RNLI Moors Valley Reindeer Run 2017

Registration for Moors Valley is now open, so help us raise some doe and get ready for the festive family fun. There’s a free T-shirt and antlers for every participant!

Join RNLI mascots Rookie and Stormy for a fantastically festive RNLI Reindeer Run at Moors Valley Country Park. We’ve got spaces available in the 10K and 5K fun runs, and there's a 1K saunter that’s perfect for the little ones. Bring the whole herd, and stay to enjoy the other activities Moors Valley has to offer.

Please take a moment to read our terms and conditions. You will need to agree to these as part of the sign-up process.

If you have any questions about the Moors Valley Reindeer Run, please contact your local Reindeer Run Team at MoorsValleyReindeer@rnli.org.uk.

Sign up today on our Eventbrite page.

Race times

5K race starts at 10am
10K run starts at 10.30am
1K saunter starts at 11am

Please note, the 10K fun run will not start until the last 5K runner crosses a set point of the course, so the start may be delayed.

Check in

You will need to check in on the day. Please aim to arrive around an hour before your race starts and bring a copy of your confirmation email to the race as proof of ID.

Pre-registration is essential. Unfortunately we can’t accept entries on the day.

Race number

Your race number will be given to you when you register on the day of the race. Please remember your safety pins to attach your race number to the front of your top.

T shirts and antlers

All participants receive a free RNLI Reindeer Run T-shirt and antlers. You can collect these on the morning of the event. Please make sure you collect them in time to start the race.

Race day clothing

The most important clothing you can bring is layers. You need to keep warm before the event starts, have breathable fabric on during the race, and be able to stay snug afterwards when your core temperature drops. Bring a change of warm, dry clothes for after the race.

If it looks like rain, make sure you also take a waterproof coat to wear before and after the race. Please wear appropriate footwear, as parts of the courses may be uneven, steep or slippery. Take care when running.

Festive fancy dress is encouraged, so why not get into the festive spirit and dress up?

Warm up

There will be a warm up at 9.45am for the 5K runners and at 10.15am for the 10K runners. The warm up will take place by PA system, close to the start line.


There may be parts of the course where the ground is uneven, steep and slippery, so please take care when running and make sure you wear appropriate footwear.

For the 5K run, distance markers will be displayed around the route at every 1km point. For the 10K run, there will be distance markers from the halfway stage and at every 1K point thereafter. All runners are to follow the arrows and directions given by marshals.

The saunter is a family friendly walk. When you register, we will give you a start time but you’re free to do the walk at your leisure. No running is permitted on the saunter course at any time.


As this is a fun run, times will not be recorded for runners. A clock will be available for you to record your own time.


There will be token prizes for the first woman and first man to cross the finish line for the 10K and 5K runs. There will be also be spot prizes for fancy dress on crossing the finish line – so why not get into the festive spirit?

Age restrictions and parental consent

Minimum age: 14 years old.
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Minimum age: 10 years old.
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

1K saunter
No minimum age.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.

If you’re under 18, we must have received written confirmation from your parent or guardian confirming that they agree to you taking part in the event.


There is car parking available at Moors Valley Country Park. Please remember to have coins ready for the car park, as card use cannot be guaranteed. The parking charges are available on the Moors Valley website. The East Dorset District Council reserves the right to change these charges.

The car park now operates using number plate recognition, so please make sure you know your registration number.

To reduce congestion and help the environment, please car share where possible.

Find out more about Moors Valley Country Park.


Moors Valley is 10 miles north of Bournemouth. It’s signposted from the Ashley Heath roundabout at the junction of the A31 and A338, between Ringwood and St Leonards.

Due to the rural nature of the location, some satellite navigation systems and route planners may not be accurate when using the postcode. Please cross-reference with a map.

Find Moors Valley on Google Maps.


Contact your local Reindeer Run team at MoorsValleyReindeer@rnli.org.uk or call 0300 300 9990.


Toilets are available onsite but there are no changing rooms or baggage facility. Therefore, please ensure you are wearing your kit on arrival – you are advised to arrive ready to race. We cannot take responsibility for personal items or valuables.


All participants will receive a mince pie and hot drink. Water will be available at mid-point on both races and at the finish line.

First aid

We will have qualified first aiders in attendance. Please make sure you write details of any medical conditions on the back of your race number. Please alert a marshal if first aid or assistance is required.

Please remember to seek medical advice from your GP if you are in any doubt about your physical ability to take part.


In addition to the entry fee, we encourage all participants to try and raise as much sponsorship money as possible to help the RNLI continue to save lives at sea.

It’s a great idea to set up an online sponsorship page by visiting www.justgiving.com/rnli and selecting RNLI Reindeer Run from our list of events. You can get help on creating your page by calling 0300 300 9908.

You can personalise this page with a photo and message and email it to your friends and family. They can donate quickly and securely online with a credit or debit card.

All sponsorship money should be sent to RNLI, West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HZ, within one month of the event.


Dogs will not be allowed on the Reindeer Run courses. Dogs with spectators must be on leads and all waste must be picked up and disposed of properly.

Baby joggers, baby strollers and wheelchairs

As most of the courses are off-road, we wouldn’t recommend using these. You may bring them to the course at your own discretion but participants should start at the back of the group in the interest of safety.

The RNLI will not be held responsible for any issues arising from the use of these items.


Spectators are very welcome but will be subject to marshaling restrictions. Please advise your spectators to dress sensibly for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. They’ll be able to buy refreshments at Moors Valley’s facilities.


Moors Valley Country Park
Horton Road
Ashley Heath
BH24 2ET


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Adult ticket 10K - £18
Adult ticket 5K - £16
Adult ticket 1K saunter* - £10
Under 16ticket 5K and 10K - £12

* Under 1s and accompanying adults are free of charge but won’t receive a T-shirt or antlers.

Contact details

0300 300 9990