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Congratulations to everyone who ran on Sunday, we hope that you had an good run and enjoyed the remarkably good weather! Results for the Holly Run 2018 are now available on this website, please use the links at the bottom of this page, or the menu above.
If you did well enough to receive an individual place medal or your team was placed, but you were not at the prize-giving, please contact Race Director Mike Scott, via the "Race Director - Holly Run" option under "Contact Us" with your name and contact details.
Photos below are from the start of the U13 Girls race and the Saucony Stand organised by our sponsors Simply Sports.
"Good Old Fashioned Cross Country" - The Holly Run is an annual series of eight cross country races designed to suit all age groups for both club runners and fun runners! Held under UK Athletic rules, on a Sunday just before Christmas, the Holly Run is completed wholly within Priory Park, Reigate, Surrey RH2. Up hills, down steep down hills (except U11 and U13), cambers, parkland, woodland and everything nature can throw at you; this good old fashioned cross country route is why runners come back to join us year after year!
The perfect opportunity to combine keeping fit with Christmas shopping in our gorgeous town of Reigate (especially at our sponsor's 28 High Street store, SimplySports).
New for 2018 – due to popular demand we are offering men the option to run 4 miles and women the option to run 6 miles. There will be one single start combining both distances. Individual and team prizes will remain as before for the men over 6 miles and the women over 4 miles, we will in addition award gold, silver and bronze medals to the 1st three male 4 mile finishers and first three female 6 mile finishers.
UKA:athletics Cross Country Permit number 104:18
THE HOLLY RUN RACES
In its 35th year, there are eight races in all, for men and women as well as boys and girls of all ages.
The races are as follows . . .
|Race 1||10:30||Under 11 Girls #||1 mile / 1 small lap|
|Race 2||10:50||Under 11 Boys #||1 mile / 1 small lap|
|Race 3||11:10||Under 13 Girls||2 miles / 2 small laps|
|Race 4||11:30||Under 13 Boys||2 miles / 2 small laps|
|Race 5||11:50||Under 15 Girls & U17 Women||3 miles / 1 small, 1 large|
|Race 6||12:15||Under 15 Boys & U17 Men||3 miles / 1 small, 1 large|
|Race 7||12:40||Junior (U20) / Senior / Veteran (WOMEN & MEN)||4 miles / 2 large laps|
|Race 8||12:40||Junior (U20) /Senior / Veteran (WOMEN & MEN)||6 miles / 3 large laps|
# NOTE: Minimum age of 8 years on race day.
See "Race & Medal Winners" below.
HOW TO ENTER THE HOLLY RUN
Entries for the Holly Run 2018 are now open, via Sport Systems.
If you would prefer to enter via an old-fashioned paper entry form, you can use the form available here. Please send the completed form to:
Holly Run Entry Secretary
c/o 77 Trindles Road
An entry form for bulk entries from schools etc. is also available here.
Paper and bulk entries must be received no later than Friday 7th December 2018.
If you have any queries, please contact the "Race Director - Holly Run" via the "Contact Us" form on the RPAC website.
ENTRY FEES 2018
All Under 20s (on race day) £5.00
All adults (20 & over on race day) £8.00 (for UKA Affiliated runners)
All adults (20 & over on race day) £10.00 (for non-UKA Affiliated runners/fun runners)
Please note that Sport Systems charge a transaction fee in addition to the above entry fees.
NOTE: On the day entries are possible from RACE HQ, but will incur an additional charge of £2.00 per person (all ages).
The entry fees are non-refundable.
The routes are run wholly within Priory Park, Reigate. Please see the route map.
MEDALS AND RACE WINNERS
*All* participants who complete their race will receive a medal as they cross the finish line.
Special medals will also be presented to the first three finishers (gold, silver, bronze) of each race and age group:
- U11 Girls, U11 Boys, U13 Girls, U13 Boys, U15 Girls, U17 Ladies, U15 Boys, U17 Men
- U20 Ladies, Senior Ladies, Veteran Ladies 35, Veteran Ladies 45 (All 4 miles only)
- U20 Men, Senior Men, Veteran Men 40, Veteran Men 50 (All 6 miles only)
- First three finishers, Ladies (6 mile) and Men (4 mile)
AND also to the first three TEAMS (3 runners equal a team/club - in same age group):
- U11 Girls, U11 Boys, U13 Girls, U13 Boys, U15 Girls, U17 Ladies, U15 Boys, U17 Men
- Senior Ladies (4 miles only, with U20 and Veteran runners counting as Senior)
- Senior Men (6 miles only, with U20 and Veteran runners counting as Senior)
Presentations will take place in RACE HQ with the aim to do this within an hour of the end of each race (listen out for announcements made on the day).
FACILITIES AND REFRESHMENTS
Registration is not required. Once you have your race number, be on the start line about 10 minutes before your race is due to start.
RACE HQ (the gym at Reigate Priory School) will be open from 9.30am on Sunday 17th December, and here you will find:
- Late Entry desk - Entries cannot be accepted less than 30 minutes prior to your race start time
- Collection desk - For entrants who have prebooked/prepaid for their race entry. Ensure collection at least 30 minutes prior to race start time.
- REFRESHMENTS - Get hydrated before your race, keep warm whilst watching the races or simply enjoy the delights of RPAC's cooking! Hot and cold drinks, cakes and light refreshments will be available for all...
NOTE: There will be no specified changing facilities so please arrive ready to run. Thank you.
TRAVELLING TO THE HOLLY RUN
The Holly Run takes place in Reigate’s Priory Park, Surrey RH2 7RL
RAIL: Reigate Railway Station is less than 10 minutes walk away, with Redhill Station about 2 miles away. Reigate BR station is on the Reading to Gatwick line and connects to the London and Brighton services at neighbouring Redhill. Walking from Reigate station, head south towards Reigate town centre through Tunnel Road which is closed to traffic.
BUS: Buses 32, 420, 435 and 460 stop in Reigate town centre. Please check bus times directly with the bus companies.
CAR: The A25 (east/west) and A217 (north/south) meet in Reigate and traffic circulates via a one-way system. If you are arriving via the M25, exit at junction 8 and follow the signs for Reigate Town Centre via the A217, turning left into Bancroft Road. For the main entrance to Reigate Priory, turn left at the Morrison's traffic lights, and after about 75 metres turn right into Bell Street car park.
The nearest car park is in Bell Street (2 minutes walk). Additional parking is available in Bancroft Road and Upper West street car parks. Charges are made for Sunday parking. Parking in Morrison’s is for shoppers only, and is limited to a strict two hour limit.
Sadly, this is totally out of our control at RPAC, and as the race is held in the middle of winter, be prepared for snow, rain, wind and sunshine! Closer to the race date, do watch the weather forecast and plan to dress appropriately - and don't forget that you can always come and warm up in RACE HQ and enjoy the delights of our cakes and drinks!
If adverse weather conditions are likely on race day, we will update you via this page as to the status of the race.
But do remember...this is cross country!
Results (All years)
Welcome to The Summer Evening 10K, an annual 10 km multi terrain race, open to anyone 15 years of age or over on the day of the race. It is suitable for club and recreational runners alike.
The race starts in Reigate's attractive Priory Park (approximate postcode RH2 7BA) before exiting onto scenic, mainly quiet country roads for approx 8.5 km. It then re-enters the park for the remainder of the race within its beautifully landscaped grounds.
It is operated under UK Athletics rules and the 27th edition of the race will commence at 7.30pm on Wednesday 3rd July 2019. (UK Athletics licence number 2019-36104).
We hope that the following information will answer any questions you may have about the race, but otherwise please contact the Race Director using the "Contact Us" form on this website (select the option "Race Director - Summer Evening 10k").
Entries (NOW CLOSED for 2019)
- Entries online at Sports Systems are now closed for the 2019 event.
- or by post by downloading, printing and filling in the entry form, then mailing it with a cheque made payable to RPAC to:
The Race Secretary, RPAC Summer Evening 10K, 70 Nutfield Road, Merstham, Surrey, RH1 3HA.
A stamped addressed envelope is not required. You'll collect your race number and timing chip from Race HQ on the day.
The advance entry fees are £10.00 with UKA licence or £12.00 unattached. Please note a small supplement is payable when entering online.
If you have any queries, please contact the "Race Director - Summer 10k" via the "Contact Us" form on the RPAC website.
Entries on the day
The event has previously sold out so make sure of your place in the 2019 race by entering promptly! If however the pre-set race limit has not been reached in advance, the website will be updated to show the number of places available on race day which will be sold on a first come, first served basis from 6pm onwards @ £12.00 if you hold a UKA licence, otherwise £14.00, until a maximum of 550 runners is reached.
Race numbers and timing chips
Photo Credit : SussexSportPhotography.com
On race day, please collect from Race HQ:
- Your race number which must be pinned to the front of your running top. It must not be folded, cut or mutilated - and please fill in the medical information on the reverse
- Your timing chip which should be attached to your shoe laces as per the instructions on the accompanying envelope
Race HQ and Facilities
RPAC is grateful to Pistachios in the Park for generously making their circular, glass Priory Park Pavilion Cafe available as our Race HQ. Contained within this strategically sited, iconic building are toilets and limited changing facilities although the cafe may not be open for refreshments. Near the Start will be a supervised, covered bag store where you may leave kit bags at your own risk.
Transport and parking
Reigate Railway Station is on the Reading-Tonbridge line with connections at Redhill to the London-Brighton line and is a few minutes walk to the town centre. If arriving via the M25 exit at Junction 8 (Reigate) and follow the signs for the town centre down the A217 Reigate Hill. Parking is free in the public car parks after 6pm. They are located at Bell St (the closest), Upper West St and Bancroft Rd.
Do not park in Morrisons’ car park which is for their customers’ use. They fine anyone exceeding their stated time limit! Nor should you park on the grass in the Priory Park, please.
The course & race information
The course has been accurately measured by the Association of UK Course Measurers and is signed with km markers. Unfortunately, due to its undulating nature, it is unsuitable for wheelchair athletes. The race will start at 7:30pm prompt near the tennis courts. Please assemble at the Start in good time and listen carefully to the pre-race instructions.
All roads along the route will remain open to traffic so please use the pavement wherever available. The course will be well marshalled for your safety and that of other road users. Additionally a Medical Despatch Ambulance and crew has been booked to provide medical cover and qualified First Aiders will be deployed round the course and in the sweep vehicle.
A pace bike will lead the runners around the course to warn other road users a race is in progress. Marshals will be deployed at strategic points along the route supplemented by “caution” and directional signs at regular intervals. You must obey instructions from marshals and race officials at all times!
Starting from Priory Park the route heads right onto Park Lane then turns left onto the A25, West Street. At the Black Horse turn left into Flanchford Road. For the next 5 kms the route is largely over undulating country lanes without pavements. Please take care, keep to the left at all times and be extremely careful at blind bends. Turning left into Clayhall Lane there is a short climb at Flanchford Farm followed by a narrow section and a sharp bend to the right into Slipshatch Road, where there is a drinks station, just after 5k. A few hundred metres further on 2 new, staggered traffic islands have been installed which reduce the width of the road with priority given to traffic approaching you. This location will be marshalled but extreme care must be taken.
The route enters residential roads at about 6K where you must use the footpath along Sandcross Lane and in Park Lane East. Turning right from Park Lane East into Park Lane at 7K you encounter a challenging hill! Note this road is narrow, twisting and largely without pavements, so please take care, be mindful of traffic and follow the instructions of marshals. After reaching the top you descend and are within the last mile or so. When you re-enter Priory Park there is a sharp turn to the right taking you across the grass, around the Pond and back to the finish.
After finishing your timing chip will be removed to ensure your time is recorded. Your finishing time will subsequently be texted to your mobile phone if you have given your number when entering.
To see the Summer Evening 10K course on YouTube, please click here (courtesy of jamesthekat)
Water will be available from an on-course drinks station sited at about 5k and at the finish. Please stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water in advance of the race.
Prizes & Awards
Every finisher will receive a momento. In 2019, we aim to deliver an eco-friendly event so all finishers receive a reusable RPAC bamboo cup:
There will also be distinctive awards for the following:
|1st man (irrespective of age)||1st woman (irrespective of age)|
|2nd man (irrespective of age)||2nd woman (irrespective of age)|
|3rd man (irrespective of age)||3rd woman (irrespective of age)|
|1st MV40||1st FV35|
|1st MV50||1st FV45|
|1st MV60||1st FV55|
|1st MV70||1st FV65|
|1st men’s team (3 to score)||1st women’s team (3 to score)|
- Prizes will be awarded based on Gun Time Results supplied by Sport Systems
- There will be no distinction between veterans and seniors for the main prizes
- Each runner may win only one individual award
- The presentations will take place in the vicinity of the race Finish as soon as practicable after the conclusion of the race
Full results for the 2018 race are available from Sports Systems here.
Previous race results
The RPAC Summer evening 10k is kindly sponsored by Thurlowe Clarke.
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Terms & Conditions
Regrettably, in common with other races, no refund can be made to any entrant who withdraws through injury, illness, lack of training, change of plan or for whatever reason.
The organisers reserve the right to cancel the race in circumstances beyond our control, for instance if adverse weather (or the threat of adverse weather) should make conditions too dangerous for competitors or a serious incident occurs which prevents the race going ahead. In this event no refunds can be given. Entry fees are invested in the cost of staging the event and the main costs to contractors, suppliers, administration etc are already committed well before race day. If the event is cancelled all residual proceeds will be donated to local charities chosen by RPAC, after the deduction of costs incurred.
Headphones & similar devices
In common with other races held on roads not closed to traffic the wearing of headphones, or similar devices, is not permitted.
Time limits are needed for the comfort, health and safety of entrants, Marshals and other personnel involved. All entrants should reasonably expect to complete the 10k course within 90 minutes which equates to a pace of 9 minutes per kilometre or 14.5 minutes per mile. Chip timing will cease 90 minutes after the start of the race and dismantling of the Finish area will then commence.
Reigate Priory AC wishes you a safe and enjoyable run!