How old do I need to be to take part in a hoohaah run?
Anyone 16 years and over can run in one of our events.
How do I get my race pack?
We do NOT send race packs out in the post. Race numbers and chips are collected on race day from the registration desk. All pre-race information is on our website but any further details will be sent the day after entries close.
How will you communicate any last minute instructions?
Most of our race information can be found in these FAQs or on the page on the website relating to a particular run. Any pre-race information, results, and details of up-coming runs are sent out by email. It is important you mark us as a safe sender, check your spam box (particularly in the week before race day) and notify us of any email changes so we can update our records. If you enter someone else using your email address you will need to make sure you pass on any relevant information on to them. We do try to post a copy of any emails we send out on our home page of our website, on twitter and on facebook.
Are there any on-the day entries?
We are often full before our closing date and, if that is the case, then we are unable to offer any entries on the day. If however, we have not met the race cap set by our venues then there may be some entries on the day. Availability will be notified by email prior to the run as well as being posted on social media.
Do you give out medals at your runs?
Yes, each runner that finishes the event will be given a medal, water and snack at the finish line.
Do you have toilets at the race?
Yes, if the venue does not have it’s own loos then we hire portable loos in for our events.
What about shower/ changing facilities?
Sorry, we don’t have facilities to shower or change at our events
Will there be water stations?
Yes. All our 10km runs have a water station at approximately the half-way mark. Our half marathon and 10 mile runs have water stations at approx. 1m, 4m, 8m, 9.5m and 11.5m marks.
What is your policy regarding cancellations?
If weather conditions are such that we have to cancel a run or for some reason our venue cancels our booking we will refund your entry fee in full. If a runner would like to cancel their entry this can be done up to 1 month before the run. Refunds are less 5% admin charge. We are sorry but we cannot refund entry fees with less than one month’s notice.
Can I transfer my place if I am unable to run?
We know that runners get ill or injured from time to time and find they cannot take part in the run. We try to be accommodating about race transfers as much as we can. If you are able to find someone to run in your place we are happy to arrange a transfer. For health and safety reasons you MUST notify us of the person taking your place along with their date of birth and any medical details we might need to know about. However, we do get very busy in the week before an event and late transfers might well have to be processed on race day rather than ahead of time if the chips have already been allocated to runners.
How do I get my race time?
You will be given a chip that loops around your shoe lace. Race results are ‘live’ subject to signal and are posted on both the chip timers website as well as our own as soon after the run as possible. An email will go out after the run regarding the results and listing the winners. You need to have agreed to receive emails from us in order to be sent the race results email.
What if I am injured?
We have a first aid team at each of our runs. It is important you seek the necessary advice from your GP about taking part if you are in any doubt as to your fitness to run. If you become ill on a run either alert the nearest marshal so they can call the first aid team or, if you are unable to do so, alert a fellow runner and ask them to notify the nearest marshal. Please note that might be behind you rather than ahead of you. It is imperative that you tell us of any medical conditions that might be relevant and that you notify us if you have transferred your place.
Can I run with and MP3 player
While we don’t prevent runners wearing MP3 players parts of our routes are on roads or involve crossing farm tracks where farmers might be working or using tractors etc. It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of any instructions marshals might give you and to be particularly vigilant at road crossings.
Is there parking at the venues?
Yes. We have parking at each venue however, depending on location parking may be free or there may be a small charge levied by the venue concerned. Please see the specific race details pages for more information on this.
Can I see a map of the route?
We try to upload a map of each route on the relevant page on the website relating to each event. Please note, from time to time the routes might be ‘tweaked’ from the route shown if there are issues with the venue that need accommodating. Where runs are on private land the route might only be posted a few days before the event as runners are not permitted to run on the land outside of our race event.
What type of terrain are your runs?
We put on multi-terrain events that take in small sections of road and tracks as well as fields and woodland. Trail shoes are therefore recommended.
Can I run with my dog?
While we love dogs and have them ourselves we do not allow runners to run with their dog.
Is it ok to walk the route?
While we are keen to promote sport in all its forms we do put on running events. Obviously, if you should feel unwell or become injured then you may need to walk but we do not encourage entries from anyone planning to walk the entire route at the outset. Our marshals are all volunteers and are on site from about 8am and we don’t feel it is fair to make them stay longer than they need to. Please note there is a 3 hour cut off time for the half-marathon. After that time signage will be taken down and you may not get a chip time. If it looks like you will not make the cut-off the last runner marshal will discuss the options with you.
Where can I leave my bags?
We operate manned baggage at all of our runs. To make use of this facility you will be asked to attach one of our labels or stickers to your possessions with your name, mobile and race number on. Possessions will only be returned on presentation of your race number. To prevent small items such as keys or wallets becoming separated from any items of clothing we recommend bringing a bag to keep everything together. NB valuables are left at your own risk.
How do I qualify for the hoohaah 10k series?
We have 4 10km runs in the 2018 series; Thetford in March, Childerley in April, Wimpole in May and Hatfield Forest in June. In order to qualify you need to COMPLETE 3 out of the 4 runs in the series. Technical t-shirts will be given to anyone completing the series subject to stock.
Is there a prize for taking part in the 10k series.
Yes, if you COMPLETE 3 out of 4 of the qualifying runs you will receive a long-sleeved technical t-shirt. These will be handed out either at Wimpole in May and/or Hatfield Forest in June as applicable.
Can I swap my prize or exchange it for something else?
Please note, only 1 item will be awarded per person. We buy the t-shirts according to the size orders on the entry form and are therefore unable to swap sizes- sorry! There is no cash alternative. You MUST complete 3 out of 4 of the runs to qualify, sadly, as they are a cost borne by hoohaah we are unable to provide t-shirts if you are unable to take part due to injury, illness or any other reason.
Do you award prizes?
Yes, we award trophies and prizes to the first 3 men and women over the line. In addition, we give prizes on a ‘cascading down’ basis to the first male and female runner in each age category; age 16-39, age 40-49, age 50-59 and 60+ Prizes are only awarded on the day to the first 3 men and women finishers over the line. Age category prizes are posted to winners after the event. Prizes are awarded on gun NOT chip time.
What does ‘cascading down’ prize giving mean?
This means that if a runner has won one of the first 3 over the line prizes they cannot also win the age category prize. This is a common way of awarding prizes at runs. So, for example, if the first three women over the line all happen to be age 16-39 then the next fastest woman in that age category will win the fasted woman age 16-39 prize.
Can I qualify for a free place?
Yes. We offer anyone that marshals for us a free race place which can be used either by themselves or a friend or family member.
How do I become a marshal?
Just get in touch with us and let us know what race you are able to assist at. No experience is necessary just the ability to cheer and supervise runners on the route.
Will there be a pre-race warm-up?
Yes. We have the wonderful Ben Capper, of Cambridge Spartans, providing a pre-race warm up about 5 minutes before each run.
What about post-race massage?
Yes, we usually have this at all of our runs, again, Ben Capper provides this with his team. Massage is free and operates on a first-come-first served basis.
Will you have race photography available to buy after the run
Yes we are using Steve Kitchener who will take photos throughout the race. These will be posted to their website and can be purchased direct from the photographer
What about facilities for spectators and for runners after the event?
We welcome spectators. Most of our venues have cafés apart from Childerley and Thetford where outside catering is provided offering mainly a selection of cakes and snacks as well as tea, coffee and soft drinks.
How can I raise money for the charity?
On our online entry form there is a chance to donate to the charity. All money is passed to them at the end of our race calendar year. If you made a donation we will pass on your details to the charity to enable them to claim the Gift Aid element where applicable.
If you would prefer to set up your own fund-raising page via JustGiving, Virgin Money Giving, Mydonate etc you are most welcome to do so. All money raised in this way pass direct to the charity.
Do I have to raise money for your chosen charity or can I choose my own?
We love the idea that someone would like to take part in our runs and raise money for charity. We are happy for you to raise money for whichever charity you would like to and there is no obligation to raise funds for our chosen charity of the year or, indeed, even donate at all.