On the same day as London, but far form the madding crowd “Offa’s Orra” take’s place. A race for off road aficionados it is approximately 20km long multi terrain race with an estimated 2200 feet of ascent and descent.
Gareth Bradbury and Paul Lewington were running around Tintern Abbey this year (2017). Lewington commented that it was “a gem of a trail run enhanced by fantastic weather”. Gareth Bradbury finished 42nd in 01:45:58 (16th MV40) with Lewington 156th 02:11:46
There were 234 finishers this year with Dave Wood four sole representative, 29th overall in 1-38-37 (10th MV40) and Nick Langridge 2nd claim Dursley member running for Thornbury RC 78th overall in 1-49-23 (4th MV60)
The new route adopted from 2012 is almost the same course but starting & finishing in a different location. Dave Wood said it was a "Bit like doing the Dozen from the New Inn".
As a result a lot of the climb/descent is in the latter half of the race whereas before it was in the first half. Most people Dave spoke to agreed that it seemed harder as a result and their times were down accordingly.
Dave was very pleased with this years result although he reports he was 1-33" slower than his PB in 2010, but faster than his 2011 time by 3-24" and his 2005 time by about 1-11" . Not that Dave has any OCD tendencies! (Pot and Kettle Mr D!)
Journeying just over the Welsh border, two Dursley runners made to Offa’s Horror. This 20 km multi-terrain race is considerable hillier than London or Paris, and just as warm this year. Dave Wood finished in 01:42.01 coming 48th, a solid run as he had competed on the Wednesday before in the Police 10K championship. Emily Smith clearly also enjoys this sort of terrain and turned out a terrific performance to come 118th in 01:53:53.