Big Dipper

The 2018 Men’s Winners

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.

2018 Women’s Winners

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 £10 for UK Athletics affiliated club members and £20 for others with an extra £2 for entry on the day.

This year’s Big Dipper will take place on Sunday, September 15th.  The children’s races will be held at 10.30am with the Big Dipper starting at 11am.  This is the Big Dipper entry form-2019

You can also enter the Big Dipper online at


Course Records

Barry Reynolds – Hereford Couriers – 35mins 45secs (2018)


Alice Taylor – Cheltenham Harriers – 41mins 06secs [2018]

Big Dipper 10K Course

Big Dipper Start and Finish area

The Big Dipper route

The Big Dipper route

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

Ist Man

Barry Reynolds, Hereford Couriers, 35m45s [course record]

2nd Man

Felix Rusby, Yeovil Olympiad, 37m25s

3rd Man

James Rose, Severn AC, 37m42s


1st Lady

Alice Taylor, Cheltenham Harriers, 41m6s [course record]

2nd Lady

Isobel Davies, Unaffiliated, 41m24s

3rd Lady

Joanna Eddy, Unaffiliated, 46m36s


Ist MV40

Andrew Stephens, Monross Trailblazers, 39m32s

1st FV40

Cathy Fletcher, Unaffiliated, 54m36s


1st MV50

Alex Haines, Unaffiliated, 41m3s

1st FV50

Mandy Morgan, Unaffiliated, 49m56s


1st MV60

Tony Champken, Wye Valley Runners, 46m48s

1st FV60

Jan Edwards, Wye Valley Runners, 53m38s


1st MV70

Brian Symonds, Wye Valley Runners, 1h2m38s


1st MV80

Syd Wheeler, Chepstow Harriers, 1h14m6s


!st Male Team

Monross Trailblazers


1st Female Team

Malvern Joggers


Here are the full 2018 Results