Tadworth Ten History
The first Tadworth 10 was held on 1st January 1983. The route consisted of several laps around the local roads in Tadworth and Walton on the Hill in the pouring rain. Thereafter the race was based until 1994 at the Tadworth Court children’s hospital using virtually the same original route. At some point the traditional date for the race on the first Sunday in January was established. However, increased traffic, more runners and the fact that several roads had to be crossed meant a safer course had to be found. In 1995 the race moved to Epsom Downs where loaned vehicles (caravans and removal lorries) were used to create a race HQ close to the Tattenham Corner pub opposite the finish.
The course originally went along the Epsom Lane North (also known as the Switchback) but further concerns with safety meant a new course was devised around 2002 when the route brought runners across the Downs to Tattenham Corner instead of the road. As the number of runners increased the race HQ was moved to the weighing room at the Queen’s Stand and from 2014 the entire first floor was utilised to include catering and toilet facilities. 2014 also saw the successful introduction of a further change in the course. This had a number of benefits including;
- The start and finish were brought together at the same place close to the car parking and Race HQ at the Queens Stand.
- Chip timing for both start and finish.
- Opportunity for spectators to see runners 3 times at the same point from the top car park.
- A slight downhill straight finish.
The Tadworth 10 is now the only official race to be allowed over the Downs itself and TAC is proud to have established a good relationship with the Conservators who authorise the event. The course is approximately 50/50 roads and tracks. Previous results can be found here
The race had only ever had to be postponed once due to poor weather (freezing rain in 1997) and was run the following Sunday with a reduced field.
Since the event was established at Tadworth Court the race has always donated a significant proportion of the profits to charity. From the 2016 Tadworth 10 we made the following donations:
- £1000 to the Woodland Trust (includes £250 donations from online entrants)
- £1000 to the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation (includes £250 donations from online entrants)
- £500 to the British Heart Foundation
Entries for the event usually open in August and for safety and logistical reasons the number of runners is now limited to 800.