The Big Dipper is an annual running race around the village. Organised by Nigel Misselbrook, it’s not called the Big Dipper for nothing. On the 10k run 90% is either running up or down hill. with the final steep hill at Probyn’s Pitch set to test you right at the end. The race is open to keen runners and fun runners.
The race started in 2006 when nearly 60 individuals braved torrential rain, thunder and lightening to complete the circular course which followed country lanes from Upton Bishop to Kempley and back. They were rewarded with excellent marshalling, a unique T shirt and tea and cakes at the Millennium Hall. The original course has since been extended to make it a full 10km.
Alongside the adult race there are free races for children. The race starts and finishes at the Millennium Hall and is held in September/October every year.
Both club and fun runners enjoy the officially measured 10K course as a scenic challenge. As the name suggests the route is always undulating following country lanes to Kempley and returning via Tan House Lane and Probyn’s Pitch. Do not expect a 10K PB but do expect a friendly atmosphere with all finishers rewarded by a medal and free tea and cakes. Entry is £8 for UK Athletics affiliated club members and £10 for others with an extra £2 for entry on the day.
This year’s Big Dipper takes place on Sunday, September 24th. There will be children’s fun races at the Millennium Hall from 10.30am with the main 10k starting at 11am.
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Andrew Stephens, Monross Trailblazers 36mins 51secs 
Angela Jones, Usk Running Club 42mins 05secs 
2016 Big Dipper
Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s Big Dipper on a gloriously sunny September Saturday.
Here are the results