Race Date – Sunday 1st Oct 2023
Race HQ Location – Army Rugby Stadium, Queens Avenue, Aldershot, GU11 2TD
10:30am – 10k Race starts on the Polo Fields
Final instructions will be emailed to all competitors a few days before the race. They will also be available on this web site. They may update the details below.
This will take place at Aldershot Cricket Club on the following dates:
Wednesday 27th September – 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Saturday 30th September – 9:00am to 12pm (midday). COME ALONG AFTER PARKRUN 🙂
If you pre-register on Wednesday before 7pm, you’re welcome to a free run with Blackwater Valley Runners at 7pm. There will be a number of different groups with different paces/distances to choose from.
If you pre-register then on Sunday arrive at the race by car and park in the race car park, you don’t need to go into the Rugby Stadium. You can leave any baggage in the car, then wait in your car until 10.15am when it’s time to make your way to the start line.
Race Day Number Collection
Number collection will be possible between 9:00am and 10:00am at Aldershot Rugby Stadium, but please try and pick up your number beforehand at pre-registration if you can, to avoid long queues.
Sorry – no entries on the day. Race Number needs to be collected in person.
T-Shirts (only £2 Extra)
If you ordered a t-shirt, you can collect it when you collect your race number.
Race Day Schedule
9:00am – Race registration and bag drop opens
10:00am – Race registration closes
10:10am – Bag drop closes
10:30am – 10k Race start on Polo fields
Race HQ (toilets, registration and bag drop) – Aldershot Army Rugby Stadium, Queen’s Avenue, Aldershot
Extra toilets – next door in the Athletics Stadium
Start – On the Polo fields across Queen’s Avenue from the Rugby Stadium (very close to the Rushmoor parkrun start)
Finish – Aldershot Army Rugby Stadium, Queen’s Avenue, Aldershot
Travel by Public Transport
The race start and finish is approximately 2.5 miles from Aldershot Railway Station and 1.5 miles from North Camp Railway Station. There is no connecting bus service from North Camp Station to Queen’s Avenue in Aldershot but the No. 1 route Stagecoach Goldline bus service runs from Aldershot Railway Station every 10 minutes. There is a stop in Queen’s Avenue, a short walk from the start.
The No. 1 route bus service also connects Farnborough Main Railway Station.
Travel on Foot
The Basingstoke canal tow path runs from Woking to Queens Avenue and also from Fleet/ Basingstoke in the other direction. The race start and finish is about a 30 minute walk from Aldershot town centre along Hospital Hill and then Queens Avenue.
Travel by Car
We suggest that competitors coming from the Farnborough direction park in the public Napier Gardens car park in North Camp. The charges are very reasonable – 70p for 3 hours, 90p for 4 hours. It may be much quicker to leave after the race if parked here. From this car park it is only a 1km walk (or warmup jog) to the rugby stadium. See the car parking page for more information.
OR until it fills up you can use car park no. 6 (the Rushmoor parkrun car park) at the back of the Rugby Stadium. To reach this turn left into Princes Avenue at the traffic lights on Queen’s Avenue. Ignore the car park immediately on your right, and follow the road round to the left and to it’s end, turning left just before the barracks. The race car park is on your left after 300m (signposted ‘car park 6’). Please do not park in any of the other car parks in the military area.
Important: Visit our car parking page for more info including how to leave the car park!
If you arrive by car and park in car park no. 6 we would prefer you to leave your belongings in your car, as the car park is close the Race HQ (the Rugby Stadium) and the start (Polo fields). A fully manned baggage drop will be available in the Rugby Stadium stands.
There are toilets in the Rugby Stadium pavilion, and even more in the Athletics stadium.
Runners will be encouraged to start making their way to the start at 10.15am. The start line is across the Queen’s Avenue road on the Polo fields. Please cross Queen’s Avenue at the zebra crossing. The start line is very wide and thin – you can line up anywhere along the marked area of path in the Polo fields – so almost everyone can be at the front!
The 10k course is the same as in 2021. Find out more by visiting our dedicated 10k Route page.
UPDATE: There is a small diversion on the path through the 2nd set of woodlands after crossing the first bridge. Instead of forking right and following a path near the canal to northern end of the course, runners will fork left and follow an alternate path to the left of Puckridge barracks. The diversion is slightly shorter and to compensate we have made the starting loop around the Polo Fields a little longer. This affects all KM positions up to KM5 but you will still do 10K overall!
There will be no mid-way water stop at the 5km point. Water will be available at the finish.
Medals and Prizes
Medals are awarded to all finishers at the end of the race.
Plaques to 1st male and 1st female, to be collected at the finish.
Free entry next year’s event to 1st senior, 1st U20, and 1st vet in categories 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69,70+, male and female, if there are at least 3 finishers in the category.
Results will be published on this web site and also the Facebook page on Sunday evening, unless there are issues to resolve in which case they may appear the next day.