This was the first time I had participated in this event it won’t be the last. I signed up on the day, as registration was open from 0800hrs-0900hrs with the 5k and 10k both starting at 0930hrs.
Once parked up, it was a 5minute walk from the car park to the local school where the run started, but the walk was well signposted and marshals on hand to guide runners.
Registration was easy, £19 on the day for the 10k and £14 on the day for the 5k.
once registered, it was time to put my kit into the baggage hut, which was a classroom in the school, marshalled by friendly volunteers.
As the 0930 starting approach more runners gathered in the playing field for the warmup and race briefing. Faster runners were encouraged to go towards the front of the field as the run starts down a country lane so was narrow in places to overtake.
The route itself was pleasant, 2 laps round for the 10k, taking in some lovely scenery of farmers fields and running adjacent to the river Thames, and then through private land until entering Wallingford high street to huge crowds and then the route winded up and over the Thames and back out the other side of the high street, past the school for lap 2 where their was water for the 10k runners.
At the finish you were given a medal, a banana and some much needed water as it was a very hot day.
all the marshalls were superb, and kept a close eye on the traffic to keep runners safe as a couple of times you need to cross roads which are not closed, but you always felt safe and it didn’t interrupt your running stride too much.
overall, a good event, and one I’ll look to come back to in 2019.
Posted on 21.05.18
Saturday 12th May saw the annual Chieveley Chase event, which forms part of the Run West Berkshire run series.
The event starts and finishes at the village hall in Chieveley, just off the M4, junction 13. Carparking is free and is at the village hall itself so very easy. All race numbers were collected on the day so i arrived just before 10am to pick my number up and do a gentle warmup for the 1030am start.
The run itself starts with a lap around the village playing field before heading out towards the countryside. At times it was just a single track so overtaking was hard but after a short track the route opens up and becomes easier to pass. Their are plenty of marshalls around the route and a water station at around the 3mile mark which was well received on a warm day.
The route is not flat but not the biggest hills in the world and as the run goes on you pass through beautiful West Berkshire Countryside so its a peaceful run although challenging underfoot at times as its natural ground and not compressed in any way which is nice, as its in the countryside after all.
The run weaves its way back into the village after 5miles and your left with a few hundred metres to go to the village hall, where you complete a final lap of the field before getting your medal and matshalls note your number and take a time reading off a stopwatch.
The run is not chip timed so unless you have a garmin watch or phone you have to wait for the marshalls to upload your time onto the website database.
All pictures of the event are free and done by a local photographer which was nice and certaintly saves money as ither larger events charge for photography.
I'll be back as this event is on my doorstep but if your after a nice trial route this is one to look at next year.
Posted on 15.05.18