RW Previews: Over the Hills 12K, October 19

Throw youself into the deep end at this Wiltshire multiterrainer near an award-winning manor

Posted: 8 September 2003

Where and when?
Sunday, October, 19, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire.

What is it?
This one-lap course takes in some of the most technical terrain the Wiltshire countryside can throw at you. A change of route means competitors will now tackle the grounds of the mediaeval-origin Iford Manor, which sits by the River Frome and boasts a Grade I Italian-style garden.

Runners will have to endure a variety of terrain including a dash along the A36, some tricky woodland, a river crossing, and of course, plenty of long hard hills to stretch even the toughest hard-nuts. Last year the event attracted nearly 150 runners, but expect that number to be higher this time around.

What the organisers say:
Not surprisingly... "The sense of achievement you get once you cross the line is truly immense."

Watch out for:
Wisteria sinensis, Phillyria latifolia, Buxus sempervirens, Cupressus sempervirens, and Hemerocalis citrina, the scented day lily, if you visit the gardens at Iford Manor.
And if you weren't awake before the river crossing, you sure will be after.

Any extras?
Winners' prizes as well as showers and changing facilities

How to enter:
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could someone who has done this race before advise me on which shoes to wear,would 6mm spikes grip enough? would the road section render them useless?
Posted: 20/09/2003 at 20:44


I've never done the race itself, but have trained over the approximate course - minus the stream! - many times (hello to former clubmates at AVR!). Even in the wet, offroad shoes have been fine. I wouldn't fancy trying to run up the steep hill (road) just after the stream crossing in spikes...

Have a good one!

Posted: 22/09/2003 at 17:03

I'm doing this too! (But have only just actually read the write up - ah-ha!)

So not spikes? Would they not help?
Posted: 22/09/2003 at 17:07

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