Mells Scenic 7
Race Day Information
Preparations for the 2019 race are in place and we are accepting online entries Here
(click on the link to take you to Entry Central).
In addition 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.
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. Memento to all finishers, spot prizes donated by sponsors and 2 x team prizes.
See you there!
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 bridge, heading up hill away from the river, then rejoining on the other side of the hill. We then cross the railway and head uphill onto the Mendip way and back down to the duck pond in Great Elm.
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 (water point). Crossing a country lane you’ll join a bridlepath. 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.