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Wye Valley Tunnel Run
Chepstow, GwentWyedean School & Sixth Form Centre, Beachley Road, Chepstow NP16 7AA, UK
Sun 17th July 2022
£10.00 - £35.00
We have been holding events over the last year so we have a flexible event plan to allow the event to go ahead in an array of situations.
You can find out more about our covid secure event plan here https://www.relishrunningraces...
The highlight of the route is the 1.1km long Tidenham Tunnel, part of the old railway line, now a newly opened shared use path.
All finisher's receive a unique custom medal and a feast of tasty treats.
Min Age 12yrsCLOSED
Min Age 15yrsCLOSED
Min Age 12yrsCLOSED
Min Age 15yrsCLOSED
Unique finisher's medal and a buffet of tasty treats at the finish line.
- Unique finisher's medal
> Offa’s Mead Academy, Beachley Road, Sedbury, Chepstow, NP16 7DT
> Wyedean School, Beachley Road, Sedbury, Chepstow, NP16 7AA
Parking is £2/car payable to the schools. Please have the exact cash ready. Unfortunately we don’t have the ability to take card payments.
In 2022, the event is based at Wyedean School so there isn't a walk to the start/finish area.
We are very pleased to be offering two colourburst runs this year, 500m and 2km fun runs with powder paint. All routes stay within the playing fields at Wyedean School. This is a great run for all the family, particularly the little runners, with everyone getting a medal at the finish line.
With a new venue this year, our routes are slightly tweaked. There is no longer a long walk to the dive centre, the start is now at Wyedean School, the same location as the parking. The routes are predominantly unchanged, on the old railway track cutting through the forest. There is new 500m road section in each direction, with a small rise and fall either end, other than that, the route is extremely flat and still very good for recording a fast time.
The new start/finish point does put us further away from the tunnel entrance. This means the 6km turn around point is just before the tunnel, 6km runners do not go into the tunnel. The 10km and Half Marathon do go into the tunnel
Can I run with a dog?
No, sorry, not at this event.
Can I run with a buggy?
Runners with buggies are very welcome. Please note the terrain is a mix of compact stone path, road, forest path and tarmac for the 6km. The 10km and Half Marathon has some very uneven sections which we would be more suited to a specific off road running buggy and you may need to walk over these short sections. We would ask you start at the back of your wave when we move to wave starts.
Do I get a medal?
YES! All finisher's take home a medal unique to this event.
Is there a cut off?
There are no cut offs, we welcome runners of all abilities. Please note the event is not open to people would like to purely walk the event, but if you need to do a mix of running/jogging/walking to complete your distance then we are very happy with that.
All our finishers receive a top of the range custom medal as well as a buffet of fresh fruit and other tasty treats. We also recognise a few of the speedy runners on the following basis.
Top 3 male and top 3 female
First U20 male and female
First 20-39 male and female
First 40-49 male and female
First 50-59 male and female
First 60-69 male and female
First 70+ male and female
The final number of prizes awarded is determined by the number of finishers for each gender in a given race distance. If there are more than 100 finishers then the full range range of awards are made as shown above. If there are less than 50-100 finishers then the top 3 finishers overall will be awarded a prize. If there are less than 50 then only the winner will be awarded a prize. We do not have any winner's prizes for any of the children's events as would like to keep this participation focused.
There is no on the day prize giving because of the multi wave, multi start time format of the events. Prize winners will be contacted mid week via email.
We anticipate that we will be able to hold this race in normal race conditions, whilst maintaining a covid safe environment. This means runners will register in wave of up to 100 runners, but we retain the option to reduce the wave sizes to 30 for example, should this be the prevailing guidance of the time.
Runners will register for Wave 1-6 when they register, but we retain the option to make a Wave 1A, 1B etc. To ensure you start with friends, should we need to chop the wave sizes down, please enter exactly the same predicted finish time, to the second. For example, a lot of runners will select 1hr (1:00:00) as the predicted finish time for a 10km, but to help us find pairs of runners who might wave to start together, please enter an unusual finish time such as 1:00:11 for example.
The route starts from Wyedean School, joining the Wye Valley Greenway after a hundred metres. There is a section of ~500m on a quite country lane, before joining the main rout and old railway line route and the Floral Mile, a stretch of the route planted with beautiful wild flowers. The route is then out and back to the mouth of Tidenham Tunnel, where the turn around point it set - this route does not go into the tunnel this year. Runners then retrace their steps back to the finish line at Wyedean School.
The opening 1.1km section is a mix of cycle path and running on a quiet country road. After a little rise to bring you up the height of the old railway path and the start of the Floral Mile. Soon you will reach Tidenham Tunnel after covering 3km of your run, the tunnel itself adds a further 1km to your total distance covered. Along the newly laid forest path, you will pass old sleepers and rails, reminding you of the history of the route. At the 5km turn point you will also find the drinks station. You then retrace your steps, back to Wyedean School to collect your medal and goodies.
The half marathon is a two lap course. This route also starts with a mix of cycle path and a portion on a quiet lane. After 3/4 mile you will be joining the line of the old railway path, picking up the beautiful Floral Mile, where wild flowers have been freshly planted along the route. After 3km you will be entering Tidenham Tunnel which is just over 1km in length. There is approximately 1.5km of running to do along beautiful forest track, past the abandoned rails and sleepers, until you reach your turn around point, which is roughly 550m beyond the 10km turn point. All turn points are clearly signed and marshalled. You then retrace your steps back to Wyedean School, a great opportunity to grab another drink from our drinks station, as well as see waiting family and friends. The second lap is identical to the first, except this time you head straight for the finish line rather than the lap point.
There will be two distances to chose from; 2km and 500m, each with multiple colour stations along the route! All runners will be given a white t-shirt to wear (small, medium or large) and we strongly recommend that you bring goggles or sun glasses to keep the colour powder out of your eyes. We also encourage mums and dads to consider a change of clothes and shoes for the journey home :-)
These events are open for runners of all ages, particularly runners who would be too young to do our 5km race (min age 12). There is no minimum age for these colourburst runs and they are not timed events! Registration is £10 (2km), £8 for 500metres and includes a white t-shirt, custom medal and a selection of refreshments. Please note it's £2 extra to register on the day. The start time for the events is 09:20, final times confirmed in the event schedule in race week.
The colourburst is infact 100% food grade corn starch with coloured dye, it is 100% safe, edible but not at all tasty so eating it is not encouraged, and 100% biodegradable.
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