King Offas Dyke Race 2017

Karl Shields
Photo courtesy Karl Shields

The start of King Offa’s Dyke Race and Mercian Challenge was scheduled for 8:00 Friday night and its now 01:39 Saturday morning as I write and I’m assuming that the race did begin at or around that time at the start in Chepstow.
Runners are progressing along the 190/100 mile route and can be followed online via the tracking link below. Currently leading is Daniel Barnett who seems to have bypassed CP1 – we await news on that one. Mark Collinson is in second place followed closely by Thomas Hollins.

Leading woman is now Becky Wightman, having just passed Ashley Ward, in 8th place overall with a lead over (and unless Rupert Chesmore and Dan Mayers are women,) Katy Mcgowan in third place.

A long way to go but all the runners have made it to CP1, in Monmouth.

Can’t tell who’s in the Offas Dyke race and who’s in the shorter 100 mile Mercian Challenge. Some runners are marked in a different colour on the tracking map so maybe that’s a clue…

If anyone out there has any news or images from the race, please let us know.

Live Tracking: King Offas Dyke Race 2017
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