Sunday 19th February 2012
The Race Director, 59 Birmingham Road, Blakedown, Kidderminster, DY10 3JW
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For a little pre-race entertainment take a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfgL1TPoyqI
It’s hard to believe we’re on to the 6th Blakedown Bolt. Since our first event in 2007 we’ve gone from strength to strength,
and have sold out each time well in advance of race day. We get a huge number of repeat entries (it’s nice to be popular!)
and always have to turn away many entrants because we fill up so quickly. That’s the warning out of the way.
Let’s tell you more about the event
Entering There are two ways to enter: either download an application form from this site, print out, fill in
and send it off to our Race Director with your cheque, OR enter on-line at www.runnersworld.co.uk, where you
can pay by credit card (you have to pay a small extra premium to Runners World for this service.)
The Course 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!
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!
Race results for all runners will be posted here on the village website as soon as we can crunch the numbers!
We run the event to raise money for charity, and give profits to local sporting related causes. Organisations
supported by the 2011 events include Blakedown Playground, Blakedown Cricket Club 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.
Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd man, 1st, 2nd, 3rd woman, 1st male veteran (40+ and 50+),
1st female veteran (35+ and 45+).
Also there are prizes for the 1st local man and woman.
There are two Team Prizes – 1st team with four men over the finish line,
and 1st team with four women home. We love some healthy competition!
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
Grid Ref OS Explorer 219, Ref 882 786
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 limited free parking at various locations in Blakedown.
Full details will be provided with race information. We would like to 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.
Results posted at www.churchillvillage.co.uk
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 waste paper at the event itself.
All Blakedown Bolt leaflets are printed on paper from FSC certified sustainable sources.
Race Director: Lesley Brown, 59 Birmingham Road, Blakedown, Kidderminster, DY10 3JW
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. There are a few stiles to add some spice! Finishes back at
Blakedown Sports Field. No dogs or cycles! Please obey Marshals and take extra care at road crossings
(but bear in mind we are still making small changes to improve the flow of the course).
See full map of route here
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