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All smiles at the challenging Smalley 5 Bells

Smalley 5 Bells rings out for runners

There is something for everyone at this attractive, all-terrain race in Derbyshire.

Entries have opened for the 2023 Smalley 5 Bells taking place on Saturday 1 July. Spend the afternoon at a challenging yet friendly race and receive a medal and t-shirt for your efforts. The course will strike the right tone with runners...

It’s organised by Smalley Road Runners whose inclusive ethos is reflected at this event, open to newcomers and experienced athletes alike and with support from marshals and residents that is second to none. The same can be said for the atmosphere which is always friendly and welcoming.

There are two events: a 5 mile race starting at 5pm followed by a 1 mile Fun Run at 6.30pm.

The 5 miler makes its merry way through Smalley, Mapperley and Shipley Country Park via a delightful course consisting of bridleways, rural paths and woodland. There is a water station at Mapperley Reservoir and another at the finish. There will be plenty of marshals to keep things moving and with smiles on their faces.

The Fun Run is held on grass around the outside of the event village and medals will be presented at the finish.

Why is it called the ‘Smalley 5 Bells?’  It's to do with the history of Smalley village and St John the Baptist church which is home to 5 bells. The bell tower is a major influence in the village as can be seen by the name of the pub and several street names.

The Smalley 5 Bells is part of the RunDerby Race Series, a competitive set of 7 (possibly 8) events where points are allocated based upon individual finishing positions. It’s in good company, alongside popular races such as The Ramathon, Wilne 10K and Derby 10 Mile.

Whether you want to run like the clappers or take it easy and enjoy the views, the Smalley 5 Bells caters for all.

Learn more about the race and register at the Smalley Road Runners website.

Image courtesy of Smalley 5 Bells.

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