The Kymin Dash - The Kymin Dash 2020

The Kymin Dash is a challenging and very scenic, chip timed 7 mile race, straight up to the top of the Kymin above Monmouth, and back down on a long scenic loop of the Wye Valley.

Spirit of Monmouth Running Club are proud to present this race for the 8th year following on from the continued success and growth of previous years.

Registration and finish are at Monmouth School Sports Club (MSSC) The start is 15 minutes walk from registration. The course (and the route to the start) will be well marshalled and there will be 2 water stations. It is mainly on tarmac and forest roads. All finishers will receive a T-shirt (T-shirt size can ONLY be guaranteed for entries received by 8/3/20) and a reusable water bottle. NEW FOR 2020 - we will be offering both male and female fit t-shirts.

The course starts with an ascent to the Round House, a local viewpoint at around 850ft. The opening mile or so will certainly give your lungs a workout. What goes up must come down and a gentle descent through fields and the bluebell carpeted forest tracks before a long flat finish along the Hadnock Road into the Monmouth School Sports Club.

Prize-giving will be at MSSC. As last year, there will be prizes for the 'King' and 'Queen' of the hill as well as finishing places. There will be cake and other refreshments available to purchase after the race. We are grateful to our sponsors Monmouthshire Conservatory Company, Brighter Foods, Wild Trail, Walford Timber and A Plan Insurance for making the race possible. Any profits generated will be donated to Velindre Cancer Centre (

Male course record is 39m 50s, set by Huw Evans in 2015.

Female course record is 44m 32s, set by Emma Wookey in 2015.

King of the Hill record is 9m 15s, set by Huw Evans in 2015.

Queen of the Hill record is 10m 31 s, set by Emma Wookey in 2015.

The record for the previous course, starting and finishing in Monmouth, is 38mins 54secs, set by P. Wheeler in 1985.

Race licence 2020 - TBC

We support a different charity each year that is close to the hearts of our members and this year our chosen charity is Velindre Cancer Centre.

Entry Criteria and Fees for the Race



In advance:

Early early bird

01/12/2019 until 31/12/2019

AAW affiliated members:£11

Unattached members: £13

01/01/2020 until 22/03/2020

AAW affiliated members: £13
Unattached members: £15

On the day:
If available - a £2 surcharge will be added

Please note that places are transferrable with permission from the original runner.

Headphones are not allowed due to some of the race being on open roads.


Running numbers and timing chips will be issued at Registration on Race Day, from 9:00am to 10:30am at Monmouth School Sports Club, Hadnock Road, where there are also showers and changing rooms. The start is a 10-15 minute walk from the club car park and marshalls will be in place to point you in the right direction.


Free car parking is available at the Monmouth School Sports Club with additional parking available just over the road at the cricket ground, if club runners could car share that would be greatly appreciated. Please respect the directions given by our race marshalls.


Minimum age is 16.

The race is open to all runners. We are proudly inclusive of all athletes and we welcome entrants as female, male or non-binary. As we are uncertain of the number of non-binary athletes who will enter this year, we will offer prizes in male and female categories only on this occasion and review this each year. Please note that the course is multi-terrain, steep and slippery in places and is therefore not suitable for wheelchair athletes.

There will be a prize for the the first male and first female to reach the Round House at the summit.

One prize per person to allow for a wider distribution of the prizes.


Senior: 16-39

MV 40: 40-49

MV 50: 50-59

Over 60


Senior: 16-34

FV40: 40-49

FV 50: 50-59

Over 60


There are no age categories for team entries but the minimum age of 16 still applies. Teams of 4, 3 to score [4th runner must finish and will be in any prizegiving]. There will be prizes for the first male team and first female team. This is based on relative position of runners.

Entry fees are as for individuals.

Please see Kymin Dash website for further information -

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