With a new venue this year, our routes are slightly tweaked. 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 at either end, making this still a great route for recording a fast time.
The new venue 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.
6km - 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.
10km - 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.
Half Marathon - 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.
Fun Run event - TBC