The official website of the Crocodile 8 race, an eight mile multi-terrain race held in the beautiful countryside of Herefordshire, England.

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Race Information

  • 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 has begun.
  • Every finisher receives a reward for running.
  • 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 evening's entertainments.

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.