What better way to spend Bank Holiday Monday than with a day at the races, as the North Shropshire Point-to-Point takes place at Eyton-on-Severn.
Now in its 96th year, this popular race meeting is a wonderful day out for the whole family! In addition to the thrill of the races and betting with Bookmakers, there will be children’s entertainment, a hound parade, a great selection of food from local suppliers, including Fordhall Farm hog roast, ice cream and crepes; a licensed bar, and stalls selling country clothing and equine accessories.
The Point-to-Point at Eyton is an amateur form of steeple chasing, set in beautiful rural Shropshire. Racegoers enjoy panoramic views, including Wenlock Edge, the Wrekin and the Long Mynd. A popular venue for local jockeys and trainers, this year sees the return of many experienced point-to-point riders as well as a host of new, young jockeys, hoping for wins for the first time at Eyton.
James Tanner, Joint Chairman of the Point-to-Point Committee commented, “We are delighted to be celebrating our 96th year of Eyton Races – it truly is a wonderful event in the racing calendar.
“Why not enjoy a fantastic family day out in the glorious Shropshire countryside on Bank Holiday Monday? It’s a fun filled day for everyone. We would like to thank our sponsors, organisers and helpers for their continued support, and we hope that, whatever the weather, people will come to Eyton Races and enjoy a great day out.”
Admission is £15 on the gate but for the first time ever tickets can now be prebooked online: www.eyton-races.com/buy-tickets , under 16’s go free. Dogs on a lead are most welcome and car parking is free.
The 2019 Shrewsbury Regatta will take place on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May 2018.
The Regatta is one of the oldest events in the rowing calendar, having first been held in 1871. Races will take place on the River Severn in Shrewsbury between English Bridge and the boathouses opposite the Quarry. The organisers expect around 1500 competitors to take part from rowing clubs all over the country. Races will take place roughly every three minutes throughout the day on both the Saturday and the Sunday and with supporters from the competing clubs cheering the crews on the atmosphere should be full of excitement.
There will be races for 8’s, 4’s and pairs as well as quad, double and single sculling boats. Competitors will include men, women, juniors and veterans.
Entry to the regatta for spectators will be free of charge and the public will be able to watch the racing from the river banks on both sides of the river. There will be a bar and barbecue as well as other refreshments for all the family.
The STANTON STILE HOP will build on its first year success and this year we will host a 2km off road fun run for children up to 9 years old, The original 5km multi terrain ‘Stanton Stile Hop’ and in addition for this year we are pleased to announce a 10km multi terrain race.
The 2 km fun run will take part on a flat field and will be a 2000mtr out and back course. Keeping in with the ‘Stile Hop’ theme, there will also be a number of low height stile type obstacles on the course for the little entrants to jump and climb over. There will be no entry fee for the 2km run, instead we would kindly ask for donations to be placed in one of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity buckets.
The 5km ‘The Stanton Stile Hop’ is the race that started it all off in 2018. This stunning course will take runners on a 5km loop from the centre of Stanton village on a mixture of terrain including quiet lanes, lovely woodland and across fields. As the event name implies, there are number of stiles on the course which all runners will need to climb over as part of the event. There is also the risk of some puddles and or lying water in places but this will be dependent on the amount of rain during the lead up to the event. The course itself has a steady rise to the half way point with the exception of the wooded climb, the course then starts to make its way back down towards the finish line in Stanton.
The 10km multi terrain race is a beautiful extension of the 5km route. At the half way point of the 5km route, you will be diverted off on to an additional 5km section where you will re-join the original 5km route for the final section back into the finish in Stanton. Again, the route is mostly on a mixture of field, woodland and farm track with a little bit of quiet country lane.
Both the 5km and 10km race will be started in the same location at the same time.
Runners of all abilities are very welcome. The 5km has an age restriction of 9 years and older and we ask that all children under 12 years old are within arm’s reach of an accompanying adult throughout the race. The 10km race has an age restriction of 16 years and older (where the child is 16 by or on 18th May, 2019)
Shrewsbury Town in the Community have teamed up with local businesses; Dyke Yaxley, Salop Leisure and Trek Bikes Shrewsbury to create the STITC Shropshire 3 Peaks Challenge.
The STITC Shropshire Three Peaks event will be great for both beginners and experienced athletes looking for a new challenge in the Shropshire countryside on 19th May combining cycling and walking in one event.
Starting at The Montgomery Waters Meadow stadium the course will cover a 45 mile cycling route, plus the hike up the 3 peaks of Pontesford Hill, The Lawley & The Wrekin before finishing with dinner and drinks at Salop Leisure’s exclusive ‘Love2Stay’ venue. For those wishing to just complete the walk up the peaks limited transport will be provided to take you to the base of each peak. For cyclists we will have marshals safeguarding your bikes as you climb each summit.
Entry fee £25 per person & a minimum fundraising target of £30 per person, with the event taking place for teams of between 3-6 people (for safety reasons).
Shrewsbury Golf Day – Sponsored by Nick Jones Wealth Planning
Date: 21st June
Time: 9am start
Location: Shrewsbury Golf Club, SY5 7BL
Cost: £50 per player, £200 per team of 4, £100 to sponsor a hole
Includes 18 holes of Texas Scramble Style golf, tea, coffee and bacon rolls on arrival and a two course meal at the end of the day + raffle and auction.
Shrewsbury Half Marathon returns on Sunday 6th October 2019 with a new autumn date and plenty to look forward to after the success of the 2018 event. The race will welcome an increased capacity for 2019 and feature two new race distances – a Family 1.1 Mile for families and young runners, plus a Cumulative Half Marathon where participants run 12 miles in their own time and complete the final 1.1 mile on race day. Together, the races open the event up to all ages and abilities and will contribute to a superb atmosphere on the day.
Shrewsbury Half Marathon offers a perfect mix of history and scenery, the 13.1-mile route taking runners through the streets of Shrewsbury city centre before heading out into the beautiful Shropshire countryside. Once again a team of UKRunChat pacers will be helping runners to achieve their targets and there will be first-class entertainment at the race village at Shropshire Country Showground.
Entry to Shrewsbury Half Marathon includes: bespoke medal; technical t-shirt; goody bag; free pre and post-race massage and free race photos worth £19.99. Entry from £26 (affiliated) / £28 (unaffiliated).
The Family 1.1 Mile costs £8 for children aged 11 and above running unaccompanied, and also per adult. Entry costs £5 per child aged 4-10 accompanied by an adult. All finishers of the Family Mile receive a medal. The Cumulative Half Marathon costs £15.