The Bromyard Round the Downs road race is an historic event of just over 4 ½ miles. The race returns this year with a brand new organising team of Meg and Nell. The first recorded race took place in 1923 but was probably running long before then. Sadly last year’s race was cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions but hopefully this years event will be able to go ahead and will be a fun local event for runners from near and far to enjoy!
Note from organizers ** We are closely monitoring the current Covid-19 situation, and will adjust our race planning as necessary to try to ensure that the race goes ahead with whatever measures are possible to keep runners, volunteers, spectators and the general public safe on race day. We know how popular so many of the details of this race are – from the Mayor and the Town Crier, to the amazing local cafes and the enthusiastic spectators – and we really hope we will be able to keep as much of this as possible while making the race safe for everyone involved. We will release up to date information regarding any necessary requirements or changes closer to the time**
Start time: 10am
Entries: Entry fee £10 affiliated runners, £12 non-affiliated runners. Minimum age 16 (runners under 18 will need a responsible adult to sign up for them on the day)
Distance/terrain: 4.6 miles, road
Course details: The course starts gently with a short run down Sherford Street to warm up the legs, runners then turn left for the big climb east of over a mile up the A44 Worcester Road, the route then turns left by Brockhampton School and winds its way across the quieter Bromyard Downs road giving runners, on a clear day, astounding views west into Wales and North to the Clee Hills. Just past the Royal Oak pub the route then turns left again and it’s then downhill all the way back in to Bromyard, but beware of the sting in the tail, a final leg burner of little climb which takes runners up to the finish line positioned where the run started outside Bromyard Post Office.
Suitable for all abilities. There is a time limit of 100 minutes.
Facilities/Parking: Free parking is available in the Church Lane car park (HR7 4DU). Parking for a fee is available in Tenbury Road car park directly behind the Halo Leisure Centre
Prizes: The winner receives the historic Bromyard Round the Downs trophy to keep for a year. All entrants receive a medal at the finishing line. The first ‘local’ across the finish line receives the ‘Val Freegard Cup’ in honour of the late Mr Val Freegard who won the event in the 1940’s and was the race starter when the race was revived in 2010.
The 2019 winner was Andrew Kaighin who ran the course in a time of 25 minutes 40 seconds, the all-time recent record being just over 23 mins!