The race starts by the pavilion near Torquay Harbour. From the start the course heads towards Paignton Seafront, with two laps of Paignton Green, before heading back to finish on Corbyn Head in Torquay.
2017 Torbay Royal Regatta
SUPPORTED BY WBW SOLICITORS, AND WINNERS 2000 FITNESS LTD
The Riviera Centre Chestnut Avenue Torquay TQ2 5LZ
Timing chip collection from 3.00pm until 5.30pm
Your race number must be worn on the front of your vest and be visible at all times during the race. Any attempts to reduce the size or alter the race number will result in disqualification. You will not be permitted to finish without an official number.
Online Closing date 17th August at 4pm
Race limit - 700
Minimum age - 15 years
NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY
Torbay Athletic Club with their sponsors, Gowmans Solicitors, Winners 2000 Fitness ltd and the Newton Abbott based Pro-Direct Running, will be presenting the Torbay Royal Regatta 10k road race on Sunday 24th August 2014 starting at 6.00 pm. The race limit is set at 700 and you will need to enter before the day as we won’t be taking entries on the day.
This is a popular event, which has been an inspiration to many since its introduction to the regatta in 1976. With race entries still coming in it’s hard to predict the winners. Can anyone ever break the course record of 30 minutes set by Rob Wise over twenty years ago? The ladies record was broken in 2010 event at a fast 34 minutes and 12 seconds by Claire Hallissey from Bristol & West Athletic Club.
Awards will be made at the finish on Corbyn Head to the first three ladies and first three men. The first in all 5-year age categories from 15 to 70 will receive their awards in the post when the full results are confirmed.
Last year's race attracted over 600 entries from many parts of the country.
This years race will start near the Princess Gardens at 6.00 pm. The flat to undulating course hugs the English Riviera and the runners will race along the Torbay Road to Paignton Green, after two flat and fast clockwise laps of the green they will return over the testing Hollicombe hills to Torquay and finish on Corbyn Head.
Torbay Royal Regatta 200th Anniversary will take place between Saturday 24th August and Wednesday 28th August inclusive. The Fireworks are scheduled to take place on Monday 26th August and the Red Arrows are due to display at 6pm on Wednesday 28th August (weather permitting)The Anderton & Rowland Fair will be on Torre Abbey Meadows and will be operating for the whole of the Regatta. The Fair are one of the Regattas oldest sponsors and a welcome addition to the already very full programme.
The Torbay Royal Regatta originated when an advertisement appeared in Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post offering ‘Two handsome silver cups and other prizes’ to be ‘sailed for’ by ‘gentleman’s boats’ and ‘other boats’. The term ‘regatta’ was not applied to the races until 1828, when the Duchess of Clarence (later Queen Adelaide, wife of William IV) attended what was by now a fashionable event. Five years later, Princess Victoria visited the regatta and showed great interest in the sailing trophies.
The Torbay Royal Regatta was the first yachting regatta in the country to gain royal patronage and, as well as organising top class sailing races, the event has variously catered for other sports including: motor boat racing, rowing, running, water-skiing, swimming and diving. In 1847, Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post commented that the regatta attracted people who ‘enjoy the donkey racing rather than the yacht racing’. In this respect, the organising committee have always provided a range of social and recreational facilities for ‘landlubbers’ with a grand ball (since 1813) firework displays (since 1836), funfairs (since 1841) and aerobatic displays by the Red Arrows (since 1988). The tradition of the regatta is as old as the town itself and, apart from enforced breaks in wartime, the event has continued to flourish and grow in stature for 200 years.
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