Now in the second year of it's regeneration, and its 26th running, the Offa's Dyke 15 will be back in it's original time of June as part of the Kington Festival.
In case you missed the history first time round, for 25 years between the years 1977 and 2001 it was THE off-road race to do, with runners coming from all over the country (and abroad) to complete this beautiful but challenging race. Foot and mouth caused its cancellation in 2002 and following this the race organisers were unable to get momentum back to re-start this popular race.
In 2015 we had the help of David Joyce, the original Race Director to get it re-launched, and we are delighted to say it didn't put him off and he is back with us, we couldn't do it without him.
Whilst it broadly follows the Offa's Dyke Path, one of the quirks of this unique race is that in order to reduce the amount of stiles runners have to navigate, David has once again gained permission of every farmer/land owner to have the race go through their land and open their gates.
Every runner will receive an official Offa’s Dyke 15 T-shirt with the original race height profile – exactly the same as used to be available to buy. Although the modern editions will be on a technical T rather than cotton!!
We hope the spirit of the event which was there every year from 77-01, and we think also in 2015 will continue and you’ll look forward to this great race. If you have any memorabilia from past races – past programmes, certificates or pictures (especially of you in the infamous t-shirt) please email us or put them up on our facebook site.
Entries are now open, come and join in!