22 October 2023
Tempo Winter Series 2023- 24
The entire Winter Series is now completely sold out which it hasn’t done for about 5 years!! If this is anything to go by, it’s worth booking in early for more of our races in 2024 which are also likely to sell out.
Congratulations to the lucky ones who have managed to get places across the Winter Series! See you at the next race.
You can attend just one race or more, all the way up to five races.
Race 1: 22nd October 2023
Race 2: 19th November 2023
Race 3: 17th December 2023
Race 4: 21st January 2024
Race 5: 18th February 2024
5 races, 1 a month from October to February. Complete all 5 races and bag yourself a Winter Series memento. Each races we give a finishers prize of a pack of sausages from Barry the Butchers (veggie and vegan options also available). At the end of the series we will crown the most consistent male and female runners who will each win a Series Winners prize. New for 2023-24 Race 1 and 5 will be counter-clockwise (as normal), Races 2 and 4 will be clockwise (again as normal). However, Race 3 in December will be around a new course route!
Use the red button to enter online. There will be entries available on race day unless we reach our race entry limit.
Chips will be attached to the rear of your number which you can collect on race day. If you are running the first race you will use the same number for any subsequent races you enter so look after it, don’t put it through the washing machine! Please wear your number on your front.
Entry Price: – Full Series – £75 / £85 (available up to the day of the first race or if our limit number is reached)
Individual Entry – £17 / £19.
On the day entry £25 for everyone.
Every race will start at 10:30am.
Please be ready near the start for your race briefing at 10:20am.
Route Map & Course Information
Races 1, 3 and 5 all head along Mickleton Road to the bottom of Larkstoke which is your major ascent in the run. Once you’re at the top you turn left and start decending down Nebsworth Lane and Campden Hill into Ilmington. Turning right at the bottom follow the road around to the Red Lion Pub. Turn right again and follow a loop that brings you back around to the village. This time head past the Howard Arms and then the Red Lion from the opposite direction. Heading back past Campden Hill the marshals will direct you down back lane, past the primary school. The final few hundred meters are back onto the Mickleton Road with the finish on the grass field by the Sports Club Races 2 and 4 all do the opposite of the above, heading to the village first and doing the loop from and back to the pubs before ascending Campden Hill. The route decends down Larkstoke before a 1K run along Mickleton Road. The finish heads past the Sports Club before entering the field.
Directions & Parking
From Stratford take the A3400 (Shipston Road) towards the village of Alderminster. After 3.7 miles, just before you reach Alderminster take a right turn along Wimpstone Lane (signposted to Ilmington). Passing through the village of Wimpstone continue for 4 miles at which point you will arrive at the village of Ilmington. Take the first turn towards Mickleton and the Sports Club is about 500m on the left hand side. Parking is both in the village of Ilmington (follow the signs for the car park) and also some limited parking at the Sports Club in Ilmington. If parking at the village there is a 5-8 minute walk to get the the race start. Please do not park anywhere in the village itself! We only have permission to hold the race if we’re respectful of the residents of Ilmington Village but also respectful of anyone else in the area who uses the roads and location. Please only park in the designated locations either on Ballard Lane or at the Sports Club.
Prizes are awarded on the day to the first, second and third male and female finishers and the winner of each age category (10 year age categories from 35 years) receives a cash prize. This will be given on gun time. Tempo Events series memento In addition to the cash prizes all runners who complete all five races will receive a Tempo Events memento at the end of the final round in February. If you suffer an injury, for one of the races you may still qualify by marshalling for us at that race but we must know. If you find yourself injured please let us know before the race so we know who is coming to marshal. You cannot get someone else to run in your place if you’re unable to run and still claim your series prize.
Baggage & Toilets
We will be erecting gazebos for you to drop your bags while you run. It is not manned so if you have valuables, leave them in your cars. We can look after keys for you. You are welcome to drop them in the clubhouse but you may prefer to remain outside. There will be toilets available for you to use at the Sports Club.
Withdrawal And Cancellation Policy
If you have entered the complete series, you have up to six weeks prior to the first race to withdraw and you will receive a full refund less a £2.00 admin fee. After this deadline, no refunds are offered, however an entry may be transferred to another runner on provision of full details prior to the race. Entries cannot be transferred on race day without our consent. If someone does run in your place you will no longer be eligible for either the series prize or the series memento. If you have entered an individual race you have up to six weeks prior to that race to withdraw and you will receive a full refund less a £2.00 admin fee. As above after this date no refunds are offered, however you can transfer your entry to another runner but they can’t run in your place for you to claim the series memento. In the event of a race being cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control we will attempt to reschedule to a later date and all entries will transfer to that rescheduled date. If this proves impossible we will offer entrants either a percentage refund or the option to donate that refund to the race charity. The percentage refunded / donated will depend on costs incurred at the time of cancellation. All contact should be made by email
Music Whilst Running
We have officially changed our policy on earphones. Historically we have had a complete ban on earphones for safety reasons and because it impossible for us to verify that every pair worn are bone conducting. But we’re aware that many people train with theirs and can feel uncomfortable without them and it can help with motivation during the tougher moments of a race. So all our events going forward will allow earphones to be worn. However please have volumes at a reasonable level so you can either hear instructions from marshals or noise from vehicles, especially any medics who are trying to get through to any runners who maybe in need of their help.
We are very grateful for the support of Ilmington Village and the Parish Council. Please respect the village and it’s inhabitants especially when you first arrive and park and for the duration of your time that you join us for each race. We would ask you to support the village by frequenting the establishments below.
The Red Lion is a lovely local Pub serving well known beer from the local Hook Norton Brewer. The Howard Arms a beautiful country Pub with a superb menu, perfect for Sunday Lunch after the race. Ilmington Community Shop run by the Village this is just the place to top up on supplies pre or post race! You can even get a mid race coffee there as the runners go past you.