New Year Box Hill

Knacker Cracker

These are the race instructions for the Knacker Cracker, 11.00am, 1 January 2018. The race is full and there are strictly no additional entries on the day.

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 if you can make it (or bring someone) - marshals are needed from 9.30am at the race start - dress warmly.


Park in the National Trust Car Parks around the top of Box Hill - don't box anyone in, and lift-share if you can, please (parking is a real issue at the race, and if it's a problem this year, it puts future races in jeopardy). The new start is next to the Old Fort, which is behind the tea rooms.

You can use the race discussion thread to try and get a car-share.

Do not leave valuables in your car.

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

There will be a bag and key drop at the start. Nothing fancy, but safe and dry. Don't leave anything valuable in your bag either.

Toilets are in the toilet block next to the National Trust Shop. If you can, you should go before you come - so to speak. There are no changing facilities.

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

Please do not wear headphones on the course - you will be disqualified if you do. Please support your fellow runners to the MAX! Please - no spitting...(Yeuch!)

The Nipper Knacker children's race will start at the same time as the main race, and 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). No entry cost, no results, no medals, but a carrot for all youthful (<16 years) participants.

On 1 January 2018 there will be FIVE big ascents of Box Hill over a distance of 10.25km, including the bonus hill ('The Eiger Steps') - back by popular demand. 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. 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.

Spectators can watch you at the start, as you re-pass them at the Old Fort, and then again at the lookout at Box Hill - and then at the finish at the Old Fort too.

If the stepping stones are submerged, retrace your steps over the footbridge. 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.
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 water stations on the route with sweets - gels and camelbacks are not required.

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'. Free tomato soup and cheese & pickle rolls will be available after the run, courtesy of our very own Soup Dragon and the Roblets. You will also be able to pick up your medal 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!

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 merry Christmas and a happy New Year: See you on 1st January, bright and early!


Rob - Knacker Cracker organiser