I signed up online with ease and you can view full race instructions from the website.
I read the instructions the night before and noted that there were two different parking locations listed that were quite far from St Michaels School where the race registration was. We drove to both locations and they were both quite far considering we had two young children in tow. We ended up parking in a side road not far from st Michaels School.
Upon arrival at the school on race day I was guided to the main hall for registration and bib/chip collection. I was about 50 minutes before race start time and I was expecting a big queue but was pleasantly surprised when there was no queue and I was handed bib/chip straightaway - done.
In the school ground there was a small fete type thinking going on. It’s a smallish primary school so not massive grounds but they had some PTA type stalls and the kids were kept busy on the tombolla, lucky dip and bouncy castle etc.
Before the 5 and 10k started they did a children’s 1k race (7 laps of School field). I thought this was a great idea, £3 per child and entry on day only and they all got a medal.
It was a short walk to start line which was on a residential road. The 5 and 10k started at the same time. The route was fairly quiet residential roads and then country lanes 5k ran out 2.5k then turned and returned to the finish I believe. 10k we carried on past the 5k turn point to a water only station (bottles) at the 5k halfway point, ran a loop around the vineyard and headed back the way we came. The course was pretty hilly and was a humid day so probably not a PB course (not for me anyway
Posted on 11.06.18
This was my first time at bewl water, I arrived with plenty of time and strolled down to race hq. The half was due to begin at 1000hrs but there were so many people queuing up to receive bib and ankle tag that the start of the race was delayed by 30 mins.
I was about 20 meters from the start line and I couldn’t here what was being said on the loud speaker, to the point most of us were unaware the race had started.
Once the race started I really enjoyed it, it was 90% on trails and some small road sections. The second half of the marathon seemed to have lots of ups that dragged on for too long and a killer hill at mile 12!! The drinks stations were really good and had juice, water, tail wind, haribo etc.
Lovely downhill stretch to the finish and a great medal. Not a PB course in my opinion but I really enjoyed it and will be back next year.
Posted on 13.05.18
There are three races all setting off at the same time - 5k, 10k and 15k. The course is a 5km ish (more on that later) lap which is completed twice for 10k or 3 times for the 15k, you get the idea...
The race starts on the field and heads onto the footpath then off again back onto the grass for an up hill section then the rest of the lap is tarmac footpaths until the start/finish which is approximately 200/300m of grass. According to my garmin the race course distance came up about 1k short of the distance over 10k and just under 2k on the 15k course.
Overall had a good morning, facilities good onsite, cafe, toilets and portaloos. Got a tshirt to race in which was sent out with the welcome pack. Nice little goodie bag at the end that included water, bottle of water, protein drink, flapjack and some peanut butter protein ball things!!
Posted on 25.03.18