Owing to the situation with Covid 19 and following England Athletics guidelines, the Shobdon Wood Race was cancelled in 2020. We are hoping to be able to hold this event at some point in the future – keep checking the website for any announcements!
The 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. The race headquarters is the old Forestry Commission field centre (Post Code HR6 9PB) where there is parking and toilet facilities. Parking may be limited so please car share if possible. 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 refreshments and a race memento for all runners.
Prizes are awarded for top 3 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.
The course record for the traditional route was in 2003, when Will Levett finished with a time of 31.23.
The race is approximately 9km (5.5miles) and takes place along well marked forestry tracks and footpaths with only short stretches likely to be muddy if the weather has been particularly wet. 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 with a challenging downhill and uphill stretch approximately 1 mile from the end. The descent to the finish goes down a picturesque footpath through deciduous woods, which is often surrounded by bluebells.
2019 photos are available to view on the photo page just click this link.
You can view previous years Shobdon Race photos by following the links on the photo page of the site.
There was a record entry in 2019, it was a lovely sunny morning and the timing was perfect to give some glorious running through the bluebells.
Well done to the Croft Ambery Mens team and the Ludlow Runners Ladies team for winning the team event.
Please check the Croft Flickr page for photos of previous races.