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Rogue Run Night Race 3. Chepstow Castle. 22.2.14

‘Night running off-road on a challenging course is an exciting experience and one not to be missed’. That is how the race organisers enticed me to compete last night. The race began within the walls of Chepstow Castle and snaked through the well trodden Wye Valley walking trails. Superb I thought, I knew this was a scenic area and what better way to spend a Saturday evening (?).

So with head torch in place I set off into the darkness with 90ish  runners, most had the classic, rugged fell runner appearance and quickly stormed ahead. By the time I had made it through town to the woodland path it was pretty much just me and my head torch, which was not quite piercing the dark as much as I had anticipated.


Points of interest along the route:

  • River Wye – didn’t see it.
  • Narrow path/ steep drop off – sensed it was there.
  • Piercefield Park G2 listed mansion – didn’t see it.
  • Route markers, every 25-30 meters – phew, seen.
  • Cave followed by a steep climb – experienced that.
  • Kirsty scrabbling up steep climb – heard her!
  • Halfway turn point at Lovers Leap – loitered by the kissing gate... no luck there.
  • Chepstow Race Course – didn’t see it.
  • 2x water features, 2 ft deep and cold - definitely was in those.
  • Tree roots and low branches – only just seen.

Overall a great race and well organised by a few guys from Chepstow Harriers. My first experience of night running and I really enjoyed it. Next time I will have a torch the size of a lighthouse on my head.

Results:

  • David E Williams 1.03.07 - 4th MV50 (He was named in the category winners list!)
  • Dave Hodges 1.03.31
  • Nik Sheen 1.14.13
  • Kirsty Roberts 1.14.16
  • Sasha Macken 1.18.36

Next event:

Rogue Run Race 4: Mallads Pike Lake, Forest of Dean. Saturday 22 March 7.30pm. http://www.rogueruns.com/

Sasha x

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Thanks for the write up, Sasha!

February 24, 2014 at 6:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterHoward Kent

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