Grantham Cup Race Information

Grantham Cup 2016

The race start time has been brought forward to 10 a.m. to try and alleviate traffic flow into this very popular event, however please leave enough time to allow for some congestion, parking and race preparation.

After parking, head for the race H.Q. which will be in the same position as last year, outside and to the north west of the main arena areas, look for signs and the bright green and black Grantham Running Club tent.

Each entrant receives free day entry to the main event. Discounted entry fees for runner’s family and friends will become available via the main event website Belton Horse Trials using the discount code 10k40.

Follow signposts to the public parking areas for the Belton International Horse Trials. All cars must enter via the Lion Gates, which are situated on Belton Lane. See map. The postcode for the Lion Gates is NG31 9SH. There will be NO access into Belton Park from the usual entrance in Belton village. The Horse Trials are a very popular event so please allow enough time to gain admission, park and prepare.

A location map can be viewed here

Your race entry allows only you as a runner, free entry to the Belton International Horse Trials for the one day, Sunday 15th April 2018. Admission to the event is only valid prior to the race start time of 10.00 am. Additional party members will need to purchase admission tickets in the normal way.

Using the code 10k40 on the Belton International Horse Trials website will provide a further discount until 1st April 2018. Children under 5 enter free. Each runner will receive an e-ticket, by late March, via email to gain entry to the main event, please print this off and bring with you. Please have your official entry ticket close at hand for presentation. Sorry, no ticket, no admission. Remember other passangers in your car will need their own ticket. There can be no re-admission once you leave the event.

This year race numbers will be collected on the day from the start area. If you have a previously undeclared medical condition that you feel our First Aid providers should know about, please email details to clearly giving your name and contact details, and they’ll be passed onto the medical provider. Ample parking will be available on site, please follow the directions of the parking marshals. After parking, head for the race H.Q. which will be in the same position as last year, outside and to the north west of the main arena areas, look for signs and the bright green and black Grantham Running Club tent.

Please leave your bags in your car if you can. There are plenty of toilets on site and refreshments will be widely available to suit all palates and thirsts! There will be a key drop at the start area. Please be ready, warmed up and close to the start by 9.50am for the start at 10.00 am prompt. Your race number should be securely fastened to your front using four pins and in a visible position.

The finish will be clearly marked upon your return and will be in the vicinity of the start. The timetable of other events on the day will determine the exact position. At the end please move along the funnel and continue to collect your commemorative beer.

The race terrain is a mixture of the rough grass of Belton Park and wooded tracks. There are two short steep accents and two similar descents, whilst the rest of the course is undulating or flat. There is one road crossing outbound and again on the return leg, please obey the marshals that will be stationed here for your safety. There may also be a couple of stiles to negotiate. Please can runners and spectators respect that there are sheep and deer within the park and it is their breeding season. The wearing off, or listening to, portable audio devices of any kind is not allowed for safety reasons, there are fast moving horses and a road crossing. The course will be marked at every kilometer and is approximately 10k long. The course may vary slightly on the day so please follow directions from marshals. We will wait until the Saturday before deciding on the exact final route which will take into account the positioning of the horse jumps, the weather in the lead up affecting underfoot conditions, and the wind on the day as we pass close to some elderly trees. After the drinks station we will put a limit marker to drop your cup, if you have not finished it by that point can you please carry it to the finish line with you for the welfare of the animals using the fields. If you witness a fellow runner being injured make sure a marshal has been informed before you continue your run.

A course map can be viewed here

All entrants will be emailed a link to the results which will be posted on the Grantham Running Club website. Prizes will be awarded to first three places for men and women, also first vet man MV40, MV50 & MV60 and vet woman FV35, FV45 & FV55, and top canicross. One award only per individual. Presentation will be at approximately 11.30 near the start/finish area.