Open Race

What is our Open Race?

The BVAC Open Race is an exciting and challenging 5 mile race around Spring Park Woods, West Wickham. 

2024 BVAC 5 Mile Open Race - 24 March 2024 10:30
- Some on-the-day entries will be possible. 



  • Start Time: 10:30am
  • Start (and finish) at Spring Park, between Addington Road and Woodland Way, West Wickham, Kent BR4 9BB
  • Undulating route over fields and through woodland
  • Race is covered by marshals throughout
  • Water station at half way point
  • All profits go to our club charity.
  • Medals for all entrants
  • Prizes for various age categories
  • Registration via RunBritain 
  • Toilets on site but no changing facilities/showers
  • Supervised baggage drop
  • Refreshment tent for hot drinks and cake!  (donations welcome)
  • Street Parking is possible in the area around Woodland Way, but we strongly encourage car sharing. Please note that parking at Sparrows Den will be closed and streets in this area will be patrolled. Please do not park along the verge of Kent Way.
  • Alternatively the nearest train station is West Wickham about 30 mins walk.   Bus routes 353, 314 and 119 also stop close to Sparrows' Den.  There is also a tram stop (No. 64 Addington Village Interchange from West Croydon) about 15 mins away.  

Any queries, please contact the Race Director Gareth Dowling at

2023 RESULTS can be found here

2023 PHOTOS can be found here and here   ( switch to Grid View )


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BVAC Open Race - 26th March 2023

The winners of the 2023 BVAC Open 5-mile cross-country race were:

First male runner: Kieran O'Doherty in 00:33:22
First female runner: Susan Dixon in 00:41:57

Male age-group winners:

Category Name Chip Time
Male Senior Kieran O'Doherty 00:33:22
MV40 Alexander Holmes 00:35:22
MV50 Andy Stevens 00:35:24
MV60 Chris Lydon 00:38:09
MV70 Chris Pike 00:49:11


Female age-group winners:

Category Name Chip Time
Senior Female Natalie Adams 00:46:09
FV35 Claire Deane 00:49:28
FV45 Katie Calascione 00:43:05
FV55 Susan Dixon 00:41:57
FV65 Janet Lenton 00:48:26
FV75+ Doreen Abbott 01:14:58


The full results can be found here.

Latest Open Race results

BVAC Open Race - 24 Mar 2024

BVAC Open Race - 26 Mar 2023

BVAC Open Race - 27 Mar 2022