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Runners enjoying the trails at the Bromyard Round the Downs Race

Race on the wild side at Bromyard Round the Downs

Historic road race went off the beaten track this year.

Long standing favourite Bromyard Round the Downs Race took place on Sunday (20 June) but with two changes for 2021. The first was a new route and the second, chip timing and these made it a scenic sensation with runners of all abilities. 

Bromyard Round the Downs Race dates back to 1923 and the first recorded event, becoming a regular fixture for the running community. It stopped in 1990 but was brought back in 2010 and is known as a challenging race with breathtaking views of the Herefordshire countryside. 

The course is 4.5 miles in total and includes a few hills to give the legs a good workout. Fully marshalled, friendly atmosphere and supportive, this year’s race was also chip timed (AV Timing) and organised in accordance with Covid guidelines. 

The other change was the route which switched from road to trail – a decision that proved to be a winner with those taking part. Runners completed two laps of this new course that was a showcase for Bromyard Downs, its scenery and wild flowers, and enjoyed the views from the top that on a clear day, stretch as far North to Shropshire and West to Wales.  

Sage Pearce-Higgins of Thames Valley Harriers christened the course in style, winning the 2021 race in 31:41. Liam Colahan was second in 33:01 and Ryan Knight of Hereford Couriers third in 33:19. 

Sarah Armstrong of Malvern Buzzards flew across the line to become the winning female in 38:27 followed by Charlotte Broadhurst of Ludlow Runners in 38:46. Armstrong’s teammate Vikki Sivertsen was third in 39:07. 

A full set of results can be found via the RunABC Midlands Race Listings page. 

There were 200 finishers who received a medal for their efforts on the ups and downs. 

Image courtesy of Lily Price. 

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