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A huge thank you to all who came, ran, jogged, walked, fancy dressed and sweated round the race. Also an even bigger thank you to all those that gave up their time leading up to, during and after the race to make it a success. The race made a sizeable amount of money for the two charities, which we’ll confirm the figure very soon when we’ve crunched the numbers. You can view the race results below. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the day, both the good and the bad, so please get in touch. Until next time…
Fun multi-lap marathon event raising funds for two fantastic Worcester-based charities; Maggs Day Centre and Worcestershire Young Carers (YSS).
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). There are no booking fees/charges for entering online.
Ultra Wild One (new for 2018): 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 TV Characters. 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.
Visit the Entry Central page to book securely and efficiently. There are no surcharges to book online.
If you prefer, print off a paper entry form and bring along to a club night or pop it in the post.
The race is organised by the Black Pear Joggers. The full marathon will be held under a UK Athletics licence (licence number 2018-31928). 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.
All proceeds will be two fantastic Worcester-based charities; Maggs Day Centre and Worcestershire Young Carers (YSS). Maggs Day Centre, founded in 1984, is dedicated to helping the homeless people of Worcester and offers them a safe and warm place to go after a night sleeping rough on the street. Open five days a week, the day centre provides homeless people with a safe and warm place where they can use the toilet, take a shower and have a hot and healthy meal. Worcestershire Young Carers aims to support children and young people age 7 to 25 years who help to look after a parent, guardian or sibling within their home, who is ill or has a disability. This includes caring for people who have issues with drugs or alcohol or have a mental health difficulty.
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).
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.