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2017 WFRA Wales and Borders Race Calendar
This is a comprehensive Calendar, containing details of most Fell races in Wales and the Borders. It includes some races not in the FRA Calendar. The Calendar is free to paid-up members. Members, who have renewed their membership for 2017, will automatically be sent a copy. Non members can obtain a copy for £5.00 from Sandra Rowlands. Cheques payable to ‘Welsh Fell Runners Association’.
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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

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
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.