2017’s Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon, 10k & Canon Kids Race


Tom Aldred and Sarah Winter win Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon

The award-winning Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon and 10K took place today (Sunday 17th September 2017) under overcast but dry skies, and it was a day of superb sporting action for runners of all ages and abilities.

The 4th edition of the event started and finished in Surrey’s Priory Park and saw just under 3,000 runners cross the finish line front of Priory School. Running icon Dame Kelly Holmes started both the 10K and the Half Marathon, sending the runners on their way at 9.00am and 9.15am respectively, and congratulating runners with high fives in the finish stretch.

Tom Aldred of London Heathside / Highgate Harriers won the Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon in a time of 1:11:11, half a minute ahead of runner up Matthew Richards of Reading Roadrunners. Christopher Ashford of Birmingham Running Athletics & Triathlon Club took third place after finishing in 1:12:48. The women’s title was claimed by Sarah Winter of The Stragglers Running Club in 1:25:22, ahead of Fiona De Mauny of Walton AC who finished in 1:25:54 and Clair Collin in 1:27:09.

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Paul Prothero of Reigate Priory AC was the fastest in the Intersport Run Reigate 10K and secured the win after crossing the finish line in 33:56. Oscar Subuh-Symons of DMVAC took second place in 34:38, ahead of Andy Salmon of Bristol and West AC who finished in 34:45. Hannah Robbie claimed the women’s title in a time of 40:00, fifty seconds ahead of runner up Charlotte Best. Tanya Johnson of Clapham Chasers came third in 41:26.

In addition to the Half Marathon and 10K races the hugely popular and sold out Canon Kids Race started at noon and saw young runners aged 4-14 years complete the final 1.1 mile of their own cumulative half marathon, and watching the youngsters cross the finish line was one of the many highlights of race day.

The event also hosted The 2017 Emergency Services Challenge: Police vs Fire vs Ambulance, where teams from each of the emergency services battled it out to win the trophy. Dame Kelly Holmes presented the trophy to Surrey Police, who were the fastest Emergency Services team in both the Half Marathon and the 10K.

Results (provisional): Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon, 17th September 2017

Men

  1. Tom Aldred (London Heathside / Highgate Harriers), 1:11:11
  2. Matthew Richards (Reading Roadrunners), 1:11:41
  3. Christopher Ashford (Birmingham Running Athletics & Triathlon Club (BRAT), 1:12:48

Women

  1. Sarah Winter (The Stragglers Running Club / 26.2 Road Runners Club), 1:25:22
  2. Fiona De Mauny (Walton AC), 1:25:54
  3. Clair Collin, 1:27:09

Results (provisional): Intersport Run Reigate 10K, 17th September 2017  

Men

  1. Paul Prothero (Reigate Priory), 33:56
  2. Oscar Subuh-Symons (DMVAC), 34:38
  3. Andy Salmon (Bristol and West AC), 34:45

Women

  1. Hannah Robbie, 40:00
  2. Charlotte Best, 40:50
  3. Tanya Johnson (Clapham Chasers), 41:26

Race Director David Kelly commented: “A big thank you from myself and the whole Run Reigate team to everyone who ran, volunteered, cheered and supported the event today, and congratulations to all the runners who crossed the finish line. The 2017 Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon and 10K was a great success, featuring a beautiful closed-road route through rural Surrey, a first-class race village and lots of spectator support, and we saw lots of happy faces today.

“We would also like to express our gratitude to all our partners and sponsors who keep supporting us in taking the event to the next level. Entries for the 2018 event are now open and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again next September.”

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity in partnership with George and the Giant Pledge was the event’s Star Charity Partner. The event also supported local charity partners including The Children’s Trust, The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, Samaritans of East Surrey, The Patrick Evans Foundation, St Catherine’s Hospice, Stripey Stork and YMCA East Surrey.

The Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon was voted the UK’s Best Half Marathon (≤ 5,000 participants) at The Running Awards 2017 and voting is now open for 2018.

Sponsors for the event included Intersport, Jellyfish, Brooks, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, Simply Sports, Canon, Willis Towers Watson, Move Revolution, Osborne, esure, Nutfield Priory, Spire Gatwick Park Hospital and Fitness Rewards.

Early bird entries for 2018 are now open and cost £25 (including booking fee) for both the Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon and 10K for the first 200 places or one week (until Sunday 24th September), and the early bird entry fee for the Canon Kids Race is £8 for the first 50 places or one week, whichever happens sooner.

Go to www.runreigate.com for further details, results, images and to secure your place for 2018. You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/runreigate and follow @runreigate on Twitter.

Press Release – Last chance to enter Intersport Run Reigate Canon Kids Race


Breathe Unity

Press release: 11/08/2017

Last chance to enter Intersport Run Reigate Canon Kids Race

A highly anticipated part of race day, the Canon Kids Race is open to children aged 4-15 wishing to run their own cumulative half marathon to complement the main half marathon event. The young runners complete 12 miles in stages between Easter and September before running the grand finale of 1.1 miles on race day, to the cheers of thousands of spectators at Surrey’s Priory Park.

Now entering its second year, it is a winning formula that gets children running on a regular basis and inspires them to keep it up long after race day is over. It has led to run clubs and related activities at schools across the area. It also sees the Intersport Run Reigate race team visit schools throughout the borough to present at assemblies and encourage children to embrace the challenge.

This year, the Canon Kids Race will benefit from some improvements to make it an even better experience for all budding runners. Reception through to Year 6 will have their own year group race, with between 100-200 runners in each, depending on age. Years 7 & 8 and Years 9, 10 & 11 will be grouped together, with 100 participants each. This system will ensure that no group is too busy either at the start or finish of the race, that each race is fair in ability and that the children have the maximum amount of fun!

With local camera and print giant Canon as the sponsor, the Kids Race has already sold more places year-to-date than in 2016 and young runners wishing to take part are being encouraged to register now.

Canon will also donate 100 places to children in the local community and to YMCA, allowing young runners who may not have been able to afford the entry fee to take part and to experience the inspirational race day atmosphere in Priory Park.

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Race Director Dave Kelly commented, “The Canon Kids Race was a huge success in 2016 and it is with great excitement that we prepare for the second kids’ race in 2017. It is a non-competitive but hugely fun challenge for children across the area and the uptake has been fantastic. We would like to thank all the schools and parents for their support so far in helping to get kids active and inspire a healthy lifestyle. Our thanks also go to Canon for their invaluable support as a sponsor and for purchasing 100 places for children in the local community. The Canon Kids Race is selling fast and all young runners wanting to get involved and experience the thrill of race day should sign up now!”

Now entering its fourth year, the Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon and 10K is a firm fixture in the running calendar, boasting fantastic community support and a beautiful route through rural Surrey on closed roads. The 13.1-mile, single-lap course starts and finishes at Priory Park and takes runners along a combination of picturesque countryside and country lanes.

The event won Gold for the UK’s Best Half Marathon (less than 5,000 runners) at The Running Awards 2017, the only independent awards ceremony celebrating the best of running and its culture. This follows its Silver award in the same category in 2015.

The date for the 2017 Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon & 10K is Sunday 17th September 2017. Entries are open now, with individual entry £33 / £35 for the Half Marathon and £30 / £32 for the 10K. The Canon Kids Race is open to young runners aged 4-15 years and costs £12.

Go to www.runreigate.com for further details and to sign up.

You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/runreigate and follow @runreigate on Twitter.

 

Breathe Unity Partners with Run Reigate


Breathe Unity

The award-winning Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon and 10K has appointed Sports PR company Breathe Unity to manage all PR and media enquiries for this popular event at Surrey’s Priory Park.

Starting in May 2017, Breathe Unity will focus on raising awareness of the race in the running community and increasing the pace of sell out for the 2017 event, which takes place on Sunday 17th September 2017.

Now entering its fourth year, the Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon and 10K is a firm fixture in the running calendar, boasting fantastic community support and a beautiful route through rural Surrey on closed roads.

The event begins its campaign with Breathe Unity as it celebrates winning Gold for the UK’s Best Half Marathon (less than 5,000 runners) at The Running Awards 2017, the only independent awards ceremony celebrating the best of running and its culture. This follows its Silver award in the same category in 2015.

Since the half marathon was set up in 2014 by local running enthusiasts, the event has grown to include a 10K and a cumulative kids’ race, extending its appeal to runners of all ages and abilities. This ties in perfectly with Run Reigate’s commitment to promote health and wellbeing in the borough, and with Breathe Unity’s effort to inspire a healthy lifestyle through their work in PR.

Offering a high quality runner experience with a large event village, huge bag drop, race pacing, chip timing, live music, gourmet food village and children’s activity village, the Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon and 10K is a highly professional event with a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Race Director Dave Kelly commented, “We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Breathe Unity to look after the press, media and more for the Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon and 10K. Their exceptional industry knowledge and experience will take our PR strategy to the next level and increase awareness of the event among the wider running community. As we enter our fourth year it is the right time to bring in Breathe Unity, who have enormous experience in mass participation events, to help us take the race forward.”

Rebecca Richardson, MD of Breathe Unity, added,We are thrilled that Breathe Unity has been chosen to manage the PR for the Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon and 10K. With these two races plus a fantastic kids’ race on the same day, all in a beautiful and accessible location, the event has huge potential and we are excited to help it grow and reach out to an even wider audience. We look forward to working closely with the organisers to deliver all their PR requirements and more.”

Breathe Unity is a Sports PR company based in Manchester, with a portfolio of other high profile and award-winning sporting events and clients.

The date for the 2017 Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon & 10K is Sunday 17th September 2017. Entries are open now, with individual entry £33 / £35 for the Half Marathon and £30 / £32 for the 10K. The Canon Kids Race is open to young runners aged 4-15 years and costs £12.

Go to www.runreigate.com for further details and to sign up.

You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/runreigate and follow @runreigate on Twitter.

About Intersport

Intersport is a retailer of performance sports equipment and apparel with more than 200 associated retailers in the UK. It is a trusted source of expert advice to sports consumers across the nation. Intersport’s mission of ‘Sport to the People’ recognises its customers’ passion for sport and the essential role that the community plays within sport and physical activity.

For more information, visit www.intersport.co.uk.

For further information about the Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon & 10K and to register please go to www.runreigate.com .

For all media queries about the Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon & 10K, if you need any high res images/logos or have got any interview requests please contact Breathe Unity on 0161 932 1409 or email info@breatheunity.com.

Issued on behalf of Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon & 10K by:

Breathe Unity PR, 10th Floor, 3 Hardman Street, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3HF

For further information please call +44 (0) 161 932 1409 or email info@breatheunity.com

 

Simply Sports Socks

Simply Sports – Planning your run, wholesale.


With every running event you get a build up in excitement and the nearer the day of the run the more the nerves are jangling and the greater need to address those last minute details. Do I need new socks, have I got enough Gels, checking what time must I leave for the tenth time! It’s what we all go through as runners every time. It is the same for us at Simply Sports, with every event we get to enjoy our customer’s feelings and it is a great buzz for all the staff.

However, our preparations start over 9 months earlier when we plan and place orders for the following season. Yes it is that far ahead, 2016 is done and dusted and we are now working on 2017!

Even something as simple as socks are ordered well in advance and might involve a meeting in Munich at the Sports Trade fair, trips to London and Birmingham to see various suppliers, we go through the same process of choosing our socks except that the numbers are slightly bigger and we have to travel a bit further. Oh and once we sign on the dotted line there is no changing our mind, we are committed so have to get it right.

As race day nears, whether it is a local Parkrun or the London Marathon we make sure we monitor on a daily basis our stock of the essentials and with the Run Reigate Half marathon and 10K we have even more focus with the race packs. For Run Reigate the excitement is fantastic, we feel every nerve, every twinge that our customers tell us about and the wonderful community spirit that this event creates, our staff love it and always ask months ahead if they can work during the lead up and on the day of the event.

Afterwards, we take stock, are we happy with our performance, did we enjoy it as much as last year and most importantly how did our customers get on. For weeks afterwards we hear tales of the day, the tough bits the atmosphere and then it is on to the next event.  There is nothing like a great local event and Run Reigate is one of the best in the country, officially one of the best!

Then the phone rings and it is Alex Wilson of Hilly Socks asking to book an appointment to go through our sock requirements for 2017! Now where did I leave that crystal ball?


Adrian Pointer – Simply Sports, Reigate

 

Run Reigate Flags

“I am the Master of my Fate, I am the Captain of my Soul”


What does it take to become a ‘Marathon Man’?  And no, I don’t mean Dustin Hoffman enduring some rogue dentistry.  Just as some of us mere mortals work up to running our first 10K, half or full marathon, Rob Young and Eddie Izzard have completed amazing mental and physical feats that take endurance running to a new elevation, earning themselves the title of Marathon Man.

Extreme races are springing up all over the world, as some runners look for the next level of fortitude.  The legendary Marathon Des Sables started on Friday, in its 28th year and is according to many “The Toughest Race on Earth”.  It’s an ultra, run over 6 days on a course of around 150 miles, in nearly 50C degree heat. The website claims, “Any idiot can run an Ultra marathon, but it takes a special kind of idiot to run the Marathon Des Sables”.  The athletes who run these distances are able to tap into an inner tenacity, that many of us don’t feel we have.

Rob Young had that inner belief.  He also had a very unusual start.  After watching the London Marathon in 2014, his girlfriend bet him 20p that he couldn’t run 26.2 miles.  With an offer like that, what Scot could say no (as a fellow Scot, I am allowed to make that joke).  So Rob got up early the next morning and ran a marathon before work.  He didn’t stop there though – Rob then ran marathons or ultras consecutively for 420 days, covering the same distance as 476 marathons and 11,700 miles in one year.  He won 96 of the races and set some world records on the way.  In January 2015, he set off on a 3,100 mile race across America from LA to Washington DC, which he won by 30 hours, even though in the middle of it he flew back to compete in the London Marathon, an homage to the start of his personal journey.    

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Although Rob had been an athlete when he was young, competing for GB as a triathlete in the 20-24 age group, he hadn’t been running regularly before commencing this amazing feat.  Rob has carried on competing in marathons and ultras.  Studies have shown that his ability to run marathon day after day is extraordinary and that his pain threshold must be very high.  However, athleticism and the ability to tolerate pain do not necessarily make an extreme athlete and he has created purpose from his running that drives him on.  He has raised thousands of pounds for worthy charities that support kids.  He’s a man who clearly believes you are master of your own destiny, deciding to push himself to unparalleled goals and smashing them.    

‘Marathon Men’ don’t have to be athletes.  Eddie Izzard is a hero in our house, ever since my brother introduced me to the ‘Definite Article’ when I was a student.  I know he’s a man of mind over matter.  He has chosen to perform his shows in French, German, Spanish, Russian and Arabic, languages he didn’t even speak, just to challenge himself.  He took this fabulous mindset to endurance running, when in the UK in 2009 and with only 5 weeks training he ran 43 marathons in 51 days, covering 1,100 miles for Sports Relief.  After a foiled attempt in 2012, due to serious medical issues, to run 27 marathons in 27 days in honour of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment on Robben Island, Eddie came back in 2016 to complete the challenge.  For many people, the weight of such a massive previous disappointment might pull them down, but determinedly he forced his way through, promising to himself and the millions of viewers following him that he would run, walk or crawl his way through the blazing 30C degree heat to complete the challenge and help raise over £2 million for Sports Relief.  In his BBC3 documentary, he reads William Ernest Henley’s ‘Invictus’, a poem that inspired the resilience of Nelson Mandela and clearly at times a mantra for Eddie has he fought his way along mile after mile.  Not a natural athlete, but a man whose mental strength allows him to achieve amazing physical feats.  His great recovery tips of how you can have a beer after a marathon as it has carbohydrates and water in it, show he is a man after my own heart.  Yes, I do love him!

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Being a ‘Marathon Man’ is not about gender.  Let us not forget some of the amazing women who have also been an inspiration to us and no, I’m not talking about myself here.  Apparently women in general are 3 x more likely to complete an ultra than men, not because of fitness, but rather because they are less likely to give up.  Ellie Greenwood is a two-time 100K World Champion and holds course records for a variety of ultra races.   She was the first Britain to win South Africa’s 90 km Comrades Marathon (the oldest ultra-marathon in the world)  in 2014, with a time of 6 hours and 18 minutes.  That’s averaging at 14.3 km per hour in sweltering heat.  We also of course have the wonderful Paula Radcliffe, a marathon legend who retired last year, still holding the women’s world marathon record which she made after just a year of marathon running.  She holds 9 other world records and has asthma!  These ladies have given their all.

When I trained for my first marathon a few years ago, I was dreading my big training runs.  The day I ran 20 miles, it was blowing a gale, snowing with sub-zero conditions.  I had to stop various times (which was the first time that had happened in a training run) and came home with a frozen mono-brow and zero belief that I could run 26.2 miles.  Then the weather turned and I galloped round my next long training run, feeling invincible (clearly this was only in my head and I have no doubt that I was actually shuffling along, being overtaken by sprightly pensioners).  Finishing the race a few weeks later, was without a doubt one of the greatest experiences of my life.  I’m not really a runner, but I had said I was going to do it, people had sponsored me, I was being tracked, pac-man style round the route and I didn’t want to let myself down – so I did it!  I am the Master of my Fate, I am the Captain of my Soul…

These Marathon Men are amazing and so are you.  The first step on any journey is deciding you’re going to do it.  So go on, sign up at www.runreigate.com and we’ll be there to cheer you on every step of the way.

 

Invictus, William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

 

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

 

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

 

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

Here’s Dave Moorcroft, Director of Sport at Join In talking about Run Reigate, which was voted the second best half marathon in the country at The Running Awards. For more info on the marathon or to sign up to volunteer visit http://www.runreigate.co.uk

Posted by INTERSPORT UK on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dave Moorcroft appeals for Run Reigate volunteers


As Run Reigate is set to be bigger than last year, we need even more people to volunteer a little of their time to be Racemakers on the day of the event (20 September).

It’s a fun and rewarding experience with a great sense of camaraderie and a great way of giving something back… but don’t just take our word for it – this interview with running legend Dave Moorcroft in Running Fitness credits the thousands of volunteers “all of whom played more than a little bit of a part in my career” and talks about Intersport’s Run Reigate event.

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Race Ambassadors Dave Moorcroft and Shireen Bailey

You can also catch him on video here talking about Run Reigate at Reigate’s Simply Sports shop appealing for you to lend a hand on Race Day.

Moorcroft, who is on a mission to get Britain more active, is also Director of Sport at Join In, the nation’s charity for local sports volunteering (and a London 2012 legacy programme) who we’ve partnered with to help recruit new volunteers.

Research shows that volunteering in sport by sharing our time and experience makes us happier, gives us more self-esteem, a sense of purpose and helps us learn new skills and make friendships.

So what does volunteering at Run Reigate involve and who are we looking for to help us? You can opt to become one of 3 levels of volunteer:
  • Racemaker – We need lots of these – more than 300 volunteers. From handing out medals and bananas to being a route marshal responsible for guiding and encouraging runners, there’s a role for everyone. You can opt to volunteer in groups, request to be with family members or marshal certain parts of the route.
  • Team Leader – We’re looking for 20 – you’ll be responsible for managing up to 12 Racemakers and you’ll need to be available for training on the morning of 19 September. This will involve first aid and radio training and you will be taken around the route by your Zone Supervisor.
  • Zone Supervisor – We need 6 in total, ideally with previous events management experience. You’ll be confident enough to manage 40 people and a dedicated section of the race route. You will be fully trained on the morning of 5 September.

As a thank you to all our volunteers, you’ll qualify for a free place for next year’s 10K or half marathon for yourself or a friend.

Each new volunteer makes a huge difference and you’ll be benefitting the community by supporting our runners and promoting active, healthier lives. So please show you care about your local area by investing your time – in return you’ll feel pride and build trust in our community.

Sign up now or encourage a friend or family member!

Shireen Bailey

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