New Year Box Hill

Knacker Cracker

 

These are the race instructions for the Knacker Cracker, 11.00am, 1 January 2024.

You will not be sent anything through the post.

PLEASE READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY - everything you need to know is here.

More marshals are always needed (Can't run? Please marshal!). Marshals get great goodies and a place in a future race. Please email me at rob@trionium.com if you can make it (or bring someone) - marshals are needed from 9.00am at the race HQ - dress warmly/for the weather.

The race HQ is at Denbies Vineyard (London Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA). This is a five minute walk from either Westhumble or Dorking main station. Park at Denbies (there is a parkrun at 9am, but car-parking spaces should be free by 9.45 onwards).

You should plan to pick up your running number at least 30 minutes before the start time, by 10.30. (This will also allow you to enjoy the fancy dressers).

Toilets have been hired-in for the race - they will be located to the south side of the Winery. There are no other toilets on the course, apart from at teh race finish.

There will be a bag drop (into the van) and key drop at the start. Nothing fancy, but safe and dry. Do not leave valuables in your car. Don't leave anything valuable in your bag either.

YOUR BAG AND KEY DROP WILL BE TRANSPORTED TO THE RACE FINISH - PICK THEM UP THERE!

Please wear fancy dress if possible (a funny hat at least - come on!) There will be separate prizes for fancy dress (best male, best female, best group).

At 10.40, we will lead off from Denbies towards the race start - it is an 8-minute slow jog, via a pedestrian tunnel, to Burford Meadow. The race starts at 11am.

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CONTINGENCY PLANS

If the planned start area (Burford Meadows) is flooded, the runners will be led to the foot of the Burford Slope (another 300m walk) and will start from there, on a modified course (still finishing at the top).

If for any reason we cannot use the Box Hll Course at all, we will use the 'B' course around Denbies vineyard, which is 12.5km and is also very tough. In this case, the race will start directly adjacent to the car parking at Denbies.

If Covid restrictions curtail mass starts (etc), then the event is still likely to take place, albeit with staggered starts, around Denbies, as in 2021. In this case further details will be emailed to you and will be posted on the website.

In all cases, please turn up in good time to collect your race number - and to enjoy the fancy-dressers!

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Please do not wear headphones on the course - you will be disqualified if you do. Please support your fellow runners to the MAX!

Spitting and blowing snot from your nose is strictly forbidden!

The Nipper Knacker children's run will start at the same time as the main race, and will ascend to the top of the steps, and then will descend and re-ascend the first slope - all children taking part need to be supervised all the way down and all the way back up (finishing at the Old Fort - where they must be handed over to another adult's supervision). Note that the Nipper Knacker is harder than in previous years! No entry cost, no results, no medals, but a carrot for all youthful (<16 years) participants.

On 1 January 2024 there will be FIVE big ascents of Box Hill over a distance of 10.000km. The course has 335m of elevation loss and 473m of elevation gain (47.3m of gain per km - a Grade B Fell Race). Details of this year's course are here.

The course is everywhere steep, slippery, hilly, rutted, bramble-ridden, obscured, icy, dangerous, snowy, perilous, challenging, ankle-snapping and muddy. In addition, there may be overhead dangers including brambles and fallen or part-fallen trees. Be careful... you have been warned!

You will certainly benefit from as much grip as possible - this is certainly a route for trail shoes if you have them. However, NO SPIKES or STUDS.

The best place for spectators is at the top of Box Hill - but they must pay to park (unless they are National Trust members). They can watch you going down past the Old Fort, when they come back up a few minutes later at the Old Fort, at the Lookout, and then (if you are quick) at the finish at the Old Fort too. There are toilets and a servery at the top of Box Hill.

Run on the left at all times. Please give way to returning (faster) runners.

This is a very isolated course - you are your own supporters. Support each other with friendly imprecations or a thumbs up (yes, even from the really fast runners!), and you'll all enjoy it a lot!

Please thank the marshals... without them, the race cannot take place!

Top tips?
Where there are stairs, walk (unless you are in the top 10!): No stairs? Run!
You will get much warmer than you expect: ditch a layer if you can.
Make at least one new running friend!
Forget your watch - on this course, in this race, time is not of importance. Finishing is all.
Enjoy the views!
If you want a time in the results, show us your number as you cross the line.
Keep smiling!

There will be a water station at 6km, with water and sweets.

Prize-giving will take place at the race finish from 12.30 onwards (top 3 men, top 3 ladies). First lady home will win the 'Knicker Knacker'. Tomato soup and cheese & pickle rolls will be available after the run, courtesy of our very own Soup Dragon (alas no Roblets in 2023 - they have flown the nest). You will also be able to pick up your medal, race memento and race shirt. Your size preference is printed on your running number - please stick to your stated size preference or you might take someone else's shirt!

Remember - BAGS and KEYS will be at the TOP - at the FINISH!

After the race, you will need to make your way back down Box Hill to the Race HQ to retrieve your car, if you came by car. You should only cross the A24 via the pedestrian tunnel that we will use to get from the HQ to the race start. You take any other route at your own risk.

Results, photos and video will be up on the web site after the race.

Remember, we need marshals, and all help will be greatly appreciated - thank you.

I hope that you have a happy New Year: See you on 1st January, bright and early!

Regards,

Rob McCaffrey - Knacker Cracker organiser

 


 

 

 

The Race instructions for the real-world Knacker Cracker 2021 (now cancelled) - To remind us of what we went through!

These are the race instructions for the Knacker Cracker 2021, which includes important changes from previous years. Please read the following instructions very carefully!

The race takes place with the kind permission of Denbies Wine Estate, and is permitted and insured by the Association of Running Clubs.

A full Covid-assessement has been undertaken, and is reflected in these race instructions. Please note that you must abide by these instructions, or otherwise you may be disqualified from the race.

You must comply with all government rules and laws. Please follow government advice.

Note that you should socially-distance by 2m throughout the event.

The number of registrants has been restricted and there are STRICTLY NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY.

Runners with any Covid-symptoms or who are self-isolating or quarantining MUST NOT RUN (you can defer your place to 2022 - just email the organiser on rob@trionium.com before the day of the race).

Toilets will be hired-in and will be located at the South (left-hand) end of the main winery building. The main building will be closed on New Year's Day. Please sanitise your hands both before and after using the toilets.

There will not be an official bag drop facility.

There are no changing facilities at the race - come dressed ready to run!

Competitors are heartily encouraged to run in fancy dress - let's bring a bit of colour to midwinter!

Registration (picking up race numbers) will take place adjacent to the entrance to the main building. As a condition of being to stage the race, you will have your temperature tested before picking up your race number. If you have an elevated temperature (above 38°C, 100.4°F) you will not be allowed to participate - sorry! You may wish to test your own temperature before setting out for the race to avoid a wasted journey.

Runners will be allocated to waves of 25 runners, alphabetically according to their surnames. You must start in your allocated wave (and will not be allowed to start in another wave).

All volunteers will use PPE. Hand sanitisers will be available around the start area.

Please arrive in good time to collect your race number. Bring your own safety pins - we will not provide them this year. Please fill in the safety information on the back of the number - bring your own pen.

When interacting with volunteers (picking up race numbers), competitors will be obliged to wear a face covering.

Only approach the start area when your wave is called, which will be not more than 5 minutes before your wave start time.

All participants will be required to adhere to social distancing - including before the start, during the race, when overtaking and after the race.

The race is not flat - and includes two or three significant uphill sections per lap. The race is TWO LAPS!

Unless overtaking, when running please keep as far RIGHT as you can!

Strictly no spitting - obviously! Anyone spitting will be disqualified.

WATER WILL NOT BE PROVIDED AT ANY POINT OF THE RACE. All runners should bring their own post-race drinks.

There will be a super-long finisher's funnel, so that finishers can continue to socially-distance.

All finishers will be provided with a specially-designed commemorative wooden eco-medal.

Please remain socially distanced or within your bubble throughout your time at the event. If you are bringing supporters, please ask them to ensure that they socially distance throughout the event. Spectators can view the race start and finish from an area of banking. The race start and finish are directly adjacent to each other. A short walk will also take spectators to other parts of the course.

Photos and results will be available on the event website after the run.

Let's have a safe and enjoyable run in 2021!

Clapham Chasers runners are in a wave of their own, at 12 noon.

'Elite' runners go off at 11.00am

Number Wave Runner
1 11.00 Rachel Berry
2 11.00 Richard Berry
3 11.00 Oliver Edwards
4 11.00 Ed Fisher
5 11.00 Rebecca Goodwin
6 11.00 Duane Matthews
7 11.00 Sarah McIntosh
8 11.00 Aidan Mercer
9 11.00 Carla Molinaro
10 11.00 Hannah Morris
11 11.00 Jordan Mungovan
12 11.00 Jo Payze
13 11.00 Chris Reeh
14 11.00 Ben Rew
15 11.00 Henry Smith
16 11.00 Claire Whittaker
17 11.00 steve winder
18 11.00 Ali Yousuf
19 11.00 Olivia Zeltner
20 11.05 Tareq Abedrabbo
21 11.05 Bethany Adams
22 11.05 Ric Adams Adams
23 11.05 Eleanor Andrews
24 11.05 Amy Armitage
25 11.05 Jacob Armstrong Plieth
26 11.05 Chris Bailey
27 11.05 Emma Bartolo
28 11.05 Ralph Baylis
29 11.05 Stella Baylis
30 11.05 Justine Baylis-Frost
31 11.05 Peter Baylis-Frost
32 11.05 Lucinda Bayliss
33 11.05 Mark Bayliss
34 11.05 James Bayliss-Thomas
35 11.05 Simon Bean
36 11.05 Catherine Bell
37 11.05 Kathryn Berry
38 11.05 Helena Biggs
39 11.05 Andrew Billington
40 11.05 SAMUEL BIRD
41 11.05 graeme blair
42 11.05 Catherine Bowen-Roberts
43 11.05 Andrew Bowmer
44 11.05 Rachel Bracegirdle
45 11.05 Chris Buckle
46 11.05 Louise Bullen
47 11.05 Christina Victor
48 11.10 Janet Burfield
49 11.10 Donna Burfield-Taylor
50 11.10 Simon Burgan
51 11.10 Chris Burwood
52 11.10 Fiona Butter-Thorne
53 11.10 Andy Camber
54 11.10 Alex Carington
55 11.10 Jordan Carroll
56 11.10 Kate Carter
57 11.10 Victoria Carter
58 11.10 Bob Cast
59 11.10 Kirsty Cast
60 11.10 Roy Chambers
61 11.10 Stephen Chandler
62 11.10 George Chapman
63 11.10 Bruce Chessell
64 11.10 Chris Clarke
65 11.00 Georgie Clarke
66 11.10 Jonathan Cole
67 11.10 Robert Collingbourne
68 11.10 ANNELI COLLINS
69 11.10 Luis Conceicao
70 11.10 Christopher Convey
71 11.10 Jillian Convey
72 11.15 Andrew Cooper
73 11.15 Andy Cosstick
74 11.15 Peter Costello
75 11.15 Liz Cottrell
76 11.15 emma crayton
77 11.15 Darla Crispin
78 11.15 Amelia Crowley
79 11.15 Eimear DÕArcy
80 11.15 martyn davidson
81 11.15 Georgia Davies
82 11.15 Sarah Davies
83 11.15 Wendy Davies-Murphy
84 11.15 Alice Davis
85 11.15 Tim Davis
86 11.15 Elizabeth Davis-Pawson
87 11.15 Lis Dixon
88 11.15 Kimberley Duckworth
89 11.15 Hilary Durrant
90 11.15 Mark Dyas
91 11.15 kate Dyas-Neilly
92 11.15 Deborah Earl
93 11.15 Denise Earl
94 11.15 Dennis Earl
95 11.15 Josh Earl
96 11.15 Marc Ebanks
97 11.15 Heidi Elleray
98 11.20 Lisa Ellis
99 11.20 Laura Evans
100 11.20 Mark Evans
101 11.20 Dave Fiddler
102 11.20 Martin Filer
103 11.20 Bruce Firth
104 11.20 Oliver Firth
105 11.20 Greg Fitch
106 11.00 Nick Flower
107 11.20 Christine Ford
108 11.20 Mike Forder
109 11.20 Liam Fraser
110 11.20 Kym Gaisford
111 11.20 Paul Gaisford
112 11.20 Jonathan Gamman
113 11.20 lucie gamman
114 11.20 Mark Gardiner
115 11.20 Jeremy Garner
116 11.20 Helen GarrettÊ
117 11.20 Carly Gear
118 11.20 David Gibbs
119 11.20 Adam Gibbs-Scott
120 11.20 Simon Gillibrand
121 11.20 Lisa Gjona
122 11.20 Mike Godfrey
123 11.25 Dave Goodman
124 11.25 Paul Gordon
125 11.25 Kelvin Gower
126 11.25 Ian Grace
127 11.25 Mark Grant
128 11.25 Amy Greenhalgh
129 11.25 Elizabeth Griffin
130 11.25 James Hamilton
131 11.25 Adam HempenstallÊ
132 11.25 Alex Hill
133 11.25 John Hill
134 11.25 Lisa Hill
135 11.25 Huw Hitchin
136 11.25 John Hobson
137 11.25 Dan Hodges
138 11.25 Louise Hodges
139 11.25 Kate Holah
140 11.25 Paul Holland
141 11.25 David Holloway
142 11.25 Esher Hook
143 11.25 Robert Hook
144 11.25 Tanveer Hook
145 11.25 James Hughes
146 11.25 Graeme Hunter
147 11.25 Joanna Hunter
148 11.30 Mark HURRELL
149 11.30 Louise Hutchinson
150 11.30 Robert Hutchinson
151 11.30 William HUTTON
152 11.30 Nikki Hutton-Pickett
153 11.30 Tom Irving
154 11.30 Adam Jasko
155 11.30 Maree Jesson
156 11.30 Simon Jesson
157 11.30 Tracey Jessup
158 11.30 Bryan Jones
159 11.30 Dafydd Jones
160 11.30 Michael Jones
161 11.30 Jeanne Kalorkoti
162 11.30 Desmond Keogh
163 11.30 Charmaine Kwan
164 11.30 Julian Ladd
165 11.30 Richard Lawrence
166 11.30 Steve Laws
167 11.30 Jayne Lee
168 11.30 Matilde Lomba
169 11.30 Amanda Loomes
170 11.30 Oliver Loomes
171 11.30 Simon Loomes
172 11.30 Alexandra Lord
173 11.35 Peter Luxton
174 11.35 Ian Macara
175 11.35 Stuart Mackenzie
176 11.35 Stewart Mackman
177 11.35 Jamie Maker
178 11.35 Adam Mangan
179 11.35 Doug Marshall
180 11.35 Kelly Marie Mason
181 11.35 fiona mathieson
182 11.35 David Maughan
183 11.35 Anthea McCourtie
184 11.35 Victoria McFarlin
185 11.35 Becky McNicholas
186 11.35 Trevor Meadowcroft
187 11.35 Caroline Meagher
188 11.35 Tina Miller
189 11.35 Andrea Molinaro
190 11.35 Rob Monk
191 11.35 Philip Morgan
192 11.35 David Morris
193 11.35 Jane Morris
194 11.35 John Nash
195 11.35 Nicole Newton-Williams
196 11.35 Caroline Nicol
197 11.35 Rickard Nyman
198 11.40 Gavin OÕcallaghan
199 11.40 Brendan OÕDonovan
200 11.40 Russell Packford
201 11.40 stephen pallister
202 11.40 Jane Palmer
203 11.40 Olivia Parker-Scott
204 11.40 Alexandra Payne
205 11.40 Ian Peachey
206 11.40 Max Penverne
207 11.40 John Percy
208 11.40 Robert Perkins
209 11.40 Alex Perry
210 11.40 Nicholas Pisa
211 11.40 Claire Ponting
212 11.40 Douglas Ponting
213 11.40 James Ponting
214 11.40 Andrew Popplestone
215 11.40 Andrew Pringle
216 11.40 Paula Pringle
217 11.40 Amanda Rencontre
218 11.40 Helen Rippon
219 11.40 Sam Robinson
220 11.40 Zoe Rocholl
221 11.40 D L ROOT
222 11.40 Richard Runnymede
223 11.40 Leigh RunnymedeÕ
224 11.45 Bonita Scaysbrook
225 11.45 Sandy Sehmi
226 11.45 Greg Sendell
227 11.45 Andrea Shadfearle
228 11.45 Dan Shadfearle
229 11.45 Daniel Silvester
230 11.45 Noelle Simmons
231 11.45 Patrick Slaughter
232 11.45 John Smallwood
233 11.45 Steve Smith
234 11.45 John Soames
235 11.45 bill street
236 11.45 Claire Strong
237 11.45 Zoe Strong
238 11.45 Ludovica Strong-Bruno
239 11.45 Jason Sullivan
240 11.45 Tom Sullivan
241 11.45 Guy Surtees
242 11.45 Andris Svarcs
243 11.45 Rebecca Sykes
244 11.45 Chris Tarren
245 11.45 Sara Tarren
246 11.45 Simon Thorne
247 11.45 Rowena Tierney
248 11.50 Karol Tokarczyk
249 11.50 Martyn Tueton
250 11.50 Felicity Turnbull
251 11.50 Finn Turner
252 11.50 Neil Turner
253 11.50 Phillip Turner
254 11.50 Matthew Twigg
255 11.50 Imogen Verret
256 11.50 Vivien Victor
257 11.50 Adam Wade
258 11.50 Adam Wall
259 11.50 Millie Wall
260 11.50 Jeremy Walmisley
261 11.50 Simon WattsÊ
262 11.50 Paul Weston
263 11.50 Phyl Weston
264 11.50 Steve Weston
265 11.50 Charles Wheeler
266 11.50 Amanda Whittaker
267 11.50 Nicola Wilding
268 11.50 Neil Williams
269 11.50 Geoff Wilson
270 11.50 John Wilson
271 11.50 Declan Woods
272 11.50 Jo Woods
273 11.50 Chris Yeomans
274 12.00 Zoe Aarons
275 12.00 Susan Duckitt
276 12.00 Katherine French
277 12.00 Luke Frizoni
278 12.00 Bronwyn Garrett
279 12.00 Jo Greening
280 12.00 Gemma Hall
281 12.00 Emma Headley
282 12.00 Rosemary Hurford
283 12.00 Sean Hurford
284 12.00 Cal Jones
285 12.00 Sebastian Jones
286 12.00 Alexander Lake
287 12.00 Caitlin Lloyd
288 12.00 Katie Lysons
289 12.00 Alice McGushinÊ
290 12.00 Cat Neave
291 12.00 Sophie Oliver
292 12.00 Russell Pearson
293 12.00 Cathryn Rees
294 12.00 Edward Rees
295 12.00 Colin Rust
296 12.00 Anthony Sanders
297 12.00 jonathan small
298 12.00 Joe Spraggins
299 12.00 Barry Valentine
300 12.00 Laura Varnes
301 12.00 Andrew Wallace