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Details (e.g., entry forms and results) of running races (e.g., 10K, 10M and half marathon), both road races and multi-terrain, near North East England: Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Yorkshire, Cumbria, ... Generated: Wed 30 Aug at 08:15:37 BST

The purpose of this web site

This web site contains details of running races that are near to North East England.
By near to North East England, I mean races that are in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Yorkshire
and a few places further afield like Edinburgh, the Borders, Cumbria, ... .
Some of the races are road races, whereas others are multi-terrain.
Ultra races, fell races, duathlons, triathlons, adventure/colour/mud/obstacle races, virtual runs, time-based events, events in the dark and Race For Life events are not included.
Most of the races that are listed are open to runners not attached to a running club,
i.e., club-only and invitation-only events are not usually included.

More details

The main web page on this web site is the future races page, as this has a table listing races that are near to North East England.
However, several things appear on this page before the table.

  1. First, there are zero or more items of news. These items are normally removed after a week.
  2. The news is followed by a link to today's featured photo.
  3. There is then a list of the entry forms that have most recently been added to the site. Often only the ten most recent are listed. However, more will appear if a lot of forms got added during the last week.
  4. Then there is a list of links to the results of recent races. Often only the ten most recently added are listed. However, more will appear if a lot of links to results got added during the last week.
  5. Then there is a list of races that took part in the last month for which I haven't seen any results. If  you know where any of these are, please email me.
  6. Finally, there is a table containing the list of races. For each race, there are lots of information, including details of the date and time of the race, its location, the postcode of the venue, the closing date for postal entries, details of whether entries on the day are permitted, a link to a web page that has further information and a link to a web page that has the entry form for the race.

Usually this web site does not provide the actual entry forms but instead it links to the web pages that a race organiser provides or to web pages that others provide that give the information.

The future races page has a search for race button with a box alongside. If you type the name, the location or the date of a race (or a part of the name/location/date) into the box, and then click the button, only races that match what you've typed will be listed. A date has the format 2010-11-23. So into the box you could type redcar or car or coastal or 2010-11. If you are a geek, you may be interested to know that the box may contain a regular expression. The button only appears if your browser has JavaScript enabled.

There is a separate web page showing the entries of the future races table that have recently been added/updated.

Choosing preferences

The table on the future races page includes a lot of races. You may wish to hide some of the races, e.g., long races and/or races that are too far away. If your browser has JavaScript enabled, you can do this by clicking the button labelled show preferences area. If you do this, the preferences area will be displayed.

The preferences area provides 3 ways in which you can control what races appear. Ways 2 and 3 are rivals; they both control by the location of the race. Of the two ways, you will probably find 3 more useful. If so, leave all the checkboxes of the postcode areas ticked.

  1. The preferences area has a set of checkboxes that enables you to restrict the races to distances that you choose.

  2. It also has a second set of checkboxes that enables you to restrict the races to specific postcode areas. If you click on a label such as Bradford, you will be able to see more details about the races in this postcode area. So untick any checkbox whose races you wish to hide. Gotcha: if you untick a checkbox then links elsewhere on the page that link to a hidden race will not work. Use the following link to get more details about how the restricting by postcode areas works.

  3. Underneath the two sets of checkboxes, there are two drop-down menus labelled select a home and select a distance. If you wish, choose a home, say Durham, and choose a distance, e.g., 80 miles. If you do this, a new button labelled show races up to 80M from Durham will appear. If you click this button, the table of races will only include those races that are up to 80M by road from Durham. The details about these races will now also include how far the race is from Durham and have links labelled OS (Ordnance Survey), OpenStreetMap and Google. If you click one of these links, you will be taken to a web page that has a map showing a route to the race and a table giving a description of this route. The route is provided using software from Routino and data from OpenStreetMap. This is being provided on an as is basis: I'm unable to handle queries about the route that has been chosen!

Once you have chosen your preferences, you can hide the preferences area by clicking the button labelled hide preferences area.

If you use any of the above 3 ways to control what races get included, this web site will attempt to use cookies to store your preferences. In this way, the settings of the two checkboxes and the settings of the two drop-down menus will be used when you next visit the page with the same browser. Although cookies have been used by web sites for many years, a change to the UK law in May 2011 means that a web site now has to ensure that you agree to cookies being created. If you have chosen some preferences, the preferences area will have a button labelled remove current preferences. So, if you wish to change your mind and instead see all the races, you can remove your preferences and get rid of these three cookies by clicking this button.

More details about the three cookies

A cookie called distances is used to record the settings of the checkboxes for the lengths of races if any of them is unset. For example, it would be set to "00100000" if you only wish to see 10K races. A cookie called unwanteds is used to record the postcode areas which you do not wish to see. Foe example, it would be set to "BD HD" if you do not wish to see races in the Bradford and Huddersfield postcode areas. A cookie called home is used to record where you regard as home and how far you are willing to drive to a race. For example, it would be set to "Durham,80M" if you only wish to see races that are up to 80 miles from Durham.

If you do not use a feature, its cookie will not be created.

Each of the three cookies is stored as a persistent cookie. There is more about cookies at the www.allaboutcookies.org web site.

More techie stuff

Each race listed on the future races page has an ICAL link. This can be used to import the race into a calendaring program such as Apple iCal, Google Calendar, Lotus Notes, Microsoft Outlook/Exchange/Entourage, Oracle Calendar or WebCalendar.
Use the following link to get information about how to import all the races into your calendar.
Use the following link to get information about how to display the races in Google Maps or Google Earth.
The races that have recently been altered are also available as a an RSS Feed feed.
Important changes are also made available through twitter at twitter.com/northeastraces.

Commitment

This web site has been in existence since 2001: on the previous races page you will find information going back to that time.
This web site is regularly maintained, and I try to provide information on the future races page as soon as it becomes available.

Errors

Everyone makes mistakes. So occasionally there are errors on this site. I fix them as soon as I become aware of them. My biggest nightmare is getting the start time wrong and people saying that because of me they arrived too late for a race. I don't think this has ever happened. The other worry I have is getting a closing date wrong. However, if you use this site, it is up to you to find out whether the information provided here is accurate.

Feedback

If you find information on these pages that is wrong or you find details about a race that is missing from these pages,
please email me. Thank you to those people that have already done this.
Also use that email address if you want to send me praise! Thanks.