The start

Participants shall assemble for the Big Warm Up, 20 minutes prior to the run starting. Participants shall then proceed to the start line. All participants must be positioned behind the starting line when starting


In order to run in the Baldock 5K Rat Run, runners must agree that they, or anyone that they are paying for, will not compete in the event unless medically fit to do so and that, in any event, will compete at their own risk.  Runners must accept that the organisers will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, costs or expenses which may arise in consequence of their participation of the event. runners must understand that entry fees are non-refundable. runners must also give permission to pass their details to the garden house hospice and to use their name, quotes, video footage, and photographic likeness for marketing and promotional purposes.

Participant safety
Participants are responsible for their recognition and understanding of event signage, symbols and colour relating to participant maps, facilities and direction. Medical personnel authorised by the event to do so may examine any participant who appears in distress. If in the sole opinion of authorised medical personnel it is in the best interest of the participant’s health and welfare, medical personnel can remove the participant from the event. Participants must retire at once from the event if ordered to do so by a member of the event’s official staff, official medical staff, or any governmental authority, including fire and police officers. Participants are responsible and assume liability for any and all medical expenses incurred as a result of training for and/or participation in the event, including but not limited to ambulance transport, hospital stays, physician and pharmaceutical goods and services.Event officials reserve the right to delay, cancel, alter the route or suspend the event due to inclement weather in accordance with Emergency Protocol on severe emergencies and/or inclement weather. No refund will be issued in these circumstances.  

Course monitoring
Any participant who refuses to obey the directions of the event official, city official or course marshal, or who conducts himself/herself in an unsportsmanlike manner, or who is offensive by action or language to officials, volunteers, participants or spectators may be disqualified by the event and future participation at the discretion of event officials .Any participant who has been found by a course marshal, event official or surveillance equipment to have gained an unfair advantage by intentionally shortening the route of the event (“cutting the course”) shall be immediately disqualified from the event and banned from future participation in any Baldock 5K event at the discretion of event officials. Any person who participates in the event without a current official event bib number not officially assigned to him/her is subject to removal and disqualification from future events. No persons are authorised to be on the course unless they are registered participants. A person will be allowed to accompany a participant if the participant is not physically/mentally able complete the course alone. 

Any individual requesting a waiver of any of these rules from the event shall submit a written request no less than 30 days prior to the event date specifying the nature of and reasons for the request.

Privacy policy
All customers agree to our privacy policy when they enter an event, purchase a product, sign up as race crew, create a My Details account or sign up to our e-newsletter

Event officials reserve the right, to modify, supplement or waive all or part of the event rules. Participants shall be bound by any modification or supplement of the event rules published prior to the event. Failure to follow these event rules, as can be amended, will result in immediate disqualification.  

Residence and businesses - Our route 

Now in its 4th year, having raised nearly £10,000 for our community, in support for the garden house hospice care, the Baldock 5k Rat Run brings together runners, walkers, families, volunteers and spectators through its partnership with Hollinton Health to provide this amazing annual event.


We ask our community to please consider signing up to please walk or run or to join our participants on route, cheering them on in the 5k fun run or joining us for our BBQ, kids playhouse, charity raffle and games!


There will be short road closures to Sun Street, Church Street and parts of Icknield way between 09:00 – 11:00 and delays (Please see map). You can call us on 07521150102 if you have an queries.  

We invite everyone to become a part of our communities Rat Run by coming out to cheer on runners as they run/walk by your home or place of business on the morning of Sunday 4th September.


Looking forward to seeing you en route! 

Sammie Holland - Race Director