The end of the year is a great time to make plans for new adventures for the next 12 months. Perhaps a visit to Somerset for the fifth Chew Valley 10K on Sunday, 11 June might feature in your running itinerary as there is plenty to enjoy at a smaller, village based event for both experienced runners and beginners alike.
Up to 600 runners have squeezed into the picturesque North Somerset village of Bishop Sutton for the past four years for the annual 10k road race. Last year’s winners were James Rodgers of North Somerset AC (33:20) – narrowly missing Nathan Young’s 2014 race record of 33:05 – and Anna Godfrey (Reading AC, 42:36), who posted her fastest time at this event which she has run every year.
The team trophy was won by Clevedon AC; there were 574 finishers in 1:32:02 and the halfway finisher was home in 55 minutes despite the 300’ climb up to Hinton Blewitt with far reaching views over Chew Valley, followed by the plunge downhill to the finish at Bishop Sutton village hall.
The race, sponsored by Debbie Fortune Estate Agents, starts with a bell ring at 9.30am and proceeds will be divided between Blood Bikes NICU Support, Chew Valley School Society and Bishop Sutton Primary School Society.
Entry is £18.50 (£16.50 for affiliated) and includes a technical T-shirt and event medal plus a free photo download of each runner taking part in the race. The event is fully licensed by UKA and has chip timing, live streaming of results and a video clip of all finishers.
Denise Mellersh, race director said: “We are delighted to be back for a fifth year and are working hard to encourage both regulars and newcomers to enter and give it a go. It’s a beautiful route and there is loads of support available for all fitness levels, including group sessions if you don’t have anyone to train with.”