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GENERAL OVERVIEW
Date:
Sunday 13th August 2023
Fees: £70 per team (£10 per team member).

The Wyedean Relay is an off-road team event starting in Ross-on-Wye and finishing in Chepstow.

It runs over beautiful countryside in the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean.

Improved course of 7 stages in 2022. The route follows the National Trails of the Wye Valley Walk and Offas Dyke and parallels the river Wye throughout.
Start: Ross-on-Wye. Finish: Chesptow
Legs 1 and 2 are new. Legs 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 remain the same (previously these were legs 6,7,8,9,10).

Individual Leg Information here

The winning team being that with the shortest accumulated time for the whole route.

Although there are no special route markings for the event, the route is all on national trails and footpaths so has it's own sign posts. If you've ever competed in the Cotswold Way Relays you'll know what to expect.

There are maps and route descriptions for each leg.

We have ample car parking for all participants and supporters at the end/start of each leg. - please use these and do not park in an adhoc manner as this puts the event in jeopardy. We have chip timing for each leg - 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 for 2022 is £10 per runner. So, £70 per team.

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 32 teams in this 4th year. Team categories are the same as last year - 'mixed' and 'mixed vets'.

Full details at bottom of page. Individual Leg Information here

Previous results here

Wyedean Relay

Date: Sun 14th August

Distance for 2022: 53kms

Height gain for 2022: 1530m


Start: Ross on Wye.

Finish: Chepstow Leisure Centre

7 legs.

National Trails: Offas Dyke, Wye Valley Walk

Teams: Mixed & Mixed Vets

Full details / Rules

A new start for 2022 - 7 separate legs all on well marked national trails and paths. Each runner runs one leg only.

There are 2 team categories: Mixed and Mixed Vets. Each team must have a minimum of 2 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.

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 7 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 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'.

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.

Prize giving will be at Chepstow Leisure Centre. The winning team will be awarded a 'perpetual' trophy which must be returned for the next year.

Provisional schedule for leg starts and cut off times below (this may change a little before the day):

Scedule 2022 new#2.pdf

Car Parking info for end of leg 4, start of leg 5.... and info for car parking end of leg 6, start of leg 7.

Parking at end of leg and start of leg 2.

If you park as indicated in the photo and walk down to where the mobile coffee wagon is, Charlie will give you a parking ticket (for free).

This facility is for runners on these two legs only. If you are spectating please buy a ticket from the machine.

It would be nice if runners finishing went to the coffee shop for a drink or (rather excellent) cake.

Maps: OS OpenSpace Developer Agreement

The maps on this webpage have been sourced via the OS OpenSpace API, which enables us to display quality Ordnance Survey maps (with optional boundaries) in this web application and overlay our data on them.

These maps are indicative only - you will need to source accurate maps for navigating whilst on the route.

Footpath Maps (https://footpathmaps.com/) are free online Ordnance Survey maps showing UK public footpaths, cycle paths, bridleways and other rights of way; for walking, cycling, and outdoor activities. You can go there yourself and download the relevant part of the route you require and at the scale you need - however you may find later in the day that the download threshold has been exceeded.

Tosh's 2021 Photos here: Wyedean Photos