Muddy Woody

Race Reports

284 Runners finished this years Muddy Woody, a popular race that is put on annually by Wye Valley Runners.

Entry was limited to 350 and closed before Christmas, this and the increase in price this year may have put a few Croft runners off as there were only 5 of us taking part.

It was a challenging 6.5 mile race, and true to its name was very muddy, much more than I remember it being last year. There are a mix of path types, from main forest tracks to small footpaths winding through the trees, on hard stone, muddy soup and every texture between. At mile 4 there is a river crossing followed by a mile loop with a very steep uphill climb then a gentler downhill path to run alongside the river before crossing it again. This was definitely the hardest stretch for me, it was hard work just to stay upright with nearly every footfall slipping and sliding, I was really pleased to see the river and the hard track after it. The next 2 miles were a slow steady uphill and I was relieved to see the finish line.

My pre-race plan was to beat my time from last year and I was hoping to keep Nikki Tyler from Wye Valley in sight and hopefully get past her. I did manage to keep her in sight most of the way, but she pulled away during the last mile to finish two and a half minutes ahead of me to take her age category prize. Well done to her and I must try harder next year! I did manage to beat last years time by 18 seconds but difficult to compare really as there were some minor alterations to the route and I am not sure about the mud levels. Either way I am happy as no obvious deterioration.

There was a goody bag with a technical t-shirt, drink and banana, donuts and hot drinks and only a short wait for the presentations at the end and a chance to chat and find out how everyone else did.

Croft results:

Sam Mayglothling 6th place 48.29 .   Matt Moffatt, 53rd place 57.33,    Ashley Robison, 72nd place  59.45, 1st MV 65,

Sam Harper, 13th female 1.05.02,     Sue Powell, 22nd female 1.06.42 1st FV 50.

Fantastic result for Ashley and Sue who both collected a couple of bottles of beer for their prizes.


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Muddy Woody


The 2013 edition of Wye Valley Runners’ flagship event was smiled on by the weather gods, after the relentless wet weather we have experienced, the sun actually shone! Even so it was still chilly and the route was as muddy as ever. The Muddy Woody was enjoyed by a huge entry which was once again over subscribed with a total of 272 runners reaching the finish line!

The route followed previously well trodden forestry roads and tracks but many, this year, were negotiated in the oposite direction from previous years with the expected river crossings at half way included in what seemed to be an extra loop added to the rest of the figure of 8 course in Mordifords’ Haugh Wood.

The men’s race was a straight duel between 2 of Builth and District’s finest with Mike Pfeiffer winning in 45:04 just 23 seconds ahead of Tim Iveson with Ikley Harriers’ Dave Wilby netting 3rd in 45:32; the female competition being won by Jessica Barling ( Lordshill Runners) in 53:31 and 23rd o/a just ahead of Wye Valley’s Kathryn King.

A small contingent of Croft Ambrey Runners made the trek to Haugh Woods and all performed admirably; Stacey finishing 7th in 48:05, a quite commendable result although by Staceys’ own admission he is still not 100% fit. Matt was next up finishing in 56:43 in 36th, I was next finishing 83rd in 1:03:48, followed by the brothers Davies; Brian completing in 1:06:40 to claim 111th and 1st MV70 with Tom not far behind him netting 113th in 1:06:43, whilst Kim was Crofts’ only female participant finishing in a credit worthy 1:23:41 to claim 224th.

Yet again all credit to Wye Valley runners for a well organised and thoroughly enjoyable woodland run.

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