To the best of our knowledge, the Village Road Race has been run every year since 1977 when it was revived as part of the Silver Jubilee celebrations. It was run on Saturday 28th May, starting at 11.00 and the course was Mid Street, Crab Hill Lane, Moats Lane, Coopers Hill Road, Nutfield High Street and Mid Street, starting and ending (as now) at the Station Hotel.
Nowadays the Nutfield Village Road Races take place every Easter Monday, and include the original Seniors 5 mile handicap race, a Junior race, a Fun Run (over the original Junior course) and a timed Walk around the 5 mile course. The Junior race was 3 miles when it first started, but is now half a mile. Villagers can enter as individuals as well as part of a team. Anyone living in the Parish of Nutfield is eligible to take part in the adult races, as well as any previous participants, and anyone who is part of a village club/organisation or works in Nutfield. The same rules apply to the junior race, which is also open to any children currently attending the village school (whether or not they live in the village).
In 1977, Gerry Gowling, the publican of the Station Hotel, presented a cup to the winner and a bottle of Jubilee strong ale to every participant. Gerry also put a photo on display in the Saloon Bar of the competitors from when it was last run in about 1904.
The Road Races continue to be a great annual village event for participants and supporters alike - as is the prize-giving that takes place in the pub afterwards!