Darlington 10k

SG Petch Darlington 10km Race Information - Sunday 1 August 2021

Runners Information

Before the run

Q. Will you send me information in advance?

Once you have entered we will send you by post your race number & timing chip. Race information will be available on the website prior to the event at www.enjoydarlington.co.uk/10k

Q What is in your race pack

You will receive the following items:

Race number

Timing chip (attached to number)

Q What is my race number and timing chip.

Please ensure your race number is the same as on the front of the envelope. Attach your race number to the front of your vest and please do not fold, cut or mutilate it in any way. The timing tag (chip) is attached to the back of the race number, so do not remove it.

Do not fold any part of the tag as this may cause it to stop working. Do not put any pins through the tag.

You must wear the number on the front of your torso pinned in all four corners it needs to be clearly visible.

The tag is detected when you cross the mats at both the start and the finish. Do not run around outside of the mat area or your time will not be recorded. The tags are disposable, so you do not have to return them if you do not take part.

Please also fill in the personal details section on the rear of your race number. This greatly assists the medical staff, should you require first aid or medical treatment.

Q. Why haven’t I received my entry pack?

Race information pack are being sent in batches via post. If you have not received your race pack by 28 July contact eventsteam@darlington.gov.uk.

If you entered after 16 July you will need to collect your pack on race day from the Race desk located in the market square.

Those of you who have entered after 16 July will not have their name printed on the race number.

On the day

Q. Is there somewhere I can park my car?

The car parks in Abbots Yard and East Row will not be available.

All SHORT stay car parks inside the inner ring road are 2hrs free parking on arrival and them £1 an hour thereafter, 3hr ticket is £1

All LONG stay car parks outside the inner ring road are £1 all day

EAST ST Multi Storey car park 2hrs free parking on arrival or £1 all day

For more information please visit https://www.darlington.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/car-parking/car-parking-information/  

Q. If I forget my race Number?

Please go to the RACE DESK which has been relocated in the Market Square. One of the team will check your entry and issue you with an alternative race number. There will be a £5 (cash) charge for new time chip replacement.

Q. Is there somewhere I can leave my luggage

No. Due to COVID we have removed luggage storage this year. We advise you to come as ready.

Q. Are there any toilets

We have portable toilets, these will be in the market square vicinity. There are some additional toilets available at the Covered Market area on East Row, adjacent to the market square.

We ask people not to use any of the facilities in the Dolphin Centre. All your needs will be catered for in the Market Square Hub area.

 Q. What time does the race start?

Subject to change – please keep an eye on the website and event emails in the run up to event day.

Fun Run – 09:00

Junior 3k – 09:45

10K - 10:30

Q. Will there be any distancing at the start.

We plan to set you off in waves. You will receive an email the week leading up to the run to confirm time slot, area and further detail.

Q. Does the course go on any public roads with traffic?

A. Yes the course does take you along public roads, but they will all be closed/segregated to traffic for the duration of the race.

Q. How will I know which way to go?

There will be course signage and marshals at all key junctions to ensure you don’t get lost.

Q. Will there be any other activities available?

Unfortunately due to COVID we decided not to do any activities in 2021.

Q. Will there be any refreshments?

Water stations will be available on the route for all runners and each runner will be provided with water on completion of the course. You will need to pick up your own bottle of water bottle off the table on route and at the finish line.

Q. Will there be winner’s presentation?

The decision was made earlier not to do a presentation this year. We will mail out all prizes.

Prizes are:


1st prize of £600.00, 2nd prize of £350.00, 3rd prize of,£225.00, 4th prize of £50.00, 5th prize of £30.00, 6th prize of £20.00


(First 3 to count) 1st 3 prizes of £30.00, 2nd 3 prizes of £20.00, 3rd 3 prizes of £15.00


(Over 40 to over 80 for men and over 40 to over 80 for women). For the 1st and 2nd in each 5 year age category. Value £20 and £15 each respectively (not otherwise a prize winner).


There will be a young athletes category in the 10km and

Trophy plate will be awarded to the 1st boy and girl. Young athletes aged between 15 and 17 will be eligible.

An additional £150 in prize money is on offer for winning the race and setting a new 10km course record.

Q. I’m injured can’t run what should I do?

We are sorry you are missing out on the event due to injury. Please contact eventsteam@darlington.gov.uk

DO NOT PASS YOUR RACE NUMBER on to anyone else, it potentially puts them at a medical risk, we have no medical information or emergency contact details for them. The entry fee is non-transferable and non-refundable, however there could be the possibility of deferring.

Q. I need to collect my race number on the day where do I collect it from?

You must collect your race number from Race Information at least 45 minutes before the start of the race.

Q. Can I run with my dog beside me or with a run buggy.

No, we don’t allow pets or run buggies.

Q. Do you have first aid at the event?

First Aid responders are available along the route. Marshals will be on the course looking for signs of anyone in distress. If you are requested to stop, please do so, it is in your own interest. If you come across anyone injured or in distress please report it to the nearest marshal. First Aid staff on the route are in contact with both Ambulance personnel and the Race Doctors who are located in the centre of town and out on the race route.

Q: What is the participants’ code of conduct regarding COVID-19?

A: You must undertake a self-assessment for COVID-19 symptoms. Do not travel to the event if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19. No-one should leave home to participate in sport if they, or someone they live with, has symptoms of COVID-19 currently recognised as any of the following.

A high temperature

A new, continuous cough

A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste

Should you report or demonstrate any such symptoms, you must follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation.

Come ready to run – minimise your interaction with race staff, volunteers and participants by being as self-sufficient as possible.

Under no circumstances swap your number or give your place to another participant

Be respectful to volunteers and participants.

Observe social distancing wherever possible.

Be aware of your personal hygiene e.g. avoid spitting and nasal clearance.

Be mindful of your surroundings and impact on other participants, spectators, volunteers and the public.

Bring your own hand sanitizer.

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms soon after the event, then please make this known through the government’s test & trace system.

Route Information



SG Petch Darlington 10km

To enter the SG Petch10km run please ENTER THE 10K HERE

Please note you can only take part in the race by registering an online advance entry. The closing date for all entries will be Monday 26 July 2021. Race packs will begin to be sent out 3 weeks prior to race day.

Junior 3km Run - 9.45am start

To enter the Junior 3km run please ENTER THE 3K HERE

The Junior run is an over an out-and-back course on closed roads for 8 – 14-year-old. All entrants are chip timed and can opt to receive a text of their run time to receive a t-shirt. There are also prize category for age groups.

Family Fun Run - 9am start

To enter the Fun Run please ENTER THE FUN RUN HERE

Even the smallest children are catered for with our family fun run. It’s a great opportunity for all the family to take part together, and a great warm up for mum or dad before the 10km!  Souvenir medals for all participants. Entries for this event have now moved to online.

Adults - £3, children under 15 - £2

Training Tips

For training tips, schedules and advice on running in general go to Run Britain website. You could also join a local running clubs - Quakers Running Club or Darlington Harriers [external link], Park Run Darlington.


Frequently Asked Questions

- How can I enter the 10km? You can enter online before you will receive your race information in the post.

- Do I have to belong to an Athletics Club to take part? No - over half our entrants don't belong to a club. 

- Is there an age limit? You must be at least 15 years old on the day of the race to enter the 10K. The Junior 3km age range is 8 – 14 years old. There are no age limits on the family fun run.

- If I enter in advance but cannot take part, can I have a refund or transfer my entry? Unfortunately no refunds are available and whilst we do not encourage transfer of race numbers, if you do transfer a race number you must advise us in advance so we can amend the race entry database at eventsteam@darlington.gov.uk or contact Phil Haymer on 01325 406417.

- Is the route suitable for wheelchair users? We have been advised that our course may not be suitable for wheelchair users; however we have decided to allow wheelchair users and wheel-assisted entries. We simply ask you to check the gradient is suitable to your ability.

For more information email eventsteam@darlington.gov.uk or call 01325 406417.

We ask that entrants identify themselves by ticking the relevant box on the entry form, which makes us aware of your participation.  We will endeavour to line you up in a safe area for the start and we will start you slightly ahead of the main field. 

- Is there any traffic allowed on the route? The route for all of the races is completely closed to all traffic except for the race vehicles and any emergency vehicles, which have priority over runners and may need to access the route.

Please be aware, that the 10km is over 2 laps so you may be required to move for the race vehicle and lead runners to pass and you may be required to move off the road and on to the footpath. (Please see below for road closures) 

- Can I run for a charity? You certainly can and ideally we would like you to support our two nominated charities which this year are Bright Red [external link] and County Durham Community Foundation [external link].

If you wish to donate please visit the Darlington Rotary Club Charitable Trust page [external link]

We do understand though that many people like to run in support of a charity or cause which is personal to them.  

- I have never competed in a 10km race before, is there anywhere I can get training advice from? You can visit Run Britain [external link] which has lots of advice and information available. If you have never raced before it would be advisable to consult your doctor before beginning your preparation and consult a sports footwear shop for advice on the best running shoes for your running style.

Alternatively, why not join Darlington parkrun [external link] or one of our local running clubs; Quakers Running Club [external link] or Darlington Harriers [external link]

- I always listen to music on my mp3 player when I train, can I do this in the race? Unfortunately, the answer to this is no. If you are listening to music through an earpiece you will not hear any emergency vehicles, which may need to access the course. You will also not be aware of the race lead vehicle, which does pass many people because of the two lap nature of our course. Therefore, for safety reasons, we must insist on no personal music players and anyone not following this request will be disqualified. 

- Is there first aid and medical provision at the race? We have comprehensive medical support for the event. We have two race doctors, one around the finish area and a mobile doctor out on the route. There are also St John first aiders around the course and a fully equipped treatment centre at the finish. You can assist us by clearly showing on the back of your race number any medical condition you may have. 

- Where are the best places to park on the day? When you receive your race information you will find a car park map with all the key car parks shown; however, Bells Place and East Row car parking will not be available. Please be aware that car parking charges are in place in all council car parks on a Sunday. 

More information about car parks in Darlington


Road Closures during Darlington 10k

Horsemarket Entirely from 6.00am to 2.00pm

Bull Wynd Entirely from 6.00am to 2.00pm

Blackwellgate Entirely from 6.00am to 2.00pm

High Row Entirely from 6.00am to 2.00pm

Post House Wynd Entirely from 6.00am to 2.00pm

East Row Entirely from 6.00am to 2.00pm

Northgate Entirely from 6.00am to 2.00pm

Prospect Place Entirely from 6.00am to 2.00pm

Tubwell Row Westbound carriageway from Church Row to East Row from 6.00am to 2.00pm

Skinnergate Entirely from 6.00am to 1.00pm

Bondgate Entirely from 6.00am to 1.00pm

Houndgate Entirely from 6.00am to 1.00pm

Commercial Street from Regent House to Bondgate from 6.00am to 1.00pm

Duke Street from Rising Bollard to Skinnergate from 6.00am to 1.00pm

Grange Road from Northumberland Street to Coniscliffe Road from 6.00am to 1.00pm

Beaumont Street Houndgate to Beaumont Street West from 6.00am to 1.00pm

Coniscliffe Road from Blackwellgate to West Street Entirely from 6.00am to 1.00pm and from West Street to Carmel Road entirely from 9.00am to 1.00pm

West Street Entirely from 9.00am to 1.00pm

Stanhope Road Entirely from 9.00am to 1.00pm

Woodlands Road Outbound from Stanhope Road North to Staindrop Road 9.00am to 1.00pm

Carmel Road North Southbound from Staindrop Road to Coniscliffe Road from 9.00am to 1.00pm


The event is brought to you by Darlington Borough Council

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