IF YOU ARE RUNNING IN RACE THE NEIGHBOURS 2022, PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE
The run will start promptly at 9.30am on Sunday 5th June. To ensure that you have time to drop off your bag and take care of any last minute business, we would encourage you to arrive by 8.30am.
Race numbers and timing
We are unable to distribute numbers in advance this year. You can pick up your race number (and safety pins) on the morning of the run at the registration desk in Cherry Tree Wood.
We will not be sending you anything by post prior to race day.
Your race number incorporates a timing chip so in order to receive your final time, it is essential that you wear your race number throughout the run. Individual results will be available at the finish and a full set of results posted on our website soon after the run completes.
Don't forget to write your name and emergency details on the back of your race number.
The run starts and finishes in Cherry Tree Wood, in East Finchley. Many of you can arrive on foot! If you are not local, we would encourage you to come via public transport. East Finchley underground station (Northern Line) is directly across the road from Cherry Tree Wood and is served by several local buses. We are not aware of any planned engineering works on the tube but please do keep an eye out. If you do choose to drive, there is ample all day parking in the East Finchley station car park for £1.50 - the postcode for your sat nav is N2 0NW.
Bags and toilets
We will have a bag drop-off point set up in Cherry Tree Wood, so you can leave your bag there and pick it up at the end of the race. There are toilets at the start.
Stretch and warm up
Our friends at The Good Rooms hot yoga studio will be organising a beautiful pre-race stretch from 8:50am so make sure you get there in time for a communal limbering up.
And there’s more! Our other pals from MighTeeFit personal training will be getting everyone warmed up from 9.10am, the perfect pre-race preparation.
The run is a stunning 10k route through the parkland of N2 and N10 with some fantastic views over London. You can view the route here.
While most of the course is relatively flat, we do have to earn our spectacular views in Alexandra Park via a long, and sometimes steep, hill between 4km and 5km, so please be prepared for that and don’t overdo it in the first 4km.
The route is mainly in parks but does have several sections where you will be running along the pavement on public roads – Woodside Avenue and Muswell Hill Road. Neither of these roads is closed for the event so please be especially considerate to pedestrians and be very mindful of other road users. Remember, it’s only a race.
There are four road-crossings on the course, all of which take place at fully marshalled zebra crossings. Please listen to the marshals and remember that it is your responsibility to obey the highway code at all times. We strongly request that you do not wear ipods or headphones during the race. It makes you far less aware of any potential danger around you and besides anything else you will miss the chance to meet the neighbours whilst you are racing them.
Finally, please be aware that the route passes through narrow gates at the exit and re-entry to Cherry Tree Woods (0.5km and 9.5km) and at the exit of Highgate Woods (8.5km). At each of these points runners will be directed to pass in single file in order to avoid any accidents. Please keep your eyes open and listen to the race marshals.
We are able to keep the course fully open and marshalled for 90 minutes. If you believe that it may take you longer than that to complete the run, please do let us know so that we can discuss appropriate arrangements for you.
Prizes will of course be awarded to the quickest overall male and female runners. And there will also be prizes for the fastest male and female runners from each of N2 and N10 plus the fastest ‘visiting’ man and woman from outside either N2 or N10 (excluding the overall winners).
And of course, we have the return of the Cherry Tree Cup, our now annual trophy awarded to the suburb whose residents are the quickest. East Finchley took the spoils in 2015, 2016 and 2018 while Muswell Hill got off to a slower start, but are our reigning champions with wins in 2017 and 2019. This year? All bets are off, with the addition of two new teams from Highgate (N6) and Ally Pally / Wood Green (N22). Good luck to all our postcodes! Don’t worry at all if you’re not resident in any of these areas - truly, we are all neighbours.
Your running number will indicate if you are running for a postcode or ‘Just Running’ on the day so do look out for this when you pick up your number.
Don’t run if you are not up to it
Please visit https://www.runnersworld.com/health-injuries/ for excellent advice on health and training for runners. If you don’t feel up to running for any reason, then the best advice is not to try and run, and save it for another day. As always at Race the Neighbours there will be qualified first aid support at the start and finish.
Good Rooms Offer
If you want some more hot yoga action before or after the race, all race entrants can go to the Good Rooms website and use the code RACE THE GOOD ROOMS to get 10% off an Intro Offer (for new customers only) or a 10 Class Class Card.
Please consider running for All People All Places
A huge shout out to All People All Places, an amazing local charity which we are supporting this year. APAP do wonderful work in organising our local community to offer shelter to homeless people during the cold winter months. If you are thinking of running for a great cause then please consider raising funds for APAP. Details of how to set up your own charity page are here.