Race the Sun Offa’s Dyke | Action Medical Research

Race the Sun Offa’s Dyke


Book before 31 January 2019 to get 25% off your registration fee - only £146.25 per team! 

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.

Starting at Sunrise from the Digeddi Wildlife Campsite near Glasbury, you start your day with a 34km cycle along the Gospel Pass, which, at 551 metres above sea level, is Wales’ highest road. Descending into Pandy, you swap your bikes for hiking boots and tackle a 30km trek along the Haterall Ridge of the Black Mountains until you reach Glasbury for the last stretch, a 3.4km canoe down the 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!


Day 1 | Friday

Registration and challenge briefing

Team meet at the Digeddi Wildlife Campsite near Glasbury 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 the Digeddi Wildlife Campsite near Glasbury for a 34km 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 Pandy. There you will leave your bikes with the Dream Challenges Team and get ready to start the 34km trekking section. 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 Glasbury, you’ll grab your canoes and tackle a pretty 3.4km 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.

Share this page with friends and family

Help us spread the word