Tough Hills tester for Beacon runners
12:10pm Saturday 26th September 2009
THE tricky terrain of the Malvern Hills awaits runners at this year’s Worcestershire Beacon Race.
The gruelling seven-mile event, which this year takes place on Saturday, October 10, features a run across the Malvern Hills and includes a race up the 1,395ft high Worcestershire Beacon.
The popular race, which last year attracted a record-breaking field of more than 300 competitors, starts at Rose Bank Gardens in Great Malvern at 3pm.
The route then crosses Foley Terrace, follows a narrow track uphill through the woods to St Anne’s Well, on to Happy Valley, and then on to the bottom of North Hill.
The pinnacle of the race is the Beacon track, a climb of approximately three quarters of a mile, descending over grass to a wide track and down to West Malvern.
It concludes via North Hill, a steep descent to St Anne’s Well and then returns for the finish at Rose Bank Gardens.
Last year’s winner was Matthew Collins, of Cardiff Athletics Club, in a time of 43 minutes 21 seconds.
Malvern Joggers entered a strong contingent with Jon Newey finishing in seventh place.
To enter, download an entry form from the official website, beaconrace.co.uk.
Fill it in and send it to: John Brook, 38 Mathon Road, West Malvern, WR14 4BU, along with a cheque with your entry fee and a stamped, addressed A5 envelope (for a competitor’s race number and directions).