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.
Entry is £50 per team (£5 per runner). Enter here. There will be a maximum of 50 teams in this first year.
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.
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' so that the time keeper knows who is there (this is for your safety). A 'briefing' will be given just before the start.
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.
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.
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