Blakedown Bolt 19th June 2015 – 10km Race
UPDATE: THE EVENT IS NOW FULL! If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please print off an entry form and send it with your cheque to the Race Director. We won’t cash your cheque unless we are able to offer you a returned place, and we will contact you to check you are still able to take part. You cannot be added to the waiting list by entering through Runnersworld – sorry!
We’re delighted to announce that the 9th Blakedown Bolt is open for business! It takes place on Friday 19th June 2015, starting at 19.15.
The easiest, and most economical way to enter is online using www.runnersworld.co.uk . The price for online entries is exactly the same as offline and there are many advantages. Not only can you pay by credit card, but there’s just a simple online form to fill in, nothing to post and no SAE needed either. It’s hugely convenient and you get instant confirmation of your place.
Of course there is still the option of entering using the downloadable entry form which you’ll need to fill in, post and include an SAE with the correct postage for the return of your number.
The Blakedown Bolt has consistently been completely full weeks if not months before race day, so don’t say we didn’t warn you!
UK Athletics License applied for
Online Entry Fees (in advance) £13 Affiliated Club Runners/£15 Unaffiliated
Entry Fees by post (in advance) £13 Affiliated Club Runners/£15 Unaffiliated + you must send an SAE
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
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Our race relies on our fantastic marshals. Without their on-the-day help we wouldn’t be able to hold our event. They’re all volunteers, some are runners themselves, although most are just enthusiastic local residents who want to get involved. If you, or someone you know, could help out on the day, then please let us know by completing our I can Marshall form.
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.
For all runners will be posted here as soon as we can crunch the numbers!
Previous Race results can be found here
About the Race
We run the event to raise money for charity, and give most of profits to local sporting related causes. In 2014 we gave grants to Blakedown Colts FC, the Hansel & Gretel support group for children with special need, Blakedown Primary School, Blakedown Church and Blakedown Mothers & Toddlers Group.
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.
Further race information
Places for the Blakedown Bolt 2014 will be strictly limited to 350. Prizes will be awarded in various categories, and all finishers will receive a Blakedown Bolt memento.
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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Public transport to Blakedown
The village 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 only very limited parking in Blakedown, especially when an event of this size takes place. 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.
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.
To help you all find or offer lifts, or even just to chat about the Blakedown Bolt, we have set up a Bolt Forum area. Just register with the forum and you’re off!
Race Director:Vince James, 59 Belbroughton Road, Blakedown, Kidderminster, DY10 3JG
UK Athletics Permit applied for
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 an application form and send it to us by email: 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.