Welcome to the twenty seventh Dymock Half Marathon. Our annual event runs (see what we did there?) through the rolling countryside of the Gloucestershire Herefordshire borders.
This year we are running last year’s course, which runs through beautiful rural countryside. It’s a road race, but mainly on the lanes with only about 600 yards of B road. It would best be described as hilly/undulating and as such not one for a PB, although we are confident a new course record could be set this year and there will be a prize for a course record.
Taking off, through Dymock (this year we start from the Cricket Club) we swing South out of the village crossing the M50 for the first time at Four Oaks, a quick detour around Holder’s lane deposits us on the Kempley road heading North into Queen’s Wood (the epicentre of the famous Daffodil Walk) and onto Kempley. Once through Kempley, turning at Kempley New Church, the route tends North towards Much Marcle, before doubling back past Kempley Old Church and the historic Memorial Oak (location of the last drinks station) before returning to Candle Cottage on the edge of Kempley prior to veering back Eastward for the last leg back to Dymock, past the Beauchamp Arms and sprint to a finish at Dymock Cricket Club.
Well, we say twenty seventh; but who’s really counting? You know rural Gloucestershire, it’s not as though time is too pressing. The relaxed atmosphere adds to the charm of the event. We certainly started in ’87 (at least we think that’s what John, the founder would tell you) but there’s been the odd gap and missed year. However, like all good traditions you can’t put down a cannon-started, sociably competitive, BAA recognised event that has dominated the village’s late Spring Bank Holiday for decades!
Parking is in the field opposite the Beauchamp Arms public house, although there will be disabled parking at the Cricket Club. There will be refreshments available for runners/spectators and, weather dependent, there will be entertainment for children as well as spectators and runners.
Come and join us.
Entry is via www.entrycentral.com this year, just click on the Dymock event.
Registration and number collection will take place at Dymock Cricket Club from 8 am to 9 am. Race starts at 9.30 am from the Cricket Club.
The address is The Pound, Dymock, GL18 2AD
Mile markers, frequent water stations, parking, toilets, showers and changing available. We will offer a bag drop facility, but runners will do so at their own risk as we cannot accept responsibility for lost items.
Technical T and medal for finishers
We are sorry to say that we cannot offer refunds, although we will allow transfer of entry with agreement.