Boxing Day Race

VoAAC 61st Boxing Day Race 2020 - POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

VoAAC Boxing Day Race Course Information & FAQ

5K RACE

THE START: (min. age 12) The 5K will start in the Market Square at 9.45am.

THE COURSE: The 5k race comprises 1 lap of the Market Square followed by 2 laps of Aylesbury Town Centre. The race will finish in the High Street. The route will be clearly marked and marshalled.

SAFETY: Please note that the race is run on a combination of public roads and footpaths. Runners should take great care if the conditions are either icy or slippery, to run on the pavements, only to cross public roads when it is safe to do so, and heed any instructions given by the Race Referee and/or Marshalls, especially at road junctions. Wearing of personal listening devises i.e. iPods is strictly prohibited and could lead to disqualification.  Due to the number of sharp turns on the course, dogs are not allowed to accompany runners.

5k Course Map

1RACE HQ
This year we are using Mendoza Cafe Bar, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1SF. The cafe will be open from 8.15am for tea, coffee and light refreshments.
22019 Licence
Under UK Athletics Rules: UKA Licence 2019-39539
Certificate of Course Accuracy SEAA 11/286 EventCertificate
3BAG STORAGE
Runners can leave bags in a designated area in The Mendoza Cafe Bar. However, this area will not be manned. All items are left entirely at the owners risk and the race organisers accept no responsibility for loss or damage.
4TOILET FACILITIES AND REFRESHMENTS
Toilets are available in the The Mendoza Cafe Bar.
Refreshments can be purchased in The cafe from 8.15am onwards
5FIRST AID
Local Medical Services Ltd will be present at the race
6CAR PARKING
Ample parking is available in the Exchange Street Car Park, Friars Square Multi Storey and Coopers Yard (in Buckingham Street). Please see the AVDC website at http://eplanning.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/applications/avdc_car_parks/Aylesbury/aylesbury.htm for further information. Please note that there is a flat rate charge of £1.50 on bank holidays in many car parks.
7SPECTATORS
All spectators are welcome to view the event. Please ensure that you keep clear of the runners at all times.
8BAD WEATHER
Updates will be provided on the club website at www.voaac.org.uk. In the unlikely event that the race needs to be cancelled, entry fees will not be refunded.
9RESULTS
Will be published on the club’s website homepage initially at www.voaac.org.uk

Prizes

All finishers will receive a commemorative medal plus a voucher to spend on refreshments in Mendoza Cafe Bar.  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 Mendoza Cafe Bar. 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.

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.

Historical Race Records

Boxing Day 1979 (Dick Hills VoAAC)

Boxing Day 1979 (Dick Hills VoAAC)