The Run Reigate team are delighted to confirm some small improvements and adjustments to the half marathon and 10K routes this year. Only the latter part of the 2016 route is changing, mainly due to the extensive feedback we received last year from our runners and to a request we received from Surrey County Council in the wake of a planned rebuild of Flanchford Bridge this summer. You may be wondering why we’re only releasing this now, however it takes a great deal of time to plan, agree and implement route changes with all the various parties and stakeholders involved. That said, we hope you’ll be really pleased with the changes we’ve made and that this year’s races will be even better than ever!
Both races will again be held on fully closed roads all the way, incorporating beautiful country lanes and rural countryside, with fantastic and ever-enthusiastic community support all along the route.
Both the half marathon and 10K races will once again start in a blaze of glory in front of the Priory School in Priory Park. After leaving Priory Park through the Bell Street car park, runners will turn right onto Bell Street proceeding up Cockshot Hill and down the lovely fast incline into Woodhatch*. At this point, the races part company with the half marathon turning left onto Lonesome Lane – a long, flat and very scenic route meandering wistfully to the south and eventually joining Meath Green Lane towards Horley.
In Horley, the route turns right onto Grove Road where you’ll hear the wonderful residents before seeing them, and leading into Hurst Road before proceeding right along Lee Street and Mill Lane towards the Black Horse Pub, a well-known local watering hole. We then turn left onto Reigate Road heading south towards Gatwick before making a u-turn and turning back up to head north back up towards Reigate. Runners will again follow the unusually quiet and very scenic A217 all the way back into Reigate (about 4 miles) until they reach the Beehive Pub, where as we did last year, you turn left onto the residential and friendly Sandcross Lane.
It is at this point that the route deviates from 2015. This year, runners will continue further up Sandcross Lane past Reigate Garden Centre before turning sharp left into the very pretty Whitehall Lane. This new part of the route is very rural and on a nice gradual downward incline, before a right turn onto Slipshatch Road. Rather than going up towards Flanchford Road (and Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre) as we did last year, we turn right onto Clayhill Lane and then right onto a small loop comprising New North Road, Sandcross Lane and Park Lane East, before right onto Park Lane again towards the finish. As is inescapable for Reigate, this last mile involves a short sharp incline – (aka a HILL…) however it’s fully surfaced and generally regarded by many runners as being much kinder than last year’s Bosh Hill. We’re not going to lie – it’s there, some will find it hard but it is short and sharp and you’ll be over it before you know it. What goes us MUST come down and runners are rewarded with a nice recovery decline before turning right and back into majestic Priory Park. Follow the flags and the thousands of cheering people along the tree lined path to finish in front of the of the stage and the Priory where you started just a short time ago!
In Woodhatch, 10K runners will continue heading south along Dovers Green Road before making a u-turn shortly after Hartswood Sports Ground which will then re-join the main course in a northerly direction to create the required distance.
Further information about the routes and the topography will be published on www.runreigate.com however if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with the team. We will be delighted to answer any questions you may have.