Devils Chimney Chase 10K

Saturday evening race in Cheltenham

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27/06/2012 at 14:09

The return of the 'Devils Chimney Chase' for 2012 - a great way to spend a Saturday evening, with a challenging but very friendly, mostly off road run up Leckhampton hill.

BBQ and bar facilities at the race HQ, lets just hope the weather is kind again!

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Edited: 27/06/2012 at 14:09
27/06/2012 at 15:01

Oh I remember you mentioning this last year. I still love the name.

27/06/2012 at 15:10

Well it passes the 'Devils Chimney' rock is quite apt!

Reviews all very positive as you can see, and it was also featured in RW!


Race website....


10/07/2012 at 18:39

can i use spikes on this one due to the monsoon season. bought some today and tested them out but thought some one may complain when i overtake them

10/07/2012 at 21:34

Would you like to run the first 1k through residential streets on your hands then?? Spike? Idiot!!

11/07/2012 at 10:40

David, as Simon has (tactfully?) said - spikes wouldnt be a good idea. There are some sections through residential streets, plus the one long descent would be horrible in spikes.

THe underfoot conditions are pretty wet at the moment, hopefully it will dry out somewhat over the next couple of days....but trail shoes would be advisable, certainly there are some very muddy sections.

11/07/2012 at 13:14

This is a great race with challenging hill climbs, beautiful views at the top and a 'seat of your pants' downhill run to the finish. The witty commentary from the Race Director and the lovely homemade cakes at the finish make it a race to remember - go for it!

11/07/2012 at 13:39

I ran the course last week in reasonably grippy Inov-8 trail/off-road shoes. Squelchy in places, but on the top of the hill and through the woods the underfoot conditions are very good.  It's a great race by the way - I'll be on the finish line doing the times so if you slip me a £5 I'll make sure you get a PB.  

11/07/2012 at 13:40

Personnally, I like the wet/muddy conditions, and trail shoes with a decent tread are just the ticket.

11/07/2012 at 13:40
Edited: 11/07/2012 at 13:41
Pethead    pirate
12/07/2012 at 13:37

Local for sure, but same day as the Pilot Inn 10M. I'll stick to the tarmac, thanks very much.

13/07/2012 at 08:56 could do both as that one starts at 3 doesnt it?!

13/07/2012 at 17:09

As one of the race organisers I have been checking the weather forecast all day and - fingers crossed - it is looking good for decent conditions tomorrow.  So come one, come all (you know you want to . . .)



Pethead    pirate
13/07/2012 at 20:47
Nick L wrote (see) could do both as that one starts at 3 doesnt it?!

Tomorrow will be my 4th race of the week, I think 2 in one day might finish me off completely...

15/07/2012 at 08:40

A huge thank you to a very sporting band of runners who came along and tackled the mudfest that was the 2012 Devil's Chimney Chase in great spirit.  Judging by the smiles on your faces as you crossed the finish line you enjoyed the race, despite the abnormal conditions.  Please take a moment to rate the event on this website.

Results will be published on and shortly.

Many thanks and hope to see you again next year when, with any luck, normal summer conditions will be resumed!

15/07/2012 at 11:55
Thanks to all the runners who took part in the race. Big thanks to all the marshals for their support and excellent work ib difficult conditions. Please comment on the race, I like to read what you think so we can try and improve each year we organise the race.


Race Director
15/07/2012 at 16:22

I was marshalling at the top just before the descent . Lots of very cheery faces & comments from the runners as you knew it was now "DownHill all the Way" . A great fun day as usual , hope to see everyone back again in 2013 !

15/07/2012 at 17:30

Cheers everyone was a fantastic race, perfect conditions, mud, rain totally loved it! Great marshalling, great competitors and great food, cheers for the goody bag!

16/07/2012 at 17:06

Results are now up: and follow the link on the bottom left hand side of the homepage; and and click on the results tab


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