Boxing Day Race

VoAAC Boxing Day Race Course Information & FAQ


All finishers will receive a commemorative medal plus a £2 voucher to spend on refreshments in the Kingsbury PH.  Please ensure you use these vouchers since it will ensure the future viability of the race. Race Prizes will be presented at approximately 11.00am in the Kingsbury. The following prizes will be awarded:

1st Male and Female will each receive a medallion and a £50 voucher for Up & Running (Oxford)

2nd Male and Female will each receive a medallion and a £25 voucher for Up & Running (Oxford)

3rd Male and Female will each receive a medallion and a bottle of wine.

The following category winners will each receive a medallion:

Male                Female

Under 13         Under 13

Under 15         Under 15

Under 17         Under 17

Vet 40              Vet 35

Vet 50              Vet 45

Vet 60              Vet 55

The 1st (First Claim) VOAAC male to finish will be awarded The Kirk Clifford Trophy.

The 1st (First Claim) VOAAC female to finish will be awarded The Ruth Allcock Trophy.

The first boy and girl in the Under 13’s race will each receive a commemorative medal.

Contact Us

Graham Gorman

Race Director

07984 567673


Alan Roberts

Race Organiser

07818 871082

History of the race

The first Boxing Day race was held on the road in 1939, a handicap over about 4 ½ miles. Another was held on Boxing Day 1940, again a handicap but this time over the country. Both during wartime of course.

Boxing Day 1949 was the first post-war race as far as the Club can tell, a road handicap starting in the Market Square. No one could catch limit man Pete Keep. Age 15 (He was still living on the Bedgrove estate in 1998!).

The first non-handicap Boxing Day race has been held since 1950 and has covered several routes within the Town Centre since its inauguration. D Woods won the first race and returned as victor the following year. Throughout the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, Vale athletes competed for the J W Rouss Cup (it was last awarded in 1979). Some well known Vale runners of their day lifted the trophy they included John Collins, Rex Foulkes, Ron Gomez, Pat Ferguson, Bob Ellerton and Gordon Rimmer. In 2000 a new trophy was awarded to the first Vale runner home – the Kirk Clifford Trophy. Kirk had been a stalwart of the Club before injury and his Company had previously sponsored the race in the early years of the open era.

The race which began as a Club only event, was opened up to other enthusiastic runners in the 1980’s and 1990’s over a two loop course taking into account Walton Pond. It boasted steeplechase international Roger Hackney and Olympic swimmer turned tri-athlete Robin Brew amongst the previous winners, along with a string of wins and top three finishes by local athlete Andy Magnall. In 1996 the course measured 6.5km and included running up the High Street.  A new course was introduced in 2005 making it an accurate standardised distance of 5km. The race was not held in 2010 due to a snow covered course.

The current course consists of three laps (1 large lap of 2km followed by two slightly smaller laps of 1.5km), each lap taking on the short climb up Castle Street which has been a spectacular feature over the years.

RECORDS Boxing Day Road Races results 2016

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