The small but beautifully formed Chew Valley 10K is back for its seventh running on 9 June 2019 and is open for entries. Debbie Fortune Estate Agents return as race sponsors and the limit has been raised to 1,000 to accommodate the enthusiastic field that grows every year.
Race HQ is Bishop Sutton Football Club, near Chew Valley lake and the scenic course includes a monster climb at halfway, with around 100m of ascent. The race director is reassuring: “We will, however, let you into a little secret, there might be a HILL on the course. It’s only little, compared to say Mount Fuji, but we feel it’s best you know”.
Following the 'HILL', runners are rewarded with fantastic views and a fast, downhill finish back to Bishop Sutton village. The 2018 race was won in 33:44 by James Rodgers of North Somerset, who was also the 2016 winner. Top female was Hannah Moore (41:35) and fastest locals were Bishop Sutton’s David Eagan (37:48) and Katie Radcliffe, of East Harptree (44:51).
Alongside the regular beneficiaries Blood Bikes NICU Support, Bishop Sutton Primary School Society and Chew Valley School Society, this year’s event will support A Life for a Cure, set up by the mother of Ryan Bresnahan, who died suddenly of meningitis, aged 16, in March 2010.
Ryan was a fit, healthy, caring young man, full of personality and a sports scholar at Clifton College. Michelle Bresnahan set up the charity to help build awareness of the disease and to raise valuable funds in search for the ultimate vaccine and is looking forward to being part of the Chew Valley 10K in June.
She said: "It is my dream to see an end to suffering caused by meningitis and for no parent to have to lose their son or daughter to this brutal disease. You never fully recover from this kind of tragedy but we, along with a growing community, take comfort in celebrating his life and turning our tragedy into something positive. It was always our hope for some good to come from losing Ryan and I truly believe it has. He was just too special for there to be no purpose to losing him so suddenly to meningitis.”
Entry to Chew Valley 10K at £20 (£18 for affiliated runners) includes a free technical T-shirt, bespoke event medal and free photo download. The race is chip-timed and licensed by UK Athletics and runners may enter as a team to win the Team Trophy. Children aged 4-14 years can enter a 1K run (fee £5) which takes place immediately after the 10K race finish.
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