We organise South Yorkshire’s most popular 10km each year which takes place on the first Sunday in December.
The event has grown in popularity from the first race in 1993 when 600 finished the race to recent years when the entry has had to be limited to around 2,200.
Such is the demand for numbers that in each of the last 10 years the race has sold out ahead of time.
The 2013 race was no exception, as the race limit was reached within two weeks of the entries opening, in 2014 this was 36 hours and in 2015 it took just 2 hours to sell 2,200 entries.
Why is it so popular? Traditionally each finisher in the race receives a Christmas pudding for their efforts. Food and seasonal music are provided after the race. Of course, the route is not bad either.
For many, the Percy Pud signals the start of Christmas.
Sunday 3rd December 2017, 9:30am start.
This years race will be run in memory of Strider Trevor Burton who we lost suddenly during the summer.
Also, with it being the 25th running of the race, every finisher will receive a commemorative anniversary T-Shirt as well as a traditional Christmas Pudding.
How to enter
Race entries will open on-line at 5pm on Sunday 1st October 2017 via the Entry Hub website.
** All entries are now sold out. For entry queries please contact our supplier FR Systems / Entry Hub. **
So be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest news in the lead up to this years race.
These will be sent to the address you give when registering for the race. If you need to amend, please login to FR Systems.
- Do not cut or fold your race number. Please pin it to the front of your vest/t-shirt with four pins.
- Emergency contact numbers and name(s), along with any medical conditions must be written on the back of your race number in the spaces provided.
- We strongly advise against wearing headphones or using iPods/smartphones etc during the race. Runners do so at their own risk. If you choose to use such equipment, we please ask that you be vigilant at all times and to please turn the devices off before the start of the race so that you are able to hear any announcements
Where, parking and facilities
The race starts and finishes on Loxley Road, Sheffield with the tent, toilets and facilities opposite the Admiral Rodney public house (S6 6RU). Parking is available on the surrounding streets; Loxley Road, Rodney Hill, Chase Road, Ben Lane, Long Lane etc. But please do not park anywhere on the course, ie near the start/finish area on Loxley Road. Note, you may end up parking upto 10 mins walk from the start/finish area, so please give yourself enough time. Full directions will be provided in your race pack.
There will be a marquee in the field where bags can be stored, unfortunately these will not be monitored so please secure your valuables.
The route takes you along the picturesque Loxley Valley on the north west outskirts of Sheffield. The course is a slightly undulating, out and back one with very few turns making it ideal for people aiming to set a personal best.
There will be a drinks station at around 5km (3 miles) just after the turnaround point.
There will be pace runners taking part with aim to help you achieve certain race finish times. We will have pacers running to hit the following times:
- 40 minutes
- 45 minutes
- 50 minutes
- 55 minutes
- 60 minutes
- 65 minutes
Keep an eye out for them at the start of the race as they will be stood near the appropriate marker signs in the starting pen. You shouldn’t miss them as they’ll be holding relevant indicators as per last year.
As per the poster below there will be prizes for top finishers in all 5 year age categories. The prizes will be awarded after the race inside the marquee.
Previous Results and Course Records
The course records on the old course were set by:
- John Mayock of Barnsley A.C. in 2001 (28 minutes 59 seconds)
- Debbie Robinson of Tipton Harriers in 2003 (33 minutes 42 seconds)
In 2004 the start and finish were amended slightly because the finishing area used prior to that date was no longer available to the race organisers. Whilst the new course has a slight incline to the finish line it has the advantage of 4 less turns in the last kilometre. The records on the new course are currently held by:
- Mohammad Abu-Rezeq of Altrincham & District AC in 2016 (29 minutes 57 seconds)
- Eilish McColgan of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers in 2016 (32 minutes 32 seconds)
Note: The £1,000 prize for a new course record relates to the current new course times (29:57 and 32:32).
Full results from previous years can be found here:
You can also find previous results and race reports back to 2002 on our Percy Pud Archive page
In training for the race?
Are you in training for the Percy Pud? Why come along to one of our training sessions under no obligation?
You don’t have to join the club to come and try a training session, just come along for free and see what you think.
Each and every week we run evening sessions from Hillsborough, Heeley, Graves, Millhouses and Woodburn Road track, plus a daytime session on Tuesday from Millhouses. No need to book or anything, just turn up, introduce yourself and have a nice run with us.