Pattingham Bells Run - Report 2009
Bells Run 2009 - Winners List - Main Race
Bells Run 2009 - Winners List - Junior Race

Bells Run 2009 - Full results

20th Bells Run attracts over 800 runners

On a beautiful sunny October morning, a record number of entrants took part in the popular Pattingham Bells Run. Over 800 individual and club runners from all over the country competed in the 20th off-road, multi-terrain race.

As part of the 20th year celebrations, the first-ever Junior Race for youngsters ages 11 to 16 took place. The two mile course started and finished in the same place as the main 7 mile race. There were three age groups, up to 13, up to 15 and up to 17. All of the 50 entrants received a commemorative medal and goody bag, with the winners of each group being awarded a special laser engraved acrylic trophy.
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All race finishers in the main 7 mile race received a commemorative brass which had been specially designed for the occasion. Also, all finishers were given a slice of Bells Run fruit cake and a hot drink. Nine large cakes (approx. 60 x 30cms) are made by Sue Riches from the village, which are then cut and wrapped into 900 slices by a team of ladies from the St Chad's Church Social Committee.

The overall winner was Daniel Beier (No.234), aged 26, from Tipton Harriers, seen attacking Nore Hill at the 6 mile point, with just a mile to go to the finish. Second was John Bowie with a time of 40.56 and third, Ross Jones of Wolverhampton & Bilston at 41.03.

The first lady was Michelle Clarke from Telford Harriers with a time of 46.48. Second was Jane Hawkins from Bromsgrove & Redditch Club and third, Fiona Colison at 49.47.

The Challenge Cup for the first runner from Pattingham with Patshull was won by Alan Griffiths and the new cup for the 1st Lady From Pattingham with Patshull was won by Karen Hadley. Congratulations to all winners !

Full results are now available on the Bellringers website at

Next year's Bells Run and Junior Race will take place on the 17th October 2010.
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 What runners think of the Bells Run...

From : Dave Barnett

Hi there,
Thank you for organising such a fantastic event. It was the first year for my friend and I and we'll definitely be regulars from now on.
Look forward to seeing the results on the website.

All the best.
Dave Barnett

From : J.P.Camm

Dear Sir/Madam,
Can I just congratulate you for a superbly organised event.
I have only been running about 6 months and this was my first organised run.
If all future runs are as well organised as this, I can see I am in for many years of enjoyment.
Can you thank everyone involved, from the main organisers to the ladies (I'm assuming) that made the cakes and dished out the drinks.
Many thanks for a very enjoyable day.

J.P. Camm - Number 835!

From : Simon Krstic

The 2009 race was my 17th and I've been sorting out my times over the last 17 years and don't seem to have 1997's result. My running number was 225 and my name is Simon Krstic. If you have my time and position I would be very grateful - this years race was of the highest standard - keep up the good work!!!,


From : Beverly Harris

I took part in the run this year for the first time. I very much enjoyed it, not only the beautiful countryside but also the lovely warm atmosphere and friendly marshalls cheering us on.
I love my brass, but unfortunately did not realise that I could purchase a martingale to put it on, is there anyway I could purchase one? Could I forward you a cheque and pay postage and it be sent to me? I look forward to hearing from you.

Many Thanks,
Beverly Harris - No: 1270.

Photo Gallery - Bells Run 2009
Our thanks again go to Brian Smith for the excellent photographs,
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Some of the many winners... Congratulations !

Photography by Brian Smith & Mike Coope

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Prize Winners - Main Race 2009




1st overall

Daniel Beier Tipton Harriers 39.58
2nd overall

John Bowie - 40.56
3rd overall

Ross Jones W-ton & Bilston 41.03
4th overall

Ian Mansell Centurion RR 41.31
5th overall

Greg Wilson Telford Harriers 41.47
1st Lady

Michelle Clark Telford Harriers 46.48
2nd lady

Jane Hawkins Bromsgrove & Redditch AC 48.04
3rd Lady

Fiona Colison - 49.47
1st Man 40+

Simon Link Stourbridge RC 42.34
1st Man 50+

Stephen Roberts Oswestry Olympians 47.10
1st Man 60+

David Humphreys Shropshire Shufflers 51.11
1st Lady 40+

Jane Hawkins Bromsgrove & Redditch AC 48-04
1st Lady 50+

Libby Collinson Shropshire Shufflers 54.13
1st Lady 60+

Christine Sedman-Smith Kidderminster & Stourport AC 59.13
1st Pattingham Runner
'Challenge Cup'

Alan Griffiths - 47.09
1st Pattingham Lady
Winner Cup

 Karen Hadley  Running for the first time  57.34

Winners Trophies - click for larger images

Junior Race
Winners Laser Trophy

Winners Cup
1st Lady from Parish of Pattingham with Patshull

Challenge Cup
1st Runner from Parish of Pattingham with Patshull

Prize Winners - Junior Race 2009

Age Group



Under 13 - Girls

Hannah Albutt
Alexandra Hale
Millie Barker

Under 15 - Girls

Sophie Albutt
Sophie Bray

Under 17 - Girls

Julie Addison
Garbrielle O'Gara
Jenny Detheridge

Under 13 - Boys

Thomas Garbett
Joseph Smith
James Campbell

Under 15 - Boys

Daniel Kennedy
Matthew Anslow
Oliver Ramskill

Under 17 - Boys

Josh Lines
Jon Benton
Jack Davies


Full Race Results
The complete Bells Run Results for 2009 will be available soon and can be viewed on the Bell Ringers website at www.pattingham-ringers.org.uk
Thank you to all those who helped with this year's race...
Once again, thanks to all those who helped with the event. Around 150 people assist in marshalling the race and village traffic, manning the Help Desk and taking 'on-the-day' registrations. Thanks also go the Pattingham Bell Ringers and the band of ladies who prepare and serve the hundreds of pieces of harvest cake with a hot cup of tea. Thanks also to the farmers for their cooperation on the actual course.

Thanks also go to all the publications and radio stations that took up our Press Releases and published details of this year's run. We would particularly like to mention Wolverhampton Chronicle, Staffordshire Journal, The Villager, Express & Star and Pattingham Parish magazine.

WCR fm Radio Station
WCR fm 101.8 radio station whose team of Jan Brookfield (Producer) and 'Fish' (Programme presenter) were especially helpful in promoting the Bells Run by broadcasting interviews with Tony Ainsworth and Mike Coope in the studio and 'live' on the day in Pattingham. (Web: www.wcrfm.com)

As a 'Thank You', pieces of 'Bells Run' cake will be delivered to the studio for Jan and Fish.

Raynet (communications), the Red Cross and the Community Paramedics were again on duty and we thank them for their attendance which ensures the welfare of all runners taking part in the run.

As previous years, donations will be made to various local charities including the Air Ambulance plus the Village School, the Village Playing Fields Association, Raynet and the Air Cadets, who provide our car parking attendants. Remaining proceeds from the Bells Run are given to St. Chad's Church, Pattingham.

This year's Bells Run, the 21st, takes place on Sunday 17th October 2010

The 21st Bells of Pattingham Run will take place on Sunday 17th October 2010, starting at 11.00 am from the Village Hall Playingfields.

The first run back in 1990, was organised to raise money to replace the old wooden bell frame in the belfry of St. Chad's church in Pattingham. Because of its popularity, the run has continued over the years and now is a respected event in the running world with a limit of 1000 entries.

All proceeds from the race are now used for local charities, such as the County Air Ambulance, Air Training Corps, Playing Fields Committee, St Chad's School and also to help St. Chad's Church funds. All runners finishing receive a 'Bells Run' brass and the first runner from the Parish of Pattingham with Patshull will be presented with a cup to be held for one year.

The design for the Bells Run brass is changed each year and they have become collector's pieces. The picture shows a typical design for the race.

The run starts and finishes in Pattingham in South Staffordshire over a 7 mile off-road, multi-terrain course, under UKA rules. Costs to enter by pre-booking, or entering on the day, will be posted on this website in the future.

Download your ENTRY FORMS for the 2010 Bells Run here...
MAIN RACE - Entries limited to first 1000 runners


If your email address has changed, please email the change to ENTRIES

Junior Race - 2nd year
This is an interesting multi-terrain, off-road race over a course of approximately 3.5KM through delightful undulating Soth Staffordshire countryside.
* The race starts prior to the main Bells Run
* The start and finish will be on or near the Pattingham Village Hall Playing Fields
* The off-road course is clearly sign posted and well marshalled

Race age cateogories...
1). Under 13 boys / Under 13 girls -
Aged 11 on the day of the race or aged 12 on 31st August 2010
2). Under 15 boys / Under 15 girls - Aged 13 or 14 on 31st August 2010
3). Under 17 bys / Under 17 girls - Aged 15 or 16 on 31st August 2010

Prizes... First 3 male and female per age category.

Commerorative gift for all runners as they go through the finish.
Drinks and medical support en route and at the finish.
Adequate off-road parking nearby.
Relax or collapse at the finish with a hot or cold drink and a biscuit.

Download your Entry Form now...

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