Every year, The Wadhurst Runners organise The Bewl 15 race, voted as one of the top 10 best races in the UK by readers of Runner’s World. The race has been a popular feature of the South East’s Running calendar for 22 years and is part of the Sussex Grand Prix series of races.
The 2023 edition of the race, will take place at 10.00 am on Sunday 2nd July. New for this year is a planned 5k taster race on the same day to give you a flavour of the Bewl 15 if you are not ready for the distance.
The race is run largely off road on pretty, gently undulating hills around Bewl Water which nestles on the border of Sussex and Kent. Though the race is certainly challenging, runners of all standards are welcome.
Race Location: Blacksmiths Lane, Wadhurst, East Sussex.
There are numerous water stations plus you’ll find jelly baby stations around the course. At the finish as well as a water station, and may be a free glass of beer, you’ll find a mouth-watering selection of cakes available free for all finishers.
The race headquarters is located near the starting line off Blacksmith’s Lane close to the centre of Wadhurst. The lane is closed to cars for the event and parking is available nearby.
The course descends for about a mile from Wadhurst down to Bewl Water and then covers a circuit around the lake before returning up to Wadhurst.
The race is mainly on trails and includes a section on quiet country lanes towards the end and which has three hills, contrasting with the gently undulating sections along the lake.