Shobdon XC details

Click to download Shobdon XC detailsThe final summer cross country is less than a week away.

Wye Valley's lead looks to have assured them the title, and both James Richards and Becky Davies look poised to claim the Male and Female categories.

With that in mind, and to make sure neither lose their way to the event, here are the race details from Mike B....

Please find attached the details for the final race in the 2013 Herefordshire Summer Off Road League to be held at Shobdon on Wed. 24th July.

No postcode has been included as this would direct you up the church drive where you would encounter bollards which would prevent you reaching the car parking area. The venue will, however, be well signed.

The race will be followed, as soon as the results are worked out, by a presentation ceremony at Shobdon Visitor Centre.

Thanks to Richard and Penny Corbett for kindly granting us permission to run on their scenic premises.

See you there,

Mike B.  

John and Becki Secure Victory in Inaugral Gord’s 6 Fownhope Run (UPDATED: with Results)

Click to download Gords 6 resultsThe Gord’s 6 is run in memory of Gordon Clements one of the founder members of Wye Valley Runners and every year all the proceeds are donated to a local charity and this year the charity selected is Hereford Haven Breast Cancer.

John Pullen won the men’s race in an impressive time of 43mins particularly given the hot conditions. Matt James  of Hereford Couriers was just 17 seconds behind in second place with Jeremy Jehan of Wye Valley Runners taking third position.

The race location for 2013 was moved to the Fownhope Caplor course and  the runners found this to be an  absolute gem with breathtaking  picturesque scenery. The race started  from the Leisure Park  across the fields then along the river Wye to Caplor Hill routing up to Caplor fort & farm then back along the fields to Fownhope. The course presents some challenging climbs and just to add to the difficulty fate intervened to provide one of the hottest evenings we have seen for years .

Becki Davies of Wye Valley Runners  had another good run winning the ladies race and finishing in 7th place overall in a time of 52.19, Lynne Compton and Jan Edwards also of Wye Valley Runners finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Wye Valley Runners secured the men’s and ladies team awards. The winning men were John Pullen, Jeremy Jehan and Mike Fawcett. The winning ladies were Becki Davies, Lynne Compton and Jan Edwards.

Wye Valley Runners wish to thank Paul Bouston and Ian Matthews for their many hours of hard work mapping out this course and the many marshals, helpers and especially the runners who braved the hot conditions.  We would also  like to thank Kath and Bernice for yet again providing delicious cakes and Fran Clements for presenting the prizes.

Category Prizes:

Men’s: 1. John Pullen (Wye Valley Runners) 43.00; 2. Matt James ( Hereford Couriers) 43.17; 3. Jeremy Jehan (Wye Valley Runners) 45.50; V/40 Jeremy Jehan(Wye Valley Runners) 45.50; V/45 John Pullen (Wye Valley Runners) 43.00; V/50 Paddy Nugent (Wye Valley Runners) 54.11; V/55 Peter Carwardine (Hereford Couriers) 52.55; V/60 Mike Shaw (Wye Valley Runners) 55.49; V/65 Peter Smith (Wye Valley Runners) 65.03:

Ladies: 1. Becki Davies (Wye Valley Runners) 52.19; 2. Lynne Compton (Wye Valley Runners) 61.32; 3. Jan Edwards (Wye Valley Runners) 66.41; FV 45 Lynne Compton (Wye Valley Runners) 61.32; FV55 Jan Edwards (Wye Valley Runners) 66.41; FV 65 Christine Motteram ( Wye Valley Runners) 72.50

James and Becki Lead Wye Valley Home at Westhope (UPDATED: with Results)

Click to download Westhope XC resultsWye Valley Runners wish to thank Hereford Couriers and particularly Clive Rowberry for putting on a great XC at Westhope last night. The venue was well signposted and the course was extremely well signed and marshalled. Thanks also to Mike Blenkinsop and the league organisers for their efforts and support.

It was another great turn-out from the Valley  fielding an incredible 37 of 103 runners and there is a really great team spirit in evidence at the moment which is really nice to see.  Based on the pre-race chat not many of us were looking forward to the race due to the combination of a warm evening , hilly course and  rock hard ground . Still nice to get some warm weather for a change.!!

There were some really good performances from the men and women in most categories.   James Richards won the men’s race with another fine performance and Mr Consistency John Pullen took 3rd place. Jeremy Jehan (11th), Steven Flowers (12th), Martin Whitefoot (20th) and Adam Michinok (23rd) were also well placed. Becki Davies put in another terrific run to win the womens race with Daneen Hughes finishing 4th lady overall. Laura Tootell (5th), Jo Morgan Rolfe (6th) , Becki Ansfield (10th) and Danca Machackovw (11th) were also well placed.

Some pictures have already been posted on facebook and more pictures will be posted on flickr as soon as we get an opportunity and will let you know once this is done. Race results will also be posted shortly.

Kinnersley reminder from Dave

Click to download detailsAhead of Wednesday's race here is a little reminder from Dave Sherwood re: the race details

A reminder that the next race of the summer league takes place this Wednesday, 26 June.

Details are attached, and please remember to wear club colours if you take part.

For anyone wanting to share transport please meet at the Rowing Club 6.00 PM.

Darren's Dash is upon us.. are you ready for the beast?

Click to visit event pageThere are only a few days to go until Darren's Dash 2013.

To call it a testing little run would be an understatement, and those who persevere will certainly know they've been for a run!... this race is a must if you have never done it before.

Entry on the day is available, and hopefully the weather will brighten for the weekend... and, as is usual for races in Herefordshire, the post run cake makes it all worth while. 

Click the pic to visit the event page, and download your entry form now.

Kinnersley XC details

Click to download the race detailsCourtesy of Mike Blenkinsop we now have the pre reace details for the forthcoming Kinnersley XC,

Further details are included in the pdf, so click the pic to download the file. However, there are a few extras points to note:

  • Please do not use the included postcode for your GPS as it will send you to the wrong place.
  • Remember that the race venue is a working farm and strict safety regulations apply. Please keep away from all farm equipment and listen carefully to the safety warnings that will be announced by the race organiser.

See you all in the orchards!!! 

Shobdon 6 results

Click to download Shobdon 6 resultsNo races for a while and all of a sudden two come along in a week.

For those hardy souls who risked damaged lungs ascending the hill, here are are the results from yesterday's Shobdon 6.

This concludes the Forsty 5 series of events and I will post the final standings later tonight (after a little jog)... who will have prevailed in the battle at the top? Tune in later..... :)

Gords 6 2013 entry form

Click to download the Gords 6 entry formHot off the press comes the entry form for Gords 6 2013.

As most of you already know their is a new venue and course for this year's event. As with the Summer 10K there will be a dedicated page shortly, but until then the form will be downloadable here.

Hopefully by the time the race rolls round we may actually have seen the sun!

Darren's Dash 2013

Click to download Darren's Dash 2013 entry formFor any of you who fancy a slightly tougher XC event than normal Darren's Dash will take place on Sunday 16th June.

Having run this last year I think the term 'testing' may be applied the event. So, if you fancy something a little different download the entry form and book your place now as competitors are limited to 100.

Final call for Muddy Woody marshals

With Sunday fast approaching we are putting out a final call for volunteers to marshal at the Muddy Woody... The more marshals we have on the day, the better!!!

Anyone planning on helping out will need to assemble at the start line no later than 9.30am. At this time you will be given your job for the day... and with temperatures on the rise the Met Office currently shows no rain for the weekend, and if we're lucky, some sun too!

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

Frosty Winter 5 series after 7 races

Click to download Frosty 5 results  Updated: results now included amended entries for Shaun Hoyes

Sunday's excursion to Presteigne brought to an end the latest winter cross country series, and with it the seventh race of our Frosty Winter 5 series.


Only three races now remain for our intrepid members to gain the points which will count towards their final tally, and at this point podium places are still up for grabs!

Mike Fawcett currently sits a top the Men's competition, closely followed by John Pullen and Adam Michmiok respectively. Indeed, Adam's excellent performance at Presteigne has seen him knock out one of his previous lower scores, and in an 8 point swing reduce the gap from John to 2 points.

Meanwhile, the ladies event is beginning to take shape as more competitors reach the minimum five races required to be eligible for the overall prizes. Jane Rowland's superb season is reflected by the fact she currently holds first place from Sandrine Gorin, who in her debut season has already helped the ladies team retain the winter XC championship. Rounding out the trio at the top is Becki Ansfield for whom the word 'consistant' was seemingly invented.

It will interesting to see how the scoring is affected over the remaining races, where there is a possibility of fewer Wye Valley entrants at each event. The potential to increase your points haul could see some tactical choices being made by our more competitive members!


Presteigne XC details (UPDATED)

Update: For anyone who would like to carpool, or are unsure of directions, we will be meeting at the Rowing Club at 9am on Sunday morning.

Also, the presentations will be made after the race at the British Legion. If everything goes to plan both the ladies and men have a good opportunity of winning the team prize. With further possibility of success in the category awards it could be a productive day for Wye Valley.

See you all on Sunday morning!


Car Parking - Click to enlargeHard to believe but the final XC of the winter season is already upon us. With this is mind here are the details for Sunday, courtesy of Mike Blenkinsop.

New course - click to enlargePlease find attached the details for the final race in the 2012/13 Herefordshire Cross Country League series to be held at Presteigne on Sunday 3rd. Feb. 2013.
On the course map the men’s course is coloured blue and the women’s course red. Any male juniors (under 17) will run the red course.
The race will be followed by the annual Presentation Ceremony to be held at the British Legion Club in Presteigne where refreshments will be available. Come along and support your team’s successes.
Many thanks to Presteigne Pacers for hosting this event.
I will also take this opportunity to request that all clubs remind their runners to wear their club vests for the league races. This enables easier identification by the officials and allows the other runners to recognise against whom they are running.
Mike B.