Monkhall XC results


Full results here

Race report to follow. Thank you to Mervyn and the army of helpers, marshals, tea makers, course setter uppers, car park staff, supporters and the weather. Some really good individual efforts and still neck and neck in the men's team prize with all to play for in the women's. Well done all - Thanks to Mike B, Clive and crew - county prizes will be announced in due course. (and thanks for the photo Clive)

Muddy Woody 6 2018. Sunday 11th Feb - how to register.

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We are proud to announce that the Muddy Woody 6 will be back for it's 22nd year on Sunday February 11th 2018. Entries will open at 6.00am on Friday December 1st on a first come first served basis .Once we get to 375 thats it. No waiting list, no transfers and no on the day entries. We are sorry to have to be so strict - but also delighted that so many people choose to support us. Thank you

 Last year the event sold out quickly. We have been able to extend the field this year to 375 runners - a small increase of 25 . If you follow this link after 6.00am on Friday December 1st you will be able to enter. Please have your UK athletics licence number to hand if you are a club runner as this is a mandatory part of the registration process. Note that we cannot accept refunds nor can we transfer numbers.

Good luck and we look forward to a great race next Feb.

Coaching seminar - Monday 4th December 2017

To all Wye Valley Running club members.

Further to my earlier post, I have arranged an informal session, for all interested, after training at the Rowing Club next Monday at 7.30. After a quick overview of the benefits of coaching, we can then discuss how we might develop some group and individual training programmes and tailor the speed sessions to better meet your aims. Don't worry if you can't make this session, I will repeat it in a few weeks. To get an idea of numbers can you e-mail me at if you are attending on Monday.

Martin Flowers

Head of Coaching

Herefordshire County Cross Country Championships . Sunday Dec 3rd Monkhall

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As if you needed another incentive.The next race in the Herefordshire XC League, to be held at Monkhall Farm on Sunday 3rd December, will incorporate the Herefordshire County Cross Country Championships for Senior, Veteran and Junior (aged 17-20) Men & Women.

Eligibility to enter the championships will be as follows :

  1. By birth in the County of Herefordshire.

  2. By 9 months continuous residence in the County prior to the day of the competition.

  3. By 9 months service in a unit of HM Forces stationed in the County.

The entry fee to the championships is normally £2 a runner but the club will pick up the bill as we are keen to support the county. Everyone who runs on Sunday will be entered as long as they fulfil the criteria 

Medals will be awarded to the first 3 runners in each category and to the first 3 teams in each category (3 runners to count). The veteran categories will be : over the age of 40 for male runners and over the age of 35 for female runners.

Monkhall Cross Country - Sunday December 3rd. 11.00am

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Wye Valley Runners host the next race in the Herefordshire XC Winter League. Map of course here

Sunday December 3rd 2017 at Monkhall Farm, Dewsall, Hereford.

Race starts 11 am prompt

Please do not sat nav the farm or you will end up in the farm kitchen. Directions below.

This course is largely on private land. It is really important that runners do not practice or do recce runs prior to race day.The land is also an active game shoot - so please steer well clear apart from race day.
This year's course is a around 6.1 miles and quite challenging - similar to last year.

Parking is at a premium so please share lifts where possible. Please also note that the approach is through narrow lanes with dog walkers and farm vehicles a plenty - please drive with care and respect to our hosts. There is also the potential for a church service to be taking place right next to the start line so please keep this in mind .

Directions from Hereford

Follow the A49 south towards Ross-on-Wye for 3 miles.

Turn right between the car dealerships, Renault and Suzuki.

Turn left at the T-junction.

After 200 metres, turn right and follow run signs .

Directions from Ross

Follow the A49 north towards Hereford for 8 miles.

Pass the Pilgrim Hotel on the left. Then, after 1.5 miles, turn left for Callow.

Take the first left into the no-through road half a mile after passing Callow Church.

Follow run signs

Directions from Abergavenny

Follow the A465 towards Hereford for 18 miles.

Turn right immediately before the Shell Garage on to the B4348 for Much Dewchurch.

Cross the railway line and take the first left.

Turn right at the T-junction.

Turn right after 400 metres into the no-through road and follow run signs

Harry's legendary tea afterwards.


Wye Valley Coaching

Wye Valley Runners coaching


Over the last couple of years, we have been trying to provide those runners who want to do something more than a club run with an alternative speed session, designed to improve their running performance. These sessions, although reasonably well supported, have not been designed as part of a structured training programme. The Committee has agreed that these sessions should continue and we are working with other athletic clubs, such as the Hereford Tri Club, to share coaching resources and the cost of hiring facilities like the track. There will now be a track session every Wednesday over the winter period.


As you know, I have now taken over as Chairman of WVR and one of my aims is to get more people in the club involved in coaching. However, in the short term I will remain as the coaching lead on the Committee, until other people either come forward or are persuaded to get involved. I will still design and take as many of the speed sessions as I can, but I would also be interested in working with some members on a one-to-one or small group basis to help with the entirety of their training plans. In order to gauge interest, can you drop me an e-mail if you would be interested in this approach. I will then arrange an initial meeting for us all to discuss how it will work.


Martin Flowers

Midlands and Nationals XC

Its the time of year again when two of the biggest Cross country races in calendar are upon us, and its time for you to put your names down and participate in a fantastic event.

Not just for the elite this race is open to everyone of all standards.

The Midlands is at Nottingham on Saturday January 27th

The Nationals is back to the birthplace of cross country in London on the iconic Parliament Hill on Saturday 24th February

Lets try and get as many people as possible and fly the Wye Valley Runners flag. I will start collecting names in December.

The club will pay for the entry fee so all we ask is that once your name is down mark it down and commit as best you can.

CROSS  COUNTRY  LEAGUE  2017/18 Croft  Castle  -  12th November  2017


Croft  Castle  -  12th November  2017

Course details of the start time, location and sort of  flat course here

Due to the increased popularity of the XC League and the subsequent extra traffic, it has been deemed necessary to park runners' vehicles in a nearby field separate from the National Trust car park.

Please follow car parking marshals' instructions.

There will still be a car parking charge of £3 for each vehicle imposed by the National Trust. This will not apply to National Trust members.

Car sharing, as much as is possible, would make sense.

Fforest Fields Cross Country Results

Tremendous start to the XC season with Wye Valley Men's team taking top slot and the women's team taking 2nd position. Fantastic run by Clare Alison - first woman home in a time of 49.27 with Danca Machackova breathing down her neck in third place. Christian and  Mike led the mens team home to victory with a very fast time from Christian of 42.26. A great turnout from the club.

Womens and Mens club results below - full results click here


1Clare AlisonWye Valley RunnersFV4049.27

3Danca MachackovaWye Valley RunnersS.F.50.44

15Jane HaydeWye Valley RunnersS.F.57.43

20Cath WatkinsWye Valley RunnersFV3558.20

23Lynne ComptonWye Valley RunnersFV5059.56

26Lara HarleyWye Valley RunnersS.F.60.59

27Ann PritchardWye Valley RunnersFV5061.04

36Jan EdwardsWye Valley RunnersFV6062.22

41Billy SmallwoodWye Valley RunnersFV5064.13

51Becky HumphreysWye Valley RunnersS.F.68.19

53Sian ChampkenWye Valley RunnersFV4568.33

and the blokes:

6Christian JonesWye Valley RunnersMV4542.26

10Mike FawcettWye Valley RunnersMV5044.17

13Liam GriceWye Valley RunnersS.M.45.09

14Dan LewisWye Valley RunnersMV4045.13

15Steve FlowersWye Valley RunnersS.M.45.22

16Peter FlynnWye Valley RunnersMV4545.47

28Ian WhistanceWye Valley RunnersMV4547.53

37Ward LinneyWye Valley RunnersS.M.49.24

47Shaun HoyesWye Valley RunnersMV5552.26

58Alec HoskinsWye Valley RunnersMV4054.46

61Paddy NugentWye Valley RunnersMV5555.34

72Michael SmallwoodWye Valley RunnersMV5057.47

74Malcolm EdwardsWye Valley RunnersMV4558.22

80Tony ChampkenWye Valley RunnersMV6059.11

81Nigel JonesWye Valley RunnersMV5559.21

95Simon OliverWye Valley RunnersMV5061.05

100Ralph LloydWye Valley RunnersMV5562.41

104Dave SherwoodWye Valley RunnersMV6063.48

106Brian SymondsWye Valley RunnersMV7564.16

109Bill GriffithsWye Valley RunnersMV6567.53

113Jeremy FormbyWye Valley RunnersMV4571.19

116Peter SmithWye Valley RunnersMV6577.27

Important Club Run Changes

There will no longer be updates about the club run on facebook.

All club runs will be added to the training planner, with a map so everybody knows where to go.

Please check the website so you know the route, it is getting dark in the evenings now and with poor visibility we don't want to lose anyone.

A smaller website is available on the homepage

Over the next few weeks the club would like members to volunteer to be group leaders helping those within the group maintain a pace and not get lost.

Speed sessions will continue with the same structure but these should be used as part of a structured training plan

Big Stuff Going on at Wye Valley Runners

  1. Sunday October 15th - Cross Country Forest Fields - details to follow. Fantastic opportunity for everyone to test themselves. Numbers from Kelly - club vests to be worn. All abilities welcome and new club members especially welcome.
  2. Friday November 3rd. AGM - some important issues to be discussed - please come along and contribute and enjoy the free hot supper.
  3. Sunday Nov 12th - race 2 Cross Country - Croft Castle . Killer
  4. Friday Dec 1st - Muddy Woody entries open - provisional race date Feb 11th
  5. Sunday 3rd December -race 3 Cross Country Monkhall - our race - all hands on deck
  6. Sat December 9th (provisional) Christmas party and club award presentations. Details soon
  7. Jan 1st New Years day 10k - all hands on deck again

1 Mile County Champs

Good turn out by Wye Valley Runners on Wednesday night for the 1 mile county champs and some fast times recorded. Hope to see more of you try these next year.

Senior Male

1st   | Charlie Jones    | Cheltenham Harriers | 4:57:0

2nd | Steven Flowers | Wye Valley Runners | 4:58:1

3rd| Chris Cleary      |  Hereford Couriers    | 5:29:2

4th| Ward Linney     | Wye Valley Runners | 5:54:7

5th| Martin Williams | Ledbury                    | 6:07:7

6th| Scott Hardie     | Croft Ambereley       | 6:20:3

7th| Sam Newman   | Unattached                | 7:08:5

8th| Kash Essa         | Unattached                | 8:53:6


Veteran Male

1st   | Nick Hitchings  |Worcester AC             | 5:10:4

2nd | Dan Lewis         | Wye Valley Runners| 5:13:7

3rd| Jeremy Jehan   |Wye Valley Runners   | 5:25:2

4th| Jake Underhill  | Hereford Couriers      | 5:48:6

5th| Kevin Rowe      | Wye Valley Runners  | 6:03:0

6th| Brent Lowson  | Wye Valley Runners    | 6:18:4

7th| Kev Barnes      | Hereford County AC   | 6:46:6


Junior Male

1st| Ross Cameron   | Hereford Couriers         | 5:11:0


U15 Boys

1st   | Scott James     | Croft Ambereley            | 4:59:5

2nd| Alec Harper       | Croft Ambereley            | 5:46:3


Senior Ladies

1st| Robyn Gore           | Croft Ambereley            | 6:01:0

2nd |Becky Humphreys | Wye Valley Runners       | 6:56:4


Veteran Ladies

1st   | Laura Tootell           | Wye Valley Runners       | 5:57:0

2nd | Clare Simms            | Wye Valley Runners       | 6:05:8

3rd| Lynne Compton      | Wye Valley Runners       | 6:56:0


Shobdon XC Results and Summer League Results

Well done all in team Wye Valley for a fantastic summer season. Particular congratulations to Laura and Sam for winning the women's and men's league title. And once again Wye Valley hang on to the championship trophy. Lots of category winners and some hard fought individual performances. Our thanks to Mike, Clive and team for all their hard work.

Click here for Shobdon results

Click here for a list of lads award Winners.

Click here for a list of lasses award winners

Click here for  Final Team Scores.Ludlow Runners and Wye Valley Runners 'B' were equal in 3rd place. The 3rd place trophy was awarded to Ludlow Runners by virtue of them having a         lower score over the 3 best races

Click here for a list of the final individual positions. This is based on the best 3 overall positions from the 4 races. Where scores are equal it reverts to the best 2  positions.