The Wild One 2020

Fun multi-lap marathon event raising funds for two fantastic Worcester-based charities. Run solo, in pairs or as a team of five. 10 laps of off-road fun around a combination of grass, wooded trails and tarmac.

Event cancelled

With great sadness we’ve made the decision to cancel this years ‘Wild One’ race due to the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll be back in 2021 as there are already lots of events that have been rescheduled to the Autumn. We realised after our last attempt at a September one, it really isn’t warm enough for the event.

As an alternative, to support the charities and offer something fun, we’re running the Virtual One instead throughout July. The medal is different to the normal Wild One medal series. We aim to put the Wild One back on in 2021 where you can continue collecting them.

The links for our charities JustGiving pages are below as well if you would like to make a donation to them:

If you’ve entered the race already, please let us know if you would like to defer to next year or have a refund and we will arrange that for you.

Thank you and stay safe hopefully we will all be running together again soon.

Claire Shacklock 
Race Director, Black Pear Joggers

Sunday 26th July 2020

Snazzy bespoke medal and goody bag for all finishers. Prizes for fastest marathon times, best fancy dress and fastest lap. Entry is £16 per person for affiliated runners (£18 unaffiliated). There are no booking fees/charges for entering online.

Ultra Wild One: Are 10 laps not enough for you? Continue on and there will be a prize awarded to the solo, pair and team with the most laps completed within the 7 hour cut off (4:30pm). You will still receive a finish time for the marathon as well as a record of the number of laps completed. There is a £5 per person charge for taking part in this.

Wild Mile: Also taking place is the one mile Wild Mile kid’s race. Entry is £3.50 (enter online or on the day). Medal for all finishers (parental supervision advised for anyone under 9 years old).

Fancy Dress: This year’s fancy dress theme is the letters ‘I’ or ‘L’ (or both if you’re clever!). Fancy dress is optional but we hope people enter into the spirit of this event.

Parking and Facilities: On-site parking available (please car share where possible). There will also be a bar open, hot food for sale, bouncy castle for kids. Picnics are welcomed.

Race entry limited to 300 and entries will close once this level is reached. Number pick up on the day from 8am (nothing will be sent out in the post).

The race will start at 9:30am. with the ‘Wild Mile’ starting at 9am. Any important updates will be added on this page, but you can also discuss the race and stay up to date on the BPJ Facebook group.

Online Entry

Visit the Entry Central page to book securely and efficiently. There are no surcharges to book online.

Organisers and licence

The race is organised by the Black Pear Joggers. The full marathon will be held under a UK Athletics licence (licence number 2020-TBC). Teams of two or five will receive a finishing time for the full distance. Please send any enquiries to the race director, Claire Shacklock or ask on our club Facebook group.

Raising money for charity

All proceeds will be two fantastic Worcester-based charities; New Hope and St. Richard’s Hospice.

New Hope work with families who have children with disabilities and complex health care needs. They provide daytime short break care, for children aged 6-19 years of age.

St. Richard’s Hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. We also support their loved ones.

Location and parking

On-site parking available (please car share where possible). The address is Old Elizabethans Cricket Club, Droitwich Road, Worcester, WR3 7SN (view map and get directions).

History of ‘The Wild One’

Stuart Wild was a long-standing member of the club and well-known marathon runner. He had begun to organise the race with fellow runner Gavin Paskin when he suddenly passed away in March 2013. Gavin continued ahead with the event and it was agreed it would be renamed in tribute to Stuart.

The inaugural event was held in July 2013, titled the ‘Stuart Wild Memorial Race’. Gavin, along with the marshals and volunteers ensured the day ran smoothly (read the full race report).

We had great support from everyone, including Black Pear Joggers and Malvern Joggers, many with great fancy dress costumes. Cleeve Ladies were fantastic, entering 3 teams, we also had Tarzan who was a great character. Dave Phillips from Massey Ferguson runners had completed over 400 marathons in 30 years, he said how much he enjoyed this event.

An email received from a long standing member of The Black Pear Joggers summed it up perfectly:

“Thank you to all the organisers and helpers for a special, wonderful day. Stuart would have been looking down on us all. Big hugs to everyone for encouraging and helping me along the 10 laps, it was fun. You really are a friendly, happy bunch. Keep smiling, lots of love from Supergran Jan xx

The race went down so well, the club had lots asking when the next one would be. So the race was renamed ‘The Wild One’ and a crack team of volunteers, led by race director Claire Shacklock started planning.

Stuart Wild 1947-2013 A true inspiration. Gone but never forgotten.