Mells Scenic 7



Mells Scenic 7 2018

Congratulations to all our finishers. Please click here for photos

The Scenic Seven course is a 7 mile undulating course through the Somerset countryside. The course is roughly two thirds trail running and a third path and minor roads. The race starts in the Somerset village of Mells and takes runners through the villages of Great Elm and Buckland Dinham before returning to Mells. The climb total throughout the course is a respectable 315 feet. It’s a lovely run.

The course is available on Map My Run.

Race Day Information

Once preparations for the 2018 race are in place we will be accepting online entries, entries will be accepted on the day while we have places available. We hope to see you there.

How do I get to Mells?

Car parking is at Mells Cricket Club, near to the Talbot Inn, Mells. BA11 3PN. Mells Cricket Club on Google Maps

Once you get close to Mells there will be signs, and there will be marshalls directing you into the car park.

When should I arrive?

The race starts at 11am, with a race briefing at 10:45am, then a short 2-3 minute walk to the start line, so please make sure to arrive in plenty of time. If you’re entering on the day please bear in mind that there could be a queue for registration.

What kind of kit will I need?

The course is all off road apart from a very short on road section at the start and finish. Have a look at the route for details. Off-road shoes are advised if you have them. If not, you will be fine in road shoes but there will be muddy sections especially if there's rain!

What facilities are available?

Tea, cakes, toilets, nearby pub and cafe.

What kinds of prizes are there?

Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female plus trophies for category winners. Memento to all finishers, spot prizes donated by sponsors and 2 x team prizes.

See you there!

Mells Scenic 7 Route

The race will be run anti-clockwise around the course shown on the map. There may be tweaks to this route, but it will be very similar to this on the day.

Please note. We are not starting from Mells Post Office. Please see route information below. We’ll post more information along with new photos shortly.

Start! We’ll start at the T Junction at the bottom of Gay St (outside Bridge House). Then we’ll run towards Mells, crossing the road at Mells Post Office. Marshals will guide you across the road. Keep going around 300m on road then turn right along a wide, smooth track through Vallis. Past the old Ironwork ruins, the track narrows then we rejoin the river Frome until crossing a couple of bridges and coming out at the duck pond in Great Elm. Dead flat so far.

From the bottom of Great Elm, a short, sharp climb up to the Frome road. Listen to the marshalls carefully here as you will have to cross the road and head left down a lane to a railway bridge. Under the bridge and round the corner, then back off road for a tough climb up to the top of Barrow Hill (nice views if you stop to take them in). You’ll fly down the other side of the hill, then run out past Barrow Hill Farm, and back onto the road for a tiny bit before heading left for a sharp climb up to Buckland Dinham. Crossing a country lane you’ll join a bridlepath which will be familiar to anyone who has entered in previous years, and pass the water stop. After that a couple of footpaths with lovely views to the South where you can see Mells (the finish) about 2km away. You’ll join the road here for about 600m before heading through a couple of fields and coming out overlooking Mells Church (final resting place of war poet Siegfried Sassoon).

From here you’ll rejoin the road, round the corner past Mells’ famous war memorial and a fast finish up the main street and into the cricket club.

2017 Results