Race Day Information

On this page you will find more information to support competitors on race day

Race Location

Grove School (playing field), Newcastle Road, Market Drayton, TF9 1HF

Schedule of Events – SUNDAY 12th May 2024

08:00MD10K & FUN RUN HQs open
08:30First coach departs PARK & RIDE for event
09:30FUN RUN’s START (prizes to presented immediately afterwards)
10:30MD10K HQ CLOSE  
10:40MD10K WARM UP on main field  
10:50MD10K runners to enter chosen starting pens (please choose your approx finish time; chip activates when you cross the starting mat and NOT on the gun)  
11:00MD10K 2022 race START – PROMPT  
12:30PRIZE GIVING for 10K event
14:30LAST BUS leaves for the Park & Ride from Grove main gate
15:00Park & Ride CLOSE

Field Map

Road Closures

Roads in the town are closed between 10:30 and 12:30.

We enforce some of our road closures for the entire duration of the race to protect our runners & spectators. Drivers who choose to park cars within the town on public roads and car parks adjacent to the route will not be permitted to pass through the route until the road is re-opened by marshals and (dependent on where sited) potentially until entire race is over (approx. 10:30 – 12.30) – this is for safety reasons.

Please be mindful of this and utilise the FREE PARK & RIDE if you intend to leave early.

Free Park and Ride

We urge you to make use of our complimentary and dedicated coach service which  includes extensive FREE parking for your vehicles. 5 x 53 seater coaches will continuously relay throughout the day from 08.30am – until last bus leaves Grove School at 14.30 (with a break between 11 – 11.45 whilst the race is on). Transfer journey time is approx. 10 minutes but please allow at least 20 minutes for loading/unloading.

Car park and pick-up/drop-off is with the kind compliments of Barbers Auction Market which is situated  in the industrial estate at Adderley Road, Market Drayton, TF9 3SW, (directly off the roundabout junction of A53 / A529) and from where our stewards will direct you. This car park is not affected by road closures during the race. Our stewards will remain at the PARK & RIDE throughout.

Between 1000 and 1100hrs please allow priority to 10k RUNNERS (there will be an identified ‘bus stop’ for those runners who choose to fast track to the field)

Car Parking

There is limited car parking at Grove School accessed off Great Hales Street (not the main gate).

If you park at the Grove School, due to safety reasons you will not be allowed to depart the car park until 12:30 as we will still have runners completing the course so if you need to leave early please do not park at the Grove School.

There are also public car parks available – all of which are signposted within Market Drayton and approx. 5-10 minute walk from the event.

PLEASE NOTE: Lidl, Asda, Homebase and Morrisons are not public car parks but private parking for their customers. They are monitored by the stores who can issue parking fines if misused.

Fun Run

All children signed up to the race will be provided with a sticky race number which can be collected from the Grove School sports hall on the Saturday prior to the race between 2pm and 4pm or on race day between 8am and 9.15am.

The fun run winners trophies, goodie bags and medals will be handed out directly after the fun run finishes so please ensure you wait till the end of all races to collect them.

Adults must ensure children are supervised whilst on the field.

Photos will be taken of the children running by the race photographer and uploaded onto the link found on the race photos page here.

Race Transfers

Up to the Thursday prior to race day (midnight) you can transfer your place by emailing the bookings team. Click on the Race Transfers button below for more details.

Please don’t run in someone else’s number – it’s against UKA rules, causes incorrect results, confusion in the event of accident and will lead to disqualification.

Race Deferrals / Refunds

Unfortunately we are not able to defer places to next year or offer refunds for this race.

Race Numbers

Race numbers can be collected from the Grove School hall on the Saturday prior to the race between 2pm and 4pm.

On race day they can be collected from the same location between 8am and 10:30am

Please wear your race number on the front of your running top – we have so many safety pins but please bring your own in case we run out.

Race Day Emergency Number


Race Marshals

We have many volunteer marshals on duty throughout the day who have willingly given up their time to support and protect you during the race. They are placed at regular and strategic locations around the route; please support them and abide by any instructions they give as this will be for your safety and wellbeing. Please alert them to any issue that may compromise safety, or in the event that a runner or spectator is injured or unwell and in need of treatment.

First Aid

Our dedicated medical team will be at strategic places on the route. In the event of a runner or spectator becoming injured or unwell please make a marshal aware as they are able to contact the medical team manager who will direct medical personnel to attend the injured party.

Emergency Vehicles

In the event of an emergency vehicle needing access through the route AT ANY TIME runners and spectators MUST IMMEDIATELY move aside and LET IT PASS unhindered – road barriers will be moved aside by marshals if necessary.


There will be toilets on the field.

We are not permitted to use toilets within the school.


Quality caterers will be sited on the field providing a selection of hot and cold food and drink throughout the day. This year you will also be able to buy alcohol & soft drinks should you or your supporters wish to. We encourage you to purchase from our traders as they support the event.

Free Bag Drop

Your possessions may be left at our complimentary bag drop situated in the Scouts marquee on the main field near the start area. Affix the tear off strip from your race number/chip securely to your bag when dropping it off. For security reasons, collection will only be authorised upon presentation of the matching race number. We cannot accept liability for any items that are lost.

Lost / Found Property

If you lose or find something please email: marketdrayton10k@gmail.com. Alternatively you can message or post on our FB page.

Water Stations

There will be a water stations providing bottled water; at approx. 4k and at the finish line.

Complimentary T-Shirts

MD10k runners can collect their shirt from the sports hall at the same time they collect their race number. 

T-shirts have not been assigned. It is a first come first choice basis but we will do our best to allocate the t-shirt you requested. 

After the event is over you are welcome to go back to the t-shirt area to swap sizes should your size still be available.

IPODS & MP3 Players

The UK Athletics’ rules of competition are clear that “in ear” headphones cannot be used in events where roads are open to traffic.

However, England Athletics has an exciting partnership with AfterShokz, the number one bone conducting headphone brand.

Bone conducting headphones are the only earphones that are approved for use in all road races under the UK Athletics rules of competition.

Pens and Pacers

At the start of the race we ask that you join the appropriate pen based on your expected race time.

We will have a sub 35 minutes pen then the following pacers will be available:

Finish TimeMinutes Per MileMinutes Per KM
40 mins6:264:00
45 mins7:144:30
50 mins8:035:00
55 mins8:515:30
60 mins9:306:00
65 mins10:286:30
70 mins11:167:00

Medals & Goody Bags

Once you cross the finish line at MD10k please walk into the barrier funnel. You will soon receive a bottle of water…. and then your well earned & fabulous medal… and other items of local produce. These complimentary gifts are provided to you with the compliments of the MD10k Management Team & continued generosity of our sponsors and advertisers. 

Prize Giving

For the main race please stay and congratulate our prize winners. Presentations will commence about 12.30.

Any prize winner unable to remain for the presentation is asked to leave confirmed contact details at HQ or with one of the MD10k team to enable their prize to be forwarded. 


Once available will be posted on our website here:


Links to race photos can be found on the below link:

Want to race again in 2024?

Race entries will be open as soon as you finish the 2023 race.