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 kms. 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 26th edition of the race will commence at 7.30pm on Wednesday 4th July 2018. (UK Athletics licence number 2018-34962).
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").
- either online at Sports Systems
- or by post by downloading, printing and filling in the entry form, which can be found here 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.
The advance entry fees are £9.00 with UKA licence or £11.00 unattached. Please note a small supplement is payable when entering online.
Entries on the day
The event has previously sold out so make sure of your place in the 2018 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 @ £11.00 if you hold a UKA licence, otherwise £13.00, until a maximum of 600 runners is reached.
Race numbers and timing chips
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 commemorative 25th anniversary medal. 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 2017 race are available from Sports Systems here.
Previous race results
Previous race photos from Sussex Sports Photography
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!