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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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Fell Race Organisers  WFRA Safety Requirements 2016
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. I will also feature any race reports I receive
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2017 Race Calendar - Request for your Race Details
We are starting to put together the WFRA 2017 calendar and race submission forms have been sent to all 2016 race organisers. If you haven’t received a form then please email Linda wfracal@gmail.com who will work out what went wrong and send you one tailored to your race. Alternatively there is a blank word form here WFRA 2017 Calendar Form.doc and a pdf one here WFRA 2017 Calendar Form.pdf which you can use.
Race details for races to be held in Jan-July 2017 must be submitted by 25th September and those which will be in Aug-Dec by 9th October in order to be included in the printed calendar.     With many thanks to all race organisers for the great work they do.
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
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

Guto Nyth Bran     Sat July 2nd    Photos By Thomas Edmonds
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:

MEN

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

WOMEN

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 Sunday     29th 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

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