PHOENIX - Barb vs Ken Run


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PHOENIX - Barb vs Ken Run
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£37.95 - £39.95
Channel your inner Barbie or Ken with this fun themed run in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey. Open to all abilities, this timed event entails you running as far as you can within the time limit, completing at least 3.28 miles. Come along for a relaxed atmosphere and bespoke finisher's medal.
Timed Event Including 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra Marathon
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Sat, 16 Dec 2023
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Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Waterside Dr, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2JG, UK
Start times
Saturday, 16 Dec 2023
Timed Event Including 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra Marathon:
8:00 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for PHOENIX - Barb vs Ken Run
Timed Event Including 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra Marathon
£37.95 - £39.95
Route information
It's time to turn Christmas pink and yellow baby --- Well, it just had to be done and so Phoenix Running is inviting you to join them for our 'Barb vs. Ken Run' along the Thames towpath this festive season. The medal for this event is being kept tightly under wraps, but needless to say it will be suitably epic, oh, and double sided, oh and then there's pink, oh and glitter, but no roller blades allowed. You really won't want to miss this one. The only real question is will you come as a B or a K....?
This is one of their 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 the fabulous bespoke finishers' medal.
A uniquely flexible 'rock up and run' start times policy is in place, where you can start any time 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, Phoenix can pretty much accommodate all start time requests.
Whilst Phoenix Running is very much about the bling, they're also acutely conscious that events can be expensive to enter and times are tough right now. They're in their 8th year of fixed prices for our 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 and you get a run with all the usual Phoenix support, epic aid station, same-day results published, athletes profiles, Phoenix World, digital BIBs, digital finishers certificates, etc, etc but without a medal they can keep the price low for this entry option.
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
  • Bespoke finishers’ medal! (except no medal entries)
  • Epic aid station
  • Flexible start times
  • Results e-mailed to participants and uploaded to website the same day
  • Digital finishers certificate available on Phoenix World site
  • Athlete profile available on Phoenix World site
How to get there
Waterside Dr, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2JG, UK
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By Car
The start at Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Complex is easily accessible by car from Walton-on-Thames and Hampton. 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
The nearest station is Hersham, which has regular services to London Waterloo and Woking. From the train station, participants can catch the 564 bus towards the Xcel Leisure Centre, which will take them directly to race HQ.
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!
08:00 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 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 and 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 are the aid stations like at the Barb vs Ken 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 Barb vs Ken 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.
How do the flexible start times work at the Barb vs Ken Run?
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.
Will there be toilets and facilities at the Barb vs Ken 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 Barb vs Ken Run?
There is 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 Barb vs Ken Run?
The cut-off time is 3:00pm 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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£37.95 - £39.95

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