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The Welsh Fell Runners Association (WFRA) is an independent organization providing the following services to fell / mountain runners in Wales – an annual race calendar, regular Newsletters (minimum 3 per year), website, Open Championships,Civil Liability insurance for members (including Race Organisers). Annual Membership is £10.The membership year runs from January 1st to December 31st. If you join after 1st October your membership will last until the end of the following year. If you would like to join a membership form is available on this website (click on Join). You will need acrobat reader to download the form. Acrobat reader is available free on www.adobe.co.uk.
2015 WFRA Wales and Borders Race Calendar
This is a comprehensive Calendar, containing details of most Fell races in Wales and the Borders. It includes some races not in the FRA Calendar. The Calendar is free to paid-up members. Members, who have renewed their membership for 2015, will automatically be sent a copy. Non members can obtain a copy for £5.00 from Sandra Rowlands. Cheques payable to ‘Welsh Fell Runners Association’.
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Fell Race Organisers  WFRA Safety Requirements 2015
The WFRA Committee has finalised its revised Safety Requirements document (see above).
The Safety Requirements document re-iterates the principle that fell runners have primary responsibility for their own safety. The document includes minor changes in standards and clarifications but nothing that changes the essence of the sport. The Committee encourages all prospective competitors and Race Organisers to read the document carefully.

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

Race organisers for any of the events listed on the WFRA site are invited to e.mail full results to the webmaster when they will be promptly published on our results pages.
WFRA Race Acceptance Policy
Llyn y Fan   Ceiriog   Blorenge   Penmaenmawr     just arrived I will also feature any race reports I receive

Volunteers Wanted
The WFRA is looking for volunteers to join its Management Committee. We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who would be willing to assist us in managing our financial affairs and coordinating our annual programme of races. The duties are not onerous, especially as we will provide full support and guidance to all new Committee members. For an informal discussion, please contact any current Committee member and/ or Andrew Blackmore, Hon. Secretary. Andrew Blackmore

2015 Membership Form is now available
Blorenge          Sat 29th November        Results
WFRA Safety Requirements for Competitors - 2015

The WFRA has refreshed its Safety Requirements for competitors - these are effective from 1 January 2015.
Our requirements have been distilled into 10 simple rules, (as follows) supplemented by fuller guidance as included in the 2015 Safety document.
Competitors are advised to read these rules carefully.



Factors including weather and terrain mean that fell racing takes place in a hazardous environment. Competitors must have appropriate experience in the conditions that may be encountered so that they can manage their own safety.
The Race Organiser (RO) has a duty of care to competitors in their race. However, competitors must accept that race monitoring (marshals, checkpoint recording, search and rescue etc.) is not infallible and must not be considered a ‘safety net’.
A competitor enters a race on the understanding that they are responsible for their own safety. The competitor must obey all instructions from the RO and officials but must equip and conduct themselves as though they were unsupported for the duration of the race.
As a condition for entering any WFRA race, the competitor shall:
1.    comply with these safety rules and any additional race specific safety rules imposed by the Race Organiser (RO).
2.    follow the procedures described by the RO if they fail to start or abandon the race.
3.    obey all instructions from race officials.
4.    be aware of the serious disabling consequences of hypothermia, dehydration and heat exhaustion and act appropriately during the race.
5.    carry sufficient kit, e.g. body and leg cover which gives protection from the effects of wind chill and safety equipment, (including food and drink) throughout the race to be able to navigate and provide
      protection from hypothermia, or dehydration and heat in the worst foreseeable weather conditions during the race, noting that rescue could take a long time.
6.    take note of the length and severity of the race and local weather forecast for the day and judge their capabilities accordingly.
7.    consider how any health impairments may jeopardise their safety or of others and act accordingly.
8.    take specific note of RO information on the nature of the terrain on the race route, checkpoints to be visited or course to be followed and any restrictions to route choice.
9.    have the skills, experience and equipment required to comply with the RO’s navigation and safety requirements, having assessed conditions on the day.
10.   take reasonable care not to create hazards that may cause harm to other people and support anyone in need of assistance, even if it means abandoning their race.

Change of Race Dates and Other Corrections

Mortimers Forest Race scheduled for Sunday, 7th December will now take place on Sunday 14th December
The route has also been shortened to 8 miles/1400' Further details from race organiser Colin Lancaster
Correction...Skirrid Fell Race takes place on 20th December (not the 13th).
Correction...This years Corndon Classic is on Sunday 21st Dec. at 11am (not on the Saturday).
Correction...This years Jubilee Plunge is on Sunday 28th (not 30th). Full Race Details

Dash in the Dark Trail Race 2      Fri 5th December      Results

In the run up to the second race of the Dash in the Dark series the weather could not have been any worse. Icy winds and heavy rain failed to put off the 84 runners that arrived ready to tackle the 6 Km off road route at Coed Llandega.
Eventually the rain gave way to a slippy start in the forest as the full moon guided runners off onto the night time trails.

Defending his lead in the series and first back was Karl Steinegger, Ambleside AC on (25:26), with Thomas Hiles only 28 seconds behind him at (25:54) and Jason Large , from Picked Riders, in third place (28:04).
First of the ladies back was Sarah Ryder , Wrexham Tri, for her second win in the series and one second slower than her last time (33:17), then Sandra Rowlands, Eryri Harriers in second (34:43) and Hayley Evans from Buckley Runners in third (34:50).

Thanks goes to all the marshals / helpers on the day and a big thank you goes to the hosts at One Planet Adventure for the facilities and lovely hot soup.
Best wishes to all for the festive break and hopefully see you back in the New Year with the 3rd race in the series planned for Friday 23rd January 2015.

South Wales Series Presentation


The presentation for the 2014 South Wales Series took place after another very well attended Blorenge race. Paul Fosh, owner of Paul Fosh Auctions, who very generously sponsored this year's Series and provided the awards, presented the much sought after WFRA mugs and, arguably, the even more sought after vouchers from a well known local sports shop. On behalf of the WFRA and the prize winners, I would like to thank Paul for his generosity.
The overall Series Winners were Mark Palmer (pictured) and Jackie Lee, who was, due to car problems, unable to attend. Matt Stott (pictured) was a very close second and Rich Johnson (pictured) in third place. Rona Davies (pictured) and Celia Mills took second and third places respectively. As I said at the presentation, there were relatively few women eligible for prizes as many did not complete the minimum number of races - a shame, I hope participation increases next year.
The Series will, of course, be back in 2015 - the races have been selected with a very strong bias towards the longer distances. I hope to see you all next year.       Andrew Blackmore

Ron Skilton Half Marathon       Sunday 26th October      Results       More information      Ron Skilton Facebook
Penmaenmawr       Saturday 22nd November 2014      Results

Photo of the leading Eryri men including the winning 1,2 and 3. Centre is Steve Jones, winning v60 and an amazing 13th overall.

Lucky once again with the weather ! The preceding evening and night was extremely wet and windy so it was great to wake up and see clear blue skies and a favourable forecast. This year was the 40th anniversary of what is one of the most popular fell races in Wales . The nature of the course and its long history help contribute to its wide appeal - This year no exception with 250 pre-entered.

223 runners were set off by local town mayor Dafydd Borland and within 2 ½ hours , they were all back . One of the most “efficient” races in recent years ! Conditions were , apparently, surprisingly good underfoot given the recent wet weather. Local runner Math Roberts was unchallenged from the start , Despite his various deviations from the route ( in perfect visibility !!). He took the win by a couple of minutes from fellow Eryri members Martin Cliffe and Dylan Jones.

Similarly , in the ladies race, former winner Andrea Rowlands was five minutes clear of the others at the finish .

The VET categories are always both fiercely contested and inspirational , this year was no exception. Special mention for recent Vet 60 Steve Jones who came 13th overall ( one to watch in Brit Champs 2015) and Vet 50 Russell Owen – consistently good performance year on year – 15th in 1:21

The Aim for me every year is to continue to provide a value- for- money event with as much “profit” as possible going to local charities. This year we have been extremely lucky once again to be supported by : Haglofs UK ( prizes ), Pen Town Council, Capelulo Village Hall, X-Ray Mins , Conwy Brewery . Every runner received a bottle of finishers Ales and a hand made commemorative mug from Bentham Pottery.

Huge thanks to our loyal band of helpers & marshalls – simply couldn’t run an event like this without them !

Special mention to the group of “Chefs” running from Saddleworth runners & led by Mark Brakespear . He rang me early in the year with this idea and so I felt totally happy that this was not a bunch of fun-runners who were going to cause concern by taking on the event dressed as chefs ( and chasing a lobster !!!!) . But, they planned every detail and had support in the shape of a hotdog stall erected at the finish providing “free food” .... but with donations to our race charity . SO, thanks to them . I wouldn’t be keen to see lots of groups doing this in the future but these guys really did nail it & have everything covered !

Very much look forward to seeing everyone again in 2015 and ... don’t forget that its always been pre-entry !       Chris Near       Race Organiser

Llyn Y Fan       Sat 22nd November       Race Map      Results

55 intrepid fell racers turned up for the second race in the South Wales winter fell series - amazing after the gales and squalls of the day before. The bunch set off in blue skies along the track to Llyn y Fan Fach with Bannau Sir Gar towering above, topped with cloud. Leaving the track here they hit the fell, up around the bowl to the ridge proper – awesome sky running if you could see the sky and not the cloud – up to CP1 at Picws Du. From the cairn, the runners followed the ridge to a small descent then a second rise to Fan Foel and CP2. From there, theoretically, there is a steep exciting descent - if you got the right line (though it seems there were various versions taken at this point!) –which brings you down to the hill below racing back to the car park, hopefully avoiding stream gullies and bog to the right and left, the odd unsuspecting rock and a leat.

Matt Stott (MDC) was a clear winner with a time of 00:47:15, followed by over 40 category winner and second man, Daniel Hooper (Sarn Helen) just over 30 seconds later in 00:47:39. Ben Moon (MDC) was third man in at 00:49:12. Helen Fines (Holmfirth), current female record holder, was first woman coming in at 00:53:46. Emma Bayliss (Mynydd Du) came in with an exciting sprint finish at 1:00:22.

Other category winners were Alice Bedwell (MDC), first female over 50; Paul Jeggo (Springfield), first male over 50; Fay Walsh (Aberystwyth AC), first female under 23; Bev Tucker (Brecon AC), first female over 40; and last but not least Steve Littlewood (Hereford Couriers), first male over 60 winner.

Well done to all who ran – many, many thanks to my very able registration team of Emma Bayliss and Lou Massey, my two marshals on the tops, Sean Taylor and Julian Price, Sean also for bringing his work / tea and cake van, John Sweeting for handing over so much info and advice with this race. Most thanks to my family who helped me set up and Tom who time kept, watered and fed us.

See you next year in September!      Sasha Habgood

Gyhirych Grind       Sunday 16th November      Results

So why's this competitor staring so intently at the ground?

A hardy, some would say foolhardy group of 11 runners turned up for the inaugural running of this race, on what turned out to be a very misty day in the Beacons. I can only assume that the precipitously steep climbs, the fact that checkpoint 2 was on the ‘summit’ of Fan Fraith, a hill which few had visited previously, coupled with the necessity for good navigational skills put off other runners.

The race started at the fence above the layby and the runners soon disappeared into the mists with the finish on the now long disused tramway. I was informed by the bemused marshals on CP1 that runners appeared from ‘all directions’ and on leaving the checkpoint were somewhat ‘uncertain’ as to where CP2 may actually be. This was evident as 3 runners did not find CP2, but navigation was not an issue for Jim Masters and Pete Gardner who were 1st and 2nd respectively – with only seven seconds separating them.

Andy Creber was next in, some two and a half minutes later with the first lady, Sasha Habgood – following a further two and half minutes later. Standing at the finish, I shared the marshals’ bemusement over the very disparate directions from which runners emerged from the mist.

Everyone told me, they had a good time (even those who DNF), but am not sure I believe them. The races I organise tend to epitomise ‘grass roots’ fell running and seem to attract those who relish a navigational challenge alongside a test of their athletic prowess, but this does seem to be very much a niche attraction. I would really appreciate any feedback from those who did the race and comments from those who may have been put off from participating.

I am immensely grateful to the indefatigable Martin and Kay Lucas who jumped at the chance to marshal – many races would simply not happen without their enthusiastic support, and Dave Austin who, after some rather unseemly begging, agreed to act as my replacement marshal.

Dash in the Dark Races 2014        Friday 7th November      Results Race 1

Friday saw the return of the Dash in the Dark series held at Coed Llandega.
A large turnout with a total of 61 runners set off into the dark forest for 6km of unknown !
The weather had been wet in the days leading up to the first race in the series, but on the night the clouds cleared to reveal the full moon.
First back in a blistering time was Karl Steinegger, Ambleside AC on (25:15), closely followed by Thomas Hiles, (25:41) and Dean Yarwood (29:32).
First of the ladies back was Sarah Ryder , Wrexham Tri (33:16), then Sandra Rowlands, Eryri (33:25) and Claire Sutcliffe, Chester Tri (33:45).
A big thank you goes to the hosts at One Planet Adventure, for the facilities and lovely hot soup. Thanks also to all the marshals / helpers on the day. Full results are available on clwydianrangerunners.com

The Dash in the Dark races take place on a Friday evening at at the Llandegla forest visitors centre (now One Planet Adventure). We have the backing of the centre and have received the access agreement from the forest owners. The races are WFRA insured.

as they asked for it before considering our request. The dates are 7th November 2014, 5th December 2014 and 23rd January 2015. Race Poster

Rhobell Fawr Saturday 8th November      Results       Photos by Dan Wyre

The prizewinners

There was a large turnout as the race was the final counter in the inov-8 / WFRA Open Welsh Championships and North Wales Series (sponsored by Cotswold Outdoor). Weather conditions were cool, showery and breezy.

The inov-8/WFRA Welsh Champions for 2014 are Mark Palmer of Mynydd Du and Jackie Lee of Eryri. Other category winners -
Male : Under 40 Peter Ryder (Brycheiniog), Over 40 Darren Fishwick (Chorley), Over 50 Mark Palmer (Mynydd Du), Over 60 Gary Gunner (Croft Ambrey), Over 70 Rob West (MDC).
Female : Over 40 Mel Price (Mercia), Over 50 Emma Collins (Denbigh), Over 60 Maggie Oliver (Eryri).

The winners of the Cotswold Outdoor North Wales Series are Paul Jones of Mercia and Jackie Lee of Eryri. Other category winners -
Male : U/40 Karl Steinegger (Ambleside), Over 40 Paul Jones (Mercia), Over 50 Neil Shepherd (Bowland), Over 60 Alan French (Wrexham), Over 70 John Morris (Buckley).
Female : Over 40 Andrea Rowlands (Eryri), Over 50 Emma Collins (Denbigh), Over 60 Maggie Oliver (Eryri).

Clwydian Hills Race      Sunday 2nd November      Results       Photos
Sugar Loaf       Saturday 25th October       Results
Breidden Hills Fell Race      Sunday 5th October        Results
Mendip Muddle       Sunday 12th October        Results
October Newsletter

2014 October Newsletter The latest newsletter was emailed out on 7th October to all members.

If you have not received your copy please email g7hgc@btinternet.com

Ceiriog Canter Saturday 11th October      Results

We had a good turn out this year, for this Cotswold Outdoor North Wales Series counter, with 66 runners and some impressive times. John Bowie’s old course record that had stood for three years was beaten by a number of runners. Lloyd Taggart, MO40, Manx FR, was first home with a time of 42.43, beating the previous course record by a full four minutes. Andrea Rowlands, FO40, Eryri, successfully defended and beat her own female record with a time of 51.26.

The weather was variable and most runners finished before the rain showers. Apart from a few gorse scratches everyone made it back in one piece. Overall a good day was had by all.

We would like to thank the marshals for their help and for looking after everyone so well. Special thanks to the Spa in Glyn Ceiriog and Chirk for their very generous donations towards the prizes, also to The Oak Y Dderwen pub in Glyn Ceiriog. Photos will be displayed on the website www.canolfanceiriog.org. We would like to thank everyone for coming, all the money raised goes towards the running costs of the community centre. We look forward to seeing you again next year. Diolch yn Fawr.

Black Mountains        Sat 27th September       Results        Pics from Gill Stott

There was a large turnout as the race was a counter in the inov-8/WFRA Open Welsh Championships and South Wales Series (sponsored by Paul Fosh Auctions).

Well, what a shocking race it was for some! Even the local farmer Cliff did not know anything about the 2 strand electric fence across all of the face of the big climb to checkpoint 2. Andrew Blackmore kindly offered to marshall the small gate so that only a few hardy runners took the risk of electric shock by taking on the said fence. Maybe Katie Beecher - 1st lady (5th place overall) took on the fence, as she shot around in 2 hours 50 minutes 39 seconds, beating past multiple winner Jackie Lee by over 2 minutes.
First place and prolific winner of races this year was Hugh Aggleton. Ever youthful Mark Palmer was third and first over 50. Only 3 had to retire, should have been 4, but one brave male runner kept going and finished despite a bad head wound and had a very bloodied vest.

Thanks to all helpers, Les Williams, Chris and Jess Taylor, Llanbedr local - Steve, John B and son, Dick Finch, John Chidlow, St Peters School, Nicky and burger van guy - for the tasty bacon butties and anybody else who helped and I have missed.         John Darby

Gladstone 9         28th September 2014       Results

Perfect weather conditions & good visibility prevailed for this year’s Gladstone 9 race, which had 45 finishers (& Gary P-J’s dog), all of whom seemed to have enjoyed the route, the views & the post-race homemade flapjacks.

This year, there were only three Eryri finishers in the top ten. New Daddy Martin Cliffe was the first home in 1.15.40 (also 1st M40), new-on-the-scene youngster Sion Harlow was 5th overall (& 1st U23) in 1.21.06, & supermum Andrea Rowlands 10th overall & 1st lady (& 1st F40), breaking her own 2009 record by 35secs to finish in 1.24.10. Fred Maier (U/A) was second in 1.19.42 with Chris Donnely & Stephen McCarron, both from Sale Harriers finishing 3rd & 4th in 1.20.08 & 1.20.47 resp. Paul Rowley, also from Sale, was 6th overall in 1.21.40. Eryri’s Stuart McDonald finished in 11th place, winning the 1st local runner’s prize, in 1.24.25. Next came the fiercely contended battle for the M50 prizes, with cat & mouse games being played all the way across the bog from Tal y Fan to Moel Lus. It culminated in an Eryri 1, 2 & 3, with Steve P Jones finishing in 1.26.08, despite still suffering from his fall on the Pedol Peris, Tim Watson, fit from his recent trip to the Himalayas, in 1.26.43, & Russel Owen, who’d driven all the way from sunny Darwen, in 1.27.13. Cybi’s Irfon Rowlands tucked in behind SPJ to finish 13th overall & 1st M40 in 1.26.38. Colwyn Bay’s Mark Jones took the 2nd M40 in 1.36.05, with Mysteruns’ Richard Borne 3rd in 1.39.26. Neil Hindle was 1st M60 in 1.42.12, Cybi’s Ian Rothery 2nd in 1.47.00 but he was beaten by Buckley’s John Morris 1st M70 in 1.44.20. Brian Robbins of Eryri completed the mens prize winners finishing 2nd M70 in 1.46.19.

2nd & 3rd ladies to finish were Eryri’s Hayley Turner & Alex Fletcher in 1.45.22 & 1.45.32 resp., with Jill Riley, also from Eryri, taking 1st F50 in 1.58.51. Pip Thomas & Ruth Jackson, both unattached, finished 1st & 2nd F40 in 2.03.53 & 2.19.22.

Our sincere thanks go to Team Dolly, who provided radio communication between checkpoints, and all the many marshals and helpers, without whom we would not have been able to safely organise the race. We were very grateful for the generous sponsorship provided by Fletcher & Poole Estate Agents, & X-Ray Minerals, support from Benards Gallery Craig y Don, enabling us to present a framed photo of a local mountain view as a prize for the winning male & female, & to Tony Hulme at Running Bear, who, as always, provided us with a good deal on kit for the remaining 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 for the first local’s prize.

A small financial contribution will be given to Team Dolly, Eryri Harriers & the WFRA, & we are pleased to announce that Diabetes UK & the Snowdonia Society will also each receive a £50 donation.

Ellie Salisbury, Maggie Oliver, Alex Fletcher & Stuart McDonald

Black Mountains Race 27th September 2014


Overall winner of the Black Mountains race was Hugh Aggleton, MDC in 2:29:07 (pictured) with first lady - Katie Beecher, Les Croupiers in 2:50:39 in an incredible 5th place overall.

North Wales Junior Mountain Running Championships        Pics from Paul Challender       Results
Pedol Peris Photos
Fan Fawr Cancelled

"Due to unforeseen circumstances Fan Fawr on the 4th October 2014 has been cancelled. The organisers offer sincere apologies for this and plan to return with one of South Wales' favourite fell races next year."
Chris Gildersleve       Race Organiser

Llyn Brenig Trail Race       Sat 6th September        Results

Damp, yet calm conditions greeted 63 runners in the 2014 edition of this 9 mile trail race. John Morris, of organising club Denbigh Harriers, stormed home in a highly creditable 55.35, with Andy Campbell from Wrexham Tri, close on his heels. Lisa Morley, of Wrexham AC, was first lady with 67.07, with Wendy Trimbel winning her category with 67.54. As usual, the Running Bear socks were a popular finisher's momento and thanks go to the terrific team at the Brenig Centre who provide a HQ centre that has few rivals among race organisers in the region!        Peter Agnew

Ragleth Inn Fell Race       Wed 27th August       Results