Poets Path Potter - 8m/10m/16m & Marathon
The Poets Path Potter is a charity fund raising promotion for runners or walkers with a choice of five mainly off-road events of approximately 8 (two route options), 10, 16 and 26 miles (a marathon). They are based in Dymock and held over the locally famous Gloucestershire paths of Poets Path I, Poets Path II and the Daffodil Way.
There is a 10 hour total time limit. We will have a fun reading of running poetry before the start by or from Ed & Phil ‘Resident Poet’ and runner, Kathy Tytler (if able to make the day).
Medal to all finishers of each event entered with prizes for the first 3 men and women in the marathon. Spot prizes of Wigwam socks and other items for all events. Each entrant will also be given a commemorative map for each of the race Paths entered.
The event HQ is at Dymock Cricket Club, The Pound, Dymock, Gloucestershire, GL18 2AD and will be open from 7.30am on the day. The cricket club is easy to find on the left off the B4215 Newent Road as the main road bends to the right at a road junction as you come out of the village. Map location is OS Landranger Map 149 GR704312. For more info see the website www.dymockcc.co.uk
There is a local bus service 132 which connects Gloucester, Newent, Dymock and Ledbury, but the only possible time table options that seem to work for the event are out to Dymock from Ledbury Tesco at 07.29 on Saturday and last time back from Dymock to Ledbury at 16.38. Journey time is 20 minutes. You can easily get to and from Ledbury by train and Tesco is only a five minute walk from the station and the town centre if you find accommodation there
Car parking is available in the club grounds by the pavilion which should be sufficient for all participants, but if the ground is wet and sodden, as it could be at this time of year, it may be that some entrants will have to find parking space in the village. Whilst one of the attractions of these events is their very rural nature, Dymock is a small village with limited free road space, so be prepared to have to look around to find an appropriate space which will not inconvenience local residents or other road users and allow at least an extra 10-15 minutes to get to the HQ.
If all else fails there is likely to be space on the right at Anchor Bridge in an old road loop off the road on the B4215 going towards Leominster and just outside the village (sign saying Maypole Farm - make certain you do not block the road, leaving enough room for cars and tractors to pass because this is the entrance to the farm and a house at the end of this closed off loop of old road). Please do not park in the pub car park or in the Village Hall car park at the back of the pub. Use the pavement on the right of the road from the village when walking to the HQ, crossing to the HQ side when it is safe to do so and ideally at the footpath sign on the left where the road is straight and before reaching the main club entrance at the bend (see instructions below).
There are four distance options with all entrants starting together at the same time for all routes - Those entered for either of the 8 mile options will complete either Poets Path I or Poets Path II as per their entry - Those entered for the 10 miles option will complete the Daffodil Way route in an anti-clockwise direction - Those participants going for the 16 miles options will complete Poets Path II first then go on to complete Poets Path I - Entrants going for the 26 miles marathon option will complete Poets Path II first then continue on the 10 miles Daffodil Way in an anti-clockwise direction and then complete Poet Path I to finish - (Note for dedicated marathon runners: the course has not been officially measured, but the distance is almost certain to be above the official marathon distance, especially with the extra distance from the HQ to the Church start for each loop at 8 and 18 miles, so we believe it fully qualifies as a Trail Marathon; Garmin owners in past events have been satisfied that the course is over 26.2 miles!). All routes are rural, scenic and rolling, but surprisingly tough going across fields and paths which will be heavy under feet and probably with lots of mud and water. There are also lots of stiles and kissing gates so do not expect fast times and you will find it to be a very good test of fitness and stamina
Thanks to our sponsors Page 3 of 6 A joint Ed & Phil and Dymock Cricket Club promotion The events will all start together on Wintour’s Green in front of the Lych Gate to St Mary’s Church just past the Beauchamp Arms Pub in Dymock village centre which is a 10 minute walk from the HQ. The start address is St Mary’s Church, Wintours Green, Dymock, Gloucestershire, GL18 2AQ and the map location is OS Landranger Map 149 GR700312. The race start time is 9.00am.
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