Challenge level: 3 out of 5
|15 June 2019||On Sale|
Feeling daring? We challenge you in teams of four to take on Britain’s Great Wall of Wales on the first ever Race the Sun Offa’s Dyke.
After 15 amazingly successful years of Race the Sun, we’re taking this phenomenally popular team challenge to another beautiful part of the UK and we cannot wait! In 2019, teams will work every muscle in their body as they race the sun (and other teams) to conquer the UK’s largest natural monument in aid of sick children and babies.
Rise at the crack of dawn for a three-activity team challenge following this ancient earthwork, which dates back to the eighth century and stretches for a whopping 177 miles through the lush, green countryside of the Welsh border.
Kicking off from the Digeddi Wildlife Campsite near Glasbury, you start your day with a stunning 22km cycle along the Gospel Pass, which, at a whopping 551 metres above sea level, is Wales’ highest road. Descending into Llanthony, you swap your bikes for boots for your 22.2km trekking section. This section of Offa’s Dyke is renowned for its beauty. You’ll pass the ruins of the beautiful and evocative 12th century Llanthony Priory and enjoy breath-taking vistas all the way of the surrounding hills and the Wye Valley, until you reach Glasbury.
Time to start your last stretch: a 3.4km canoe down the wonderful River Wye. Paddling in two-seater sit-on-top canoes, you’ll paddle all the way back to our base – and finish line – at the Digeddi Wildlife Campsite!
All funds raised by the challenge will support the work of children's charity Action Medical Research, offering hope to the many thousands of families across the UK, who are dealing with the trauma of a baby born too early, striving to support a child affected by disability, or facing the challenge of caring for a child with a rare and devastating disease for which there is no cure.
The excitement begins on the Friday evening before you Race the Sun on Saturday. Teams meet at the Digeddi Wildlife Campsite near Glasbury for registration, which opens at 6pm. You’ll then have a compulsory briefing at 7pm, where the challenge is explained in full and you have the chance to ask any questions you may have. Then it’s to bed for a good rest before your early start tomorrow!
The challenge is on for your team to cycle, trek and canoe against time, racing the sun (and other teams) and aiming to finish by sunset. Starting at sunrise, you set off from the Digeddi Wildlife Campsite near Glasbury and jump on your bikes for a gorgeous 22km cycle along the Gospel Pass. You’ll pass the famous ruins of Llanthony Priory before descending into Llanthony. There, you’ll leave your bikes with the Dream Team and pull on your hiking boots for your 22.2km trekking section. This part of Offa’s Dyke is renowned for its beauty and you’ll enjoy wonderful vistas of hills, the Wye Valley and the breath-taking Brecon Beacons as you walk. Upon reaching the charming river-side village of Glasbury, you’ll clamber into your open-top canoes for your 3.4km paddle down the River Wye. Don’t worry, you don’t need any canoeing experience or equipment. Buoyancy aids are provided and there’ll be qualified canoe instructors there the whole time to supervise, guide and help you out if you need. Your Race the Sun Offa’s Dyke challenge finishes as your team canoes across the finish line!
The more money raised by participants on the challenge the higher the percentage of funds that directly support the work of Action Medical Research.
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Race the Sun Offa's Dyke is an exciting action event. It is achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness, who are prepared to put in plenty of training beforehand. The more you train, the more you will enjoy the challenge. It is a great incentive to get fit and active, whilst at the same time knowing you are raising funds for an excellent cause.
The cycling section is all on road, following The Gospel Pass, Wales' highest road.
No, our Dream Team will meet you at the start of the trek after your first leg of cycling, where you can change out of your cycle clothing. Here you will leave your bikes and day bags and we'll transport them back to the finish line.
You need to provide your own bikes and we would recommend a road bike or a hybrid bike as there is no off road section on this challenge. Your bike must be well maintained and in good working order and a thorough service before the big day is recommended. You should carry a puncture repair kit and pump and you are advised to carry a spare inner tube as well. There will be a bike mechanic on hand to deal with any serious repairs.
Canoe experience is not necessary for this challenge. Your team of four will split into two boats and canoe in pairs. The canoes, paddles and buoyancy aids are provided and we also have qualified canoeing instructors to brief and help you out if needed.
It is essential that you come prepared with the correct equipment for the challenge. A cycling helmet is essential and we insist that you have walking boots or fell running shoes for the hiking element of the challenge. You must also have a map, compass and appropriate waterproof clothing.
Don't worry if you haven't confirmed your team of four people yet, you can register now to secure your place and then send us details of your other team members as soon as they are confirmed.