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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, 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.
2016 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 2016, will automatically be sent a copy. Non members can obtain a copy for £5.00 from Sandra Rowlands. Cheques payable to ‘Welsh Fell Runners Association’.
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Race organisers for any of the events listed on the WFRA site are invited to e.mail full results to the webmaster when they will be promptly published on our results pages. I will also feature any race reports I receive

2017 Race Calendar – Thank You!!!
Many thanks to all race organisers for providing the information for next year’s calendar. The whole process has gone really well this year. The calendar is on its way to the printers and you should all have it in time for Christmas. Should anything change with one of your races then please let me know at wfracal@gmail.com and we can announce it on the website. Alternatively if you have a good idea for a new race then please get in touch with details to discuss. You can use either WFRA 2017 Calendar Form.doc or WFRA 2017 Calendar Form.pdf to give the details of the new race. Linda
2017 Membership Form is now available.
Tuesday 27 December 2016     Jubilee Plunge AS 3.2km/467m (descent)      2 miles/1500ft LK

Not in the Calendar but Full details are on the December Events page

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