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The Welsh Fell Runners Association (WFRA) is an independent organisation providing the following services to fell/mountain runners in Wales – an annual race calendar, website, Open Championships, Civil Liability insurance for members (including Race Organisers). Annual membership is £10. The membership year runs from January 1st to December 31st. If you join after 1st October your membership will last until the end of the following year.
You can now pay your annual membership fee through the Fabian4 website. Click here to go to online payment. If you wish to pay by cheque, complete a membership form and send it together with payment to the Membership Secretary at the address shown on the form. Download the 2018 membership form here. There is also a standing order payment system for renewals. If you wish to set up a standing order for membership renewal payments, please contact the Membership Secretary for details, sandra@wfra.org.uk
2018 WFRA Wales and Borders Race Calendar
This is a comprehensive Calendar, containing details of most Fell races in Wales and the Borders. The Calendar is free to paid-up members. Members, who have renewed their membership for 2018, will automatically be sent a copy. Non members can obtain a copy for £8.00 from Sandra Rowlands. Cheques payable to ‘Welsh Fell Runners Association’.
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Fellrunning Safety  
Prospective Competitors: Before entering any WFRA race, please read our revised Safety Requirements which remind you that you, the competitor, are responsible for your own safety.
Our 'WFRA Rules for Competitors' are shown here.
Race Organisers and Competitors: The WFRA's detailed safety requirements and rules for competition are shown here.

Any comments should be directed to Andrew Blackmore, Hon. Secretary Andrew Blackmore

Race organisers for any of the events listed on the WFRA site are invited to e.mail full results to the webmaster when they will be promptly published on our results pages. I will also feature any race reports I receive

2018 Race Calendar
Many thanks to all race organisers for making this year’s calendar compilation relatively painless. Please see the Events page for details of this year’s races.
Should you wish to change details of your race or have a new race to register then please contact me on wfracal@gmail.com (Form WFRA 2018 Calendar Form.docx or WFRA 2018 Calendar Form.pdf should help for a new registration).
Race Changes and Cancellations
Carding Mill Canter Sat 3rd March is cancelled and will be rescheduled
BLACK MOUNTAINS FELL RACE is now to be organised by Helen Brown (helen@wfra.org.uk). Entries will still be processed by Crispin Flower via Mynydd Du website. We apologise that the Calendar contains incorrect information on the entry fee, which should be £8 pre-entry, and £10 on the day.

Tal y Fan Fell Race      Saturday 14th July 2018       Results

The Rowen children counted down from ten, James sounded the hooter, and the 49 runners set off from the Carnival Field, leaving the chain saw carvers, bouncy castles, vintage cars and other attractions behind them. Along the lane through the village, and a right turn to the start of the ascent, and the first hazard of the day, a group of motorcyclists wishing to go the same way. Yelling at them to watch out for the runners, the tail-enders heard no horns or screams and jogged on, before slowing to a fast walk.

Up past the youth hostel and on to the track, the tarmac was left behind. The sun beat down, but the little breeze prevented it being too stifling, and the water at Cae Coch was much appreciated. Sharon and Victoria decided they had had enough, so turned around, leaving the sweepers to chase the runners 200m ahead on the climb to the summit of Tal y Fan. By this time Gavin Roberts (Eryri), Michael Corrales (Dark Peak) and Jez Brown (Buckley) were already out in front, chasing across the dry bog towards the Penmaenmawr stone circle.

The tail enders swapped around, with Geoff’s blisters from the previous week starting to get the better of him, while Menai picked up speed on the less heathery terrain. On to the North Wales Coastal path, and the dry conditions made for easy running. At the stream the marshal’s family were paddling in the only flowing water to be seen all day. Over the bridge, a short climb, and on to another welcome water station, before following the track to the dry ford.

The arrows set out the night before had not been moved by the sheep or wild ponies, so everyone made their way safely along the course to the final check point before the steep descent back to the road, avoiding the inquisitive heifers, and the final stretch of tarmac back to the Carnival Field. Danny had got the hose pipe out half way down the hill, ready to shower anyone who asked, although he declined offers for his bike.

Well done to Gavin who finished first, three minutes faster than his winning time of 2017, closely followed by Michael and Jez. Ursula Moore (Pensby) led the Ladies home, with Wendy Trimbel three minutes behind. A huge thank you to the marshals, Ann and Sharon for registration/timekeeping, Mike Blake for sweeping and Peter for lending the radio, and all of the runners, without whom there would not be a race.       Helen Blair

Moel Siabod             Results

As both the heatwave continued & a certain football match due to kick off just an hour after the race start we feared that race attendance might be well down this year. However with late publicity (thanks to Ellie Salisbury, Adrian Williams & Dave Kirby) turnout was just 4 down on last year as a respectable 51 runners lined up for the 2:00 pm start, once again I could make the call 'no kit required' a decision that probably avoided me being lynched.

The race was led from start to finish by Gavin Roberts who reached the summit in 34 minutes a minute ahead of Emlyn Owen both Eryri with Hebog's Geraint Jones hot on Emlyn's heels. Gavin maintained his lead to cross the line in 52:57 with no one else in sight. Meanwhile Emlyn & Geraint were having a rare old tussle with Geraint now in front but Emlyn knowing the run in was keeping something back & in a late surge came through to take 2nd in 53:47 with Geraint 10 seconds behind. Emlyn (who won Eryri's most improved runner last year) is clearly making further strides forward which is great to see.

In the Women's race Eryri's Miranda Grant put in a superb performance, reaching the summit in 37 minutes having opened up a 3 minute lead over her nearest rival. She extended her lead on the descent crossing the line in an excellent 57:44 finishing 6th overall & more than 6 minutes ahead of Hebog's Sian Williams who posted a time if 1:04:02.

On a good day for the Eryri runners they were not able to stop Hebog in the best local category which was won by Dylan Webber in 1:03:42, 12th overall. However with 20 runners in the field there were several other good performances for the club. Following Emlyn, Martin Cliffe (55:26) came in 4th, Adrian Williams (56:53) 5th to help make it a fabulous 1,2,3 in the Male O.40's category. Megan Hughes (1:10:09) was runner up FO.40's, Emlyn Roberts grabbed 3rd MO.50's, Linda Norman (1:22:58) was first FO.50's followed by Hazel Robbins in 2nd. Iwan Edgar 1st MO.60's (a very creditable 19th overall in 1:09:28) & finally Brian Robbins claimed 1st MO.70's (1:22:15) having seen his rival Emyr Davies sensibly retiring due to a calf injury, thanks Emyr for both reporting your decision to the Marshall's & seeking me out down at the finish.

Another club, Calder Valley, deserve a mention with 4 runners showing up including a category win for Catherine Holden in the FO.40's, it was good to see you enjoying your trip to Capel.

Thank you's are due to all the racers & Marshall's who made it such a great afternoon in hot conditions. I only received one complaint & that was about my inability to have enough water in the Afon Lugwy for the post race dip. Thanks again to our local Cotswold Outdoors in Betws for generously supplying the prizes. Finally thanks to other members of the Siabod Team, Dorina, Marion, John, Nick, & finally to Gaby & her staff for providing the Goulash on the Festival field for the runners.

One apology, there was no tug of war this year as most of the farmers were absent, were they fearing the runners determination to take revenge or watching a football match. In truth I am sure it was neither & had more to do with the reality of Sheep Shearing season!

John Rowell

Ras Guto Nyth Bran             Results
Hotfoot Up Famau        Wed 13th June       Results
Rodney's Pillar       Wednesday 6th June 2018      Results
The Beast – 6th June 2018      Results

It was lovely to see so many people turn up for this year’s Beast Race with exactly 100 runners lining up on a sunny summers eve. Some had run the course before and some just looked on as the race brief described what awaited them in the woods of Maeshafan and beyond.

First male back was Lowrence Eccles from Penny Lane Stiders on 38.30, closely followed by second male Jez Brown of Buckley runners in 38.37. Third male was ERM Fitness athlete Matt Gilbert in 41.42 who managed to complete the course wearing a baseball cap.

For the ladies the first runner over the line was Hayley Evans, Buckley Runners, beating her own course record by 4 seconds in a time of 46.35. Second over the line was Ursula Moore from Pensby Runners in 46.37 and third lady was Susan Fairie in 48.51 for Chester Tri.

In the age categories, Jez Brown was MV40, Colin Bishop Heslby won MV50 in an impressive 42.29, MV60 was Nicholas Holmes in 45.57 for Tattenhall Runners and MV70 was Buckley’s local legend John Morris in 55.03.

Pete Norman from Wrexham AC completed the course in just over an hour – then announced he was having a rest for the remainder of the week as he was competing in the British Triathlon Championships on the weekend – not bad for a 80 year old !

The ladies age categories were won by Susan Fairie VF40, Janet Robinson VF50 for Helsby in 53.52 and VF60 was Debbie Read, also from Helsby in 73.54.

There were 4 Clwydian Range Runners out in the course with Neil Coppack 46.05, John Rolton 47.18, Jenny Ewels 55.06 and Victoria Knight 66.00.

The most prestigious prize on the night was the most turned out club. This went to Helsby Runners , with 14 runners, who took great delight in accepting the award of a sack of potatoes.

Thanks to all marshals, sweepers, time keepers, data in-putters, The Miners pub, NEWSAR and all runners who came to make the race great a success.

Thank you and see you on the hills soon.

47th Welsh 1000m Peaks Race       2nd June 2018        Results

‘That was the hardest race I have ever done.’ The Welsh 1000m Peaks Race is one of the toughest races on the calendar, starting at the sea and finishing on the summit of Snowdon. It was made more interesting this year as, though dry, the mountains were in cloud causing some competitors problems particularly in the early part of the race on the Carneddau.

It was not a year for new records in the Long Fell Race. 151 competitors entered the Long Fell Race, which was a counter for the Welsh Championships, N Wales Series and Eryri Harriers club Championships. There were 15 prior withdrawals due to injury or illness and disappointingly 30 no-shows on the day. Out of 106 starters 96 finished the race. Congratulations to Rob Grantham who won in 04:18:56.and to the two M70s, Brian Robbins and Alwyn Oliver who finished in 07:13:13 and 07:36:25 respectively. Also to Andrea Rowlands who battled it out with Mel Price, beating her by less than 4 minutes in 05:01:16

Alongside the Long Fell Race there is a Short Fell Race, won by Julian Simpson of Richmond and Zetland Harriers in 1:49:15: a Long Challenge Race won by Mark Seymour from 7 REME in 6:05:44 and a Short Challenge Race won by Anthony Hall from SYO in 2:17:33. The challenge races can also be run as pairs giving a less experienced person the opportunity to compete with an experienced competitor and in the case of the Short Challenge Race a junior can compete with an adult. Sadly only one adult and junior pair took part this year. A missed opportunity.

The Race event centre is in Llanberis. Buses take competitors to the coastal start at Abergwyngregyn and competitors return to the centre from the summit finish for soup, roll and cake. ‘The spicy lentil soup was awesome’. The prize giving took place at 17.30. Prizes included local pottery and framed pictures of the area.

We would like to thank the following groups, without their support the race would not happen. Members of the Gorphwysfa Club, Electric Mountain,(sponsorship), Llanberis Community Centre, Plas Y Brenin, Bangor University (the start), farmers and landowners, National Trust, National Park Authority, Pen y Pass Hostel, Snowdon Mountain Railway, Tyn y Coed Hotel and 3 Royal Welsh Colwyn Bay TA.      

Cwmdu Fell Race 12 May 2018        Results

A warm, sunny, windless day brought 71 fellrunners to the Rhiangoll Valley to contest this South Wales Series 16k/920m race.

Sam Tosh of Rossendale Harriers led throughout to clear three and a half minutes on Aberdare’s Pete Ryder, but a minute down on Harry Jones’ record from 2015. Mercia’s Jack Agnew was third and took the Under 23 trophy.

Mel Price, another of the sizable Mercia contingent, was first woman in seventh place overall, ahead of another F40 Helen Brown of Mynydd Du, and Aberystwyth’s Helen Marshall.

Other age category winners were Kate O’Sullivan, Caroline Dallimore, Andy Stephens, Michael Reynolds, John Aggleton and Gareth Jones.

Thanks are due to Marshals Kay Lucas, Martin Lucas, Rob Brown and John Darby who both helped mark the route, to Sweeper Paul Colley-Davies (who wanted a gentle warmup for his Bob Graham Round run in a fortnight’s time), to Timekeepers Jane Aggleton and James Blore who also aided Karen Elvers on the Registration desk.

D Finch

Mynydd Pen y Fal        Wed 23rd May 2018       Results

Another clear and sunny evening greeted this year’s 31-strong field on the start line. Conditions could best be described as ‘firm’, in fact so firm that markers poles wouldn’t go in the ground! The flour arrow alternatives seemed particularly attractive to the local sheep population but no-one reported having got lost so enough of them must have survived….

Local lad Wyndham Turner stormed round in a very respectable time of 37:56 for a clear win; someone get a Mynydd Du vest on him quick! Andrew Stephens and Dan Sandford had a close run contest for 2nd and 3rd respectively, followed closely by Wyndham’s brother Tom. Evidently some good running genes in the Turner family! Harri Like took first woman for Mynydd Du, with U/A runner Hannah Hopkinson in 2nd place and Parc Bryn Bach’s Rhianydd Evans in 3rd.

This race is organised with beginners in mind so it was great to see half a dozen first-timers get round their first fell race. I have always enjoyed the route as a ‘quick hit’ training run as it seems to pack in some great running and views over a reasonable distance and with no great nav skills required. I hope those who we welcomed to the sport last night enjoyed themselves and we’ll see them again!

Huge thanks to the marshalling team, including the hill team of Julian, Dan and James, Rona on sweep duties, and the timing dream team of Paul, Gareth and Karen. Races can’t be run without these teams in place so if you can’t run on a race night, turn up and marshal!

See you all next year (probably with a revised 7pm start time)        Ed Dickson