The Charles Bennett Olympic Mile - 1 mile road race (select specific race below)

Born In Shapwick, Dorset on 28th December 1870, Charles Bennett was the first British track and field athlete to become Olympic champion, winning gold in the 1500m individual and 5000m team race at the 1900 Olympic Games held in Paris.

As a true local hero, Shapwick celebrated his Olympic achievements in September 2000 and again for the London Olympics in July 2012, with organised one mile races around a measured course through the village.

With the Olympics once again taking place this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Shapwick will be celebrating the achievements of Charles Bennett with an afternoon of one mile races taking place on Saturday 13th August 2016, 2.00-5.00pm.

There is a race suitable for everyone, from joggers to elite athletes, children to veterans. In addition to the races, teas and cakes will be on sale and the Memorial Green has a playground to keep children entertained. It promises to be a fun filled afternoon – please come and join us!

Race schedule:

14:00 - Village Race
14:15 - Children Under 10
14:30 - Under 17 Girls
14:45 - Under 17 Boys
15:00 - Junior (U20), Senior (20-39) & Veteran (40+) Women
15:30 - Junior (U20), Senior (20-39) & Veteran (40+) Men
16:00 - Elite Race
16:15 - Public Race

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