Race the Sun Offa’s Dyke | Action Medical Research

Race the Sun Offa’s Dyke


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Join Action for our brand new Race the Sun challenge taking place in the stunning Offa’s Dyke – the 177 mile route along the Welsh border.

The event will start a sunrise with a 26km trek along the most beautiful section of Offa’s Dyke from Hay on Wye to Pandy. At Pandy you will swap your walking boots for bikes begin the 33km cycle section along the stunning 551m-high Gospel Pass. Finishing with a 1-2km canoe along the River Wye.


Day 1 | Friday

Registration and challenge briefing

Team meet at Hay on Wye (Venue to be confirmed) to register (registration opens at 6pm) and for the compulsory event briefing at 8pm.

Day 2 | Saturday

Challenge Day - Ready, Set, Race!

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, teams will set off from Hay on Wye, which lies on the border between Wales and England for a 26km trek along the Hatterall Ridge. This section of Offa’s Dyke is renowned for its beauty and you’ll enjoy wonderful vistas of mountain tops piercing the sky, the Wye Valley and the Brecon Beacons.

Upon reaching Pandy, you’ll grab your bikes for the 33km cycle section over Wales’ highest road, Gospel Pass. You’ll pass the famous ruins of Llanthony Abbey and Lord Hereford’s Knob, before a fast descent down into Hay on Wye, where your canoes await.

Leaving your bikes with the Dream Team at the bank of the River Wye, you’ll then climb into two-man open top canoes and tackle a pretty 1-2km course down the river. 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!

*Please note the challenge route is subject to change after our final recce*


Places for the first ever Race the Sun Offa’s Dyke 2019 are likely to go very fast, so please register your team now to avoid disappointment.

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