- The Crocodile 8 takes place at Burghill CP School, Hereford,
where all proceeds from the race will go to.
- The main race begins at 3.00pm on Sunday 26th May 2013.
- You should be 16 or over to run the main race.
- Entry Fee is £12.50 for online payments
- Postal entries have a £0.50 surcharge to cover return p&p and must be accompanied by the online registration slip.
- You are welcome to enter on the raceday before 2pm (there is a £1.50 surcharge for this and we recommend pre-filling the online registration slip to bring with you).
- There is a £2.00 reduction for all affiliated club members.
- Cheque's should be made payable to Burghill PTFA.
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Children's (11 to 16) Fun Run
- The fun runs takes place at 3.00pm, at the rear of the main race and will follow the same course until Court Farm.
- Distance 1.9 miles.
- Entries are £3 and are paid on the raceday.
- Entries close at 2:30pm.
Children's (under 11) Fun Run
- The fun runs takes place at 2.00pm, before the main race
- Every finisher receives a reward
- Entries are £2 and are paid on the raceday.
Course Description Main Race (Click for large image)
The Crocodile 8 is a 'tough' multi-terrain eight mile race on
road, grass and mud. The race's name heralds from the 'Crocodile
Wood', the local nickname for Tillington's beautiful Badnage
wood via which the greater part of the race is run. (Badnage
Wood looks from a distance uncannily like the body of a crocodile.)
The race begins at Burghill School. From there
the race leads up the village on road, past stunning Herefordshire
countryside, and then turns into the ancient parish church,
where the runners meet their first kissing gate. The course
leaves the church and continues into the neighbouring orchard,
a striking feature of the area and owned by the Co-op. (NB:
once all the runners have passed through the orchard the family
fun run takes place there.)
Leaving the orchard, the runners begin the
trickiest chapter of the race: the crocodile. The difficulty
level often depends on the weather; a great amount of rain means
a lot of heavy mud. Past years have shown that a downpour the
previous day have created conditions where big mud is the order
of the day!
The runners climb the steps up the crocodile's
back, then leave the wood and out onto Tillington Common, a
vast stretch of grass and hay. Once they have crossed the common
the runners climb through the adjoining field, hit a desserted
country lane and up to the final stretch. In the final 1000
yards they pass the Bell Inn, the local pub which hosts the
Finally they return to Burghill School to cross
the line on the playing fields. Throughout the race they are
cheered on by well-wishers and drink stands from village volunteers
and members of the Hereford Couriers running club. Musicians
and other surprises are dotted about the course to help the
runners on their way.