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