Ends 17 February 2019
The Tempo Winter Series 2018 / 2019 entry now open!!
Now that we’ve gone past the longest day it’s now time to look forward towards the colder months!
That time is upon us again! 2018 / 19 will see the 9th time we have held the series at Ilmington in it’s current format and venue.
The dates for this years races are shown below.
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.
Initially we will open entry for all five races only and open up individual race entry nearer the date of the first race. The discount for entering all five races has doubled this year to £10.
If we haven’t reached the entry limit we will then do entries on the day (we sold out last year so day entries weren’t available!)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.
All five race bundle:
Running Club Member (affiliated) – £60
Non-Club Member (unaffiliated) – £70
Individual race entry (when available)
Running Club Member (affiliated) – £14
Non-Club Member (unaffiliated) – £16
Please note there is also a small transaction fee.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 7 days prior to the race. Entries cannot be transferred on race day.
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.