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31st Jolly Holly Jog

UKA licence: 2018-XXX

Welcome to the 31st JHJ – a one-lap, scenic, multi-terrain undulating course of approximately 10k that is run mainly on footpaths through the magnificent Studley Royal deer park – and now part of the Ripon Runners Hornblower Series (follow the link to enter the series if you already have a JHJ place).

Sunday 30 December

Start time: 11:00 am

All the information you will need about the race is shown below, including maps of the race route and a parking map, which you can download.

Race numbers: Handed out on the day with a re-usable shoe tag for race timing

Entry fees: £15.00 (running clubs members), £17.00 (unattached runners)

Entries: Should be open by the 21 October (a bit delayed again this year as we have some extra organisation to complete). Runners on our races email list will receive a notice when we’re open for entries.

Race information: Will be available when a route change has been finalized.

Minimum age: 15


Fun run

We’re sorry to announce that we’re unable to hold the fun run this year.


Transfer of race number: not permitted on the day; however this is possible if you email the recipient’s full entry details, as listed below to by 26 December:

Date of birth
Gender (if not obvious from name)
Email address
Phone number
Club (if required)


As in the last two races we’re providing portaloos at the start/finish line. Please make use of them and not the surrounding bushes, which has been ruled as unacceptable by the landowner, Harrogate Borough Council. Failure to comply may put at risk our ability to hold any further races.

Conditions of entry

No refunds. No use of iPods or MP3 players, or use of any device that might affect your ability to hear a race marshal’s instructions.

Runner safety

We take our duty of care responsibilities very seriously to ensure you, and all support personnel involved in the race, have a safe and enjoyable day. That’s our bit!

As an entrant you have a responsibility to ensure you are properly prepared, adequately trained, and fit. If you are unsure how to do this there is excellent advice and help on this website:

Chip timing

This is now standard practice at our races. We’ve recently invested in re-usable shoe tags, which along with race numbers will be handed out on the day. Please follow the fitting instructions carefully. If no tag is fitted, your time will not be recorded.

Race headquarters

(map of race HQ and start/finish line)
Ripon Rugby Club, Mallorie Park Drive, Ripon HG4 2QD


Parking is available in the city centre – full details are available on this website:

The maximum walking time to Race HQ (the Rugby Club) from all car parks and designated parking streets is 15 minutes. Please bear in mind that another 5-10 minutes is needed to get to the race start/finish on Hell Wath Nature Reserve.

Please note: There is limited on-street parking in the general area of the race HQ. As this is a residential area, please park considerately and on only one side of the road to ensure free movement of traffic, particularly on the B6265 (Mallorie Park Drive), which is a busy through-road to Pateley Bridge.

We’ve prepared a map showing most of the available parking around race HQ: download the race parking map

The course (race map, online map)

Please note that we’re working on a course change to avoid traffic in the Deer Park and the map shown below will change.

The race starts on Hell Wath Nature Reserve, goes up Whitcliffe Lane onto public footpaths through Mackershaw Woods and Studley Roger Deer Park. It returns to Hell Wath Nature Reserve via Plumpton Lane and past Hell Wath Cottage. The course is not suitable for wheelchairs, prams or pushchairs. A route map will be displayed at Race HQ on the day.

Please Note: The race has been re-routed out of the main gate at Fountains Abbey, right up Plumpton Lane and then left on a private green lane to avoid the road crossing in Studley Roger village.