XC Summer league – Race 2 High Vinnalls. Wed 28th June - details


See below all you need to know about this Wednesdays XC race. Meet 6pm at club to share transport. Club vests must be worn. Numbers from Kelly.


Herefordshire Off-Road League – Summer Series, 2017 Race 2 High Vinnalls, organised by Ludlow Runners Start time 7.15 pm. Click here for route map. The course is a challenging ‘up and downer’ of just under 5 miles. It features hard and grassy tracks, forest roads, and a short ‘technical’ downhill section through woodland about three quarters of the way round. We worried about you all being tired enough, so it finishes with a steady climb of about a mile. There’s no need to thank us. Directions: The Postcode for Monstay Farm, opposite High Vinnalls car park, is SY8 2HE From the South: Take the first turning to Ludlow from the A49 along the B4361. On arriving at the edge of the town turn left immediately before a set of traffic lights on a closed river bridge (Ludford Bridge). Signposted Burrington/Wigmore. The Charlton Arms is on the corner of this road. From the North: Take the first exit into Ludlow from the A49 (Bromfield Rd B4361). Follow this road into the centre of town at the top of the hill. At the traffic lights continue on the B4361 downhill – the road bears right at the bottom of the hill. At the next set of traffic lights by a stone river bridge (Ludford Bridge) turn left over the bridge and then immediately right just past the Charlton Arms, signposted Burrington/Wigmore. Finding the Start (From both North and South): At the Wigmore Road, travel for 3 miles uphill, passing the Whitcliffe Common and viewpoint on your way. After a sharp downhill section watch out for a sign displaying 'Vinnalls Car Park 200 yards'. Turn right into the farm entrance immediately opposite the Vinnalls car park. We are using the field opposite the Forestry Commission car park for parking so we don’t monopolise the car park itself. The land owners have kindly consented to this, but have requested a donation to the local church. Please therefore be ready to make a £1 donation for parking.

Westhope Cross Country Wednesday 14th June

Our first Summer XC race opens this Wednesday in sunny Westhope courtesy of Couriers.

Paid up club members all welcome - get a number from Kelly in advance. The race starts 7.15 pm prompt. Follow signs from Canon Pyon Village or better still share lifts at Rowing Club at 6pm.. The summer league is a great way to test your fitness on courses of about 5 miles. This one is a bit bumpy - but nothing you can't handle. Paid up members only - and club vests mandatory. 

Cotswold Relay Final Team list

Jan and her advisors have got together and pulled together 3 teams for forthcoming Cotswold Relay. Are you a Wye Valley Boy, A mixture or an  Allsort? Find out here

A few people still haven't coughed up and paid Jan their £10 entry fee. Please do soon soonish or we will send the boys around. If you have any issues with this lot please contect either Jan, Paul or Jeremy . Should be a great weekend

Cotswold Relay Meeting 10th May

Cotswold Relay meeting on Wed 10 May after club run. £10 per runner to be paid at meeting. If you can't make it please send money with someone else. Some have already requested stages and times and any other requests will be considered. We have 3 teams and a few reserves with the names on my list so far which is great and most have done the event before so realise how much commitment and organisation is involved. Look forward to seeing you all at meeting.

Super 10 Races

With the first 2 races of the Super 10 just around the corner with the Hereford 5k 1st Race on Wednesday and Gords 6 on Sunday. It is probablya good time to confirm the races for the series so you can work the into your busy schedule. There will probably be 1 more race added to the list as 19 is an odd number.

The rules for the series are more or less the same. 50 points awarded to the first female and male wye valley runner home with 1 less point awarded to for every subsequent runner. We will total up your 10 best scores at the end of the series.

This year however there will be a slight change. Points will be awarded to Marshal for the 4 Wye Valley Races and there will also be an age handicap worked out as well so everyone has a chance of winning.

1. Couriers 5km race 1 - 5th April
2. Gords 6 - 9th April
3. Shobdon 6 - 15th May
4. Hereford Half - 14th May
5. Crocodile 8 - 28th May
6. Man v Horse - 10th June
7. The Magic Roundabout - 11th June
8. Malvern Joggers 10km - 14th June
9. Westhope XC - 14th June
10. Darrens Dash - 17th June
11. High Vinnals XC - 28th June
12. Fan Y Big - 8th July
13. Abbeydore XC - 12th July
14. Shobdon XC - 26th July
15. Wye Valley 10km - Date TBC
16. Big Dipper 10km - Date TBC
17. Breinton 10M - Date TBC
18. 1 mile track - Date TBC
19. Hereford Park Run - Date TBC

Running Partner Needed

Running partner needed


Helen is a 42 year old woman with cerebral palsy who is a keen runner looking for someone to help her achieve her running ambitions, including taking part in this year's London Marathon. She has several years of running experience but needs someone to accompany her now that she has moved to the Hereford area.

She has funding available to help her with this which means that anyone running with her can be paid £10 per hour for up to 12 hours each week.

If you are interested in helping or would like more information then please call 01568 616653 quoting reference HW or you can contact Dave Sherwood davesherwood99@aol.com .

Annual Wye Valleys Trip

Still early I know but one for your diary if you would like to join a few of us for the annual Wye Valley trip away, on the weekend of the 24th September a few of us are going Warsaw as I continue working my way through the alphabet of marathons.

Its getting harder to find races that incorporate lots of distances, but this does have a marathon relay and a fast 5k for those that want to get there running over with quickly to start on the beer earlier.

You can find more details here;




Summer XC Dates

Add these dates to your diaries, time to get the Wye Valley Legion ready for Summer




Wed. 14th June :-  Westhope (Hereford Couriers)


Wed. 28th June :-  High Vinnals (Ludlow Runners)


Wed. 12th July :-   Abbey Dore (Wye Valley Runners)


Wed. 26th July :-   Shobdon (Croft Ambrey R.C.)

Muddy Woody Results

I would like to thank all you for supporting and participating in a fantastic race, I am sure those grimaces were smiles of appreciation for a beautiful challenging course around the muddiest and hilliest parts of Haugh Woods.

A huge thank you must also go out to the organisers who have spent hours of there time either arranging the course, out there marshalling or part of the admin team and even arranging the weather so that this would be one of the muddiest Muddy Woody races yet.

Well done to everyone who completed todays races in very tough conditions, todays clear winner and winning back the Muddy Woody trophy was Eliot Taylor from Hereford Couriers who led from the start to finish and finished ahead of fellow Courier Matt James. Mike Pfeiffer of Brecon AC still showing the young lads how it is done finished a strong 3rd before racing off down Newport to compete in the Gwent League.

The ladies race was won by Danca Machackova of Wye Valley Runners who is continuing her good run of form with a great time 1 minute ahead of next placed Vikki Thompson of Haldon Trail Runners. Laura Tootell of Wye Valley Runners with a great run finished 3rd.

Both team prizes this year were picked up Wye Valley Runners, The mens team consisted of Steven Flowers, Liam Grice and the legend Mike Fawcett. The female team consisted of Race Winner Danca Machackova, Laura Tootell and Nicola Emerson.

Heres a complete breakdown of the age categories.

Open Male

  1. Eliot Taylor 0:42:32
  2. Matt James 0:44:16
  3. Mike Pfeiffer 0:44:41

Open Female

  1. Danca Machackova 0:50:54
  2. Vikki Thompson 0:51:53
  3. Laura Tootell 0:55:02

Female Vet 35

  1. Kate Owen 0:57:33

Male Vet 40

  1. Dan Sandford 0:46:12

Female Vet 40

  1. Nicola Emerson 0:56:48

Male Vet 45

  1. Ian Whistance 0:48:40

Female Vet 45

  1. Shelia Lammas 0:57:41

Male Vet 50

  1. Mike Fawcett 0:47:22

Female Vet 50

  1. Sherryl Hall 1:05:25

Male Vet 55

  1. Jonathan Sage 1:00:30

Female Vet 55

  1. Tina Lavelle 1:20:16

Male Vet 60

  1. Tony Champken 1:02:03

Female Vet 60

  1. Jan Edwards 1:09:46

Male Vet 65

  1. Ashley Robinson 0:56:18

Male Vet 70

  1. Brian Symonds 1:13:28

Junior Male

  1. Jasper Robinson 0:54:40

Junior Female

  1. Deanna Radley Moore

1st Male Team - Wye Valley Runners

  1. Steven Flowers
  2. Liam Grice
  3. Mike Fawcett

1st Female Team - Wye Valley Runners

  1. Danca Machackova
  2. Laura Tootell
  3. Nicola Emerson

This year the Jim Grey was to be awarded to the first Wye Valley Male Vet 40 Peter Flynn

The Wye Valley Shield which is awarded to the first Wye Valley Runner home was awarded to Steven Flowers

For the complete results please Click button to save results

Muddy Woody 6 Pre Race Information

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


·         Please note that all entries are non-transferrable. This means that if for any reason you are not able to take part you will not be able to transfer your number to another runner

·         To get to the race please follow the signs from the village of 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 2.00 PM. Please do not park on Broadmoor Common as the ground is saturated and you are likely to become stuck as well as damaging the grass.

·         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 as indicated by the signs.

·         There will be a covered storage area for you to leave any bags and a box will be available at the registration / refreshments area to deposit car keys. Please note that any 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.

·         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.

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

PS : If you are looking for another off-road race challenge then try our Gord’s 6 race on Sunday 9th April – not so muddy, but spectacular scenery. Further details click here or look up the event page on the Wye Valley Runners Website

Presteigne XC Results

The curtain has been drawn on another brilliant Cross Country season where all within Wye Valley Runners did themselves proud by bringing home the overall womens trophy and narrowly missing out by 1 point on the mens trophy. There was also many individual picked up today, I don't have those results but a huge congratulations to those as well.

Below are the finishing positions for Presteigne Cross Country and the final team standings.

Presteigne XC Details. Sunday 5th Feb

Both the men’s race and the Ladies race are the same as last year depending on any forestry work.

The ladies race will start @ 10:45 from the forestry car park (approximately 4.25 miles).
The men’s race will start @ 11:00 from the forestry car park (approximately 7.25 miles).

Both routes have a good mix of forestry, tracks, climbs, descents, mud and water features.
Shower facilities are available at the leisure Centre (clean shoes please) but they may charge for this.

The post-race refreshments & presentation will be held at the Royal British Legion Club (clean shoes & clothing please) from 12:30pm, there is plenty of parking available in the car park (£1.30 up to 2 hours) and on the street (free).

 Post code: LD8 2YT, will get you to the Leisure Centre and more detail of the courses and the location of the Royal British Legion Club can be found by clicking the link on the ‘Presteigne XC’ event on the calendar found on the Presteigne Pacers website.

As the forestry is open to the public we kindly request runners ‘car share’ as much as possible and don’t park in the forestry car park (If the NRW who maintain the forestry get too many complaints regarding the race, we may not be able to hold the race in the future) there is plenty of space for parking on the approach road and by the leisure Centre. Car share from Rowing Club at 9.AM as usual

Mike Fawcetts Spine Challenge

Mike celebrates his 50th birthday Saturday on the 14th Jan and is racing 108 miles of the Pennine Way through snow, ice and mud to raise funds for Longtown Mountain Rescue Team.  Darrens Dash regulars will probably remember the red jackets and friendly faces of Longtown Mountain Rescue Team who provide the Mountain Safety cover for that event and the BBMC but they also provide a 24 hour, 365 days a year all weather search and rescue facility throughout Herefordshire, Shropshire, Monmouthshire and the Black Mountains . The 108-mile MR Spine Challenger Race is a mountain ultrathon like no other.  Have a look at this 'teaser' of the main event to see what Mike may be up against:




Any amount of sponsorship would be appreciated - the current forecast is for snow and ice, but I'm sure the fundraising will spur Mike on in this gruelling challenge



Club members update

  1. Congratulations to the 2016 Mighty Oaks. Cath Watkins and Steven Flowers. Two very well deserved winners.
  2. Well done Kelly and Tony on their club place at the London Marathon next year.
  3. Thank you to Kelly for organising the Christmas Party - great turnout with a lovely club atmosphere. Thanks to Jan and Brian for the pre party run.
  4. Monkhall XC Club Practice Run. Jan 2nd 2pm .
  5. Monkhall XC - Sunday 8th Jan . This is Wye Valley's host event - if you can't run please help out as a marshal or tea helper.
  6. Steven Flowers is looking for final numbers for the Midlands Cross Country Champs at Loughborough on Saturday 28th Jan. Give it a go - it's a great way to improve and test yourself in a new environment. Shared lifts. See Steve asap.
  7. Muddy Woody all sold out but still time to enter the New Year's Day 10k -  pre entries for this race close on Boxing day - so book in now if you can. Volunteer marshals needed for both events.
  8. Welcome to all our new members . Great to see new people joining us all the time. 
  9. Please make sure you wear Hi Vis(ideally reflective) gear over the winter months.
  10. We will soon be getting the club gear on the web site - watch out for more details
  11. Happy Christmas everyone!