How does the virtual Herts 10K work?

Hosting the race in Harpenden in October 2020 will no longer be possible, so we’re inviting you to join us virtually and run either a 10k or a half marathon in your area. By signing up, you’ll still receive a race pack including a medal and t-shirt, but you’ll also get support from us in your training, on-the-day participant activities and fundraising advice. This event has been a cornerstone of funding for Rennie Grove Hospice Care for 15 years, and while we won’t be able to see you in person, we hope you can still join us in running and fundraising for this important local service to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

How do I take part?

It’s simple: sign up by clicking the ‘Register’ button on this website. Choose whether you’d like to tackle a 10k or a half marathon, and get training! Then join us on Sunday 4 October 2020 at 10am for a pre-race Zoom call before setting off on your race. If you’d like to be considered for trophies, or you’d just like to know how you got on, remember to time yourself and track your distance using a GPS app such  as Strava or RunKeeper.

What is the Race Nation App?

Download the RaceNation app to track your time on the day of the event. Find out all the details about the app here and follow the on screen prompts. Once you have done this, click here for information on how to record your timings and results. You can also use the app to enable friends and family to be able to track you on your route.

How do I find the leader boards?

If you’ve taken part in either the 10k or the half marathon, you can find leader boards here.

What do I do if I’ve already signed up to take part in the physical event?

 Log into your account at https://my.race-nation.co.uk/using the email address you registered with. (If you’ve never logged in before you will need to first claim your account by entering the email address you registered with at this link https://my.race-nation.co.uk/account/claim and following the instructions)

  1. When you have successfully logged in, you will need to locate the entry you wish to transfer and click on the ‘Transfer’ button.
  2. Select ‘Transfer to another event’
  3. Select ‘Virtual Race’. This will automatically transfer your entry from the original event to the new, virtual event

Do I have to take part on Sunday 4 October at 10am? Can I do the race in my own time?

We would ask all participants taking part to start their race on Sunday 4th October and join us for the zoom call at 10:00am, however if they were unable to finish their chosen distance on that day then they will have the rest of week in order to do so at a time and day of their choice.


How much sponsorship do I need to raise?

Rennie Grove Hospice Care relies on the generosity of the local community to fund around 87% of our £8.4 million annual costs, and fundraising events such as the Herts 10k and Half Marathon Virtual Event Challenge are hugely important in helping us to reach this target.

Although it isn’t a must to partake in the event we would encourage all participants to raise a £50 sponsorship amount. If everyone does this we can raise enough to cover the cost of four nurses for a year. Please note this event is to raise money for Rennie Grove Hospice Care only. If you prefer you can make a personal one off online donation to the charity.

Can you give advice on how to raise sponsorship?

Yes, we’re here to help and support you in every stage of your fundraising. Please see the Raising Money page for more information or email the Fundraising Team on herts10K@renniegrove.org.

When do I receive my race information pack?

Race Packs will be emailed out the week prior to the event date.

The t-shirts will be sent out separately to the race packs. T shirts ordered before 10am 29 September will be sent before race day. Registrations after this date will still receive a t-shirt but we cannot guarantee delivery before the event.

How does Gift Aid work?

Anyone giving sponsorship money who is a UK tax payer, should tick the gift aid box on your sponsorship form. This makes the donation worth more; an extra 25p for every £1 pledged.

What is the minimum age to take part?

We would ask that all participants of the Herts 10K Virtual event must be 12 years old or over. Participants who are under 16 must have consent from a parent or guardian to take part. We would ask that all participants under 16 be accompanied by an adult on their chosen route.


Is there a minimum time to finish the race?

No, we ask all participants to start their race on Sunday 4th October and join the zoom call at 10:00am however, if you can’t complete your distance in one go then you will have the duration of the week to complete the distance in.