Monmouth Challenge Run & Aquathlons

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Monmouth Challenge Run & Aquathlons
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Endure your element of choice in this awesome event hosted by Monmouth Tri Club. Participants can choose to find their inner fish and tackle the Full or Downstream Aquathlons, or keep their flippers firmly planted on the ground for the Challenge Run. Expect epic scenery, cold water & great spirit.
Full Challenge, Downstream Challenge and Challenge Run
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Sun, 21 Jun 2020
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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Hadnock Rd, Monmouth NP25 3NG, UK
Sunday, 21 Jun 2020
Full Challenge:
10:00 am |
Downstream Challenge:
10:15 am |
Challenge Run:
10:45 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Monmouth Challenge Run & Aquathlons
Downstream Challenge
£19 - £35
Full Challenge
£19 - £35
Challenge Run
£10 - £12
Route information
Compete in this cross-country (literally) event that spans the English and Welsh borders in the beautiful Wye Valley.
Challenge Run:
Find yourself flowing faster than the river you run beside in this 12.5k off-road race. The first 6k follows the Wye Valley Walk pathway where you will be running through the English countryside, first on grass then through leafy woodland, before entering the Biblins Campsite. Runners will then cross over the Biblins Suspension Bridge (please no running on the bridge) back into Wales, be able to greet the awesome volunteers and get hydrated at the water station, before setting off back to the finish line. The second half of the race will be along the hard-packed gravel of the Peregrine Way cycle, before ending along Hadnock Road to the cheers of your fans as you cruise through the finish line.
For our more hydrophilic friends, this event offers two aquathlon challenges. If you are participating in an aquathlon for the first time, or prefer a more leisurely swim, the Downstream Challenge is a great way to dip your toes into the Aquathlon event. For those looking to flex their flippers, why not take on the Full Aquathlon Challenge, which boasts a 2k swim both upstream and downstream. Compete the whole route solo, or take it on as a 2-person relay team.
Downstream Challenge:
The Downstream Challenge will be a 1k swim all downstream starting at St Peters Church Dixton. Once swimmers have reached the Rowing Club, they will enter the transition area before setting off along the 12.5k run route outlined above.
Full Aquathlon Challenge:
The Full Aquathlon Challenge will also start at St Peters Church, where swimmers will stroke 0.5k upstream before turning around and streaming 1.5k back downstream. At the Rowing Club, they will enter the transition area before setting off along the 12.5k run route outlined above.
The River Wye in July is warm enough to swim in without a wetsuit so wetsuits are optional. Please keep in mind that the walk from the race briefing to the start is 1.2k, so please wear suitable footwear and clothing for this.
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What's included
  • Aid stations
  • Catering at Race HQ
  • Chip Timing
  • Distance markers & marshals
  • Prizes for winners
  • Results on website
  • Secure transition
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Traffic free
  • First aid
  • Each finisher will receive a momento
How to get there
Hadnock Rd, Monmouth NP25 3NG, UK
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Address: Monmouth School Sports Centre (MSSC), Hadnock Road, Monmouth NP25 3NG
This is on the east bank of the Wye, at the foot of Kymin Hill and the junction of the A466 and A4136.
There should be enough parking at MSSC, however overflow parking is available further down Hadnock Road beyond the turning point into MSSC.
Event day logistics
08:00: Registration opens at Monmouth
09:10: Registration closes for Aquathlon
09:15: Race briefing for Aquathlon at MSSC Registration Area
09:30: Aquathlon participants depart to walk to start
10:00: 2k swim start
10:15: 1k swim starts & Registration closes for Challenge Run
10:45: Challenge Run starts
12:20: Prize Giving
Registration will be in the sports hall at MSSC. You will receive your race number and timing chip here. Aquathlon participants also will receive a swimming cap and a black bin bag with your number on a sticker.
At swim start please put your footwear and other clothing into the bag, and it will be brought to the transition zone for collection after the race. PLEASE DO NOT place your running shoes in there as it will not be ready in time.
The river will be mostly shallow enough to stand up in, and there will be a number of kayaking marshals and powered crafts just in case.
If you are running in a relay, the 'baton' will be the timing chip, and this must be passed over inside the Transition Zone.
Spectator Info
As always, spectators are more than welcome. The best viewing points are at the swim start, and can easily watch the swim from the bank, and can remain near the Rowing Club to watch the first part of the run. There will also be a small car park at the far end of Hadnock Road which is 2km before the finish of the run which you can watch the runners speed by.
Can I enter the event on the day?
Yes, you can enter both the Challenge Run or the Aquathlons on the day. The challenge run will cost an extra £3 on the day, and the aquathlons will cost an extra £5. You can also change the distance of your race on the day if you wish.
Where can I find the results from the race?
Chip timing will be available, and results will be posted online at as soon as possible. Printouts of time will also be available at the finish.
Will the course be marshaled?
Yes, the running course will have marshals every 2k or closer and the swim will have a number of kayak marshals, as well as rescue crafts if necessary provided by The Severn Area Rescue Association.
Will there be refreshments provided?
There will be a solid variety of refreshments available at Race HQ for both spectators and athletes, serving from 08:30am.
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