Cotswold Relay - Important Update

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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 http://cotswoldwayrelay.co.uk/ 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 smith.peter148@btinternet.com

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 !

Presteigne XC Awards Presentation details

Date: 24/02/2019
Venue: Memorial Hall. Note, the venue for the awards presentation is at the Memorial Hall not the British Legion
Time: From 12:30
Parking: There is limited parking available at the Memorial Hall, however there are plenty of spaces at the locations marked on the map (charges may apply)
Footwear: Must be clean (or there will be an additional charge put on the hire of the Hall)
Cups: The cups used are 100% recyclable and can go into any paper/cardboard recycling bin
Charity: The money donated for the refreshments will be given to a charity chosen by Sarn Santry of T&S Training Ltd who is providing the First aid cover for the event free of charge

Presteigne XC Race details

Date: 24/02/2019
Venue: Forestry carpark off Broadaxe road
Time: 10:45 (Juniors, Ladies & Super Veterans) 11:00 (All other Senior men)
Parking: Please don’t park in the forestry carpark, leave this for essential event vehicles and the general public. There are plenty of spaces at the locations marked on the map

The route:
10:45 start time route is 4.4mls (approx) with 600ft of climb over hard packed fire tracks, forestry paths & technical wooded sections with some surface mud/water

11:00 start time route is 6.8mls (approx) with 1100ft climb over hard packed fire tracks, forestry paths & technical wooded sections with some surface mud/water. The route would be described as challenging and not suitable for novice runners. There is a muddy scramble up a short steep climb and a drag of 240ft in a little over quarter of a mile (Killer Climb).

Runners Etiquette:
Every precaution has been taken to ensure this event is as safe as possible, however due to the nature of ‘off road’ running some incidents may occur. Safety is always the responsibility of the individual. No runner should act in a way that puts themselves or others in danger. Any runner found acting in a dangerous manner will be disqualified. As an entrant in this event, you accept a care of duty to yourself and other runners. If you find another runner in difficulty is your responsibility to offer assistance. This may be helping them walk to the nearest Marshal or to run onto the next Marshal and inform them of the incident. If you are unable to finish the race for any reason, it is your responsibility to contact the nearest Marshal and inform them of your withdrawal and also report to the Race officials at the finish area. You must listen to and obey instruction given by Race Officials and Marshals at any time during the event, failure to do so will result in disqualification. Although this is a competitive event and everyone wants to win, give way to faster runners. Any runner found intentionally slowing down other runners will be disqualified. Leave no sign that you were ever here! If you have gels or a drink, please take the empties home with you, if a water station is provided please use the nearby bin. The marshals are here for your safety, not to clear up your mess. All the event staff, Marshals, time keepers & first aiders are volunteers, so thank them because without them you wouldn’t be here.

Showers: Available at the Leisure Centre (there is a £2.00 Charge payable at the Leisure Centre) Note: no dirty shoes inside the centre please



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 !

Cotswold Way Relay 2019

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This years Cotswold Way Relay has just been confirmed as Saturday 29th June 2019. Full details here

This year the lovely hosts Bath AC are very organised and we need to confirm our interest in the next few weeks There is no guarantee of a place - for now we need to know who is available and we will then choose our intrepid , speedy and brave teams. We hope to enter 3 teams. Jan will try and put you in a leg you prefer but please be patient as it’s complicated and you may not get first choice! Bribery sometimes helps.

There is a chance to get together at the end of the day, share stories of your pain, have a beer and get to know your club mates.

There will be a meeting at a later date to sort out plans and take your money. Be there or be square

Please let Jan Edwards know as soon as you can if you are interested - there will be a £10 fee per a member but this is heavily subsidised by the club.It’s one of the highlights of the Wye Valley Year - join us if you can

The Cotswold Way Relay is now in its 27th year, operated as 10 back-to-back races, starting each stage with a mass start at the expected arrival time of the 1st runner from the previous stage.

Running from Chipping Campden in the early morning, through to the arrival at Bath Abbey in the early evening, using the waymarked route of the Cotswold Way as our route, the relay is over 90% off-road, taking in many hills, woodlands, fields and tracks, all offering spectacular views of the countryside around (if ever a runner looked up from the path to take it in!).

Muddy Woody Six - call for help

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The annual Wye Valley Runners signature event is fast approaching and we need a big friendly bunch of people to help with parking, marshalling course, serving tea, smiling at people and generally being nice. If this is you and you can spare a few hours in lovely Haugh Woods on Sunday 17th Feb please let Dave Sherwood our race director know asap. davesherwood99@aol.com Thanks for the massive response .

Wye Valley Runners host the biggest ever Hereford Park Run

327 runners took part in the Hereford Park Run on Saturday 12th January. Despite the damp and windy conditions, this was a new record for the event surpassing the previous week, which was also a record by some margin. This weeks event was hosted by Wye Valley Runners, with our own Tony Champken as Race Director, supported by an army of Wye Valley Runners as marshals, pacers and helpers.


A big thank you to all members who ran or volunteered and helped to make it such a successful event

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Muddy Woody Six 2019 - SOLD OUT

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Thank you to the 159 women and 216 men who have registered for the 2019 Muddy Woody Six in Haugh Woods on Sunday 17th Feb. The race is now at capacity and all entries are now closed - we will be unable to accept on the day entries. Tee Shirts have been ordered and the mud is being stirred.

A huge thank you from all at Wye Valley Runners - see you all on race day. Arrive in plenty of time - parking is free but very limited so please car share - assume it may rain, hail or snow all at the same time and you shouldn’t go far wrong.

Wye Valley Runners take over parkrun Saturday 12th Jan

Plan are all in place for Wye Valley Runners to support Hereford parkrun this Saturday 12th Jan    We have a great band of volunteers ready to help including an elite group of pacemakers!  The event takes place at Hereford Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, Hereford, HR4 9UD 9.00 start  Can all volunteers make sure they are on site and report to Tony by 8.30 latest. If you aren’t registered for parkrun you should - it’s free and a  few click s away. Make sure you have your parkrun bar code before you arrive on the day. Thanks to the Hereford parkrun team for giving us the opportunity to help.

Plan are all in place for Wye Valley Runners to support Hereford parkrun this Saturday 12th Jan

We have a great band of volunteers ready to help including an elite group of pacemakers!

The event takes place at Hereford Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, Hereford, HR4 9UD 9.00 start

Can all volunteers make sure they are on site and report to Tony by 8.30 latest. If you aren’t registered for parkrun you should - it’s free and a few clicks away. Make sure you have your parkrun bar code before you arrive on the day. Thanks to the Hereford parkrun team for giving us the opportunity to help.

Free Workshops

Dr Luke Moseley is doing a free talk at Ady Watts facility in Rotherwas on the 9th of Jan at 8pm and would like to invite all runners in Hereford. The title of the talk is "Work+Rest=Success" and he will be looking at how a holistic view can improve your training He will also be around afterwards if you have any questions.
The info is below,

Free Workshop
Join Ady Watts & Dr Luke Moseley for an interactive workshop on how to optimise your training & performance this coming year.
In the workshop we will cover:
- How to maximise performance gains
- How to prioritise training sessions that get results
- How to use recovery strategies to avoid burnout
Places are FREE-

New Year's Day 10k race report

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Jones takes the crown in Wye Valley New Year Challenge.

Hereford man Charlie Jones running for Cheltenham and County Harriers took first place in the annual Wye Valley Runners New Year’s Day 10k race around the challenging course on the country lanes of Breinton. Jones held off former club mate Barry Reynolds of Hereford Couriers to finish in style in a time of 34 minutes 10 seconds. Reynolds time of 34.27 was just ahead of Brecon athlete Brychan Price Davies who charged home on the finishing straight clocking a time of 34.50.

Brecon were well represented with Donna Morris from the Powys based club just heading off improving Jodie Newell of Wye Valley Runners to finish in a time of 41.58. Newell had work to do with Naomi Prosser from rival club Hereford Couriers breathing down her neck right up to the final straight.

222 runners took part in the event in almost perfect conditions with some really outstanding performances from many of the experienced veteran runners. Jon Herod from Vegan Runners took the male vet 40 prize in a fast 37.31, Jon Newey from BlackPear Joggers the male 45 prize in an even faster time of 36.39 and visiting athlete Donato Esposito of Bournville Harriers dominating  the male vet 55 category with a very fast time of 38.32. Not to be outdone, the lady veteran runners showed some great form: Wye Valley Runner Gillian Miskimmin clocking 44.07 as first vet 35,  Joanna Eddy at 43.45 proved her point in the vet 40 category and Liz Bower from Worcester AC smashed the vet 65 category recording a time of 48.40.

Earlier on new year's morning 169 runners completed the 5k park run on the racecourse but Peter Flynn of Wye Valley Runners decided to do both as part of his London Marathon training

Barry Reynolds, Bobby Pritchard and Liam Tosh won a clear victory to pick up the men’s team prize with Wye Runners clinching the women’s prize with Joide Newell, Gillian Miskimmin and Juiet Moxon .

Martin Flowers chair of Wye Valley Runners thanked all of the runners and volunteers who made the day a great success – he encouraged people to take the first step and join their local club and invited everyone to come along to the clubs next event – the off road Muddy Woody 6 mile Challenge on Sunday Feb 17th at Haugh Woods. There are still a few places left for this race - but selling fast.

Category Name Club Time

Winner Charlie Jones Cheltenham and County 34.10

Second Barry Reynolds Hereford Couriers 34.27

Third Brychan Price Davies Brecon AC 34.50

First lady Donna Morris Brecon AC 41.58

Second lady Jodie Newell Wye Valley Runners 42.28

Third lady Naomi Prosser Hereford Couriers 43.03

Junior Male Evan Price Davies Brecon AC 36.33

Junior Female Addy Carter Hay Hotfooters 45.46

Female vet 35 Gillian Miskimmin Wye Valley Runners 44.07

Female vet 40 Joanna Eddy Unattached 43.45

Female vet 45 Sally Broatch Unattached 49.17

Female vet

50 Helen Carter Presteigne Pacers 47.27

Female vet 55 Liz Davies Ward Hereford Triathlon Cub 55.57

Female Vet 60 Jan Edwards Wye Valley Runners 50.51

Female vet 65 Liz Bowers Worcester AC 48.40

Male vet 40 Jon Herod Vegan Runners 37.31

Male vet 45 Jon Newey Blackpear Joggers 36.39

Male vet 50 Bill Clayton Vegan Runners 41.07

Male vet 55 Donato Esposito Bournville Harriers 38.32

Male vet 60 Paul Dodd Forest of Dean AC 39.55

Male vet 65 Adrian Jones Unattached 47.09

Male vet 70 Steve Herrington Hereford Couriers 46.46

Male vet 75 Brian Symonds Wye Valley Runners 52.02

Male Team Barry Reynolds

Bobby Pritchard

Liam Tosh Hereford Couriers

Female team Jodie Newell

Gillian Miskimmin

Juliet Moxon Wye Valley Runners