This was the 3rd running of the Monmouth Aquathlon Swim Run Challenge organised by Monmouth Tri Club and supported by local businesses. The Race HQ was at Monmouth School Sports Centre and athletes had the choice of the swim/run challenge or just the 12k run which started more or less as the swimmers began exiting the water. Two Malvern Joggers competed in the run challenge which was off-road running parallel with the River Wye with the first 6km following the Wye Valley Walk on footpaths and through woods, the first 3km of which was in Wales and the second 3km in England. After 6km, the route crossed back into Wales over the Biblins Suspension Bridge and then followed the Peregrine Way cycle track for 4km before the final 2km on the Hadnock Road to the finish at the Sports Centre.
First Malvern Jogger home was Julie Caseley finishing in a time of 1:02:42 (4th female and collecting a prize for 2nd FV35+) followed by Chris Jolley 1:12:07.
This was a very friendly, well marshalled and organised race by Rogue Runs with 117 finishers.
This was a single loop race that started at Bigsweir Bridge in the beautiful Wye Valley near Monmouth. This off-road 10k took in some wonderful woodland at the bluebell time of year.
After starting with a mile climb to the open fields of Wyegate Hill, there followed a series of pleasant descents on varied terrain, northwards to Highbury Farm overlooking Redbook, taking in some stunning views. The course then returned south through land owned by the Woodland Trust and Natural England. Then, after crossing the route out, we were into fields prior to the best part of the course as far as bluebells were concerned – here we encounted a carpet of blue. Then there was a last incline before a fast descent to the finish where very welcome tea and cake were awaiting us.
Malvern Joggers were led home by Julie Caseley in a time of 1:05:35, followed by Mike Anstey (1:09:02), Chris Jolley (1:14:13) and Lynda Broadway (1:19:05).
Three Malvern Joggers and a member of Malvern Triathlon Club went across the border to Monmouth for the Kymin Dash organised by the Spirit of Monmouth Running Club. The Kymin Dash, in the 3rd year of the current course, is a challenging and very scenic 7 mile race up to the top of the Kymin above Monmouth and back down on a long scenic loop of the Wye Valley. The course starts with a 2 mile ascent to the Round House, a local viewpoint at around 850ft, and the whole route is mainly on tarmac and forest roads and finishes with a 2 mile long, flat finish along Hadnock Road which runs parallel to the River Wye and into the finish at the Monmouth School Sports Club. Any profits generated were donated to Action Duchenne. This race gave the Malvern Joggers a last minute fitness test before the London Marathon on 26 April.
Malvern Jogger finishing times were Julie Caseley (59:35), Mike Anstey 1:02:57), Lynda Broadway 1:06:48 and Amanda Dawson (1:04:33) from Malvern Triathlon Club.