Valentines Run (Important Race Instructions)

VigoRunners (002)  VALENTINE’S “TOUGH LOVE”RUN series   MERCER
(10 kilometre and 10 mile races)     

Sunday 17th February 2019, Both Races Start: 10.30am

Thank you for your entry to our race. Please take a minute to read through the info sheet. Additional copies of the instructions are on our website (page can be found, using the below link)

Please also like our Facebook page Vigo Runners & Twitter Feed @vigorunners

Whilst there is plenty of parking adjacent to Vigo RFC (see map) a short walk to the clubhouse, we would still advise you to allow plenty of time to make your journey and get parked/ registered without the need to rush. Please consider car sharing with friends/ club members/ complete strangers, where possible. There is parking, but there is also other activities taking place, at Vigo Rugby Club, on race day. Please also bear in mind, that parking (in a field) is an additional ‘free’ cross country event. Low profile sports cars…may struggle!

Collect your race number and timing chip (by surname) on the day from Race HQ (in clubhouse). Please allow plenty of time for this. On the day entries close at 10.15am sharp. POSTCODE DA13 0UA

Both routes will take you across muddy, winding trails and, perched on top of the North Downs, provides wonderful views across the Weald of Kent. See map and course profile (attached)

The Start will be on the rugby field. The course will be fully marked and marshalled. There are some sections of the route which are difficult underfoot, so please wear appropriate footwear and take extreme care. Flip-flops, would be a ‘bad’ shoe choice.

Should you encounter any difficulty, please seek assistance from one of the Marshals. If unable to complete the course, you will need to be prepared to wait some time, before we can safely bring you back to the finish area.

Bottled water is available at the water station (approximately half way). Please ensure that any rubbish and empty bottles remain with you until you reach the next Marshal, or the finish area. You are in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Any runner found littering the course will be disqualified.

The finish will also be directly in front of the clubhouse so make sure you run through the finishing gantry, under the run time clock to ensure your result is accurately recorded. We introduced chip timing in 2017. Please ensure you return your chip, after completing the course and as you collect your hard earned medal! And hot cup of soup from the kitchen. Race results will be displayed, faster than a racing snake, and as soon as they are off of the printer (fingers crossed).


       This year we have introduced a cut off time of three hours for both distances. Trophies will be awarded at approximately 12.00am OUTSIDE, SO PLSE BRING APPROPRIATE, POST RACE CLOTHING, and under the following categories:

10 mile AND SEPARATELY 10 kilometre:
-1st, 2nd & 3rd fastest overall male
-1st, 2nd & 3rd fastest overall female
-1st male Vet (40 and over) & 1st female Vet (35 and over). These are separate prizes to the ‘overall’ trophies above (i.e. no one runner can win one of these, plus one of the above). If a Vet wins an overall winner trophy (1st to 3rd) the Vet trophy will go to next fastest Vet
-1st Fastest male team ​(3 club members to count)
-1st Fastest female team ​(3 club members to count)
-1st to run all the way up the escarpment (this will be marshaled)
-1st couple to cross the finish line together

REMEMBER..YOU ENTER THIS RACE AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE ORANISERS WILL NOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR INJURY. Run within your limits…be safe and mindful of both the terrain, the course and of other runners.

 Changing/ Showers: There is both male and female changing and showers available in the clubhouse (in addition to a VERY WELL STOCKED BAR). Our event is not suitable for wheel chair entries, nor Canni-Cross contestants, sorry. Other Attractions: There will be the usual burgers & hotdogs, tea, & coffee. Feel free to watch our Mini rugby players train on the nearby pitches

Use of Headphones: The use of headphones are being actively banned on many races (due to EA rules). With our 10 Mile and 10K events sharing a major part of the course (& at one point runners converge) runner caution is essential (see course descriptions). Slower runners must be aware of faster runners approaching from behind and be prepared to give way. We have therefore taken the decision on the grounds of safety that we are also banning headphones from the race. 


Once you have collected your race number & chip, attach the chip to your trainers and pin your race number visibly on the front of your running shirt (safety pins will be provided). The reverse of your race number will also need to be completed (medical/ contact details). Pens and a tabled area for you to complete your form, will be provided on the day.

 If you are no longer able to run:

  1. a) Please let us know as soon as you are able. We may be able to offer your place to enable someone else to run.
  2. b) We should be able to swap your place, for another runner that you wish, to run in your place HOWEVER, WE WILL NEED TO HAVE THE SUBSTITUTE RUNNERS DETAILS, SENT TO US BEFORE 9am ON WEDNESDAY 13th Feb 2019 in order to make the swap, on our database. Runner substitutions/ swaps after 9am, Feb 7th (including, on Race Day) are not allowed.

Please ensure that your chip is handed back in at the end of the race. The race organizers will be charged for lost chips and this may impact upon the quality of the event in future years.

Finally, please remember: NO CHIP = NO TIME RECORDED FOR YOU


General Race enquiries to: Race Entry/Admin enquiries to:
Martin Paget, Race Organiser &/ or Craig Murphy, Race Administrator

 Mobile: 07885 804092 Mobile: 07896 700304, Home: 01474 812263

 e-mail:                     e-mail:


10 mile course & profile

10 Mille Route

10k course, profile & information:

-Important information regarding the 10k race

The fastest of our 10 mile runners will likely complete their course, somewhere between 1 hour 15mins and 1 hour 20 mins. You will see that over half of the 10k course, is shared with the 10 mile course.

Whilst the majority of the course is wide enough to support both race distance runners simultaneously, the area over the final mile of both of the courses is a little narrow (mainly from the top of the escarpement, back to the Vigo Rugby Club). There are some additional ‘narrow’ sections along the Pilgrims way and after the church near Trosley Court.

If you are running an (approximate) 8 minute per Km pace, you may need to be aware of faster, lead 10 mile racers, coming from behind you, over the last section of the course. These runners will be the leaders of the 10 mile race!! SO PLEASE, CAN WE ASK YOU TO GIVE WAY TO THESE AFLEETS, AND LET THEM PASS.

This will help ensure both a safe, and fair conclusion, to the 10 mile event

10K Route


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(without whom, our race probably wouldn’t happen)


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