Big Dipper

The 2016 men's winners

The 2016 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.

The 2016 female winners

The 2016 female winners

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 will take place on Sunday, September 16th.  Entries are now being accepted either online or you can download and print the Big Dipper entry form 2018.


Course Records

Neil Laurenson – Black Pear Joggers – 36mins 27secs (2017)

Angela Jones, Usk Running Club 42mins 05secs [2016]

Big Dipper 10K Course

Big Dipper Start and Finish area

The Big Dipper route

The Big Dipper route

2017 Big Dipper

Seventy runners took on the Big Dipper 10K challenge on Sunday, September 24th. Some were newcomers while others come back every year and their ages ranged from fifteen to seventy. The course has some serious hills and a personal best is unlikely but everyone seemed to enjoy the event and the tea and cakes at the finish. Neil Laurenson of Black Pear Joggers stormed home in a new course record followed by Felix Rusby of Penryn Plodders and Andrew Stephens of Monross Trailblazers. Isobel Rosie, who previously worked locally as a veterinary surgeon, returned to win the ladies’ race after a close tussle with Claire Sims of Wye Valley Runners. Suzette Botha was third.  Monross Trailblazers were the first men’s team and Malvern Joggers first ladies. Seventy-year-old Phillip Howells intends to run seventy races this year and this was his fiftieth. He has been voted Britain’s most active pensioner and is well on the way to his target of 333 marathons.

Upton Bishop Sports and Social Club are grateful for the support of Ross First Responders, Chaseview Veterinary Clinic, Chicory Crops, Newent Auto Centre, RP Joinery and Fleetcare Services.


Ist Man Neil Laurenson – Black Pear Joggers – 36mins 27secs

2nd Man Felix Rusby – Penbryn Plodders – 37mins 27 seconds

3rd Man Andrew Stephens – Monross Trailblazers – 38 mins 1 second


1st Lady Isobel Rosie – Unaffiliated – 44mins 26 seconds

2nd Lady Claire Sims – Wye Valley Runners – 44mins 38 seconds

3rd Lady Suzette Botha – Unaffiliated – 47mins 5 seconds


Ist MV40 Jon Newey – Malvern Joggers – 39mins 38seconds

1st FV40 Joanna Eddy – Unaffiliated – 48mins 26seconds

1st MV50 John Featherstone – Newent Runners – 42mins 35 seconds

1st FV50 Alison Priest – Malvern Joggers – 52 mins 15 seconds

1st MV60 Tony Champken – Wye Valley Runners – 47mins 20 seconds

1st FV60 Pauline Dable – Kenilworth Runners – 62 mins 33 seconds

1st MV70 Phillip Howells – Tewkesbury RC – 66mins 8 seconds

Here are the Big Dipper 2017 Results