Forest of Dean AC presents:
Coppett Hill Fell Race. Saturday 11th August. Start 2pm. Registration from 12.45.
Race HQ: The Hostelrie, Goodrich, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 6HX.
£5 entry. Includes a Wye Valley Beer and Burger. Pay on day. Please pre-register online to make sure we get enough burgers in! Race limit: 200.
Prizes for 1st/2nd/3rd M & F and categories M & F 1st 40/50/60/70/U23
Registration /Toilets/ bag drop at The Hostelrie Pub. Parking at school or Castle car park.
See the FB event page for up to date info: Coppett FB event page
Coppett Hill is a nature reserve. It is a mix of woodland and open hillside and a good site for butterflies, deer, birdlife, fungi and running! It is owned by Trustees who live in the parish and conservation work is supported by the Friends of Coppett Hill. There will be a donation to the trust from the race proceeds. The permissive paths give access to the reserve as well as offering views stretching from the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains to the Clee Hills in Shropshire and the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. The reserve is within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
By agreement of the Friends of Coppett Hill Trust and of the Courtfield Estate, we have devised a fell race route up and over the hill. It may be the little brother of the Brecon Beacons Hills further to the west, but it still packs in all you need from a fell race. Starting in Goodrich, the route steeply climbs out of the village, up the steps to the trig point. A quick traverse across open hillside to a sharp right, down a fast, grassy descent. Quick left at the bottom, then you are straight back up the hill again through the bracken. Then traverse the top ridge, until a small gate leads into a loop of the open grassy fields of the Courtfield Estate (private property – no recces!) The field will lead you back to the paths leading up to the Folly – the highest point of the race. You then hurtle down the rocky and muddy paths, through the woods, to the riverbank. Sharp left along the riverbank path, then another left turn back up through the woods, to complete the route loop and back onto road, for a quick final descent down to the finish.
The course will be marked and marshaled. Please stay to the route, rather than taking any ‘fell runner’ shortcuts! Maps will be available. The race is run under WFRA rules – CATEGORY BS / PM. Due to the time of year and accessibility of course, kit will not be required. Over 16. All competitors run at their own risk!
Race organiser: Dan Sandford. 07775 508753. firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to our sponsors and supporters:
Wye Valley brewery. https://www.wyevalleybrewery.co.uk/
The Hostelrie Inn. http://www.thehostelrieatgoodrich.co.uk/
Friends of Coppett Hill Trust https://www.coppett-hill.org.uk/friends-of-coppett-hill/
The Courtfield Estate.
Tanners Wine Merchants. https://www.tanners-wines.co.uk/