The third Chew Valley 10k and 1k Rainbow Run takes place on Sunday 21st June 2015, and there’s still time to enter the 10k but places are going fast.

Chew Valley resident & BBC Radio Bristol presenter Dr Phil Hammond will start the scenic yet challenging 10km race at 9.30am, which is followed by a 1km Rainbow Run around the playing field at this year’s Race Headquarters, Bishop Sutton Village Hall, on Wick Road. As with previous years the A368 at Bishop Sutton will be closed for an hour between 9am and 10am on the day along with other roads in the village – full road closure details are at

Over 500 runners have entered this year’s 10km event, once again sponsored by Debbie Fortune Estate Agents based in Chew Magna and Wrington. Last year 600 runners completed the scenic 10k race, with winner Nathan Young of Wells City Harriers finishing in an impressive time of 33:05 minutes.

The 10k runners will enjoy gorgeous, rural views in the shadow of the Mendip Hills and then endure the solid Coley Hill up to Hinton Blewett, past the Ring O’Bells pub and finally head back down towards Bishop Sutton.

The 1km Rainbow Run has proved very popular and consequently is now full. Straight after the 10k race, the 250 children entered will run around the field’s 1km circuit while being squirted with safe, multi-coloured powdered paint.

In addition to the races, there will be a mass warm-up with personal trainer Ross Elliott, a barbeque, live band, bouncy castle plus ice creams, refreshments and other stalls – so there’s plenty to amuse runners and supporters alike.

Mark Scrutton, a Bristol doctor who held the British 10km record until beaten by Mo Farah in 2009, ran the Chew Valley 10k in 2013, commenting, “I thoroughly enjoyed the Chew Valley 10k. It offers something for everyone, whether you are a plodder or club runner and the rural route is just gorgeous, which distracts you from the challenging hill. It is one of the best-organised and most enjoyable 10k events I’ve ever run in.”

The event is now in its third year and has now contributed more than £10,000 to Bishop Sutton Primary School to help fund a set of iPads, various sports equipment and coaching along with many other items.

This year’s profits will be split between the school and two very deserving charities: Above and Beyond (, which supports all Bristol hospitals and the Chew Valley-based Blood Bikes NICU Support ( which delivers donor breast milk to up to 90 premature babies in neonatal intensive care units in Bristol and Bath.

Mike Burns from Blood Bikes NICU Support recently visited Bishop Sutton Primary to tell the children about his charity’s vital work (see photo). He is hoping that the funds raised from the Chew Valley 10k will pay for a new electric car, similar to the state-of-the-art BMW i3 electric cars currently used.

Organized entirely by volunteers there are still opportunities to get involved in many aspects of the Chew Valley 10k. Anyone interested in helping in any capacity, whether as a marshal or not, should contact the event organisers at

The following temporary road closures will take place on the morning of Sunday 21st June 2015, due to the Chew Valley 10k:

A368 Wick Road Wick Road from the junction with Hillside Gardens to its junction with Widcombe Common. 09:00 hours to

10:00 hours

High Mead Gardens Eastern side From its junction with Church Lane to the spur road of High Mead Gardens in a south westerly direction for a distance of approximately 103 metres. 09:45 hours to

11:15 hours

High Mead Gardens

Western side

From the junction with High Meads spur road in a south westerly direction to the junction with Parkfield Gardens for a distance of approximately 103 metres. 08:00 hours to

11:15 hours

Parkfield Gardens Parkfield Gardens from its junction with High Mead Gardens in a northerly direction for a distance of approximately 20 metres. 08:00 hours to

11:15 hours

Sutton Hill Road From its junction with Church Lane to its junction with Stowey Road. 09:45 hours to

11:15 hours




PRESS RELEASE – Tuesday 20 May 2015