14th May 2017
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A five-mile off road run through
the lovely Little Haven Nature Reserve (just off the A127 near Rayleigh Weir).
The undulating run takes you through 92 acres of spring flowers, ancient
woodland and open hay meadows.
There are showers, W.Cs and refreshments (including delicious home made cakes!) at The Deanes School Sports Centre.
Allow 10 minutes to walk to
the start from the sports centre. We will start the run promptly at 10:30 in
the field opposite Anne’s Mini Market. The course is 2 laps all off road.
Normal running shoes should give you sufficient grip but if there has been
lots of rain in the week before the run you may find studs or trail shoes
would be better.
We want you to enjoy the
beauty of the reserve but please also watch where you are running and leave
sufficient gap between you and the next runner so that you can see the
ground underfoot. There are tree roots to trip over and uneven ground to
twist your ankle. First Aiders will be in attendance but we would prefer you
not to be injured in the first place. If there any medical problems of which
we should be aware of please write details on the back of your number.
The 1st/2nd/3rd male and female and 1st male and 1st female veteran will receive a prize of a wooden bowl hand turned by an Essex Wildlife volunteer. The wood is sourced from the reserve. Only one prize per runner.
Updates for 2017
2017 sees a new era for the
Bluebell 5. Pitsea Running Club have generously agreed to take over the
organization of the event from Castle Point Joggers with the profit from the run still going to Essex
There is a responsibility on
all of us to limit car travel. So please consider cycling, walking, car
sharing or public transport.
Thank you for your support. All profits from the event help in maintaining the reserve. We hope you enjoy the run and return to the reserve in the future.
If you have any questions before race day please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to Google Map showing the location of the Deanes School Sports Centre
The run dates from 1998 when
Cliff Moore, the chairman of the Castle Point local group, asked for ideas
on how to raise money to maintain the local reserves.
After the run in 2011 Ray Vautier decided that organizing the event was becoming too onerous Fortunately Castle Point Joggers were looking to organize an event of their own. Castle Point Joggers organised the event from 2011-2016. In 2017 Pitsea Running Club agreed to take on the organisation of the race.
‘Remember 2 things;’ reports
Runners World Aug 2008 ‘The cake stand at the finish is regarded by race
veterans as unrivalled and leave your watch and PB aspirations at home-
you’ll enjoy the stunning scenery and race experience a whole lot more’
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