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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’.
Please enclose a C5 size(162mm x 229mm) SAE with standard first or second class postage.   
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 summarised safety requirements 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
Fron Four Sat 31st March is cancelled and is rescheduled to Sat 16th June
       Tue series Moel Tryfan is now Tue 19th June
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.

Apologies for disruption and loss of website for the two weeks up to 20th May while I have been in China. Webmaster

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.

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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