Bredon Cricket Club’s donation to the Midlands Air Ambulance

Bredon Cricket Club's donation to Midlands Air Ambulance
Bredon Cricket Club’s Jennie Warren with her son Michael and paramedic Julian of the Midlands Air Ambulance

Bredon Cricket Club has presented the Midlands Air Ambulance with a donation of £300.

The contribution to the charity came from proceeds of the club’s fund-raising tower run in May.

The club’s Jennie Warren (with help from her son Michael) handed it over to paramedics at the air ambulance’s Strensham base.

Club chairman Neil Hall said: “We were pleased to be able to share some of the proceeds from our successful tower run with a good cause like the air ambulance.”

The Midlands Air Ambulance is the charity responsible for funding and operating three air ambulances serving the communities of six Midlands counties: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands.

It receives no government or National Lottery funding. Each Midlands mission costs £2,500 and more than £7 million is needed each year to keep its three aircraft operational. The sum is donated entirely by the public and local businesses.

Bredon Cricket Run Tower Run 2018 will be on Sunday, May 27.

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


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

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!


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!

Time is running out to enter the tower run

Time is running out if you want to enter Bredon Cricket Club’s Tower Run!

Online entries to the 10km trail run through some of Worcestershire’s most beautiful countryside close on Sunday (May 21).

The marshalled route begins and ends at the cricket ground and follows pretty country lanes, tracks and paths to the 299m summit of Bredon Hill.

The hilltop is marked by an Iron Age fort and the 18th-century Parson’s Folly tower, and it boasts glorious views of the surrounding countryside.

Entry to the run at 10am on Sunday, May 28, costs £10 and includes a pre-race warm-up led by a qualified Zumba instructor.

Afterwards, participants and their families and friends will enjoy musical entertainment at the club from the Malvern Hillbillies, who specialise in old-time Americana music.

There will also be a barbecue, and the club’s licensed bar will be open. There will be a bouncy castle for younger children.

All entrants receive a finisher’s medal, and there will be trophies for first male finisher, first female finisher and first male and female member of Bredon Cricket Club to finish.

Run organiser Jennie Warren said: “We are delighted by how many people will be joining us for the tower run. It is going to be a fabulous day.

“But anyone still thinking about taking part shouldn’t leave it much longer, because our online entry system closes on Sunday.”

Money raised will go to Bredon Cricket Club and the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

The best thing you’ll do this summer

It is three weeks today until Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017 (Sunday, May 28, 2017), the best thing you’ll do this summer.

Here’s why:

1. It’s a challenge!

Let’s face it. If it was easy you wouldn’t get that fabulous feeling of achievement afterwards. It entails a 299m climb, but you will feel much greater satisfaction at completing the run than from a flat 10k. And remember you don’t have to break any records. Take your time, walk if you need to, and just enjoy an amazing running experience.

2. The views are breathtaking

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Runners will enjoy stunning views on the tower run course

Few people reach the top of Bredon Hill and are disappointed by what they find there. The iconic 18th-century tower (Parson’s Folly) and the atmospheric Iron Age fort are fascinating in themselves, but the biggest treat lies in the sweeping views across the Vale of Evesham, south to the Cotswold Hills and west to the Malverns. It is countryside that inspired the poetry of A E Housman, and it is simply breathtaking.

 3. The entertainment is terrific

Completing the tower run isn’t the end of your day at Bredon; we are laying on a big party for all our runners. There will be a barbecue and cake stall, and Americana music from the Malvern Hillbillies band. Our fully licensed bar will be open, and there will be a bouncy castle for younger children. Our cricket ground at the foot of Bredon Hill is the perfect place for friends and families to watch the runners cross the finish line and help them celebrate their achievement.

4. It’s a bargain

Entry to the tower run costs just £10. That compares extremely well with other trail runs of similar length. Parking is free too, and there is no charge for guests who simply want to enjoy the hospitality and music at our picturesque cricket ground and soak up the atmosphere of the run.

5. It’s so good for you

Trail running works your muscles, tendons and ligaments differently than running on the road or treadmill. And running trails uphill or down not only builds your cardiovascular engine, it strengthens quads, glutes, calves, and core, according to Men’s Fitness. Tackling the tower run will also improve your balance and proprioception (your body’s ability to know where it is in space), a benefit that carries over into all the other sports and activities you do.

6. You’ll be helping two very good causes

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Part of your entrance fee will go towards the Midlands Air Ambulance. Photo: Midlands Air Ambulance

We are not asking people who enter the tower run to seek sponsorship, but their entry fees will go towards what we think are two very good causes. One is the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.  It receives no government or National Lottery funding, and more than £7 million is needed each year to keep its three air ambulances operational. The other beneficiary of your entrance fee is us, Bredon Cricket Club. We are a community asset, and we field three adult teams and several junior teams in local leagues. We are proud of our record of introducing scores of youngsters to the national game of the English summer.

Success for club’s big quiz night

The club’s big quiz night was a resounding success.

There was a terrific turnout for the evening, which was held both as a tribute to the late club stalwart Dave Bettridge and to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

More than £130 was collected in entry fees, donations and from the sale of raffle tickets.

Highlight of the evening was possibly the round in which teams were required to make a model of an iconic place using a sheet of aluminium foil.

They were given just three minutes the complete the task. A team named ‘Glenn’s Dog Spot’ won the judge’s vote with their re-creation of Stonehenge.

Organiser Jennie Warren, who handled the quizmaster role with aplomb, said: “It was an amazing evening. I still had a buzz from the quiz at two in the morning!”

Jennie said she would like to thank both those who took part and those who donated raffle prizes.

iconic scene winner: stonehenge
Stonehenge: A task that stretched the teams’ artistic talents to the limit

Malvern Hillbillies to entertain tower runners

Malvern Hillbillies, who specialise in old-time Americana music, are to entertain runners and guests at Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017.

The band’s infectious rhythms are sure to go down well at the event on Sunday, May 28.

The hillbillies form part of a package of entertainment being laid on at the club.

There will be a barbecue, cake stall and bouncy castle for children after the run. Our fully licensed bar will also be open.

It will be an event for all the family, as well as for entrants celebrating their completion of the trail run up Bredon Hill.

The Hillbillies are based at Welland, near Malvern, and comprise Pete ‘Hillbilly’ Haynes, Andrew ‘Foxy’ Cocks and Pete ‘Cousin Merle’ Hammond.

You can find out more about them on their Facebook page.

Find out more about the tower run, including how to enter, below.

Dare you run to the tower on the hill?