Sport Thursday, May 5th Words by: Adam Knight, pictures by: Mark Bowen, Johana Joudalova

Video: A time lapse of the entire Hereford Half route (in one minute)

Sport Thursday, May 5th

Video: A time lapse of the entire Hereford Half route (in one minute)

It’s shaping up to be a gorgeous day to run 13 miles on Sunday. Perhaps a little too gorgeous depending on your complexion - BBC weather is showing a big, ol' sunny icon and 18 degrees by 10am.

But for those running the Hereford half-marathon – or the ‘ereford ‘arf as it’s colloquially known – it should be a spectacular gallop around the tree-lined lanes to the north and west of the city.


There are also 10k and 5k routes (more info below), but for those taking on the single lap ‘arf – which heads out towards Canon Pyon before looping back via Burghill and Credenhill – here’s a runners-eye view of the route to get you ready.

Just for some context, in 2006, the winning runner completed all of this in just under 1h 9m – it still stands as the fastest time around the course.

As well as the half marathon, which is a little over 13 miles, St Michael’s Hospice has also organised a 10k race and 5k races.

The shorter version takes place entirely off-road on a virtually flat circuit. Started last year, it puts the emphasis on fun, and organisers invite participants to dress up or down for the occasion.

The 10k is a single-lap course with an elevation of just 22m – no big, scary hills – making it ideal for runners looking to nail down a quick time, or get some longer range training in for a half marathon.

The action starts at Hereford Leisure Centre from 10am. For more information, visit the event's page here.

We caught up with CN Sport's Conor Neilly to find out the best ways to 'carb up' before the big run - read his top tips here.

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