Hestercombe Woodland Wander on March 5 kicks off 2017 1610 Race Series

Posted: 27th Feb 2017

Category: Sports

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Get a Spring in your step with the inspiring beauty of Somerset’s stunning Hestercombe Woodland near Taunton which provides the setting for a 5K fun run on Sunday March 5 which heralds the start of a new running season with the 1610 Race Series for 2017.

The 1610 race series has proved to be very successful since its launch 5 years ago with more runners than ever before taking part and especially novice runners who have now got the running bug. The Bridgwater Bolt 10K in April looks set to break records for the number of entrants and the Chard Chaser 10K in September is also increasing the number of entrants due to popular demand.

The popularity of the race series is partly due to its success in attracting first time runners such as Emma Curtis a member of the King Alfred Sports Centre at Burnham-on-Sea who is taking part in 4 races in the 2017 race series, totalling 35km in all. Emma is running on behalf of the mental health charity Mind, in West Somerset and Taunton.  She is starting with the Hestercombe Woodland Wander before taking on the first 10k at Bridgwater in April, she says that she was a reluctant runner to begin with; “ I don’t really enjoy running but the team at King Alfred Sports Centre has been so fantastic in encouraging me to run that I could not fault the team there. I joined the gym to manage my Asthma and they have helped me so much with training and given advice about weight training to help strengthen my leg muscles. I decided to run 4 races for Mind and I am doing it with a friend and our aim is just to finish all the races which will be a great achievement for us.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Emma can sponsor her at Just Giving.

To encourage first time runners 1610 has set up a series of beginners running clubs at its sports centres at 1610 Chard, Stanchester Sports Centre near Yeovil, Preston Sports Centre at Yeovil, Castle Sports Centre in Taunton, West Somerset Sports & Leisure in Minehead and Caryford Leisure Centre at Castle Cary. Participants can take part in a a six week running course to learn the do’s and don’ts of running under expert guidance with a view to taking on long distance running or races. 

1610 Race Series 2017

The 1610 race series consists of four 10k races, a sprint triathlon and our family 5k & 2k fun run - which are all located across the counties of Somerset and Dorset.  The race series offers runners an opportunity for fundraising for a number of charities including the 1610 Charity of the Year, Mind.

Hestercombe Woodland Wander 5k & 2k Fun Run

Sunday 5 March 2017 8.45 pre-register 9.30 am start

The Hestercombe Woodland Wander Fun Run takes place through the beautiful woodland surroundings of Hestercombe Gardens. No times, no pressure, this event is all about fun and is also ideal for those running for the first time. The 5k is perfect for people thinking about entering a10k run but looking for something smaller to build their confidence. For those that prefer a slower pace, there is a 2k fun run. This is a great event for families and an opportunity to make the most of the peaceful woodland and lake views. 

  • 5k = £12pp
  • 2k = £5pp
  • 2k family of 4 = £15

Bridgwater Bolt 10k - Sunday 30 April 2017

The Bridgwater Bolt 10k is back, bigger and better than before and with a NEW ROUTE which is predominantly flat route with a pleasing mix of urban and country scenery.   The event sold out last year so 1610 has increased the number of entries which are already filling up fast and expect these to sell out again. Beautiful views of the Quantock Hills and Somerset Levels add to the attraction of this exciting race. 40 huge cakes have also been donated by Ministry of Cake for all race finishers.


Dorchester Dash Triathlon - Sunday 16 July 2017

Take a “Dash” through stunning scenery and magnificent historic landscapes of Dorset as part of the Dorchester Dash Triathlon. Starting at the Centre's indoor 25m pool with a 400m swim the event includes a 24km bike course which exits Dorchester via Poundbury and takes competitors to the summit of Hardy's Monument. Returning to the Centre, participants then start the 5km run route which visits Maiden Castle, an Iron Age Hill Fort, which dates back to 4000BC.

  • Individual - £35-£40
  • Relay - £45-£50

Chard Chaser 10k - Sunday 10 September 2017

The Chard Chaser 10k is back for a second year, taking place on Sunday 10 September 2017. Due to its huge success in 2016, 1610 has increased the number of entries for this year and these are also expected to sell out once again. This is a one-lap route which starts from 1610 Chard on Jarman Way and then onto country roads and rough tracks through Cuttiford’s Door and Chardleigh Green. The course profile has an undulating gradient with some challenging hills. Scenic views of the countryside and Blackdown Hills add to the attraction of this event.


Cary Canter 10k - Sunday 15 October 2017

The Cary Canter is the most grueling of all our events in the race series. It is a  tough, muddy, 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 mud, hills and rough terrain. The race starts and finishes at Caryford Fitness and Leisure Centre at Castle Cary, where competitors have access to changing rooms, showers and toilets.


Shepton Mallet 10k - Sunday 29 October 2017

Starting and finishing at Collett Park in the centre of Shepton Mallett, leaving the park crossing Charlton Road down past the town’s famous prison and weaving through the streets before escaping onto scenic country lanes. It is a hilly but picturesque route all on tarmac - watch out for the 2 challenging hills along the way!


The 1610 Race Series is being kindly sponsored by Um Bongo, Taunton Chiropractic Clinic and Blue Sky Running

1610 is keen to work with brands and companies which are looking to engage and support 1610 Race Series runners, their supporters and the wider South West community. For all enquiries please contact the Events Team at ewarr@1610.org.uk or on 01823 410124