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Sunday 7th January 2024

Entries Open
Tuesday 8th August 2023 at 18:00
Entries Close
Thursday 4th January 2024
Entries So Far
700 Participants
Entry Fees
UKA Member   £16.00   
Non Member   £18.00   
Race Organiser - Lee Cusick

A fast, flat 10km route around Exeter Riverside Valley Park. 

This is a great target race for those new to running and a great opportunity to achieve your 10K PB!

Entry includes race memento.

Race HQ Open from 9am

Race HQ is at Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, a little downstream from Piazza Terracina (Haven Road, EX2 8DP), between the canal and the river. Facilities include Toilets; Changing rooms and Showers.  Public toilets are also located along the Quay.

Start time: 10:30am

Special thanks to our sponsors: WBW & Rebalance Injury Clinic


You will need to collect your race number on the day so please arrive at Race HQ in plenty of time.  These will be available on the top floor in Training Rooms 1 and 2.  The timing chips are on the back of your number so please do not remove, fold or puncture them.
Please pin your race number to the front of your running top, taking care to avoid the chips.
No chip = No time!


The minimum age limit is strictly 15 years old on the day of the race.


In-ear headphones, etc are NOT allowed as they may prevent the runner from being aware of what is happening around them.  Bone conductor headphones will be permitted.  Marshals on the course will be checking compliance with this rule and anyone seen wearing headphones (excluding bone conductor headphones) will be disqualified and excluded from the results.


There will be a bag label on the bottom of your race number available on the day to secure to your bag.


We will ensure that all the cups at the water station are paper compostable and encourage all participants to use their own water bottles.
We will also encourage runners to recycle their running number and chips at the end of the race and to use public transport or car share when travelling to the race.


  • 1st Male & Female: Trophy
  • 2nd Male & Female: Trophy
  • 3rd Male & Female: Trophy
  • Recognition will also be given for various age categories.

In accordance with UKA rules, all prizes will be awarded on gun time.  Prizes will be awarded at the finish line.


  • The course is very flat and fast times are possible.
  • If weather conditions are cold and/or windy please bring adequate clothing to cater for all conditions.
  • Although the course is traffic-free, beware of pedestrians, cyclists and dogs.
  • Distances will be marked in kilometres by paint lines and distance boards.
  • The course is narrow so please line up at the start in a realistic position, allowing the quicker runners to start from the front.
  • Please run on the left leaving room for runners to overtake on your right. This is particularly important for runners taking over 50 minutes as you will be lapped by the race leaders.

First Aid Provision will be covered by Airside Medical Services Ltd.  


Please consider cycling/walking/or public transport if possible

By car: From the A30, take the A377 Marsh Barton Exit and follow the signs for Exeter. This will take you along Alphington Road. After about a mile you will pass under a railway bridge. Turn right at the next set of lights (signposted “Haven Banks”) then take the next left. Race HQ will be signposted from this point

Car Parks include:

Cathedral & Quay, EX1 1DX - Entrance on Lower Coombe Street, off Western Way.  Lots of capacity, once parked walk down to the Quay and take the footbridge over the Exe to Race HQ.
Haven Banks Car Park, EX2 8DP – Entrance on Michael Browning Way.  Limited capacity, likely traffic congestion.
Haven Banks Retail Park, 22 Water Lane, EX2 8BY


We will allow you to pass your place on to another runner, you can do this in your SiEntries account by Editing your entry until entries close - for more information click here.


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Please check the club website on the eve of the race for any important last-minute announcements.

Held under UKA rules. Licence No. 2024/46731

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Event Location
Race HQ, Haven Banks Outdoor Education, Haven Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8DP