The Shobdon Wood Race took part on Sunday May 7 at 11am.
The sun was glorious, the bluebells were beautiful, unfortunately the hills were just as steep as last year. Well done to all the runners who took part. A big thank you our sponsors Lloyds of Ludlow and to all the volunteers who helped with the marshalling, refreshments, ordering, course clearing and marking……the list of jobs just goes on but we couldn’t do it without you. It was a very successful result for the Croft Ambrey team – Full results can now be found on the Shobdon Wood results page.
Please check the Croft Flickr page for photos which have now been posted. If anyone has taken any they would like added to the site then send them to us via the contact us or send us your news pages in the members section of the site.
Thanks again to everyone for joining us, we look forward to seeing you again in 2018.
The Shobdon Wood race is a completely off-road race organised by Croft Ambrey Running Club. It takes place in Shobdon Woods, just one mile out of the North Herefordshire village of Shobdon, which is on the B4362 between Leominster and Presteigne. The race will be signposted from the Mortimers Cross entrance to the North of the village and from the approach from Presteigne.
Prizes are awarded for top 3 finishers, most veteran age categories and for male and female teams of 3 in a short presentation when all the runners have crossed the finish line.
The course record for this event was in 2003, when Will Levett finished with a time of 31.23.
The race is approximately 9 kms, mainly along well marked forestry tracks and footpaths with only short stretches likely to be muddy if the weather has been particularly wet. Portions of the race route are along the Mortimer Trail long distance footpath which extends 30 miles, linking Kington in Herefordshire to Ludlow in Shropshire. On a clear day there are great views over Mortimer Forest and the hills of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Mid-Wales.
The route is a mix of level running, gently ascending and descending with a challenging downhill and uphill stretch approximately 1 mile from the end. The descent to the finish goes down a picturesque footpath through deciduous woods, which is often surrounded by bluebells.