Ends 16 February 2020

The Tempo Winter Series 2018 / 2019 is now over!!



Another great series of races done – and we want to thank you all for making it such a fantastic one, creating a lovely atmosphere, running hard and enjoying yourselves too.

The series results are up on the link HERE 

1,345 pairs of feet crossed the finish line owned by 625 different runners. That’s 201,750 metres of climbing between you since October. Get in!

The brilliant photos by Barry Cornelius are now up on his website too – here. Don’t forget to credit him if you use them for whatever you do.

A huge thank you to everyone for supporting the series, that’s all the helpers, marshals and Emily’s team for keeping us in tea and bacon rolls!

Bring on next year!

Event Information/Overview

A series of five road races run over a course of 10.13k (6.3miles). The course is the same for each race but is run counter clockwise then clockwise on each alternate date. This is perfect winter training territory as there are a few; well, one quite big hill involved. Complete all five races and win a Tempo Events Winter Series Prize (previously been a hoody or a gilet!)

Entry numbers for each race are restricted again so if you want to do the entire series we recommend entering all five as soon as possible to avoid missing out.  This is especially important if you have designs on claiming the series memento or designs on winning the series prize. The discount for entering all five races has doubled this year to £10.

You don’t have to enter the races as a bundle to get the series prizes. But you do have to run them all.

You will only be eligible for your Series Hoody if you run all the races, OR, if you are unable to run because you are ill or injured or some other reason you have to come and marshal. In exceptional circumstances you can send someone to marshal. In all these situations you must let us know in advance, email, text, phone, preferably NOT facebook messenger!

You CANNOT send someone to run in your place and still claim your prize. Entries are not transferable once the series has begun.

You are only eligible for a Series Prize if you run all five races. There are age group prizes (10 years starting at 35) for each race and over the series. Series positions are calculated on gender position and your age group for the series prize is the one you are in on the date of the final race (17.02.19)

As in previous years, Barry Cornelius plans to take photographs of some of the races of the Tempo Winter Series for publication on his website www.oxonraces.com and for possible use by the press. You will be able to download his photos free of charge. If you do not wish your image to appear as a significant part of any photograph that he publishes on the web or provides to the press, you should put a large thick red cross across your race number. If you are under 18, please ensure that your parent/carer is happy for photos of you taken at the race to be published on the web. If you or your parent/carer do not wish photos of you to be published on the web, please add a large thick red cross to your race number. Red markers will be provided at the Race HQ for this purpose.”

Download Race Information

Race 1 - 21 October 2018

Race 2 - 18 November 2018

Race 3 - 30 December 2018

Race 4 - 20 January 2019

Race 5 - 17 February 2019


The entry form is now live for online entry.

One The Day
Registration is from 8:30am. All numbers are to be collected on race day where you will be given one number to be used for every race you enter in the series.  Please keep hold of your number when you finish each race, the timing chip is attached to the back of the number.

The start hooter goes off at 10:30am.

Entry Fee

Running Club Member (affiliated) – £14
Non-Club Member (unaffiliated) – £16
Please note there is also a small transaction fee.

Day entries are £2 more

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

Ilmington Sports & Social Club, Mickleton Road, Ilmington, Shipston On Stour, CV36 4JQ
New Parking Instructions for 2018 / 19 Races

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.

Please then follow the directions of the marshal’s as there are specific areas we would like you to park. Please don’t abandon your vehicle in an area unless advised so by one of our marshal’s.  We have been given kind permission to run these races in such a lovely area and we would ask you to respect those that live there and use these roads on a regular basis.

Please note that the main car pack won’t be open initially until all the car park places have been used up in the main village.  If you happen to arrive from the Park Lane/Mickleton Road side of Ilmington you may be directed towards the village to be parked there first.

There is to be no parking on the Mickleton Road

Water Stations

One water station providing cups of water will be on the course at around the 5K marker.

Prizes (and Hoodys!)

Prizes are awarded on the day to the first, second and third male and female finishers and the winner of each age category (UK Athletics age categories) receives a cash prize.

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 can still qualify by marshaling for us at that race. 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.

Series Winner
Courtesy of one of the country’s highest quality hoteliers – Hand Picked Hotels have kindly provided the Series prize for the fifth year in a row. The prize includes bed and breakfast for two people at any one of their 20 hotels around the country. Great for repaying partners and loved ones for putting up with you heading out the door for yet another training run, this fantastic prize is for top placed man, top placed lady and their respective partners.

Baggage & Toilets

There is no baggage drop off at the race start/finish but the furthest you could be parked is ¾ mile away so you should be able to use your car for kit storage.  We will have a key box at registration for you to leave your car keys.

There are plenty of toilets available for you to use at the Sports Club.

Withdrawal 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 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.

All contact for any of the above options should be made by email.

Music Whilst Running

No earphones please! From 1 April 2016, a new rule regarding the wearing of head phones in road races was introduced into the 2016-2018 edition of the UKA Rules of Competition: –

“The wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted in races on any single carriageway road that is not wholly closed to traffic.”

This includes bone conductive earphones even though they are approved by UKA.  This is because it’s impossible for us as race organisers to differentiate between ear phone types.  Safety at our events is paramount.

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.


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