Blakedown Bolt 24th June 2016
A SPECIAL EVENT TO MARK OUR 10th BIRTHDAY
This was our 10th anniversary race and the weather was glorious, if the course a little muddy. We were delighted to welcome two rather familiar faces back, Kevin Draper and Gerry Sanders. Both these guys have taken part in every single Bolt since way back in 2007. We made a special presentation of a commemorative photo montage to them both, just to say ‘thanks for sticking with us’!
We’ve done the very best we can to get the results out quickly. If you spot that your result is missing or you think there is a problem with your time, then please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to our winners. This year saw some very fast times indeed for the Bolt course, which is notoriously tough.
Here are the category winners:
1st M Tom Isherwood, Stourbridge RC, 39:23
2nd M Shaw Pye, Amazing Feet, 40:48
3rd M Peter Staniland, Halesowen Triathletes, 40:52
1st F Louise Collins, Stourbridge RC 46:19
2nd F Penelope Barber, Tipton Harriers, 47:34
3rd F Linda Howell, Bournville Harriers, 47:47
1st M 40+ Carson Tweedie, Cobra RC, 42:42
1st M 50+ Roy Wadey, unaffiliated, 44:01
1st M 60+ John Amos, Kidderminster & Stourport, 53:35
1st F 35+ Sarah Hinksman, Birmingham Running & Athletics Club, 48:08
1st F 45+ Sally Spencer, Halesowen A & CC, 50:55
1st F 55+ Julie Caseley, Malvern Joggers, 55:03
1st Gentleman villager, Simon Richards, unaffiliated, 42:16
1st Lady villager, Stacie Richards, unaffiliated, 52:51
check out last year’s results here. Blakedown Bolt 2015 Results
Race Details for 2016
UK Athletics License applied for
Race Director: Vince James
Online Entry Fees (in advance) £13 Affiliated Club Runners/£15 Unaffiliated
Offline Entry Fees by post (in advance) £13 Affiliated Club Runners/£15 Unaffiliated + you must send an SAE. with the correct postage affixed to the envelope.
Please note that all entrants must be at least 16 years old on the day of the race.
Blakedown Sports Field, off Birmingham Road, in good time for a 7.15pm start
Our race relies on our fantastic marshals. Without their on-the-day help we wouldn’t be able to hold our event. They are all volunteers. Some are themselves runners, although most are just enthusiastic local residents who want to get involved. We would love to hear from anyone who can spare a few hours during the early evening of the event on the day. Please complete our I can Marshall form and we’ll be in touch. We get rave reviews for our marshalls and we really cant do this without you!
Is nice and varied, with a few hills and stiles along the way. Apart from some very short sections on quiet country roads, it’s almost entirely traffic free. You’ll be running through beautiful Worcestershire countryside, taking in farmland and woodland, making a loop around Mount Segg. We can promise you some superb views, heaps of variety and the much-loved/loathed water crossing!
Because of the rural, cross-country nature of the route, we do a HUGE amount of work on the course in the days leading up to the event. Bear this in mind if you do a trial run beforehand – and rest assured that on race day it will be beautifully pruned and trimmed!
The route begins with a lap of the sports field, then heads SW between Forge Pool and Ladies Pool, It includes short sections on quiet country lanes, but is predominantly along scenic woodland and field paths and circumnavigates Mount Segg.
Details and maps can be found here.
More information about the Race …
We run the event to raise money for charity, and give our profits to local sporting related causes. In 2015 we gave grants to Worcester Snoezelen, Blakedown Church, Blakedown Toddler Group, and the Hansel & Gretel support group for children with special needs.
All finishers get a unique Blakedown Bolt memento, which is a genuine bolt. We chose this to be a little different to other events and to reflect the traditional forging and tool-making industry that began locally in the 1700’s.
There’s a Licensed Bar, refreshments and BBQ from 6.30pm and after the race.
Places for the Blakedown Bolt 2016 will be strictly limited. as always to make sure the course doesn’t get too clogged up. Prizes will be awarded in various categories, and all finishers will receive a Blakedown Bolt memento and a commemorative running top.
Prizes are given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd man, 1st, 2nd, 3rd woman, 1st male veteran (40+,50+ and 60+), 1st female veteran (35+,45+ and 55+).
Also there are prizes for the 1st local man and woman.
Prize giving at the finish of the race at approximately 8.30pm
Assembly: Blakedown Sports Field, off Birmingham Road, in good time for a 7.15pm start
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Getting to the Event
Blakedown is on the railway line between Birmingham and Worcester and well served by trains. The station is approximately 3 minutes away from the start of the race.
Check train times on www.nationalrail.co.uk
Parking . There is limited free parking at various locations in Blakedown and we recommend you allow plenty of time to find a space and park safely. We encourage runners and supporters to share lifts or use public transport where possible.
Changing and toilets We are delighted to offer excellent changing and showering facilities at the newly built Sports Pavilion on Blakedown Sports Field, including a disabled toilet. There will not be a locked bag store as this has proved very difficult to manage at past events.
Drinks At least one water station during the course and one at the finish.
We are aiming to be as eco-friendly as possible by encouraging lift-sharing and the use of public transport. We also pledge to recycle all the bottles, cans and wastepaper at the event itself.
Could your non-profit organisation benefit from a grant from the Blakedown Bolt?
All profits from the Blakedown Bolt are donated to non-profit and charitable organisations, preferably with a sports or health-related connection, and preferably local to Blakedown.
If you’re involved with an organisation that could benefit, all you need to do is download a BoltGrantForm and send it to us by email to email@example.com or by post to Blakedown Bolters, 59 Belbroughton Road, Blakedown, Kidderminster, DY10 3JG.
Grants are normally up to a maximum of £500.