Blakedown Bolt 23rd June 2017
The 11th Blakedown Bolt 10km was a blast! The weather was warm, but not too warm for the runners, and this year we saw some very fast completion times. We trialled chip timing this year, and were delighted with how it worked. A lot less stress all round, and many runners told us how pleased they were to be able to get their individual results within moments of finishing.
Have a look at the full results.
Many thanks to Brian Smith who attended the event to take photos of our runners – check out the full gallery on Brian’s Flickr site.
And huge thanks to everyone from Churchill, Blakedown and further afield who helped us on the day – this is a true community event and we couldn’t do it without the support of a large group of enthusiast locals.
Profits from the Blakedown Bolt race go to local charitable and non-profit organisations. In the past year we’ve supported
- Blakedown Primary School
- Blakedown Guides, Brownies and Rainbows
- The Hansel & Gretel Support Group
- Blakedown Recreation Rooms
- Blakedown Baby & Toddler Group
- The Mini-Bolt/Blakedown PTA
- The Churchill & Blakedown Signal Box
- The Churchill & Blakedown Short Mat bowling Club.
We usually support organisations with a sporting- or health-related aim, and we like to keep our support fairly local. Download a Bolt Grant Form if you know of an organisation that could benefit.
This year we made a profit of almost £2,500 on the race itself, and the Churchill & Blakedown Sports Committee made a separate profit of more than £2,000 on the bar and BBQ! Not a bad effort for a summer’s evening!
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.
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 nicely 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 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. Please 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 2016 we gave grants to Churchill & Blakedown Signal Box, Churchill & Blakedown Bowling Club, Blakedown Baby & Toddler Group, the ‘Mini Bolt’ organised by Blakedown Primary School PTA, Blakedown Recreation Rooms, the Hansel & Gretel Support Group, Blakedown Primary School and Blakedown Guides, Brownies and Rainbows.
All finishers receive a unique Blakedown Bolt memento, which is a genuine nut and bolt. We chose this to be a little different to other events, and to reflect the traditional forging and too-making industry that began locally in the 1700s.
There’s a licensed bar, refreshments and a BBQ from 6.30pm continuing until well after the end of 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
Grid Ref OS Explorer 219, Ref 882786
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.
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 Bolt Grant Form and send it to us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Blakedown Bolters, 59 Belbroughton Road, Blakedown, Kidderminster, DY10 3JG.
Grants are normally up to a maximum of £500.