Race and Runner Information


This section should give you all the relevant information you need to know regarding The 401 Festival of Running Nottingham event. Please note that not all the information for this event is currently available and this web page will be updated over the next few months ahead of the actual event in July.

If you have any question in the meantime please don’t hesitate to contact us and one of our team will be more than happy to answer your queries

Festival of Running Nottingham

Event Timetable

Saturday 20th July
Event Village opens12:30pmSherwood Pines
Start of 5km2:30pmSherwood Pines
Start of 500m3:30pmSherwood Pines
Start of 1 Mile4:00pmSherwood Pines
Start of Half Marathon4:30pmSherwood Pines
Evening Entertainment Begins7:30pmSherwood Pines
Event Village Closes10:30pmSherwood Pines
Sunday 21st July
Event Village opens8:00amSherwood Pines
Start of 10km10:00amSherwood Pines
Start of 500m11:30amSherwood Pines
Start of 1 Mile12:00pmSherwood Pines
Start of 6.1km12:30pmSherwood Pines
Event Village Closes2:00pmSherwood Pines

Course Information and Facilities




Water Stations

CamelBak Water Stations are situated on all of our courses. You will be able to see where these are located once we load our course maps later on this year.



Our main toilets can be found in the Events Village, we are currently building the routes and will be able to advise in the next few months as to whether there will be toilets on any of our routes.


Medical Support

St John’s Ambulance volunteers are on hand and are based in the Events Village. Please ensure that you fill in the back of your bib number and make the Events Team at the Information Desk aware of any medical issues you have if you haven’t already added these to your application form.

As standard, on entering any 401 Challenge events, you are doing so knowing that you are physically fit and healthy enough to take part. The 401 Challenge Ltd and our race event partners Nicework will work effectively with St John’s Ambulance if a medical emergency arises, ensuring you are treated with the utmost respect and dignity and medical attention is provided quickly.

Please ensure you watch out for fellow runners and make our Volunteer Marshals aware of anyone having difficulty

Runner Information

Bag Drop

The bag drop is located next to the Information Tent in the Events Village. You will be given the opportunity to place your bag in the Bag Drop Area however The 401 Challenge Ltd cannot take any responsibility for loss or damage to any items you leave in your bag, you leave them at your own risk. That said our Volunteer Events Team will ensure they are kept as safe and secure as possible. You are able to access your bag at any time during race days.

Please ensure plenty of time to drop off your bag as races will not be delayed and any bags left unattended will be removed and potentially destroyed due to security concerns.


Age Restrictions

We are proudly governed by England Athletic Rules and Regulations, therefore, our races have age restrictions.

Please read the age restrictions below and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us via email at [email protected]

EventAge Restriction
Half Marathon17 years or over on 20th July 2019
10km15 years or over on 21st July 2019
6.1kmOnly available as part of The 401 Festival Challenge, so 17 years or over on 20th July 2019
5km11 years or over on 20th July 2019
500mOpen to all ages
1 MileOpen to all ages

Security for Races and Onsite

We work hard to ensure that all our runners and supporters are kept safe at all times. During the races, we have a team of Volunteer Marshals on the course along with St John’s Ambulance staff to help support any security and medical emergencies. Inside the Events Village, we have an Events Team that are on hand throughout the event to help with any issues.

Please find a member of the 401 Events Team if you have any issues or come across anything suspicious


Unfortunately, we are not able to allow any dogs to take part in our events however they are welcome in our events village as long as they are kept on a lead



Unfortunately, we are not able to allow any pushchairs to take part in our events due to the terrain of our courses and H&S regulations

Collection Information


Bib Numbers and Race Packs

Bib numbers and race packs will be available for PICK UP ONLY from the ‘Information Tent’ in our Events Village. You can pick your bib number and race pack up at any time during event opening hours. Please bring your confirmation ticket and ID to the ‘Information Tent’ to pick up your bib number and race pack.



All clothing that is included as part of your race ticket can be picked up when you collect your bib number and race pack for the ‘Information Tent’ in the Events Village.

If you require a different size to the one you have ordered, please contact us prior to the event at [email protected] and quote your order number so we can ensure the correct size is added to your pack. If you need to change your item on the day, we will have a small number of additional sizes but once they are gone they are gone therefore we cannot guarantee you will be able to get the right size for you. Please ensure you use the sizing chart to understand what size you require to avoid any disappointment.



Once you have completed your race, you will be awarded a race medal specific to the distance you have completed. If there are any issues with your medal please don’t hesitate to let one of our event staff know and they will swap it for you.


One the day sign ups

We will have a limited number of on the day sign ups for all our races. Please go to the ‘Information Tent’ to purchase your race ticket, first come first serve. We accept card and cash payments however please note that on the day sign-ups will be more expensive