What a load of Bull


A very healthy number of club members met over Curry and Chips for the AGM on Friday 2nd Nov.

Martin highlighted a year filled with success - over 30 new members, finances in good shape, runners competing all over the UK, Ian and Phil trained up as UK Athletics qualified Leaders and a big fat cheque presented to Hope Support Services who were our charity for 2018.

Our race series goes from success to success and we look forward to welcoming a large crowd on New Year’s Day for the 10k.

Kim Handley was presented with the most improved woman runner of the year award, Ward Linney with the most improved man, Phil Butler picked up the Mighty Oak Award for his sterling work behind the scenes and Brent Lowson bagged the club slot for the London Marathon 2019. Well done and congrats to all of them.

Jan updated on another successful Cotswold Relay and encouraged everyone to get involved in the 2019 race.

There was much debate about the club logo - in the end the AGM voted strongly in favour of keeping the bull image with an improved design that the committee will finalise.

Further discussion was had about the pros and cons of club HQ - members needs are changing and our facilities need to reflect that in an affordable way. The committee will go back and do some more detailed work on options and come back to members soon.

Kelly and Ralph were thanked for their work on the committee as they now take a rest and Martin encouraged everyone to get involved, play their part and help make the club even more successful in the years ahead.

Herefordshire Winter Cross Country series

The club competes in 2 cross country series - winter and summer. This involves all of the running clubs in Herefordshire and a few from around the borders. They are free to enter for individuals and there are series trophies and prizes for teams and individuals within the usual categories. The format of the 2 series is slightly different - the rules for the winter series are here. Distances are usually between 5 and 6 miles

The dates and races are as follows:


14th October Fforest Fields Builth & District Running Club

11th November Croft Castle Croft Ambrey

2nd December Rotherwas Hereford Tri- Club

6th January Queenswood tbc Wye Valley Runners

3rd February tbc Presteigne Presteigne Pacers & Hay Hotfooters

Although the team race is always competitive, these events are open to club runners of all abilities, so if you haven’t given cross country a go, do come along. You will need to ask Jan Edwards for a number which is used for the series.

We will need marshals and helpers for the January event which the club hosts.


Fforest Fields Cross Country details - Sun 14th Oct





 If approaching from Kington take A44 then A481 (Fforest Inn) towards Builth Wells.  Fforest Fields campsite is signposted on the left just under a mile from the village of Hundred House.


From Builth pass through the town, take 2nd exit onto A483 towards Llandrindod, then take first right onto A481, FforestFields campsite is a few miles down the road on the right and is signposted.

 At Fforest Fields Campsite please drive slowly and please park on the gravel

Thank You!

  NEW COURSE - Approx 10k farm tracks & woodland trails


1st Loop (blue) 7k

2nd Loop (red) 3k

Refreshments for all runners after the race

Yoga sessions

We have now agreed with Rose that the yoga sessions will continue on a Tuesday 6.15 - 7.15 at the Rowing Club. WVR members will pay a reduced rate of £5 per session. This should be paid directly to Rose. Anyone that attends for the first time should produce their WVR membership card. If you haven't got one, please contact Dave Sherwood who will be able to supply you with one as long as you are a fully paid up member.


Strength and Conditioning workshop - 6.30 Thursday 13th September at the Rowing Club

Following the success of the yoga sessions, I have asked Nick Summerfield, a Physiotherapist with expertise in sports injuries, to conduct a session on injury prevention. This should complement the yoga and be of benefit to many of our members. Again, we need to see how this goes before we decide frequency and cost to members etc. Can you let me know if you will be attending, so that Nick has an idea of numbers?


Also a reminder that the yoga sessions will resume on Tuesday 11th at 6.15 p.m. in the Rowing Club. There will then be a 2 week break, as Rose is on holiday. So the next session after that will be October 2nd, when we should have sorted out a permanent time, place and cost to members.

Alternative run and brewery trip - Wednesday 5th September


I know many members will not be able to make the early start; but there is an alternative run of about 6 miles starting from Leominster leisure centre at 5.45 on Wednesday. After the run, we can get a shower and proceed to the Swan brewery, where we will get a tour, talk and sample a few beers. There is a train from Hereford at 16.54 and trains back at 21.31 and 22.50. The brewery trip starts at 19.45 for anyone who just wants to come to that. The address is Unit 17 Leominster Rural Enterprise Centre, Brunel Road, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0LX. . Anybody coming to the run and/or brewery trip , please let me know.


Summer Cross Country Race 4 - Westhope

The results from the final race in the Summer cross country league are out. Firstly a huge thank you to Michael Blenkinsop for his organisation of the series and for producing the results so promptly. Also well done to Hereford Couriers the hosts for last nights race, which seemed to go very smoothly. We were a few key runners short last night and despite leading going into the final race, slipped to third overall - still a great performance and well done to all Wye Valley Runners who competed in the series. Congratulations to Croft Ambrey who were overall winners. We also had lots of category prize winners. Full results here:

Race 4 results

Overall series

Male prize winners

Female prize winners


Yoga for runners

Starting on Tuesday 7th August we will be putting on "Yoga for runners" classes in the function room at the Rowing Club, starting at 6.15. The sessions will last for a maximum of 1 hour. Rose, our instructor, has agreed to trial it for a few weeks to see what uptake there is. After that we will decide the frequency of the classes or whether to continue at all. The club will pay for these trial sessions. After that there will be a charge, but the Committee will consider some sort of ongoing subsidy. Rose has asked that people come in appropriate clothing, i.e. close fitting to protect modesty and she can provide mats if you don't have your own.

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Summer Cross Country Race 3 - Shobdon - Wednesday 25th July 2018

A few of our runners missing tonight so very well done to all who competed. The results were close, but we were second on the night, behind Croft Ambrey, who have now moved up to second overall. We are still leading but only by six points, with 11 points separating the top 3 teams. We now need a good turn out at Westhope for the final race in 2 weeks time and hopefully we can clinch the title!

Full results here

Alternative Run - Aconbury Woods - Monday 23rd July - 6.30pm Start.

The next alternative run is through Aconbury Woods, starting from Merrivale Farm, Little Birch Hereford. HR2 8BA. The postcode won't bring you right to the farm so look out for WVR signs. From Hereford, you want to take the Hoarwithy Road out of town, follow it for just under 6 miles where you will come to a staggered crossroads, turn right here for Little Birch. Carry on along up a hill and just after you will see a cottage on the right hand side and our farm drive on the left, we're the only property at the bottom. See google maps link below.


I've attached the route and will print some maps out on the night. It's a nice 5 mile undulating course, good for everyone, with some great views.

For those of you not aware, we're an Organic Dairy Farm so there will be some fresh cold chocolate milk to refresh us after the run. I've also talked my sister in law into making us some cakes (they're really good!) to fuel us when we're finished.

If anyone is interested, I'm also happy to show people around the cows and our robotic milking machines so you can see how the milk from your chocolate milk is produced! Might be worth bringing a change of shoes for that one.

Look forward to seeing a few of you there.

Lucy Mason