11 June 2022

Introducing "Not Offa's Dyke 15"

Meet “Not Offa’s Dyke 15”

We held out as long as possible in the hope that we might be able to obtain a Welsh race licence, but sadly the Welsh government are not allowing any formal endurance running to take place. So the 2021 Offa’s Dyke 15 has had to become the Not Offa’s Dyke 15 and it will be entirely on English soil, and licenced by UKA

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An email has been sent to all the current entrants who have the choice of the new race or deferral to 2022.

Entries will be limited but we have now re-opened.

Everyone will finally get their beautiful race medal, and there will be prizes for teams, the first three males and females, and age group prizes too.

If you have any questions or queries don’t hesitate to get in touch via this email link: sarah@tempoevents.co.uk

Event Information/Overview

The date – in case you have forgotten – is Saturday 12th June, start time 11.00am

It is a 9.1 mile route, now starting and finishing at Lady Hawkins School, Kington, Hereford HR5 3AR. This is the normal venue for the finish.

Runners will be started in groups, fastest first. Start times will be sent out by email and posted on this web site.

Race numbers and timing chips will be sent in the post.

Refreshments will be available before and after the race.

Due to covid restrictions we are not able to run a secure baggage drop, so any items you leave at the start / finish should not be valuable. For similar reasons there will be no changing or showers.


The History of Offa’s Dyke 15

The race began in 1977, became hugely popular for its beauty and the challenge, and it ran until 2002 when foot and mouth put a stop to it. In 2015, we tracked down the orginal race director – David Joyce and with his help we re-launched it, and runners have enjoyed 5 years of the race leading up to a cancellation for a different epidemic in 2020.

For the 2021 race we are lucky to have a second generation of Joyce’s helping us out with Allison & Helen, David’s daughters coming on board, David consulting from the sidelines!

We hope it will be back to it’s 15 mile glory for 2022,  but we know that the spirit of the event will be there for this year.


Numbers and timing chips have now been sent in the post before the event. There may be very limited day entries.

Not Offa's Dyke 15 Course

The route will take you out across the school playing fields the way you normally come in, and it heads up onto Hergest (pronounced Hargest) Ridge to do a huge loop up across the top, down through Upper and Lower Hergest and then back up again to begin the two mile descent home, just as you would have got in the original race.

Cut Off Times

There will be no cut off times for the NOD 2021 race, although we must stress it is a running race and not a walking event.

Lady Hawkins School, Kington Hereford HR7 3AR

Race Registration and Parking
Parking will be on the recreation ground adjacent to the school, but you are encouraged to park in public car parks around Kington too as it may be limited.

Google maps link to:

Lady Hawkins School, Kington HR5 3AR



Water Stations

Due to covid regulations we have to try and limit the amount of handling of water bottles, and indeed we wish to reduce the amount of plastics that are used at running races. Thus you are encouraged to carry your own fluids if you are able to.

There will be a minimum of one water station at which you will be able to refill your pouches and drinks bladders and we will be giving out bottles of water there too. It is ABSOLUTLEY FORBIDDEN to drop any bottles or gel wrappers out on the course unless at a manned marshalling point.

Water will be available at the finish, but do please bring your own easily identifiable drinks and leave them on the table – again in an attempt to maintain hygiene and use less plastic. Its a habit we runners need to get into!


Prizes will be handed out on the day in the finish area. There are trophies for the individual winners and team winners, prizes for the first 3 finishers in each gender and first in each age group – these start at 35 for both men and women and will be in ten-year age gaps.

Baggage & Toilets

Under covid regulations, we are not permitted to offer a formal baggage drop. So anything you do leave at the start should not be valuable, and you must pick it up yourselves.

Toilets will be available in the school.

Withdrawal And Cancellation - 2022 race

Up to six weeks prior to the 2022 race entrants will receive a full refund less a £2.00 admin fee.
After this deadline, no refunds are offered unless the runner comes to help marshal on the day. However an entry may be transferred to another runner on provision of full details prior to the race. Entries cannot be transferred on race day.

In the event of the race being cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control we will attempt to reschedule to a later date in the same year and all entries will transfer to that rescheduled date.

All contact should be made by email to tempo events rather than riderhq

Music Whilst Running

No earphones please! From 1 April 2016, a new rule regarding the wearing of head phones in road races was introduced into the 2016-2018 edition of the UKA Rules of Competition: –

“The wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted in races on any single carriageway road that is not wholly closed to traffic.”

Whilst this is predominantly an off-road race the event crosses and passes along a handful of roads the first of which can be tricky to cross which is why we appreciate you adhering to this ruling about head phones.

Please note this rule includes bone conducting earphones as well as normal ear phones.