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 took place on Sunday, September 16th.
Barry Reynolds – Hereford Couriers – 35mins 45secs (2018)
Alice Taylor – Cheltenham Harriers – 41mins 06secs 
2018 Big Dipper
Upton Bishop hosted a really enjoyable Big Dipper 10K on Sunday, September 16th. The broad appeal of this race was emphasised by the age range of the competitors from sixteen-year-old Owen Fishpool to eighty-year-old Syd Wheeler. Despite the strong headwinds both the men and lady course records were broken with some remarkable times for a hilly 10K. Barry Reynolds of Hereford Couriers cruised home ahead of last year’s second place Felix Rusby [Yeovil Olympiads] and James Rose [Severn AC]. The ladies race was closer with Alice Taylor of Cheltenham Harriers holding off last year’s winner Isobel Davies and Joanna Eddy in third. The children’s race on the playing field was equally well contested and everyone received a medal and refreshments. The sports and social club are grateful for the support of Ross First Responders, Chaseview Vet Clinic, Bailey Farms, Chicory Crops, Fleetcare Services and Newent Autos.
Big Dipper 10K 2018 Prizewinners
Barry Reynolds, Hereford Couriers, 35m45s [course record]
Felix Rusby, Yeovil Olympiad, 37m25s
James Rose, Severn AC, 37m42s
Alice Taylor, Cheltenham Harriers, 41m6s [course record]
Isobel Davies, Unaffiliated, 41m24s
Joanna Eddy, Unaffiliated, 46m36s
Andrew Stephens, Monross Trailblazers, 39m32s
Cathy Fletcher, Unaffiliated, 54m36s
Alex Haines, Unaffiliated, 41m3s
Mandy Morgan, Unaffiliated, 49m56s
Tony Champken, Wye Valley Runners, 46m48s
Jan Edwards, Wye Valley Runners, 53m38s
Brian Symonds, Wye Valley Runners, 1h2m38s
Syd Wheeler, Chepstow Harriers, 1h14m6s
!st Male Team
1st Female Team
Here are the full 2018 Results