Entries for the Bradley Stoke 10k Run, which forms part of next weekend’s Community Festival, have passed the 400 mark, leaving less than a hundred places to be filled before the runners cross the start line on Sunday morning (12th June).
Penny Greenwood of organising club Sole Sisters says the race is gearing up to be a predominantly local affair:
“More than 50% of all of our current entries are from ‘Stokes’ residents, with another 30% from other parts of Bristol.”
“We do also have runners coming from outer Bristol regions and other parts of the South of England, including Portsmouth, Devon, Plymouth, Berkshire etc., which is great.”
“The entries are predominantly non-club runners and range in age across the whole spectrum.”
Entries for the race can still be made by post (race packs for entrants in Bradley Stoke will be hand-delivered later in the week) and it will also be possible to enter at the Community Festival on Saturday (11th June), where the Sole Sisters stand will open at 10am.
Entries on the day of the race will also be accepted, subject to the entry limit of 500 not being reached.
The start time for this year’s race has been brought forward by half-an-hour to 9:30am, in an effort to minimise disruption for local residents and provide cooler conditions for the participants. The organisers ask anyone without a prior entry to arrive by 8:30am.
The race starts and finishes at the Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road and the first finisher is expected to cross the line at around 10:03am.
Runners will initially head south down Brook Way before turning left into the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve just before the Braydon Avenue Roundabout.
The course then takes the field to the south of the town, where runners emerge on to Bradley Stoke Way at Great Meadow Roundabout.
After heading north up Bradley Stoke Way, it’s back into the nature reserve and over Primrose Bridge before returning to the Jubilee Centre via Brook Way and the section of the Three Brooks Path that runs parallel to Braydon Avenue.
The detailed race route together with recommended viewing points for spectators can be viewed on The Journal’s interactive map of the Bradley Stoke 10k, which has been viewed over 13,000 times since we produced it for the 2009 race. Our map also shows the estimated time of arrival of the lead runners at various points around the course, updated to reflect the earlier start time of this year’s race.
Chip timing will once again be used and all finishers will receive a ‘technical’ running t-shirt and a goody bag.
On offer for the first time in 2011 are prizes for age categories and the first Bradley Stoke resident.
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