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The River Relay 2016

The River Relay

2016 Race:

The 2016 Race is now open for entries. It takes place on Sunday 4 September 2016, starting at 09.00 at Boveney near Windsor

 

Summary

What? The River Relay is a baton relay run over five stages from Windsor to Kingston-upon-Thames, finishing at the Hawker Centre.

When? Sunday 4 September 2016.

Who? Mixed teams of 5 people.  Each team must include a minimum of one lady, plus a second lady or vet man. The rest of the team composition is up to you, but as you can see the maximum number of senior men cannot be greater than 3.

Where? The stages range from 4.4 to 6.5 miles over friendly terrain (a total of 26.7 miles) so this is an excellent introduction to relay racing and runners of all standards are welcome.

Why? All proceeds from the race (after expenses) go to charity – please see below. Last year we donated £2,400 to various nominated charities.

Cost? Just £50 for a team of attached runners, (£60 unattached).

Results from all races prior to 2012 are on http://www.stragglers.org/results/riverrelay/riverrelay.htm.

2015 Results are here

2014 Results are here

2013 Results are here

2012 Results are here

 

 

 

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The old race start at The Totem Pole, Virginia Water (September 2012)

The Route

The race starts at 9:00 AM from Boveney Church, Windsor, adjacent to the Dorney Lake rowing complex. It finishes at the Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road, Kingston. This distance is approximately 26.7 miles.

A detailed PDF with maps and instructions for each stage is here:

There is also a MapMyRun version which runners can use to download a GPX file.  See here

The stages are summarised as follows: 

Stage

Start

End

Distance

Start Postcode

Notes

1

Boveney Church, Windsor

Ham Lane, Old Windsor

5.5

SL4 6QQ

Start is close to Boveney Church on Lock Path. There is a car park and the area is just beside the Dorney Lake Rowing complex.

2

Ham Lane, Old Windsor

Staines Bridge

4.6

SL4 2JY

Start is on the River Path just East of the crossing with Ham Lane.

3

Staines Bridge

Manor Park, Shepperton

6.5

TW18 4TA

Start is by the river near Market Square, downstream from Staines Bridge. The course mainly follows the river path heading East,  then runs through Shepperton on some minor roads, finishing at Manor Park on Church Road.

4

Manor Park, Shepperton

Hurst Park

4.9

TW17 9JS

Start is by the Manor Road car park near Shepperton square (free parking for an hour), then heads over Walton Bridge to re-join the Thames Path 

5

Hurst Park

Hawker Centre

5.2

KT8 1SU

Start is on the towpath by a car park. This course follows the river the whole way, although crosses the river at Hampton Court - take care and use the crossings - and then back over at Kingston Bridge.

(finish)

Hawker Centre

26.7

KT2 5BH

Finish is at Stragglers HQ, the Hawker Centre. Plentiful parking and refreshments.

 

 Entries

You can register your interest in entering a team in the relay now! Just send an e-mail to Peter Wedderburn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In June an invitation to participate is sent to local running clubs and other organisations who have expressed interest. The race is open to any group who can make up a team! Those confirming that they want to enter teams are then sent a race entry form. (This bit of bureaucracy helps us as organisers know how many teams to expect and team captains to get their teams selected).

The closing date for payment for entries is the 14th August. Final team declarations however are not required till just before the start of the race. Any entries accepted after 14th August are at the organiser's discretion.

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Stage 3: Staines-on-Thames

 

Charities and Prizes

Throughout its history the River Relay has had two aims: to give all the runners taking part a great day out and to give the profits from the event to charities nominated by the competitors. Expenses are minimal and almost all of the entry fees are donated to charities.

Before the race each team is required to nominate a medical or handicap charity. The proceeds raised by the event are divided amongst charities according to the following formula. Each of the following will receive a donation of £50.

MacMillan Nurses and Cancer Research. These two charities were selected in perpetuity to receive money from the River Relay following the death of Tim Adam (Stragglers) and Peter Allan (Staines Strollers).

Charity chosen by the team most closely predicting their finishing time.

Organisers discretionary award

Two teams drawn at random from those teams not winning one of the other prizes.

Following deductions for the above the bulk of the prize money goes to charities nominated by the first three teams money as follows:

Winning Team 50% of prize fund

Second Team 33%of prize fund

Third Team 17% of prize fund

Route Finding & Time Keeping

Each team will be responsible for route finding and getting their runners to and from stages.

While the organisers do have timekeepers on the course sometimes things go wrong, so please ask all of your runners to record their running times. In the event of any timing problems this will enable us to record the race times.

Each runner will be given a description of the route and a map. There will be MINIMAL marshalling on the route with the exception of changeover points. There will be some random marshalling along the route to ensure safety and fair play. The organisers will try to mark any points on the course which in their opinion may be confusing.

Route guides for drivers will be supplied. All the race details including route descriptions, maps and team declaration forms will be sent out following the closing date.  

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Stage 5: Hurst Park

Team make up and declarations

Each team should be made up as follows: you must have not more than 3 senior men, and you must have one lady.  You can have as many ladies and vets as you like (so a team of all senior ladies, for example).

The final order of the runners must be stated on the Team Declaration. This will be sent with the race details. Final declarations must be made by 8:30 AM on the day of the race. The declaration should include the team's predicted finishing time which will be used for the sweepstake prize.  No runner may run two stages for the same team. (Runners can run a separate leg for another team.).

Our record entry was achieved in 2014 with 52 teams taking part.

 

After the Race

The race finishes at the Straggler's base at the Hawker Leisure in Kingston. As more and more teams enter the final stage of the race the finish area gets really busy and there's quite a buzz. The Hawker Centre has a café and sells coffee and alcoholic drinks to keep you refreshed until the prize giving. We also encourage teams to bring picnics to eat on the grass alongside the Thames.

 

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