PHOENIX - Advent Run

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PHOENIX - Advent Run
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Join this fun, flexible running event in the run-up to Christmas in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. With flexible start times and fully-stocked aid stations, simply run a minimum of 3.28 miles within the 6-hour time limit to claim your bespoke finisher's medal.
6 hour Timed Event - Run 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon or an ultra and 6 hour Timed Event - Run 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon or an ultra (no medal option)
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Fri, 1 Dec 2023
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Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Walton-on-Thames KT12 2JG, UK
Start times
Friday, 1 Dec 2023
6 hour Timed Event - Run 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon or an ultra:
8:30 am |
6 hour Timed Event - Run 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon or an ultra (no medal option):
8:30 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for PHOENIX - Advent Run
6 hour Timed Event - Run 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon or an ultra
£37.95 - £39.95
6 hour Timed Event - Run 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon or an ultra (no medal option)
£20 - £22
Route information
Phoenix Running is inviting you to join them for their annual Christmas 'Advent' run down on the towpath and everyone who runs and registers an interest will automatically go into their grand prize draw. Each year Phoenix hold a Christmas Advent prize draw via Facebook video at 19:30 on 1st December where some epic prizes are up for grabs. They've also got a BRAND NEW massive advent calendar medal for 2023.
This is one of Phoenix's timed events where you choose - from 5km to 10k, half to marathon to ultra, you can complete as many, or as few, laps as you like of a 5.3km, 3.28 mile, out-and-back, course along the beautiful river Thames.
All abilities of runner are welcome - complete one lap and you're both a finisher and a winner, or keep going and see how far you can get in the full 7-hour time limit and everyone gets a fabulous bespoke finishers' medal.
They also operate a uniquely flexible 'rock up and run' start times within a 1-hour start window, so no waiting around if you arrive early and no added pressure if you're running a bit late. If you have any special start time requirements then just get in touch, because depending on the distance you are planning to run most start time requests can be accommodated.
Whilst Phoenix Running is very much about the bling and their medals are second to none, they are also acutely conscious that events can be expensive to enter and times are tough right now. They are now in our 8th year of fixed prices for standard-themed events, but to try and do their bit there is a 'no medal' entry option at a flat £20. This covers base costs, you get a run with all the usual Phoenix support, epic aid station, same-day results published, athlete's profiles, Phoenix World, digital BIBs, digital finishers certificates, etc, etc but without a medal, the price can be kept low.
Not sure? Well the beauty of this format is that you don't even need to decide in advance - simply come and run a lap and see how you feel on the day and keep on going if it feels right.
Places will be strictly limited so don't leave it too late to enter.
Minimum distance is 3.28 miles or as far as you can go in 6 hours. Off road trail, the terrain is riverside towpath. The overall course has no elevation gain / loss making this a flat and fast route.
Course Description
Phoenix Running offer two different courses from the Weir in Walton. The 'Blue Bridge' route takes you west along the Thames, passing over the small 'Blue Bridge' before passing under Walton Bridge before returning. The 'Hampton Court' route takes you east along the times in the direction of 'Hampton Court', passing Sunbury Locke on the way before returning. Both courses are along scenic towpaths and have no elevation gain / loss making them both fast and flat routes.
The course will be confirmed one week prior to the event and dependent on factors such as planned local events and the weather.
What's included
  • Brand new massive finisher's medal (except no medal entries)
  • Epic aid station
  • Flexible start times
  • Results e-mailed to participants and uploaded to website the same day
  • Digital finisher's certificate available on Phoenix World site
  • Athlete profile available on Phoenix World site
How to get there
Walton-on-Thames KT12 2JG, UK
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By Car
The race is around 6 miles from the closest M25 junction.
Free parking is available a short 5-minute walk from the start line. Details are provided in the final event information which is emailed a week prior to the event.
By Public Transport
Walton Station is around a 2.5-mile walk away.
Event day logistics
The event will start in the small field just before The Weir Pub on Waterside Drive or on the patio of the Weir Pub depending on the weather. Just look for the Phoenix Running marquee, you can't miss it!
08:30 Event starts
Age Requirements
All runners must be aged 18 or older on the day of the event.
Toilets and Facilities
There are toilets in the Weir Pub, which will be open for our use from 08:00. There are also toilets in the Xcel Leisure Centre that are available from 07:00.
Spectator Info
Spectators are more than welcome! The Weir Pub is located right next to the start and finish line so offers an extremely convenient cheering on point for spectators. The Weir offers cold drinks, hot drinks and food from 11:00. There is also a café located at the nearby Xcel Leisure Centre. The Weir offers hotel rooms for those wishing to stay over but please book early as it always sells out.
What do the aid stations provide at the Advent Run?
Stations will be stocked with a selection of jelly sweets, crisps and pretzels along with Freddos. There is a good chance of cake and, if the weather is hot, ice lollies as well. Vegan options are clearly marked. Water, variety of squash and cola will be available.
How many laps do I have to complete at the Advent Run?
Complete 1 lap and you’re both a finisher and a winner in our eyes! Complete 4 laps for a half marathon distance. Complete 8 laps for a full marathon distance, recognised by the 100 Marathon Club. Complete 9+ laps for an ultra marathon distance.
Will the Advent Run have flexible start times?
We offer flexible start times, simply come to the start area ready to run so we can check you in and set you off as soon as you’re ready.
What toilets and facilities will there be at the Advent Run?
There are toilets in the Weir Pub, which will be open for our use from 8:00am. There are also toilets in the Xcel Leisure Centre that are available from 7:00am.
Can I leave my bag at the aid station at the Advent Run?
We have no ‘official’ baggage check in facility; however you can leave small bags and your own items in the grassy area nearby at your own risk – these will be easily accessible to you during and throughout the event.
What is the cut-off time for the Advent Run?
The cut-off time is 3:30pm by which time you should be finished running.
Who are Phoenix Running?
Phoenix Running are now in their 10th year of organising events in the South-East of England. We’re all about being inclusive; it’s about great routes, great medals and above else, great people. We believe it’s all about encouraging and enabling runners to achieve things that perhaps they once thought were impossible, whether that’s your first 5km, 5 mile or 50 km run, we’ll support you to success. Small steps lead to bigger things and everyone starts at the beginning. Who knows where the journey may take you?
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