This years Shobdon Wood Race took part on Sunday May 6th. There was a near total capacity of 155 entrants on this glorious Sunny bank holiday Sunday all ready and willing to try out the new course which had to be established due to forestry works. The steep hill was challenging, the question on most peoples lips at the end was did those fast boys and girls up the front actually manage to run up it? If I find out I will let you know!
The winner was Andy Salt of Croft Ambrey Running Club in a time of 34.43. Second place was Clive Morgan of Maldwyn Harriers 35.00, third Matter Yapp, Mercial Fell Runners 36.16.
The ladies race was won by Irina Dale of Croft Ambrey in 43.45, second Kelly Bowen, Croft Ambrey 45.41, third Claire Thomas, Ludlow Runners, 46.40.
Well done to everyone who took part. Look forward to seeing you again in 2019.
New Route For 2018
Due to Forestry work, a new route will run for the 2018 Shobdon Wood Race. This will start and finish the same as the old route but incorporate more of the Mortimer Trail, offering some excellent views of the Lugg Valley.
It measures 5.38 miles with 925 feet of ascent and 1096 feet of elevation loss. This compares with the traditional route of 5.2miles, 1079′ ascent and 1207′ descent.
It still promises to be a fantastic race and everyone is now guaranteed a personal best and there will be new course records for the winners!
The Shobdon Wood race is a completely off-road race organised by Croft Ambrey Running Club. It takes place in Shobdon Wood, 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 the traditional route was in 2003, when Will Levett finished with a time of 31.23.
The race takes place 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 of the Lugg Valley, 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.
New Route for 2018
Traditional race route
Please check the Croft Flickr page for photos of previous races.