Saturday 9 May 2020 – Entries open!
Following three successful Eastbourne Trackstar Marathons, ‘We Run They Run I Run’ are in discussions about organising Trackstar IV! For the first time in 2020 we are introducing a half marathon. By choosing something we’d quite like to have a go at ourselves (and indeed one of us did have a go in 2019), we are hoping to appeal to like minded runners, who want to run a challenging but fun marathon or half marathon on a standard 400 metre athletics track. “That’s a lot of laps!” I hear you say. However, with all the facilities you need to run a marathon or a half in one place, a playlist made up of songs from your requests and the opportunity to see your supporters every 400 metres, what’s not to like?!
- 105.5 laps / 52.75 laps
- Bespoke medal
- Chip timing with large screen lap display
- Traffic free athletics track made for running
- Stunning view of the South Downs!
- Free parking
- Free race photos TBC
- Changing & showers
- Tea & Coffee free for runners (small charge for spectators)
- Homemade cake £1
- Limited to 80 runners per distance
- UKA/RunBritain MT Licence
- See your supporters each lap
- Your music playlist – request on entry form!!
- 7 hour cut off time
- Organised by runners, we know what you want!
Eastbourne Sports Park, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne, East Sussex
The facility includes toilets, changing areas and showers. You are welcome to leave bags in the club room but these will not be monitored so please don’t leave valuables.
There is a free car park at Eastbourne Sports Park.
Registration will be indoors at Eastbourne Sports Park. Please come through the main entrance. The building, and therefore registration will not open until 8:30am. Numbers and chips are collected on the day, nothing is posted. Final instructions will be emailed on the Thursday before the event.
There are toilets accessible from outdoors, a short distance from the track, please use these during the run. There are also toilets, changing rooms and showers indoors.
This one is quite easy to remember. The marathon starts 5 metres in front of the 200 metre start line, you will complete 195 metres followed by 105 full 400 metre laps! The half marathon starts at the 300 metre start line. you will complete 300 metres followed by 52 full 400 metre laps. The run is in the usual anti-clockwise direction. There is no direction change.
- marathon – cross the purple timing mat 106 times
- half marathon – cross the purple timing mat 53 times
If you need to leave the track at any point please leave and rejoin at the designated point.
Information & Brieifng
Final instructions will be emailed on the Thursday before the event.
The run will start at 9:30am. The run briefing will be 10 minutes before the start outside of the building adjacent to the track. It is important you listen to the briefing in case of any changes or specific information. This event will be held under UK Athletics rules, a licenses have been applied for. The adjudicators decision is final.
Timing & Lap Counting
For Trackstar 2020 we are excited to announce that ‘What’s My Time?’ will be returning to provide you with chip timing. Lap counts are displayed on a big screen and printed result tickets are given at the finish.
We always recommend you have your own method of counting for your own peace of mind. It is your responsibility to know when you are on your last lap. Keep an eye on the screens or use the lap function on your watch. As you approach the finish, take the exit lane.
Do not rely on GPS distance. It is not accurate on the track and can over or under read!
Please bear in mind you will all be running at different speeds! We ask that you are considerate to all other participants, and just because someone isn’t going as fast as you, doesn’t mean they’re not on course for their own goal. Everyone has a right to the racing line when running, overtaking is on the right, it’s all part of the challenge! If you need to walk at any point, please move to the outer lanes.
Water will be available each lap from our aid station set up near the 100 metre start, adjacent to lane 6, off the racing line.
Please consider bringing your own supplies as we attempt to cut down on waste.
Personal Aid Stations
Runners can set up their own personal aid station on a table along the back straight. This must be adjacent to lane 6, off the racing line.
Phoenix Medical will be in attendance on the day.
Please read the information on the Runner’s Medical Resource website. It is the most useful advice we have found on the subject.
We welcome spectators, they can even help you count your laps! Tea, coffee and home made cake will be on sale for spectators and they can enjoy the themed music playlist. Please take care when crossing the track, do not gather around the runners toilets or the timing point. Please refrain from running alongside participants on the home straight as it makes it difficult for our timers. If you are bringing dogs to the sports park, please keep them on leads at all times, and well away from the track.
At the finish collect your bespoke medal, and bask in the glory that you have just done something very few people ever will! Go and collect your free tea or coffee. Home made cake will also be on sale!
Entry will open when details finalised!
Join the wait list and be notified when entries open. Full details and prices to be confirmed.
When you enter you will be subscribed to our Trackstar mailing list, we recommend you stay on this list to receive your pre-run emails. You will be given the opportunity to subscribe to the ‘We Run They Run I Run’ mailing list to receive news and information on other events.
- Does Trackstar count for Good For Age qualification?
We can’t make that guarantee. It is unlikely. London require your qualifying marathon to be run on road. Other marathons have different schemes.
The following details may help when asking the organiser of the marathon you wish to use your Trackstar time for; Trackstar is run under a UKA / Run Britain MT licence. Details of Eastbourne’s track certification can be found here. Trackstar is chip timed with a professional system with video and manual counting as a backup.
- Can I get a refund, defer or swap to anther event?
Unfortunately we are not able to refund, defer or swap your entry to another event or category. We do allow you to transfer your place to someone else, though you must use the transfer faciltiy provided by FullOnSport.com.
The small scale of the event means it is very expensive per runner to put on. As an organiser we start to incur costs for the event from the moment the dates are booked. As the event draws closer ever increasing costs are incurred to the point where we cannot recover any of them, regardless of whether you run.
- Will it be crowded?
The first couple of laps will be busy, however it thins out quickly. Please be considerate of all other competitors regardless of pace, and expect to overtake on the right.