Paul Gorman reports on the ‘Blakedown Bolt’ 10k MT race – 20th June 2014

PG_BLAKEDOWN_2014A scorcher of an evening did not stop 275 keen runners turning up for the awesome Blakedown Bolt this year. This hilly, multi-terrain race is always a fantastic event that has a great atmosphere, fantastic scenery, some very good runners, beer, food and a bouncy castle!

Andy Hoole, Lisa Cartwright, Kevin Peace and myself represented BvH on the day (thanks to Gary Hawkesford for giving me his number), with great support from Laura Leslie, who gave us the cheer we needed in the home straight.

The course is 10k that has it all: a grassy field to start and end on, farmland, single file trails, stiles, country lanes and some truly brutal hills!

Andy and myself agreed that we would get off to a good start, as we were both aware that there was a bottle neck early on in the race, which you really don’t want to get caught up in, especially as you go over your first stile. We kept the momentum going from that point on and really kept each other going, with Andy keeping me safely behind him!

The heat was tough and some of the hills were so dry that it was like running on sand, but you can’t help enjoying this race, no matter how tough it gets. The views are just amazing from start to finish, especially when the weather is good. There are some amazing trails through wooded areas at the halfway stage and I actually started to enjoy myself, especially as I had chosen to leave my Garmin at home and concentrate on enjoying the race and just running hard.

With a couple of miles to go you have to run through a stream, followed by the hill that never ends, but this is where training on Cofton park really helps and Andy and me managed to take a few more people as we started to get towards the end of the race.

With about 500 metres to go I pushed hard to try and catch Andy, but he was a bit too far ahead and put in a good effort at the end himself. I did get caught up in a sprint finish with another guy, who left me for dust and almost caught Andy, who had been quite far ahead of him before he put the effort in.

The times are pretty meaningless on these types of courses, but I was pleased to have run exactly 6 minutes faster than when I ran it in 2011. The other BvHers were also very pleased with their times and positions:

Andy came in 17th place, I was 19th, Lisa was 80th (9th female) and Kevin was 153rd.

Great performances from everyone at a great race!

Place Time Name Team Race Age Category
17 00:44:12 HOOLE, Andrew Bournville Harriers Senior Male
19 00:44:20 GORMAN, Paul Bournville Harriers Male 35
80 00:51:49 CARTWRIGHT, Lisa Bournville Harriers Senior Ladies
153 00:59:46 PEACE, Kevin Bournville Harriers Male Vet 50




5 Replies to “Paul Gorman reports on the ‘Blakedown Bolt’ 10k MT race – 20th June 2014”

  1. Thanks, Mark… Yes, the horses are in the fields on the way out and the way back 🙂 Most of them just stared at us like we were nuts, to be honest, lol. They probably wonder why such strange two-legged creatures are so out of breath.

  2. Great report Paul. i haven’t run this for years, Do the Horses still run along side you on the way out?

  3. Congratulations to all the BvHers who successfully completed the `Blakedown Bolt 10k MT Race.` I have participated in this event in the past and know that it is a demanding Course;especially on `a scorcher of an evening.`The times run were impressive,but need to be put into context as they only tell part of the story can be slowed up on the single file sections and stiles! Thankyou Paul for an excellent Report.

  4. For sure, Andy! 🙂 I think we’d be in with a shout if a few more BvH members can make it….. It fills up early, so anyone interested next year should get in as early as possible.

  5. Great report Paul and a great time in tough conditions. You were really pushing me all the way and there were a few times when I was convinced you were about to pass me.
    We’ll have to go back next year and beat Stourbridge to the team prize!