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31st Jolly Holly Jog

UKA licence: 2018-36770

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

We’re sorry if you didn’t manage to get a place this time. There’s always our Ripon 10 mile race through and around Fountains Abbey to look forward to on the 12 May 2018 or the Burn Valley on 7 July 2018!

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.

To see the list of entrants and race number assignments go to:

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)

Race information: Download a PDF of the race information.

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 portable loos 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)

The race follows a new figure of eight, scenic, multi-terrain course of approximately 10k. It’s an undulating route mainly on footpaths through parkland. The race starts on Hell Wath Nature Reserve, goes past Hell Wath Cottage and then via private land onto Plumpton Lane towards the 7 bridges. The route then enters the deer park and heads right onto high ground before exiting the park at the main gate. It then heads up Plumpton Lane for a second time before turning left at the first bridge, following the footpath up through Mackershaw Woods and a return to Hell Wath Nature Reserve via Whitcliffe Lane. The course is not suitable for wheelchairs, prams or pushchairs. A route map will be displayed at Race HQ on the day.