Directions to Registration / Car Park
Registration and car parking is just off the B4348 Hardwicke Road. Registration is at Cusop Village Hall.
For those of you using a satnav please put in the following postcode HR3 5RW.
Directions to the Start
The start is on Broad Street near the clock tower in Hay-on-Wye. Please head there in good time ready for the race start at 2:30pm prompt.
The race finish is in the market town of Kington on the sports field of the Lady Hawkins School. The postcode for the School is HR5 3AR.
Follows the Offa’s Dyke footpath between Hay-on-Wye and Kington. In some sections in order to avoid stiles the route doesn’t completely follow the Offa’s Dyke Route. If you decide to do a route recce please do not cross farmer’s fields unless you’re using the public footpath. We are very fortunate to be allowed to use the private land in this way and we want to minimise the impact of the race as a result. The route will be well marked and there will be marshals lining the entire route. A huge thank you to all our volunteer groups for their help.
The route follows the main road out of Hay for about half a mile and then turns towards Boatside Farm and across open fields and old tracks towards farm buildings at Bronydd. Up on to the main road, the A438, which has to be crossed over. The route then starts its first real climb, up Betwys Dingle, sharply to begin with, and then a gentle pull through a wooded valley, the upper part having been clear felled. The route then follows country lanes for a mile or so to a short field crossing, and then back to the lanes for a further half mile, climbing steadily upwards. Over the top of the first hill and onwards towards Little Mountain and a descent to Newchurch. This is the approximate half-way stage. From here there is a steep climb to the top of Dysgwilfa Hill, with panoramic views (if you have time to see them) before reaching Grove Farm and an easy run down to the next Village of Gladestry. The ultimate climb to the top of Hergest Ridge (pronounced Hargest and made famous by Mike Oldfield when he lived in the area) is amazing and once at the top it is a glorious run on the highest part of the route. This stretches for 4 miles before dropping down quickly to the finish in Kington at Lady Hawkins’ School playing field. The total climb is approximately 2,500ft and distance is 14.50miles.
See the route maps for more details of the route.
Prizes will be handed out 5:45pm at the finish area. There are prizes for the first 3 runners male and female and also age group prizes.
A baggage drop off vehicle will be based near the clock tower to transport your baggage to the finish. Please avoid leaving anything lying around the village as it may be disposed off before you arrive back.
Transportation from the Finish
Coaches will be made available to transport you after the race to bring you back to Hay (for those of you driving to the start and leaving your car there). Please let us know if you need to use the coach or if you don’t need to use the coach at all by ticking the correct box on the entry page.
Those of you with memories of the race from the past will remember how warm it can be although this time the event is a couple of months later than it used to be. There are three water points at Bronydd (approx. 3 miles), Newchurch (approx.7miles) and Gladestry (approx. 10 miles). At each water station there will be bottles of water and cups of energy drink. If you pick up a bottle of water and decide to carry it with you please could you drop the bottle near a route sign or near a gate to a field. It makes the clearing up much easier and we cannot have any wildlife or livestock affected by any litter.
Post Race Nutrition
Tea, coffee, water and a mixture of sandwiches and cakes will be available to buy at the finish (once you have gained your post race appetite!).
Please note that for your own safety during the race ipods and other mp3 players are not permitted. Whilst every effort is made by the organisers to control traffic movements, competitors are requested to observe basic safety codes when on roadways.
• Up to six weeks prior to the race entrants will receive a full refund less a £2.00 admin fee.
• After this deadline no refunds are offered unless the runner volunteers to marshal, however an entry may be transferred to another runner on provision of full details prior to the race.
• All contact should be made by email if at all possible