situated at the start finish area and on the Eastern Esplanade before the King George VI Park. The water stations will be manned by volunteers from Pegwell Bay park run and you will pass each of them twice on each 10-mile loop. All water stations will have 330ml bottles.  We recommend you consider carrying your own gels as we will not have any available. 



There are 6 different sets of toilets on each 10-mile loop. The longest distance between toilets is 3 miles.
Distance markers will be placed along the course, on the nearest available street furniture, at approximately one-mile intervals.



Litter is probably our biggest threat to the race continuing.  We have purchased and placed extra bins on the course this year and have a course sweep after the race.  Please try to dispose of any litter adjacent to a marshal or official.



Headphones or similar devices (other than those medically prescribed) are not permitted in any races on a single carriageway road that is not wholly closed to traffic.  This is in accordance with rule 240 S5 UKA supplement and contained within the terms and conditions of your entry to this race.  YOUR SAFETY IS OUR OVERRIDING PRIORITY. UKA now allow the use of Bone conductor earphones but we do not recommend using anything that may distract you from traffic.


Course Control and Medical Aid

All athletes from first to last will be under the supervision of Raynet communications and Margate Ambulance Corps.  They have assisted with this race for many years and are very familiar with the course.  Please make medics aware of any existing medical conditions and/or medication being taken before you commence the race by writing this on the rear of your race number. Please mark the front of your number clearly with a cross. If you see a runner in distress please alert the nearest marshal and/or take appropriate action.  NEVER remove a race number from an injured runner as it will identify them and may provide life-saving information.  We have two lead cyclists to guide and clear the route and a tail runner.  We have over 40 marshals on the course, supported by volunteers at the water stations, communications specialists and medics.




The Finish

A race clock will display the elapsed time.  Your own individual time will be recorded as you enter the race funnel.  Please ensure chips are worn.


If you decide to pull out of the race at the half-way point please DO NOT GO THROUGH THE FINISH TUNNEL as this causes confusion with results.  There will be an official on hand to record your withdrawal from the race.  Any person failing to display a number may forfeit any prize(s) they may be entitled to.  If your number becomes detached please inform the timekeeper at the finish.  Please keep to your correct finishing order in the finishing tunnel and move through the tunnel as quickly as you are able.  There will be water available at the finish.


Any person who fails to finish the course or becomes injured should either make their own way back to the start/finish area or contact the nearest marshal/first aid post/Raynet staff on the course.  If you do not complete the course, please make sure you register your number with Raynet or at the finish area in order that we can account for all runners. Please ensure your race chip is returned as we will be charged £10.00 for missing chips and will have no option but to pass the cost on to you.


Post Race

Award presentations will be approximately 12.00pm at Race HQ. Trophies will be awarded for the first Male and Female Runners, other awards will be given.
Results will be available shortly after the event.


Race Photographs

There will be photographers around the course and at the finish and photographs will be free for you to download within a few days, for more details please visit our website.


Enjoy the beautiful Thanet coastline and dig deep for that great feeling as you pass through the finish line knowing you’ve had a great race.  This is a race organized BY RUNNERS – FOR RUNNERS.


Race Director

Adrian Smith

07984 161880


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