Please note that the following is subject to change, following government advice and any local or national restrictions. For the 2022 edition of the race we will look to revert back as close as possible to pre-pandemic practices. However, the following practice will still be in place on the day.

Participants must not attend the race if they are showing any signs of Covid-19 symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste

Likewise, if anyone in your household/support bubble displays symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you are isolating following Government guidance, you must not attend.

The event site is large and open, allowing for easy social distancing. Collection of chips and numbers (by runners) will be outdoors. We encourage participants to maintain social distancing of 2m and wear face coverings when approaching the table.

Participants should practise good personal hygiene at all times (including use of 70%+ alcohol hand sanitiser) – before arriving, at registration, when using toilets, when passing through water stations, etc.

In the 2022 edition, we’re looking to revert to a mass start. However, if COVID restrictions prevent that, we retain the option to operate a ‘staggered start’ with runners safely distanced, starting in waves as occured in 2021. More information on this will be provided nearer the time, if necessary.

Throughout the course, marshals will maintain social distancing of 2m+. In the recent history of the Gate Gallop the weather has been hot on the day. As such, we will still operate water stations (see “event” page for details). These will be “no-contact”: marshals will fill cups and place them on the table(s), runners will slow to pick them up.

After the finish, you will have the opportunity to pick up a Goody bag, in which you will also find your race medal. This will again be a “contactless” process and will take place in a clearly marked zone slightly beyond the finish line. To maintain social distancing, you will be asked to move steadily through this area. Volunteers, with appropriate PPE, will be on hand to guide you through this area and to collect back the timing chips.

We hope to revert to having a live presentation on the day, however this will be dependant on local or national restrictions in place at the time of the event.