Maximum of 30 teams so only max of 30 congregating near start in specified large open area.
Time trial type start at each leg - runners will be able to distance themselves at large open area near start (to 2 metres or more) during the briefing. You will then be asked to create a line (2m apart) with the fastest at front by sharing current 5k time with each other. At the start you will then be set off at 15 sec intervals - we record your start time. Since fastest runners head off first, overtaking (if any) will be kept to a minimum. Finish times will be recorded in the usual manner.
Leg 7 change. We plan to change the finish point for leg 7, making this leg 600m shorter. Leg 7 will now finish at the small car park just before the road. We can park cars in a large open field opposite (Gumbersland Barn) within which the race brief and start queue can be undertaken for leg 8.
We will change the start schedule so that each leg starts 90 mins apart, giving much longer to organise runners before each start. All legs have large open areas with good car parking nearby where we can conduct the race briefing and create the speed ranked start queue, allowing runners to be 2m or more from each other at all times.
Team categories remain as Mixed and Mixed Vets. Minimum of 2 ladies in each team.
Special car parking for the end of Leg 9 and start of leg 10
Special car parking for end of leg 7 and start of leg 8
The Wyedean Relay is an off-road team event starting and finishing in Chepstow.
It runs over beautiful countryside in the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean.
There are 10 separate legs. The route follows the National Trails of the Gloucestershire Way, The Wysis Way, The Wye Valley Walk and Offas Dyke.
The total distance is approximately 75kms. Each leg is between 4 kms and 11 kms in length. Overall ascent is 2200m.
Teams of 10 take on the challenge. The winning team being that with the shortest accumulated time for the whole route of 10 legs.
THERE WILL BE NO SPECIAL ROUTE MARKINGS FOR THE EVENT.
Runners will have to rely on existing national trail and footpath signs (Legs 1,2 on the Gloucestershire Way get little use and can be overgrown in the summer. Leg 5 on the Wysis Way is also little used. A recce of these legs is essential).
For those that struggle with map reading, there will be descriptions of each (these descriptions are intended for recce use only).
Last year (our 1st year) was pretty much a 'template' event to see if the event was viable and to test out the route, car parking, permissions etc. We found some 'niggles' that we'll fix this year - more car parking at changeover points and arrangements to manage spectators at pinch points. We will also have chip timing for each leg this year - so each runner will wear a race number and chip. In addition to trophies being awarded to each team, each winning team member will receive a special winners medal and each male and female leg winner will receive a prize.
Entry is £100 per team (£10.00 per runner). This is up on last year (when we made an overall loss) and puts the fees on a par with our other events.
Team members do not need to be from the same running club or even members of a running club.
There will be a maximum of 50 teams in this 2nd year. Team categories are the same as last year - 'mixed' and 'mixed vets'.
Full details at bottom of page. Individual Leg Information here
Date: Sat 10th August
Height gain: 2200m
Start: Chepstow Castle
Finish: Chepstow Leisure Centre
National Trails: Gloucestershire Way, Wysis Way, Offas Dyke, Wye Valley Walk
Teams: Mixed & Mixed Vets
Full details / Rules
There are 10 separate legs. Each runner runs one leg only.
In this first year there are 2 categories: Mixed and Mixed Vets. Each team must have a minimum of 4 ladies. Each member of the vets team must be over 40.
There will be no special route markings for the event. Runners will have to rely on existing national trail and footpath signs. Not all sections are well signed and it is the responsibility of the runner to follow the correct course, so a recce of the leg is advised. The two sections of the race route that deviate from the National Trails are not marked or signed so the runner must familiarize themselves of the route before hand, however these deviations do follow trails and paths that are easy to follow.
There will be random checkpoints on the course with marshals taking numbers - any team not appearing at these random checkpoints will be allocated the 'maximum time' for that leg.
The runners on each leg start off at the same time.
The winning team is that with the shortest accumulated time for the whole route of 10 legs.
There are no water stations - each team/individual must be self sufficient. There are many places for the team to support their runners on each leg.
All legs have road crossings at some point - it is the responsibility of each runner to negotiate these in a safe manner. No road crossing will be manned.
The route follows (mostly) National Trails, so runners need to be aware of the need to be polite and courteous to other users. Clearly, relay runners do not have priority over others. Also, please take care when parking at both the start/finish points and places you wish to support your runners. The viability of the event in the future may be determined by our 'good behaviour' in the first year.
There will be time keepers at the start and finish of each leg. Each runner must 'check in' at the start so that the time keeper knows who is there (this is for your safety). A 'briefing' will be given just before the start. Likewise, if you are unable to complete your leg for some reason then please make sure you or another team member lets us know at the end or start of another leg.
So that each time keeping team can get to their next timing point, a cut off time will be set for each leg. Any team member not arriving before the cut off time (and after the timing team have left the finish) will be given the 'maximum time' for the leg (see table). In addition, any team that does not have a team member for a particular leg will incur the 'maximum time' plus a further ten minutes for that leg.
Timing will be by chip timing. Each runner will wear a race number with chip on the reverse.
After the event there will be a 'social' at Chepstow Leisure centre with cakes and hot drinks supplied. At the 'social' there will be a prize giving for the winning teams in each category. The winning team will be awarded a 'perpetual' trophy which must be returned for the next year.
The whole route above shows 2 changes we are making to the original route. Route changes are shown in red.
Reasons for the changes: the Wysis Way from Speculation towards Edge End has been taken over by the mountain bike trails and navigation along it in this area is next to impossible; the proposed crossing of the Wye at Symonds Yat is likely to be problematic on a weekend day in the middle of the summer. These changes have been made to the route descriptions for each leg.
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