2021 EVENT - Entries NOW OPEN
The Summer Evening 10K
The race starts in Reigate's attractive Priory Park (approximate postcode RH2 7RL) 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 open to anyone over the age of 15, is operated under UK Athletics rules and the 28th edition of the race is planned to commence at 7.30pm on Wednesday 21st July 2021. (UK Athletics licence number TBC).
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 for 2021 (NOW OPEN)
Entries, to be submitted online at Sports Systems are now open for the 2021 event.
- You'll be asked to predict your finishing time in minutes and seconds
- You'll need to complete and return a Health Questionnaire emailed to you prior to the race as a condition for taking part
- You'll collect your race number with incorporated timing chip from Race HQ on race day, wearing a facemask
Entry fees are £16.00 with UKA licence or £18.00 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
There will be no entries on the day in 2021.
Please be aware that participating in the race poses a potential risk of infection but RPAC has developed, in consultation with the local council, an event plan to mitigate these risks and to protect everyone's health and safety.
What we're doing to make the race as safe as possible
- Moving the Race HQ outdoors
- Providing portaloos complete with consumables and hand sanitisers
- Engaging a professional cleaning company to disinfect all surfaces regularly
- Encouraging all race staff and volunteers to take a lateral flow test before attending
- Equipping all race staff and volunteers with PPE appropriate to their roles
- Placing distance markers at strategic points to facilitate social distancing
- Taking your temperature when you arrive at the registration desks and making a visible assessment of Covid-19 symptoms
- Staggering the start in waves of 50 at 30 second intervals, fastest first, to prevent overcrowding and reduce the likelihood of overtaking on the course
- Procuring an Ambulance with trained personnel from a professional medical services provider
- Deploying Marshals at strategic points in the Priory and along the route to supervise proceedings
- Posting awards to prize to avoid prolonging their attendance and overcrowding
How we need you to help - please
- DO NOT TRAVEL TO THE EVENT IF YOU ARE DISPLAYING ANY COVID-19 SYMPTOMS OR HAVE TESTED POSITIVE WITHIN 10 DAYS OF THE EVENT.
- Don't bring spectators, if possible
- Arrive changed and ready to run (in the regrettable absence of changing facilities this year)
- Stow any baggage in your car, if you arrive this way, as there will only be a small baggage area which will be self-service and unmanned
- Be self-sufficient in water, if possible, although we'll provide it
- Check in by scanning the NHS QR code on arrival at the registration desks (otherwise your details will be recorded manually)
- Wear a face mask to collect your race number from the registration desks (mandatory)
- Observe and maintain social distancing, wherever and whenever possible
- Pass straight through the finishing funnel after you've finished the race, collect your race memento/water from the Drink Station and disperse as soon as possible
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 is incorporated into your race number
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.
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 memento. In 2019, all finishers received a reusable RPAC bamboo cup..watch this space for this year's memento (it's even better in our opinion!):
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
- Awards will be posted to category winners after the event to avoid crowding
Full results for the 2019 race are available from Sports Systems here.
Previous race results
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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.
In the event of Government intervention, in the form of a Covid-19 national, regional or local lockdown preventing the race from taking place, the Organisers will refund all entry fees minus non refundable costs incurred to stage the event.
If the event is cancelled for any other reasons, 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!