Thanks to our pals at the tri club for putting on the annual 3 lap blast around the river paths and also our thanks to Mike B , Nikki T and team for timing and results
Conditions were pretty good all round and a strong Wye Valley turnout paid dividends.
Laura Tootell finishing third women showed her improving form - just half a minute ahead of Clare Sims with Becki Ansfield and Lara Harley taking up third and fourth. Their excellent performance was rewarded with a joint first position on the day. Can they catch Croft Ambrey women's team at the next meeting at much hillier Presteigne in a few weeks?
The men managed to take first slot by some margin - but also steal the lead on Maldwyn Harriers for the seasonal prize. With only 6 points between us and them we have all to play for at the final race in Feb at Presteigne.
Sam Mayglothling charged home as first Wye Valley man with Christian Jones only 19 seconds behind him and a chasing Steven Flowers only 20 seconds later. Jeremy Jehan recorded a strong 4th Wye Valley place to ensure the team award in 41.15
Full results HERE
Full results from 2016 as comparator HERE
Women from Wye Valley:
3 Laura Tootell Wye Valley Runners FV40 46.13
5 Clare Sims Wye Valley Runners FV40 46.42
12 Becki Ansfield Wye Valley Runners FV40 50.35
14 Lara Harley Wye Valley Runners S.F. 51.27
19 Cath Watkins Wye Valley Runners FV35 52.17
30 Ann Pritchard Wye Valley Runners FV50 54.35
34 Jan Edwards Wye Valley Runners FV60 56.09
36 Lynne Compton Wye Valley Runners FV50 56.20
37 Emily Davies Wye Valley Runners FV35 56.57
40 Jo Ellis Wye Valley Runners FV35 57.49
41 Becky Humphreys Wye Valley Runners S.F. 58.20
Men from Wye Valley:
8 Sam Mayglothling Wye Valley Runners S.M. 39.20
10 Christian Jones Wye Valley Runners MV45 39.39
11 Steve Flowers Wye Valley Runners S.M. 39.59
17 Jeremy Jehan Wye Valley Runners MV45 41.15
20 Peter Nugent Wye Valley Runners S.M. 42.17
21 Peter Flynn Wye Valley Runners MV45 42.22
23 Dan Lewis Wye Valley Runners MV40 42.54
38 Ward Linney Wye Valley Runners S.M. 45.17
52 Paddy Nugent Wye Valley Runners MV55 47.24
83 Mike Shaw Wye Valley Runners MV65 53.30
89 Nigel Jones Wye Valley Runners MV55 55.17
92 Christian Mason Wye Valley Runners S.M. 55.54
97 Ralph Lloyd Wye Valley Runners MV55 57.40
98 Bill Griffiths Wye Valley Runners MV65 58.46
102 Jeremy Formby Wye Valley Runners MV45 63.26
103 Peter Smith Wye Valley Runners MV65 70.46
Club members and Race Marshals are invited to join us for a recce run of the 2018 Muddy Woody route. Sunday 28th Jan -meet at 9.00am - please park on Broadmoor Common about 400 metres along from Haugh Woods top car park.
Following a really successful New Years Day 10k, next up is our Blue Riband event, Muddy Woody, on Sunday February 11th. We need even more marshals and helpers for this one. If you aren't running the race, can you please put yourselves forward, or volunteer a friend or member of your family to help. If you don't want to marshal, there are plenty of other jobs that you can do. We want to make this the best Muddy Woody ever and you can help make that happen. Names to Race Director Dave Sherwood, any one of the committee, or leave a comment on the Facebook page.
Martin Flowers, Chairman
I have produced three generic training plans, marathon, half marathon and 10k aimed at races in early April. They are in Outlook Calendar format, so that you can adapt them for your own specific requirements. They incorporate the planned speed sessions that will be taking place on the track and elsewhere. When I find an easy way of including the plans on the website, I will post them. In the meantime, if you are interested, let me know and I will send them to you by e-mail.
The first week of 2018 will see most runners either getting over the New Years Day 10k or the after effects of the festivities. So it will be a case of getting back into some easy running before stepping things up in the next few weeks. However, for the serious athletes, the hard work starts on Wednesday with your favourite session of 400s, having missed the planned pre-Xmas session because of the weather. Wednesdays club run is on the website and subsequent runs, together with all of the speed sessions up to the end of March, will be posted shortly. I will also, as promised, post 3 training plans for the next three months, for those planning a spring marathon, half marathon or 10k.
Happy running in 2018
Head of Coaching
For those that still haven't run off their Xmas pud at the Boxing Day run, there is another run from the Bell Tillington at 9am, mainly off road with mud and hills guaranteed. All welcome.
This years Christmas party at Burghill Valley Golf Club included our annual prize presentations.
- Congratulations to the women's Mighty Oak winner Jan Edwards for her tireless work for the club and her leadership of the Cotswolds Relay weekend
- Well done Peter Smith - men's MIghty Oak 2017 for his constant support of the club committee, his never ending energy at club events and his fab recovery back to racing following illness
- Congrats to Sian Champken - Most Improved women's runner. Sian has worked hard and raced hard over the past 12 months and has been consistently improving her own PB's
- Well done Peter Nugent - Most Improved mens runner. In a closely fought contest, Peter has shown that a combination of speed work, fell work and tempo running seem to pay off.
- Special congratulations to Simon Oliver for picking up the specially crafted Tail Award for being the sweeper at almost every race you can think of.
- Thank you Harry for the hand crafted Oak awards.
- Super ten awards were almost presented - a separate report wlil follow
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)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are attending on Monday.
Head of Coaching
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 :
By birth in the County of Herefordshire.
By 9 months continuous residence in the County prior to the day of the competition.
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.
We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Monkhall Farm at Dewsall this Sunday for race 3 in the XC season. Please fill your car with people as parking really is limited. Also leave Fido at home - No dogs are allowed on site as this is a working farm and game shoot. Many thanks
Wye Valley Runners are hosting the next XC race at Monkhall. Sunday December 3rd.
We need lots of marshals to ensure the race is as successful as ever.
You will need to be on site by 10.00 ish and we should be done by around 12.30. Please speak to Kelly or one of the committee if you are able to help. No experience needed. If you cant run join in as a marshal.
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 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.
If you look at the calendar you will see if I have added the return of the Marcle Ridge Run for Boxing Day. Everyone is welcome but for this to go ahead we will need people willing to lead the different paced groups. If you know the group and are willing to lead let me know and ill add you to the list.