Marshall Milton Keynes AC
presents the 50th annual
Wolverton 5 Mile Road Race
Saturday 29th November 2014 at 2pm
Under UK Athletics rules
A fast flat course on traffic-free 'redways' at Willen Lakeside, Milton Keynes
|Justin Hobbs 23.01 (1993)||Alison Wyeth 26.21 (1992)|
|Julien Moorhouse 23.35 (1999)||Liz Yelling 26.36 (1996)|
- First three men
- First three women
- Veteran man
- Veteran woman
- £100 for the first man to break 23 minutes and/or the first woman to break 26.20
Other prizes according to entries.
A commemorative mug has been produced to celebrate our 50th year and this will be presented to all finishers.
The wearing of personal stereos is not permitted in any race under UK Athletics rules. You run the risk of disqualification.
Entry fee: £10.00 (£12.00 unattached) Cheques payable to 'Marshall MKAC'.
Late entries: £12.00 (£14.00 unattached)
Closing date: 25th November 2014 Please send an SAE for directions and number.
Registration/numbers/Refreshments: Camphill MK, Japonica Lane, off V10
History of the Race
The first Wolverton 5 Mile Road Race was held in 1965 and has been held every year since that time, on the last Saturday in November. The early races were organised by the then Chairman and now President, Milford Callow, and his wife Rose holds the distinction of having officiated at every single race. The first winner was Mike Price (Bristol) in 24.10. The following year, this record was reduced to 23.34 by Tony Sunderland (Shaftesbury Harriers). This record held until 1969 until Ron Grove (Leicester Coritanian) reduced it to 23.20. This record held until 1980, despite some excellent performances from international athletes, Tony Simmonds and Ian Thompson (Luton). The 1980 race was a tremendous contest between international steeplechasers, Roger Hackney and Gordon Rimmer, with Rimmer getting the edge in 23.08. The biggest ever field in the Wolverton 5 was in 1981 when there were over 700 entries and 530 finishers.
By 1991, the two-lap course round the Wolverton Railway works was becoming heavily congested and the decision was taken to move the race to Willen Lake, where it has been held ever since. The course has remained essentially the same, involving two laps of fast, traffic-free redways. Registration/Numbers and Refreshments will be available at Camphill Milton Keynes on Japonica Lane off Brickhill Street (V10) with ample parking. In 1992, British international, Alison Wyeth, recorded the super-fast time of 26.21. This was the fastest five-mile time by a woman in any British race in 1992 and remains the race record. The following year it was the men's turn when Justin Hobbs (Cardiff) ran the fastest five-mile time by a man in any British race in 1993, recording 23.01. In 1995 the course round Willen Lake was modified to improve the finish. The best times on this new course are 23.35 by Julien Moorhouse, set in 1999, and 26.36 by Liz Talbot (now Liz Yelling), set in 1996. Keith Cullen won the race in 2003 in 23:46. Prizes of £100 are offered to the first man to break 23 minutes and the first woman to break 26.20.
From Junction 14 of the M1 Motorway, head for Milton Keynes; At the first roundabout, turn right onto the A509; At the second roundabout turn right again onto the V10, Brickhill Street; 200m up this road there is a car park on your right. The race headquarters is at Camphill Milton Keynes on the other side of Brickhill Street. There is a footpath at the end of the car park: turn left to cross over Brickhill Street to Camphill, or turn right, up the hill, to go straight to the course.