The Wild One

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.

Back for 2021

After last year’s ‘Wild One’ was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and replaced with the Virtual One, we’re back this year with a ‘real’ event on Sunday 18th July 2021. Following similar format to previous years, we’re set for more fun, fancy dress and running. Read on for further details and once you’re read to enter and join in the fun, you can enter online.

Claire Shacklock 
Race Director, Black Pear Joggers

When

The Wild One will be held on Sunday 18th July 2021. The race will start at 9:30am. with the ‘Wild Mile’ starting at 9am. Number pick up on the day from 8am (nothing will be sent out in advance).

Where

The address is Old Elizabethans Cricket Club, Droitwich Road, Worcester, WR3 7SN. There is on-site parking available, but please car share where possible. There will also be a bar open and a bouncy castle for kids. Picnics are welcomed.

Solo, Pairs or Teams

Run solo​ and cover the full marathon distance or enter in pairs​ or teams of five​ as a relay event. 10 laps of off-road fun around a combination of grass, wooded trails and tarmac (2.62 miles per lap).

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).

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

Fancy dress

A big part of the fun of the Wild One is the 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. There’ll be some spot prizes for best fancy dress.

Wild Mile Children’s Race

Also taking place is the one mile Wild Mile children’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).

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.

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 2021-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.

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.

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