the Chew Valley 10k – 2021

Entries to the 9th Chew Valley 10k on Sunday 12th September 2021 are now open, and we plan to run a low-key, Covid-safe in-person running event, albeit on a much-reduced scale, using our normal route.

After the success of last year’s Virtual Chew Valley 10k, we will also be offering a Virtual event from the afternoon of 12th September until 31st October 2021 – the 10k distance can then be completed at any time and on any route and can be completed by walking, running or indeed a mixture of both. All entrants will received a bespoke event medal and the option of a Technical event tshirt. There will be no minimum age for taking part in the Virtual event and we really hope lots of people will be encouraged to get active in their own time and get involved.

We’re not going to let a pandemic get in the way of raising money for our community and this year, any profits from our In-Person or Virtual CV10k events will be divided between Bishop Sutton Primary School Society, Chew Valley School Society, NICU Support, which supports Bristol and Bath’s Neo-Natal units and The Lymphoma Research Trust, in memory of much-loved Bishop Sutton resident and family man, Mr Mark Wookey.

In order to adhere to strict Covid-secure guidelines, we have made a number of significant modifications in order to be able to hold our event in a safe manner and keep our loyal runners, our wonderful volunteers and our fantastic local residents safe. To avoid mass gatherings, we will be mailing out race numbers (with chip) in advance of the race, we will be closing the main Wick Road at 8.30am – 10am to enable extra time for a socially distanced ‘rolling start’ at an earlier time of 9am, both Bishop Sutton Football Club and Bishop Sutton Village Hall will be available, including their vast outside surrounding spaces and spectators will not be able to gather at the start or finish. Runners will be asked to provide their own hydration for the race and wear a mask at the start and finish. Toilets and safety barriers are booked and we will have sanitisation stations etc available. All details will be communicated nearer the time, but rest assured, we are on it.

In the event that the government guidelines change, or there is a local lockdown or other Covid-19 related reason meaning we are not able to hold our in-person event as planned, we will still hold the Virtual event and will offer entrants the chance to switch to it, to defer to 2022, or receive a refund.

So, a very different type of event for 2021, but one which we will carefully plan, under a strict set of race rules and safety guidelines, to enable the safety of our runners, local residents and volunteers.  Details of the children’s Virtual challenges planned by Bishop Sutton Primary School PTA instead of the 1k Fun Run will be available in the coming months and look like fun!

Please follow us on social media – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can contact us at email@chewvalley10k.co.uk should you have any questions, or if you would like to help us a marshal.

Here’s to a safe and active Spring and Summer!