Yep. It's A 10K In The Chew Valley!
Our story title is how the tongue-in-cheek race website describes the 800 capacity Chew Valley 10K that has carved a niche in the West Country race calendar, with its sixth iteration scheduled for Sunday, 10 June 2018.
Chew Valley is an area in North Somerset named after the River Chew, which rises at Chewton Mendip and joins the River Avon at Keynsham. Race HQ is Bishop Sutton FC, where a BBQ, bouncy castles, live band and freshly-made cakes will be available.
The 2017 Chew Valley 10k race was won by unattached runner Graham Wadsworth (36:23) and Victoria Baker (Forest of Dean, 40:48). By coincidence, both runners ran to support St Peter’s Hospice, which this year is one of four main event beneficiaries, together with Blood Bikes NICU Support, Bishop Sutton Primary School Society and Chew Valley School Society.
Chew Valley 10K, sponsored by Debbie Fortune Estate Agents, is open for entries and will take place on Sunday 10 June 2018. The race will start at 9.30am and follows the same scenic, rural route as last year. Entry costs £18.50 (£16.50 affiliated) and includes a free technical T-shirt, colourful medal and a free (printable) photo download of each runner taking part.
The course profile resembles the back of an Arabian Dromedary, with the 'hump' starting just before halfway. At the summit at Hinton Blewitt runners are rewarded with fabulous views of Chew Valley and the Mendip Hills and – a Chew Valley tradition – jelly babies.
The event is chip-timed, licensed by UK Athletics, with live streaming of results and a video clip of every runner finishing. An extensive prize list includes all the usual team and individual awards. Course records are 33:05 (Nathan Young) and 37:28 (Lucy MacAlister) set in 2014.
Image courtesy Chew Valley 10K and photo-fit.net