Jubilee Plunge        30th December 2017       Results

A heavy snow fall the day before race followed by an overnight thaw ensured this year’s Plunge from Moel Famau to the Golden Lion, Llangynhafal was both a muddy and a slippery affair. It was a challenge for runners to stay upright for the whole of the descent, as was evidenced by some mud plastered legs and kit at the finish line.

In spite of the conditions, Michael Corrales (North Wales Road Runners) was the first runner home in 11.08m, a quicker time that he won the race last year on a much firmer course. Stephen Skates (Prestatyn) crossed the line in second place (11.47m) followed by Gary House (Runstrong) in third (12.09m)

Hayley Evans (Buckley) was first lady in 14.18m, followed by Lisa Grantham (Pensby) 16.00m and local runner Victoria Whitehead (Outfit) 16.01m

Many thanks to the marshals who made the race possible and to the supporters for their much appreciated cheering

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Dash in the Dark 2        1st Dec 2017       Results

The conditions leading up to the race had been typical for this time of year, with a frost on the ground arriving just in time to make conditions that little more interesting.

103 runners set off on the night, all with a chance of winning one of the festive prizes up for grabs.

First back was Michael Corrales, NWRRC in a time of 24.16, just short of last year’s course record of 24.02. Second over the line was regular Tom Hiles, u/a in 25.15. Young superstar and local athlete Ifan Oldfield took the third spot on the podium in a time of 26.48, beating his dad by over 11 minutes !

Emlyn Owen, Eryri, won V40 in 28.53. Martyn Witty won the V50 prize in 31.34 for Deeside, with Buckleys Chris Wilcox taking the V60 prize in 31.36. Pete Roberts won the V70 category in a time of 35.35, running for Buckley.

In the ladies race, Gemma Moore, also NWRCC, took top spot in an impressive time of 29.57. Hayley Evans for Buckley runners was second in 30.06 and Eryri’s Emma Morgan finished third in 34.24.

Dawn Urowhart, Buckley, finished fastest V40 lady in 37.08 and Linda Martin from Deestriders was fasted V50 in an impressive 38.10.

A Big thank you, as ever, goes out to all the helpers, marshals, sweepers and our hosts One Planet Adventure, who without we would not be able to run the series. Safety cover again was provided by the fantastic NEWSAR.

Merry Christmas to you all and best wishes. We will hopefully see you for the final round on 19th January 2018.

The Blorenge       Sat 2nd November       Photos from Jane Aggleton
Ron Skilton Half Marathon Memorial      Sunday 22nd October        Results and Report
Jubilee Plunge       Saturday 30th December - Details received
Clwydian Hills Fell Race      Sun 22nd October       Report      Results      Photos

Night Sugar       16th November 2017        Results       Tosh's Photos

Mountain Mayhem

Sadly, a grumpy hillwalker/farmer/commoner decided to sabotage our painstakingly set course of over 200 reflective markers. Two sections of the route amounting to about 200m had all the markers removed and then stacked about a mile away.

All markers went up from 3:00pm and were then stripped by us before 9:00pm. Notices were placed at the start of walks to the hill explaining the markers, stating they’d be removed the same night. The NT too had done their bit in forewarning locals. It seems though, that the event upset someone. Possibly someone who spends too much time in the company of sheep? Next year, if we put the event on again we will mitigate for ‘grumpy bod’ with ninja marshals, electrified permanent paint spraying markers and surveillance drones toting poisoned darts – OK I may have made up some or all of those ideas.

It is worth noting though, how the ensuing melee amongst the leaders as they ran up and down the hill in confusion, caused by the removed signage near the start, created much animated banter both after the event and on social media. Dare I say, the event was enjoyed more because of the sabotage? (I think I have an idea for a new kind of fell race). The Strava Flyby certainly makes for entertaining viewing. Another thing to ponder is that the mid-pack all found their way, and certainly everyone at the back stayed totally on track. Is there a message here?

Thanks though to the ninety plus hill loving runners that turned up. It was a special night with clear skies and twinkling stars above, and fine views down to the sodium glow of Abergavenny below. Thanks also to Tosh for some great photos – did the runners save you a mince pie? And finally, thanks to the 3 musketeers who went back up the mountain to locate the temporarily misplaced last runner.

Sadly, the results must be classed null and void, but are published to provide information for the individuals taking part. Only they know if they went the right way and whether their time is truly valid. Don’t believe what they say!

For our next Night Race event in the hills – Blorenge Roundabout - Wed 14th March 2018 we aim to deploy some of the aforementioned special measures to protect the route. I’m off now to round up a posse.

Paul Dodd

Dash in the Dark        10th Nov 2017      Results

It doesn’t seem long since we finished the last ‘Dash in the Dark’ series at Coed Llandegla.
Last Friday, and ten months later, the waiting was over as we saw the return of the Dash race series and Coed Llandegla. We also saw the return of some of the familiar and happy faces we have come to know.

As the darker nights drew in and the weather worsened it was back to business for the trail hardy.

Hayley Evans from Buckley runners took the ladies win in an impressive time of 24.22. Second on the night was Lizzie Irvine , Otley AC in 30.39 and third was Kirsty Seddon , Chester Tri in 33.33.

In the men’s race, running for Prestatyn RC and chasing the course record, was Stephen Skates in a time of 24.22. just 14 seconds off the record ! Second in the men’s race was Ryan Davis, Wrexham AC in a time of 25.16 and third place taken comfortably by Tom Hiles , u/a in 25.29.

The ladies V40 went to Mandy Peffers for CRR in 34.50 and V50 winner was Jan Rogers for Chester Tri in 37.57.

The men’s V40 winner was Mathew Fortes ( 4th overall) from Eryri in 26.37, V50 was Buckley’s very own Steve Toogood in 27.47 , V60 was Geoff Pettit u/a in 39.50 and V70 went to Pete Roberts Buckley in 36.50.

Also running for Clwydian Range Runners was Neil Coppack 29.54, Dave Stephens 35.44, Jenny Ewels 35.52, Victoria Knight 38.24 and Sandra Montgomery. Neil Also won the Fray Bentos ‘Scruffiest runner’ award.

Big thanks goes out to One Plant Adventure for hosting the event and NEWSAR for providing support out in the forest.

See you all for the next round on Friday 1st December.

Please note that all helpers, marshals, time keepers, planners and route markers are volunteers. Without whom the Dash in the Dark series simply would not happen. A massive THANK YOU goes out to them. Thanks for giving up your time to contribute to a fantastic series of night time trail races. The original and STILL the best

Llyn y Fan       Sat 11th November      Results

39 competitors braved low cloud and soggy conditions to find their way around the Mynydd Du and Llyn y Fan Fawr this weekend: 5.5 miles with an ample 2342 ft of climb.

Dan Doherty (Mynydd Du) led from the start (see video clip on our Facebook page -WFRA and other local races - thanks to Kean Rowlands for some interesting viewing and commentary!).
Reports at the finish reflected that during the race no one seemed to have a clue where anyone else was and people emerged from all kinds of unexpected directions at the end.
Dan lost his lead to Jez Brown (Buckley) who was back in 50.06 (course record now set) who seemed surprised to be first back, as Dan got slightly misplaced in the cloud.

Hayley Evans (again of Buckley) was first lady home in 63.06 (course record) having shaken off her rivals who had headed off away in the clag in some other direction than the finish line. Well done Jez and Hayley.
2nd woman home was Rhian Probert and 3rd Rona Davies (both Mynydd Du).
2nd man Dan Doherty (Mynydd Du) and 3rd man Matt Stott (MDC). Well done all.

Category winners for the women were as follows:
Naomi Law (over 40), Bev Tucker (over 50), both Mynydd Du.
And for the men:
Billy Starling (under 23), Dan Sandford (over 40), Paul Tucker (over 50), John Aggleton (over 60), John Morris (over 70).
Well done all. Great to see some fantastic adventurous running from young and old. Inspiring. Thanks to our stalwart marshal on the hill Caz the Hat (Carwyn Phillips) and John Darby who did a great job trying to sweep a dispersed field!
See you next year.       Diolch pawb. Sasha Habgood.      

       Map       Picture

Final counter in the WFRA Open Champs and SW series.
12 noon start in the carpark 1.5miles east of Llandeusant Youth Hostel (follow signs to Llyn y Fan) £5 on day only, FULL KIT..Please car share if possible as car parking is limited and allow lots of time for the lanes.
Prize giving and WFRA AGM, food, cakes and hot drinks in Llandeusant Village Hall SA19 9YB (possible to park carefully on road if carpark full). Please note this is a new race route so a recce is recommended. See you there! Sasha Habgood 07901808537

Rhobell Fawr       Saturday November 4th       Results

The 15th running of this opener to the Meirionnydd Winter Series took place on Saturday November 4th with the first snow forecast for that evening. After a very wet night conditions improved from 9 am and the race was run in lovely if cool autumn sunshine. 61 contenders took up the challenge no doubt all dreaming of the whole Aran Lamb to be shared by the series winners in March (this might be true if there wasn’t a record of many of the winners being vegetarian!). Going underfoot was from wet to treacherous and there were many fallers but no injuries. The men’s race honours were shared amongst the masters. Achille Rattis’ Mark Palmer took the lead just after the stile at Bwlch Goriwared on the ascent and held it to take a win in 54:20 just under 2 minutes outside his 2015 M50 course record. M40 Jez Brown (Buckley) followed him in 54:45 and Mathew Fortes (Eryri) also M40 was third in 54:55, some 12 seconds ahead of the first senior Tristan Evans of organisers Meirionnydd RC.

In the women’s race Katie Beecher of Les Croupiers was first in 1:04:37, followed by Hayley Evans of Buckley (1:05:58) and Katie Cole running for No-mad Running in 1:10:20.

Masters prizes went to Richard Price (Sedgly Striders) 1:09:24; Dyfed Thomas (Eryri) 57:51; Louise Barker (Aberystwyth AC) 1:16:47; Dave Powell also of Aberystwyth AC (1:06:47; Iwan Edgar (Eryri) 1:07:49 and Amanda Purves of the Mysteries in 1:24:16. Buckley scooped the team prize. There was one retirement who was able to descend without assistance so there are 60 runners in with a chance of the Series prize. The next race is Tarrenhendre on Jan 27th with its three super steep climbs and terrific boggy forest descent, after which its not over……

Sugar Loaf       Sat 28th October        Results       Photos
2017 Junior Mountain Running Championships

Poster      Entry Form

First Aid Courses
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.

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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.

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Hot Foot up Fammau       Wed 14th June       Results
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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.

Sugar Loaf      Results      Photos

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

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

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

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

Llantysilio       25th March      Results

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

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

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

Conwy Mountain Fell Race       11th March 2017      Results

Andy Thompson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tor Y Foel       Sat 18th March       Results       Series Results

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

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

Keep running on those fells!       Vanessa Lawson

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

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

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

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

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

Hwyl am y tro       Les Williams

18/3/17 Aran.

Results here.
Race photos by SJPhotopgraphy here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2016/17 Winter Series results:

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

1st lady aran Zoe Photo

Winter series lady winner Photo


Arfon Hughes

Chair & webmaster Meirionnydd running club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Felipe Jones and Sion Price

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hatterall Hammer      Sat 18th Feb       Results

WFRA and Ramblers Unite!

Photo - Two Chairman on the shiny new stile

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pen Tir Drop         Sunday 12th February         Results

Male Winner Samuel Gregory                        Female Winner Katie Beecher

The Turnaround Point

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

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

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

The odd bramble

Ras Moel Y Ci          Sat 11th February          Results       Pictures

Well, what a brilliant day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hopefully see you all back next year.

Diolch yn fawr iawn.         Gary

Tarren hendre 28/1/2017 Results


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and a Short video by Chris Laughton here.

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

An extra 'Long' now in the Welsh Championships

Peris Horseshoe to be included

Dear Welsh Fell Runners,

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

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

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

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

Regards,       Craig.       Chairman,       WFRA.

Craig Yr Allt    Sat 21st January    Results

Race Winner Ben Mitchell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take care,     CRR.

Jubilee Plunge     Tue 27th December 2016     Results

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

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

Cannock Chase Trig Points Extra Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Llyn Y Fan       Sat 12th November       Race Map       and details        Results
Clwydians Race Report              Results
Mendip Muddle Report and Results
Fan Bryncheiniog     Sat 15th October     Results     Photos

32 pioneering souls turned up to tackle the first ever Fan Brycheiniog Fell Race. The fine weather – good visibility and some sunny spells made the navigational element less demanding than expected. Route choice did however come into play with the final results. A recce (or two) proving beneficial. Looking at position changes from one checkpoint to another it seems there were 4 or 5 places where gains could be made on fellow competitors.

This quiet and rarely visited area of the Brecon Beacons has some excellent running on unique and unspoilt terrain, and fine views from the escarpment over Lyn Y Fan Fawr (if you have time to look away from the ground beneath your feet).

Race HQ was based at the recently refurbished Tafarn Y Garreg. Delicious snacks were provided after and many availed themselves of the fine ale on sale.

Dan Doherty led from start to finish and completed the distance in a blistering time of 1:17:41, nearly 8 minutes ahead of 2nd place man Mark Palmer. First lady home was Katie Beecher, 1:36:58.

Thanks of course to the helpers who made the event happen: Dave Austin, Rob Brown, Dick Finch, Dil and John Vernon. All had a long walk in.     Paul/Joyce Dodd

South Wales Series 2016 Final Results

Firstly a big thank you to the race organisers, marshals and helpers for putting on 6 cracking races which comprised this year's Series.

Also, thanks to Jimmy Terrance Nails for slaving over the results spreadsheet.

A grand total of 282 runners competed in the Series although only a handful managed to complete 4 or more races, (best 4 results counted).

It therefore should come as no surprise that the overall and category winners were those competitors who put in consistent performances across a range of races within the Series.

So without further ado, the overall winners are:

Peter Ryder and Beverley Tucker - well done and richly deserved.

Age Category winners are: - Paul Tucker M50
Nick Biggs M40
John Aggleton M60
Gary Gunner M70

Rona Davies F50

As always, there are far fewer women completing the Series than is desirable, so any thoughts on how we can increase participation would be helpful.

Presentations, including getting your hands on the iconic trophies carved by Andy Creber, will be after the Clwydian Hills race on the 23rd - see you there.

Andrew Blackmore

Trefriw Mill Race     Sat 8th October     Results

Today saw the re-run of a race run in 1996. Formerly titled the Pedol Crafnant, the race, whilst thoroughly enjoyed by many was never re-run for a number of reasons. Twenty years later the race is reborn as the Trefriw Mill Race, and included in the WFRA North Wales Series.

At 10.5 miles, and covering some testing terrain, the race was advertised as experience required. Fortunately runners were blessed with perfectly still and cool conditions which made it less arduous, but even so one or two still found to the route a bit tricky. The race covers exposed ridge, bog, rough descents and lakeside banks, before the final twisting paths back down to the village.

Todays race was won by Miranda Grant of Eryri in 1.54.13 and Lloyd Taggart of Manx Fell Runners in 1.34.09, and both have set quality marks to be challenged in the future.

The final race of the North Wales Series takes place on Sunday 23rd October at Clwydian Hills, Cilcain, after which the AGM will be held, all members are welcome.

Jez Brown of Buckley leading them away.

Race Entry Information

Cnicht    Sun 28th September    Results

Ceiriog Canter    Sat 1st October    Results

Another successful year for this race which was enjoyed by all (we think!). A challenging race with atmospheric conditions on the tops with a bit of rain and mist. Thank you to the marshalls for putting up with the rain. We are very proud of our local winner from Glyn Ceiriog - Llewelyn Edwards (M/U23) 51.56, first woman was Susan Fourie (F/O40) 61.46 from Chester Tri Club. Everyone enjoyed hot drinks, soup and cake in the cafe at the end of the run. Photos and results will be uploaded onto the Canolfan Ceiriog community centre website. 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

Fan Fawr      Sat 1st October     2 miles 1000ft     Photos by Jane Aggleton    Results

Dark clouds beckoned for the 28th Fan Fawr Fell Race but thankfully conditions remained clear and dry for the duration of this short and sharp South Wales Classic. A 10 year best of 72 runners headed out to tackle a 1000ft in 1 mile. First to summit was eventual winner Lloyd Donavan running strongly on the descent to hold his lead and take the win by 36 seconds. Second, and M50 category winner, was Mark Palmer (Mynydd Du) who held off a late charge from third placer Dan Bodman (Aberdare Valley) by a mere 2 seconds. MDC’s finest took the M40 & M60 categories thanks to Rhys Williams and John Aggleton.

Katie Beecher (Les Croupiers) comfortably took the senior women’s title in a fine 22:30 ahead of Hannah Walsh (24:20 – Bristol & West AC) and Nat Taylor (24:33 – Mynydd Du).
Sasha Habgood (MDC) took the F40 category in 26:10 and Rona Davies (Mynydd Du) ran a great race to take F50 title in an excellent 24:40.

Huge thank you to all Marshalls for ensuring all went smoothly for this first time race organiser! Next South Wales Winter Hill series race will be the Sugar Loaf Fell Race 29th Saturday.    

Dash in the Dark Series 2016

It's that time of year again to prepare for the Dash in the Dark series of night time, off road running races held at Llandegla Forest.

Dig your head torches out and come along to join us for what is always an enjoyable, social evening with refreshments provided by the staff of the One Planet Adventure Mountain bike centre.

Please find attached an updated poster but essentially the dates are as follows:

Friday 11th November 2016
Friday 9th December 2016
Friday 13th January 2017

6pm registration for a 7pm start, please arrive early to avoid a last minute rush. £4 on the night only and please remind yourselves of the kit required. Waterproof / Windproof top, hat, gloves and a torch, ideally a head torch with at least 2hrs good lighting. Fell / trail shoes advised, road trainers are not acceptable.     Hope to see you soon,     Gareth Jaggard

2016 South Wales Race Series

Black Mountains Pictures from Paul Dodd

The last counter in this year's Series kindly sponsored by Chepstow Harriers, RA Chilton Ltd and MDC fell running club takes place this Saturday - the Black Mountains fell race which is an absolute cracker. This race will decide who gets the brand new Series Trophies, designed and made by Andy Creber and will of course determine who takes the various age category titles.

At the moment Marcus Pinker and Bev Tucker are in the lead but there is still 3 + hours of racing to be had before the titles are decided - here's hoping to a good turnout on Saturday.    Andrew Blackmore

King John's Castle    Results

Thank you everyone for running in the race or helping me to put it on.
Donations from both my races this year total £596 for mountain rescue.

I will be making 2017 the last year that I will be organising the races, but I will still help at these & other events. Gareth Jagger will be taking on the Druid but I am still hoping that someone will help me at the King John next year & take it on in 2018.

Cilcain Show Junior Results     29th August 2016    Moel Fammau Results      Photos from Phil

     Jez Brown                                                 #160                                               Rhian Pierce

Beautiful bank holiday weather. 157 runners for the main race. Jez Brown took the men's title & Rhian Pierce the ladies.

Cyrn Y Brain 11th September 2016 Results

On a beautiful sunny morning with a cool breeze the lucky runners set off on the first Cyrn Y Brain Hill Race from the top of the Horseshoe Pass. Charles Ashley the organiser, and all his helpers, hope that from small beginnings the race will grow like the Ponderosa and Moel Y Gamelin races. Huw Davies from Stone, Staffs set the record for this new race and Lisa Grantham from Burton, Wirral did the same for the ladies. The 7 mile hill race will be a fixture on the calendar for the same weekend next year when the word gets around about a cracking race not to be missed.      Bob Frost, Wrexham AAC

South Wales Winter Series Races 2016-2017
Gladstone 9    Sat 3rd September    Results

Well – what happened to the glorious weather which normally graces this race? We had rain, wind, mist, poor visibility – so it was just how I like it! Despite the inclement weather, 38 gallant runners started & finished the race (as of course did Elsi, the best Diabetic Assistance Dog in the world!). The feedback has all been excellent, with many comments about the interesting navigation across the ‘bog of doom’, the fantastic marshals, the post-race flapjacks & the amazing prizes. There was also great enthusiasm for Racetek, Fabian4’s partnership company, which provided the timing 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 Calder Valley’s Math Roberts, in a time of 1:20:10, with NWRR’s Mark Davies , also first MV40, close on his heels in 1:20:26, & Mercia’s Steve Cale third in 1:21:07. There were four Eryri finishers in the top ten, with MV40 Johnny Moore finishing in sixth place in 1:24:20, second MV50 Russel Owen eighth in 1:26:29, James McQueen ninth in 1:29:29 & Gary Porter-Jones tenth in 1:29:52. Last year’s winner, Dark Peak’s John Hunt, was back on form after his injuries on the Peris to finish a in a fantastic fourth position, & first MV50 in 1:21:52. Fifth was Buckley Runners’ Simon Edwards, also second MV40, in 1:23:27. It’s interesting that like last year, there were only 6 senior men in the first twenty finishers. Where are all the ‘youngsters’?!

The first lady across the line was Pensby Runners’ Lisa Grantham, also first FV40 & sixteenth overall, in a great time of 1:36:14. The next two ladies to finish were Buckley’s Hayley Evans in 1:36:34 & Eryri Orienteers’ Delyth Darlington in 1:45:39 The first FV50 was yours truly, but there again, the race does take place in my fantastic ‘back garden’……! First local was Nic Brook of Penmaenmawr, fifteenth overall, in 1:36:03.

My sincere thanks go to my co-organisers, Maggie Oliver & Alex Fletcher, & to all the many marshals and helpers, who braved the weather & without whom we would not have been able to safely organise the race. It’s fantastic that Geoff Glegg, one of the co-founders of the original race, still turns out most years to help us. We are very grateful for the generous sponsorship & support provided by X-Ray Minerals, which enabled us to issue fantastic fossils as prizes. We also owe a huge vote of thanks 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, & to Eryri Harriers, & I’m pleased to announce that we will be able to donate £100 to Siabod Café’s Reach out for Nepal Earthquake Appeal www.moelsiabodcafe.co.uk/nepal-charity-information .      Ellie Salisbury

Machen    Monday 29th August    Photos by Johnny Lam     Video    Results
Brecon Beacons     Sat 27th August    Results    Photos

The race is well established in the Welsh Fell Running calendar and entails running to seven mandatory checkpoints (including Tor y foel, Corn Ddu, Pen y Fan and Cribyn) from the centre of Talybont Reservoir dam. The race is approximately 30.6km long with 1372m ascent and qualifies as a long race. The Brecon Beacons were blessed with dry weather for the majority of the race with reasonable temperatures of 15-20 deg C in the valleys during the race duration.

Forty competitors came from far and wide including Lancashire, Oxford, North Wales and Bristol.

Jim Masters (Wye Valley Runners) was the first to the top of the first summit (Tor y Foel) however Gancho Slavov arrived first to the second checkpoint with Jim in close pursuit. Gancho maintained his lead from then through the entire race and finished in a time of 3hr 3m. Jim Masters finished nine minutes later in 3hr 12m with Stewart Bellamy (Mercia) in third with 3hr 14m.

Rona Davies (Mynydd Du) continued her winning form from the Four Fans race the previous weekend with a winning time of 4hr 21m in the ladies category. Helen Brown (Mynydd Du) finished second lady after leading for the majority of the race but took the wrong path leading to the last checkpoint (Carn Pica). Karen Elvers (MDC) completed the ladies podium places.

Dave Powell (Aberystwyth) won the male over 50 veterans category with a very strong performance with a time of 3hr 38m. Lenny Hughes (Maldwyn Harriers) won the male over 60 veterans category with a time of just under 4hrs 11m.

The podium finishers and the winners in each age category were awarded with a bottle of wine each.

40 runners started the race and 38 completed the full course.

The race organisers, Gary and Dawn Davies would like to thank each of the eleven volunteers. They included Emma Howell, Richard Cronin, Phil Thomas, Keri & Pauline James, John Darby, Derek Thornley, Martin & Kay Lucas, Jon Dallimore and James Blore. Without them, the race would fail to exist.

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

Four Fans     Sat 20th August    Results

After enjoying glorious weather all week, the day of the race brought heavy, persistent rain driven on by gale force winds and poor visibility on the summits. The weather conditions didn't seem to deter the 30 hardy fell runners who turned up at the rather quiet Storey Arms car park which served as Race HQ.

At 11am sharp the runners set off into the mist with a driving wind at their backs. Marcus Pinker, MDC and Michael Corrales, N Wales Road Runners soon opened up a lead on the rest of the field with Marcus’ superior climbing skills and expert navigation making a key difference towards the end of the race. Marcus went on to win the race and retain his title with Michael following some 6 minutes later closely followed by Ben Gibbison of Mynydd Du.

In the womans’ race, Rona Davies (Mynydd Du) had a cracking run taking the honours – with a 4 minute lead over the next finisher, Bev Tucker (Brecon A.C).

As always I am extremely grateful for the fantastically resilient and generous marshals (Gareth Jones, Karen Elvers, Steve Force, Martin and Kay Lucas and Rob Brown) who looked after the summits in what proved to be very challenging conditions.

Two Hill Forts     Sun 14th August      Results and Report
Ponderosa     Wed 3rd August     Results

Llanthony Show     Sat 6th August     Results

Niki Morgan-Chepstow Harriers.jpg

Arenig Fawr    Sunday 31st August    Results     Pictures

A small field of 39 runners from a number of Welsh and English clubs turned up and enjoyed almost perfect weather conditions. Race attendance has never been particularly high but this year’s number was surprisingly low since the race was included in the North Wales championship series. Race winner by a clear margin was Karl Steinegger, who on the previous Wednesday set a new course record in the Green Green Grass of Home race in North Wales. Second man was Jez Brown. First female runner and seventh overall was Miranda Grant, who finished 5 minutes ahead of second place Mary Gillie. Although a change in the position of the last checkpoint has added around half a minute to the time, no records were broken but Miranda Grant came close to taking Jacky Lee’s female record. The course is not marked apart from short sections after the start and before the finish. Runners can choose the best line between checkpoints. Route choice is particularly important between checkpoints 1 and 2 and the descent from 5 to 6. It is interesting to see that some runners have difficulty finding the ‘obvious’ route to CP1, some even missing out the checkpoint altogether and heading to CP2.

The low attendance of the race, although not uncommon in Welsh races, is probably partly due to the severity of the course with 77 metres climb per kilometre and mostly pathless terrain, features that attract comments such as ‘real hard running country’ and ‘a beltin race … proper fell race’.

Next year’s race will be held on Sunday 6th August. Refreshments and cakes will be provided as usual. The entry fee will be reduced from £4 to £3. My thanks to the runners, the marshals and all the friends who helped organize the event and to the WFRA and Geoff Clegg our time keeper.

Yiannis Tridimas

Waun Fach     Sat 23rd July    Results

Push up the Pincyn     Sat 30th July    Results

There was a surreal start to the 8th Push up the Pincyn race with a live violin and cello recital as a backdrop for the 32 runners assembled for the Clawddnewydd village show near Ruthin.

With dry but cool weather the throng was led from the field by Cumbrian visitor Ben Procter, Helm Hill Runners. Following hot on his heels was an interesting duel between Denbigh Harriers Rhian Pierce and local lad Neil Dalleywater (Clwydian).

Everyone negotiated this year’s particularly large bale christened Gareth (Gareth Bale….. get it?) with the usual mix of bizarre leaping techniques.

But the result was a foregone conclusion when Ben sauntered into the show ground 8 minutes ahead of the next runner and nearly beating the 2011 course record in 45.19.

Neil D won out against Rhian who was a fantastic 3rd overall in 54.50.

Ellie Robinson, W. Cheshire ran a belter to gain 1st F V40 only to be presented with a large tub of Fat Balls for her efforts!

John Benton Denb Harriers was only 30+ seconds behind Ellie to collect M V50 honours and Neil Hindle U/A behind him taking M V60.

Once again Peter ‘Pan’ Roberts, Buckley runs away with M V70 finishing half-way up the field in 16th!

It was fantastic to see 7 runners local to Clawddnewydd take part with Olie Bean and Moyna Richey winning prizes. Furthest travelled to the race though were 2 runners from Hungary so Karla Otoupaukuua won first International!

Big diolch to the marshals, land owners and sponsors Jackson Fire, Mold.

Green Green Grass of Home      27th July 2016    Results

A fine summer evening saw 89 runners set off on this 5 mile fell race which takes in some beautiful views back over the Vale of Clwyd. Not that the runners had much time to dwell on the sights as they wound their way firstly up, then down, then back up the Clwydian Hills. A sheep track on the second climb took the field up through some well grown bracken and over a fallen tree before emerging back onto open hill and eventually onto the ridge line. A final short climb followed by a steep descent and the runners were in sight of the finish.

The good conditions saw new course records being set for both the men and the women. Karl Steinegger (Ambleside) came home in a swift 38.39 with Derek Hurton (Eden Runners) not far behind in 39.34 and Noah Hurton (Eden Runners) completing the leading trio in 40.21.

Connie Hurton (Eden Runners) brought the women home as first lady in 48.21 closely pursued by Mary Gillie (Clwydian Range Runners) in 48.53 and Susan Fourie (Chester Tri) in 51.07

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.

2 Hillforts Fell Race      August 14th
Details are available from the following address www.walkrunclwydian.co.uk (the one used in the calendar being incorrect).

Four Fans race, 20th August - Details at www.welsh.fellrace.com

Gyrn Gallop    Sat 23rd July    Results

Ras Guto Nyth Bran    Sat 2nd July    Results     Photos By Thomas Edmonds
Tal Y Fan    Sat 9th July    Results

The weather forecast was grim to say the least, with two rain drops predicted at 2pm, the race start time, and one drop for the rest of the day. We were pleasantly surprised to get the gazebo erected on the Rowen Carnival field in only light drizzle. It seemed that lots of people had either headed off to the British Champs in Sedburgh, or given the rain forecast, had decided to stay in to watch Serena win another Wimbledon title, as with a field of 30, we had the smallest entry for about 10 years. As is common, the forecast was wrong - maybe half a rain drop, but humid and overcast and waterproofs certainly not needed on the start line.

After a quick head count (yes we still had 30) James sounded the hooter, and we were off, with Ellie accompanied by Elsie, her medical assistance dog, at the back alongside Helen (Race organiser and sweeper in fluoresent pink). Turning right in the village, and facing the first hill, Ellie pulled ahead of Naomi from Steel City Striders, and the leaders streaked off towards the youth hostel. By Cae Coch, Naomi had come to the conclusion that for the first time in her life, she may actually be last, but undeterred, we headed over the stile and towards the summit of Tal y Fan. At the summit, the stone circle check point, at the other side of the moorland bog was pointed out, and we headed off towards the sheep pens as our mid-way marker. Half way across, however, we found two more Steel City lost runners - maybe Naomi would not be last - who at least had the sense to wait for the pink person, when they had lost touch with Ellie and realised they did not really know where they were heading. We reached the stone circle as a group of four, to find that two runners were unaccounted for, but at least the rain was holding off, and the visibilty was still good. We had not seen them coming across the bog, and left the radio operators/marshalls communicating with base to see if they had been located, or whether they had just gone to Penmaenmawr for ice-cream.

Our little group of tail enders carried on, now on the grass of the North Wales coastal path, with much easier navigation. Through all the gates, with the marshalls still two short, until we reached the Dougie's gin and tonic (sorry all gone only water left) check point, where it was reported all 30 had been seen. Panic over, and we headed up the last hill, down through the bracken and back on to the road. Resisting the G&T in the Ty Gwyn, the final gang reached the finish line safely, if a bit late for the presentation.

Thanks as always to our marshal team, and Ann and Sharon on the start & finish line.

Moel Siabod     2nd July 2016     Results

With an un-certain forecast it was great to get word from Georg from the summit a few minutes before the off that it was breezy but dry & clear, kit still required but conditions as good as we could dare hope after the downpours the day before. Sixty two runners were soon off & running with Buckley’s Jez Brown leading from Mercia’s Gareth Hughes with Eryri’s Richard Roberts & Martin Cliffe tucked in close behind. For the women Sarah Ridgeway & Eryri’s Andrea Rowlands were running side by side as they made their way into the forest towards Moel Siabod’s steeper slopes.

By the time the leading runners reached the summit Gareth had opened up a clear lead over Richard Roberts himself closely followed by Jez & Martin, the pattern was set as these placings would be un-changed by the time they reach the finish line on the Capel Curig Show ground. Gareth’s winning time was an excellent 48:32 a clear winner by almost 3 minutes over Richard. The gap back to Jez (1st O.40) was a further one minute 15 seconds with Martin, despite some classic tumbles (2nd O.40) 20 seconds further back, he in turn was followed by Brendon Taylor from Durham Fell Runners (3rd O.40) less than a minute later & well ahead of the pursuing pack of Andrew Perry (Durham) Simon Edwards (Buckley) & Adrian Williams (Eryri). Next came Sarah Ridgeway in a superb time of 56:51, 1st Female & 9th overall some 5 minutes clear of her nearest rival Andrea Rowlands.

I was delighted to see Phil Roberts (he of our 2015 Siabod Summit Challenge) come home in 58:34, 11th overall to pick up the Mike Cousins shield for first ‘local’.

Other performances of note were Rob Downs (Wilmslow RC) 1st M. O50 in 60:55, Geoff Davis (Northumberland Fell Runners) 1stM. O60 in 68:38 & Geoffrey Fielding 1st M. O.70 in 80:38. For the women the strongest category was the O.40’s so we need some younger runners next year to pick up the gauntlet that’s been thrown down, that said Gemma Moore came home 1st U.40 (NWRRC, 3rd overall) in 67:31 closely followed by Sarah Barnwell (Eryri) 1st O.50 in an excellent 69:29.

Runners were seen taking their post race dip in the cooling waters of the Afon Llugwy before taking on the local farmers in the traditional Tug of War finale. Sadly a combination of tired legs & local pride saw them slump smilingly to a whitewash defeat.

As ever thanks to all involved including the runners & spectators but most of all to the Marshalls whose support to me was vital in helping to ensure the race was both safe & successful.

Gareth Hughes, race winner on the left and Martin Cliffe, 2nd in the over 40s and fourth overall hold our
sponsors banner as Sarah Ridgeway looks focused for her 1st female finish.

Phil Roberts receiving the Mike Cousins shield for first local entry.

Jez Brown leads eventual winner Gareth Hughes as the runners head off to Moel Siabod

John Rowell

Tour de Calch    Sun 26th June    Results

It was a lovely sunny day.
The day after the race. However, after the race briefing, the 45 stalwart fellows and fellowesses who endured the slog up the lane to the start, were faced with a further big grind up into the mist, to checkpoint 1. Also their last checkpoint on the way back. Although the route was flagged all the way up, several opted for a route they’d previously reccied. The Organiser had mentioned that following the flagged route was optional.

Immediately after checkpoint 1 the course levelled out and quick progress was made to Allt Mawr, where runners turned at the Trig to head south and checkpoint 3 at Cerrig Calch. This is fast terrain but there were plenty of stones on the peaty path requiring concentration. Leaving the summit, there is no distinct path for perhaps 75m and this caused five competitors never to reach checkpoint 4. The position of checkpoint 4 also caused issues due mainly to there being two slightly different versions of the map used by competitors. However, descending from Cerrig Calch on the path would’ve brought runners to him, and two clearly identifiable yellow flags, whichever version they had. Assuming they found the path !

The following checkpoint at the end of a large crag feature, saw runners approach from all directions. Or not at all. This checkpoint, 5, was the start of the taped route. This lead runners along a grassy weakness littered with boulders, to a 25m boulder field, back up the weakness to a flat but very rocky quarry track. Rock and boulders feature very little in south wales races, so some less experienced local runners did well to tackle them. The lead changed hands here, with Pete Ryder overtaking a strong Ewan Morton, holding his lead to the finish. A short pull up, then a gradual runnable climb to the last checkpoint, 6, saw runners descend out of the mist to descend through the Bilberry to the Finish. Louise Beetlestone was first Lady to appear successfully out of the mist, at the finish.

All runners were eventually accounted for but only 32 completed the route, with another 13 doing a ‘Magical Mystery Tour’, including some who’d previously reccied it. There was much humorous banter, and one broken thumb. The Organiser would like to thank his sturdy checkpoint marshals, Dick, John, Kay, Martin, Gerry and Sue, and the Registration Team, Andy, Niki, Mike and Denise for their efforts. Thanks also for the constructive comments of the ‘posse’ who contributed to the conversation in the pub at the end.

Next year, the map/checkpoint anomaly will be sorted and the competitors will be delighted to hear that they need not go to checkpoint 3, Cerrig Calch. Before they cheer, perhaps they would be advised to see what challenge that then presents them with !

Onwards and upwards     Andy Creber     Organiser

Moel Y Gamelin    Results

Craig yr Allt    Results

Race Director started the Craig yr Allt Winter Fell Race in January 2014 which has been a great success each year that it's been run. However he approached the same landowners and other adjacent landowners to create a new race route to bolster the South Wales WFRA Mid Week Summer Series developed for 2016.

59 competitors started the 6.2km long race at the foot of the Rockwood Riding Centre access road on the warm humid Tuesday evening awaiting the Race Director's briefing. He did warm them that the route would be a lot more varied than the Winter Route and be narrow in places. 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.

Peter Ryder (Brycheiniog) outclassed the rest of the field and finished the race 1 minute ahead of second place Iwan Morton (MMRT) in a time of 29 minutes 50s. Matt Stott (MDC) finished third 7 seconds behind Iwan.

Clare Dallimore (MDC) continued her strong running and cycling season with a win in the Ladies category, with Niki Morgan (Chepstow Harriers) in second and Lou Summers (Mynydd Du) in third.

Age category winners:

MU23 - Neema Mal 42:29
M40 - Sam Ryall (Pontypridd Roadents) 32:04
M50 - Craig Fowler (Bridgend) 37:45
M60 - John Aggleton (MDC) 36:33

F40 - Niki Morgan (Chepstow Harriers) 39:08
F50 - Alice Bedwell (MDC) 41:56
F60 - Caroline Dallimore (MDC) 47:34

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, Andy Creber, Alan Stone, Jane Aggleton, Mark Buxton, Pete Morfey, Keri & Pauline James and Nick Dallimore.

Please check out the Hyperlapse video created by participant Stewart Harding!

Photos available here: Photos     Video available here: Video
Regards      Gary

Tuesday Night Series      Series and Final Race results

Results for the final race (Llanberis Sprint) of the Tuesday series and also the final standings for the Joe Brown’s Tuesday Night Series 2016. Math Roberts won the Llanberis race in 12:16, a new record; Sarah Ridgeway winning the ladies in 11th overall 14:50.

In the overall series:

Gareth Wyn Hughes took Senior Men by the smallest of margins (0.04%) over Math Roberts. Senior Ladies was won by Miranda Grant. Other categories: MU14 Tomos Land; MU16 Max Dunford; MU18 Ryan Caine; M40 John Parkinson; M50 Emlyn Roberts; M60 Derek Weaver; M70 Don Williams; FU16 Annabelle McQueen; FU18 Rhiannon Kamink; F40 Sarah Ridgeway; F50 Sarah Bardwell; F60 Maggie Oliver. Well done all who entered!

Darrens Dash     Sat 18th June     Results

There was a record entry for the 11th Darrens Dash Hill Race

Race day dawned with a light covering of cloud and a cooling breeze on the summits. The recent rain had left the track a little sticky in places, but most runners enjoyed the extra ‘give’ this provided when descending. The event’s move to a Saturday continued to be popular - runner numbers were the highest ever at 134. We were very pleased to welcome travelling runners from Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Cardiff, Newport and Northamptonshire. Strong contingents from Forest of Dean Athletics Club (FODAC) and Chepstow Harriers had also arranged an inter-club ‘mob match’ as part of the event.

9 local runners also took up the challenge and there was tight competition for the 3 local’s trophies.

The event is very much set up as an introduction to fell running with a marked course and mountain safety cover provided by Longtown Mountain Rescue Team.

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. Dan Sandford of FODAC came first in the men’s event in a time of 46.09 followed by Phil Thomas and David Klotz of host club Wye Valley Runners. In the Women’s Race Anne Nixon of FODAC set a new course record of 50.06 holding off the challenge of Nikki Morgan of Chepstow Harriers and Nicola Emerson of Wye Valley Runners. Allie Gilbert and her dog Figaro won the Cani Cross event in a time of 75.03. Congratulations to Chris Jones of Pontrilas who was awarded the ‘first local’ trophy in 50:02 (a new local’s record). Junior runner Tim Sheen of Rowlestone who had recently turned 16, picked up 2nd local as well as 1st Junior in a time of 59.14. Wye Valley Runners were on great form and held off stiff competition from FODAC and Chepstow to win the mixed team prize.

Other results:


1st MV40     Karie Atkins, Chepstow Harriers
1st MV50     Dave Jonson, unattached
1st MV60     Tony Keech, Human Energy


1st FV40     Sherryl Hall, FODAC
1st FV50     Vikki Sivertsen, unattached
1st FV60     Joc Dodd, Chepstow Harriers

NB. Competitors were only awarded trophies for their highest achievement to spread them round!

Full results available on: www.wyevalleyrunners.co.uk/darrens-dash

The future of off-road running looks bright as 54 children tustled for the places in the Castle Canter children’s races. Many children from Longtown were joined by children from Chepstow, the Forest of Dean, Malvern and Cross Ash. Inspired by the Euros there was also a great all-comers football match and the Pirate Galleon bouncy castle proved to be very popular.

Great tea and cakes were provided the by Pre-School and PTFA to all runners and there was a good haul of prizes in the raffle. William Darby of Mynydd Du continued his excellent form and won one of the main prizes.

Grateful thanks to the main event sponsors:
Dorinda Watkins of Celtic Vale – who provided the race water and sponsored the event trophies.
Arlene and Richard Clare – who sponsored the children’s medals.
Hopes of Longtown who sponsored the children’s finish line treats.
A special thank you to Jason Tandy who completed the event as a sponsored challenge.

The event could not go ahead without the permission and good will of the following landowners: Jean Price, Rob and Julie Bevan, Richard and Doris Prosser and the Brecon Beacons National Park. A final but sincere thank you to Longtown Mountain Rescue Team who provide the mountain safety cover for the event and the many people from the local community who willingly gave their time as race marshals.

Many thanks to all who supported the event. We hope to have raised £1750 to be split between Longtown Mountain Rescue, Longtown PTFA and Longtown Pre-School.

Mike Fawcett     Race organiser

Hotfoot Up Fammau     Results
Tuesday Night Series Tal y Mignedd and Series Results so far

Joe Brown Tuesday Night Series draws to a close. Race results for Tal y Mignedd and also the final tab of the excel spreadsheet giving the series so far after 11 races.

Mike’s Facebook report:

"Round 11 mid-week series Tal-Y-Mig, well the weather did not keep the midges away, only the runners, half the amount of last year.The rain and mist lifted for the race enabling good %'s for the top 5 Gareth holding off Russ by 10 seconds, JP taking 3rd and 1st M40. Sian Ll led the ladies in 9th ahead of Tomos Land 10th and 1st U14, Gethin taking the U16 in 11th. The only record breaker of the night came in the form of Annabelle McQueen, new U16 and U18 rec's in 18th, Dylan Huws 1st M50, Tina McQueen 1st F40, DWT 1st 60, Rhiannon Kamink 1st U18 and Ellie Salisbury 1st F50. A £25 donation was made to the local Baladeulyn primary school. PIC, Annabelle attending her 1st race at 5 weeks, (start them young) Caernarfon Tyres Caernarfon Jnrs, U8 winners, Merrin Land and Elsi Glyn, U 10's Jake and Megan, U12's Guy and ABBI PARKINSON !!! and U14's Cai and Alys. REMEMBER 7PM start so reg closes in the Heights @ 6.50, soup and prize giving at 8pm."

John Parkinson

Pedol Cwm Pennant     Sat 11th June    Results     Splits    

Picture of Bronwen Jenkinson of Eryri who was 1st under 23 and 3rd overall.

'Similar to the communist model, a long term plan is always a positive form of advancement. Therefore, 4 years ago when I created the Pedol Cwm Pennant, I immediately had it planned that I'd get the race to be a counter in the British champs, this initially was a 5 year plan but following a chat with Scoffer somewhere 2 years ago it ended up being a 4 year plan!

Anyway with 333 pre-entries there was always going to be slight planning required and a lot of help from a lot of people on the day! The weather on the day was nearly perfect (if you knew the course) and we had 237 starters, so a colossal 96 who pre entered didn't turn up. Online entries are great but it makes it far too easy for some people to just click and enter. Anyway, as it turns out 237 was more than enough!

Both winners set off from the start with one plan and Keswick's Carl Bell and Ambleside's Lou Roberts smashed the rest of the field. Carl smashing the old record by 23 minutes in 2.16.4 with Lou smashing the ladies by 20 minutes in 2.43.49. Incredibly the first 29 finishers were all within Simon Harding's old record! The race for the other podium positions was a bit closer with Sam Tosh, Rhys FR, Andrew Fallas and Math Roberts keeping a close eye on each for most of the race. The Cwm Ciprwth sorted Andrew with Rhys taking a good lead on Sam and Math. Rhys eventually took 2nd in 2.22 with Math nipping Sam in a sprint in 2.23.20. Dark Peak's Tom Saville won the under 23's finishing in 14th overall whilst Shettlestone's Kenny Richmond won the male 40's with Bingley legend Ian Holmes taking the 50's. Settle's Mike Egner had a worthwhile trip to win a competitive vet 60's with Eryri's Alwyn Oliver being the first ever vet 70 to complete the course and also win the category. In the ladies next home after Lou was Helm Hill's Sharon Taylor in 2.59, there was a cracking 3rd overall for 19 year old Bronwen Jenkinson of Eryri who finished in 3.01.59 and also 1st under 23. In the ladies vet 50's the win went to Pennine's Jane Mellor with legend Wendy Dodds taking the vet 60's. All age category records were smashed to smithereens. Dark Peak took the male team and Mercia the ladies team prize.

Following the race much fun was had with thanks to the Cwm Pennant hostel and Fred Smith and Alwen Haf of the Hafod Brewery and the fact Wales won the football. Huge thanks to all helpers - all those people have already been thanked and contacted already!

Big thanks to all the staff at the hostel including the host Michelle. Also a big thanks to all local landowners including Ieuan and Emyr at Brynkir farm!
Race accounts will be published in the next few days so you can all learn how much it really costs to organise a decent race! Just over £400 was raised via the car parking and the tea and cakes. This will all be pumped into buying 5 goats for the Ugandan goat project with over £200 going to Garndolbenmaen Ysgol Feithrin and the Brynkir farm hounds.

Roll on 2017!'

Boars's Head Hill Race      Wednesday June 8th 2016     Results

Despite the storm which raged through the afternoon all the time Rich Mellor was marking the route out and making modifications because of new fences and gates (many, many thanks for this), by the time the race started it was a midge-free, blue sky and white fluffy clouds evening which gave excellent conditions throughout – with the exception of the small but waist-deep, nauseating paper-waste bog which a few people chose to sample rather than follow the diversionary flags.

Even though the conditions were good there was little chance of the records going because of the ad hoc route alterations but there was nevertheless some very fast-paced running and a notable number of sprint finish contests.

Tom Bush and Nat Winfield had a private Pennine battle at the front for most of the race, with Tom holding it down the final descent to claim first place, with Nat second and Dave Bethell third – where does "Team Raidlight" come from ??

Holly Martin, also of Pennine, had a fine run to notch up the first Ladies' place from Angela Markley with Diane Bygrave finishing third and also first LV – apologies are due here because Fiona Johnson's time and Diane's were transposed on the finish labels, hence the prizegiving announcement was incorrect; the ones below are amended.

The Men's Team was taken by Pennine and the Ladies' by Macclesfield.

Everyone appeared to enjoy themselves both on the race and in the Boar's Head afterwards and I'd like to thank you all for coming along and also to thank all our friends and Club colleagues for giving up their evening to contribute to the race organisation – very much appreciated.

Hope to see you again next year,     Dave Jones

Trail Race Up The Beast     Wed 8th June     Results

Wednesday evening saw the return of one of the favourite summer series, ‘Race up The Beast’ at Maeshafan.

With new host club Clwydian Range Runners marking out the route and organising the event for 2016, all the runners on the start line gave a round of applause to John Morris of Buckley Runners, who had organised the race for the last 7 years - Thank you John.

As the temperature dipped below 20°c for the first time all day, a gentle breeze picked up just enough to cool the runners down as they lined up for the start. Just over 90 runners turned up to tackle The Beast, taking on a slightly modified route from previous years, that saw the 7.5Km race route finish right outside the pub door.

In the men’s race, first over the line with a sprint finish and new course record was Karl Steiniegger, Ambleside AC, in a mind blowing time of 36.44. Second place went to Michael Corrales, NWRCC, in a photo finish time of 36.44.5. Third spot on the night went to Buckley Runner Jez Brown in a time of 37.11. Jez also won the male v40 race.

The ladies race winner was Hayley Evans, representing Buckley Runners, in an impressive time of 46.3 and new female race record . Second lady was Laura Baynham-Hughes from Helsby Runners, in 49.20 and third lady Karen Forster finished in 51.35, also taking the F50 win for Calder Valley.

In the age categories, lady v40 went to Ciara Murphy from Chester Tri in 54.07 and Male v50 was won by Dave Shepard, competing for VRAC in a time of 44.11. The male V60 title went to Vince Edwards of Deestriders, in 48.62 and the male V70 went to none other than Buckley’s very own John Morris.

John also took the ‘most team members’ prize, a sack of potatoes, on behalf of Buckley runners who promptly shared the 12.5kg of Maris Pipers between the 20 runners that had turned up to run.

Clwydian Range Runners had 9 runners out on the hills. For the ladies Laura Cosgrove came over the line in an impressive time of 53.08 and Mandy Peffers finished 3rd L40 in 55.24. Melanie Berry crossed the line in 59.24 and Nikita Berry 1.03.9.

Owen Arman 46.32, Greame Peacock 48.57, Jason Davies 50.18 and Stephen Jones 51.55 were out representing the clubs men.

Paul Stinton, CRR, finished in 1.07.24 having took a wrong turn, then double backed to finish the course properly – even having ran to the start line from home !

A massive thanks goes to all the helpers, to the Miners Arms pub, the marshals and time keepers.

A very special thanks goes to the Trinity Fammau Scout Group from Gwenaffield for volunteering to marshal our race.

Thanks to all of you that came along and for all the positive feedback that we received.

Happy running and see you all next year.     CRR.

Welsh 1000 Metre Peaks    Results
Tuesday Night Series Great Orme and Y Garn and over the 3 Hills and far away to the series so far results as long as you can remember to use the tabs at the bottom of the file

Joe Brown Tuesday Series Race 10 y Garn was re-routed to the slopes of yr Wyddfa following a threat of lightning (not forthcoming). In the overall Joe Brown series there have been more than 350 runners taking part, of which 73 have so far qualified (5 races complete) for the competition. It’s close at the top with not much in it between Math Roberts, Gareth Wyn Hughes and Russell Bentley. For the ladies, Miranda Grant leads Sian Williams and then Gemma Brown. All to play for with two to go.

Mike’s Facebook report from the night:

Round 10 Mid-week series, Rhyd ddu. Well by the time the forecasted bad weather had not appeared and the low clag on Garn had lifted JP had already marked the other side of the valley the good thing to come out of it I was bitten for less time and all the prize winners were still around. Wins for 'Sir', Mark Davies 1st 40 in 4th,Ryan Cain 1st U18 6th, Tomos Land 1st U14 7th and Max 1st U16 8th, good battle there. Miranda Grant top 10 again 1 place ahead of Sian, Dereck 1st 60 13th, Emlyn twin 1st 50 18th, Lisa Grantham 1st F40 27th, Sarah B F50 30th, Annabelle McQueen U16 Rhiannon Kamink U18 Emyr M70 and Maggie F60. C'Fon Tyres Jnr's. Wins again U8's for Merin and Emms, U10 Ben and Kyla, U 12s Guy and Efa and U 14 Cai and Samia, 11.45 and the bites just receding at last !

     John Parkinson

South Wales Midweek Series updated 6-6-16 but I can't view the file unless I pay microsoft. Am I the only person who cannot view the file? Should I have the file converted to XP friendly xls? Readers must let me know.
Cwmdu      Sunday29th May     Results

Mark Palmer, Mynydd Du and Matt Stott making it look easy at the Cwmdu race.

Exactly the same number of entrants this year as last – 59. This year’s entry was swelled by Forest of Dean and Chepstow club runners competing in their respective club championships.

A warm sunny day with a nice breeze and dry footing made for good running over the 16km and 3 major climbs totalling 920 metres in height gain.

Mark Palmer (M50) clocked up his first win on this course, and had four minutes lead over Matt Stott, a previous winner, and third placer Andrew May (M40).

Katie Beecher had a good one ending up fifth overall. Niki Morgan (F40) was second and Rhian Probert third.

Other age group leaders were Joc Dodd, Tracey Miles, John Aggleton and Gary Gunner.

Grateful thanks are due to Kay and Martin Lucas, Sue Ashton, Rob Brown and John Darby for marshalling, Niki Morgan and Lisa Jeffrey for registration, Paul Dodd for car parking, Alison Bray, Karen Elvers and Gareth Jones for kitchen duties and Gerry Ashton and Ed Dickson for timekeeping/finish recording. A marvellous team effort.

Dick Finch

Mynydd Pen y Fal     Wed 25th June     Results     Stews Welsh Pics

A cloudy, still and dry evening greeted the runners for the inaugural Mynydd Pen y Fal fell race, so named as to avoid yet another Sugarloaf race in the calendar. The race forms part of the WFRA South Wales Summer Evening Series. A very encouraging turnout of 47 runners (with one DNS) set off on a course that proved surprisingly difficult to navigate, in spite of the conditions. Although the start section through the warren of trods was marked, and a map had been available for online and on race day, the lead pack took a wrong turn after the stream crossing. My apologies to anyone who felt they had been robbed of a place (although everyone seemed to return roughly in the expected order) but that's fell running - as the British Champs race results from Black Combe this year show, nav is as important as fitness! I will be more explicit about EXACTLY where to go in the pre-race briefing next year. Anyway, everyone returned safe and sound for a somewhat hectic prize giving….

First man, in spite of his claimed 3/4 mile extra, was the in-form Iwan Morton of MMRT, winning the second race up the Sugarloaf in as many months after previous success in the April Sugarloaf race laid on by local club Mynydd Du. Iwan was chased closely to the line by Ian Macklin of MDC and Mynydd Du's Oscar Partridge. Emma Bayliss's local knowledge and recce saved a few off-course runners and earnt her first woman, with Mynydd Du club mates Rona Davies and Lou Summers in hot pursuit and clear winners of the women's team prize. Ian Macklin, Matt Stott and 0/60 winner John Aggleton brought home the men's team prize for the mighty MDC (yes, I am biased!).

Many, many thanks to the marshals Jake, Amie and Lucy - without them it would have been even more chaotic! They did a sterling job, Amie in particular proving a great help with the entries and timings in spite of my inexperience as RO.

I was especially pleased to have two novice fell runners complete their first race, here's hoping they return. Seeing them run in with a smile made the day for me so well done. It was also heartening to have a decent number of runners from Forest of Dean AC and Bridgend AC so thanks for making the trip. I hope to see an even better turnout next year.         Ed Dickson

Preseli Beast     Sat 7th May     Report    Beast Bach Results    Beast Results    Ultra Beast Results


Moel Eilio Fell Race      Sat 14th May       Pics from Jim
2016 Midweek Series       Results

Results from Abergwyngregyn.

283 runners taking part in the series overall, with about 45 qualifying by completing 5 races. Series so Far results included in the link above.

Facebook report from Mike: ROUND 7 MID-WEEK SERIES, ABER. Where are all these runners coming from ?, 111, I'm going to run out of numbers ! Well, the rain and the midges held off and saw Russ Bentley holding off past winners Math and Vaughany while in the ladies Hebogs Sian Lloyd Williams in 20th O/A held off Elliw Hafand Gemma Brown. Other podium places went to,U 14 Tomos Land, U16 St Davids Max Dunford, U18 St Davids Sam Mace, J P M40, Vic Belshaw M50, Dereck Weaver M60 and Don M70. In the Ladies, U16 Catrin D, U18 Rhiannon Kamink, F40 Belinda Buckingham (sorry I missed you out), F50 Emma Collins and F60 Maggie. C'FON TYRES JNR'S, U8 with 6 wins Merin Land cannot be beaten and another win for Olwen Baines, U10, Jake Roberts and Aimie Vaughan, U12, with 6 wins Georgia Parkie cannot be beaten while Guy notched up his 2nd win and U14 Callum O'D and Samia also continue their unbeaten runs. Thanks to you all for mucking in, just finished collating, its 01.45 and Im off to the shower, next week the Orme from the Ski Centre, entrance by the pier, share cars, if you arrive after 7pm you will be walking up the hill to register !!! Mike

Moel y Gest. Half way through and 262 different runners taking part! 26 runners having completed the requisite 5 races to qualify for the series.

Mike’s report from Facebook:

"Moel Y Gest, mid-week series.3 records,3 million midges and all around me.A record turnout here of 80 runners saw A great battle at the front tween Owen and Russ the latter winning by 18 seconds with St David's secret weapon Callum Nelson holding off JP (1st 40) for 3rd. 1st record went to Ryan Cain, 8th overall, new U 18 record by 3 minutes and now holds both the U16 and U18 records. In the ladies Miranda Grant absolutely flying this year took another win 10th O/A new rec by 3.26, Sian Hebog in 2nd also inside the old rec while Sarah B took another of Ellie's F50 rec's by nearly 2 min. Other cat winners were, 1st U16 Max D, St Davids, 1st 50 Emlyn twin, 1st 60 Nick B, 1st 70 Don, and 1st F40 Hebogs Ceri Lane, sorry I missed you Ceri, you didnt look 40!.Thanks to Dei and his team for the groundwork and Ellie, Cheryl and Tina, a donation was made tp the local pre-school. C'FON TYRES JNRS, U8 victories to Merin and Ella. U10 Dylan P and Kyla, U12s Jack and Georgia and U14s Samia and Callum. Mike"

-- John Parkinson

Results from Pen Dinas (Tuesday 3rd May) and the other 4 races in the series so far. Mike’s report (from Facebook):

JOE BROWN MID-WEEK SERIES,RND 5 .Where have all the young men gone ? only 3 sen men in the top 11 ! Wins for Owen Roberts and Hebogs Sian Willams, 11th overall, John P 1st 40 in 2nd O/A while SPJ took 3 min off the V60 rec in 5th !!!!

1st U16 was Menai's Gethin Davies, 15th O/A, Pete Close took the O50, 34th while Don took the M70 in 38th. Back to the ladies 5 seconds spanned Lou B, Beckie L and Sarah B the latter taking 2 min off the F50 rec while Annabelle McQueen set a new U16 rec by nearly 2 min in 27th and Lisa G taking the F40 in 35th. C'FON TYRES JNR CHAMPS.

Victory in the U8s went to Merin Land and Emma Grantham, Jake Roberts and Amy Vaughan U10s, Georgia P and Guy Soley the U12s with Samia and Guto W-T the U14s.
Thanks again to the helpers, could not cope without you all, thanks to the Vaynol Arms again and a donation was made to the local worthy cause.

Next race Moel Y Gest, turn right by Woolworths in the centre of Porthmadog and follow the arrows, rough and tumble,if you don't come back with blood on you you have not been trying, you have been warned,        Mike. -- John Parkinson