THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT IS ………

THE LIONS WALKS AND MARATHONS ARE BACK FOR 2024 – BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVERY BEFORE

The Bridgnorth Lions Walks and Marathons are back for 2024 with bigger and better events than previous years.
With short and long options from Bridgnorth, as well as family walks at Ditton Priors, there is something for everybody. 
The 2024 event is taking place on the early May Bank Holiday date which is MONDAY 6th MAY.
Entries are NOW OPEN so dust of your trainers and start thinking about your training.

 

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Bridgnorth Lions
Walks and Marathons 2024

MONDAY MAY 6th

The Bridgnorth Lions Walk and Marathons will take place in the usual month of May in 2024. This year we are continuing with the early May day bank holiday for many good reasons. It is cooler, less of a holiday weekend and most importantly….. there is more chance of rain. Only joking on that last point but it is much more favourable running and walking conditions in early May.
Again we will include a metric marathon for those who can’t quite manage a full marathon but 10K is not enough. We are also including a metric walk as well for those who might find the normal Bridgnorth Walk a bit too much of a challenge.
 

Sponsored Charitable Walk And Marathons For All Ages …….!

 

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Marathons and Walking Events

FUNDRAISING

The Bridgnorth Walk is all about raising money for charity or other good causes.
Entering into the Bridgnorth Walk and Marathons is a great opportunity to raise sponsorship for the charity of your choice. Being sponsored is easy…

  • You will need to print out a sponsorship form to collect sponsor pledges. A link will be provided on your registration confirmation email. If you are having difficulty, please contact us at entries@bridgnorthwalk.org.uk.
  • You can also use an online fundraising website but please include these monies as a summary line on your sponsorship form. We can then include this in our calculations of the total money raised.
  • Please be aware some websites charge an admin fee. 

BRIDGNORTH LIONS full Marathon and metric marathon

The Full Marathon will be a major challenge for both experienced runners and for those attempting this distance for the first time.

The 26.66 mile route has both on and off-road sections with the route climbing from 233ft to 1739ft above sea level, incurring an overall accent of 3133ft. The on-road section from Bridgnorth to the Brown Clee Hill and back accounts for just over 19 miles.  However, the toughest part is the Brown Clee Hill section. On forest trails, steep banks and stony tracks, the route loops round Shropshire’s highest hill before the undulating return to Bridgnorth.

The route experiences many elevation changes challenging the fittest runners. Runners should not underestimate the seriousness of the challenge.

The fee for our Full Marathon Runners is £40.00, which not only provides a contribution to the cost of staging the event but also towards Lions’ charity funds.

The Metric Marathon is 25.86 Kilometres and is nearly all on road. It takes in some of the best parts of the marathon route without the rigours of Brown Clee Hill and the off road demanding section.

With a total ascent of 1361 feet, it is a perfect challenge for anyone who wants a good and testing warm-up for future marathons.

Both event starts at 9:30am from Bridgnorth High St (half an hour earlier than walkers). Water Stations every mile will be on hand.

The fee for marathon runners is £40 and for the metric marathon £40, which not only provides a contribution to the cost of staging the event but also towards Lions’ charity funds.

THE BRIDGNORTH LIONS WALK (THE BIG ONE) AND THE NOT QUITE THE BRIDGNORTH LIONS walk (THE LITTLE ONE)

An estimated 20,000 walkers of all ages, shapes and sizes have walked this event since the beginning. The minimum age to walk is 15…while many participants are well into their seventies or even eighties !

The full course (including the route up Brown Clee) is 21.5 miles (34.7 km). The event starts at 10.00 am in Bridgnorth High St.

Walkers have the option of not going to the Brown Clee summit, reducing the mileage to 19.8 miles (31.86 km) although those under 50 who miss out the climb would not be able to win one of the prizes.

The shorter Little Walk walk is 10 miles and is nearly all on road. It takes in some of the best parts of the marathon route without the rigours of Brown Clee Hill and the off road demanding section.

The fee for both groups is £20 (Non-Refundable) which provides a contribution to not only the expenses of running the event but also towards Lions charity funds.

To register on the day will cost £25.00.

THE BRIDGNORTH LIONS Junior Walk (THE YOUNG ONES)

This is a very popular event for children aged between 9 and 14 years (on the day of the event). The 7.06 mile (11.36 km) route starts at
12pm at Ditton Priors Village Hall.

 

The route takes the Juniors to the very top of the Brown Clee, a very steep climb of 1230 feet (375 metres). Accompanied by Cycle Outriders and with a water station every mile, this is a safe but very strenuous event.

Entrance fee is £10. Parents, other family members and friends are welcome to cheer the children at the start and welcome them back at the finish at approximately 13.00.

THE BRIDGNORTH LIONS FAMILY WALK (The FAMILY ONE)

 

Beginning at 12.15 the route starts and finishes at Ditton Priors Village Hall and follows that of the Junior Walk without the more strenuous stretch to the top of Brown Clee. 

With water stations at every mile there is every opportunity to stretch your legs and enjoy a real family day out. However, the off-road path at the start of the Brown Clee section is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs but a short diversion is available which follows a slightly shorter route along the country lane

The cost is £5 per person with under 5’s going free

Sponsored Walk Teams

Do the Senior Walk and/or the Junior Walk as part of a team. Be it a company, charity, pub or group of friends.

Teams should be of 2 or more walkers (this can be a combination of Senior and Junior entrants) raising money for your team nominated charity or organisation. Each team needs a team leader who is the single point of contact with the walk organisers and distributes walk numbers and the rules to their team.

To set up the team, the team leader should create the team using the REGISTER A TEAM button.

Thank You to Our

SPONSORS

Wenlock Water

Main Sponsor

Water Station Sponsors

Choose Your Event

  • Marathons — An opportunity for competitive runners to test their abilities by competing in a Marathon. The 26.7 mile or 25.86 Km routes will follow the same path as the walkers to Neenton. Here the Imperial runners go to the top of the Brown Clee and then take a very hilly, challenging route down and round the back of the hill, before rejoining the “traditional” walking route returning to Bridgnorth via Ditton Priors. This event will not be for the faint hearted… Whilst the Metric runners turn right at Neenton to cross to the Ditton Priors road and return to Bridgnorth.
    Runners will set off from the high street at 9.30 am, half an hour earlier than the walkers and the fastest are expected to return  around 12.45pm.
  • Senior Walk — measures 21.5 miles
  • Senior Walk for over 50’s — the over 50s have the option of a route around two miles shorter.
  • Junior Walk — There is also a separate 7 mile Junior Walk which is organised for children aged 9 to 14.
  • Family Walk — And this year there is a 5 mile Family Walk which is organised for adults and children aged 9 to 14.

BRIDGNORTH LIONS Marathon RunS

£40

18 Years
and older

The Date: Monday May 6th 2024

Start Time: 9:30am from Bridgnorth High St

Cost:
£40

Closing Date: April 27th 2024

Distance: Marathon length (Imperial and Metric)

Halfway Point: Summit of Brown Clee (Imperial)

The Imperial Course: The undulating course starts from Bridgnorth High Street (near the Town Hall) , heads out to Ditton Priors and up the Brown Clee (1770 feet). The route includes tarmac roads, gravel tracks and forest trails. There is an elevation gain of more than 1,000 metres.

The Metric Couse: The undulating course starts from Bridgnorth High Street (near the Town Hall) , heads out to Neenton and then returns down the Ditton Priors road.

Winning Times In 2019: (Imperial)
Female: 3 hrs 35 mins 58 secs.
Male: 3 hrs 13 mins 49 secs.

Marathons Start:
Runners need to be registered by no later than 9 am under the Bridgnorth Town Hall. At this time they will receive their official number.
Complete with an embedded “chip”.

Checkpoints: Every Mile From Mile 3

Toilets: at regular intervals along the route

BRIDGNORTH LIONS Senior WalkS

£20

minimum age
is 15

The Date: Monday May 6th 2024

Start Time: 10.00 am in Bridgnorth High St

Cost:
£20
£25 - On the day

Closing Date: April 27th 2024

Distance: 22 miles or 10 miles

Halfway Point: Summit of Brown Clee

How Long: The walk is 22 miles
– walkers over the age of 50 can opt not to do the two mile climb up and down the Brown Clee.

The Metric Couse: The undulating course starts from Bridgnorth High Street (near the Town Hall) , heads out to Neenton and then returns down the Ditton Priors road.

Typical Time: 3.5 hrs to 6.5 hrs

Walk Number: sent via email or text a few days before the event.

Walk Start: walkers need to register no later than 9.30 am underneath the Bridgnorth Town Hall.
At this time they will receive their official number, complete with an embedded “chip”.

Checkpoints: Every Mile From Miles 3 To 21

Dogs Discouraged: We advise dog owners NOT to take dogs as it can be stressful for them, and not everyone loves dogs! If you choose to bring dogs they must always be on a lead.

Toilets: The Down (Checkpoint 3)
The Pheasant at Neenton (Checkpoint 7)
Ditton Priors Village Hall (Checkpoint 14)
plus mobile toilets at checkpoints 9 and 18.

Over 50's Walk

£20

SAME AS THE SENIOR WALK EXCEPT:

How Long: Same route as the Senior walk but uf you do the full course it is without the two mile climb up and down the Brown Clee.

Halfway Point: Checkpoint 10 (Forest Trail) FULL WALK ONLY

BRIDGNORTH LIONS Family Walk

£5 per person

The Date: Monday May 6th 2024

Start Time: 12.15 p.m at Ditton Priors Village Hall

Cost: £5 per person

Closing Date: April 27th 2024
Entry on the day is permitted but walkers must arrive early to complete the necessary forms.

Distance: 5 miles

Checkpoints: Every Mile

Toilets: at regular intervals along the route

Not A Race: it’s a fun event…no prizes are given but everyone receives a medal for taking part.

BRIDGNORTH LIONS Junior Walk

£10

aged between 9 and 14

The Date: Monday May 6th 2024

Start Time: 12.00 pm at Ditton Priors Village Hall

Cost: £10

How Long: 7 miles
Around Ditton Priors and Brown CLee

Closing Date: April 27th 2024
Entry on the day is permitted but walkers must arrive early to complete the necessary forms.

Halfway Point: Summit of Brown Clee

Walk Start: Entry on the day is permitted but walkers must arrive early to complete the necessary forms.

Not A Race: it’s a fun event…no prizes are given but everyone receives a medal for taking part.

Waiver Form: All walkers must have a responsible adult sign a waiver agreement on or before the event to acknowledge the risks involved . This form will be available on the day or can be completed in advance to bring on the day. Download the form here…