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 will be 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.
The Shobdon Woods race took place on Sunday May 15th 2016 and what a fantastic race it was. The sun shone and the bluebells were looking as glorious as the far reaching views – if only those running had time to stop and admire the view! We had lots of positive comments from runners who enjoyed the course, the organisation and of course the donuts and Tyrells crisps at the end. A big thank you to everyone who helped set up and organise the race but an especially Mike Blenkinsop who was in charge. Apologies to the runners who had to go home in a t-shirt slightly larger than a perfect fit – definite notes to order more smaller sizes for next year and remember pre-entry guarantees the size that you want.
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Thanks again to everyone for joining us, we look forward to seeing you again on May 7th 2017!
Photos of the Shobdon Woods Race 2015 can now be viewed here: Shobdon Woods pictures 2015.
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