Marrow victory for George James last year!
'Britain's greenest race' returns to Ashtead Common on Sunday
"Britain's greenest race", is the proud boast on the Ashtead 10K website. The 16th running of this self-styled 'eco race' will take place with the kind permission of Ashtead Common Rangers and the Corporation of the City of London on this Site of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve in the Mole Valley on Sunday 19 September.
Given the sensitive nature of the surroundings, special measures are taken to strive towards those green credentials, including earth-friendly cotton T-shirts; wooden mementos that double as drinks coasters; bio-degradable cups, and locally-sourced prizes. Last year's awards included award-winning sparkling wine, home-grown flowers, and even an organic marrow (complete with dirt)!
All rubbish is collected, sorted and recycled and the aim is to leave the Common cleaner than it was before the race. As the website says: "Making the Ashtead 10K into an 'eco race' won't save the world on its own but in general, we should all move towards using fewer resources. The race might not be perfect, but it's a start!"
The race went ahead in 2020 as one of the first post-lockdown, Covid-secure events in the UK, and first home were George James (Dorking & Mole Valley AC) in a course record and marrow winning 34:13 and Emma Coates in 43:19. Katherine Wilson, of 26.2 RRC, holds the women's record (41:14 in 2013).
There were 133 finishers in 1:41:19 and 88 of those beat the hour on this roller-coaster tour of Ashtead Common and Newton Wood, adjacent to Epsom Common.
The programme includes a popular 2K Fun Run for all the family and past events have raised more than £15,000 for local charities, including the main local charity Rianna's Fund
Race management is by the experienced Trionium team who also promote Bath Hilly Half; New Year's Day Knacker Cracker 10K; Leith Hill Half Marathon; Midsummer Munro Half Marathon, and the UK Wife Carrying Race.
Full details of Sunday's race at the Ashtead 10K website here
Past results can be viewed at runABC South race listing here
Image from 2021 Ashtead 10K by Stephen Johnson