Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Over the Edge Marathon and Half Marathon 2013

On Sunday 7th July we are holding  'Over the Edge, The  Marathon and Half Marathon of the Wenlock Olympian Games'. Both events are a tough challenge through the Shropshire countryside using off road trails through woodland and farmland predominantly along Wenlock Edge. The Marathon begins in Craven Arms and finishes in the birthplace of the modern Olympics, Much Wenlock whilst the half Marathon starts at Wilderhope Manor and also finishes in Much Wenlock.
2012 was the inaugural running of the event and the feedback from competitors was excellent with everyone enjoying the scenery en-route, the friendliness of marshalls at water stations and the general good natured feel of the event. The finish in the lovely town of Much Wenlock was also very popular as there was good support for all runners as they completed the challenge.

There are tough climbs early on in both races but after that the route is undulating and very runnable, both routes are slightly over the official Marathon and Half Marathon distance but i believe that this is better than being slightly under distance!

Current records are;
Men;          Nick Thomas                      3hr 35m 14s
Women;     Amanda Wright Smith       4hr 01m 28s

Half Marathon;
Men;          Chris Daniels                      1hr 39m 29s
Women      Michelle Clarke                  1hr 51m 57s

View from the first water station 2012 marathon

Entries cost £28 for the full Marathon, £18 for the Half.
There will be water stations approximately every 5 miles, flapjack or similar around halfway, medal and certificate to all finishers and tea/coffee and cake.
To enter e-mail overtheedge@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01694 725000 ext 1
There will be busses available from Much Wenlock to either start at a small cost, this can be booked at the time of entering.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Wenlock Winter wonderland

As is the case in most of the country Wenlock Edge has been transformed by inches of snow that has been falling on and off for the last week.
Work has continued albeit slightly slower than normal due to the tricky conditions, having to brush snow off timber before it can be cut into logs and shovelling snow so we can get the trailer into the right position are just a couple of the ways in which it has hindered us. It is absolutely beautiful though and we are really lucky to be able to spend our days working in this environment and after all cold/numb feet don't take long to thaw out in an evening!

The Hebridean sheep have been extremely glad to see us when we have dropped off some food for them. They are normally ok for a few days when there are just a few inches of snow as they will kick the snow away to reach the grass beneath but there is about 12 inches in their field which has been there for 6 days.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Nordic Walking

After a bit of a break we are holding another 'Introduction to Nordic Walking' session on Saturday 2nd February at 10 am, meeting in the National Trust Car park on the outskirts of Much Wenlock (1/4 mile along the B4371). The session will teach people the basics of Nordic walking under the instruction of two instructors, lasting for about two hours it will include a 4 mile walk on Wenlock Edge. It is suitable for people of all levels of fitness and is an excellent way to either return to walking after injury, improve fitness or simply start to get fit.
The sessions will cost just £7 per person and this includes pole hire. Booking is essential as numbers are limited, this can be done by e-mailing chris.dunkerley@nationaltrust.org.uk
Walking will be off-road on uneven surfaces so suitable footwear is advised.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Bird ringing

Stuart and Linda from Chelmarsh bird ringers came to the bird hide at Presthope this morning  to do a few hours of bird ringing. Using mist  nets birds are caught, ringed, weighed, and measured before being released to continue with their winter feeding.
Birds ringed were
22 Blue Tits,
10 Great Tits,
5 Marsh Tits,
5 Nuthatch,
4 Coal Tits,
1 Robin,
1 Dunnock.

A few of the birds had previously been ringed on Wenlock Edge and some were ringed as chicks in nestboxes, it is great to see that some of them are still alive and in the area ready themselves to breed in the Spring.