The fourth Chew Valley 10k and 1km Rio Run takes place on Sunday 19th June 2016, and organisers are expecting another sellout.
Over 660 runners have entered this popular 10km event, which has a maximum of 700 places and is sponsored by Debbie Fortune Estate Agents.
Last year Bristol & Athletics Club’s Jack Millar, 19, came first, completing the race in 36:12, and was closely followed by Annabel Granger, 42, the fastest female runner at 38:07. The quickest local runners were Neil Rasburn from Chew Magna (39:41) and Rachel Anderton from Bishop Sutton (46:33).
To celebrate this being an Olympic year and to encourage exercise and activity all year round, this year all 10k runners will get a free technical running T shirt included in the entry price of £17 (£15 for UK Athletics club runners). Plus there’s a trophy for the fastest team (five people max). Visit chewvalley10k.co.uk quickly to get your place, and follow the event on Facebook and Twitter @chewvalley10k for updates.
The 10km race starts at 9.30am from the Race Headquarters at Bishop Sutton Village Hall on Wick Road, Bishop Sutton. As with previous years, the A368 Wick Road at Bishop Sutton will be closed for an hour between 9am and 10am on the day along with other roads in the village – full details are on www.chewvalley10k.co.uk.
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 race has attracted a mix of experienced club runners alongside lots of entrants who are new to the sport, for many of whom it will be their first ever 10k race. The 1km Rio Run for children aged 4- 14 years has as usual proved very popular and consequently is now full.
In addition to the races, there will be a mass warm-up, a barbeque, live music from the Sombrero Society, a bouncy castle plus ice creams, refreshments and other stalls – keeping runners and supporters alike entertained. As the 700 runners race around the scenic course, they will be cheered on by the huge crowd of friendly supporters and encouraged at various places by Bishop Sutton Primary schoolchildren playing the African drums and local choir Vox in Frox.
This year’s profits will be split between Bishop Sutton Primary School PTA, Blood Bikes NICU Support (www.nicusupport.co.uk) which delivers donor breast milk to up to 90 premature babies in neonatal intensive care units in Bristol and Bath and the Chew Valley School Society.