It looks likely that host club Ripon Runners will be able to celebrate the 30th staging of their annual event, the Jolly Holly Jog, in a suitable manner with confirmation that the New Year’s race will be a sell-out.
The race, which is part of the Ripon Runners Hornblower Series, which also comprises the Ripon 10 Mile and Burn Valley Half, will see close to 950 participants head to north Yorkshire for a challenging route through the magnificent Studley Royal deer park.
In store for runners on Hogmanay is a scenic, one-lap 10k (approx) course that starts on Hell Wath Nature Reserve, goes up Whitcliffe Lane onto public footpaths through Mackershaw Woods and Studley Roger Deer Park, before retuning to the nature reserve via Plumpton Lane and past Hell Wath Cottage.
2016 saw a home winner in Ben Pease (34:51) with the Ripon runner crossing the line more a minute ahead of second placed Edward Beecher (35:52). Wetherby’s Caroline Lambert was the convincing champion in the women’s field in 38:09, followed by City of York’s Charlotte Mason (39:40).
Look out for our report on the 2017 Jolly Holly Jog in the early days of the New Year.