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2017 Race Calendar – Thank You!!!
Many thanks to all race organisers for providing the information for next year’s calendar. The whole process has gone really well this year. The calendar is on its way to the printers and you should all have it in time for Christmas. Should anything change with one of your races then please let me know at wfracal@gmail.com and we can announce it on the website. Alternatively if you have a good idea for a new race then please get in touch with details to discuss. You can use either WFRA 2017 Calendar Form.doc or WFRA 2017 Calendar Form.pdf to give the details of the new race. Linda
Llangynhafal Loop Saturday       6th May 2017      Results

Again many thanks to the Golden Lion Inn for a warm welcome and for allowing me to run the race from their Inn and of course a big thank you to all who helped on the day because without you these events would not happen. This year I changed the course slightly at the end to make life easier for the results team, which meant the last climb was not as high and the run off to the finish was not as steep. Comments on the day about the race were much appreciated and I hope you all enjoyed your run. First home was – Richard Roberts 37.30 and 1st female home was Ceri Belshaw in 50.36 Proceeds from race will be donated to charity.

Craig yr Allt Summer Fell Race        Tuesday 9th May       Results

The race was held one calendar month earlier in the year than the inaugural race in 2016 due to the encroaching vegetation onto the trails.

61 competitors started the 6.2km long race (with over 300m ascent) at the foot of the Rockwood Riding Centre access road on the warm but cool Tuesday evening awaiting the Race Director's briefing. The route climbed to the top of Craig yr Allt on its eastern flanks before descending down an indistinct trod to the north. The participants then contoured the northern hillside before ascending a re-entrant, running along the ridge and down to the Taff Trail through trails, paths, fields and woodland. Following a short section on the Taff Trail, the participants crossed a stream, ascended a very steep field used by 4x4s and then descended into the Nant y Brynau valley. The next kilometre ascended the valley floor through woodland before climbing the steep northern valley side and finish in the Mountain View Ranch.

Ben Mitchell (MDC) outclassed the rest of the field and smashed the course record set by Peter Ryder by 2m 41s. He also finished the race 3m 42s ahead of second place Matt Stott (MDC) in a time of 27m 09s. Thomas Burden finished third 24 seconds behind Matt.

Helen Brown (Mynydd Du) set a new female record of 35m 50s (faster by over 2 minutes) by beating the previous record holder Clare Dallimore (MDC) who herself ran over a minute faster than the course record she set in 2016. Anna Lewis finished a brilliant third – she was surprised and delighted to receive a prize at the prize giving ceremony!

Age category winners:
MU23 – William White (MDC) 34:46
M40 – Chris Medcalf (San Domenico) 35:14
M50 – David Place 37:04

FU23 – Hannah Knight 45:38
F40 – Helen Brown (Mynydd Du) 35:50
F50 - Alice Bedwell (MDC) 39:45 (over 2 mins faster than last year!)

MDC won both the Male and Female Team Prizes.

The Race Director would also like to the landowners for enabling the use of their land - both public footpaths and private sections. A big thanks to the marshalls, helpers, sweeper and photographers too: Dawn Davies, Gill Stott, Martin & Kay Lucas, Jane & John Aggleton, Keri & Pauline James, Phill Thomas, Richard Cronin, Martyn Driscoll and Marcus Pinker.

The Race Director would like to remind all that the race is suitable for the younger generation over the age of 14. Why not drag some along to the 2018 Summer Event?       Regards        Gary

Preseli Beast       Saturday 6th May       Results
Dinas Bran Hill Race       Results
SUN 7 Race for the Wild BS 8km/366m 5miles/1200ft PM


Cribyn       Sat 22nd April       Results

A stunning day thanks to all the marshals and helpers, possibly South Wales toughest race! See you all next year       Emma

Ras Moel Wnion      Sat 29th April      Results

After yesterday's rain had gone the sun was shining on moel wnion and even with other local road races in the area as well as the Yorkshire 3 Peaks on the same weekend if was great to welcome 64 runners to Ysgol Llanllechid for the race. A great day seemed to be had by all (well I enjoyed myself) and some amazing performances were on display across the categories. Congratulations to Chris Richards (Bangor Uni) and Becki Law (Eryri) (1st M & F), Sam Orton and Ruth Metcalfe ( Both Eryri V40s), Russell Owen (Eryri) and Ali Thomas (v50s), Derek Weaver (Eryri - v60) and John Morris ( Buckely - v70).

Chris tore up the course (quite literally given the state of his legs when he crossed the line) closely followed by Callum Davidson (also Bangor). These guys were running seriously quickly in their first wnion race, no surprise when you hear that they are ex-England juniors and current U20 runners going for GB vests, and reckon they can go quicker next year now they know the faster lines (if they don't face plant)! In the womens race, Becki Law seemed to be demonstrating the benefits of a winter at altitude by flying down the cart track to win ahead of Gemma Moore and Ann-Marie Jones.

Thanks to the long list of people who helped up on the hill and to everyone at the school. The race is run with the school as a fundraising event, with lots of people from the local community giving up their time to help with children’s races or help in the kitchen as well as marshal the main race. The prizes also came from the area, with the Bethesda Pottery shop making bespoke mugs and goblets. Once again, it was a great day for the local community, with everyone already looking forward to next year!

Photos from the race (from Steve Jeffreys) can be found on the link from the race facebook page at www.facebook.com/rasmoelwnion or at Steve’s pages directly Steve's Pages       Thanks Ross Roberts (race organiser)

Llangynhafal Loop - Saturday 6th May at 1.00 pm

Registration for the race will close at 12:50 as it is a 10 minute walk to the start from the Golden Lion Inn.

Please allow time to register and get to the start.

Sugar Loaf      Results      Photos

Clear blue skies and sunshine greeted the 117 competitors at this years Sugar Loaf Fell Race, making suncream the essential kit requirement.

Only 54seconds separated the first three men with Sam Gregory taking the honours in a time of 51.55. The women's category was hard fought with Katie Beecher holding off Helen Brown and Niki Morgan.

Performance of the day goes to Cardiff AC runner Dic Evans taking the V70 in a super fast time of 1.12.01.

Thanks to all competitors, marshals, timekeepers and results services.

Llantysilio       25th March      Results

Although much care is taken to fix race dates to not clash with others in the region, the re-assignment to the same day of the Long Mynd English Championships race took a significant chunk away from the expected numbers. However, the 59 runners that did turn up enjoyed the tremendous views from Llantysilio Mountain, west of Llangollen, and the excellent weather giving perfect conditions for running as well as for re-hydrating in the beer garden of the 17th century Sun Inn at Rhewl. So thanks to the marshals, local community and the support of many of the local clubs, with Helsby fielding 10 runners.

Showing that not everyone slows down in the veteran years, Mark Palmer won the race (and clearly M50) in an excellent time of 58’21”, pushing the inform Helsby runner, Jim O’Hara, into second place. In 3rd place, first woman home (and W40 runner) was Andrea Roberts of Eryri in 60’ 45”.

Photographs of the event, kindly taken by Steve Jeffery, can be found on facebook by following this link: this link:

Conwy Mountain Fell Race       11th March 2017      Results

Andy Thompson

After much preparation, race day arrived in Conwy. It was overcast and warm but luckily for the runners the rain held off.

I've done the route lots of times and I know that the steep descents would have been like a waterslide!

Due to the last minute changes on the course we had 200m of red and white tape along the route, as well as arrows and marshals to make sure no one headed to the beach for an ice cream.

47 runners came along to take on this new race and we had some great feedback about the revised course. Despite having to remove the biggest climb of the route, we still managed to create an AS category race on the small hills of Conwy.

First over the line and now course record holder was Andy Thompson with a time of 46:57; second and third overall were Gavin Roberts (46:57) and Tristan Evans (47:37) closely followed by first V40 Mark Davies (48:33). Fifth overall and first V60 we had an impressive run again from Stephen Jones (49:21), seven seconds ahead of first V50 Steve Toogood (49:29).

In the ladies race Sarah Harley was the clear winner by a 4 minute margin, in a time of 56:35. Second female overall was Becki Law (60:33), very closely followed by Ceri Belshaw (60:41). First FV40 was Victoria Whitehead (64:39) and Ellie Salisbury (72:24) rounded the categories off winning the FV50.

After the race most of the field headed back to HQ for a nice cup of soup and some drinks followed by the presentation.

Thanks to the nine, yes only nine, volunteers for giving their day up and making the event run smoothly. All the feedback was really positive so we'll be back next year.

The picture is of race winner Andy Thompson as CP3. All the race pictures can be seen at SportpicturesCymru.       Michael Corrales.

Tor Y Foel       Sat 18th March       Results       Series Results

A successful Winter Hill Series has come to an end. Well done to the worthy winners and also to everyone who completed the series or just ran a few races. The hills are a great place to be! Here are the series results thanks to the ever-efficient Dom Shields.

Do not be sad though as the South Wales Summer Series that started with the Tour of Torpantau continues with the Preseli Beast on 6 May.

Keep running on those fells!       Vanessa Lawson

This year’s race saw the course record (34.08) broken by not one but two people, Iwan Morton (33.25) and Sam Gregory (33.35). Congratulations to both of them.

A back of an envelope calculation says that Iwan’s winning time represents ~ a 2% improvement on the previous record which is a significant figure at the cutting edge of races.

We’ve had a relatively dry winter and race day was warm compared to the January temperatures the race has been run in previously. But probably the major reason was two talented athletes going hammer and tongs at it. They were together at the summit and separated by no more than ten seconds at the finish.

Many thanks to those of you who came and ran the race and a huge thank you to those people who helped put the race together.

I have a couple of photos of the race finish, actually 190, the work of the seriously talented race photographer Christine James, so if anybody needs a memento then email me and I can ‘post’ it back to you – lrweryri@hotmail.com Thinking ahead, often a difficult task, then I would aim to have the race at the beginning of March next year and endeavour to avoid clashing with other local races and the rugby.

Hwyl am y tro       Les Williams

18/3/17 Aran.

Results here.
Race photos by SJPhotopgraphy here.

A big thank you to Oen Aran lamb for sponsoring the winter series.

This Saturday saw the thirteenth running of the Ras yr Aran and we certainly weren’t lucky with the weather. The foot of the mountain was warm with light drizzle but with cloud base low on the Garth visibility by the summit plateau was down to 25m with winds gusting to gale force giving a wind chill approaching -10.

The race was the third counter in the North Wales series and a quality field of 86 hardy souls took up the challenge. Due to conditions the organiser slashed the Moel Fenigl cut off time to 50 minutes and all competitors made that time. Deteriorating weather forced 3 retirements above the checkpoint and everyone had a hard battle to the turnaround, the route being terminated short below the final summit rocks climb.

The first runners home were Gareth Wyn Hughes of Mercia in 1:34:38, 12 seconds ahead of last years winner Ambleside’s Karl Steinegger with Lawrence Eccles of Penny Lane Striders a minute and a half behind.

In the Women’s race was one by Zoe Barber also from Mercia in 1:50:50 followed less than a minute later by Sian Williams of Rhedwyr Hebog.

Buckley had a good day with Jez Brown 4th overall and he, Steve Toogood, and John Morris took age category wins. John got very chilled on the descent and in the true spirit of fell running was supported by two Pensby runners and after rewarming was able to pick up his prize.

Women category prizes went to Ruth Metcalfe, and Ellie Salisbury with Elsi.

One female competitor developed signs of hypothermia on the return across the plateau and was assisted by members of the Mountain Rescue and she was able to walk down in their company. The race organisers are very grateful for the support of the rescue team, who are out on the fells for us at all of our races, fortunately rarely are they required to intervene but their presence is a great service to all runners at all races, which is truly appreciated.

Gareth Hughes also claimed the Male Winter series with a combined time of 3:19:24 and the Ladies Winter series was won by Sian Williams from Rhedwyr Hebog in a combined time of 3:55:14.

In the Winter series hall of fame you will find details of all winners and runners who have completed the series: Winter series hall of fame.

2016/17 Winter Series results:

Men. Women.
  1. Gareth Wyn Hughes; Mercia 3:19:24.
  2. Tristan Evans; Meirionnydd 3:32:50.
  3. Anthony Powell; Maldwyn 3:43:43.
  4. Steve Loveluck; Meirionnydd 4:31:37.
  5. Glyn Fletcher; Maldwyn 4:27:28.
  6. Kean Rowlands; Eryri 4:28:15.
  7. Brian Seery; Eryri 4:54:51.
  1. Sian Williams; Hebog 3:55:14.
  2. Louise Barker; Aberystwyth AC 4:36:20.
Winner aran and winter series Gareth Hughes Photo

1st lady aran Zoe Photo

Winter series lady winner Photo


Arfon Hughes

Chair & webmaster Meirionnydd running club

Meirionnydd Winter Series 2016-2017       results
Blorenge Night Roundabout - 15th March 2017       Results

Well who'd have thought it? It seems others quite like running around the hills at night too. 47 turned up for the inaugural Blorenge Night Roundabout.

The weather was very kind - barely a breath of wind and clear starlit skies. Orion the hunter dominating the sky immediately above the north face, looking up from Llanfoist. A procession of headtorches, cresting the skyline of the hill, danced at his feet.

The 120 reflective markers we put in the afternoon did their job as no one became 'temporarily misplaced'. These went up on a hot sunny afternoon and were all taken down by 10:00 am the next day in the cool mist.

Paul Murrin was 1st overall in a time of 48:31 and 1st lady was Helen Brown in 57:53 - exceptional running over a 6.3 mile route with 550m of climb in the dark and on some challenging terrain.

We retired to the village hall for hot drinks and cakes and gave beer and chocolate away (boo) to overall and category winners.

Thanks to the marshals on the route for looking after everyone - Gill Stott, Sue and Gerry Ashton, Stuart Duncan and Dick Finch. Thanks also to Tosh Simpkin for getting up the 'blockhouse' to take some photos and Anne Jenner for sweep duties.

Next year we'll award team prizes. This year, for information only, Mynydd Du men and ladies were 1st team (3 counting).

Tour of Torpantau       Sat 4th March      Results
Pipe Dream       Sat 4th March       

Felipe Jones and Sion Price

It was a good day out for youth and veterans alike at this year’s Pipe Dream, with two under 23’s in the top three (one of them under 18), but crowned by a Vet 40. Felipe Jones (v40) of Sarn Helen and clubmate Sion Price (u23) travelled a long way to take the top two slots, with Felipe having no trouble with a nearly two minute margin by the end, smashing John Parkinson’s v40 record in the process.

Not so easy behind him, as Max Dunford (u18) running for St Davids College, narrowly beat John P for the final podium position.

Eryri’s Miranda Grant had no trouble winning the ladies, with a strong performance leaving her three minutes clear of Sian Williams of Hebog. Lois Lee (u18) of St Davids took 3rd.

Great to see some young blood doing well in what is a sea of v40’s these days. Thanks go to Math Roberts for encouraging and facilitating the St Davids College pupils to attend. No doubt hey will be making further appearances this season.

One notable performance this year came in the form of Steve P Jones. SPJ absolutely destroyed Alan Duncan’s 2013 v60 record by 2.01 minutes, finishing 11th overall in the process and only 12 seconds behind Miranda. One to watch for this year’s British Champs perhaps?

Pictured are Philipe and Sion Price, showing how happy they are to have driven half way across Wales, to enjoy four miles of steps, pipes and mud, to take home a pineapple as their trophy. That’s fellrunning!

Hatterall Hammer      Sat 18th Feb       Results

WFRA and Ramblers Unite!

Photo - Two Chairman on the shiny new stile

A positive union recently developed between the WFRA and the Ramblers.

Recently I approached Conwy Valley Ramblers enquiring about responsibility for a crumbling wooden ladder stile on the Pipe Dream race route. The response was fantastic, with their Chairman, Kevin Slattery (himself a very accomplished v60 running athlete), not only giving advice, but using the local agreement they have with Conwy County Council to source a new stile.

It seems that Conwy have taken the unusual but welcome common sense approach of allowing trusted volunteer ramblers to replace some stiles on their behalf. No doubt austerity measures have had some influence in this decision, but I think everyone will agree it's a positive move to assist with maintenance of routes when the public purse is tight.

After Council staff delivered the two new stile sections to a suitable location above Dolgarrog, the two Chairmen another rambler joined forces to carry it up to the necessary location. With tools also lugged up there, we dismantled the remains of the old one, and assembled the new one in situ. I can't say it was easiest of places to get to, and the fit itself was something of a sweaty, head scratching affair owing to the mud, rocks and stone wall, but it was eventually completed and will hopefully stand the test of time for walkers and runners alike. I just hope competitors appreciate it on the way through!

Both fellrunners and walkers frequently encounter footpath access issues, and with the Ramblers at the forefront of the fight to keep rights of way open it makes sense to work together.

If you have access issues over rights of way, your local ramblers may be able to assist with advice and contacts.         Regards,          Craig.

Pen Tir Drop         Sunday 12th February         Results

Male Winner Samuel Gregory                        Female Winner Katie Beecher

The Turnaround Point

The sixth race of the 24th South Wales Winter Hill Series, saw 51 runners (10 Ladies, 51 men) head off up into cold, leaden skies above Cwmdu, onto Pen Tir Hill. On the top, an inch of snow brightened the windswept surroundings to the turnaround at the cairn. Returning, some were wise and used the reverse route. Others chose the permitted but ill-advised route through an intense briar patch and were lacerated for their efforts ! A slippery muddy descent brought forth much colourful language entertaining the marshal below. Then a short quick road blast to the warmth of Cwmdu Hall and the demolishing of 7 delicious cakes (over 100 portions !), baked by co-organiser Karen Elvers and the usual heart-shaped Welsh cakes. Many thanks to Kay and Martin Lucas for marshaling on the ?hill, Andy Creber for organising the car park and Rob Brown for manning the road gate.

Both race records fell, with winners Samuel Gregory, SM, unattached, recording 31 mins. 38 secs. and Katie Beecher, SF, of Les Croupiers, taking nearly 3 mins off the record with 36 mins. 51 secs. 1st MV40 Marcus Pinker of MDC , 1st MV50 Jeff Wherlock of Machen Miggly Moos (subject to a Stewards enquiry !), 1st MV60 John Aggleton of MDC, 1st MV70 Les Williams of Eryri. Also 1st Male under 23, who was 2nd overall, John Hamilton of Forest of Dean. 1st FV40 Karen Pickles of Pudsey and Bramley, 1st FV50 Rona Davies of Mynydd Du. Also first Female under 23, Emily Ford of MDC.

Thank you for all your support.     Regards.     Gareth & Karen.

The odd bramble

Ras Moel Y Ci          Sat 11th February          Results       Pictures

Well, what a brilliant day!

136 runners turned out for this challenging little race early on in the mountain running season. The weather wasn’t quite as Derek Brockway predicted, with rain pretty much throughout the day. However, that definitely softened the course and the stickier mud may have slowed the field down slightly and prevented the record that was set in 2012 from being broken. Photos taken on the day suggest that the lead runners jostled for position at various stages in the race, and some big names in local fell running had those of us on the finish line trying to predict the finishing order, which we got with a reasonable degree of accuracy...

First over the line was Math Roberts, running for St David’s, in a brilliant time of 36.27. Next in was Gareth Wyn Hughes, running for Mercia Fell Runners, in 37.27. Not far behind was Lloyd Taggart, running for Manx Fell Runners, in 38.55. Lloyd also won the V40 category and beat plenty of young runners in the process. Respect!

Turning to the ladies; Miranda Grant, running for Eryri, kept up her fine current form by storming through as the first woman over the line in 43.45, with Sarah Ridgeway (Mercia Fell Runners) second woman in 44.31 and also claiming the V40 category too. Not too far behind Sarah was Andrea Rowlands of Eryri in 46.42.

The V50 male and female categories were won by Steve Toogood of Buckley Runners (45.08) and Emma Collins of Denbigh Harriers (55.08) respectively. The men’s V60 category was won by Stephen P Jones of Eryri (AKA SPJ, AKA last year’s horse whisperer), in a time of 45.02, and faster than the fastest V50. The ladies V60 category was won by Maggie Oliver of Eryri in 72.59. The V70 prize went to John Morris of Buckley Runners in a time of 58.25. No V70 women entered.

We had 14 young runners enter the junior race, which was won by Gwion Rhys Evans of Eryri Harriers in a fantastic time of 12.10. William Johnson of St David’s wasn’t far behind Gwion, coming over the line in 12.13. In third place was Celt Lloyd Jones (unattached) in a time of 12.23.

It was a fantastic day from my point of view, made successful by the amazing team of volunteers who helped me throughout the day. Thanks so much to all the marshals out in the elements: Evan Williams, Karl Dobson, Steve Barnard, Eurwyn Edwards, Mike Blake, Dafydd Whiteside-Thomas, Edwin Roberts, Judy Jones, Sue and Roy Hughes, Adam Charlton, Jim and Sheila Bennell, and Peter and Linda Jeavons. Thanks to Tamsin Jessup and Dilwyn Rowlands for being sweeper in the junior race and senior race respectively. To the runners who turned up early to help with car parking duties, before pulling on their fell shoes and joining everyone on the start line for the race: Ross Roberts, John Humphries, Richard Borne and Ellie Salisbury. Thanks to Alan “Wils” Williams for his laptop skills and producing results. And a special thanks to the “A Team” for making sure that registration, finish line times and first aid were all taken care of in such a professional way: Sioned Rowlands, Rhian Thomas, Tina McDonnell, and Nia Albiston.

Finally, thanks to Julie Rogers and the staff at Ffarm Moelyci for their continuing support for the race.

Hopefully see you all back next year.

Diolch yn fawr iawn.         Gary

Tarren hendre 28/1/2017 Results


Tarren Hendre the second counter in Meirionnydd Running Club's Winter series and the first counter in WFRA' s north Wales championship. A total of 90 runners turned up for the race, 88 finished with 2 DNF.

The race was a hard fought race with the two lead runners Mathew and Gareth Wyn Hughes shoulder to shoulder at each check point. They almost made a catastrophic mistake on the final hill check point. The marshals saw the two cresting the ridge as they approached the checkpoint, but then they both disappeared as they decided to turn around and run away from the marshals. This was quickly corrected and they maintained a strong lead over those behind.

The winner was Mathew Roberts from Calder Valley Fell Runners (red above) in a time of 0:53:07 and two seconds behind Gareth Wyn Hughes from Mercia Fell Runners in 0:53:09. Third place went to Karl Steinegger from Ambleside AC who finished in 54:34.

The first woman home was Miranda Grant from Eryri Harriers in 58:20, in second place was Sian Williams from Rhedwyr Hebog in 1:00:32 and third place went to Anna Bartlett from Mercia Fell runners who finished in a time of 1:00:54.

A total of £107 was raised from Tea and cakes sales after the race and raffle held in the evening at the club dinner. This was donated towards Steffan Owens Dawn till dusk trailathon fund. Steff is raising money towards Brain Tumour Charity (The) by running a trailathon at Coed y Brenin on the Saturday the 1st April. You can read his story about why he is doing this and how you can help on his event page on Facebook.

You can also donate through the Just giving page: Just giving.

Some Photos by Allanah Julia Fenwick and Arfon Hughes here..

and a Short video by Chris Laughton here.

Meirionnydd Running club would like to thank all the marshals, volunteers, landowner, runners and Mountain rescue for their helping to make the day such a success.

An extra 'Long' now in the Welsh Championships

Peris Horseshoe to be included

Dear Welsh Fell Runners,

Those of you who are interested in completing the 2017 WFRA Open Welsh Championships will have spotted that this year only one Long race (Preseli) was included in the Series, and that there is a requirement to complete a Long to qualify.

We have since received feedback from members who have commented that this set up wasn't conducive to a successful and inclusive championship. After some committee discussion it has been decided to add an additional Long race this year, namely Peris Horseshoe, making the Welsh Champs now a series of 7 races. Hopefully this will now encourage more members to qualify for the Championship series.

The original decision was correctly made at the AGM after some debate, however due to the limited numbers at the AGM the outcome of that debate perhaps hasn't been fully representative. There is a danger in making this change that we are seen to be going against the decision at the AGM, and in fact this is the case, but we hope that members understand the reason and support it. It does show the importance of members expressing their views, and ideally attending the AGM. It also demonstrates that we listen to the feedback of members when we haven't quite got it right.

Reminder that V60s and under 23's are not required to complete a Long.

Regards,       Craig.       Chairman,       WFRA.

Craig Yr Allt    Sat 21st January    Results

Race Winner Ben Mitchell

"The fourth running of the Craig yr Allt Winter Fell Race was greeted with bright clear skies and a chilling temperature of 2-3 degrees Centigrade. 123 participants signed up for the race; many familiar faces but also several new faces that were keen to give fell running a go. This was the perfect race for them. Like in previous years, the organiser had signed the 6km course to enable those that cannot read a map to participate. However a few of the signs had been sabotaged immediately before the race which caused some minor confusion!

The race organiser and other volunteers spent approximately 15 man hours leading up to the race day, cutting back the dense vegetation which had advanced onto the race route to enable this race to go ahead. The mild winters in recent years is causing race organisers another challenge!

Ben Mitchell summited the first ascent of Craig yr Allt with Samuel Gregory and Hugh Aggleton in hot pursuit. Ben Mitchell, MDC (as he did at Skirrid) pulled away from the others and was on for a course record (set by Peter Ryder 29m 10s) . However he took a wrong turning near then end and lost about 75s and finished the race in 30m 2s. Hugh Aggleton (MDC) finished in second and Samuel Gregory in third. Katie Beecher (Les Croupiers) was the first lady, followed by Niki Morgan (Mynydd Du) and Emily Ford. The male team prize (top 4) was awarded to MDC (Ben Mitchell, Hugh Aggleton, Matt Stott, Ake Fagerang) and the ladies team prize (top 3) was awarded to MDC (Alice Bedwell, Emma Battensby, Karen Elvers).

Category winners included: MU23 - John Hamilton, Forest of Dean
M40 - Dan Sandford, Forest of Dean
M50 - Mark Palmer, Mynydd Du
M60 - John Aggleton, MDC
M70 - Rob West, MDC
FU23 - Emily Ford
F40 - Niki Morgan (Prize to 2nd - Anne Marie-Harris, Mynydd Du)
F50 - Alice Bedwell, MDC
The race organisers would like to thank all the marshalls, volunteers, landowner and Mountain View Ranch for their time and generosity."
Regards     Gary

Dash in the Dark 3 - Friday 13th January.    Results

This Friday was the last in this series for the ‘Dash in the Dark’ held at Coed Llandegla. We had a full moon, it was Friday 13th and the trails were full of snow. What could go wrong !! Thanks to Ian and the staff at OPA the roads were cleared and the car park prepared for the 110 runners to test their new Christmas gear out in the Llandegla forest. The moon shone across the lake as the snow in the trails made the whole evening more interesting. As it was the last in the series the prestigious title of ‘ fastest overall male ’ and ‘ fastest overall female’ was up for grabs. Due to the snow on the car park the start line was moved over to the forest entrance for a change, so no course records were up for grabs

First over the line and representing Ambleside AC was Karl Steinegger in a time of 24.02. 2nd on the night was Greg King u/a in 25.07. 3rd over the line and also m40 was Jez Brown from Buckley runners in 25.14. The ladies race was won by Mysteruns Lzzie Irvine in 29.36 followed by Sally Ellis, u/a, in 30.38. third lady in the night was Hayley Evans from Buckley in 31.11. In the ladies categories Jessica Brearey l40 was home in 31.55 followed by Jo Grandfield from Whitchurch Whippits in 37.52. The over all prize for the series went to Karl Steinegger from Ambleside AC who won all 3 races in the series and Kirsty Seddon from Cheater Tri who had completed all 3 races with the best overall result. A massive thank you goes out to ALL the CRR members that help out for the race series. The route markers, all the marshals and the sweepers. The time keepers and the button counters that without whom the series would not be able to go ahead. Thanks to One Planet Adventure for hosting the event and for NEWSAR for their continued support. I hope you have a fantastic year and see you all in the winter of 2017 for the next Dash in the Dark encounters.

Take care,     CRR.

Jubilee Plunge     Tue 27th December 2016     Results

This year's Jubilee Plunge was run in cold but sunny and clear weather conditions which helped attract a large turn-out for this seasonal 2 mile frantic descent from Moel Famau to the Golden Lion, Llangynhafal.
With no prescribed route for this race the field of 81 runners, including several Santas, selected a variety of different routes down causing the casual observer to suspect nobody actually knew the way. This was not the case. With the exception of a few runners who were gently herded to the finish by a very welcome sweeper, the runners all made it down in double quick time.

First home was Michael Corrales (North Wales Road Runners) in 11m11s closely followed by Jex Brown (Buckley) in 11m23s and Martin Cliffe (Eryri) 11m 38s.
Louise Beetlestone (Eryri) was first lady in 13m40s, pursued by Lisa Grantham (Pensby) in 14m19s and Ophelia Harborne in 15m05s
Many thanks to the marshals who made the race possible and to the supporters for their much appreciated cheering

Cannock Chase Trig Points Extra Information

Date Change- Tor Y Foel now takes place March 18th 14:00

Skirrid     Sat 17th December 2016     Results
Rhobell Fawr     Sat 5th November    Results

Dash in the Dark Trail Race 1     11th November 2016    Results

Last Friday we saw the return of the Dash in the Dark series at Coed Llandegla.
The wet and windy weather during the week before the first race did result in some heavy going in places along the route. The rain eventually eased giving the growing ‘super moon’ chance to show itself through the clouds and light the way for the strong field of 92 runners that set off for the trails. In the men’s race, first over the line with a super finish was Karl Steiniegger, Ambleside AC, in a time of 25.14. Second place went to Stephen Skates, Prestatyn, in a time of 26.28. Third spot on the night went to Wallasy runner Matthew Goodwin in a time of 27.34. The men’s record was rocked, but still stands at 25.08

The ladies race winner was Lizzy Irvine, representing Mysteruns, in an impressive time and new course record of 30.47. Second lady was Clwydian Range Runner Mary Gilly in 31.21, also beating the old course record ! Third lady and last year’s series winner Kirsty Seddon finished in 31.50.

In the age categories, lady v40 went to Lisa Grantham from Pensby Runners in 33.07 and lady v50 was won by Hazel Berret competing for Buckley Runners in a time of 35.00. The male V40 title went to Karl Williams, also of Buckley Runners, in 29.4, with Buckley’s Steve Toogood taking the male V50 in 28.26. Mersey Tri runner Norman Seddon took the V60 win with a time of 47.30 and Wrexham ACs Peter Norman crossing the line for the V70 win. Clwydian Range Runners had 8 runners out on the night.

A massive thanks goes to all the helpers, the marshals and time keepers, the route markers and to One Planet Adventure for the fantastic soup and hospitality. See you all on the next Dash in the Dark race on 9th December.