Club Subscriptions 2014/15

Just a polite reminder to you all that membership subscriptions for 2014/15 were due last November and it is really important that those that have for one reason or another not been able to arrange payment do so as soon as possible. Most importantly If you have not paid your membership fee you are not covered by UKA insurance on club runs. To renew your membership please download a form from the club web site. If in any doubt please email club treasurer

Midlands Air Ambulance Fundraising Activities

Danca is organising an Easter Charity Work out at Much Birch Village Hall on Friday 10th April at 6pm. The village hall have kindly given permission for Danca to use the hall free of charge. All proceeds to Midlands Air Ambulance. There will also be Tea/Coffee and Flapjacks. Many thanks to Danca for organising , you dont need to be superfit, just pick the exercises you want to do have a chat and enjoy the refreshments should be fun.

Lynne Compton has set up a fundraising page for Midlands Air Ambulance . Lynne secured a club place for the London Marathon and in return wants to raise money for the Air Ambulance . Any support you can give Lynne will be much appreciated, small donations add up to a big total.

Ralph's Butter Market stall raised £14.12 during Jan /feb through donations of change from customers into collection boxes.

Summer Club Championships

Newsflash : Finalised format for this years Summer Club Championship. The series is intended to encourage members participation in local races and support local clubs.
Many thanks to the members for the great feedback based on last years series, hopefully the new format will meet the needs of everybody.
The best 10 scores from 17 selected races will count hence it will be called Super 10 not Super 8. Selected races are. 1st & 3rd Couriers 5k race, Shobdon 6, Gords 6, WVR Summer 10k, Hereford Half, Crocodile 8, Magic Roundabout, Dorstone Dawdle, Darrens Dash, Malvern Joggers 10k, All 4 Summer League XC Races, Credenhill Canter and Breinton 10.
As usual 50 points for first WVR male and female, 49 for second etc.
Prizes £40, £25 & £10 club sport gift vouchers for 1st, 2nd & 3rd men and ladies.

Hereford Festival of Sport - Discount Deadline

I have 24 names on the list for Hereford Festival Sport. As a partner club members qualify for 40% discount provided we supply names to the organisers by 27/2 and a discount code will then be issued for you to use on line. if you have already submitted your name via facebook or email you are on the list which I will submit on Thursday. If you have not already done so and wish to participate please let me have your details by wednesday evening.

Mike Shaw

MW6 Woodland Trail Photos

The woodland trail photos taken by Wayne Smith are now posted in our photo gallery, to access please click link on home page. The photos are posted in two sets of approx 100 each and the majority of runners are featured please feel free to copy what you want.

These really are brilliant action photos and Wye Valley Runners wish to thank Wayne for supporting the club in this way.

There are more photos in the data base which we will post later in the week.


Wye Valley Runners

Iveson Leads the Way in Muddy Woody Test

Tim Iveson of Builth & District AC put in a superb performance to secure victory in the 19th running of the Muddy Woody 6. Tim was closely followed by previous race winners  Mike Pfeiffer of Brecon AC and Eliot Taylor of Hereford Couriers who finished 2nd and 3rd  in times of 45.10 and 45.28 respectively.

Laura Tootell of Wye Valley Runners held off a strong challenge from Kathryn King also of Wye Valley Runners to secure victory for the second successive year  in a time of 54.38.  Rachel Ward of Amazing Feet had an incredible run securing third place as a FV55 in a time of 57.19.

Monross Trailblazers secured the men’s team award by a single point from Wye Valley Runners in a hotly contested race.  Blazers squad were Andrew Stephens, Barry Davies and Phil Thomas.

Wye Valley Runners team of Laura Tootell, Kathryn King and Maria Miles took the women’s award.

The Wye Valley Runners Shield was awarded to  Wye Valley’s Steven Flowers  and the Jim Gray trophy was presented to Steve King of Wye Valley Runners.

Wye Valley Runners donated £2 of each race entry to Midlands Air Ambulance and an additional £122 was raised at the event.

The race marked a very special occasion for the Young family when for the first time  three generations competed in the  race Andy (43), Nathan (18) and Kieth (63). The achievement was even more remarkable since Andy broke his neck in 2011.

A total of 284 runners completed this challenging muddy course in  dry , calm and mild conditions.

Wye valley Runners wish to thank all the runners for continuing to support this event, the race sponsors and especially the many helpers and marshals whose hard work makes this race possible. We also wish to thank the local residents and in particular the Hanco family for use of their yard and facilities. 


Mens: 1. Tim Iveson (Builth & District) 44.38, 2. Mike Pfeiffer (Brecon AC) 45.10, 3. Eliot Taylor (Hereford Couriers) 45.28, Open Male Tim Iveson (Builth & District) 44.38, MV40 Andrew Stephens (Monross Trailblazers) 46.04, MV45 Mike Pfeiffer (Brecon AC) 45.10, MV50 Clifford Berry (Ledbury & District) 49.11, MV55 Tim Taylor (Hereford Couriers) 50.52, MV60 Geoff Kay ( Hereford Couriers) 55.01, MV65 Ashley Robinson (Croft Ambrey) 59.45, MV70 Brian Symonds (Wye Valley Runners) 71.37

Ladies: 1. Laura Tootell (Wye Valley Runners) 54.38. 2. Kathryn King (Wye Valley Runners) 55.14, 3. Rachel Ward ( Amazing Feet) 57.19,  Open Female Megan Judge (Malvern Joggers) 59.00, FV35 Laura Tootell (Wye Valley Runners) 54.38, FV40 Melanie Hepke ( Bromsgrove & Redditch) 61.01, FV45 Nikki Tyler ( Wye Valley Runners) 62.30, FV50 Suzanne Powell (Croft Ambrey) 66.42, FV55 Rachel Ward (Amazing Feet ) 57.19, FV60 Jacqui Wynds ( Forest of Dean) 73.54

Muddy Woody 2015 - Runners final briefing

  • Please note that if you don't already have a place in the race and are thinking of travelling on the day in the hope of picking up a spare entry, there will not be any extra places available. We have made an allowance for non-runners when setting the entry limit and won't therefore be able to transfer their number to anyone else.
  • A map showing the location of the event is here
  • The race will start prompt at 11.00 AM.
  • We recommend that runners aim to arrive by 10.15 in order to allow time to park and register.
  • Please don't use the public parking areas but follow the directions of the car park marshals. Please note that the gates to the parking area will be locked at 2.00 PM and all vehicles will therefore need to have been moved by that time.
  • Please note that we have a new registration area. This is just past the entrance to the wood, 200 yards towards Broadmoor Common. We will be based in the yard on the left near the barns.
  • Collection of race numbers will be alphabetic by surname. Please go to the appropriate table according to your name.
  • Free post-race refreshments and prize giving will also be based at the registration area. We hope to make the presentations at 12.45 but please be patient with the hard-working results team.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Relight Gary Barlow's Fire ! Wednesday 11th Feb just before club run!

Karen Messer is undertaking a project for St Michael's Hospice. She is trying to get Gary Barlow to attend a future St Michael's Fundraiser. 

She's creating a fun 'pop video' style film where groups in Herefordshire mime along to the pop song 'Relight My Fire.' She will soon be filming fire fighters, St Michael Hospice nurses, a roller skating group and more . The key to the video's success is involving as many local people as possible and those people being diverse in ability, skill and age. Once finished, the video will be tweeted and put on Facebook.

It's a very odd request but it is a lot of fun and will turn into quite a lovely community project! 

Karen Messer

Herefordshire League Winter Cross Country Final Results


Congratulations to everyone who took part in this years winter league. The season started and finished in Powys - both marked by challenging and beautiful courses. Wye Valley did the league proud at Monkhall with a new course already being hailed a classic! Whilst the club were at times missing some of their more elite runners - particularly in the men's team - this was more than made up for by some great individual performances. The highlight of the season was a  gold medal for the women's team who won the overall league title by one point- well done to them all.

This was Paul Boustons last year as Captain. It is a real tribute to him that in race after race Wye Valley Runners were consistently the most represented club in the league - nice one Paul. What a great legacy.

Our thanks as ever to all the volunteers, landowners and marshals. Specific thanks to Mike Blenkinsop, Tony Williams and Clive Rowberry - we really appreciate your hard work.

Category Winners:

Harry Franklin - winner MV75

Brian Symonds - winner MV70

Louise Ainger - winner FV35

Alex Champ - winner FV 40

Jan Edwards - winner FV55


Click Here for Presteigne Results

Click Here for League Award Winners

Click Here  for Final Category Positions

Click Here for Final Team Positions

Cross Country Captain

Many thanks to Paul Bouston for all his hard work over the last 10 years organising and setting up Cross Country courses for the Herefordshire Cross Country League. 

We now have a vacancy for a Cross Country Captain which with the Summer League fast approaching we need to fill as soon as possible. Is anyone interested in taking on this role ?


Wye Valley Runners

Summer Club Championship

Coming soon Wye Valley Runners Super 10 Summer Club Championship. We have had a lot of feedback this year and as a result made a few changes trying to keep the format as simple as possible. We have included more races and instead of cumulative scores we have moved to the best 10. This years selected races 1st Couriers 5k race, Shobdon 6, Gords 6, WVR Summer 10k, Hereford Half, Crocodile 8, Magic Roundabout, Dorstone Dawdle, Darrens Dash, Malvern Joggers 10k, All 4 Summer League XC Races, Credenhill Canter and Breinton 10.
As usual 50 points for first male and female, 49 for second etc. Best 10 scores count.
Prizes £40, £25 & £10 club sport gift vouchers for 1st, 2nd & 3rd men and ladies