The Wiltshire 10

It is with great sadness that I finally have to concede to the forecast adverse weather for tomorrow, Sunday 9th February and cancel the 2020 edition of The Wiltshire 10 Road Race.

I know that it is disappointing but I can assure you that this decision has not been taken lightly and I gave Storm Ciara every chance to divert.

Unfortunately significant unrecoverable costs have been invested into this race on the given date and coupled with the major roadworks planned in Melksham from Monday for several months, rescheduling of the event is not possible.

As you may be aware this was to be the tenth running of The Wiltshire 10 and to mark this occassion a specially minted finishers medal had been produced. So I would like to offer you the chance to still claim one – just commit to running 10-miles anywhere in Wiltshire before 31st March 2020 and I shall ship one out to you [More details of this Virtual Wiltshire 10 to follow through our Facebook page].

I would also like to add that I will direct the profits from this cancelled race to the following charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, British Heart Foundation, RUH Forever Friends, MIND and Cancer Research UK.

Yours in running

Darren – Stampede Sports

Wiltshire Road Race League

Stampede Sports are delighted to announce that The Great Chalfield 10K  has been selected by Wiltshire Athletic Association to be Race #6 in the 2020 Wiltshire Road Race League.

As well as The Hullavington Full Marathon being the county championships for the distance, the acompanying Hullavington Marathon Team Relay has been selected by the Association to be a bonus team event in the League.

White Horse Gallop

One hundred and forty runners signed up for the White Horse Gallop Trail  run, which this year had to be shortened to just over seven miles due to waterlogged ground at Leighton Recreation Centre. The recent rain also made the running underfoot even more challenging than normal, though this did not deter John Reed of Warminster Running Club from claiming victory in a time just under 49-minutes ahead of Flash Gordon from Warminster and third placed Ash Tuck from Bitton Road Runners.

In the Ladies race Veryan Cranston of Avon Valley Runners took victory ahead of Samantha Kelly from Royal Wootton Bassett Hounds and third placed Justina Burles of Warminster Running Club.

Age category awards went to: MV40 – Jason Longhorn of Mile High; FV40 – Sarah Tilling of Swindon Striders; MV50 – Barry Awan of Team Bath; FV50 – Nikki Guiver of Yeovil Town Road Runners; MV60 – Simon Rowbottom of Yeovil Town Road Runners; FV60 – Mary Derrick from Chippenham.

Results can be found online here


Sixty two riders set off in the rain from Devizes Leisure Centre to take part in the inaugural YAW100K sportive. The route took riders on an undulating loop on the roads around Salisbury Plain and the beautiful Avon Valley with feed stations manned by volunteers from Youth Action Wiltshire positioned in the villages of Chitterne and Enford. The event was well received and has raised £800 for the charity; plans are already afoot to make it an annual event.

The Great Chalfield 10K

Congratulations to Simon Gilbert of Devizes Running Club and Zelda Ackerman from Royal Wootton Bassett who ran out winners at the 9th running of the Great Chalfield 10K at Broughton Gifford.

Two hundred and forty runners lined up in brilliant early evening sunshine on The Common in Broughton Gifford for the ninth running of the Great Chalfield 10K road race. Organised by Stampede Sports the race took runners over a certified accurate ten kilometre course passing both Holt Manor and Great Chalfield Manor on what has been described as the most picturesque 10K course in Wiltshire. Making light of the undulating course was Simon Gilbert of Devizes Running Club who improved on his third placed position from last year to take victory in a time of thirty four minutes and nineteen seconds ahead of Joseph Donworth from Frome Running Club and Ian Barrett of Cirencester AC. Alex Harris and Joe Bowerbank supported winner Simon to take the Men’s team prize back to Devizes.

In the ladies race Zelda Ackerman from Royal Wootton Bassett had a close fought battle in the finishing straight with clubmate Anel Neville and ahead of Clare Wood of Avon Valley Runners who along with Natalie Freeman and Jennifer Marlow took the Ladies Team prize..

Age group awards went to Ian Hackett of Swindon Striders (MV40); Ade Hurren of Corsham Running Club (MV50); Laura Midwinter of Corsham Running Club (FV40); Jackie Evans of Swindon Striders (FV50).

It is hoped that the event will have raised £1,800 for Broughton Gifford and Holt Scout Group.

Provisional results can be found here

Hullavington Half Marathon & 5K – 2019

Congratulations to Holly Rush of Avon Valley Runners who ran out as the overall winner in the inaugural Hullavington Half Marathon with Michael Tune of Swindon Harriers in second place as the first male finisher.

Simon Gilbert of Devizes Running Club headed the field in the 5K with Fiona Price of Avon Valley Runners the leading lady.

Provisional results for the Half Marathon are now online here and results for the 5K can be found here.

The Wiltshire 10 – 2019

Congratulations to Ricky Montacute of the Royal Engineers and Jess Sanzo from Bristol who were the winners of the ninth running of the Wiltshire 10 Road race at Melksham.

A record six hundred runners signed up for the ninth running of the Wiltshire 10 sponsored by The Wiltshire Times. In somewhat chilly conditions the field set off from Lowborne Road in Melksham town centre and headed out to Lacock, after looping around Reybridge the runners headed back towards Melksham and the finish alongside the River Avon in King George V Playing fields. After sitting in second place for most of the race Ricky Montacute of the Royal Engineers made his move in the final half mile to overhaul Anthony Glover of Westbury Harriers to take victory in fifty-seven minutes with Robert Farley of Bitton Road Runners coming in for third place. In fourth place Andrew Tarrant of Southville Running Club led his club mates: Bryan Walsh, William Smith and Sergio Benetiz Pozo home for the Men’s team prize.

The ladies race saw Jess Sanzo from Bristol take victory, completing the gently undulating course in 62-minutes 49-seconds, ahead of  Erin Willmers from Salisbury and Victoria Ratcliffe of Somer AC. The Bitton Road Runners trio of Liz Sanigar, Lauren Price and Rachel Stowell took the Ladies team prize.

Other prize winners: 1st MV40 – Simon Gilbert of Devizes Running Club; 1st MV50 – Michael Tune of Swindon Harriers; 1st MV60 – David Wright of Cirencester AC; 1st FV40 – Rachel Stowell of Bitton Road Runners; 1st FV50 – Diane Hier of Avon Valley Runners; 1st FV60 – Sharon Smith of Running Somewhere Else.

All finishers received a specially minted medal featuring the Wiltshire county flag and a copy of the Wiltshire Times.

Full results are here and Official photographs are online here