Thanks Emma King and everyone at Spirit of Monmouth for this information :
GLCL XC Series: Fixture 3 of 5
11am 6th January 2019 Humble By Nature, Penallt, Nr Monmouth, NP25 4RP
Spirit Of Monmouth Running Club would like to welcome you to the third fixture of the 2018/19 XC series, at Humble By Nature Farm, Penallt. A fantastic varied terrain cross country course featuring hills, grass, mud and technical woodland sections, a few miles outside Monmouth.
Race start time 11am
Senior Men and Senior Women – 2 laps x approx 2.35m and total distance is 4.8m approx
PARKING IS EXTREMELY LIMITED AT HUMBLE BY NATURE IT IS CRITICAL THAT RUNNERS CAR SHARE AND IF THE WEATHER HAS BEEN BAD PARKING WILL BE LIMITED FURTHER – IF RUNNERS TURN UP WITH ONE PERSON IN A CAR THEY WILL BE ASKED TO PARK IN PENALT VILLAGE OVER A MILE AWAY AND PRIORITY GIVEN TO RUNNERS WHO HAVE FULL CARS
Please note all parking in Monmouth itself on a Sunday is free, runners could opt to meet in Monmouth at the car park close to the Monnow Bridge to lift share from there and then there are plenty of places to go for coffee or lunch afterwards if desired.
As the venue is located in a small village and its continued use relies on the goodwill of the local community we request that all runners park considerately at all times and listen to the marshals.
Please take time to familiarise yourself with the course there is a map attached.
Headphones : All GLCL races are strictly no headphone events. If you observe any runner wearing headphones of any type, please ask them to remove them or point them out to a marshal. Runners that insist on wearing headphones will be asked to withdraw from the race and their club could be penalised.
You will be directed to the start by marshals and signs, the race will start around 400m from the farm and will be clearly marked by flags. Runners will follow the boundaries of the fields throughout and will be directed by marshals and stakes/posts. The course is not the same as previous years and has been adapted for the new distance, you will also be running in the opposite direction than before. After the 2 laps, runners will be directed by marshals to make a left-hand turn into the finish funnel at the end of the first field. Once runners have crossed the finish line, they must stay in their finishing order and collect a token from the marshal. Runners are then requested to move away from the finish line promptly to avoid unnecessary congestion. Finish tokens should be given to your team manager who will record your club results.
We request that once runners have finished their run, they do not use the course to warm down, if you wish to warm down please any of the other fields. We also encourage all runners to support their team mates as they complete the course, but ask that you please stay off the course as you cheer your runners home!
Hazards - The course does contain a number of potential hazards as you would expect at any cross country race, these include, tree roots, rocky ground, tree stumps, branches, bushes, and uneven ground also lots of mole hills. As the course is all grassland, if the weather has been wet prior to race day, the course is likely to be boggy, muddy and slippery in places. Please can all participants to wear appropriate footwear for the nature of the course, it is suitable for spikes.
First Aid - St John Ambulance will be in attendance for the duration of the race.
There will be no water stations available on the course and no water will be provided at the finish. Please bring your own drinks as required. Please ensure that you take all rubbish with you when you leave the venue and respect the farm.
There will be tea and coffee available to purchase from the coffee shop for a small donation.
Toilets -There are very limited toilets available at the venue. Please make use of toilet facilities before arriving and if you meet in Monmouth there are public toilets by the Monnow Bridge.
Please see the attached map for the race route.