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2014 WFRA Wales and Borders Race Calendar
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Fell Race Organisers  WFRA Safety 2014
The WFRA Committee has finalised its revised Safety Requirements document (see above) which has now been incorporated into the 2014 Race Organisers Handbook.
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
Waun Fach   Tintern Trot   Guto Nyth Bran   Tal Y Fan     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

New AL race in South Wales - 22 miles (35km)/5980 feet (1800m) being held on Saturday August 9th. Race details at steambunnybluff.co.uk. Please note that this race is not insured by the WFRA and that prospective competitors should make suitable enquiries of the race organiser.
Waun Fach    Sat 19th July    Results

There may have been some fun runners who paid overmuch attention to weather forecasters and their symbols of donner und blitzen in the Beacons, (and we know who they are) but the hardcore (and we could see who they were) showed up on Sunday afternoon and were rewarded with excellent running conditions at Waun Fach - mild wind, a little mist on the top, no rain, uncertain sunshine – and good times across the board in this inov-8 / WFRA Open Welsh Championships counter.p> Records are there to be broken: it`s only last year since the course had to be shortened to start at the Cwm Trefforest Riding Centre, but they took a tumble. Matt Stott won in a sizzling finish, pipping fellow MDC clubmate Chris Jones in a sprint up the final sharp climb to the finish on Castle Hill. Chris clearly thought Matt had not tried hard enough earlier to have kept these reserves untapped, but the spectators had seen Matt`s somersault and recovery behind him on the last descent of the Dragon`s Back.

First Lady home was Lauren Jeska from Aberystwyth, who also convincingly broke the 2013 record.p> There were a few more final sprint finishes to come, but some runners, by now walkers, stopped, out of breath inches from the timing beam on the finishing line. This did not influence final standings, no more than the complaint registered against an experienced runner who took a creative line at the first marshalling point, unheeding of vocal protest around him and in flagrant contempt of the Race Director`s pre-start briefing . At the subsequent stewards` enquiry, it was accepted that the miscreant had probably lost time with this ploy, that overall placings were unaffected, and so it was decided that no disciplinary decision would be taken. Few runners appreciate the final gasp up to the finish. It`s a wonderful vantage point for spectators, however, to view the last downhill stretch and, surprisingly perhaps, to appreciate the audible sounds of laboured breathing and sometimes unsporting expletives from quite some distance away.

Prize for heaviest footfall goes to Mark Palmer, in third place.

Many thanks are extended to the Riding Centre, for their continued hospitality. To the marshals, Alice Bedwell, Les Williams, Andy Bray and Dick Finch who struggled to his post while feeling very much under the weather; to Gareth Jones for sweeping and to Karen Elvers on registration, also many thanks.

Ras Guto Nyth Bran   Sat 5th July      Results
TAL Y FAN     Saturday 12 July 2014    Results

The weather forecast was not good, with rain predicted at 2.30pm when most of the runners would be out on the open moorland between the summit of Tal y Fan and the Penmaenmawr Stone circle. One past “sweeper” was on holiday in New Zealand, and our possible replacement declined citing a broken toe. Helen the Race Organiser fancied a trip around the course, but is not good in low cloud, so should we go ahead with no sweeper? Fifteen minutes before the start, Iorwerth Roberts, a V70 turned up who knew the course, and was likely to be at the back of the field. Helen found her vest and bum bag, and left instructions for the prize giving, scheduled for 4pm.

The Carnival Queen sounded the hooter and the field was off, with the 2013 winner, Jez Brown soon at the front of the field and attacking the hill to the youth hostel. Helen and Iorwerth made a steadier start, chatting about the course as they went. The Cae Coch cut off of 40 minutes was playing on Iorwerth's mind, in 2013 he got there in 36 minutes, would we make it in time, or be turned back?

The steady start turned into a brisk walk as the 25% road became 33%, and the rest of the 44 runners pulled ahead. The humidity felt high, as we pressed on, gradually moving to a gentle running pace. The stile at Cae Coch loomed, as did a table with water. At 34 minutes Iorwerth was happy as he climbed the stile and headed up the grassy path towards the summit. Reverting to the brisk walk we made our way upwards. At the summit the marshals reported that Jez went through ages ago at speed, and was now through the last check point and heading towards the finish.

Iorwerth led the way across the open moorland. The recent sunny days meant the boggy bits were fairly dry and good progress was made over the bilberry bushes. The wild ponies watched as we went by, but the sheep ignored us. The marshals at the Stone Circle stood out in their high-viz and we turned to head back to Rowen. More gates, more marshals, and another welcome water stop before we passed the final check point and started the steep descent. We're late for the presentation I thought as we zig-zagged down to the road and the last mile.

Passing the pub we got lots of applause, a beer would have been nice, but no time as we aimed for Iorwerth's 2013 time of 2:14:02. Jez had been back for an hour, finishing 3 minutes quicker than in 2013, while Iorwerth crossed the line in 2:12:57.

A big thanks to all our marshals and helpers, and to the rain for staying away until after 6pm.

Helen and Doug Blair     Race Organisers

Tintern Trot     Thursday 3rd July 2014    Results

Another great night at the Abbey Mill, with a record entry of 222 runners. 

1st man      Matt Collins                   Mic Morris Running Team           37:16
1st lady     Lynette Porter                 Bitton Road Runners               44:50

2nd  man     Daniel Bodman                  Aberdare                          38:12 
3rd   man    Alex Donald                    Cardiff AAC                       38:29 

2nd Lady     Clara Evans                    Pontypridd                        45:04
3rd Lady     Nicola Gething                 Parc Bryn Bach                    45:19

1st  mens team   Aberdare
1st ladies team    Westbury 

MV40 Paul Murrin            Chepstow         39:03   LV35  Tamsin Chick          Westbury Harriers      51:41
MV45 Richard Self           Les Croupiers    45:03   LV40  Nicola Gething        Parc Bryn Bach         45:19
MV50 Dimitri Vorres        Pontypool         44:46   LV45  Niki Morgan           Chepstow               45:55
MV55 Robert Wilson        Penarth & Dinas    46:44   LV50  Lynette Porter        Bitton                 44:50
MV60 Mike Murphy          Les Croupiers      45:40   LV55  Julie Scholey         Les Croupiers          52:52
MV65 Clive Evans          Welsh Masters      57:43   LV60   Jacqui Wynds         Forest Of Dean         59:05
                   LV70   Daphne Austerberry     Chepstow              81:29

Neuadd Skyline     Sunday 29th June    Results

The fabulous weather inspired Hugh Aggleton to break a new course record of one hour, one minute and 44 seconds. A big well done to the 41 hardy competitors who took part. Our prize winners were 1st Hugh Aggleton, 2nd Mark Palmer, 3rd Pete Ryder, 1st F Rhian Probert, 2nd Sammi Toop, 3rd Naomi Law, 1st Mv40 Richard Johnson, 1st Mv50 (who wasn't Mark Palmer) Paul Jeggo, 1st MV60 Steve Herrington, 1st FV40 (who wasn't Rhian or Naomi) Celia Mills, 1st FV50 Caroline Dallimore. Thanks hugely to our marshals Joc Dodd, Paul Dodd, Denise Evans, Mike Evans, timer John Chidlow and results helper Matthew Lawson plus his band of little helpers, and our stalwart sweeper Judith Austerberry. This year no-one forgot to go up Fan by Big, everyone who started, finished, and all the home-baked cakes (OK then, Lidls value offerings) were polished off.

Moel Siabod Saturday 5th July     Results

Moel Siabod 2014 Race Report

Once again we were blessed with a glorious sunny day for the third year in a row. Clearly Capel Curig's reputation for rain needs to be reappraised. Great turnout of 111 runners were rewarded with no mandatory kit requirement, thanks to Ross Powell for his guidance, clearly the correct decision as skies continued to clear.

Last years winner Felipe Jones of Aberystwyth A/C led the way up the initial forest track but had slipped to second behind Eryri's Math Roberts by the time they reached the summit halfway point, this in approximately just 32 minutes. Things were to turn around on the descent though with reports of Felipe jumping Gazelle like (Marshalls words not mine) it was his familiar stride which first came into view at the Finish line.
Felipe's winning time was 47:53 & secured him a third victory in the last 4 years.

In a comfortable 2nd place was Math Roberts in 48:40 followed by a remarkable run by John Spill in 50:59. John is just 16 years old & looks like being a star of the future. Martin Cliffe, winner in 2012 & runner up last year came in 4th in 52:47 making it 3 in the top 4 for Eryri. Onto the Women's category, Andrea Rowlands held a slight lead on Jackie Lee (both Eryri) at the summit. As they made up overall places on the descent it was Jackie who prevailed to come home 1st in 56:12. She is now unbeatable in this years British Championships. Andrea secured second spot in 57:49 continuing her remarkable comeback after giving birth just a year ago. In 3rd with a time of 61:06 was Caitlin Rice of Glossopdale Harriers.

Finishers headed for a cooling dip in the Afon Llugwy, then off to the Capel Curig Festival field where Gaby's Goulash & Sandwiches from the Tyn y Coed awaited them. At the prize giving Ross received warm applause before he announced the Category winners, MU.18 John Spill, MU40 Felipe Jones, MO40 Martin Cliffe, MO50 Dafydd Roberts, MO60 Alan French, MO70 John Morris, FU40 Jackie Lee, FO40 Andrea Rowlands, FO50 Emma Collins & FO60 Maggie Oliver. First Local was Leo Scheltinga in 58:04, 20th overall, winning the Mike Cousins Memorial Shield. We also had two competitors in the Junior Race, Mike Spill winning the U12's & Gethin Davies the U14's.

To cap a wonderful day a team of Male Fell Runners took on the locals in a tug of war. Amazingly despite their efforts in the race itself they came from behind, largely due to their 'appointing' a manic coach who I will not name & shame here, to prevail 2:1 victors to great cheers & laughter all around.

As ever may I thank all the Marshalls as well as Team Dolly for their radio support. Paul Hodges

The WFRA Committee would like to express its gratitude to the members of Mynyddwyr de Cymru (MDC) fell running club for their kind, unsolicited donation. The donation is gratefully received and will assist in ensuring the WFRA can continue to promote grass roots fell running in Wales and the Borders.
Llanberis Tuesday 24th June    Results and Tuesday Night Series Final Standings

Hello runners. If you don't want to see pictures without runners please send me some. Cheers your webmaster

Foel Fras    Sat 28th June 2014    Results

Tregarth Trot    Wed 25th June 2014    Results

The race went ahead on Wednesday June 25th and apart from 4 runners (1 man who was in the lead and then later on 1 local woman with 2 following her) who missed seeing the tapes the other side of a kissing gate and got on the wrong footpath, 40 runners completed the course.

We were lucky with the weather as it stayed dry for the race. The winner of the men’s race was Karl Ashworth U/A in a time of 48.58 and the ladies winner was Kate Worthington of Eryri in 59.10. Thanks to over 20 marshalls who gave up their time freely to help out on the evening, also to Trefor Jones for hacking the bracken so the runners could have a clear route through, the sponsor Zac Laraman for paying for the trophies and running numbers and Mike Blake for helping mark the course, doing the signage and being a sweeper on the day. The proceeds from the event were donated to the Cylch Meithrin in Tregarth.           Jenny Heming

Moel Y Gamelin     Sun 15th June    Results

Hot Foot Up Fammau     Wed 18th June    Results

A lovely evening for this year's Hotfoot up Famau race, with crystal clear views over the Vale of Clwyd and distant Snowdonia. The route was overgrown in places, particularly at the bottom of Nant y Ne, so it was harder work than usual to plough through the ferns. The men's race was won by Jez Brown of Buckley, with Victoria Whitehead of Denbigh recording an excellent first win in the female race. Dave Sargent (Eden) and Lawrence Eccles (Penny Lane Striders) were second and third overall. Alice Robinson (Tattenhall) and Kate Lightfoot (Tattenhall) came second and third in the ladies race.
Simon Roberts

Tal Y Mignedd     Saturday 21st June    

"For those of you who ran the Pedol Pennant on Saturday and didn't feel you spent suffice time on the Nantlle Ridge, then Saturday's second running of Râs Tal y Mignedd will once again allow you to reach the summit's giant obelisk. Another classic race in the making, the route is a simple out and back and considerably longer than most Tuesday evening races of recent years. Starting at the farm at Tal y Mignedd Isaf the route will follow the farm track for 0.8 miles before violently ascending a goliath 1800ft in just over a mile. On tapping Queen Victoria's obelisk the the route returns along the same kamikaze descent before arriving back at the farm. Estimate winning time is 37 minutes 45 seconds. There will also be under 8 / 10 / 12 and 14 junior races. (Course map in Events Section) Once again the farmers of the Nantlle Valley are being extremely welcoming and the farmer's wife will be serving a collection of hot drinks, refreshments and cakes before and after the race. All proceeds will go to the local Ysgol Baladeulyn."

Abergwyngregyn     Tuesday 17th June     Results     Pics from Gary

“It is midnight as I am writing my report and the midge bites are only just going down. Well done to John Parkinson, overall winner and 19 secs off the previous vet 40 record set 4 years ago. Meanwhile Becki Law tightens her grip on the ladies title with another win.

Also 45 juniors in the caernarfon tyres champs and some late runs being put in could see the current standings change at the last race - based from the Heights in Llanberis. Don’t forget the race starts at 7pm next week and is a little way from registration. Thanks to all the helpers tonight!     Mike”

Darrens Dash     Sunday 15th June 2014     Results     Photolink

Longtown, Herefordshire. Sunday 15th June 2014 - The 9th Darrens Dash event After a blistering day on Saturday, race day dawned with thin low cloud lying on the hills. This was forecast to burn off but lingered until mid-morning to be replaced by a mix of sunshine and cloud. Good weather for running when combined with a few dry days to harden the previously soggy surface. The hot weather meant that the bottles of Celtic Vale water from event sponsor and local business Black Mountain Mineral Water company were in high demand!
Entry numbers were slightly down on last year at 74. Unfortunately the forecast high temperatures deterred a number of Cani Cross runners fearful for the wellbeing of their dogs. Only the contingent from Ilkeston Running Club who were mad enough to run the day after taking part in the ‘Man Vs Horse’ event. Mind you, they had a good motivation, running in memory of their clubmate Darren who shares a name with the distinctive crags forming the skyline above Longtown that give their name to the race. Whilst their sanity may have been questioned their commitment couldn’t and nor could that of the fell running novices who came across from the ‘flatlands’ of Cambridgeshire to try their hand at this unique dimension of running.
A minor change to this year’s route did not deviate from the requirement to run through the Olchon brook, whilst the early spring rains had also added a marshy section at the end of the steep climb up through farmland. The high temperatures necessitated a water stop at this point which many runners took advantage of before the relentless diagonal climb to the top of the Darrens crags. All the effort was rewarded with magnificent views and a gently undulating ridge taking them towards their descent path which provided a swift route to the valley finish. First time ‘Dasher’ James Smith of Black Pear Joggers, Worcester, led strongly from the start and flew down the descent slopes to set a new course record of 43.12, whilst Niki Morgan from Chepstow Harriers made her way confidently through the field to finish in an impressive 53.34 and set another course record. Simon Downs and his dog Figaro were the first finishers in the Cani Cross event in a time of 76.54. The ‘first local’ trophy was re-instated, congratulations to Archie Gemmell who was awarded the trophy after completing his first ‘Dash’ in 63.50.
A special mention to Chris Hawkins (of Forest of Dean Athletic Club) who hobbled to the end of the course with his dog Maya supported by local man Harry Franklin, despite sustaining an ankle injury.
1st 43.12 James Smith, Black Pear Joggers
2nd 44.55 John Pullen, Wye Valley Runners
3rd 47.11 Jim Masters, Wye Valley Runners
1st 53.34 Niki Morgan, Chepstow Harriers
2nd 54.21 Nicola Gething, Parc Bryn Bach
3rd 55.27 Nikki Childs, Wye Valley Runners
Full results available on: www.wyevalleyrunners.co.uk/darrens-dash
Grateful thanks to Eric and Jean Price, Rob and Julie Bevan, Richard and Anthea Clare, Anthony and Angela Evans, Ruth Pritchard, Richard Prosser, the Black Mountain Graziers, Natural England and the Brecon Beacons National Park for their permission to run across their land. A special thank you Longtown Mountain Rescue team who provide the mountain safety marshals and to Black Mountain Mineral Water Company who not only sponsor the event drinking water but also sponsor the event trophies.
Why not join us in June next year for the 10th Anniversary Race?
Mike Fawcett
Race organiser

Ras Pedol Cwm Pennant     Sat 14th June     Pics from Math Roberts    Results

Race Description    Race Map

There was a large turnout as the race was a counter in the inov-8 / WFRA Open Welsh Championships and Cotswold Outdoor North Wales Series. Weather conditions were overcast and breezy with mist on the highest summits. Late in the race it became warm and sunny.

Y Garn     Tuesday 10th June     Results

“Well I never thought I’d see the day when we had more juniors than seniors! Well done to parents for getting them there and helping to marshal. In the Joe Brown’s race, well done again to John Spill only 28 secs outside the overall course record. Impressive when you consider Ifan’s descent record was 5:48! Other records to go were Bronwen Jenks knocking 22 seconds off her own FU18 record, while Don Williams took over 7 1/2 minutes off the V70. Meanwhile Stell Farrer and Ellie Sallisbury continue to do battle in the F50. Mike."

Up the Beast    Results
Preseli Beast     Sat 24th May 2014    Results      Beast Bach Results     Report     Youtube Video

Photo by Kirsty Morris

Boar’s Head Hill Race     Wed 4th June      Results

Despite the appallingly grey and rainy day 220 runners assembled at the Boar’s Head. This was the second largest field the race has ever had – 226 turned up in 1993 – and had the weather been better then I think that figure would easily have been surpassed. As we haven’t had a field like that for over ten years we were taken a little by surprise and ran out of numbers, having to resort to hand-crafted felt-tip equivalents for the final twenty at registration.

As it had rained for most of the day there was plenty of mud, the downhill grass was suicidally slippery and there was no chance of Lloyd Taggart’s record being beaten but Simon Harding, fresh from a superb victory at Duddon, and Damien Nicholls both had excellent runs and a tight personal contest to take the first two places within one second of each other, with last year’s winner, Andy Lamont, less than a minute behind. Diane McVey ran very well to come home nearly two minutes clear of the next two ladies, Kristy Gill and Kerrie Wood Doyle, who had their own personal tussle, being separated by only six seconds at the finish.

The evening was very much Macclesfield’s – the Club fielded twenty-nine runners (being outclassed in numbers by Wilmslow, who produced forty !!) and went home having claimed seven individual prizes and BOTH team prizes; very well done.

For those readers who are statistically minded the sport continues to progress steadily into geriatricity, with no fewer than 67% of the competitors being in the vets categories – with two of them being V70s it won’t be long before the sight of a V100 category appears on a results sheet somewhere ! One competitor tore her number up in a fit of self-loathing, which was fair enough – I sulked in the campervan for twenty-four hours after failing miserably on Jura – but it would have been nice if she’d reported her retirement to the finish team. Buxton Man not only lost his number but couldn’t remember what it had been, which led to a temporary confusion but otherwise everything went off efficiently enough despite the odd navigational and route choice hiccups – one lady was found exploring a vast rhododendron plantation – and most of the field enjoyed the hospitality of the Boar’s Head, which was delighted with the extra numbers.

I’ve managed to keep the entry fee at £3 for millenia and this year’s extra runners kept us in the black but as I can’t assume those numbers every year and as the race costs have escalated over the last few years I’m afraid that I’ll have to raise the entry fee to £4 from next year to keep the race finances in a healthy state – sorry.

Many thanks to the marshals and the support team, some of whom got very wet indeed, and thanks also to all the competitors – I hope you had a good time and look forward to seeing you next year.
Dave Jones

Steam Bunny Stomp     Saturday 10th May     Results

We thought conditions last year were bad but this year proved to be far worse with strong winds and persistent rain. It was not possible to setup the registration tent and we had to adlib setting up registration in an old bus shelter.

Conditions were that bad that some runners turned up for registration but decided not to run and returned home. Despite this 36 runners brave souls set off to confront the demanding course and atrocious weather, there was one casualty early on (calf strain) this runner pulled out and returned to the start/finish without further mishap. Due to the conditions no records were broken this year and a time limit was set at the first check point to ensure marshals were not left out on the open mountain longer than necessary.

The last 2 runners cut short at the 1st checkpoint returning home with the marshals, 1 runner got slightly lost but managed to find his way home. All other runners returned home safe and sound but washed out.

A big thank you to all marshals for their support and commitment in such atrocious conditions.

3 Hills Penmaenmawr     Tue 3rd June    Results     Pictures

“Joe Brown Tuesday Series #7 3 Hills

500 midges for every runner and they all found me! Well done to John Spill taking no prisoners and another win in record time while the ladies saw yet another new winner in the form of Gabby Lees. Well done also to Iolo Hughes second overall, John Morris with a V70 record and Stell Farrer who proved that a 5 mile swim in the morning does you no harm.

Help needed - if it wasn’t for the uphill finish at the race Wendy and I may not have been able to cope with the rush! Please volunteer! Next week is y Garn where we hope to record summit times too if we have enough volunteers.

Cwmdu     Sat 31st May     Pics from Jane Aggleton     Results

Last year’s second and third placers, Matt Stott and Mark Palmer, drew away from the chasing pack by Checkpoint 2 on Mynydd Llangorse. The duo gradually extended the lead to nine minutes, with Matt consolidating his lead over Mark to 40 seconds by the finish back at Cwmdu village.

Women’s winner Jackie Lee journeyed down from North Wales and broke Lauren Jeska’s record from last year while finishing fifth overall.

This third counter in the Paul Fosh Auctions’ sponsored South Wales Fell Championships took place on a muggy but rain-free day with fairly good under-foot conditions. The sun finally emerged as the weary runners sat on the village green enjoying cake and tea.

Age group winners were Rhian Probert, Martin Shaw, Rona Davies, Mark Palmer, Gary Gunner and Rob West.     Dick Finch

BEDDGELERT – WYDDFA/SNOWDON CHALLENGE     Sunday 25th May      Results

Pics from Adair Broughton

Pics by Gwynfor James

WFRA North Wales Series

Latest Table after 3 races is now available HERE. Apologies for delay. This was due to the numerous errors in the Moelwyn results (latest version HERE). Please check and notify any further errors to Ross Powell. To be eligible for prizes in WFRA North and South Wales Series you must be a paid up member of WFRA by the end of May. The next race in the NW Series is Pedol Pennant. Please note that this is a long and arduous race. Good navigational skills and a high level of fitness and experience are required. You are advised to recce the route prior to race day.

Joe Brown Tuesday Series #6     The Great Orme    Results

Talk about the blind leading the blind! One comment heard several times last night was ‘well I knew they were going the wrong way but I followed them anyway.’

No problems with the Juniors, Jake and Kyla victors in the U/8, Connor and Melody U/10s, Eden and Jodie U/12s, Sion and Mabli U/14s. Full table of Juniors to date at the 3 Hills Race in 2 weeks. No toilets at venue remember, use in the village first! Cheers, Mike”

Cader Idris     Sat 17th May      Photos from Esyllt     Photos by Dan Wyre     Results

Winner Felipe Jones    Photo by Ross

Cader Idris Saturday 17th May There was a large turnout as the race was a counter in the Cotswold Outdoor North Wales Series. Conditions were warm, dry and sunny. Fortunately there was a cool wind on the summit ridge.

Moel Eilio     Sat 10th May     Results     Pics from Gwynfor

The Winner      Dominic Jones

Dinas Bran Hill Race     Wed 7th May     Pics by Adair Broughton


Llangynhafal Loop     Sat 3rd May 2014    Results      Pics by Adair Broughton

Llangynhafal Loop Saturday 3rd May 2014 Firstly I would like to thank the Golden Lion and the marshals as without their help the race would not take place. Weather conditions were ideal for me as organiser but may be the runners would have liked it a bit cooler in the gully.

First home was – Jez Brown in 41.10 and 1st female home was Jayne Joy in 47.10
Hope you all enjoyed the race and hope to see you all again next year.
I have donated £250 from the proceeds to Nightingale House Hospice, Wrexham.

Moel y Gest     Tuesday 29th April    Photos from Math Roberts

The best rough and tumble race in the series saw JP never troubled after the U/14s turned off and Cai Linton got lost on the summit, and ‘jack in the box’ Jenny in her element in the rough. A nice break now while I go off to top up my tan. Then to the ‘eyeballs out’ Great Orme.

The Caernarfon Tyres Junior races saw nearly 30 make the trek. Jake and Kayla winning the U/18, Mike and Jodie the U/10, Connor and Georgia the U/12 and Sion and Fachwen’s Catrin Smith in the U/14.    Mike

Mynd Dragon     Sunday 27th April    Results

Cribyn     Sat 26th April 2014     Results

Winner Jackie                                                                                               Winner Felipe

There was an abundance of talented athletes on show this year as the race was the first counter in the Inov8/WFRA Open Welsh Championships and the Paul Fosh Auctions/WFRA South Wales Series. The race also played host to the East Wales Championships.

The 107 starters were forced to endure gale force wind and intermittent rain during the 5.5 mile 3100ft ascent race which summits both Cribyn and Pen Y Fan. Visibility was reasonable but the strong winds and rain created a challenging race for both organisers and runners.

Felipe Jones first attempt of the race was a victorious one. Felipe of Aberystwyth A/C won the race by a comfortable margin in a time of 55.04. Pete Ryder of Brycheiniog was 2nd in 56.12 and Simon Barnby completed the podium in a time of 57.29. The MV40 category was closely contested with Preseli’s Carwyn Phillips pipping Paul Beeson to the post by 4 secs in 64.43. Mark Palmer of Mynydd Du, 4th overall took the MV50 prize finishing in 57.56. First MV60 was Gary Gunner of Croft Ambrey in 80.24. MDC’s Robert West thoroughly deserved his MV70 prize after taking an alternative route off Pen Y Fan making his race a little longer.

Eryri Harriers runner Jackie Lee came in search of Helen Fines course record but the tough conditions saw her dip just over a minute outside of it in 62.56 finishing 7th overall. Second lady in was Mercia’s Mel Price in a time of 64.51. Andrea Roberts, also of Eryri Harriers was 3rd home in 67.34. Local lady Rhian Probert took the 1st FV40 prize in 76.29 and MDC’s Alice Bedwell was 1st FV50 in 80.21. Eryri runner Maggie Oliver, not content with the 5.5 mile course briefly joined Rob and a small number of runners on the alternative route choice before exploring more of the area alone. Maggie sneaked up on race timekeeper John Chidlow from the opposite direction to claim her FV60 prize.

The winning team was Mercia Fell Runners, Tom Roo, Mel Price and Virgil Barton. Apologies from the race organiser for the absence of the team prize presentation due to a mix up with the results. Runners were treated to a limited offering of hot beverages but ample amounts of cake at the post race gathering. Thanks to Mynydd Du Fell Runners for their support and to everyone that helped out on the day.

Ras Y Moelwyn     Saturday 19th April     Results

There was a large turnout as the race was a counter in the Cotswold Outdoor North Wales Series. Weather conditions were dry and sunny with a cool breeze on the summits.

Mynydd Swtan Sun 13th April


The eventual race leader, crossing a stile, with the Skerries in the background. Pic by Derek Gadsdon

" Swtan" Heritage Museum hosted the 6th Mynydd Swtan race , all proceeds going to the charity " Cyfeillion Swtan ". No beach start this year due to ongoing storm damage repair work. Thanks go to the marshals and helpers at registration and finish , "Cyfeillion Swtan" for refreshments and general help with organisation, "The Lobster Pot" for sponsoring the numbers , John Gray for the water bottles presented to finishers and the National Trust ands local farmers for their permission to use the land :

1. Harvey Wharton  Cybi  U40  14.52
2. Merfyn Williams  Cybi  V60  18.21
3. Ian Williams  U/A  V50  19.04
4. Gari Davies  U/A  V60  19.17
5. Lee Hodson  U/A  V40  19.46
6. Dewi Owen  U/A  U40  19.53
7. Arfon Rowlands  U/A  U40  19.58
8. Alun Rowlands  Cybi  V50  20.23
9. Alwyn Williams  Cybi  U40  20.32
10. Jane O ' Donnell  U/A  FV60  23.58
Juniors  (1.5 M / 570 ' )
Gethin Davies  U/A  14.15
Gwion Evans  Eryri  16.12

Aber Dash     Tuesday 22nd April 2014     Results

"Another amazing run by John Spill but what an outstanding run by Caitlin Rice? She travelled all the way from Glossop Dale just to win an Easter egg and take over four minutes off Lisa G’s record. Next week is rough and tumbles of Moel y Gest. Remember your numbers.

Caernarfon Tyres Junior Champs

U/8 Cai Hardy and Kyla Cain
U/12 Georgia Parkinson 1st overall! Ahead of Jack Cain, while Sion and Catrin took the under 14s.     Mike."

Sugar Loaf     Sat 19th April 2014     Results

It was a cloudy cold start to the day but the sun soon broke through as the runners gathered on the start line. The 2014 Sugar Loaf fell race saw a record number of entries, with 137 runners registering on the day. It was planned for a bottle of Sugar Loaf ale to be handed to each finisher as they crossed the line however only 100 bottles were ordered, so runners were encouraged at the start to 'run for their beer' as there would not be enough to go around.
The course record was very nearly broken with Hugh Aggleton taking the lead but being overtaken on the descent by Robert Barnby with Pete Ryder not too far behind in 3rd. Mark Palmer took first Vet 50 and the first 4 runners finished with less than 60 seconds between them.
The ladies’ race was a clear cut win by Hannah Jarvis , again less than a minute between her time and the course record. Niki Morgan was a few minutes behind in second closely followed by Emily Hoffman. First FV40 was Lou Summers.
Team prizes went to Mynydd Du for both the ladies’ and the men’s teams. Thanks to all the marshals and helpers on the day.     Emma Bayliss

Ras y Moelwyn    Sat 19th April   

Llanbedr-Blaenafon    5th April 2014   Results

The 33rd Llanbedr to Blaenafon fell race saw 89 entrants setting off from the village of Llanbedr in damp conditions. Although not as cold as last year, the clouds were low enough to ensure that none of the spectacular views usually enjoyed were visible, which was a real shame as some had come from miles away to take part. Hugh Aggleton of MDC won the race in 2 hours 10 minutes, which was 5 minutes quicker than his winning time of last year, but 2 minutes short of his time in the 2012 event. As per the previous 2 years, Hugh was followed in by Mark Palmer of Mynydd Du, 2 hrs 17 mins. Mark is a veteran of this race, having competed a remarkable 14 times previously, winning it outright 7 times. Third man home was Chris Jones, also of MDC, in 2hrs 19.First lady home was newcomer Hannah Jaris (Mynydd Du), in 2hrs 40, well ahead of the 2nd lady Katie Roby of MDC who finished in 2hrs 51. Just on minute later, the 2012 winner Anna Bartlett finished to take 3rd Lady position.2 of the entrants in the inaugural event back in 1980 also took part – Dave Hayward now of Chepstow Harriers, and Les Williams Eryri, finishing in 3 hrs 20 and 3.22 respectively, 2nd and 3rd in their V60+ category.The last finisher came in at 4hrs 27 – and there were 5 non finishers. Once again all the participants enjoyed a hearty buffet to help them warm up again and replenish their energy reserves. The organisers would like to thank Blaenafon Rugby Club for their fantastic support for the event.

Pen Dinas    Tuesday 15th April    Results

Caernarfon Tyres Juniors
U8 victory again to Jake and Megan, U10 Connor and Georgia P, U12 Mike Spill and Ffion and U14 Keiran W and Catrin D.

Joe Brown’s Senior
Well I did say watch this space! A convincing win for John Spill, U16 record in the process and only 20 seconds outside the seniors record set by Ifans in 2011. Other highlights were Jenny winning the ladies in 14th overall and a F40 record, and Don setting a new M70 record in 29th overall.     Mike"

Moel Wnion     Sat 12th April     Results    Junior Results Pics by Math Roberts

Weather conditions clear with cold breeze; dry underfoot. 58 senior finishers for this classic short fell race over the northern Carneddau tops of Moel Wnion, Gyrn , Llefn and Moel Faban. 5 junior race finishers up and down moel Faban.

Close race upfront throughout the race with just 28 seconds separating first three at the finish line . 17 year old Staffs Moorlands runner Max Wainwright ran from the front to victory in 36:52 , Dylan Jones (Eryri) 2nd 37:11 and first over 40 and John Parkinson also Eryri 2nd over 40 in 37:20.

Andrea Rowlands first woman, 16th overall and well clear in 41:52 . Jenny Heming getting stronger with every race first over 40 and 24th overall in 44:18.

Junior race won by Daniel Soles in 12:15 with his Dad Dave winning over 50s race. Mention also for the Starling family, Billy 12th overall in 41:12 and 2nd U18, Dad Andrew 40th and brother Joe 2nd in the junior race.

“Round 2 Joe Brown Midweek Series – Foel Lus.     Tuesday 8th April     Results

While Math’s away the mice will play. 1st win for Gwyn and 2nd win for Bronwen, the latter now holding the U16 and U18 records in both races. Second place overall saw a return by John Spill, 4’ taller and 4 yrs since he last raced, watch this space! Other highlights were John Morris, two V70 records on the trot and Sion Jones in the U14. Sion was once again in the leading pack with the seniors before turning off and setting a new U14 record again. Thanks to all the helpers and local businesses who donated the prizes, remember to bring your numbers to the next race.

In the Caernarfon tyres junior races siblings Jake and Megan Roberts won the U8, Connor Roberts and Georgia Parkinson the U10, Mike spill and Jodie Cain the U12 and Catrin Donnelly the U14.

Send any race corrections or additions for the Tues Series to john P at Drjohn@backofbeyond.co.uk
Ellie and Mike."

South Wales Winter League 2013/14     Results

The Winter League, originated and managed so ably since 1992 by Martin Lucas and John Sweeting, was passed into the nervous hands of a small committee when the distinguished founders decided to retire at the end of the 2012/3 season.

Three new races were commissioned to blend with some old favourites to produce a wide-ranging eight-race challenge that attracted 267 runners over the season. But only 35 ran the five-race trophy-scoring minimum, four of them women. To continue the gender statistics, 48 women competed in at least one race – 18% of the total compared with 21% in 2009/10, and 12% in 1993/4 (randomly selected years admittedly from a previous report). And to bore the reader a little more, 15% of race entrants this season were female. So who came away with an exclusive Series Winners Tshirt?

Ben Moon of MDC was overall winner by 15 points over Mynydd Du’s Rich Johnson, with 5 points over Neath’s Alex Lewis with the pack baying only 3 points behind. Katie Beecher of Les Croupiers took the women’s shirt ahead of Chepstow’s Niki Morgan and Mynydd Du’s Jan Richards. Age Group winners were Rich Johnson in the M40s ahead of Julian Boon (FOD) and Dom Shields (San Domenico). Niki Morgan led the F40 group followed by Jan Richards and Chepstow’s Karen Elvers.

The M50 cat. was the most keenly contested, with all depending on the final race at Dare Valley Country Park. Pete Sowerby of Brecon had to run out of his shorts to overhaul SWRR’s Kevin Hagley, with Steve Harrhy (Lliswerry) third. The two Steve’s from Hereford continued their keen rivalry for the M60 shirt, with Mr Littlewood shading it over Mr Herington. Chepstow’s Neil Grant was third. And finally, seven runners ran all eight races, thus earning a coveted Walter Winterleague mug!      DF 06.04.14

Fron Four      Sat 5th april      Results

Will we ever get decent weather for this race? Mist and rain didn’t seem too bad at 1000 feet but a good call by Ross on the summit where the wind was also a factor and 5 marshals huddling turned the runners straight back – a decision echoed by all the runners on their return. JP knowing Matt’s descending speed had opened a gap on the climb and managed to keep his lead to put another new name on the winner’s trophy. In the ladies, Jenny (“I’m not fit yet”) managed to drop those who had been following her to take 8th overall, eight places ahead of Denbigh’s Emma Collins. In the U14s Talysarn’s Sion Jones frightened a few seniors, only JP beating him to turn around at moel Tryfan and taking a minute and a half off the record in the process. Ben Grantham and Mared Evans winning the U10s. Thanks to Ross and Sheila, Sioned and Tina, Mair and Alwyn who braved the elements to marshall and Pauline in the school for making the panads.      Mike"

Joe Browns Tuesday Night Champs - Race 1, Moel Tryfan      Tuesday 1st April       Results

The best evening in the race’s history and a 3rd win for Math following his top ten placing in the Irish British Champs race three days previous. The ladies produced another new winner on the course, Bangor Uni’s Becky Taylor taking it in a fine 24th overall. Whilst in the Caernarfon Tyres Junior Champs U8 victories went to Jake Roberts and Kyla Cain, U10s Conner Roberts and Georgia Parkinson, U12s Michael Spill and Ruby Wood and U14s Sion Jones and Keeryn Wiiliams. Thanks to all those who helped and don’t be afraid of offering. Mike.

A couple of runners have been missed out on results - get in touch with Mike asap with your finishing time and results.