Blakedown Bolt 23rd June 2017, 7.15pm
Update 19th Feb: Hurray! Online entry is back up and running, and in order the facilitate this year’s introduction of chip timing, we transferred to a new online service. Go to stuweb.co.uk/event/2806 to register your entry.
(If you have already entered online via our old provider, runnersworld.co.uk, and you received an email confirmation, then all should be well. We’ll transfer your information into the new system for you. Any queries, please check with us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Or, you can enter by post – simply download a Blakedown Bolt 2017 Application Form
Entries are coming in thick and fast for the 11th Blakedown Bolt and we’re really looking forward to seeing some old friends once more, as well as welcoming any first-time Bolters to our event. We’re introducing chip timing this year – which means faster and more accurate results for our competitors.
If you haven’t already been initiated into the Bolt, we should warn you that you probably won’t be setting any personal bests at this event.
That’s because it is a tough course; there are hills, stiles and pinch points, as well as fab views, a water crossing and a wide variety of fields, woods and paths. All the quirky things in fact that make this one of the best-loved and most memorable 10km events in the West Midlands.
Oh, and did we mention the BBQ and bar at the end?
We hope you’ll join us, but that’s only going to be possible if you’re quick. We usually fill our last place sometime around the end of March, beginning of April. Just saying …
Race Details for 2017
UK Athletics License : 2017-28030
Race Director: Victoria Swindells
Online Entry Fees (in advance) £13 Affiliated Club Runners/£15 Unaffiliated
Offline Entry Fees by post (in advance) £13 Affiliated Club Runners/£15 Unaffiliated
Please note that all entrants must be at least 16 years old on the day of the race.
We encourage you to enter online via stuweb.co.uk/event/2806 because that makes life much easier for everyone!
Or you can download a Blakedown Bolt 2017 Application Form and send your entry in the post. You no longer need to send an SAE, because we will be issuing race numbers and chips on the day, and you will need to collect these from Race HQ at the sports field.
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 marshals and we really can’t 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 2017 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 gentleman and lady villagers. Prize Prize giving takes places at the finish of the race, as soon as possible after 8.30pm.
Assembly Blakedown Sports Fields, 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.
Sustainability 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.