The Bluebell Bash

  • Sunday 5th May 2024
  • 9:30AM – 10:00AM
  • Manswood, United Kingdom (map)

Be sure to add this trail run through scenic bluebell forests to your spring running calendar. With fully-stocked aid stations, gorgeous scenery and a finisher’s medal to take home, this is a running event for anyone and everyone.

For all courses, the course will have a few hills but none that will be too much of a challenge. There will be wonderful views to take in throughout.

Distances available (all distances are available for canicross) :

  • Half Marathon – 13.1 miles.
  • 10K
  • 5K

What’s included :

  • Finisher’s Medal
  • Well-stocked aid stations
  • Trophies for the top in M/F both races
  • Event photographer in attendance
  • Post-race refreshments
  • Medic team
  • Way-marked route
  • Carpark at start
  • Toilets

Location :

Manswood, Wimborne BH21 5BQ, UK

The start location is quite remote, you are best using What3Words to find it :///limelight.prompt.drones

Full directions

Logistics :

09:30 Half Marathon starts

10:00 5k & 10k starts

*Final instructions will be sent out to registered participants 5 days before race day.

Race Number

You must collect your race number on the morning of the event. Please be aware that you will not receive anything in the post.

Age Restrictions

HM 16 and over
10k 16 and over
5k 13 and over 

Bag Drop

Unfortunately, there will not be a secure baggage drop at this event. It is recommended to leave your belongings in your car.

final instructions

  • Race venue: Manswood Bottom, Nr Witchampton   BH21 5BQ
  • Registration: Opens at 08:30
  • Race format: Cupless race
  • Race numbers: To be collected at registration.
  • Dogs: Must be on a lead and kept under control all the times


The venue is a grass area down a short distance of hard farm track way in the hamlet of Manswood Bottom, near Witchampton.

The best route to the start point is from the A354 Salisbury to Blandford road.  Between Tarrant Hinton and Cashmoor, take the minor road signposted to Long Crichel and continue through this village and 2 miles after the turn off the A354 bear right up a hill signposted to Witchampton.  The race venue is location 1 mile after the junction at the bottom of the hill, on your right.

Runners coming from the east should use the B3078 and take the turning to Witchampton and then follow the signs to Manswood from the village centre.  The venue will be highlighted using our own signs.

Please drive with consideration for other road users and for the villagers – the roads leading to the race are narrow. 

A location map can be found on our website



There is a limited amount of parking on the grass adjacent to the registration building and start area, but due to the high number of race entrants, cars will ALSO be parked in a grass paddock situated to your left, located near the road.  Access is fine in all weathers and for all types of vehicles.  Parking here will involve a short 500 m walk to the race start area.  Please co-operate with and respect our volunteers who are on site to help with parking.

Loos are situated in the main start / finish area. Car parking is limited, so please, if possible, consider car sharing to the event.


There will be plenty of space for each distance group to gather prior to the start time, and we ask those that are keen to gain a top place and time to make their way to the front, and the more casual runners to start nearer the rear.  Common sense is the key, but it will give the chance to offer a group start.

Canicross is offered at all distances, and to avoid congestion at the start those running with dogs will start 15 minutes  after the main race, so as follows: HM 10.15, 10k 10.45 and 5k 11.15. This will also enable us to produce accurate results for canicross runners.

We are using chip timing services supplied by Timing Monkey.  Race numbers with an integral chip will be given out on the day and whilst we do provide pins, we encourage runners to please try and re-use ones from previous races to reduce both waste and costs.

Half Marathon08:00 – 09:3010:00
10 km08:30 – 10:1510:30
5 km10:00 – 10:3011:00

A short briefing will take place as each group is assembled prior to the start, just to update on course conditions etc

A coffee van will be in attendance on the day.

Any medical conditions not disclosed when entering should be given to the signing-in crew when collecting your race number.  You will need to put both the full name and phone number of your emergency contact on the back of your race number at this point. 


We recommend using the What3words app to help pinpoint your location in the unlikely need of assistance.  Competitors should carry a fully charged mobile phone with them at all times with the race organiser’s number saved on it – Mike Simpson:  07860 590488

The course will take you over a wide range of terrain, in general the going will be firm and provide a varied and interesting run.  Other areas do have ruts and exposed tree roots.  Trail shoes are recommended.

Aid stations are placed around the course. Water and coke are available on a top-up basis, as this is a CUPLESS RACE.

The HM has 3 aid stations, 1 at just over 6k, (HM/10k split) another at 11k and a final one at 18k. The 10k uses the first and third of these, which fall at 2k (split) and 7k. The 5k has no aid stations such, but we will have a friendly marshal with water where the 5k course splits off to the finish at the 4k mark.

All courses will be well route-marked, and laminated copies of both routes will be available.  Sweepers will be bringing up the rear.  We are not imposing a cut-off, but if marshals feel it is in both the events and your interest to stop please co-operate.  If wearing headphones whilst running, please remove these at road crossings so you can follow the instructions of the marshals.

Normal common sense applies – no litter, no smoking and please shut any gates behind you that you find shut.  Please be aware that the route will be shared with other members of the pubic, horse riders, trail bike riders, walkers and also farmers undertaking their work.  Whilst dogs are welcome, they must be kept on a lead and under full control at all times.  Also, please deal with any dog poo in a normal and responsible manner.

A medic will be in attendance, should you have an injury on the day.


Trophies are awarded to first, second and third place for male and female competitors in all races and all finishers will receive a medal. Home made cake will also be available. Full results will be available promptly on the timing Monkey website,  Event photos taken by our ace photographer, Phil Benham, will be available on his Facebook page soon after the event, once he has had a chance to edit and compile the albums. The photos are free for you to download and share, so please thank Phil for his efforts if you see him.


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