Crystal Palace Park

Sporting heritage is maintained at Crystal Palace

GBR Run's inaugural Crystal Palace New Year Run Fest looks like the perfect pipe-opener for 2022

Have you made plans for your first New Year's run yet? For many runners, the turn of the year is not just about midnight celebrations – fun though that may be – but also where to race on the first weekend of the shiny new year...?

A glance at runABC South race listing for January 2022 shows more than a dozen events will be held over the New Year weekend but our featured race is a brand new event organised by Stephen Ward of GBR Run at Crystal Palace Park on Sunday 2 January 2022.

Crystal Palace National Stadium and Park has been hosting major sporting events since 1864 when Kent County Cricket Club first used the grounds as a first-class cricket venue. From 1895 to 1914 the football stadium hosted the FA Cup Final and the service roads that make such a fine venue for running events were part of the Crystal Palace motor racing circuit that was last used in1972.

GBR Run's Crystal Palace New Year Run Fest is a community-friendly set of races over 10K; 5K and 3K with sensible pricing that starts from £12. All races will start and finish on the track within Crystal Palace National Athletics Stadium, home of numerous world records and the scene of so many titanic battles for glory over the years.

The races will use pathways through Crystal Palace Park (pictured above) and will be chip timed. There will be a bespoke event medal and refreshments at the finish, including FREE soup and coffee/tea – which may be much needed on Sunday 2 January!

There will be trophies for the top three male and female finishers and age-category winners in all events. The organisers intend to create a fully inclusive atmosphere where all standards are welcome, as the race website states: "Our running events appeal to all abilities - from social runners taking the plunge into their first race, to some of the best local athletes. We strive to create an environment where all runners are encouraged to achieve their personal goals, no matter what their ability". 

Further information is available at runABC South race listing here

Enter at GBR Run Crystal Palace New Year Run Fest website here

Image of Crystal Palace Park by Ewan Munro on Wikipedia Commons

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