Once Upon A Run

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Once Upon A Run is a great event to book into your training. All runners from seasoned trailblazers to absolute beginners are welcome, with 7 hours to complete as many laps of the 5.3km out-and-back course along the Thames as they wish. Celebrate with your choice of 4 epic storybook themed medals.
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Once Upon A Run
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Calendar
Mon 10th May 2021
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Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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The event experience
Elevation

<5m elevation gain per km

Where and when
Location
Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub, Waterside Dr, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2JG, UK
Start times
Mon 10th May 2021
Once Upon A Run:
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Once Upon A Run
Route information
Run in parallel with Phoenix Running's Ten in Ten and Twenty in Twenty Running Series, the Once Upon a Run race promises a friendly atmosphere for storybook-loving runners looking for a new challenge.
The route will be an out-and-back 5.3km jaunt along the River Thames towpath, offering scenic riverside views for the entirety of the course. Runners will have a 7 hour time limit to run as little as one lap, or as much as they possibly can within the 7 hours. The flat and fast course also provides a great opportunity to set a PB over whatever distance you choose.
The beauty of this race is that you do not have to make this tough decision of how far you will run until you start running. It's simple, if you feel good, there's no reason to stop.
What's included
  • Storybook Themed Finisher's medal - 4 different versions to choose from
  • Aid station with sweet and savoury goodies
  • Distance chosen on the day
  • Buzzing event atmosphere
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How to get there
Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub, Waterside Dr, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2JG, UK
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Address: Xcel SPORTS HUB Stadium, Waterside Drive, Walton on Thames, KT12 2JG
Parking:
There will be free parking at the Xcel Sports Hub, which is just a short walk from the start line.
Event day logistics
Schedule:
08:30: Registation opens
09:30: Race starts
16:30: Event cutoff
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before race time to ensure plenty of time for registration
Age Limits:
Participants must be at least 18 years of age to participate
Aid Stations:
There will be an aid station at the start/finish location with lots of sweet and savoury goodies to choose from. You are also welcome to leave your own nutrition here as long as it is clearly labelled.
Bag Drop:
There will be a bag drop available at the registration tent.
Toilets:
There will be toilets available at the nearby Xcel Sports Hub stadium (where the parking is) as well as at the Weir Pub by the start/finish line.
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Phoenix Running
As an event organiser, Phoenix Running offers it all. From entry-level 5km events all the way to 50km ultramarathons, Phoenix Running’s events are as inclusive as they come. Phoenix Running founders Louise and Rik are avid runners themselves and have completed a number of impressive feats - North Pole Marathon and Great Wall of China Race to name a couple. Now they impart their vast wealth of experience and burning passion for endurance sports onto their epic events. Phoenix Running operates out of Surrey, with their majority of events taking place in and around Walton-on-Thames - just south-west of London.
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Spectator Info
Spectators should come to the start/finish area to cheer on their runners. Since it is a lapped course, this is a great spot to watch your runners as they speed past you.
FAQ's
What refreshments will be served at the aid station in the Once Upon a Run?
There will be water and a collection of various squash flavours for hydration. There will also be a selection of savoury and sweet goodies to keep you fuelled throughout the run.
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Will all finishers of the Once Upon a Run receive a finisher's medal regardless of the distance they run?
Yes, all runners will receive a medal whether you run 5k or 50k.
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Are walkers allowed in the Once Upon a Run?
Yes, this event is designed for runners of all abilities to take part. The time limit allows for as much or as little running as you wish (minimum 5K), and the flat course is perfect for walkers or new runners.
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What refreshments will be served at the aid station in the Once Upon a Run?
There will be water and a collection of various squash flavours for hydration. There will also be a selection of savoury and sweet goodies to keep you fuelled throughout the run.
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Will all finishers of the Once Upon a Run receive a finisher's medal regardless of the distance they run?
Yes, all runners will receive a medal whether you run 5k or 50k.
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Are walkers allowed in the Once Upon a Run?
Yes, this event is designed for runners of all abilities to take part. The time limit allows for as much or as little running as you wish (minimum 5K), and the flat course is perfect for walkers or new runners.
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