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;

https://goo.gl/maps/Yf6A5vEivUo7vhHUA

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

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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!).