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2017 WFRA Wales and Borders Race Calendar
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It may still be summer but soon I’ll be chasing race organisers for details of their events next year. If you would like to get ahead of the game then please send an email to me at wfracal@gmail.com with the date/important info for next year’s race. There is a form you can fill in WFRA 2018 Calendar Form.docx or WFRA 2018 Calendar Form.pdf. However, if yours is an existing race I’m happy to send you your tailored form back and I’ll accept race details in almost any format. Many thanks, Linda.
2017 Junior Mountain Running Championships

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South Wales Winter Hill Series 2017-2018

Fan Fawr     Sat 7th October      Results
Ceiriog Canter      Sat 9th September      Results

Another successful year for this race which was enjoyed by all and we were pleased to see some of our regular runners returning. A challenging race with atmospheric conditions on the tops with a bit of rain and mist. Thank you to the marshalls.
First home with a new course record was Jez Brown(M/O40) of Buckley runner 50.29 and the first woman again was Susan Fourie (F/O40) 64.03 from Chester Tri Club.
Everyone enjoyed hot drinks, soup, bacon butties and cake in the cafe at the end of the run. Thank you to all the runners who supported us as the funds help to keep our community centre running.
Hope to see you next year, date to be confirmed. More photos and results on Canolfan Ceiriog centre website.

Peris Horseshoe sat 9th September 2017

The Start..............Photos by SJ Photography

The lead group heading out

Full Peris winner Gareth Wyn Hughes at Pen y Pass

Every race report should begin with something along the lines of “The sun shone and the sky was blue as I drew back the curtains on the morning of race day”, but this is fell running in North Wales and the 2017 edition of The Peris Horseshoe was definitely more a case of “it was hammering down, the sky was dark and brooding and low cloud covered all the summits as I drew back the curtains”!!

The conditions were challenging to say the least, however, there was the usual fell runner response of “it wasn’t that bad” from most and an appreciation that it was far worse for the marshals who were out there. The first of the two starts saw the Half Peris runners and Early Full Peris starters take on the challenge of the climb up to Elidir Fawr before progressing to Y Garn and Glyder Fawr, then tackling the descent to Pen y Pass where cake would be waiting. Gonks Hughes (Hebog) made the early running amongst the men in the Half, closely followed by Shaun Davies (Eryri) and Steve Toogood (Buckley) to the summit of Elidir Fawr. Shaun then took the lead and led over Y Garn and began the descent from Glyder Fawr with an 18 second head start on Gonks. I’m told by Shaun that Gonks then basically hurled himself down to Pen y Pass! Gonks taking the win in 2:00:56 by 29 seconds from Shaun (2:01:25). Steve Toogood was 3rd and 1st MV50 (2:04:28) just over 15 minutes ahead of 4th place and another MV50 Russell Owen (Eryri). Dave Tait was 1st MV70 (2:41:00)

In the ladies race the pattern was set early on. Jennifer Charlton was first to clear Elidir Fawr and never looked like relinquishing her lead finishing 6th overall (2:20:10). Jennifer had been 4th overall to Glyder Fawr, two men just passing her on the descent. Jenny Heming (Eryri) was second (2:25:53) and Joanne Cliffe 3rd (2:29:07). It should also be noted that the first three ladies are FV40’s. Ellie Salisbury (Eryri) 1st FV50 (2:57:42) and it was good to see her have a good/happy race after some recent challenges.

65 were in the main start for the Full Peris chasing down the 10 early starters. As a counter in both the WFRA Open Welsh & North Wales Championships we certainly reaped that benefit with a larger field than normal. In the men’s race Gareth Wyn Hughes (Mercia) showed everyone a clean pair of heels. Passing over Elidir Fawr with almost a minutes lead this steadily grew and had opened up to 5 minutes at Pen y Pass, where according to the marshals he was ‘absolutely flying’. By the finish Gareth had opened up an 11 minute gap on second place for a comfortable win. Behind him things were a bit different with Dan Doherty (Mynydd Du) and Max Wainwright (Helsby) trading blows throughout. Dan took an early lead only for Max to pass him just before Pen y Pass. Dan was back in front by the summit of Y Lliwedd, only for Max to lead over Snowdon and the final summit of Moel Cynghorion with a 7 second gap. A straight shoot out on the descent of Moel Cynghorion followed with Dan beating Max to the line by a measly 3 seconds! Dan (3:38:02), Max (3:38:05). Amazing racing over 3 ½ hours! Chris Near showed his European sabbatical hasn’t diminished his fell running abilities finishing 4th overall and a comfortable 1st MV40 (3:52:55). 1st MV50 was Barry Wilkinson (Borrowdale Fell Runners) (4:06:18) finishing 11th overall. Iwan Edgar (Eryri) was 1st MV60 (5:08:19).

Multiple winner Andrea Rowlands (Eryri) took an early lead over Elidir but was hauled in by Hayley Evans (Buckley Runners) who held a slender advantage over Glyder Fawr. Andrea took the lead again on the descent to Pen y Pass and held Hayley off for the rest of the race to win once again by just over 3 minutes (4:22:50) with Hayley 2nd (4:26:07). Lou Beetlestone was a creditable 3rd finishing one place overall behind Hayley (4:33:12). Andrea was also 1st FV40.

Lots of thanks are required and I hope I don’t miss anyone! Firstly the marshals who braved the weather: Geoff Fielding, Helen Blair, Paul Jenkinson, Nick Johns, Hazel & Brian Robbins, Maggie & Alwyn Oliver, Hayley Turner, John Humphries, Peter Lewis, Trefor & Linda, Mike Blake, Kean & Sandra Rowlands, James McQueen who were out on the course. Anne & Sharon what would we do without you! Sorted registration then up to the finish for a stint under umbrellas in occasional driving rain! Thank you ladies. Adrian and Ellie (Fabian 4) for sorting the timing and results through the RaceTek system (and managed to do the Half Peris). Electric Mountain for hosting us. First Hydro for continued support. A massive thanks to Snowdon Mountain Railway for the array of prizes donated it’s massively appreciated each year, as is the transportation of water to the summit of Snowdon. Thanks to Joe and Edgar for permission to cross their land, hopefully a good relationship can be maintained in future years also. Thanks to YHA Pen y Pass for space and a table to set up the feed station and to the National Park Wardens for use of the wi-fi for our timing system.

As in each year a special thanks goes to Mike Blake. Despite handing over the reins to the Peris 3 years ago he remains a big part of the organization of the race and the relationships he has built up over many years are invaluable. Next year is Mike’s 70th birthday and I know he intends to run so perhaps we should have a party to celebrate?

In my brief post following I forgot (shockingly!) to thank everyone who brought cake! I can confirm that every last piece was eaten and not by me before you ask! There have been several comments how welcome it was at both Pen y Pass and back at the event centre. It’s become a part of the race now and hopefully something that will continue for many years, so again thank you and my apologies for missing this out earlier.

Finally, to the runners thank you. Your continued support keeps the race alive and long may that continue.

Thanks everyone involved for a great day and see you in 2018!

Gladstone 9       2nd September 2017      Results

Well, after last year’s wind, rain, mist & poor visibility across the ‘bog of doom’, weather conditions reverted to what we normally expect for this cracking race, so once again, we were graced with sunny, clear conditions, & absolutely stunning views. 58 runners started & finished the race (as of course did Elsi, the best Diabetic Assistance Dog in the world – shame she doesn’t have the treatment of her owner’s cramp in her repertoire, as well as low blood sugars…..). As always, the feedback has all been excellent, with many comments about our fantastic marshals, the post-race homemade flapjacks & soup, & the amazing prizes. There was also great enthusiasm for Racetek, Fabian4’s partner company, which provided the timing/tracking service. The results were on the computer screen at HQ as soon as the runners had passed over the line, as well as on the web for all to see. No hand-writing names & times on sheets of A4 paper or even filling in spread sheets this year – long may it last!

The race was won by GOG Tri’s Gavin Roberts, in a time of 1:18:16, with Helsby’s Max Wainwright hot on his heels in 1:18:48, & NWRRs’ Mark Davies third, & first MV40 in 1:21:04, only 3 seconds slower than his time last year, so obviously fully recovered from his successful escapades on the Dragon’s Back Race. There were two Eryri finishers in the top ten, with MV40 Johnny Moore finishing in fifth place in 1:25:01, & James McQueen tenth, & first local in 1:31:05. Fourth overall & second MV40 was Buckley’s Simon Edwards in 1:24:14, first MV50 in 1:36:03 was Eryri’s Emlyn Roberts, & first MV60 was back-on-form Eilir Evans, beating all the MV50s in a great time of 1:33:18. It’s interesting that like last year, & the year before, there were only 6 senior men in the first twenty finishers. Where are all the ‘youngsters’?!

The first lady across the line nineteenth overall was NWRRs’ Gemma Moore in 1:37:49. The next two ladies to finish, both Eryri FV40s, were Megan Hughes in 1:41:37 & Lesley Lawton in 1:44:53. There were three Eryri finishers in the top ten, the third being local Becki Law, in 1:51:27. The first FV50 in 1:55:27 was Helsby’s Janet Robertson. Mention must be made of the most successful family of the day, who scooped three prizes between them: fifth lady overall & second senior was Denbigh Harriers’ Katy Baugh in 1:50:10, second MV50 in 1:37:59 was Dad - David Baugh, & second FV50 was Mum - Menai Baugh in 2:12:47.

My sincere thanks go to my co-organisers, Maggie Oliver & Alex Fletcher, & to all the many marshals and helpers, who as always gave their time willingly, & without whom we would not have been able to safely organise the race. We are very grateful for the grant provided by Penmaenmawr Town Council, which, as well contributing to the prize fund, enabled us to provide the runners with soup & a roll after the race & the marshals with a drink of their choice at the bar. The very-well received prizes compromised fresh produce bags, some of which was very generously provided FOC by Spar Penmaenmawr, & the rest at a kindly reduced rate by Spar & Pen’s Becws Alun, & apples & runner beans donated by friends. Fletcher & Poole Estate Agents kindly printed our maps, & we were also very generously given a ‘Breakfast for Two’ voucher by Eryri’s Paul Hodges, owner of Siabod Café, which was presented to Wirral AC’s Anne Rosbottom – the 40th runner to arrive at Tal y Fan summit. This seemed an appropriate way to use the voucher with its being Eryri Harriers’ 40th anniversary year. We also owe a huge vote of thanks, as always, to the staff of the Gladstone pub for their hospitality & cooperation, & for providing a meal voucher as a prize for the first local runner.

A small financial contribution will be given to the WFRA, & I’m pleased to announce that we will be able to donate £370 to the Snowdonia Society snowdonia-society.org.uk , which does such valuable work, for which those of us who enjoy the mountains on a regular basis are most grateful.      
Ellie Salisbury (Race Organiser)
Fan Bryncheiniog Fell Race       2nd September 2017      Results

1st Lady Hayley Evans

The lovely Carmarthen Fells are a rarely visited part of the Brecon Beacons – no gravel pathways, burger vans, or ‘tourist snake’ ascending the fells as you may find elsewhere. This makes for a quiet and remote running experience with few paths to follow other than sheep trods. Nice!

The Tafarn Y Garreg is a good race HQ and makes a great starting point for several hill adventures. After the race we lazed outside in the sunny, Greek styled Taverna and consumed the provided bruschetta and chips.

Thanks to Richard Cronin (sweep), Dave Austin, Dil and John Vernon the summit marshals and Gill Stott the photographer.

Cilcain Mountain Race & Junior Mountain Race - Monday 28th August 2017.       Results      Junior Results      Photos

Facebook Photos

First ran in 1960 and every year since 1973 the race forms the centre piece of the village show. The route heads straight up Moel Famau from the showground entrance and back via the north spur.

Mountain was in its finest colours for the 147 runners who took part in this years race in warm & dry conditions. First up and down the mountain was Phil Robertson (Wirral AC) in a time of 33m18s. Lucinda Lamb became Ladies Champion with a time of 40m24s.

A small group of leading chase runners managed to take a "long-cut" just coming off the open fell losing valuable time to the leader.

O40 Gent, Gareth Williams (Vale Royal) came in 4th overall at 36m59s with O50 Gent, Steve Toogood (Buckley Runners) just behind in 5th at 37m08s. Massive apologies to O70 winner John Morris with the certificate being wrongly assigned - this will be corrected along with a bottle of plonk.

Susan Fourie (Chester Tri) repeated her 2015 win in the O40 category. Janet Robertson (Helsby) and Debbie Read (Helsby) won the Ladies O50 & O60 respectively.

Ethan Greenland (West Cheshire) retained the Julie Tullis trophy (U18 Gent) coming 13th overall at 38m02s. The newly introduced Hawitt Cup (U18 Lady) went to Lois Lee (St Davids College) at 45m20s.

Local winners were Steve Brady (Local & Local O40) and Hayley Evans (Local & winner of the fancy dress competition which we are thinking of renaming after her multiple wins).

Junior Mountain Race We had 70 juniors run across the 5 age categories. A last minute issue with a crop of swedes meant an alternate finish for these races but all went well. We still need to work out a better time keeping system as we managed to miss times for 5 runners which we apologise for but our sysem of identifying category winners at least worked well. Introduced this year was a longer race for the U16 age category which now sees the runners head up on to the main mountain.

Ed Woodhead was the winner of the U16 Boys Crittal Cup in 19m25s with Betty Hughes taking the U16 Girls Snodgrass Cup.

Special thanks to the village helpers and North East Wales Search & Rescue team who once again made sure folks stayed safe for both junior & senior races.
RO John Heppenstall

"Machen Mountain Race Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017 15:00      Results

This race DID take place with an alternative downhill due to the logging of the forest on the downhill section caused by the Larch disease. See here for details Machen-Mountain-Race

Cnicht Sun 27th August      Results

Conditions were near perfect for this short, classic race – warm, dry, sunny intervals and the summit was clear.

Dei Jones, was thanked for organising the race for the last 18 years. Next year the race will be organised by Rhedwyr Hebog.

Four Fans      Results

Helen Brown well on her way to claiming a course record at the Four Fans.


10 miles/1950ft.
Saturday 18th November. Time of the race is 10:30 start with registration possible from 9am. Kit check 10:15 ( full kit likely to be needed – more info later ) Capelulo Village Hall, Dwygyfylchi.
£8 to enter and you MUST PRE-ENTER at www.fabian4.co.uk
No Junior race.
This year we will once again be having transport provided from the 3 car parks at the top of the Sychnant pass ( both before and after the race ). But, as always with this race, it’s the parking that causes problems for us. There will be police in the village again and we’d urge people to share transport where possible .
Any offers from club members to marshal would be most welcome & appreciated! Please contact me via e-mail : chrisnear123@gmail.com, or on my mobile : 07825867752 Must use carparks at: GR754769, 759769, 749770

Arenig Fawr Fell Race       Report and Results
MAESGWM MUDDLE       Sat 12th August      Results

The story so far. Registration will be in the Padarn Lake Hotel in the centre of Llanberi...s GR579601 from 9am. There WILL be entry on the day but a postal one to get to me by Friday will keep the work down Sat morning and save you 40/-.There will be no runners parking at the Padarn Lake and is sparse in the village but there is loads of free parking by the lagoons GR573607 and will be indicated by running arrows from east and west directions and only a 5 minute walk from the Hotel, EARLY START, 10.30 am, with the men's record @ 1.24.53 and the ladies @ 1.37.09 if you do not feel confident of getting round in under 3 hours then you are advised to take advantage of this as there will be a cut off at CP8 the gate @ Bwlch Y Groes of 2.45. ACCOMMODATION, The Padarn Lake do B&B and the race starts and finishes in the Llwyn Celyn Bach camp site field where camping with showers and bunkhouse are available, tel 01286870923 www. campinginllanberis.com. Any queries call me tween 07.30 and 23.00 on 07778145144, texts may not get answered till next week, Mike

Brecon Beacons Fell Race       Sunday 6th August      Results

The race is well established in the Welsh Fell Running calendar and entails running to seven mandatory checkpoints (including Cribyn, Pen y Fan, Corn Ddu and Tor y foel) from the dam at Talybont Reservoir. The race is approximately 30.6km long with 1372m ascent and qualifies as a long race. The race was run in the anticlockwise direction this year with a long climb to Carn Pica to start.

The Brecon Beacons experienced a chilly start to the day and the day provided sunny spells through the morning. Showers were experienced on the higher ground in the morning and the afternoon cloud thickened bringing outbreaks of more persistent rain later in the day. It was cold on the tops at 11 deg C but it felt more like 8 deg C due to the wind and rain.

Hugh Aggleton (MDC) and Dominic Jones (Mercia) had a great little tussle at the front of the race. Hugh took a 1 minute lead at the first checkpoint (Carn Pica), but Dominic clawed him back and overtook Hugh before the Twyn Mwyalchod Trig (642). Dominic pulled out a 45 second lead by Neuadd Reservoir. However Hugh used his local knowledge to his advantage on the ascent up Torpantau and Yr Allt Trig to overtake Dominic. Hugh managed to extend his lead from there and finished 3m 50s up on Dominic in a time of 2hr 55m 16s. Jim Webb (Team Bath AC) finished third overall in a time of 3hr 6m 35s.

Katie Roby (MDC) comfortably won the ladies race in a time of 3hr 27m 15s. Nina Martin (Basingstoke) finished second and Nicola Freeman (MDC) finished third. Andrew Tuckey (Bridgend AC) won the male over 40 veterans category and Mark Palmer (Achilli Ratti) won the male over 50 veterans category Mark also finished fifth overall in a time of 3hrs 7m 1s. Robert Salter (unattached) won the male over 60 veterans category with a time of just under 4hr 9m 5s.

Whilst Nina Martin (Basingstoke) won the female over 40 category, the prize was awarded to Louise Staples (unattached) because Nina had already won a prize for finishing second overall. Rona Davies (MDC) won the female over 50 category. The podium finishers and the winners in each age category were awarded with a bottle of wine each.

The male and female team prizes (lowest aggregate position for first three members in each team) were won by MDC. Hugh Aggleton, William White and Mark Ponsford were the male counters whilst Katie Roby, Nicola Freeman and Lucy Baker were the female counters. The race attracted a large field for a non-Championship race with 59 runners starting the race and 56 completing the full course.

The race organisers, Gary and Dawn Davies would like to thank each of the volunteers. These included Martin and Kay Lucas, Keri James, Derek Thornley, Richard Cronin, John Darby, John & Jane Aggleton, Richard Cronin). John Darby also did some back breaking work in clearing some of the lesser used paths. Thanks to Katie Roby for helping with the registration too. Without them, the race would fail to exist. A BIG BIG thank you.

The race also trialed the Racetek race monitoring system for the first time which was a great success. The system allows both the marshalls and the race organizer to identify the competitors that are expected to arrive at and been to each checkpoint. A big thank you to Adrian Moir and Ellie Salisbury for introducing the system and providing the training.

The organisers remind potential competitors that map reading skills (using map and compass) are necessary for this race.
Gary Davies

Llanthony Show Hill Race       5th August 2017       Results

Record Broken!

A cool showery day in the heart of the Black Mountains with show-goers scurrying for shelter from the heaviest downpours. The fell race field of 54 included seven local youngsters who persuaded the organiser they could get round in one piece, and indeed Solar Buckler did that so well, he finished in fourth place!

At the front, Dan Sandford from the Forest of Dean club ran strongly to head Mynydd Du's Tom Mollekin by 52 seconds, with Pont y Pwl's Jonathan Like in third.

Women's record holder Helen Brown of Mynydd Du chased hard but young Sophie Horrocks of Rossendale Harriers came in a minute ahead to break Helen's record by just one second, with Ruth Pickvance in bronze position.

The organiser, and indeed the runners, are grateful to Joc Dodd, Jane Bayliss, Rob Brown, Geoff Bayliss and Syd Wheeler for marshalling out on the hill in the rain, while Syd also scuttled back down to help record the finishers.
Dick Finch

Peris Horseshoe       Sat 9th September

Registration/HQ has moved this year and will be in Electric Mountain rather than The Heights. Registration will be open from 9am. All other details as previously advertised.

Fan Y Big       Sat 8th July      Results

For the first time, the fell race was held alongside the Llanfrynach Village Fete, facilitated by a slightly different start and finish location to previous years. This was welcomed by the majority of runners as it shortened the formerly hideous road section at the end of the race, and provided ready access to burgers, hot dogs, bacon baps, and splendid cakes.

The race attracted an international field (with runners from both England and Wales). The men’s prize was won by Jim Webb of Team Bath AC with a commanding lead of nearly six minutes. The battle for second place was a much closer run thing with home club favourite Richie Johnson of Mynydd Du coming in just 15 seconds ahead of a fast descending Sam Ryhall of Pontypridd Roadents.

Meanwhile, Helen Marshall of Aberystwyth AC maintained a lead of around 90 seconds over Dee Jolly of Sarn Helen from the summit to the finish to claim the lady’s prize, with Hayley Evans of Buckley Runners just another 27 seconds back.

A new category record was set by David Vaudin of Team Bath AC in a time of 1:31:36, taking over two and a half minutes off the previous M60 best.

After the race those competitors with energy still left to burn were able to participate in a variety of exciting agricultural games. The Mynydd Du team were sadly lacking their 600 kg Welsh Champion (Ian Whistance of Grosmont) and performed poorly in the tug-of-war. However, a special mention should be made of Evan Ryan, who despite losing nearly a pint of blood from his nipples during the race managed to win the gate hanging contest in some style.

A superb race again, but the author hopes for a great deal more rain, mist and mud in future editions.


Push up the Pincyn      Sat 29th July      Results

The North Wales Fell Running Series graced Clawddnewydd on Saturday 29th July For the annual 10km Push Up The Pincyn race. 46 of the region's finest fell runners set off in good cool running weather. There was a faller within the first mile from the start when Neil Dalleywater (Clwydian Range Runners) had negotiated the big bale but within yards badly twisted his ankle. 14 hours of waiting in A&E later it's confirmed he's broken his ankle. Get well Neil.

The remainder of the pack negotiated some really boggy sections after torrential rain the previous night. This didn't deter many from giving some truly brilliant performances especially on the now very slippy climb to the Pincyn summit in the heart of Clocaenog forest.

But there was no catching eventual winner Matthew Roberts (CVFR) who managed to maintained a 2 minute lead over ever fresh Colin Donnelly (Cambuslang). Close on their heels was 18 y.o. Billy Swift (Mercia) for a well deserved 3rd.

4th in and therefore 1st lady was Miranda Grant (Eryri) who tussled to the wire with club mate Emlyn Owen, but he did get 1st vet 40 for his efforts.

More great efforts included Menai Baugh (Denbigh Harriers) who looked suitably surprised to get 1st O50. Dick Evans had a worthwhile journey up from Cardiff AAC to take V70 from regular winner John Morris (Buckley). Coming in behind tho' was 1st local lad Oliver Bean, taking 2 minutes off last year's effort. But best result was for the very last runner Celia Free (U/A) who still managed to secure 3rd F40!

Green Green Grass of Home       Wed July 26th      Results

A field of 89 runners set off on a dry summer’s evening for this 5 mile fell race overlooking the Vale of Clwyd. The runners wound their up and down the Clwydian Hills following some rarely trodden sheep tracks and across open hill. The bracken was, in places taller, than some of the competitors but everyone emerged to make the final steep descent and dash to the finish.

Jez Brown(Buckley) brought the field home in 40.37 with Stephen Corbishley not far behind in 41.06. Third home was Tony Wood (Denbigh Harriers) in 42.54. Laura Riches (Buckley) set a new women’s record for the route in 47.37 with Mary Gillie (Clwydian Range Runners) 48.00 and Gemma Moore (NWRRC) 48.27 in close pursuit.

Many thanks to the race marshals who ensured the runners found their way around the course, to Colin and Helen at the Golden Lion for accommodating the race HQ and to all the runners who took part in this very enjoyable summer race.

Gyrn Gallop       Sat 22nd July      Results

Jez Brown leading the field out at the start

Jez Brown coming around the final bend towards the finish

Nicola Davies coming up the final hill

After a day of torrential rain on Friday and a not very good forecast for the Saturday I was pleased to be able to mark out the course in the dry. 48 runners took part in the race to the summit of Gyrn Moelfre and back to the Community Centre. Leading the way was Jez Brown from Buckley Runners in 43:07 followed by four Oswestry Olympians with Simon Barkley and Peter Jones taking the podium positions. The first lady home was Nicola Davies of Maldwyn Harriers in a time of 54:06. followed home by Eleanor Robinson of West Cheshire Athletics Club and Charlotte Hunter and unaffiliated runner. The rain stayed away for the duration and the Community Centre had a good turn out for the local fayre. I would like to the thank the locals and club members who marshalled or booked in runners, undertook the timing and recording and generally helped to make a great event.

The picture below shows the winner receiving the John Rowlands Memorial trophy from Oswestry Olympians chairman Alec White with race organiser Ray Pickett on the left.

Ray Pickett       Race organiser for Oswestry Olympians

Waun Fach       Sat 22nd July      Results

write up by The Grubbaloid’s (Race Organiser’s) not very glamorous, under-paid assistant

Dire warnings of donner und blitzen, monsoonal downpours and plague of frogs didn’t quite materialise for the annual jaunt up Waun Fach. The 59 steely competitors laughed in the face of a couple of fleeting rain showers and just got on with the job in hand – slogging up and down a big hill – with some along bits too.

At the pointy end, Dominic Jones from Mercia took the lead in a super-quick time of 47 minutes and 35 seconds, mirroring to the second, the course record set by Matt Stott from MDC in 2014. Hugh Aggleton from MDC (returning from injury) steamed up Castell Dinas to finish a trifling 16 seconds behind. Jim Webb from Team Bath was a couple of minutes behind the leaders in 49.57.

Super speedy Welsh International, Anna Bartlett from Baston Hill Salad Dodgers was first female in 57.13 – clearly not dodging enough salad. Her club-mate Ollie Parry was 6th overall, so the club name must indeed be ironic. Helen Brown, having had a 3 hour warm up (having arrived at 11, thinking the race started at 12 instead of 2pm), vented her frustration in fine form by taking the second spot in 58.06. I had witnessed a good battle between her and Helen Marshall from Aberystwyth AC up to Waun Fach, but Helen Brown’s legendary descending skills bagged her an extra couple of minutes on her rival, and Helen Marshall took the 3rd spot. BUT – clearly it’s all about 4th place…

1st Male Vet 40 and 4th overall (such a good position to finish in, 4th…) was Paul Murrin from Chepstow Harriers, fresh from his victory on a mountain bike at the recent event in Chepstow Park Woods. 1st Male Vet 50 was Peter Sowerby, and 1st Male Vet 60 was David Smout from Mynydd Du. Les Williams was 1st Male Vet 70.

Female Vet 40 prize winner (behind Anna and Helen who are in that age that category) was Lisa Jeffrey from Chepstow Harriers – knocking off over 4 minutes from her time last year – and she claims she can’t descend for toffee… 1st Female Vet 50 was some old bugg*r (who also came 4th don’t you know). There were no Vet 60 ladies.

Andy wanted me to specifically mention that his renown generosity extended, not only to giving prizes, but also to providing one strawberry to each competitor – yes, that’s right one strawberry per competitor. Those transgressing (taking more than one) were taken outside the riding stables and seen off by a Colt revolver. Rona has since fessed up to taking two. I’m not fessing up to consuming half the punnet.
Andy also wanted me to mention that the Waun Fach fell race is a classic horseshoe route, that has a delightful descent along the Dragon’s back, which feels so good to canter down, just like running through a meadow of poppies in soft focus. But, we know all that – so back to the interesting stuff, like who else pinched all the strawberries and are gonna get it. Oh, he did also provide some home-made cakes of the highest quality, carefully concealed in Tescos everyday value packets. He provided water too – and not even from the tap – actual bottles of water – presumably left over from the Severn Bridge half marathon. This will teach him to get someone else to write his reports.

He also wanted me to mention the sadistic ‘knoll’ to finish – but I’m sure those that aren’t still in therapy don’t want to be reminded about that.

Big big big thanks to our stalwart marshals for standing atop the col/summits, with a devil-may-care attitude to what horrors the weather would throw at you. Thanks for your cheery support – and hopefully you were offered at least two strawberries back at race HQ for your troubles. Dimitri was col marshal and I do believe he experienced some inclement conditions. However, Sue and Gerry somehow managed to avoid getting wet at all – they must have been very good in a previous life. Thanks also to Rob Brown for parking cars, John Darby for sweeping, and Lisa for Registration duties. I’ve also been asked to thank myself. I believe this is for co-registration duties, filling out the labels, entering them on the results board, doing the prize giving, entering and publishing the results on Facebook after cooking Andy’s dinner…., so a bl**dy big thank you to me. I’m still waiting for my promised second punnet of strawberries.

Apologies for the curious incident of the appearing and disappearing provisional results on the WFRA Facebook page. This is down to combined incompetence of both Andy and I to make any sense of Excel. Next year the results are going on parchment.

Thank you all for coming – the end.

The Druid       Wed 12th July       Results

On Wednesday night an impressive 115 runners turned up to battle it out on the hills behind Llanferres at the Druid race. The route saw them climb out of the village behind the Druid pub before enjoying a leisurely trek across fields to Foel Fenlli. This steep sided iron age hill fort now provides runners and walkers with the opportunity to take in the fantastic views the Clwydian Range has to offer without the hustle and bustle sometimes found on its neighbour Moel Famau.

The weather couldn’t have been better for running and we were blessed with sunshine all evening.

First back in a superb time of 34.43 was Stephen Corbishley from Rossendale Harriers, well done Stephen. Second place, and 1st V40, went to Adan Gordon from Helsby in a time of 36.05. Not far behind in third place was Tony Wood in 36.30.

Male V50 was won by Ed Gamble from Cheshire Hill racers in 37.11. V60 went to Neil Hindle from WFRA in a time of 46.16, & 1st V70 went to John Morris from Buckley runners in 50.46.

There were some equally impressive times from the ladies with Buckley runners Hayley Evans crossing the finish line first in a time of 40.57. Hayley was followed by Laura Hughes from Helsby running club in 43.15, Laura was also the first V40 so well done. Third place went to Ceri Belshaw from Denbigh Harriers who was less than 30s behind Laura in 43.44.

There was only one other age group winner for the ladies with Karen Forster being the first V50 across the line in 44.03.

Thanks go to Sam and the team at the Druid Inn Pub for allowing us to use their facilities and provide us with liquid refreshments. The race couldn’t have taken place without the marshals who turn out to all of our races. We didn’t expect this turnout and so a large chunk of the proceeds will soon go to a local good cause.

We look forward to seeing you on the hills again soon. Gareth

Ras Guto Nyth Bran       Sat 1st July       Results
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Pen Y Fan      Sat 9th July      Results and Photos

Ed Davies winning MV60 at the finish

For once we were able to put up the registration tent without getting blown over. In fact a perfect day was unfolding for almost everyone at the Pen y Fan Race.

In the junior race, Jimi Eldridge set a new course record in 7:33, with second-placed Holly Love also finishing inside the old mark of 07:48. Juniors turned at "the boulder" before the stile this year, to avoid getting tangled up in the queues for the stile, but that would only account for a few seconds - so well done both. And Jimi reaches the age where he can enter the Senior race next year.

It was pretty warm and close for the seniors, though partial cloud cover provided some respite from a baking sun, and conditions underfoot were perfect.

Dan Doherty of Mynydd Du led strongly to the summit and for most of the descent, but a slightly wayward line across the squidgy bit allowed Michael Corrales to nick it in a time of 36:23. Dan finished 9 seconds behind, with last year's winner Sam Bevan in 3rd place in a time of 37:35.

Helen Brown (née Fines) of Mynydd Du, possibly stoked up from her encounter with "the Velothon" on the way to the race, won the ladies race for a remarkable eighth time in 45:16, ahead of Gemma Moore and Hayley Evans.

Last year Gary Gunner smashed the MV70 record and we thought the new mark would stand for years. Not so! John Morris of Buckley Runners took another 47 seconds off it to finish in 56:15. We've still never had a female over 70 finisher at Pen y Fan, so that particular record stands wide open.

The men's team prize was won by Mercia - the young Starling boys and the slightly more mature Ed Davies proving an unbeatable combination. Mynydd Du won the ladies team prize by a wide margin, Helen Brown backed up by Rhian Probert and Rona Davies, who also won FV40 and FV50 respectively.

One runner experienced severe heatstroke, collapsing at the finish and requiring hospital treatment overnight. We've now heard he's been discharged ok, and is almost ready for his beer and cakes. It was impressive to see fellow runners working together to help, with GP, mountain rescue, and military experience all emerging, race winner Michael Corrales fetching the casualty back to registration in his 4-wheel drive, and Natalie Taylor taking him onwards to hospital. Thanks to everyone who helped out - it could happen to any of us.

The usual big thanks marshals and helpers: Mike and Tony Law at the summit, Helen Flower at the stile and for home-baking, Sally Law on registration and cake making, and John Chidlow for timing.

Thanks also to race sponsors Brecon Brewing and Pete Bland Sports, whose contributions of beer, numbers and prizes were appreciated as always.

Crispin and Naomi

Tal Y Fan       Sat 8th July 2017      Results

The morning was warm, clear and fine, with a touch of breeze. At 2pm, 37 competitors lined up, and Spiderman sounded the hooter for the start. Off the runners went, out through the car park and on to the road through the village of Rowen, before 300m later, turning rights and the start of the ascent, first on tarmac up to the youth hostel, before levelling out a bit up along the old roman road to Cae Coch, and then after climbing the stile, up the grassy bank and then the rocks to Tal y Fan summit. The runners then benefited from the recent sunny weather, as the usually boggy bit was not too boggy, allowing for quick runs across the moors to the Penmaenmawr stone circle.

Along the North Wales coastal path for a stretch before another right turn, and an uphill section (avoided by those running with heads down, who went left past the Old Llangelynin Church and down to the scout camp) back towards Rowen youth hostel, (except for those who failed to turn left over the wall and did a detour back to Cae Coch before realising their navigational error), and it was then downhill all the way to the finish back at the Carnival. Gavin Roberts, Paul Jones, Matt Lewis and Emlyn Owen had a close run race at the front of the field, with Gavin pulling away after the bridge (CP5).

A big thanks to all our marshals and helpers, Mike Blake for sweeping up at the back and keeping the tail enders on the right track. Next year we may put up a few more arrows for the navigationally challenged.

Helen and Doug Blair       Race Organisers

Moel Siabod Fell Race 1st July 2017      Results

After several days of gloomy weather it was great to see the short good weather window arrive just in time, the skies clearing in the early morning hours to give brilliant blue skies & excellent visibility.

56 runners gathered at the start line, no kit check but please take what you'll need & they were off towards Moel Siabod. By now the wind had increased & clouds were beginning to gather, this could be a close call.

Some 20 minutes in Mike Blake, marshalling at the top style, radio'd in, Lloyd Taggart's got a hell of a lead, must be 2 to 3 minutes at least! The race was set as Mike again radio'd a similar message during Lloyd's subsequent descent, he would go on to win in 52:09 (also Ist M. O.40) beating Sam Orton (54:33) into 2nd by two & a half minutes. Indeed Lloyd was bathing in the Afon Llugwy before Sam ran across the bridge to the finish. Dylan Griffiths came in third in 56:09 (also 1st M. U40).

The leading woman was Eryri's Sarah Harley who finished in 1:06:44 (1st F. U.40) nearly a minute ahead of Gemma Moore, 1:07:28. Megan Hughes was third in 1:09:01 to also be first woman O.40 as well as first local (man or woman).

In the Male O.50's there was stiff opposition with the first three being 7th, 8th & 9th in the race placings, it was to be Rob Downs (1:01:26) who triumphed over Russel Owens by just 11 seconds with James Downs in third.

Male O.60 had a clear winner in Iwan Edgar in an excellent 1:06:55 some 7 minutes ahead of his nearest contender Nic Bradley.

Onto the other women categories despite her protests at the prize ceremony Ellie Salisbury did indeed win the O. 50's in 1:23:50 so well done Ellie & once again Maggie Oliver won the O.60's in 1:34:33. At least I won't be typing that next year as she'll be in the O. 70's, sure I'll be excused for letting that cat out of the bag!

We did just sneak it with the weather as a heavy shower let itself loose on the later finishers by which time they were all off the higher slopes, we had been lucky for yet another year.

Of course none of this would have been possible without the 9 Marshalls who helped, thank you guys & of course to Dorina & Marion at registration & Gaby for her Goulash reward which greeted the runners at the finish.

Finally thanks to the organiser's of the Capel Curig show & last but not least the runners themselves.

Change of Date        Cwmcerwyn

New date is Saturday August 5th. Start time is the same, 2pm. Full details on the website. website.

Moel Siabod Fell Race        1st July 2017       Results

After several days of gloomy weather it was great to see the short good weather window arrive just in time, the skies clearing in the early morning hours to give brilliant blue skies & excellent visibility.

56 runners gathered at the start line, no kit check but please take what you'll need & they were off towards Moel Siabod. By now the wind had increased & clouds were beginning to gather, this could be a close call.

Some 20 minutes in Mike Blake, marshalling at the top style, radio'd in, Lloyd Taggart's got a hell of a lead, must be 2 to 3 minutes at least! The race was set as Mike again radio'd a similar message during Lloyd's subsequent descent, he would go on to win in 52:09 (also Ist M. O.40) beating Sam Orton (54:33) into 2nd by two & a half minutes. Indeed Lloyd was bathing in the Afon Llugwy before Sam ran across the bridge to the finish. Dylan Griffiths came in third in 56:09 (also 1st M. U40).

The leading woman was Eryri's Sarah Harley who finished in 1:06:44 (1st F. U.40) nearly a minute ahead of Gemma Moore, 1:07:28. Megan Hughes was third in 1:09:01 to also be first woman O.40 as well as first local (man or woman).

In the Male O.50's there was stiff opposition with the first three being 7th, 8th & 9th in the race placings, it was to be Rob Downs (1:01:26) who triumphed over Russel Owens by just 11 seconds with James Downs in third.

Male O.60 had a clear winner in Iwan Edgar in an excellent 1:06:55 some 7 minutes ahead of his nearest contender Nik Bradley.

Onto the other women categories despite her protests at the prize ceremony Ellie Salisbury did indeed win the O. 50's in 1:23:50 so well done Ellie & once again Maggie Oliver won the O.60's in 1:34:33. At least I won't be typing that next year as she'll be in the O. 70's, sure I'll be excused for letting that cat out of the bag!

We did just sneak it with the weather as a heavy shower let itself loose on the later finishers by which time they were all off the higher slopes, we had been lucky for yet another year.

Of course none of this would have been possible without the 9 Marshalls who helped, thank you guys & of course to Dorina & Marion at registration & Gaby for her Goulash reward which greeted the runners at the finish.

Finally thanks to the organiser's of the Capel Curig show & last but not least the runners themselves.

Mynydd Myfyr       Sunday 28th May       Results
Joe Brown Mid Week Series Final Seies Results
Darren's Dash       Saturday 17th June        Results

Hottest day yet for the twelfth and last Darrens Dash Hill Race, Longtown

Temperatures in Longtown village were pushing 26 degrees celsius by the start time of 2 pm. Undeterred, 72 adults, 53 children and one dog (with its owner) turned up to tackle a range of race distances. For the adults the ridge promised a gentle cooling breeze but you had to get up there first, the Olchon brook provided a great cooling dip for canine and human alike before and after the race.

As ever the race could only happen with the generosity and good will of local farmers and sponsors. A particular thank you to Jean Price, Rob and Julie Bevan, Richard and Doris Prosser and Gerald and Mary Morris who allowed us to have access to their land for the event, moved stock and opened gates to let the event run smoothly. Our main event sponsors were Dorinda Watkins from Celtic Vale (who provided water bottles for all the runners and sponsored the event trophies) and Richard and Arlene Clare from Lower Turnant Farm who generously sponsored the event t-shirts. Lots of other individuals and companies sponsored raffle or event prizes including Hopes of Longtown, Mailes the Butchers, Bartonsham Farm Dairies and Yeomans Coaches. A highlight for many runners are the superb tea and cakes made by members of the school and pre-school community and their families. This year was no exception. Once again Longtown Mountain Rescue Team provided their invaluable Mountain Safety cover for the event.

Prior to the start we used the ‘hook’ of National Togetherness day to remember Joe Cox and all the other people whose lives had been torn apart by the acts of the extremists. We also remembered running colleagues who has passed away.

After a warm up lap of the event field the Darrens Dash route took runners steeply up through Cayo Farm and to the Rhiw before entering Wales and being rewarded with magnificent views of Llanthony Abbey, Pen y Gadair Fawr and the Vale of Ewyas. There wasn’t much time for enjoying the views however as the 552m trig point on Hatterrall Ridge was soon reached and then it was all downhill, reversing the ascent route from the Rhiw. Newcomer to the race Sam Mayglothling of Wye Valley Runners ran a confident race from the start and crossed the finish line in a time of 46 mins 20s, just over a minute clear of last year’s winner Dan Sandford of FODAC (47:48). Third in was Leyton Fleet (also of FODAC) who crossed the line in 48.31. In the ladies event Rona Davies (Mynydd Ddu) won in a time of 62:04. She was chased in by Debbie Stenner of FODAC (62:31) and Julie Caseley of Malvern Joggers (64:23). Congratulations to Toby Pearson of Walterstone who came 4th in 49:47 and won the first local’s prize.

In the Castle Canter children’s races, 53 children took part. Many children from Longtown were joined by children from the Forest of Dean, Malvern and Cross Ash. All were awarded medals and were given ice lollies as they crossed the line.

Rona Davies from Mynydd Ddu club won the Ladies Race in a time of 62:04 echoed the view of many runners when she said:

“Thanks so much for putting on an excellent race. First time for me. Really enjoyed the whole event. Tea and cake very much appreciated. Oh and that ice lolly at the end was amazing and revived me after a somewhat hot race. …….. Big thanks to all the marshals and helpers.”

Upwards of £1000 was raised to split three ways between Longtown Mountain Rescue Team, Longtown PTFA and Longtown Pre-School.

Thank you to all those of you who have supported the event over the years – much appreciated.       Mike Fawcett       Event organiser

Trail Race up the Beast       Wed 7th June       Results

Wednesday’s conditions were not the best for a fell race, with temperatures reaching 27.5oC on the car thermometer on the way to the race HQ. The forecast for the evening was hot with a chance of showers, and that wasn’t wrong. The thunder rumbled across the Bryn Alyn peaks during registration, eventually finishing with a heavy downpour 15 mins before the start.

The hot and humid conditions however did not put the 79 runners off this year’s challenge of ‘the Beast’, with the hot and humid conditions resuming just before the start horn.

First back for the men’s race was Lowrence Eccles from Penny Lane Striders in an impressive time of 38.40. Second placed was Jez Brown in 39.06, also taking the V40 win, in a time of 39.06. Third male on the night was Rossendale Harriers runner Steven Corbishley in 39.22.

The male V50 price went to Paul Shannon from Tattenhall runners in 48.36 , V60 was Robert Wood from Liverpool Penbrook in 50.44and Buckley’s very own John Morris took the V70 win in a time of 55.26. In the ladies race Laura B Hughes from Helsby finished in first place, also taking V40 win, in a time of 50.30. Then, only 6 seconds later, Susan Fairie from Chester Tri finished in a time of 50.56. Third place was taken by Karon Forster of Spectrum Striders in 51.20,with Karon also taking top spot in V50.

Buckley runners maintained their position for most turned out club, taking the prestigious prize of a sack of potatoes.

Thanks to the Miners Arms, all the helpers and marshals that without races like this would not be able to take place, and the continued support from NEWSAR and WFRA.

I hope to see you all soon out on the fells, happy running, Dan.

Ras Pedol Cwm Pennant       Sat 17th June       Results
Hot Foot up Fammau       Wed 14th June       Results
Joe Brown Mid Week Series Results       Results after 11 races
Darrens Dash Hill Race Saturday 17th June 2017

Please note car parking is no longer located at the village hall car park but at a new location even closer to the start line. Please follow the parking signs in the village of Longtown. Post race showers will be available at the Outdoor centre. 60 pre-entries have been received but plenty of entry on the day spaces are still available.

Holyhead Mountain Race      Sat 10th June      Results

The relatively small turnout for this new race, organised jointly by Eryri Harriers and Cybi Striders, didn’t stop us from having a fantastic day. The weather may have lowered the numbers but it certainly didn’t lower the mood of the 19 hard-core runners or the dedicated marshals and helpers. Heavy overnight rain meant the rocky course was mostly water-logged and very slippery in sections. This didn’t prevent the lead runners from setting a blistering pace out of the country park, along the coastal path and up into the rocks of the mountain. After a bit of jostling for position early on, the lead runners stayed close to eachother all the way round. Michael Corrales of North Wales Road Runners was the eventual winner, just pulling away from Gavin Roberts of Gog Tri to cross the finish line in a time of 53.16, with Gavin coming in less than 30 seconds later in 53.40. Third was Craig Jones of Eryri in 59.08, maintaining good current form to claim the V40 category too. Dylan Huws of Eryri took the V50 category finishing 9th overall in 1.04.39. First lady over the line was North Wales Road Runners’ Gemma Moore in 12th place in a time of 1.10.33. And Eryri stalwart, Ellie Salisbury, claimed the ladies V50 category in 1.24.20.

A huge thank you to Wil Stewart of the Breakwater Country Park for his support, all the Cybi Striders gang for their invaluable help with the planning and organisation, and all the marshals for braving the elements. See you all next year.

Trail Race Up The Beast       Rearranged Date

I have had a call from the lady that runs the Miners Arms as Maeshafan.

Due to an electrical problem the pub will be shut for repairs for 7 days. As we don’t have race HQ we have decided to postpone the race by two weeks.

The new date is Wednesday 21st June, start time 7:15 pm.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused and we hope to see you on the 21st, ready to tackle the Beast.        Happy Running        Dan.

Cwmdu Fell Race       Sat 27th May       Results

A bank holiday weekend, and a boiling hot Friday was followed by a night of thunder and a cool, damp Saturday race day. Visibility was often poor on the hill tops, and unsurprisingly a few mistakes were made, not least by the leaders.

After 16k of hard running and three big climbs and drops, the race was decided by a sprint round the final bend in sight of Cwmdu village hall - Builth's Robin Woods pipping MDC's Sam Gregory by a hair's breadth. Buckley's Jez Brown took third. Women's winner, Helen Brown, came to Cwmdu with no intention of running, but was persuaded to sign on by the Mynydd Du sisters. Buckley's Hayley Evans and Rhian Probert (Mynydd Du) were close behind. Age cat leaders were Alice Bedwell, Joc Dodd, Peter Dyer, Mark Palmer, John Aggleton, Gary Gunner.

The men's winner chose Air Ambulance as the charity to receive his half of the takings, while the women's winner chose a dog rescue charity. Grateful thanks are due to marshals Kay Lucas, Martin Lucas, Rob Brown, John Darby; to Niki Morgan on registration, Andy Creber for car parking, Paul Dodd for timekeeping/results, and Gill Stott for catering duties.

Although no race records were broken, the race entry of 59 equalled those of the previous two years: maybe some sort of record?       Thanks       Dick

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.