The Event

Welcome to the Bumble Bimble! A 5 or 10 mile run through the beautiful, lush, green Worcestershire countryside with the next event, The Bumble Bimble Summer Edition 2020, taking place on Sunday 7th June 2020.  The Summer Edition includes a Family Fun Run.  Entries open on Friday 24th Janurary 2020 at 6PM. 

The Bimble is a supported social run, starting and ending at the Park Gate Inn, Kidderminster Road, Bromsgrove, get your medals, goodies, and relax at the after run party.  Families very welcome!

Details for our next event:

Sunday 7th June

8:30 AM Breakfast will be available from the Park Gate Inn

8:30 AM Registration opens

9:15 AM Briefing for Family Fun Run

9:30 AM Fun Run starts

10:00 AM Briefing for 10 mile Bimble

10:15 AM 1st wave – 10 mile Bimble starts

10:30 AM 2nd wave – 10 mile Bimble starts

10:45 AM Briefing for 5 mile Bimble

11:00 AM 5 mile Bimble starts

The Park Gate will be serving hot and cold drinks, including their award winning real ales all day.  They will also be serving hot food until about 2:30 PM.

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

The Summer Bimble 2020 is raising money for The Woodland Trust

The Routes

The Family Fun Run is a route of around 3 km and follows part of the 5 mile route.

There are 2 other options 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, down Fockbury Mill Lane 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 until turning back and heading towards Dordale. Next up is another beautiful wooded location, this time in Pepper Woods where a gentle incline will test tired legs before a fast sprint back down into Dordale will get you back to the Inn for the party

The Party

The run starts and ends at the fantastic Park Gate Inn serving real and independent local ales. http://www.parkgateinn.co.uk 

Breakfast will be available from 8:30 am, served by the Hangry Moose for the early arrivers.

Relax in post run glory with your running buddies looking over stunning views across the beautiful countryside where there will be music, real ales, mulled wine and delicious food served by the Hangry Moose.

The Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Registering

How do I enter the event?

You can enter online via our entry system from Friday 24th January 2020 at 6PM, the link is on this website.  Numbers with chips will be sent out before the event.

When will online entry close?

When entries are full or on 24th May 2020.

Do I have to pay?

This run is not-for-profit and is financially supported by 2 fantastic local companies, Bumble Hole Foods and Champion CCTV. 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 the cut off times are as follows; 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, which is at 2.5 miles in, then enter the 5 mile route.  If you’re running the 10 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, so enjoy with friends at a comfy pace or feel free to push yourself. It’s mostly trails with stiles, kissing gates, fields, mud, long grass no matter where you go. Trail shoes are recommended and expect to get a bit 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 finnisher times.  If you think you might finish in the top 20, you can opt to go in the speedy wave, but most of our runners like to enjoy this event as a social run, and enjoy the scenary, and post event socialising with friends.

If you want to run with your friends in the same wave, you can enter a password to be grouped in the same wave.

Do I need trail shoes?

Trail shoes are highly 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.

What time does the run start?

The Family Fun Run will start at 9.30 am.  The first wave of the 10 mile run will start at 10:00 and the 5 mile run will start at 11:00. 

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 recieve 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

Results for the Winter Bimble on Sunday 1st December 2019:

5 mile run: Bumble-Bimble-2019-Winter-5-Miles

10 mile run: Bumble-Bimble-2019-Winter-10-Miles