Blakedown Bolt 10Km Race

2007 Race Report

By Lesley Carr

The newest event in the racing calendar made its debut quite literally with a splash! Not to mention bucketloads of mud and more than the odd spot of rain. But the difficult conditions did nothing to dampen the spirit and enthusiasm of the runners. In fact in many cases they simply added to the fun. Adrian Norsworthy from Ludlow sums it up:

'The Bolt was so different from road running, and the mud and the water made it fantastic.'

Well Ade, we'll have to see what we can arrange for next year, although frustratingly the weather is about the one thing we can't control!

The top end of the field was unsurprisingly dominated by club runners - entrants came from many different clubs, with Stourbridge Running Club and Amazing Feet sending the most people at 23 and 17 respectively.

First place in the mens' section was taken by Ian Keyte from Bromsgrove and Redditch AC who came in with a time of 40:09. A great result for Ian, especially as he just managed to squeeze into the race when a friend from his club had to pull out because of an injury and offered up his number. Sometimes you just have to believe these things are down to Fate! Second place went to Shaw Pye from Amazing Feet with a time of 40:16, and third was taken by Simon Link who came in at 40:23.

For the ladies, first place went to Louise Hey of Stourbridge Running Club with 46:03. Wye Valley's Jane Rowlands took second at 46:19, and third was Michelle Rushton of Stone MM with 46:35.

Cobra's David Daniels scooped the mens' veteran prize coming in at 41:53, and the ladies' veteran winner was Joan Clarke from West Bromich Harriers with 48:56.

Our first past the post local runner was Lex Allen from Churchill with a time of 43:48, who was 12th overall.

The timings show clearly that this was never going to be a course to push up your PB, though we hope to see many faces again next year, when they try to improve on this year's results!

The event was fully subscribed more than three weeks before race day, which sadly meant a lot of people had to be turned away. Next year, we may be able to increase the numbers, but again would advise you to get in early!

We'll do a priority e-mailing once details of the 2008 Bolt have been decided. If you gave us an accurate email address and you got a place this year, you'll automatically be included. Warning: one or two email addresses didn't work, so if you haven't received anything from us this year, it's because we couldn't read your handwriting on the entry form!

We've also kept email details of people who didn't get a place, and will put these on the 2008 priority list.

To make sure you're included in the 2008 Blakedown Bolt priority mailing, please send an email to

To see Brian Smith's photographs of the Blakedown Bolt 2007 , go to
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Comments from some more runners:

"I would like to congratulate you and your team on a fantastic run last night. It was extremely well organised with supportive and friendly marshals. Well done to everyone. Despite the rain it was a very enjoyable evening.
Please put me on your list for next year!
Ellie Hooper, Amazing Feet

"Just a short note to say thanks for a well-organised race. It was a cracking run and a lovely, varied course - the mud was part of the experience. I was glad that some of the paths had been mown down, as the previous week it was very slow wet running through long grass! Thanks again."
Louise Weber
PS the rest of the family had a great time on the bouncy castle and enjoying a beer!

"I would like to pass on my congratulations and thanks to eveyone who made the Bolt possible. It was a well-organised and friendly event. The race route was superb and I will definitely be back next year. The atmosphere was great, before, after and during the event, it was a treat to have a BBQ and a beer tent as it made spectating by my husband a pleasure instead of his usual wait. Well done to everyone. "
Jane Rowlands, Hereford