30th May 2021
The Wild Wye SwimRun is a new race for 2021, a 12km running race with a difference!
Starting and finishing in Chepstow, runners will run northwards through Gloucestershire for around 6km, including passing through the 1086-metre Tidenham Tunnel on the former Wye Valley Railway. They then swim across the River Wye at high tide – a distance of about 100 metres – and then run back to Chepstow on the Welsh side.
The River Wye is an SSSI and much of the route near the river is on private land so this route cannot be used other than for the race. The Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) are organising the race and will provide safety cover for the river crossing. Competitors who do not wish to swim can pay extra and SARA will take them across by boat!
The event is a race – Rogue Runs have kindly agreed to provide the race timing, and there will be prizes. The exact details for the start and finish locations will be confirmed nearer the time. Drinks will be provided after the river crossing and at Lower Wyndcliff Car Park (at roughly 9km).
For this first year a maximum of 100 competitors will be allowed.