Beauty and the feet at the Bluebell Blunder race

Bluebell Blunder Blooms Again

This stunning 10K-ish race was back to everyone’s delight along with tea and cake

Instead of a tiptoe through the tulips it was a bustle in the bluebells as over 100 runners enjoyed one of the most picturesque off-road events in the Wye Valley. They flourished at Sunday’s (30 April) Bluebell Blunder...

This race is one of several from organisers Rogue Runs and popular too, mainly due to the course and its flora and fauna. But mostly for the beautiful bluebells that carpets the woods at this time of year. They were a highlight of this small yet perfectly formed run.

It started at 11am opposite Gumbersland Barn in the Wye Valley and continued on an uphill trail section then switched to a country lane. Then onto a footpath with attractive views of the surrounding countryside before winding its merry way through a forest including a short section on Offa’s Dyke Path. The route headed through Codora Woods and aromatic woodland trails before rejoining Offa’s Dyke Path - and a dazzling display of bluebells for runners to focus on as they navigated their way along this muddy, undulating section to the finish. 

James Smith of Severn AC won the 2023 Bluebell Blunder in 47:24. Neil Grinnell of Ledbury Harriers was second in 49:04 with John Chapman also of Severn AC third in 49:36.

Caroline McAleese of Vegan Runners was the women’s winner in 49:45 and fourth overall. Katie Adams of Spirit of Monmouth RC was second in 50:40 and Chantelle Watson third in 55:34.

The last runner crossed the line in 1:46:20. There were 104 finishers.

Browse through the results via the runABC Midlands Race Listing page.

The prize giving was followed by a restorative cup of tea and cake – especially after the muddy sections!

This was a well organised and friendly race that was welcomed back by everyone on an eye-catching course in an eye-catching location.

Image courtesy of Geoff Astle

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