Club nights

Now we are based at the Rugby Club, we are implementing a few changes. Mondays and Wednesdays will continue to be predominantly a club run for all. On alternate Wednesdays (from September 11th onwards), we will book the track for speedwork, rather than every week There will be other non-track based sessions, as an option on the other Wednesdays. At least once per month, we will have an alternative session, such as a handicap or relay, for the whole club to be involved. Phil Butler will be in overall charge of the programme of activities and will publish details on the website initially, although we will be testing out a new running app shortly as well. He will be supported by the other 3 qualified Leaders in Running Fitness, Ian Sockett, Peter Nugent and myself. We would like other members to put themselves forward as Run Leaders, as we need to spread the load a bit, rather than rely on the same people every week. This does not mean that you have to physically lead the run. As you know, Phil and I can barely run at all these days. You just need to help to come up with suitable routes, take charge of the group in terms of outlining where we are going and gather up points etc but most importantly, making sure that everyone is looked after on the run, particularly our newer recruits. If we get enough volunteers, we can have an informal rota and it won't be too onerous.

Names to any of the Committee please.


Alternative run - Wednesday 17th July, 2019

Alternative run, next Wednesday 17th July. Meet at the Bell Tillington at 6.15 to start at 6.30
We will have a quick presentation of the team prize that Wye Valley were awarded for the Crocodile 8. This is a new trophy that Nicky Tyler has donated in memory of Vic Tarrant.
The run is across fields and orchards to Badnage Woods, around the back with an optional longer route then up and back in. All welcome!

The route is here:

Alternative Run - Wednesday 19 June

Wednesday 19 June is our first summer alternative run and a new exciting route. We are meeting at Sutton St Nicholas Village Hall, Bayley Way postcode HR1 3SZ at 6.15 to start run by 6.30.The route is mainly off road on well maintained nettle free footpaths and we head to Amberley then over to Sutton Walls. Fabulous views in all directions. All welcome, the distance is 5.8 miles but some opportunities for a shorter route. We plan go to the Golden Cross local pub for a social drink afterwards.

Club move

We will be based at the Greyhound Rugby Club on Grandstand Road from 1st July. We have use of their changing facilities, free parking and social membership of the Club.

Google maps link to the location of the club below;

Our last run from the Rowing Club will be Monday June 24th due to the second cross country race on the 26th. There will be more information about detailed arrangements in due course.

Gords 6 - kids races

There will again be races for kids held in conjunction with this years Gords 6.

  • Entries on the night - £2.

  • 1k for 8s and under, 2k for 9+.

  • Races will start at 5.30.

  • The routes are mainly grass and traffic free.

  • Medals and goody bags to all finishers. certificates to category winners.

  • Parking behind Wye Leisure accessed via Green Man car park

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Race Directors needed

As you all know, a great deal of work is required to put on any race and as a club, we organise, annually 2 road races, 2 off-road races and 2 cross country league races. The role of Race Director is key to the organisation of each race. Although there is a group of committee members and others who help with the pre-race organisation and many more who help on the day, the Race Director is the person who leads the team. The Race Directors for 2 of our major races, Muddy Woody (Dave Sherwood) and New Years Day 10k (Paddy Nugent), have indicated that they want a break and will not be race directors in 2020. We also need someone for the Summer cross country at Queenswood. We are therefore asking for people to come forward to take on these roles. There are plenty of experienced people around who will help you and we have a helpful checklist for each race. What we are looking for is people with good organisational and leadership skills. Please consider whether you could take this on, as it is unlikely that we will be able to put on either the NYD or Muddy Woody next year, without a willing volunteer. Names as usual to one of the committee, or speak to me if you want to know more about what is involved.

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Club Runs

On Monday the Committee discussed club runs. In order to make sure that we cater for the widest possible range of abilities, we have decided that we will revert to Monday being a run for all, with faster runners looping back for the slower ones. We will also hope to incorporate some shorter runs for newer runners, who may not yet be able to run more than 5 miles comfortably. We will need volunteers to run with the slower people on these shorter runs. We are going to try to formalise this by having a rota, so that nobody feels obliged to do this every week Names to Jan Edwards please.

On Wednesdays we will offer alternatives to the usual club run. There will be a track session on most Wednesdays unless there are mid week races and Peter, Phil and Ian will be organising some low key speedwork sessions, as they have been trialling in recent weeks. Watch out for details on the website and members Facebook page. If the Connect my Club app proves successful, we will use that to keep members informed of the upcoming sessions

There is also the option to join the Ghost Runners, who meet at 6.30 on a Monday evening at the track, or on Widemarsh Common. I believe there is a small charge to pay for the track.

Over the summer months, we want to put on a number of alternative runs, where we go out of Hereford for a change of scenery. If anyone wants to organise one of these, let one of the Committee know.

Cotswold Relay - Important Update


Cotswold Relay

Jan Edwards has kindly agreed to take responsibility for our team entries again, BUT the organisers have improved and changed the system.
Next week we will be told if our application for 3 teams has been successful and then we need to pay soon after that. Wye Valley are subsidising the event for us again and although the cost has doubled, the club are paying half, so each runner will only pay £10.
Jan will be asking for £10 from all runners to secure their place, and will also need to be sure that everyone is a paid up WVR member.  As EA affiliation is requirement, there will be no exceptions to this.
The list of 35 names who have expressed interest is HERE. Please confirm on FB or message Jan to say that you are still committed to this great event and she can start to look at possible teams.
If you want to stay in Bath you can book the YMCA on line or find some other luxury accommodation.
We have a table reserved for a meal so please let me know if you want to join us for this.
Please see Jan, Paul Bouston or Brian Symonds for payment.

The event page is where you can find plenty of information about the day.

Communication re Club HQ

As part of the recent communications to members regarding proposals for a new club base, I have realised that members e-mail addresses were visible to other members. This should not have happened and I apologise for the oversight. Can I urge members to give feedback on the proposals, either on the members only Facebook page or by e-mail to

Muddy Woody 6 Pre-race information

Sunday 17 February 2019 11.00 start

Wye Valley Runners look forward to seeing you on Sunday and hope the following information will be useful to you :

·         Please note that we can no longer accept any transfers of race numbers and there will not be any additional places available on the day for anyone who does not already have an allocated place in their own name.

·         To get to the race follow the signs to Woollhope from the Moon Pub in Mordiford. If using satnav the postcode HR1 4QX should get you to the registration area.

·         Please allow plenty of time to get to the race and park as you may need to leave your car some distance from the start. Please park as directed by the marshals along the forest tracks, follow the arrows and signs and observe the one-way system. Please note that after the race the forest gates will be locked at 1.30 PM. Please do not park on Broadmoor Common as the ground is saturated and you are likely to damage the grass and become stuck. 

·         You will need to collect your race number from the registration area. Numbers will be distributed alphabetically according to surname, so please go to the appropriate table according to your name. Please pin your number on the front of your shirt and ensure that the barcode is visible as this will be scanned on the finish line to record your place.

·         There will be a somewhere for you to leave any bags and a box will be available at the registration / refreshments area to deposit car keys. Please note that all items are left at your own risk and the organisers cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage.

·         The course will be marked by arrows and marker tape and marshals will be positioned at regular intervals to keep you on track and offer encouragement.

* Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately, particularly if cold or wet conditions are expected. 

* For your safety, please be aware that much of the course is on rough, slippery or uneven ground with exposed tree roots and loose stones. 

·         If for any reason you need to pull out during the race then please ensure that you inform a marshal and let them know your race number. This is important in order that we can account for everyone out on the course. 

* Please check the Wye Valley Runners website / Facebook for any last minute updates

Most important : Enjoy your run and try to manage a smile when you cross the finish line !