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Sunday 8th January 2023

Entries Open
Saturday 30th July 2022 at 18:30
Entries Close
Thursday 5th January 2023
Entries so Far
74 Participants
Entry Fees
UKA Member   £15.00   
Non Member   £17.00   
Race Organiser - Lee Cusick

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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.  £1 from every entry will be donated to Devon Wildlife Trust.

Race HQ Open from 8am

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


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!


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 labels available on the day to secure to your bag, please write your race number clearly on the label and attach it securely to your bag. If you are able to label your bag in advance of coming to the race this will help to reduce waiting times.


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.
  • View a map of the 2023 course

First Aid Provision will be covered by Exeter Medical Services.  

As part of the clubs commitment towards promoting positive mental health, a Samaritans team will be in attendance on the day to offer advice and support

AR Sports Therapy will be available on Race Day providing post-race sports massage and injury consultation advice.
AR Sports Therapy is an injury clinic supporting you in your road to recovery, helping you to minimise time on the treatment table and maximise your performance.
It is said that the hardest part of a race is making it through your training and getting to the start line. Therefore, AR Sports Therapy are also offering all racers a discount on pre-race appointments to sort any niggles or injuries you may have, and also post-race follow up appointments to enhance your recovery. 
Get in contact with AR Sports Therapy and mention First Chance 10K for more details:


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 - for more information click here. If really necessary, we will process swaps on the day up to 30 minutes before the start of the race.   


Will be provided by Charles Whitton Sports Photography
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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. 2023-44526

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