Five individual virtual running challenges using defined courses on different terrain all around Bristol. Events can be entered individually or combined as part of the series.  Each event has a fixed route to be completed within a given time period.  Individual and mixed team prizes.

  • Prologue: 23-31 MAY, free to enter and doesn’t count towards series results, details below. Results link.
  • Event 1: Aztec West, Results
  • Event 2: Whitchurch, Results, series positions after 2 races
  • Event 3: 29 JUN-12 JUL, Avon Half, multi terrain, approx 21km. Details available below
  • Event 4: 13-26 JUL Stoke Park. Details available below

Entries

Enter the prologue at https://data.opentrack.run/x/2020/GBR/bwpr

Enter the 4 main events at https://data.opentrack.run/x/2020/GBR/bwls/

Entry for Events 1 to 4 – £5/race.

How it works

Enter here. The route for each event will be made available one week before the event opens, you may compete on the course as many times as you like within the two week window.  Record your performance using a GPS device and upload it to Strava or Garmin Connect, follow the instructions on OpenTrack to upload your best result to OpenTrack.  Once the event time window closes results will be sanity checked and the prize winners will be announced.

Event prizes: Individual event prizes (Events 1 to 4) for the first three female and male finishers plus first female and male V40, V50 and V60.  A minimum of three competitors will be required in each age category for a prize to be awarded.

Strava Segment competition: Prize for the fastest Male and Female on a specified Strava segment within the route, only times achieved during the submitted performance will be counted.  Garmin Connect entries are unfortunately not eligible for this competition.

Series competition: Performances across all 4 events in the series contribute towards the overall competition. A “Golden Padlock” series prize will be awarded to the first in the age categories of Seniors, V40, V50 and V60 based on the accumulated position within each age category.

Team competition: A Team Series prize will be awarded to the first team of 4 (2 male, 2 female), which may be formed from any eligible runners.  Scoring based on total cumulative finishing position across all events.  Enter the name of your team when entering.

Get involved through our Facebook Event, share your thoughts, stories and photos from the events, we’d love to hear how everyone gets on and how we can improve the event.

Submitting your results:

Results are submitted through OpenTrack, instructions on how to do this and current provisional leaderboards can be found there.  Before uploading your GPS based activity crop it to the route as defined in the route details and enter the elapsed time of the submitted activity.  The course map + start and finish photos are the official route, any Strava Segments created on the same route are a guide only and may not be fully accurate, additionally since entries are permitted from Garmin Connect and Strava it is only fair that the official route description is used.

Rules

All runs must be done in accordance with current government social distancing guidance.  Entrants must run the route as specified without significant deviations, within the specified timeperiod, GPS tracks must be uploaded before the closing date.  Runners should also take responsibilty for their own safety and the safety of others all times, the organisers have endeavoured to make the routes as safe as possible and to highlight any hazards but the onus is always on the participant to use their skills, experience and judgement to remain safe.  Participants are strongly encouraged to consider weather and traffic conditions as well as the presence of others before venturing out.  Additionally it is good practice to tell someone where you are going and likely return time, consider carrying ICE details, a mobile phone, First Aid, water, sun protection, etc. especially on longer runs or in more remote locations.

Minimum age – 17.

GPS Anti-Doping will be in force, the organisers reserve the right to disqualify any entrant deemed not to be competing in the spirit of fair play, this may include but is not limited to bad GPS data and incorrect routes.

UKA unmeasured road race licence: 2020-40769.

Contact details: steveg@bristolandwestac.org


Prologue, 23-31 MAY – This event is now closed

Results available here and on OpenTrack.  Congratulations to winners Amy Partridge and Jack Millar and well done to all those who attempted it!


Event 1, 1-14 JUN – This event is now closed

Results available here and on OpenTrack, 21 people participated including a couple of socially distanced group efforts and handicap style events.  Congratulations to joint ladies winners Kate Hoffen and Antonia Gooder and also to mens winner Kurt Taylor.  Details of all the prizewinners are available on the results link and prizewinners will be contacted shortly about their prizes.


Event 2, 15-28 JUN – This event is now closed

Results available here and on OpenTrack, 16 people participated including a couple of socially distanced group efforts and handicap style events.  Congratulations to Elaina Gard and Owain Jones our fastest finishers who also took the Strava segment challenge.  Details of all the prizewinners are available on the results link and prizewinners will be contacted shortly about their prizes.

The view from the top, photo courtesy of Tariq Kurd.

Event 3

29-JUN to 12-JUL, South West Bristol, approx 21km, trail and road.  Approximately a Half Marathon, starting and finishing opposite the Pump House pub in Hotwells.

Route

Route Map (OS), Route Map (pdf), GPX

All participants are strongly encouraged to familiraise themselves with the route in advance, routefinding is pretty straightforward and largely follows National Cycle Route 41 (signposted) and the Portway.  The route is 50% on footpaths and 50% pavement with very few road crossings please beware of traffic when crossing roads and of other path users.  A pedestrian crossing is available when crossing the Portway.  Runners are advised to beware of the weather conditions and carry a drink if needed especially on hot days.  The photos below match up with the numbered waypoints on the map and also include detail of the Start and Finish locations plus highlights any areas where caution is required or navigational assistance may be needed.

Strava segment challenge

Up the bridge in 0.77km, +13m, pre-event CR 2:41 (male), 3:18 (female)

Route detail photos

Start and Finish locations
3. Stay on National Cycle Route 41
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5. Route from 4.
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Event 4

Event 4: 13-26 JUL, Stoke Park, approx 11km.

Route

Route map (OS), Route map (PDF), GPX

The route is a two lap course around Stoke Park, starting at the noticeboard adjacent to gated entrance next to roundabout at junction of Park Road (B4058) and Broom Hill.  Numbered items below relate to the waypoints given on the route map.

Strava segment challenge

Romney Ave Climb 0.9km, +45m, pre-event CR 4:00 (male), 5:17 (female)

Route detail photos

Head towards underpass and turn left (2).

Take first gate on your right (3)
From (3) head up the hill towards the tower.

From top of hill keep ahead with tower and then wall on your right until the gate on the right near the end of the wall (4).  The wall curves at the end.

Go through the gate and make a 180 degree turn on to road, through gate and almost immediate first left off the road and then right on to open area keeping ahead as far as the eye can see and maintaining the park boundary on your left.

The route now follows the left hand boundary of the fields with any corners cut off, see sattelite view for exact route.  Upon reaching the woodland at (5) head for the extreme left corner of trees, pass through the gate into the woods and after about 40 meters take the first left onto a path with wooden borders.

Follow this path as long as you can and when the borders expire keep ahead through a gate into the end of an open grassy area, turn left and follow the path with the woods to your right and houses on the left.

Take the first major path on the right, heading downhill, beware the flight of steps and emerge onto the main field, join up with the main path below the mansion (6) and before returning to (2) and starting the second lap.

 

At the end of the second lap head back to the start/finish.