The Chiltern Chase is a multi-terrain run, covering 5km, 10km or 15km. This popular course is based around the beautiful South Oxfordshire village of Ewelme. Runners enjoy picturesque bridleways and rugged trails of the Chiltern Way, accompanied by red kites overhead and occasional hare and deer. Running for over 11 years, The Chiltern Chase has raised over £100,000 for charity, and is managed by an experienced committee and supportive marshals. Refreshments are provided by Ewelme School PTA, so join us in a great day out for both runners and supporters alike.Register now
You will be able to pay on the day, however we can only accept payment by cash or cheque.
Car park opens (see Car Park information below). From here there is a gentle downhill stroll through a kissing gate to Cow Common where the event takes place.
Race number collection (including timing chip) and on the day registration opens. As you enter Cow Common via the gate registration will be on the right hand side in the marquees (they’re actually tents but marquees sound better).
Baggage drop open. This facility is a particularly attractive horse box and will be positioned adjacent to the registration tent and will also display maps of the courses, risk assessments and licences (for those who like all their ducks in a row)
On the Day Race Registration closes
Final call for Chiltern Chase run and briefing from our Master of Ceremonies, the incomparable Marcus. At this point there will be music and dancing (well an aerobics warm up for those who need to get in the mood for exertion)
15k start in front of pavilion
5k start (same place)
10k start (same place)
Award ceremony with lots of lovely prizes
Course clean up commences
Car Park closes
You need to be at least 13 years old to run the 5k and 16 years old to run the 10k.
There will be parking available “above” Cow Common in a field on the approach to Ewelme from “Hour glass corner” / Clacks Lane. From the car park Cow Common is a short downhill walk through a field and a couple of kissing gates. Those of you combining the Chiltern Chase with your first date, this is your time. Car park will open at 7:30am.
For Satellite Navigation: Use Post Code OX10 6HQ (The postcode may take you outside Ewelme School. There will be blue signs to guide you to the car park from there.) From M40 - distance: 6 miles, Time: 20mins
We ask runners to kindly not park in the village. Please use only the allocated car park, there will be plenty of space and there are marshals who will assist with parking.
Travel to the Chiltern Chase is tricky via public transport. The nearest railway station is Cholsey 5 miles away and buses on a Sunday through Ewelme have faded into the mists of time (there are none!)
All runners will be briefed by Marcus our M of C immediately prior to the race about potential hazards. This includes:
The sun can be strong at this time of year. Please take fluids on board before the race and consider wearing a cap and some high factor sun cream (we will provide some at the Start but it might be good to bring your own as well). Water will be available at the finish.
Running shoes and socks, shorts, T-shirt/vest, sunscreen and pins. Plus a positive attitude and a smile!
After Marcus has done his pre-race brief can runners assemble at the Start line (big spanking new banner with “Start” on it) outside the pavilion where teas and yummy cakes will be served afterwards.
The fastest 10k runners (sub 40 mins) are encouraged to start near the front and slower runners (60 mins+) towards the rear. 5k runners will be asked to start at the rear of the field. Your timing chip, supplied by Sports Systems, will give your actual time. Unless you expect to finish at the front of the field, there is no need to start at the front. The first race (5km) race is due to start at 10.00am promptly.
Please note immediately after the start you will be on a public road so be alert for traffic.
We love our course (and here it is!).
It is a multi terrain route consisting of minor roads, private farm land (we have permission!), bridleways and footpaths.
After crossing the finish line please keep moving to the finish area. There will be a number of us armed with cutters to remove timing chip from shoe, number or wherever you have fixed. Please seek us out when crossing the finishing line.
From there you can collect your race medal, get your breath back and maybe have a cheeky massage from our on-site experts (a small donation for this service would be nice and it is very popular so there may be a wait!)
Toffee, coffee and lemon drizzle cake as well as flapjack and shortbread awaits at the pavilion. And sweets!
Provisional results will be available on the day and in due course they will be posted to our website.
We regret that there are no changing facilities but we have great toilets (of the portable kind). Possessions may be left in the baggage horse box strictly at your own risk. We will keep an eye on them for you, but cannot guarantee their safety. Please present your race number to drop and collect baggage items. Toilets are positioned adjacent to the registration marquee. They will get busy just before the run starts so please be patient!
First Aid facilities will be available at the event. Please ensure any important medical information is detailed on the back of your race number.
We are proud to be plastic free again this year! Runners are encouraged to bring their own bottles. Water will be available in recyclable cups and/or for your own drinking bottle at the start and finish and at positions around the courses mentioned above.
After prize giving there will be a cheque presentation of £7,892 to last year main charity - South Central Ambulance First Responders.
We welcome feedback after the event – good or bad! Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please also contact us if you'd like to help next year.
The course is safe, albeit hilly, however in the event of a deluge or snow, prior to or during the event, things could get a little slippery on some of the off-road sections.
Please take extra care on the off-road sections and be mindful of other runners.
We regret that we cannot offer refunds if the race is cancelled due to extreme conditions as we will have already incurred all our running costs. As we organise the race to support local and national charities we ask for your understanding and support.
The likelihood of the race being cancelled due to extreme conditions in June is about as likely as a smooth Brexit but you never know.
The Chiltern Chase 5k, 10k and 15k race has been approved as a Race that will be held under UK Athletics Rules for Competition and in accordance with the Licence Requirements. Licence Number 2019-36253
A selection of post race “pick me ups” including toffee, coffee and lemon drizzle cake as well as flapjack and shortbread will be available at the pavilion next to the Finish line on the day.
If you want something more substantial and to celebrate with ale or wine the Shepherds Hut in the village and Gary our landlord will welcome you. They have a full Sunday roast selection and more and a very nice elevated garden!
Should you have any further questions before the day, please email email@example.com. On the day of the event, visit our registration desk located at the entrance to Cow Common from the car park.
Thanks again and enjoy!!
2019 Chiltern Chase Committee