1610 race series sees record rise in numbers of athletes taking part in 2016

Posted: 5th Oct 2016

Category: Sports

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Whether it is the Olympic effect or more people just want to lose weight and get fit but the 1610 race series in the South West has inspired more people than ever before to pull on a pair of trainers and sign up for an endurance event.

The 1610 race series which was launched six years ago now consists of four 10ks in Somerset and a Triathlon in Dorset. It has in 2016 seen an increase of more than a 100% of participants compared to in 2014 and a 22% increase in the numbers who took part in 2015. 952 participants have taken part in the events so far this year with an expected total of 1400 participants at the close of the season.

The 1610 race series has attracted more women runners as well as a trend for more walkers and for novice athletes taking part in the series as whole.

The first ever 10k Chard Chaser was launched in September which has helped to boost the overall numbers for the race series with 252 runners who signed up for that event.

The Bridgwater Bolt 10k which is held in April has seen an increase of 58% in runners taking part in 2016 compared to numbers recorded for 2012. Last year, the race attracted 28% more participants with 554 runners this year than in 2015 when 431 signed up.

1610 Race Series Organiser, Emma Warr says that the series has gone from strength to strength since it was launched six years ago; “ The popularity of the 1610 race series has grown year on year for a number of reasons. We have encouraged all ages and abilities to take part rather than just targeting the experienced or elite endurance athlete. We have introduced a walking event which would appeal to more mature or inexperienced people and we have also been promoting the Sport England “ This Girl Can” campaign which has paid off with more women taking part in our race series than ever before. The Olympics did create a  “feel good effect” for the Dorchester Triathlon leading to a surge of bookings for the event following the Brownlee brother’s success in Rio.  We have also had more support from staff and from corporate sponsors Um Bongo, a drinks company which sent 50 staff to take part in the first Chard Chaser 10k which helped to make it such a successful event.”

The final two events of the 2016 race series take place later this month with the  Cary Canter 10K at Castle Cary on Sunday 16 October and the Shepton Mallet 10k. on Sunday October 30.

Cary Canter 10K Caryford Fitness and Leisure Sunday October 16 10 am start. Registration from 8.15am.

Start time for 1k fun run - 10.15am. Registration from 8.45am (£2 entry fee on day - £1 to go to Mind).

The Cary Canter offers runners a tough, multi terrain course with stunning country views.  It has a challenging hilly route taking in breath taking views of Glastonbury Tor, King Alfred’s Tower and Bruton Lodge Hill Fort. Regular participants love this event for its mixture of surfaces and terrain with a few hills included.  Kindly sponsored by: Um Bongo, J2X Fitness, and Buy with Confidence. The race starts and finishes at Caryford Fitness and Leisure Centre, where  participants have use of the changing rooms, showers and toilets. Activities are available for all ages, including our annual 1k fun run, bouncy castle, soft play and refreshments van. Age group prizes, Goody bag and medal for all 10k runners. Medal for 1k runners

Shepton Mallet 10K Sunday October 30 Collett Park 10am

Start time for 10k – 10.00am. Registration from 8.15am.

 Start time for 1k fun run - 10.15am. Registration from 8.45am (£2 entry fee on day - £1 to go to Mind)

The 2016 Race Series goes out with a bang in October with the final race of the series with the challenging Shepton Mallet 10K.  Kindly sponsored by: Um Bongo, J2X Fitness, and Buy with Confidence. Endurance runners from across the South West will be taking part in the event which is now in its fourth year. The race will start and finish at Collett Park in Shepton Mallet and will move on past the town’s famous prison and weave through the streets before escaping onto scenic country lanes. Runners of all abilities are welcome at the event.

Age group prizes, Goody bag and medal for all 10k runners. Medal for 1k runners

For more information about the 1610 Race Series please contact Emma Warr ewarr@1610.org.uk