Shobdon Wood Race

Shobdon Wood Race 2023 took place on May 7 2023 at 11am.

Shobdon Wood race is a completely off-road race organised by Croft Ambrey Running Club. It takes place in Shobdon Wood, just one mile out of the North Herefordshire village of Shobdon, which is on the B4362 between Leominster and Presteigne. The race will be signposted from the Mortimers Cross entrance to the North of the village and from the approach from Presteigne. New, larger parking area, allow a 10minute walk to registration. Follow postcode HR6 9NJ

Toilet facilities and bag drop area at race headquarters at the old Forestry Commission field centre. Either register or collect your race number, allowing for a 10 minute walk of approximately quarter of a mile to the race start.

Entry to the race includes post race refreshments and a race memento for all runners.

Prizes are awarded for top 3 male and female finishers, most veteran age categories and for male and female teams of 3 in a short presentation when all the runners have crossed the finish line.

Chip timing will be provided by ReadySetGo!



Race description

The race is approximately 11k 6.8m and takes place along well marked forestry tracks and footpaths, in wet weather it may be muddy and a bit slippy – off road trainers are recommended. Portions of the race route are along the Mortimer Trail long distance footpath which extends 30 miles, linking Kington in Herefordshire to Ludlow in Shropshire. On a clear day there are great views of the Lugg Valley, over Mortimer Forest and the hills of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Mid-Wales.

The route is a mix of level running, gently ascending and descending.

Minimum age on race day: 17

You can view previous years Shobdon Race photos by following the links on the photo page of the site.

There was a new route for 2022 0f 11km and the course record was set by Matt Yapp of Croft Ambrey Running club in 42.mins 08. Second across the line was Wyndham Turner in 42.56 and third place Gareth Leek (Croft Ambrey) in 43.50.

Setting the ladies record was Hannah Fletcher (Croft Ambrey) 52.46, second lady Emma Jones (Croft Ambrey) 58.03, third lady Mia Davies (Croft Ambrey) 58.13


Winning teams in both male and female were Croft Ambrey. Aiden Yapp who finished in fourth place completed the mens team. 


Full results can be found here, or on the ReadySetGo website

Well done to everyone who ran. 

Lots of photos on the Croft Ambrey Running Club Facebook Page

Where would we be without our vulunteers? Just a few of the 2022 crew.

You can see some of the fastest times for the traditional route on our club records page and also view all recent previous Shobdon Wood 6 results.