The PIM Running Festival at Crathes Castle FAQ

Am I allowed to walk the race?

Races should be completed within 3 hours. After 2:30pm the race marshals will start taking down route signs and mile markers, working from the beginning of the course to the end.

I can no longer take part; can I get a refund?

Entries for the PIM Running Festival at Crathes Castle are non-refundable but fully transferrable. If no-one has taken your place, please ring the Crathes Estate Office on 01330 844525 by Friday 18 September 2020 so we can set your race t-shirt aside for you to collect on a later date that suits you. Beyond this time, any t-shirts that have not been secured by a phone call will be donated to charity.

I can no longer take part; can someone else take my place?

Yes, just give them your pre-race email and race number. On the day, they’ll register with your race number. They’ll receive the t-shirt size that was requested when you registered online, but if they’d like a different one, they can ask after the race at the t-shirt gazebo to see if there are any spare sizes available.

If the person taking your place would like to be eligible for the prizes, we need to ensure they’re in the correct category. Please email before midday on Thursday 17 September with your name, date of birth and email address, as well as the name, date of birth, gender, address, email address and t-shirt size of the person taking your place.

When do I get my t-shirt and goodie bag?

T-shirts and goodie bags will be distributed at the end of the race.

Is there somewhere for me to leave my bags on the day of the race?

Yes, there’ll be a bag drop at the back of the registration marquee. At the bag drop area you’ll be given a band with your race number on it to attach to your bag. Even though the bag drop will be manned at all times, we cannot take responsibility for any items that are lost, damaged or stolen. Please do not leave loose items here such as jackets or water bottles.

Is there anything for my family to do if they come along as well?

Yes, Fun Village with various activities will be available on the castle grounds. This will run from 10am to 4pm.

Is there plenty of parking onsite?

There is parking on site; however, we encourage participants to car share where possible. Parking in the guide field will be free of charge to participants, and the main car park will open to the public at the cost of £3 for non-members and free for members.

Where do I register on the day?

You complete most of the registration on-line but there will be a white marquee on the castle lawn where you will collect your race number.

What time am I allowed to register on the day?

Registration for the Children’s Race will open at 9am and close at 9:50am. 

Registration for the 5k will open at 9 am and close at 10:50. 

Registration for the Half Marathon will open at 10am and close at 11:50.

How do I register on the day?

The only thing you will need to get on the day is your race number. You will receive information about this in your pre-race email. You do not need to print your confirmation e-mail – we are doing are best to be as eco-friendly as possible and bringing your details on your phone is preferable. The registration marquee will be divided by race numbers. Please queue in the appropriate section where you’ll be given your race number which also contains your timing chip.

What time does the race start?

The Children’s Race starts at 10:00. Please assemble on the castle lawn behind the finish arch at 10:50.

The 5k starts at 11.00.  Please assemble on the castle lawn behind the finish arch at 10:50.

The Half Marathon starts at 12.00 noon. Please assemble on the castle lawn behind the finish arch at 11:40.

Where are the nearest toilets?

Toilets will be located across the beginning of the race route, down towards Caroline’s Garden. There are also toilet facilities in the Café at the top of the hill towards the back of the castle.

Do I need to complete the race within a certain time?

The Half Marathon should not exceed 3 hours. After 2:30pm the route signs and mile markers will be gradually taken down, working from the beginning of the course to the end.