BlakedownBolt 2018 all done and dusted!
This years blakedown bolt is all done and dusted, quite literally.
We had amazing wether leading up to the day and the actual night of the run was beautiful. Great for the spectators enjoying the fantastic food and drink provided by the sports committee, not so good for the runners that had to contend with the lovely sandy bank on the way back! (oh how they loved that hill :-))
As most will be aware we also had a slight issue with the water in the Pavilion, which made for some interesting toilet experiences. there really was nothing we could do to solve it and we’re really thankful for everyones patience and understanding. there was absolutely no way it was going to stop the party!
Our results are now in and can be found here Bolt Results 2018
As always a massive thank you to everyone who supports us, the amazing Sports Committee that run the Bar and BBQ and all of our local support, in and out of the village that help us organise and marshal the race. Also a big shout out to our compare Joe, who made us all smile with brilliant commentary and warm up!
You guys make the night possible and without your help we would never be able to run the race.
See you all next year!
The Bolt Team
Race Details for 2018
Friday the 22nd June @ 7:15pm
UK Athletics License : 2018-28030
Race Director: Roseline Elcock
Online Entry Fees (in advance) £13 Affiliated Club Runners/£15 Unaffiliated
Transfers can be completed online up to 3 weeks before the race date.
Transfers on the day can be completed but will incur a cost of £2.50 per transfer.
There is an online booking fee of £0.75.
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
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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.
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.