Review: What entrants said about the tower run

Review: What they said about Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017
A fabulous effort from volunteers such as, from left, Martyn Draper, Sam Draper, Ian Fenney and Tim Fenney helped make the tower run a huge success

What a day! All those involved in making sure Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017 was a huge success deserve all the praise they are getting.

And here is a brief review of what people have been saying about their day at Hill Close:

Such a great day! That route was amazing, tough but so beautiful. The entertainment after was perfect and the kids loved the bouncy castle… and I came away with a trophy ??????
Anna Midgley

Well, it was hot… but a great (steep) course and really well marshalled. Will be back next year, hopefully. Thanks to all involved in setting up and running the event.
James Graham

Really good event. Very well organised. Well done all.
Anne Sallis

Great day amazing route will definitely be back next year.
Andy Foden

Really enjoyed it, especially the down hill section! Will be back next year!
Laura Claire

Well done to the organisers. What a great atmosphere at the cricket club, and a fantastic route. DEFO do again next year!
Anderson Hirst

Blummin hot, but really enjoyed it. It was a great event, really well organised. Super proud I ran the whole thing ???? xx
Alice Clark

We just wanted to say what an amazing morning we had at Bredon!  Thoroughly enjoyed it (especially the downhill!) and we’ll spread the word and be back next year.
Kevin and Isobel McDowell

A massive well done and thank you to all who organised the first tower run. A great course and an even better social after. Roll on next year ???
Darren Gamble

Matt Baumber

A big thanks to everyone who organised and marshalled the Bredon Cricket Club Tower run today. I really enjoyed it hope to see you next year with a few more members from Kenilworth runners. Thank you, enjoy ? the bank holiday.
Gail Bates

Travelled up from Cornwall for this event. Stayed with friends in Alderton. What a great run. Can’t believe it was the first time. It was so well organized, hats off to the team who put it together. A tough but excellent course. Would make a great winter headtorch race.
Paul Gwynne

I’ve just about recovered from your run. Thank you for such a well organised event. See you next year ?
David Jones

Local press coverage of  Bredon Cricket Cricket Club Tower Run 2017

Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017 press coverage: Evesham Journal
Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017 press coverage: Evesham Journal
Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017 press coverage: Malvern Gazette
Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017 press coverage: Malvern Gazette
Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017 press coverage: Worcester News
Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017 press coverage: Worcester News

Pictures that tell story of tower run’s big success

Heading for the top: Runners tackling the Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017
Aiming high: Runners tackling the Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017. Picture by Martin Humby

Both organisers and entrants voted today’s first Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run a huge success.

Ninety runners took up the challenge to run from the cricket club to Parson’s Folly on the 299m summit of Bredon Hill and back.

Blue skies and brilliant sunshine meant the conditions were ideal for spectators, but tough for the runners.

Nevertheless, Rob Bowery set a blistering pace, finishing the 10k run first with a time of 42 minutes.

First female runner across the line was Anna Midgeley, first male member of Bredon Cricket Club was Simon Booth, and first female member of Bredon Cricket Club was Laura Spence.

Organiser Jennie Warren said: “This is our first tower run, and we are delighted how well it went and with the complimentary remarks we have had from the runners.

“I want to thank everyone who helped set it up, and all those who took part.”

Everyone who finished the run received a finisher’s medal, and many stayed on after the run to enjoy an afternoon party at the cricket ground.

There was a barbecue, bouncy castle for younger children and first-class musical entertainment from the Malvern Hillbillies.

The clubhouse bar was open and a friendly cricket game was being played between Bredon and Alcester and Ragley.

Next year’s tower run is on May 27, 2018. Make a note in your diary!

The run picture gallery is on our Facebook page. Photos by Martin Humby:

Do you have any pictures of the run to share? Add the hashtag #TowerRun2017 to your posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we’ll find them (see foot of this post for your pictures).

Special thanks to Overbury Estate and the Crown Inn, Kemerton.

How they finished (place followed by race number)

  1. 1106
  2. 1114
  3. 1126
  4. 1103
  5. 1129
  6. 1151
  7. 1153
  8. 1144
  9. 1130
  10. 1147
  11. 1186
  12. 1173
  13. 1111
  14. 1168
  15. 1167
  16. 1118
  17. 1163
  18. 1162
  19. 1171
  20. 1142
  21. 1109
  22. 1159
  23. 1189
  24. 1169
  25. 1102
  26. 1145
  27. 1149
  28. 1175
  29. 1165
  30. 1132
  31. 1119
  32. 1178
  33. 1104
  34. 1193
  35. 1136
  36. 1110
  37. 1188
  38. 1187
  39. 1113
  40. 1134
  41. 1161
  42. 1135
  43. 1158
  44. 1172
  45. 1189
  46. 1192
  47. 1124
  48. 1157
  49. 1190
  50. 1156
  51. 1121
  52. 1160
  53. 1191
  54. 1140
  55. 1137
  56. 1138
  57. 1107
  58. 1108
  59. 1116
  60. 1117
  61. 1170
  62. 1182
  63. 1139
  64. 1154
  65. 1155
  66. 1141
  67. 1143
  68. 1179
  69. 1166
  70. 1148
  71. 1177
  72. 1180
  73. 1181
  74. 1133
  75. 1146
  76. 1183
  77. 1120
  78. 1105
  79. 1176
  80. 1112
  81. 1150
  82. 1115
  83. 1152
  84. 1185
  85. 1174
  86. 1164
  87. 1128
  88. 1125
  89. 1122
  90. 1101


Bredon First XI continue winning ways

Bromyard were the opponents as Bredon's First claimed their fifth successive victory today
Bredon’s First claimed their fifth successive win today with victory over Bromyard

The First XI cemented their place at the top of Worcestershire County League’s Division Two today with a home win against Bromyard.

With the hosts posting 263 for 8 in dull, blustery conditions, Bromyard failed to respond, ending the match all out for 152.

It was Bredon’s fifth successive victory (last week’s match against Coombes Wood was rained off, and they are now 11 points clear of second placed Evesham.

A special mention for Kevin Wilkins’s mother-in-law who stepped in at the last minute to provide tea for the teams.

Her efforts was greatly appreciated by the players and tea rota organiser Lucy Washbourne.

Meanwhile, it was a tougher day for the Thirds.

The opposition was too strong for a home team missing a couple of regular players.

They batted first, posting 137, but were beaten by nine wickets at Birlingham.

Chairman’s message to Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017 entrants

We are so looking forward to welcoming entrants to the Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017 tomorrow.

It’s going to be such a good day!

Please arrive at the start by 9.30am at the latest to give yourself time to register and join our Zumba warm up.

Expect sunny spells from 10am and a temperature of about 17C, rising a degree or so over the course of the run. It will be cooler on the summit.

We’d be delighted if you spend some time, and money, at the cricket ground after the finish (proceeds to the club and Midlands Air Ambulance).

We have a barbecue, cake stall and bouncy castle for the younger children.

There will be live Americana music from the Malvern Hillbillies, and our fully licensed bar will be open.

Please share your pictures of the run. Just add the hashtag #TowerRun2017 to your own posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we’ll find them.

Stay safe, be considerate to other runners, and have fun.

See you tomorrow!


Neil Hall
Bredon Cricket Club

Bredon Cricket Club committee minutes, May 2017

Main points of the May 2017 meeting of Bredon Cricket Club’s committee were: nets out of bounds until replacements are installed, excellent turnout for junior cricket and new All Stars Cricket programme, golf day being arranged, call for players to contribute to club Facebook page.

Click here to read the minutes in full.

Use the form below if there is anything you would like the committee to discuss:

Old Elizabeths leave Under 12s too many to chase

Old Elizabethans
Brave chase: Bredon Under 11s fell short of Old Elizabethans’ total

An accomplished Old Elizabethans side left the Under 12s too much to chase in a match played on a sultry evening at Hill Close.

The visitors, batting first in this 20-over game, posted 112 against Bredon’s 97.

More entertainment for our tower run party

Our programme of entertainment for Sunday’s (May 28) tower run gets even better!

Are playing area will be cleared for family games such as soft-ball cricket and football in the afternoon.

More than 100 people are signed up for the Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017.

The runners set off at 10am and are expected back at the cricket ground from 11am in time for the beginning of a day-long bank holiday weekend party.

The Malvern Hillbillies will set the tone for the fun with their foot-stomping old-time Americana music (see video).

There will also be a barbecue, cake stall and bouncy castle for younger children. Our fully licensed clubhouse bar will be serving refreshments throughout the day.

Although online registration for the run has now closed, we will be accepting sign-ups on the day.

Arrive in good time before the 10am start, and report to chief marshal Jennie Warren with your entry fee (cash or a cheque for £10 made payable to Bredon Cricket Club).

Even if you do not plan to run please turn up to support this community event.

We would love to see spectators lining the route to cheer on the runners, and everyone is welcome to enjoy the fun of our bank holiday party in our picturesque cricket ground.

Join us for a perfect summer Sunday!


Tough going for Under 11s on artificial wicket

It was tough going for the Under 11s on the artificial wicket at Ashton-under-Hill today.

Bowling with very little bounce, the boys nevertheless notched up a 260-225 win against their near neighbours thanks to a combination of patient batting and accurate bowling.


Thirds surprise Taverners with sting in their tail

Wallop! Johnny McGrath with another powerful hit for the Thirds

A sting in the Third XI’s tail was not enough to secure a win against Ombersley Taverners today.

The Thirds, playing through showers at their home ground at Birlingham, posted 163 at the end of their innings.

There was a standout performance from Johnny McGrath, who batting at number nine, unsettled the Taverners by hitting 56 before being caught out on the last ball of the innings.

Ruben Ibbotson also enjoyed a fine spell of bowling, claiming four wickets.

Oliver Washbourne, who bowled eight good overs, also impressed.

Bredon contained several young players (the opposition were all adults), who would have been inspired by the guidance and very vocal encouragement from senior players, in particular, skipper Russell Collins.

Don’t end up disappointed: Entries close tomorrow

Don’t end up feeling disappointed and left out.

Online entries to the Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017 close tomorrow, so you need to register now!

Just have a credit or debit card handy and click on the link above to our secure payment site.

It only costs £10 and your fee includes entry to the run and the free party afterwards.

There will be a barbecue, cake stall, bouncy castle for younger children and music by the Malvern Hillbillies. Our fully licensed bar will also be open.

Guests and spectators are also invited to come along to watch the run and enjoy the free celebrations afterwards.

Why not enjoy a walk to the summit of Bredon Hill to cheer the runners’ arrival at Parson’s Folly, then make your way back down to enjoy the fun and refreshments at the cricket ground?

It promises to be a terrific day for all the family!