The Bolt

25 March 2019

Alice Holt Forest, Bucks Horn Oak, Farnham GU10 4LS

  Add to Calendar 2019-03-25 2019-03-25 Europe/London The Bolt> 4 cross-country running races, 4 separate starts on 3 courses Alice Holt Forest, Bucks Horn Oak, Farnham GU10 4LS

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25 March 2019 - 9.00am

The Latest Info:

The Bolt 2017 is now open and taking entries!

We will be back in Alice Holt Forest, although in a slightly different area due to the ongoing development.

The 2016 Results are HERE. Have a look and set yourself a new PB for 2017!

New for 2017 is the 1/2 Marathon Team Challenge Relay. Enter as a team of 2, 3 or 4. If there are less than 4 of you, It’s up to you to decide how many laps your team members do. If there are 4 of you, one of you does 6k the other 3 each do 5k. At the end of your lap, you pass the time chip onto your team mate.

Get a team together and challenge your friends, challenge your rival clubs or challenge your rival businesses! More importantly, raise funds for GUTS!

Now in it’s 9th year this family friendly, traffic free cross-country running event raises money for GUTS Fighting Bowel Cancer and always sells out. In 2016 over £16,000 was raised, of which £8,000 was by Ed Nicholas and his family who were running in loving memory of Ed’s wife Jane. More about Ed’s story can be found below.

As your entry fee covers the cost of the event, we ask you to please raise as much as you can for this very worth while cause so that GUTS can continue their hard work. Click on Support to donate or you can add a sum when you enter the event.


Event List

Beginner friendly
Chip Timing
First Aid
Free Parking
Marshalled Route
MTB Leader
On Site Catering
Route Marking
Warm Up
Water Station
Web Results

General Information


4 cross-country, traffic free, running races on 2 courses.

09:00am 1k for kids (6-9): on the 1k lap

09:58am All canicross runners

10:00am 10k: 2 laps of the 5k course

10:00am 5k: 1 lap of the 5k course

10:00am 5k for kids (9 - 13): 1 lap of the 5k course

10:03am  21k: 1 lap of the 1k course, followed by 4 laps of the 5k course. Team Challenge runners start in this wave.

Cani-Cross runners are welcome.

What you get for your entry fee: 
Choice of four running races, access to the forest, medals for all, free photos, on site parking, chip timing, swift results on line, winners prizes, massage, secure bag drop, energy gels, secure children's play area, onsite cafe.


Pre pay online. You won't receive anything from us prior to the event. Collect your race number and time chip on the day at the new registration area.

Race registration timing:

07:45 - 21k and 1k for kids registration opens

08:30 - 10km registration opens

09:00 - 5km registration opens

All registration will close at 09:45. Arrive early to avoid the queues and to allow time to get ready.

Find your name and allocated number on the start list outside of the registration area.

Get in the right queue (each queue will be numbered).

When you get to the desk, tell us your name and number and receive your time chip and race number.


The nearest train station is Farnham. The venue is a 15 minute taxi ride from there.

What to wear

Regular off-road running shoes.

Bring a fleece and warm clothes to wear whilst enjoying the post-race refreshments.


The course is predominantly on man made, traffic free compact forest tracks. There will be some cheeky inclines and if wet, a little bit of mud thrown in...

As with all previous Bolts, the route is a 5k lap. Choose either 1 lap, 2 laps or 4 laps with an extra 1k.
Links to the route will be here in due course.

First Aid

Medics will be present at the start / finish and a response vehicle will be ready to drive onto the course if necessary. Mountain bike marshals will also be patrolling the course and monitoring your progress.


Collect your race chip and race number at registration.


Please use the portable loos provided which will be located near the car park.


There will be water stations at the lap point and at the finish.


Post-race refreshments will be available from the on-site cafe.

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For your safety, we advise you do not wear earphones. You will need to be able to hear faster runners behind you and the mountain bike marshals when they overtake you and any instructions given to you by them and the marshals.

Other Information

We get reminded of how important it is to continue to work to improve bowel cancer survival in all sorts of ways, but none more poignant than a group of around 70 friends and family members who got together to take part in the Bolt round the Holt 2016.

‘Team Jane’ were running in memory of Jane Nicholas, who sadly passed away in May 2015 after a short battle with bowel cancer.We thought it would be a lovely idea to get a group of Jane's family and friends together to run “The Bolt” in memory of Jane and raise money for GUTS which does so much work raising the awareness of bowel cancer and screening in the local area. Jane was a keen sportswomen, participating in many events across many sports and so this was a really fitting tribute. Jane would have been so proud of everyone who participated and the amazing total raised. “

Ed Nicholas.

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