Beat the Bore History

Bore Run History


Beat the Bore came about by regular Bore surfer Martin thinking about whether someone could outrun this unusual wave and if so by what margin.

That’s right a wave travelling up a river against the flow. The idea that a runner can challenge a bore travelling up the Severn at about 6mph near Arlingham, but reaching a possible 13 mph at Stonebench is certainly different to running against other runners and of course nature can always add something unexpected.

Frosty January

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Initially in January 2012 & 13, this run was a point to point from the Anchor Inn, Epney to Weir Green, measuring just under 7 miles. The return journey was in a London Double Decker bus, with cakes for the journey. The local residents at Weir Green were surprised to find a London Bus outside their houses, but cheered the runners in.

At sunset

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Following on from this there was the amazing Beat the Bore at night race, which started with a fantastic late summer sunset and after the race a near midnight meal in the Anchor Inn.

New Circular Route & sometimes at night

Then in March 2014 the first circular challenge was introduced, meaning a 3 mile trail run inland, up the local hill, before descending to the river in time to take the Bore head on down river. Since 2015 , the route will be circular, but having the Bore chasing you up the river to Weir Green. 2017 saw the opportunity once again of a night time event

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