Clwydian Offa’s Dyke Race

On Saturday 8th July 2017 we are organising a new race along a 27k (17 mile) section Offa’s Dyke long distance footpath from Llandegla to Bodfari. Transport will be provided to take people to the start in Llandegla.  This transport has to be booked when entering the race.The Race start time is 10am from Llandegla and transport for those who have booked it will leave Bodfari at 8am.

Entry to the race can be can be  done here on Fabian4

This is a beautiful section of the Offa’s Dyke path but it is a demanding run with 1067 meters (3500′).  The route is well marked with the acorn symbol so route finding should not be an issue. An online PDF of the route is available.

Here is the route

Clwydian Offas Dyke Route
Clwydian Offas Dyke Route

The race will be run under Welsh Fell Running Association rules meaning that full waterproofs should be carried (see below for the full requirement). Although three water stops are provided en route all competitors are asked to carry 1 litre of water. There is water avaialable at three locations on the course: Clwyd Gate after 9k, Bwlch Penbarras 13k and Penycloddiau 22k.

There is a cut off for those who do not reach the Bwlch Penbarras car park (GR SJ162605)within 2 hours and 30 minutes. This is 13.2 k into the race or a little under half way. Runners arriving at the car park check point after 2 hours and 30 minutes from the start will be retired from the race and transported to the finish. This is a very generous cut off time and anyone running or fast walking the route should be able to reach this in time.

Race Day information.

Those who have booked transport please be ready in Bodfari and ready to leave at 8.10am. The transport will be there at 8am.  The map below show possible parking places in Bodfari and the meeting point. We have arranged overflow parking if you struggle to find a place in the village. Bring a spare bag with you for things you want before the start of the race and this will be transported to the finish for you. Please make sure this bag is labelled.

Clwydian Offa's Dyke Race Finish

For those who are going straight to the start in Llandegla registration will start at 9am in the village shop and cafe. See the map below. The race will start at 10am.

Clwydian Offa's Dyke Race Start

As a condition for entering any WFRA race, the competitor shall:

  1. comply with these safety rules and any additional race specific safety rules imposed by the Race Organiser (RO).
  2. follow the procedures described by the RO if they fail to start or abandon the race.
  3. obey all instructions from race officials.
  4. be aware of the serious disabling consequences of hypothermia, dehydration and heat exhaustion and act appropriately during the race.
  5. carry sufficient kit, e.g. body and leg cover which gives protection from the effects of wind chill and safety equipment, (including food and drink) throughout the race to be able to navigate and provide protection from hypothermia, or dehydration and heat in the worst foreseeable weather conditions during the race, noting that rescue could take a long time.
  6. take note of the length and severity of the race and local weather forecast for the day and judge their capabilities accordingly.
  7. consider how any health impairments may jeopardise their safety or of others and act accordingly.
  8. take specific note of RO information on the nature of the terrain on the race route, checkpoints to be visited or course to be followed and any restrictions to route choice.
  9. have the skills, experience and equipment required to comply with the RO’s navigation and safety requirements, having assessed conditions on the day.
  10. take reasonable care not to create hazards that may cause harm to other people and support anyone in need of assistance, even if it means abandoning their race.