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Stan Farr 5K


11.30AM (Established 1960)

In memory of the race founder and long serving club secretary.

Trowbridge RFC, Doric Park, Hilperton, Trowbridge BA14 6JB

Come and work off that Christmas pud!

New course - 5 Km multi-terrain (mostly track and bridle path) with only a short section of road which is very quiet. 

and afterwards in the bar

  • Entry on the day - Sorry members only (though members are welcome to bring a guest along)
  • Please arrive from 11am for registration. Race start promptly at 11.30am
  • Changing, Showers, Toilets


A map of the course can be found here

This event is open to AVR & JAVR members aged 11+ only



Illustrations by Freya White Age 11 Combe Down


Event History

Stan Farr

The Boxing Day Run was first staged in 1960 by Trowbridge & District AC and ran a course of 3.4 miles from the Castle Public House in Ashton Street, Trowbridge up to the West Ashton crossroads and back again, a shorter 2-mile event was held for the Ladies and a 1-mile race for Juniors and Colts. The 3.4-mile event also hosted a race walk. In 1985 the embryonic Avon Valley Runners took over the hosting of the event and saw a course record set by C. Murray in a time of 17:24. The Ladies 2-mile record of 11:53 was set by Judy Farr in 1979 with Rosemary Barber setting a ladies record of 21:28 in 1992 over the 3.4-mile course.

In 1999 (the 40th staging of the event) due to increasing traffic volumes along the West Ashton Road, Avon Valley Runners decided to relocate the event and moved it to a 3.2-mile course from the Longs Arms Public House in Steeple Ashton. Then in 2000 relocated the event to a 5K course from the Beehive Public House in Bradford on Avon. The 5K course from the Beehive had a course record time of 16:58 set by Michael Bryant in 2006 with Rachel Bown setting the Ladies record of 19:13 in the same year.

In 2008 it was decided to rename the Boxing Day run as "The Stan Farr 5K" in memory of the race founder and long serving club secretary. It was also 40 years since he had won the race in 1968.

Following the closure of the Beehive in 2008, alternative 5K courses have been run in Barton Farm Country Park, Bradford on Avon (2008) and Whaddon Lane, Hilperton (2009-2011).

The most wins of the Boxing Day Run are by Mike Towler who has recorded seven victories in the Men's race ( 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016) and for the Ladies, Judy Farr has notched up 17 victories (1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 & 1989). The most appearances at the Boxing Day Run is by Ian Stan Farr who completed every run from 1960 through to 2005.

Results of the Boxing Day Run can be found through the links on the left, there are a number of gaps (particularly in the 1960's) and would appreciate any feedback in producing a complete record of this event.