The Event

The Summer Bimble is back!

COVID 19 UPDATE 20th June 2021

So that we are still able to go ahead with the delayed easing of Lockdown, we have made some changes to the way the Bumble Bimble is taking place. As an organised sporting event we can continue the run, but changes to the start and finish have been made.

  1. To avoid large gatherings there will be no run briefing on the morning of the event. This will be done via email the day before. Marshal briefings will also be carried out virtually.
  2. Due to the event having chip timing (sent in the post) we will be stretching out the start. This should minimise groups of people, but please still observe social distancing guidelines whist you’re waiting to set off. Please do not bring spectators to the event.
  3. Please arrive within the block you have been given, go to the start line and run. Please don’t congregate in large groups. When you have finished your run, collect your medal and leave.
  4. The pub are still allowing us to use their facilities, however their COVID safety rules MUST be adhered to. If you choose to enter the pub as a customer before or after your run, you must scan in using the Track and Trace app. Face coverings must be worn if you need to go inside to use the facilities. Drinks can be purchased using table service only and from tables of a group of a maximum of 6. There is plenty of seating outside the pub, socialising after this run is a big part of what makes the Bimble special, but keep to the latest rules, keep everyone safe and support The Park Gate.
  5. Anyone who has ordered tees or vests will be able to collect from the front bar of the Park Gate from midday on Saturday 26th June. You can also collect on the morning of the event, from the event tent in the field near the finish of the route, off the car park.

We’re back on Sunday 27th June 2021. Entries are now closed and numbers and chips will be sent out in the post before race day.

All entries to the postponed summer and winter bimbles 2020 which were not taken as virtual runs will be carried forward to the summer bimble 2021. Please check your emails for confirmations from when you originally signed up. We’ll get email reminders out too.

The Bimble is a supported social run, starting and ending at the Park Gate Inn, 178 Kidderminster Road, Bromsgrove, B61 9AJ.  Families very welcome!

Enter here: https://www.entrycentral.com/bumblebimble

The Bumble Bimble is a community event, organised by volunteers and supported by local businesses.  Click here for the Facebook Page.

The Summer Bimble 2021 is raising money for The Woodland Trust Pepper Wood appeal.

The Routes

There are 2 distances available, 5 miles and 10 miles – both challenging all taking in the spectacular countryside.

Click the images for a Mapometer route

5 Miles

Starting at the Park Gate Inn, the route takes you across the beautiful Dodford countryside, into the valley before entering the spectacular scenery of Nutnells Woods. Looping around the route heads over some quiet Dodford lanes and back into the valley up into the fields, back across Fockbury Road and back to the Park Gate pub for a well deserved drink!

10 Miles

Again starting at the Park Gate Inn, this route tracks the 5 mile course for around 4 miles but then turns left out of Nutnells Woods into more breathtaking scenery in the Chaddesley Woods nature reserve. The route is trickily undulating and not recommended for novice trail runners.  Next up is another beautiful wooded location, this time in Pepper Wood where another incline will test tired legs.  Then heading across a challenging bridle path before a real treat of a descent towards the village hall, another steep incline, then back down to the valley before you reach “the steps” then you’re not far from the finish!

The Party

Due to the delay of the full easing of lockdown, there will be no Bumble Bimble after party at the Park Gate. Fortunately The Park Gate are still allowing us to use their facilities providing the latest rules are adhered to. If you need to use the pub face coverings must be worn indoors, you scan in using the track and trace app. Hand sanitiser is supplied on entry points. The pub will be serving drinks to customers using table service to tables of a maximum of 6. There will be no food available.

 http://www.parkgateinn.co.uk 

The Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Registering

How do I enter the event?

You can enter online via our entry system, the link is on this website.  Numbers with chips will be sent out 1 week before the event.

When will online entry close?

Entries are now closed.

Do I have to pay?

This run is not-for-profit and is financially supported by 2 local companies, Bumble Hole Foods and Champion Security Installations. Any event costs are donated by them.  Your entry fee covers the cost of the medal, insurance and a donation to charity.

Can I get a refund or transfer my place to another runner after I’ve paid and entered?

No refunds or transfer are available.

Taking Part

How tough is the run?

This is a challenging course.  If you are new to trail running the 5 mile option would be for you.  If you opt for the 10 mile route please be mindful of the cut off times.

The check points for the 10 mile run: The first water station/check point must be reached in 35 minutes from when you set off.  This is an average of 16.5 minute miles, this terrain in the wet is particularly challenging, and really slows you down.  If you don’t think you can make it to the first water station in this time, which is at 2.5 miles in, then enter the 5 mile route.  If you’re running the 10 mile route and miss the cut off time you’ll be diverted onto the 5 mile route, and will still get your medal.

The second water station/check point is at Pepper Wood, at approximately 7 miles, you’ve got 2 hours to reach this point.  Anyone who hasn’t reached the second check point in 2 hours will be offered a lift back to The Park Gate or given the option to return on foot without marshals on the route.

This is a social run, to enjoy with friends at a comfy pace or feel free to push yourself and grab that course record!  It’s mostly trails with stiles, kissing gates, fields, mud, and long grass. Trail shoes are recommended and expect to get dirty.  Bring some clean clothes to change into for the post run party!

If I haven’t ran this before, how can I predict my time?

We are asking entrants to give a predicted time.  This is because we are using a new timing and wave system.  The terrain cannot be compared to running on the road, and this course takes an extra 20% effort/time in completing.  Have a look at our previous event finisher times.  Most of our runners like to enjoy this event as a social run, and enjoy the scenery, and post event socialising with friends.

Do I need trail shoes?

Trail shoes are usually recommended but it depends on the weather at the time. Check recent weather and forecasts to decide. There are some steep banks and normally muddy sections.

Are there any age limits?

For the 10 mile route runners should be over 18 and be of sufficient physical fitness for the challenging course. If under 18’s are interested in this event they can enter the 5 mile route but must be accompanied by an adult within sight at all times. The Family Fun run is available to anyone 4 and over, under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Will you send me a run number?

Yes, we are sending out number and chips before the event.  You be advised what wave you’re once entries are closed.  

What time does the run start?

The first wave of the 10 mile route will run will start at 9:00-9:20am, then 9:20-9:40am

The 5 mile route is 10:00-10:20 and 10:20-10:40am.

You can start running at any time within your wave. The wave system is to ease congestion and make the start flow better. With the chip timing system your official run time starts when you cross the start line, and finishes as you cross the finish line. If you’re having to wait in line please do so keeping a social distance.

Can I run with my dog?

Yes, but only one dog per runner please, and dogs need to be kept under control, on leads and away from the livestock on the course.  There are plenty of stiles to test your dogs agility!  Some of them have “dog doors”, many don’t, so if your dog isn’t particularly agile, or you’re unable to lift them over, the route may not be appropriate.

Can I volunteer?

If you’re unable to run then you can still take part!  This event couldn’t take place without the support of volunteers, if you would like to help out please contact us via email or via our Facebook page.  There are several roles, marshals out on the course, at water stations, at base or run marshals running the route assisting runners.  Anyone volunteering will receive and Bumble Bimble snood or t-shirt as a thank you.

The Results

Here are the results for the inaugural Bumble Bimble 11th June 2017

5 mile run: 5-mile-results

10 mile run: 10-mile-results

Results for the Winter Bimble on Sunday 26th November 2017:

5 mile run: bumble_bumble_5_mile_results

10 mile run: bumble_bumble_10_mile_results

Results for the Summer Bimble on Sunday 10th June 2018:

5 mile run: Bumble Bimble 2018 Summer 5 Miles

10 mile run: Bumble Bimble 2018 Summer 10 Miles

Results for the Winter Bimble on Sunday 2nd December 2018:

5 mile run: Bumble Bimble 2018 Winter 5 Miles

10 mile run: Bumble Bimble 2018 Winter 10 Miles

Results for the Summer Bimble on Sunday 16th June 2019:

5 mile run: Bumble Bimble 2019 Summer 5 Miles

10 mile run: Bumble Bimble 2019 Summer 10 Miles