- Race: 10K Trail Chase
- Race Start: 11am Sunday 29th April 2017
- Race Fee: £13 UKA Affiliated Club / £15 Non Affiliated
- Race Venue: Pensford Memorial Hall, BS39 4HW
- Fun Run: 2K fun run starting at 1pm
As well as our successful 10K race we also host a 2K fun run in support of the Pensford Primary School which is extremely popular and is an on the day sign-up.
For the race route and profile please visit our course page.
We encourage all entrants to read our full race information pack which can be viewed here:
Organised by local enthusiasts, led by Pete and Helen McGuinness, the first Pensford 10k took place in May 1988. The Fun Run partnered the event, and was organised by Pensford Primary School P.T.A.
The event has been staged every year since, and although there have been many close results, the course record, set in 1992, still stood until 2005 when the course route was altered.
When the McGuinness family migrated to the USA , the 10k batton was taken over by Russ Lawton, almost single handed, from 1993 until 2000, aided by local volunteers on the day.
When Russ retired, and the future of the 10k was in the balance, it was obvious that no single person could manage the increasing complexity of race organisation, and a committee of local enthusiasts formed, determined to preserve the event.
Their first event was a ‘baptism of fire’, with foot and mouth disease breaking out. As fate would have it, it probably helped to swell the field because many more rural races were closed by the epidemic. Generous sponsorship, helped secure the future of the event, and made possible an attractive prize structure.
In 2002, the website was launched, and computer registration started. In 2003 new race management software helped produce speedier results.and in 2004 the event website was expanded, to include an archive, and on-line entry. We adopted the Bristol Cancer Help Centre as our ‘official charity’ for 2004, and received B.A.R.R. Silver Standard accreditation.
In 2004 enhancements to the organisation guided by advice from the British Association of Road Races resulted in promotion to BARR gold standard, and the 2005 race continued to expand. We moved the start location to allow increased capacity, and altered the course slightly to accommodate this.
In 2007 we had to cope with the headquarters building being closed for repairs despite which our 20th anniversary was a great success.
In 2008 we incorporated chip timing which has continued to the present.
Over the years we have donated surplus funds to local causes, including Pensford Memorial Hall , All Saints Church, Publow, and three defibrillators in the Parish. We also fund the running by Pensford School, of the Fun Run.
In 2016 we experimented with a ‘King of the Hill’ segment producing a separate time for the steepest part of the event, up the notorious Peppershells Lane. Future plans include altering the start time, and even running the event in the other direction.