Holly Run 2020

COVID-19 Update

We are trying to delay our decision to put on the event in 2020 as late as possible, but we will make a final decision taking into consideration all the available information from the government and UKA by the beginning of October.



"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!

This year The Holly Run takes place on Sunday 15th December. This is 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).  

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.

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In its 37th 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

Age Groups
Under 11 - Born between 1 Sept 2008 - 15 Dec 2011
Under 13 - Born between 1 Sept 2006 - 31 Aug 2008
Under 15 - Born between 1 Sept 2004 - 31 Aug 2006
Under 17 - Born between 1 Sept 2002 - 31 Aug 2004
Under 20 - Born between 1 Sept 1999 - 31 Aug 2002
Senior - Born before 1 Sept 1999 

# Please note the minimum age is 8 years on 15 Dec 2011

See "Race & Medal Winners" below. 


Entries for the Holly Run 2019 are now open, via Sport Systems.

Unfortunately we are not accepting postal entries this year. If you are having difficulty with on-line entry please contact us and we can try to help.

An entry form for bulk entries from schools etc. is also available here, and please return to the email address on the form.

Paper and bulk entries must be received no later than Friday 6th December 2019.

If you have any queries, please contact the "Race Director - Holly Run" via the "Contact Us" form on the RPAC website.


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.


*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).


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 15th 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.


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!

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