Howling Bull

Cakes !

Jan and Brian “persuaded “ me to enter this one , and they were quiet right to .

A proper trail race with all the mud , rocks and other things to put you on your bum if not watching your step .

After watching the canix race start which involves a lot of noise and much laughter ( don’t worry if you are not keen on dogs , they go 15 mins before us ) we began a couple of miles of slog , on and off road . Cake !

Once into the woods it was standard fair for such a race with twists and turns , roots and holes on a well planned and marshalled course.

Runners from some of the Welsh clubs which you might not normally meet in out league races make for new targets to chase .

On a couple of occasions, there is a view of where you have climbed which on a clear day like today was super . Cakes !

The choice of two routes in the last couple of miles adds a twist in the tail  .

The wooden medal will stand out on my rack .

They was 9 WVR out today with Jan and Brian collecting their age group prizes .  What DID that cider taste like Jan ?

Well done all .

Did I mention the cakes ?

Race Report by Simon Oliver

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Conwy Half Marathon

The race starts and finishes at Conwy castle, and goes up a bloody big hill with fantastic views from the top of the Great Orme across the sea towards Anglesey and snowdonia. It is billed as the 3 Nations Championships, and you run under your countries flag (England, Wales, Scotland). The results are sorted according to overall position, age categories and gender, but also according to nationality as well. It’s a nice, friendly and well run race, organised by Run Wales.

Siân getting a course PB 2hrs 03 53
Tony 2 sec off his 1hr 43 36

Race Report by Tony Champken

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Elan Valley 10

Three Wye Valley Runners set off to the Elan Valley on Saturday to take on the 10 Mile Road Race hosted by Rhayader Running Club.

 

What started off as a damp and dreary day cleared to reveal a beautiful autumnal landscape to take the runners minds away from the undulating roads ahead.

 

A fast downhill first mile wasn’t a reflection of the 9 miles to come. The course travels through quiet, relatively traffic-free country lanes (although there was a slight hold up for Bri who had to negotiate his way around the local Postie in his van). The scenery is something that you would expect to find in a cross country race minus the technical terrain and thick mud.

 

Lynne and Jan ran the majority of the race together – Lynne enjoying the hills and Jan taking the lead on the flat. Lynne pushed on at mile 9 and finished in a time of 1:26:42. Jan kept on Lynne’s heels finishing just 13 seconds behind in a time of 1:26:55. Bri, looking as cool as ever, completed the testing 10 miles in 1:31:32.

 

On race day parking is free at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre and runners can enjoy discounted hot drinks and soup in the Café post race whilst proudly wearing their finishers technical t-shirt. If you are looking for a challenging 10 mile road race with scenic views and a friendly atmosphere at only £12 (this year’s price) put this in your race diary for 2018.

Race Report by Becky Humphreys

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Croft Castle XC

This page was created to record the exploits of Wye Valley Runners when they race all over globe, some reports will be to earn kudos for an exceptional performance, other reports will be to let fellow members know of a new race.

This one will definitely be a race you all know and most like me probably dread every. For the men its a 3 lap slog of 1 mile up hill and 1 mile down trail. The women still get away with one and half laps and also get to explore a bit more of the beautiful Croft grounds.

Both men and womens team went into this race in strong positions. The mens team holding a narrow lead over Maldwyn and the womens team narrowly behind Croft.

The race which as always had a delayed after a minutes silence was observed, even the noisy beagle stopped yapping for a minute. After that the race went off to a flyer, with the experienced runners wanting to get to the bottleneck first, and the inexperienced not realising whats to come, which led to a few runners almost taking a dip in the pond. Our very own Mike Fawcett must have got his toes wet at the start.

The top four Wye Valley men saw Christian Jones continue his vein of good form go off with the front group and almost stay in touch to stay to finish 8th in what is turning out to be a very strong mens field, followed closely by Mike Fawcett who after the first lap went on a charge and given another lap might have even caught the leaders. The hero of the summer league Sam Mayglothling came in 11th with Peter Nugent just behind, probably staying close so as to not get lost. That's a very strong score for the mens team. we have had our lead cut slightly but its still a lead.

The womens team just 6 points behind Croft were looking to close the gap, Laura Tootell came home 3rd in which was a really close race where only 1 minute separated the top 4. She was backed up by Juliet Moxon who finished 7th to show she has fully recovered from her marathon followed by another good run from Becky Ansfield in 11th.

The women have managed to keep themselves in touching distance of croft where the slightly longer courses of the next few races will really play in to there favour.

thanks to everyone who came out to support and stood at the top of Heartbreak Hill where you could catch us in all in our little worlds of torture, Hope to see you all and more of you at Monkhall in a few weeks time.

Steven Flowers