The Glastonbury Road Run, with its main event the "Round the Tor 10K" 10K event, takes place on the Sunday prior to the early May bank holiday each year, on fully traffic-free roads. The original Glastonbury Road Run was held over a 5.69 mile course around Glastonbury Tor in 1981 and races have been held every year since, with the exception of 2004 when the event was cancelled due to the Foot and Mouth outbreak. The 10K Race, one of the largest road race events in the county of Somerset, and its largest 10K race (around 800 in the last three years) is held on a mainly rural course that undulates around the ancient and mysterious Isle of Avalon mostly following the original 1981 route, starting and finishing within a stones throw of the alleged burial place of King Arthur within the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey.
In addition to the 10K, there are popular 5K and 3K events for the faint of heart, and a junior schools mile fun run that attracts nearly 400 competitors! With nearly 100 runners expected in the Inter-County challenge we are expecting the 10K to come very close to filling its maximum allocation of places so you should enter early and not hope there will be space for you on the day. We expect to have plenty of space in the 5K, 3K and junior Fun Run, and whilst pre-entry for these events are encouraged there are a regular 300+ who will enter on the morning of the race. While most runners treat the event seriously, there is a popular Fancy-Dress competition sponsored by the local newspaper, the Mid-Somerset News. Entry forms for pre-entries are usually available from early January, with a free race T-Shirt on offer as an incentive to enter early.
The "Round the Tor 10K" is part of the Somerset Road Race Series. Check the LINKS section for details of the other events in this series.