The Details

How does the 1 Hour work?

There will be five waves taking place throughout the day; each wave will run for exactly 1 Hour around the 1 mile loop. The aim is to see how far you can go in 1 Hour. When signing up for the event, runners will be able to choose their start time / wave. All waves will be mixed ability apart from two ‘fast waves’ for those who want to really push the pace. If you want to run with your mates, make sure you all sign up in the same wave.

How is my finish distance calculated?

We have ‘timing mats’ (or chip readers) located every 0.1 mile on the 1 mile route. Your official finish distance will be calculated by the last timing mat you run over when the hooter sounds after 1 hour. For example, if you complete five laps and cross four timing mats on your sixth lap before the finish hooter sounds, your finish distance will be 5.4 miles.

How will I know how much time I have left when I’m running?

There will be three digital clocks out on the 1 mile route which will all be counting down from 1 hour, so you’ll have a good idea of how much time you have left when you’re out on the course. We will also have audio countdowns and most importantly a loud hooter when your time is up! Runners are more than welcome to use GPS watches (e.g. Fitbits) to aid them with their pacing.

What happens once the hour is up?

When the hooter sounds and your challenge is complete, you will have 10 minutes to walk back to the start/finish area where you’ll receive your hard earned medal and finish treats – wherever you are on the course when the hooter sounds, you will never be more than 0.5 miles away from the start/finish area. Once you’ve collected your medal, make sure you head back into our Event Village in Paternoster Square to celebrate your amazing achievement with your family and friends. If you have any energy left, we’d love it if you could stay and cheer on all the other runners in the later waves!

Why is the route 1 Mile?

This is a totally unique running challenge and we have created the perfect conditions for you to run as far as you possibly can in 1 Hour. In addition to being fast, flat and absolutely spectacular, the 1 mile route will enable you to effectively pace yourself and pass your cheering supporters on multiple occasions. With engaging route activations to keep you entertained, the stage is set for you to push yourself to new limits.

Schedule

Your schedule for the day will depend on which wave you choose to enter, but as a guide we’re asking all runners to arrive at our Event Village in Paternoster Square at least 40 minutes before their start wave.

We recommend runners who are able to do a 10K in under 50 minutes opt for one of the two ‘Fast Waves’.

Please note, this schedule is provisional and timings are subject to final confirmation.

Sunday June 17:

07:30 – Event Hub Opens (Paternoster Square)

08:00 – Bag Drop Opens (New Change)

09:00 – First Wave Starts (Mixed Ability Wave)

10:15 – Second Wave Starts (Fast Wave)

11:30 – Third Wave Starts (Mixed Ability Wave)

12:45 – Fourth Wave Starts (Fast Wave)

14:00 – Fifth Wave Starts (Mixed Ability Wave)

17:15 – Event Hub and Bag Drop Closes

 

** We recommend all international runners or anyone needing to collect / swap their Event Pack arrive 45-60 minutes before their wave start time. All other runners should arrive 40 minutes before.**

Travel

The Event Village is situated in Paternoster Square (EC4M 7DX).

We are recommending all participants arrive and depart via public transport network hubs and services situated around the area. We suggest you download the free Citymapper app from the app store which will calculate your best possible route to the Event Village.

We will not provide parking for cars or bikes. For more information on planning your journey, including information on cancellations and expected delays, please visit the TfL website.

TUBE

The local transport hubs include the following Underground stations.

 

STATION LINES SERVED WALKING TIME TO START LINE
St Paul’s Central Line 2 minutes
Mansion House District and Circle Lines 5 minutes
Blackfriars District and Circle Lines 5 minutes
Bank Central, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines
DLR
7 minutes

TRAIN

The local transport hubs include the following Overground stations.

 

STATION WALKING TIME TO START LINE
City Thameslink 3 minutes
Blackfriars 5 minutes
Liverpool Street 15 minutes

BUS

The event is very accessible by bus with a large number of buses serving the local area. However some bus stops and routes will be closed or diverted due to the road closures in place for the event. Visit TfL website close to the event date to see if your public transport journey by bus is affected.

Buses stopping nearby: 4, 8, 11, 15, 17, 23, 25, 26, 56, 76, 100, 172, 242, 521.

RIVER BUS

MBNA Thames Clippers offer a fast and frequent service with departures from major London piers every 20 minutes, other routes vary so please check routes and timetables before you travel.

 

STATION WALKING TIME TO START LINE
Blackfriars Pier 9 minutes
Bankside Pier 10 minutes

BIKE

Free bicycle parking is provided in designated places on streets throughout the City. Find out more here.

TAXI

There is no event parking or drop off zone, so those arriving by taxi must find a suitable and safe place to stop nearby which is off route & doesn’t hold up other traffic.

Residents & Businesses

The adidas City Run: 1 Hour takes place on Sunday June 17. It is an exciting new concept on the running calendar taking place in the heart of London. Due to the scale and numbers participating in the inaugural event, it will be necessary to implement road closures across the full 1 mile route to facilitate the safe passage of participants. Please be aware that the road closures could impact your travel arrangements on that day.

A Road Closure Map and list of the affected roads and their closure times will be available to view closer to the event.

For further assistance with queries regarding the route and subsequent road closures on Sunday June 17, please contact community@adidascityruns.com.

FAQs

Entry Information

 

What's the minimum age to enter?

You have to be 16 years old by 31st Dec 2018 to run in our event. Please also note that if you are 15, 16 or 17 years old by time of entering, you will need to get your parent or guardian to complete this for you: Parental Consent Form.

How does the referral entry option work?

It’s super easy and you and all your running buddies can save £5 each.
All you need to do is purchase a General Entry place (i.e. not a Charity Entry place) and you’ll receive a confirmation email that contains a referral link. Send this link on to your friends and once 4 of them enter using the link you will ALL qualify for a £5 rebate. Please note they MUST enter using your referral link.
This rebate will be processed the day after the event and may take 3-5 working days to land back in your bank account.
You can see how you’re getting on by logging into https://myevents.active.com.

I've entered but can no longer take part. What are my options?

All General Entry runners entering the Event more than 30 days prior to the event date may withdraw free-of-charge up to 7 days after payment. Notice of withdrawal from the event must be communicated during this period by email to hello@adidascityruns.com stating clearly the desire to withdraw and putting ‘1 HOUR WITHDRAWAL’ in subject line of the email.
Runners hoping to withdraw from the event after the 7 day “Cooling Off Period”, he/she will receive no refund and will not be able to transfer their entry to another person.
Charity runners must contact the charity they secured a place from directly with any withdrawal requests.

 

Pre-Event Information

Can I change my Start Wave?

You can transfer to another Start Wave up until 1st May. You can do this by logging into your account (using the details setup during registration) and transfer to a different Start Wave: https://myevents.active.com.

Can I change my details (such as the address my t-shirt and pack will be sent to)?

You can change your details up until 1st May. You can do this by logging into your account (using the details setup during registration) and edit your information here: https://myevents.active.com.

When will I receive my event pack and adidas race day t-shirt?

Packs will be sent out about 2 weeks before the event but can arrive as late as the day before.

If you do not receive a pack then you will need to arrive at Paternoster Square approximately 45-60 minutes before your start time. Please remember to bring a photo ID and your confirmation email. If you entered using an international address you will have to collect your pack and t-shirt on the day of the event.

Can I change the size of my adidas t-shirt?

If have already received your t-shirt and it does not fit you may be able to swap it. Please come to the Event Village in Paternoster Square approximately 45-60 minutes before your start time. Please bring your current pack to swap (not just the t-shirt), as we will need to issue you a new timing chip that correlates to your new runner number that is printed on your new t-shirt.

I'm an international participant. When and where do I get my Event Pack from?

You will need to come to the Event Village in Paternoster Square approximately 45-60 minutes before your start time. Please remember to bring a photo ID and your confirmation email.

If my Event Pack has not arrived by Saturday morning what should I do?

If you do not receive a pack then you will need to arrive at Paternoster Square approximately 45-60 minutes before your start time. Please remember to bring a photo ID and your confirmation email. Any who entered using an international address will have to collect your pack and t-shirt on the day of the event.

 

Event Day Information

Do I have to wear the free adidas t-shirt?

All runners must wear the free adidas race day t-shirt they receive in advance of the event. This will have your unique race number printed on it which will pair with your timing chip and also be used to identify you for your personal photos.
If you have secured a GOSH place you will be given a charity vest from GOSH to wear. You will receive race number bib in your Event Pack and will be required to pin this on to make sure you get picked up by our photographers and receive your personal photos.

What's the schedule for the event day?

Check out the schedule here.

Do I have to collect a timing chip?

You will receive your timing chip along with your adidas race day t-shirt in the post in the lead up to the event. Remember to wear this on your shoe on race day so you can get an official distance!

How is my finish distance calculated?

We have ‘timing mats’ (or chip readers) located every 0.1 mile on the 1 mile route. Your official finish distance will be calculated by the last timing mat you run over when the hooter sounds after 1 hour. For example, if you complete five laps and cross four timing mats on your sixth lap before the finish hooter sounds, your finish distance will be 5.4 miles.

What time does the event start?

With five waves taking place throughout the day (9am to 3pm), runners will be able to choose their start time/wave. All waves will be mixed ability apart from two ‘fast waves’ for those who want to really push the pace.
Please arrive 40 minutes before your start wave time.

How will I know how much time I have left when I’m running?

There will be three digital clocks out on the 1 mile route which will all be counting down from 1 hour, so you’ll have a good idea of how much time you have left when you’re out on the course. We will also have audio countdowns and most importantly a loud hooter when your time is up! Runners are more than welcome to use GPS watches (e.g. Fitbits) to aid them with their pacing.

What happens once the hour is up?

When the hooter sounds and your challenge is complete, you will have 10 minutes to walk back to the start/finish area where you’ll receive your hard earned medal and finish treats – wherever you are on the course when the hooter sounds, you will never be more than 0.5 miles away from the start/finish area. Once you’ve collected your medal, make sure you head back into our Event Village in Paternoster Square to celebrate your amazing achievement with your family and friends. If you have any energy left, we’d love it if you could stay and cheer on all the other runners in the later waves!

Why is the route 1 Mile?

This is a totally unique running challenge and we have created the perfect conditions for you to run as far as you possibly can in 1 Hour. In addition to being fast, flat and absolutely spectacular, the 1 mile route will enable you to effectively pace yourself and pass your cheering supporters on multiple occasions. With engaging route activations to keep you entertained, the stage is set for you to push yourself to new limits.

Will there be Pacers?

No – part of the 1 Hour challenge is to pace yourself across the hour. However, there will be a number of clocks around the course counting down to make sure you know how much time is left.

Can I listen to music whilst running?

We strongly discourage the use of any equipment that acts as an impediment to hearing or concentration when running. This includes, but is not limited to, mobile telephones, personal stereos and MP3 players. Please note we cannot be responsible for accidents resulting from taking part with such equipment.

Will there be a bag drop?

Yes. We want you to be able to get some fresh clothes on before re-joining your family and friends to Unlock the City and make the most of the fantastic offers we’ve organised. Remember to keep your medal with you to access these great discounts.

Are you accepting participants taking part in a wheelchair?

Whist we are always looking for ways to make our events as inclusive as possible, we unfortunately are unable to accommodate wheelchair racers. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause.

Will there be showers?

No. We aren’t able to provide showers but we have changing rooms so you can slip on a fresh set of clothes and Unlock the City and make the most of the fantastic offers we’ve organised. Remember to keep your medal with you to access these great discounts.

Can I run with my child in a buggy?

Whist we are always looking for ways to make our events as inclusive as possible, we unfortunately are unable to accommodate buggies. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause.

 

Spectators

Can I walk around the Event Village and Route?

Yes of course. Our Event Village is open to runners and spectators from 07:30 until 17:15 and will be full of entertainment and food and drink vendors for everyone to enjoy.

 

Residents

What roads will be closed during the day of the event?

The list of the key affected roads and their closure times will be published in due course and an extensive business and residents communication plan will be implemented. Emergency Services and pedestrian access will be facilitated throughout, but there will be no vehicle or bicycle access on these roads during the closure period. Visit www.tfl.gov.uk to see if your public transport journey by bus is affected.

 

Other

How can my business get involved in the event?

There are lots of ways for businesses to get involved – you can become an event sponsor, a supplier or vendor, or simply enter your employees to take part! If you’re interested in getting your business involved please email us at: hello@adidascityruns.com.

Do you need volunteers?

If you don’t fancy taking part yourself then volunteering is a great way for you to experience an adidas City Run event. We’re always looking for amazing people to volunteer at our events and guarantee you’ll have a fantastic time doing so. If you’re keen to find out more then please email volunteers@adidascityruns.com.

I have a question that isn’t answered in the FAQs, how can I contact you?

Please drop us an email at hello@adidascityruns.com and we will be happy to try and answer any questions you may have. Whilst we try to work at top speed, please allow 72 hours for us to get back to you.

 

Contact

If you need to ask us any questions that aren’t answered in our FAQs, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch by dropping us an email at hello@adidascityruns.com. We will get back to all queries as soon as possible.