Wye Valley Runners host the biggest ever Hereford Park Run

327 runners took part in the Hereford Park Run on Saturday 12th January. Despite the damp and windy conditions, this was a new record for the event surpassing the previous week, which was also a record by some margin. This weeks event was hosted by Wye Valley Runners, with our own Tony Champken as Race Director, supported by an army of Wye Valley Runners as marshals, pacers and helpers.

A big thank you to all members who ran or volunteered and helped to make it such a successful event

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Muddy Woody Six 2019 - SOLD OUT

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Thank you to the 159 women and 216 men who have registered for the 2019 Muddy Woody Six in Haugh Woods on Sunday 17th Feb. The race is now at capacity and all entries are now closed - we will be unable to accept on the day entries. Tee Shirts have been ordered and the mud is being stirred.

A huge thank you from all at Wye Valley Runners - see you all on race day. Arrive in plenty of time - parking is free but very limited so please car share - assume it may rain, hail or snow all at the same time and you shouldn’t go far wrong.

Wye Valley Runners take over parkrun Saturday 12th Jan

Plan are all in place for Wye Valley Runners to support Hereford parkrun this Saturday 12th Jan    We have a great band of volunteers ready to help including an elite group of pacemakers!  The event takes place at Hereford Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, Hereford, HR4 9UD 9.00 start  Can all volunteers make sure they are on site and report to Tony by 8.30 latest. If you aren’t registered for parkrun you should - it’s free and a  few click s away. Make sure you have your parkrun bar code before you arrive on the day. Thanks to the Hereford parkrun team for giving us the opportunity to help.

Plan are all in place for Wye Valley Runners to support Hereford parkrun this Saturday 12th Jan

We have a great band of volunteers ready to help including an elite group of pacemakers!

The event takes place at Hereford Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, Hereford, HR4 9UD 9.00 start

Can all volunteers make sure they are on site and report to Tony by 8.30 latest. If you aren’t registered for parkrun you should - it’s free and a few clicks away. Make sure you have your parkrun bar code before you arrive on the day. Thanks to the Hereford parkrun team for giving us the opportunity to help.

Free Workshops

Dr Luke Moseley is doing a free talk at Ady Watts facility in Rotherwas on the 9th of Jan at 8pm and would like to invite all runners in Hereford. The title of the talk is "Work+Rest=Success" and he will be looking at how a holistic view can improve your training He will also be around afterwards if you have any questions.
The info is below,

Free Workshop
Join Ady Watts & Dr Luke Moseley for an interactive workshop on how to optimise your training & performance this coming year.
In the workshop we will cover:
- How to maximise performance gains
- How to prioritise training sessions that get results
- How to use recovery strategies to avoid burnout
Places are FREE-

New Year's Day 10k race report


Jones takes the crown in Wye Valley New Year Challenge.

Hereford man Charlie Jones running for Cheltenham and County Harriers took first place in the annual Wye Valley Runners New Year’s Day 10k race around the challenging course on the country lanes of Breinton. Jones held off former club mate Barry Reynolds of Hereford Couriers to finish in style in a time of 34 minutes 10 seconds. Reynolds time of 34.27 was just ahead of Brecon athlete Brychan Price Davies who charged home on the finishing straight clocking a time of 34.50.

Brecon were well represented with Donna Morris from the Powys based club just heading off improving Jodie Newell of Wye Valley Runners to finish in a time of 41.58. Newell had work to do with Naomi Prosser from rival club Hereford Couriers breathing down her neck right up to the final straight.

222 runners took part in the event in almost perfect conditions with some really outstanding performances from many of the experienced veteran runners. Jon Herod from Vegan Runners took the male vet 40 prize in a fast 37.31, Jon Newey from BlackPear Joggers the male 45 prize in an even faster time of 36.39 and visiting athlete Donato Esposito of Bournville Harriers dominating  the male vet 55 category with a very fast time of 38.32. Not to be outdone, the lady veteran runners showed some great form: Wye Valley Runner Gillian Miskimmin clocking 44.07 as first vet 35,  Joanna Eddy at 43.45 proved her point in the vet 40 category and Liz Bower from Worcester AC smashed the vet 65 category recording a time of 48.40.

Earlier on new year's morning 169 runners completed the 5k park run on the racecourse but Peter Flynn of Wye Valley Runners decided to do both as part of his London Marathon training

Barry Reynolds, Bobby Pritchard and Liam Tosh won a clear victory to pick up the men’s team prize with Wye Runners clinching the women’s prize with Joide Newell, Gillian Miskimmin and Juiet Moxon .

Martin Flowers chair of Wye Valley Runners thanked all of the runners and volunteers who made the day a great success – he encouraged people to take the first step and join their local club and invited everyone to come along to the clubs next event – the off road Muddy Woody 6 mile Challenge on Sunday Feb 17th at Haugh Woods. There are still a few places left for this race - but selling fast.

Category Name Club Time

Winner Charlie Jones Cheltenham and County 34.10

Second Barry Reynolds Hereford Couriers 34.27

Third Brychan Price Davies Brecon AC 34.50

First lady Donna Morris Brecon AC 41.58

Second lady Jodie Newell Wye Valley Runners 42.28

Third lady Naomi Prosser Hereford Couriers 43.03

Junior Male Evan Price Davies Brecon AC 36.33

Junior Female Addy Carter Hay Hotfooters 45.46

Female vet 35 Gillian Miskimmin Wye Valley Runners 44.07

Female vet 40 Joanna Eddy Unattached 43.45

Female vet 45 Sally Broatch Unattached 49.17

Female vet

50 Helen Carter Presteigne Pacers 47.27

Female vet 55 Liz Davies Ward Hereford Triathlon Cub 55.57

Female Vet 60 Jan Edwards Wye Valley Runners 50.51

Female vet 65 Liz Bowers Worcester AC 48.40

Male vet 40 Jon Herod Vegan Runners 37.31

Male vet 45 Jon Newey Blackpear Joggers 36.39

Male vet 50 Bill Clayton Vegan Runners 41.07

Male vet 55 Donato Esposito Bournville Harriers 38.32

Male vet 60 Paul Dodd Forest of Dean AC 39.55

Male vet 65 Adrian Jones Unattached 47.09

Male vet 70 Steve Herrington Hereford Couriers 46.46

Male vet 75 Brian Symonds Wye Valley Runners 52.02

Male Team Barry Reynolds

Bobby Pritchard

Liam Tosh Hereford Couriers

Female team Jodie Newell

Gillian Miskimmin

Juliet Moxon Wye Valley Runners

Queenswood XC with Doughnuts and Pizza

Field To Fork Pizza Trailer

Field To Fork Pizza Trailer


Final plans are in place for the first XC race to be held at Queenswood hosted by Wye Valley Runners.

We are unable to provide hot tea at the end of the race as usual so please bring a flask or use the caff if you would like a cuppa - but we will be providing everyone with a much needed fresh jam doughnut and Field to Fork Catering will be on site selling fresh pizza if you would like to join us for lunch.

Water will be available if you need it but in our attempt to cut down plastic waste we encourage everyone to bring their own if they can.

Please car share as much as you can (parking is chargeable - bring change) - wear shoes with some grip and enjoy the ride.

Race starts at 11.00 prompt - two laps approx 5.5 miles - with a bit of up and down to start the new year.

New Year's Day 10k final briefing!

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We are looking forward to welcoming a big crowd in the morning. Thanks to everyone for all their support.

Parking in field next to the rowing club - car sharing is encouraged

Registration is upstairs in the club meeting room - turn right at the top of the stairs

Please arrive in plenty of time - on the day entry opens at 9.30 am priced at £12 for club runners and £14 un affiliated. Race starts at 11.00 am on Great Western Way to the right of the rowing club - it takes just over 6 minutes to walk to the start line. The race finishes in the same place.

The route is on open roads - albeit on quiet lanes - but be aware of crazy drivers coming back from their festivities!

As you cross the line we will scan your barcode on your race number - please make sure it is visible.

Changing and showers in the club house with presentations at around 12.30. Prizes in usual categories - 5 year vet age bands with one prize rule max per person. Team prize for first men’s and women’s team - 3 to count.

Happy New Year .


The 3rd race in the 2018/19 Herefordshire XC League series will be hosted by Wye Valley Runners and held at Queenswood Country Park on Sunday 6th January 2019.

The postcode for the venue is HR6 0PY. Queenswood Country Park is just off the A49 approx. 8 miles north of Hereford and 6 miles south of Leominster.

 Car parking is now charged by the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and parking space is limited, so it makes sense to car share as much as possible.

 Early arrivals will be directed to the overflow car park first and then, if that is full, the main public car park is available. 

The start and finish are a short walk from the car parks. The course is hilly ( as you would expect!) and is a mixture of grass and stone trails. It is not suitable for spikes. Trail or fell shoes will be fine. There will be water at the finish and the on site café will be open serving other drinks and refreshments.  Course map here
Please be aware that this is a public park and respect other users.

This event also incorporates the Herefordshire XC County Championships for Senior, Veteran and Junior (aged 17-20) Men & Women. Eligibility for County qualification is : a) by birth in the county of Herefordshire or  b) by 9 months' continuous bona fide residence in Herefordshire immediately prior to the competition. Wye Valley Cub members will be entered and paid for by their club as we are the best club in town.

Midland Counties XC championships - Saturday 26th January 2019

The Midland Counties championships is being held at Leamington this year, so a reasonable travelling distance from Hereford. We didn't manage to get a full mens or womens team last year, although a number of WVRs ran and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. These are fantastic competitions to take part in and give you the chance to run against some of the best cross country runners in the country. Although the standard is high, no one should be concerned about finishing near the back, as there are always quite a few old codgers making up the numbers. If you want to take part, the club will pay the entrance fee and travelling expenses, so come on Wye Valley, lets try to get at least a mens team (6 to count) and a womens team (4 to count) and do the county proud. Names to me please (before Xmas)


Rotherwas XC results

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Let’s hear it for the girls - Becky Davies took first position this morning supported by Jodie Newell, Juliet Moxon and Lara Seal to grab Wye Valley Runners the women’s team prize in the second leg of the season. Well done to them and all in the women’s strong team for a great result - keeping Wye Valley at the top of the women’s league so far.

Here they all are:

1 Becky Davies Wye Valley Runners S.F. 46.37

6 Jodie Newell Wye Valley Runners S.F. 47.14

15 Juliet Moxon Wye Valley Runners FV35 49.55

19 Lara Seal Wye Valley Runners S.F. 51.37

21 Jane Hayde Wye Valley Runners FV35 52.34

30 Ann Pritchard Wye Valley Runners FV50 55.09

33 Lynne Compton Wye Valley Runners FV50 55.25

35 Emily Davies Wye Valley Runners FV35 56.28

37 Kim Handley Wye Valley Runners S.F. 57.42

38 Jan Edwards Wye Valley Runners FV60 57.50

39 Billy Smallwood Wye Valley Runners FV50 57.51

52 Becky Humphries Wye Valley Runners S.F. 62.47

In the men’s team a very strong Builth side took some beating - despite that we showed some real strength to end up in third this time - with our overall points score keeping us in second place so far this season - all to play for lads. Well done all and good to see some new (ish) faces out for the ride with John Miskimmin showing us how it’s done . Richie Williams managed to give Christian a run for his money only 43 seconds behind him.

Here they all are:

11 Christian Jones Wye Valley Runners MV45 40.38

14 Richard Williams Wye Valley Runners S.M. 41.21

15 Dan Lewis Wye Valley Runners MV40 41.33

18 John Miskimmin Wye Valley Runners S.M. 42.10

26 Ian Sockett Wye Valley Runners MV45 43.25

27 Peter Nugent Wye Valley Runners S.M. 43.32

42 Ian Whistance Wye Valley Runners MV45 45.59

47 Jeremy Jehan Wye Valley Runners MV45 46.36

56 David Klotz Wye Valley Runners S.M. 47.57

69 Ward Linney Wye Valley Runners MV40 49.09

75 Brent Lowson Wye Valley Runners MV55 50.17

80 Michael Smallwood Wye Valley Runners MV50 51.16

93 Nigel Jones Wye Valley Runners MV60 53.25

98 Martin Flowers Wye Valley Runners MV60 55.01

107 Mark Dempsey Wye Valley Runners MV65 57.18

109 Brian Symonds Wye Valley Runners MV75 58.54

117 Peter Smith Wye Valley Runners MV70 69.39

Next up our own new race at Dinmore - huge thanks to all at the Tri Club and Mike B and gang for today - full results here

Rotherwas XC details - Sunday 2nd December

Rotherwas Course: 
The race is at the Rotherwas course, the same place as last year.  It starts at 11am.  All adults will do 3 laps of the 2.2 mile course, youth runners will do 2 laps of the 2.2 mile course.   The route uses footpaths and permitted routes around private farmland.  Please stick to the course and avoid running on the crops.  Please ask your spectators to keep themselves and their dogs off the crops. Map here
Water and biscuits will be available for runners after the race and professional first aid cover will be on site. 

Directions and Parking: 

Parking will be at the Balfour Beatty yard, Thorn Business Park, Holme Lacy Road,  HR2 6JT.   We would like to thank Balfour Beatty for their generosity in offering us the use of their car park once again.  Please do not park elsewhere on the industrial estate as vehicles, including large HGVs, will need access throughout Sunday. 

The car park will be signed off Holme Lacy Road and we will have marshals assisting you until 10:30am (as they will be running)  

The start of the course is a 5 minute walk from the car park.  There are toilets at the start of the course so please use these rather than those in the Balfour Beatty yard. 

If you are coming by bike or by foot please follow the greenway bridge over the river from the city and the paths towards Rotherwas.  There will be space to secure your bike.