Cardiff half marathon - Sunday 7th September 2018

Its the second biggest half marathon after the Great North Run.The weather was cool at first but the sun emerged and it was perfect conditions.There were big crowds all the way round and a fantastic atmosphere.
We had a good Wye Valley turnout but it was tricky getting everyone together for photos.Our first boy home was Steve Flowers, with Peter Nugent not too far behind and Paul Davies (AKA Dad) was 3rd! Clare Sims was our first girl across the line and Cath Watkins next,with Lucy Mason close on her heels, first time at Cardiff for Lucy.
Brian Symonds won his age category again, by a very wide margin.
Thanks to Jason Smith for his support on the day and the Nugent family too.Good to see Lucy Smith competing again !
The times of our runners and some associated athletes are as follows :

Steve Flowers 1:20:11

Peter Nugent 1:29:05

Paul Davies 1:33:09

Clare Sims 1:34:06

Shaun Hoyes 1:40:27

Cath Watkins 1:41:37

Lucy Mason 1:44:00

Paddy Nugent 1:44:14

James Vidler 1:45:04

Jan Edwards 1:51:23
Ann Pritchard 1:53:07
Brian Symonds 1:54:25
Debi Clifford 1:58:45
Lucy Smith 2:06:25
Hollie Francis 2:06:31
Robert Vidler 2:20:53
Chris Walden 2:43:31

Well done all !

Race report courtesy of Jan Edwards

Cheltenham half marathon - Sunday 30th September 2018

Tony & Siân ran the Cheltenham Half Marathon, on a cool bright day starting and finishing at the racecourse. The race was well supported by the locals all the way round. 
Siân finished in a great 2:00:00 just missing by 1 sec for under 2hrs. !!!😱
Tony finished in 1:39:01 obtaining an Elite time for the over 60s Which Qualifies for a free place next year. 

Report courtesy of Tony Champken

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Lake Vyrnwy half marathon - Sunday 9th September 2018

Jane Hayde & I drove the long journey up to Lake Vyrnwy on the 9th Sept to do the half marathon. We were persuaded to do this one on account of it being flat, unlike most of our local races!
After completing the Worcester half back in May in the boiling hot sunshine, I was hoping for better weather conditions as the heat slowed me down & I didn't achieve the time the time I wanted. We left Hereford in the sunshine & as we drove nearer, the clouds built & much to our delight it began raining!
I personally thoroughly enjoyed the flat course & for once, not having to dread what kind of incline was potentially waiting around the corner! I'm sure the view of the Lake was gorgeous if you could see it through the cloud & drizzle!
It was well organised & well supported & you were given a t shirt & a medal at the end. I would recommend it to anyone in pursuit of a PB, if you don't mind the travelling. 
I was thrilled to have achieved a PB of 1 hour 37 mins, knocking a minute off my previous time 2 years ago!

Report courtesy of Becki Ansfield

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Salomon Glen Coe Skyline - Sunday 16th September

On 16th September 200 runners assembled in Kinlochleven to race the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline. The field comprised some of the best mountain runners from around the world, including Killian Journet, fresh from winning his World Skyrunning title the day before.

The field also included two Wye Valley Runners, Dan Lewis and myself (Ward Linney) who had spent a good chunk of the summer running up and down the biggest hills we could find, to prepare for what would be 21 miles of mountainous terrain, including 9000 feet of ascent and sections of moderate rock climbing all thrown into the mix.

As we stood in the start pen, slightly awed by the company, the rain lashed down and the wind howled to properly introduce us to the Scottish Highland weather. A lone piper belted out Flower of Scotland to add to the already buzzing atmosphere, the starting hooter was sounded and we were off.

The first 6 miles were relatively straight forward as they followed the large West Highland Way path and they lead us to the most difficult section of the race. Curved Ridge, a grade 3 scramble or moderate rock climb, which took us from the base of Glen Coe to the high point of the day on the summit of Buachaille Etive Mor at 1022 meters.

We then had to battle our way through the 50-60 mph winds that were whipping over the summits for a couple of miles before dropping back down to the relative shelter of the valley.

We didn’t stay low for long though as after wading through the river there was another steep climb up the 2nd mountain of the day, the 925 meter peak of Buachaille Etive Beag. This time up slippery, muddy terrain rather than rock. Dan was well ahead of me by this point and Killian had already finished!!

The next valley crossing included a feed station so the final climb of the day was well fuelled by cheese sandwiches though no less painful on my now cramping legs. The Herefordshire winter cross country league prepared us well for the final descent as it included a couple of miles along a wet, muddy and very slippery ridge before getting back onto the West Highland Way path and a fast few miles back to the finish.

Dan was the first Wye Valley Runner home in 05:34:05 and I came in at 06:38:49. We were both happy with our races and glad to be a part of an amazing international event.

To show you what we were up against, Killian Journet won overall with a time of 03:37:15. Incredible!

 

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Worcester 10k - Sunday 16th September 2018

A select few WVRs ventured over to Worcester to take on this City centre race which is rapidly gaining in popularity. First to finish was Rob Gilligan in 45.51, with Lynne Compton following in 48.23. Becky Humphries completed the WVR results in 51.14.

There is also a half marathon as part of the days racing, but I couldn't see any WVR finishers.

Race report courtesy of Martin Flowers

Swansea 10k - Sunday 16th September 2018

There was a day when so many Wye Valley Runners wanted to run this famous race that we used to hire a coach. Only 2 of our lads braved it this year and to be honest, looking at the results, the race does seem to have lost it's gloss, with only one runner getting under the 30 minute mark. Steven Flowers was first home, running 36.43, not a PB, but as he is building up his mileage for the Dublin marathon in October, a pretty good effort nonetheless. This was good enough for 45th place overall. Lea Wood, who has been looking good in training, achieved a PB with 38.13 and is rounding into form nicely for the Cardiff half marathon in a few weeks.

Race report courtesy of Martin Flowers

The Big Dipper 10k - Sunday 16th September 2018

A small group of Wye Valley runners made the short trip down to Upton Bishop to take on this challenging but enjoyable race on quiet roads around the Gloucestershire border. The good turnout was no doubt due to the prospect of some Super 10 points

First back in 10th place was Richard Williams in 41.13. Tony Champken (now sponsored by Swan brewery) was next in a very creditable 46.48. Tony was 19th and first M60. Not far behind in 21st place came Brent Lowson in 48.08, believed to be a PB. Jan Edwards was next in 53.38 and first lady over 60. Sian Champken was comfortably under the hour in 58.06, but Bryan Symonds seemed to be taking it easy in 62.38, securing another M70 prize. 

This is a small but very enjoyable race (which I have watched!). Lets have a few more WVRs next year if it doesn't clash with other races.

 A special mention to Barry Reynolds from our neighbours Hereford Couriers, who for once didn't finish second and came home to win the race, as well as obviously being first M45. Well done Barry!

Race report courtesy of Martin Flowers

Barry Island 10k - 5th August 2018

Didn’t we have a lovely day, the day we went to Barry!  A beautiful day, we had sun all the way and all for £20 you know.

This was the inaugural running of the Barry Island 10k and it didn’t disappoint.  The organisation from start to finish was spot on.  Car parking was plentiful, the bag drop and collect experience was faultless, the start pens were easy to access and not over-crowded and the whole event was managed extremely well by an army of organisers, marshals and volunteers.

The route started and finished on the road above the promenade and along the way took in views around the docks , the grand building of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Romilly Park, the Marine Lake and old Knap Swimming Pool and the harbour .  The course was ‘lumpy’ to say the least - incorporating short, sharp climbs and some longer steady ones; but with every up there was a down (as well as some welcome flatter sections too).  

Once over the finish line, runners received a finishers t-shirt and medal (and quite possibly a touch of sun burn) for their efforts.  Then after reuniting with families, friends and fellow club runners, many participants took to the sea for a paddle or a swim to soothe those tired muscles.  Whilst Wye Valley Runners were happy to paddle, there were only two who actually braved the swim!!

Well done to Brian, Lynne, Becky, Rob and Amy who represented Wye Valley Runners on a very hot, sunny day in Barry.  Thank you to Jan (who didn’t run, due to a calf niggle) who was there to support and shout encouragement.

 

Report courtesy of Lynn Compton

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Ludlow 10K

Saturday evening when most people are knocking back a few cold beverages 3 of us put our evening to a more productive use with a little trip out Ludlow Castle where we ended up participating in a 10k race which can only be described as not flat.

This is the 2nd year this race has taken place and the first time it was a 10k race after last years slight mix up which meant we got an extra 2k free of charge, they definitely got closer to the money this time round.

Many of you who have taken part in the Storm the Castle duathlon will be familiar with this route. This is a 2 lap course on closed roads starting at Ludlow Castle, you head off at a gallop through the high street as the locals come staggering out of there local watering holes to see what all the fuss is about before joining in the vigorous cheering, you then head out on the quickest part of the course thinking you could be on for a pb here before you remember you are in Ludlow. After a rolling climbs about 1.5 miles you are met with an off road section aptly called the lactic ladder, which are like mini croc 8 steps to take you up around the woods with a few technical to test the road runners who switch off and don't look where there going, you end up coming out at about the same place to then head straight into yet another climb called "the wall" which is one of the steep hills back into Ludlow town where you finish your first lap just in time for the locals to have replenished there refreshments and cheer you on your way for the second lap to repeat it all over again.

The race picked up a bad reputation last year for getting the distance wrong, but this is still a great race. There is a fantastic atmosphere around the town with brilliant local support. You are never going to set  a quick time here but that doesn't detract away from the enjoyment of the occasion.

I was delighted to have picked up 3rd place in a time of 36:54, Peter Nugent made it into the top 10 finishing 9th in a time of 39:42 and James Vidler was 62nd in a time of 47:43

Bath Two tunnels race - 8th July 2018

Cath Watkins Siân & Tony Champken ran the Bath Two Tunnels Races.


On a very hot day Cath ran the 10K in 48 mins & Siân & Tony ran the Half Marathon ( 2-08 & 1-51 ) completing the medal set and both collecting the engraved glass challenge Trophy.


It was lovely and Cool in the Tunnels but it was like going into an Oven when you came out.
This is a very well organised & friendly event.


We highly recommend it for next year.

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Abbeydore cross country - Wednesday 27th June 2018

The second race in the Herefordshire Summer Cross Country, hosted by WVR, took place on a glorious but very hot evening. 123 runners, including 25 Wye Valley Runners, found their way to Mervs farm,  where the race started. After the initial stampede across the fields, the competitors were soon into their running and beginning the descent towards the brook. This is a tough course with many hills along the way, after the fairly gentle start and a couple of stings in the tail after re-entering the field towards the finish.

John Pugh from Builth was the first to appear at the end of the 5.1 mile route, with Matt James from the Couriers a little way behind. A close race for third was won by our own Sam Mayglothling - the first back for WVR. Ably backed up by Steven Flowers (9th), Dan Lewis (11th) and Jeremy Jehan (13th), it was looking like Ludlow would not repeat their performance at High Vinnals. Three more WVR men, recent recruit Richard Williams, Peter Nugent and Lea Wood were also in the first 20 finishers. We needed another good performance from our ladies and they did not fail to deliver. Laura Tootell was third lady overall, continuing her fine run of form and first WVR lady in 37th. Not far behind Becky Davies just held off Becki Ansfield to record 55th and 56th respectively. Lucy Mason had a good run to finish not far behind in 67th and we are beginning to get some real depth in our ladies team again. In the end it was a comfortable win for WVR on the night, form Monross Trailblazers and Croft Ambrey with Ludlow relegated to 4th this time. We are also leading overall after 2 races, 4 points ahead of Ludlow. Our B team is also lying joint 5th, so fantastic performances all round.

All to play for at Westhope on Wednesday 11th July. If I'm not there to cheer you on, it will be because I am watching England get to the World Cup Final!

 

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Swansea Half Marathon

A new race on my calendar this year was the Swansea Half Marathon. Having participated in the Swansea 10k the last few years I had high hopes for a fast well organised course.

Well the organisers didn't disappoint, this was a very fast course. A well stacked field that in its 5th year has now attracted over 6000 runners and with only 112 feet of climbing you wont need to be doing hill reps. In fact there are barely even any corners to contend so you can hit your stride you have trained and just grind that out for 13.1 miles.

The route does a small little loop around the city, you then get on the main road and stay on it till the mumbles, you then turn and come back in along the footpath nothing could be simpler. You are even encouraged almost every step of the way by enthusiastic supporters. Literally the only thing that wasn't accounted for was the heat. There was plenty of water stops  but with very little shade and only a moderate sea breeze the heat became unbearable, I know mile 8 was where it really started to hit me and I could feel the pb slipping through my fingers. I was happy to keep struggling on though and still manage my quickest time of the year of 1:19:29 and finishing 34th.

We were also represent by Juliet Moxon who confessed to taking it easy ran a 1:41:58 and finishing and finishing 65th lady, I have my suspicions that she took her time to get some peace and quiet from Andy's bellyaching about his beloved kiwis losing to England in the Rugby League.

All in all a brilliant race I just wish the weather could have held off for another hour or so.

Offas Dyke 15 - Saturday June 16th 2018

If there is such a thing as ideal conditions for an event like this , then today was those . 🤔
Three sets of club colours took on a tough course along the border .
The Marshall problems have been sorted , there are plenty of markers and jelly babies en route .
Jo Ellis was sub 2.30 , yours truly , sub 2.40 and Sian sub 3.00 so we all had a good day .
Two others with club connections took part . Well done lads .
Runners had come from all over the country for this one and the signs are it could grow .
With a super medal at the finish , I can recommend it for any off road types .
Oh , and one more thing for the second year running , in the same race I was first Wye Valley male home so come all you racing snake young ‘uns don’t let the old fart make it a hat trick

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Malvern Joggers 10k - Wednesday 13th June 2018

THE VIEW FROM THE BACK

It could have been the largest gathering of people in Castlemorton Common since the infamous rave of May ‘92.

Two Wye Valley (me and Bill), two Couriers and almost 40 Pershore Plum Plodders were among the 278 runners who toed the start line of the annual Malvern Joggers 10km race in Welland on Wednesday evening June 13th.

I started near the back, to give former Wye Valley Jon Barnes a head start. After half a mile we were off the common and heading across a wheat field towards Little Malvern Priory, a stunning sight in the early evening sunlight. Soon we were back on boggy ground on the hills above the common, before a half-way cup of water and a jelly baby or two. Past Gullet quarry, where signs warned us there is danger of death in its dark seductive water.

In the last two miles I found myself surrounded by Pershore purple vests  ….. Felt like I was in a Cadburys advert. Thanks to their company, I found an extra gear, and almost sprinted across the line, for a free banana.

It’s a long walk back to the carpark. By the time I got there, Bill Griffiths had had his free curry and was on his way home.

So, a great race. Well organised and marshalled, beautiful course with great views, some goodies at the finish, plus the free vegetable curry in a chapatti wrap. Chip timing, although the chip was more like an electronic tag.  Shame the race clashed with the summer off-road race in High Vinnals.

Results

Men:

1st : Neil Laurenson (Black Pear Joggers) in a new course record of 36:23

2nd: Jon Barnes (Cheltenham) 37:40

3rd: Chris Grubb (unattached) 38:20

Women:

1st: Shona Crombie-Hicks (Tewksbury) 42:24

2nd: Karen Lewing (unattached) 45:31

3rd: Sally Dring (Black Pear Joggers) 45:59

 

Wye Valley

Bill Griffiths: 207th in 63:26

Peter Smith: 240th in 69:35

Report courtesy of Peter Smith

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Magic Roundabout 6 - Sunday 10th June 2018

Last Sunday a small but select group of Wye Valley Runners ventured into Wales to tackle the brilliant Magic Roundabout race, organised by Hay Hotfooters. Conditions were perfect and competitors were able to admire the views before the start of the race, which is at the top of a hill - The Begwns. The race is on tracks and grassland and after the recent dry spell, conditions were good for running. After a fairly hectic downhill dash, the runners settle into a series of climbs and descents before the final climb and then short sprint to the finish, which is considerably lower than the start. 

At the front, John Pugh from Builth came home first in an impressive 37.36 just over a minute ahead of Matt James from Hereford Couriers 38.45 and Andrew Salt from Croft Ambrey 39.47. In the ladies race Ashleigh Bailey from Wye Valley Canicross was first over the line (just behind her dog) in a very fast 44.27. Next and first over 50 lady was veteran fell runner Niki Morgan from Mynydd Du in 45.23 followed by her club mate Fay Johnson in 46.01.

First home for Wye Valley was Becky Davies, making a welcome return to racing, finishing 44th overall and 8th lady, closely followed by Jane Hayde in 52.48. Next was our first man Tony Champken in 53.31. Full Wye Valley results are below. Special mention to Category winners Jan and Brian (who actually beat the first M70!)

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Man V Horse

Saturday saw the return of one of the craziest races on any calendar. 9 Wye Valley Runners competed in Llanwrtyd Wells against a Horse over 22 miles of tough Welsh terrain.

As always the race starts in the streets on Britain's smallest town. After a small horse procession relay runners and those doing the full distance set off down the road together, experienced runners shaking there head at those who going charging off with the relay knowing they will regret that later on as this course takes no prisoners with nearly 4000 feet of climbing your legs will suffer, the first major climb coming after just a mile, the laughing and joking soon stops as you spend the next mile climbing over 1200 feet and you want to save every breathe.

You may have heard the age old saying what goes up must come down, well unfortunately you start to look at that negatively and you dread the downhills because what goes down must come up.

This race is not without its rewards you get to run on some of the best trails I have ever seen, apart from the huffing and puffing over fellow runners and the odd galloping horse you truly feel like you are in the middle of nowhere surrounded rolling green (let call them mountains because that's what they felt like) and great big forests. Also despite the toughness of this races all runners are in great spirits conversing which other wanting to know what the latter stages are like and when will they see a horse. You don't have to wait long though, they are like buses you wait ages for one then 3 great big stinking beasts come galloping past with a few words of encouragement from the riders. Its difficult not to look smug when later on in the race you shout warning to the rider in front that a runner is about to overtake them on the right. You know the smugness is going to be short lived but you take the small victories where you can.

There was some great performances from Wye Valley yesterday, showing there colours proudly. Most coming off different training plans. Laura Tootel putting her marathon injuries behind her and finishing 3rd in her age category. Jeremy Jehan who walks like he needs a hip replacement finished just behind in one of his best times yet. Ian Whistance who hasn't ran in the 5 weeks since his superb marathon effort wasn't far behind. Just behind was Ward given his heroics in the ultras these last few months finished nearly 30 minutes quicker than last year continuing his vein of good form in which probably felt like a fun run. Simon Oliver ran part of the relay and put in a great relay time. Just ahead of the 3 stooges, Paul Davies, Shaun Hoyes and Paul Kemp who ran Newport marathon not long ago and confessed to not being ready for the hills still put in a great performance and overcame some serious mental battles.

This is one of the best and most unique races in the calendar, the beautiful sunshine bought about some other obstacles to overcome with the sunshine beating down on you. I am proud of every runner who completed this immensely challenging but rewarding race. You are all Strong like the Bull

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The Fountain Five

Unfortunately only 2 Wye Valley runners ventured out to the Forest of Dean on Thursday which marked the last day of summer to participate in a beautiful course hosted by our friends at Forest of Dean AC.

The course is about 5 miles around the woodlands of Parkend. There are plenty of hills but all of which are runnable with some nice long flowing downhills with a few technical areas to practise your fancy footwork. The race is on hard pack fire trails and single patch footpaths but with a few patches of mud thrown in for good measure.

Very well organised event and better yet for your 8 pounds you get to start and finish at a pub and get a free beer token for your troubles. Unfortunately I was driving so had to pass up on a pint of Legless Cow to wash down the BBQ food, but hopefully next year we can persuade the chairman to drive out the new Wye Valley minibus so that we can take in the whole experience.

I managed to finish 5th in a time of 33:31, Peter Smith ran incredibly well who not only ran a great time of 57:28 but also won his age category.

Hereford Half Marathon

On Sunday was Hereford Half Marathon, this year it returned a different course and what a treat that was. This is still not a fast course but snakes through some of herefordshires beautiful villages all of which somehow seem to end up on top of a hill, but thoroughly enjoyed the road flying past Brinsop with Merry Hill woods and credenhill woods either side. We were also rewarded with beautiful summer this time. After our winter you wont catch me complaining too often about the heat.

I'm sure many agree with me especially as a few managed to post some fantastic times, Brent Lowson, Alec Hoskins, Laura Tootell and Sam Mayglothling all setting new PBs.

Some great performances as well with Laura, Lynne and Jan all winning their age category and Laura picking up 3rd female overall as well. To cap off the rewards Wye Valley Runners even managed to pick up the team prize in a field dominated by Cheltenham, Consisting of Sam, Myself, Peter and Laura.

Overall I think everyone really enjoyed the event and hopefully see you all there next year waving the Wye Valley flag high.

Heres all the Wye Valley results. Well Done

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Gords 6 - Sunday April 15th

90 runners gathered on a drab but dry Sunday morning to tackle this challenging annual event, starting in Fownhope and taking in the ancient hill fort at Caplor. The race is run in memory of Gordon Clements, a former Wye Valley stalwart and all proceeds this year go to Hope Support Services for bereaved children, our local charity.

After a fairly strenuous 10 minute walk to the start, the runners faced an initial 3 miles along the bank of the Wye, before starting the climb up to Caplor Hill. The route is almost entirely off road and offers stunning views (on a clear day!) across the Wye Valley. After descending from the fort, the final 2 miles of the 6.5 mile race are undulating, with several fairly stiff climbs to catch out those who thought that the start was easy. Conditions were a little sticky underfoot in places, but some impressive times were recorded in the various age categories.

With last years winner, Hereford Courier Matt James unable to defend his title due to illness, there was always likely to be a new winner in this years race. At the front there was a battle royal between Andrew Salt from Croft Ambrey and over 45 Barry Reynolds, one of Hereford Couriers newer recruits. In the end Andrew Salt prevailed in a superfast time of 42.32, only half a minute ahead of Barry Reynolds. These two were well clear of Luke Gray from Monross in 46.10, although Wye Valleys Greg Wood had been lying 3rd before taking a wrong turn near the end of the race. Ross Cameron from Hereford Couriers was first junior in 4th (46.45) closely followed by Mark Thomas from Croft Ambrey in 47.00, who finished carrying one shoe! Next in and first over 50 was Mike Fawcett from Wye Valley Runners, showing that age is no barrier, with a superb time of 47.13. The first 6 finished inside last years winning time, showing the quality of the field at the sharp end.

The ladies race, although not quite as competitive as the mens, still yielded some outstanding performances with Fern Cotterill from Ludlow Runners making the top 10 in the overall race, finishing 9th in an excellent 49.22. Laura Tootell, from host club Wye Valley Runners, was next and first over 40 lady in 54.05. Kelly Bowen from Croft Ambrey, last years runner up, was 3rd this time in 55.42.

In the age groups, particular mention should be made of Dave Williams and Steve Herington, both of Hereford Couriers, who finished first over 55 and first over 65 respectively, in 14th and 34th place overall. Wye Valleys own super vet Bryan Symonds also beat many of his much younger rivals, coming in 71st place overall and first over 75. As did Jan Edwards, also from Wye Valley, who finished first over 60 lady in 56th.

In the team races, there were clear wins for Hereford Couriers in the mens race and Ludlow Runners in the ladies. 88 runners finished, significantly up on the 2017 race where we had 55 finishers. This local race continues to go from strength to strength and is likely to move to a summer evening slot in 2019, when we hope to attract an even bigger entry to take on this challenging course in the beautiful Wye Valley.

Before the main event, there were two races for children around the Fownhope recreation ground, attracting a small number of enthusiastic future Gords 6 runners.

Thanks to the army of marshalls and helpers who made the race possible and to our sponsors and suppliers :

                Patrick and Bernie Elson, Kath Bouston, Ralph Lloyd, Sarah Evan

                Swan Brewery, Leominster                         Post race beer

                Firepower Graphics                                    Race T-shirts

Full results and category winners here

 

 

 

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Muddy Woody 6 - Sunday 11th February 2018

Pugh takes control to Seal Victory in Woodland Race

Jonathan Pugh of Builth & District Running Club held off a strong challenge from Matthew James of Hereford Couriers to secure the win in the 22nd running of the Muddy Woody 6.
Brecon Athletic Club’s Mike Pfeiffer, a very consistent podium position finisher secured third place.
Jessica Bennett of Lordshill Runners was a very convincing winners of the Ladies Race with former winner Laura Tootell of Wye Valley Runners second and fellow club member Clare Sims third..
Wye Valley Runners secured victory in both the men’s and ladies team events. Wye Valley’s winning men’s team were Christian Jones, Mike Fawcett and Andy Moxon . The winning ladies were Laura Tootell, Clare Sims and Juliet Moxon.
The Wye Valley Runners Shield was awarded to Christian Jones with the Jim Gray trophy going to Juliet Moxon.
The race organized by Wye Valley Runners was run over a challenging woodland trail course with the 283 finishers contending with exceptionally cold and muddy conditions.
Wye Valley Runners donated £2 of each entry to Hope Support Services and collected additional donations at the refreshments stall.
Wye Valley Runners would like to thank all the runners, marshals and race sponsors for making this a successful event. A presentation was also made to John & Merle Hancock in appreciation of their continued support and use of facilities.


Men’s Results: 1. Jonathan Pugh (Builth & District Running Club) 41.13 ; 2. Matthew James (Hereford Couriers) 41.46 3. Mike Pfeiffer (Brecon Athletic Club) 43.37
Junior Jasper Robinson ( Croft Ambrey) 55.31 ; V/40 Danny Axford (Headington RR) 44.55; V/45 Christian Jones (Wye Valley Runners) 44.46; V/50 Mike Pfeiffer (Brecon Athletic Club) 43.37; V/55 Tim Taylor (Hereford Couriers) 48.10; V/60 Steve Bedford (Wye Valley Runners) 62.49; V/65 Ashley Robinson (Croft Ambrey AC) 56.45; V/70 David Hibbert (Worcester AC) 65.43; V/75 Brian Symonds ( Wye Valley Runners) 70.10
Ladies Results: 1.Jessica Bennett (Lordshill Road Runners) 48.28; 2. Laura Tootell (Wye Valley Runners) 52.14; 3.Clare Sims (Wye Valley Runners) 54.01
Junior Aderyn Carter (Hay Hotfooters) 61.33; V/35 Holly Gourley ( Ledbury & District Harriers) 54.36; V/40 Laura Tootell (Wye Valley Runners) 52.14; V/45 Victoria Jones (Cock Moors Ladies) 57.51; V/50 Lorraine Bunn (Unattached) 55.42; V/55 Liz Davies-Ward (Hereford Triathlon Club) 69.43; V/60 Jan Edwards (Wye Valley Runners) 67.19

Race report courtesy of Mike Shaw

Full results here:

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