Dave Moorcroft appeals for Run Reigate volunteers

As Run Reigate is set to be bigger than last year, we need even more people to volunteer a little of their time to be Racemakers on the day of the event (20 September).

It’s a fun and rewarding experience with a great sense of camaraderie and a great way of giving something back… but don’t just take our word for it – this interview with running legend Dave Moorcroft in Running Fitness credits the thousands of volunteers “all of whom played more than a little bit of a part in my career” and talks about Intersport’s Run Reigate event.

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Race Ambassadors Dave Moorcroft and Shireen Bailey

You can also catch him on video here talking about Run Reigate at Reigate’s Simply Sports shop appealing for you to lend a hand on Race Day.

Moorcroft, who is on a mission to get Britain more active, is also Director of Sport at Join In, the nation’s charity for local sports volunteering (and a London 2012 legacy programme) who we’ve partnered with to help recruit new volunteers.

Research shows that volunteering in sport by sharing our time and experience makes us happier, gives us more self-esteem, a sense of purpose and helps us learn new skills and make friendships.

So what does volunteering at Run Reigate involve and who are we looking for to help us? You can opt to become one of 3 levels of volunteer:
  • Racemaker – We need lots of these – more than 300 volunteers. From handing out medals and bananas to being a route marshal responsible for guiding and encouraging runners, there’s a role for everyone. You can opt to volunteer in groups, request to be with family members or marshal certain parts of the route.
  • Team Leader – We’re looking for 20 – you’ll be responsible for managing up to 12 Racemakers and you’ll need to be available for training on the morning of 19 September. This will involve first aid and radio training and you will be taken around the route by your Zone Supervisor.
  • Zone Supervisor – We need 6 in total, ideally with previous events management experience. You’ll be confident enough to manage 40 people and a dedicated section of the race route. You will be fully trained on the morning of 5 September.

As a thank you to all our volunteers, you’ll qualify for a free place for next year’s 10K or half marathon for yourself or a friend.

Each new volunteer makes a huge difference and you’ll be benefitting the community by supporting our runners and promoting active, healthier lives. So please show you care about your local area by investing your time – in return you’ll feel pride and build trust in our community.

Sign up now or encourage a friend or family member!

Run Reigate Half Marathon 10k 5k Races

Latest Event Update

It is with a heavy heart that due to the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic we are announcing that it will not be possible for Run Series to deliver any of our physical events this year – this includes Run Gatwick, Run Reigate and Ride Reigate.

Although not altogether unexpected, this is disappointing for everyone involved. However, our priority, regardless of this pandemic, has always always been for the safety and wellbeing of you the runners as well as our volunteers, partners, charities, staff, supporters and the wider community without any of whom our events would just not be possible. Given that there remains vast uncertainty on how to best safely move forwards we do not feel it would be practically possible, or socially responsible, for us to stage these events this year and deliver a safe, fun and enjoyable experience for all.

This decision has been made in consultation with all local authorities who right now are also unable to guarantee availability of event venues. So what happens now? ​All runners and riders currently registered for our 2020 events will be​ automatically transferred to our 2021 events​ and so there is no action for you to take at this stage. We are working with the local authorities and event venues to finalise the 2021 dates and we will announce these very soon. For further details on transfers and deferrals etc, please take a look at our Q&As. We value your opinion.​ We have been thinking about some exciting things we could potentially do for our runners and cyclists in the coming months until we can once again safely host our large scale events. We’d love your input to make sure we’re on the right track so please complete our short survey below. To say thank you for taking part, you’ll be in with a chance to win one of 3 fantastic top-to-toe On Running kits worth over approx. £300​! We very much look forward to when we can all race again and come together with confidence and lighter hearts doing what we do best – Running as One. Until then we would like to say a very heartfelt thank you for your continued support throughout this time, your ongoing understanding is greatly appreciated.

David Kelly, Race Director on behalf of the whole Run Series Team.

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POSTPONEMENT Q&A's

We appreciate there will be lots of questions and we have tried to pre-empt those with a detailed Q&A’s which you can find here

In the unlikely situation that you cannot find the answer to your query, please email us at info@runseries.co.uk​. Due to a reduced working team we will do our very best to respond to your query within 5 working days.

Why did you decide to postpone the 2020 races to 2021?

We considered many alternative approaches to try and safely deliver Run Gatwick, Run Reigate and Ride Reigate with appropriate social distancing measures. However, after careful consideration, we made the difficult decision to postpone all mass participation events to 2021. Our decision was rooted in the best interests for the health and wellbeing of runners, supporters, volunteers, sponsors, suppliers and all those involved in making the running of these events possible. In addition the continued uncertainty over government guidelines for events significantly reduces the window of time needed to plan and deliver safely our full event experience.

Will my registered place for my event still hold for 2021?

Yes, your entry for your 2020 event will be valid for the 2021 race and will be automatically transferred over to the new date (date still TBC), you do not need to do anything else, we will contact you nearer to the event with all the usual information.

Is there a refund option available for these events?

Organising our event requires a considerable amount of forward planning and expense – and entry fees are used to support these costs, many of which are incurred long before event day. Your entry fees doesn’t only cover on the day costs like road closures, barriers, medals, t-shirts, Policing, medical provision, etc – they also help to cover the up front planning costs which include staff wages, risk assessments, safety measures, consultation with local businesses, supplier fees and licences – to name but a few. For these reasons the Run Series refund policy for all of our events has always been the same, we do not and cannot offer refunds. This is made clear in our ​terms and conditions​ ​– which all runners agree to upon registration.

What if I can’t make the new event date?

As soon as we are able to, we will announce our 2021 dates. If you are unable to make the new date, you will be able to defer your place to the following year, transfer to another of our events or transfer your place to another participant. All of these options will be free of charge.

What happens if my place was allocated by a charity partner?

As your charity place belongs to your charity, any decision about your place must be made by them. Details regarding the potential reallocation of charity places should be discussed with the relevant charity partner directly.

What will happen to the Run Gatwick England Athletics National Championships and Sussex Athletics Championships?

The 2021 Run Gatwick event will retain Championship status for both Sussex Athletics and England Athletics and all elite places will automatically have their entry deferred to the new 2021 event as detailed by Run Series in the coming weeks.

Will there be a virtual event instead?

We are currently exploring options and invite you to complete our survey and have your say. We will take on board your comments and make an announcement regarding this as soon as possible.

When announced, are the 2021 event dates guaranteed?

As much as we would like to, we cannot offer you certainty around rescheduled event dates as there are just too many factors out of our control. In a world that is changing so rapidly on a daily basis, the future is far from certain but we will do our best to honour our commitment to you and deliver a fantastic event experience in line with the government regulations in place at the time.

What happens with my iTAB/PacePocket order?

Your iTab/Pace Pocket order will be carried over to your 2021 event entry.