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The WFRA Championships and Series are sponsored by Inov-8 and Cotswold Outdoor and Paul Fosh Auctions. Cotswold Outdoor offer a very good discount to WFRA members.
The Welsh Fell Runners Association (WFRA) is an independent organization providing the following services to fell / mountain runners in Wales – an annual race calendar, regular Newsletters (minimum 3 per year), website, Open Championships,Civil Liability insurance for members (including Race Organisers). Annual Membership is £10.The membership year runs from January 1st to December 31st. If you join after 1st October your membership will last until the end of the following year. If you would like to join a membership form is available on this website (click on Join). You will need acrobat reader to download the form. Acrobat reader is available free on www.adobe.co.uk.
2015 WFRA Wales and Borders Race Calendar
This is a comprehensive Calendar, containing details of most Fell races in Wales and the Borders. It includes some races not in the FRA Calendar. The Calendar is free to paid-up members. Members, who have renewed their membership for 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’.
Please enclose a C5 size(162mm x 229mm) SAE with standard first or second class postage.2016 Membership renewals Now   
Fell Race Organisers  WFRA Safety Requirements 2015
The WFRA Committee has finalised its revised Safety Requirements document (see above).
The Safety Requirements document re-iterates the principle that fell runners have primary responsibility for their own safety. The document includes minor changes in standards and clarifications but nothing that changes the essence of the sport. The Committee encourages all prospective competitors and Race Organisers to read the document carefully.

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

Race organisers for any of the events listed on the WFRA site are invited to e.mail full results to the webmaster when they will be promptly published on our results pages.
WFRA Race Acceptance Policy
Four Fans Sugar Loaf   Black Mountains   Clwydian   Fan Fawr  Cnicht   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

2016 Membership Form is now available
Jubilee Plunge      27th December 2015 (not in calendar)
Penmaenmawr Fell Race       Sat 21st November       Results

The winner Math Roberts, who smashed the course record, previously held by Lloyd Taggart.

NW Road Runners' Mark Davies performing his customary leap for his fans!

Ras Rhobell Fawr       Sat 7th November      Results      Photos
Clwydian Hills Race       Sun 1st November       Results        Race Report

Information             Facebook Page              Selected Pics

Sugar Loaf 24th Oct 2015      Results

Mendip Muddle 11th Oct 2015      Results

The Mendip Muddle is Weston AC's toughest race yet is arguably the most enjoyable. Enjoyable that is if you don't mind over 1600ft of climb over the 12.6 mile course. Held in the glorious and spectacular setting of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, the Muddle attracts a hardy bunch of runners with 267 finishers this year. Course conditions were good with not much mud about and it stayed dry all day so conditions were near perfect although path ‘improvement’ works near the trig point meant times were generally a bit slower.

The men’s winning time was nearly three minutes faster than last year in an impressive 1:23:52 by Joe Dale (SM London Fields Triathalon Club). Tom Carpenter (SM Westbury Harriers) was second in 1:26:10 followed by Christian Green (SM Wells City Harriers) in 1:29:50. For the ladies, Clare Prosser (FV40 Wells City Harriers) was first lady for the third year in a row in 1:32:49 and came 7th overall. Mary Menon (SF U/A) came in second in 1:40:29 and Sarah Chaloner (FV40 U/A) was third in 1:43:55. Of note were very good times for the MV60, Stephen Moran (NVAC), 1:34:38 and MV70, Geoff Newton (Tadworth AC) 1:49:54, categories.

A donation of £1,250 will be made to Mike Owen from the Wrington Vale RNLI and with food/beverage sales we anticipate the total sum raised from this event to be approximately £2,000. A big thank you to the Weston AC and RNLI marshals and all the volunteers who help make this a very successful event.p> A note for your diary, next year’s Muddle will take place on Sunday October 9th 2016. See you there! Full race results and Muddle details can be found at www.westonac.co.uk/mendipmuddle

Congratulations to Hugh Aggleton (MDC) and Lauren Jeska (Eryri) worthy winners of the 2015 Open Welsh Championships sponsored by Inov-8.
Also pictured is Craig Jones, WFRA Chairman who presented the awards.

Ceiriog Canter      Sat 10th October      Results

Once again had fine weather which made for good running conditions. The course changed slightly this year to summit on top of Vivod mountain so providing panoramic views for those not watching their feet. The distance has slightly increasing to 7.1miles/11.4km with a gain of 1307 feet. New course so new course records of 48.33 for Hugh Aggleton of Mynyddwyr De Cymru and Catherine Voyce of Shropshire Shufflers 62.20.

Thank you once again to all the marshalls, helpers and our sponsors, The Cross Stores, Glyn Ceiriog.
All runners were welcomed back to the centre and the café was open with home made soup and cakes. Diolch y di iawn all runners .
Hope to see you next year             Ceiriog Canter.

Fan Fawr Fell Race        Sat 3rd October       Photos by Gill Stott       Photos by Jane Aggleton       Results

Photo by Gill Stott
Photo by Jane Aggleton

Black Mountains       Sat 26th September       Results

First lady Helen Brown.

Ceiriog Canter – Sat 10th October

Please note that there is a mistake in the printed WFRA calendar and there will be not any junior races at this event.


Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire
Please note date & time change for this event (originally Sat 26th evening race).

1 mile Junior race 10.00 am       5 & 10 km races 10.30 am

Dash in the Dark 2015 Series
WFRA 2016 Calendar

In order to get the information needed to compile the 2016 calendar I have recently sent out submission forms to all who organised a WFRA race in 2015.

If you haven't received a form and should have done so, can you please email wfracal@gmail.com so that I can sort out what went wrong and get a form to you.

If you didn't organise a race in 2015 but would like to do so in 2016 (i.e. you would like to resurrect an old race or you have an idea for a new one), please also get in touch via email.

Race submissions should be returned to me by the AGM on 11th October. However, if you would like your race to be included in any of the championships next year, then please let me know as soon as you can.

Thank you       Linda wfracal@gmail.com

2015-16 SW Winter Hill Series Provisional Timetable
Llyn Y Fan Fell       Sunday 13th September 2015      Results

Blue skies and sun shone over the looming mountain of Piccws Du as 61 runners gathered ready to tackle the beautiful ridge above Llyn y Fan fach. This was the last race in the WFRA Open Welsh series and the first in the Winter hill series.

It was an exciting finish for the first 3 men back, battling the final descent, but Harry Jones (MDC) won through in 43.32 ahead of Huw Aggleton (MDC) (43.40) and Mark Paler (Mynydd Du and Mo50) (43.46).

First lady home was Eryri’s Lauren Jeska (Fo40) in 17th place in a time of 54.04, 2nd was female under 23 Bronwen Jenkinson (Eryri) 57.32 and 3rd Lady Emma Bayliss (Mynydd Du) back in 1.01.12.

There was a great range of ages for our category prizes which was fantastic – though I underestimated the number of Likey’s vouchers I would have to buy! All winners who missed out will be sent out in the post asap.

Category winners were:
Under 23 – male: Meshari Ashaheed (MDC), Under 23 –female: Gina Isis Schade
Over 40 – male: Dan Hooper (Sarn Helen), female: Naomi Law (Mynydd Du)
Over 50 – male: Paul Jeggo (Springfield), female: Rona Davies (Mynydd Du)
Over 60 – male: Chris Wilcox (Clwydian), female: Maggie Oliver (Eryri)
Over 70 – male: John Morris (Buckley), female: where are you ladies?!

Thankyou so much for support from my family and my fellow club members in Mynydd Du, especially Emma Bayliss for her cakes, Sean Taylor, Paul Grainger Jones and Maria Richards for marshalling up on the hill.

Junior Mountain Running Championships     Entry Form

The WFRA is pleased to support and sponsor this years annual Junior Mountain Running Championships taking place on Saturday 26th September.

Taking place at its home at the Great Orme Summit, Llandudno, the event is s ituated centrally for all families from North Wales to bring their young ones to compete.

The courses are suitably challenging for all age groups, and are at distances suitable for juniors in accordance with the regulations of WFRA and WA.

Entry is only £2, and that includes free entry into the Great Orme Mines plus other goodies.

Certificate for all runners. Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in all age categories.

The courses are arranged in such a way as to provide excellent spectator viewing and anyone who has previously been to watch this event will know that they will witness some hard fought battles between future talented fellrunners running as hard as they can which is a joy to watch. So if you're doing nothing that day why not come and watch, or even lend a hand marshaling on the course.

Registration is at the Summit Bar and Cafe. Entry in advance advised, or can be accepted on the day

AGE GROUP Distance Start Time
6-8’s 0.8km 12pm
Under 10’s 1.6km 12.10pm
Under 12’s 3.2km 12.40pm
Under 14’s 4.8km 1.20pm
Under 16’s 6.4km 1.50pm

Llyn Brenig Photos
Moel Fammau        Mon 31st August      Results

Tims Blog

Machen Mountain Race        Mon 31st August      Results
Ras y Cnicht       Sunday 30th August       Results

Photo of race winner Matt Roberts descending

There was a close battle between Matt Roberts of Calder Valley and Jim Bacon of Eryri with Matt winning in 38 minutes and 12 seconds and Jim finishing 11 seconds behind. The ladies race was won by Katie Beecher of Mynydd Du in 44.09. The race took place in mild, dry and overcast conditions. The summit was clear.

Cnicht photographed from the Tower at Plas Brondanw Llanfrothen at time of race

Four Fans Fell Race        Sunday 23 August 2015       Results

What a difference a day makes! On Saturday I was sunbathing in my back garden, with Saturday evening seeing the arrival of a prolonged thunderstorm followed by torrential rain right through to the start of the race at 11am the following day.

Fell runners are a hardy bunch with the moist conditions and poor visibility not seeming to put off the 30 runners who had journeyed to Storey Arms.

The race route crosses over two streams which are usually only trickles at this time of the year, but following the torrential rain had suddenly turned into waist deep, fast flowing rivers meaning that most runners opted for the safer crossing points upstream – as a consequence the race records were safe for another year.

As usual, there was keen rivalry between the two local fell running clubs with MDC narrowly taking the honours in the mens’ race with Marcus Pinker (MDC) narrowly outpacing Mark Palmer on the descent from Fan Fawr to the finish.

In the womens’ race Helen Brown (Mynydd Du) held off Clare Dallimore (MDC) by 40 seconds to claims first prize.

Given the weather conditions I was immensely relieved that all the runners returned safely to the finish but, as always, was bemused by the tales of navigational errors, unusual route choices and epic river crossings. One or two runners seemed to be convinced their compasses had developed a fault.

I am very grateful to Gareth Jones and Karen Elvers who marshalled at CP1 and then swept the remainder of the course. Steve Force, my erstwhile Mountain Marathon partner who marshalled at CP2, (well at a point adjacent to CP2, but we will skirt over the reasons for that!). And to Paul and Joc Dodd who looked after the undistinguished summit of Fan Llia. Thanks also to my wife Louse for helping at the Start/ Finish.        Andrew Blackmore

Y Garn        Fri 21st August        Results

Race Winner Irfon Rowlands        Junior Winner Sion Rowlands


2 Hillforts        Sun 16th August        Results
Brecon Beacons Fell Race        Sat 15th August 2015       Results

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 near the dam at Talybont Reservoir. The race is approximately 30.6km long with 1372m ascent and qualifies as a long race. The race was a counter in both the WFRA/Inov8 Open Welsh Championships and the WFRA South Wales Summer Series. The race was run in the anticlockwise direction this year with a long climb to Carn Pica to start.

The Brecon Beacons were blessed with warm dry weather for the majority of the race but there patches of mist and cloud on Pen y Fan during the race and the marshalls had to wrap up warm. The runners found it very hot and were grateful for the water supplied by the organisers at Neuadd Reservoir. The runners were advised to wear suncream and take water from the start during the pre-race briefing.

Hugh Aggleton and Chris Jones (both MDC) took an early lead in the race and distanced themselves by approximately three minutes by the time they got to the first summit of Tor y Foel. Chris Jones found another gear after Tor Y Foel and distanced himself from Hugh by 2 minutes by Cribyn and managed to hold onto the lead to win the race in a respectable 2hr 47m 40s. Hugh finished second overall in a time of 2hr 50m 42s and Mark Palmer (Mynydd Du) finished third overall after passing Sarn Helen’s Dylan Lewis on a better line from Tor y Foel.

Helen Brown (Mynydd Du) comfortably won the ladies race in a time of 3hr 25m 18s which was just over 3 minutes ahead of Macclesfield Harrier’s Kirsty Hewitson. Lauren Jeska completed the ladies podium places with a time of 3hr 34m 15s.

Mark Palmer won the male over 50 veterans category, however the prize was awarded to Jonathan Bamber (GWR) since Mark placed third overall. John Aggleton (MDC) won the male over 60 veterans category with a time of 3hr 32m 40s. The event hadn’t attracted over 70 veterans for several years however 2015 was blessed with the presence of Rob West (MDC) and Yiannis Tridimas (Bowland Fell Runners). Yiannis successfully won the male over 70 veterans prize with a time of 4hr 22m 00s at his first ever attempt in the race!

Helen Brown won the ladies over 40 category but the prize was awarded to Louise Barker who placed just outside the top three. Sue Howarth (Mercia) won the ladies over 50 veterans category with a time of 4hr 23m 46s.

A spot prize was awarded to Daniel L (Wye Valley Runners) for recording the nearest time to 4hrs.

The podium finishers and the winners in each age category were awarded with a bottle of wine each and bespoke mug designed by Gary which included an OS map of the Neuadd Reservoir Horseshoe!

The race attracted a larger field than in previous years with 86 runners starting the race and 80 completing the full course. The race organisers, Gary and Dawn Davies would like to thank each of the ten volunteers. The marshalls included those that had generously given up their time year on year (Martin and Kay Lucas) and those that had volunteered in this race for the first time (Paul Kerno, Marcus Pinker, Lucy Baker, Jane Aggleton, Richard Cronin, Mark Bottomley and Joe Botomley). John Derby also assisted Gary with some back breaking work in clearing some of the lesser used paths. 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

Shropshire Fell Racing

I am reliably informed that the Shropshire fell racing site has been overhauled and the calendar is being maintained with thanks to Simon Daws and Charlie Leventon. Links have been added to the links page

Ponderosa      Wed 5th August      Results
Ras Arenig Fawr       Sunday 2nd August 2015     Results

This was the eleventh running of the Arenig Fawr race and the third year of the new and extended route. Arenig Fawr, like a number of other hills in south Snowdonia, is isolated and surrounded by wild lowlands. Race headquarters is at a disused railway siding, next to the old Arenig quarry. Race entry fee is kept low and refreshments, food and homemade cakes are provided free. Race day weather was mild clear and breezy. Participation was one of the lowest ever with 32 runners registered, all of whom finished in under 3 hours. Comments about the course have always been very favourable but the increased toughness of the race over the original shorter course has obviously put off a significant number of runners.

Parts of the race route are fairly complex and require careful navigation. A pre-race recce will definitely give an advantage and save time. It is noted that although there was good visibility, some runners lost time in the transition between checkpoints 1 and 2 by climbing high rather than following an easier contour line.

Next year the race will be run on Sunday July 31st.
Yiannis Tridimas

LLANTHONY SHOW HILL RACE      Sat 1st August 2015     Results

Showery weather and firm going faced a record field of 51 on the 11th running of this 5.6km/335m race that saw a long-standing women’s record well shattered.

Mynydd Du’s Helen Brown it was who lowered Angela Jones’ 9 year-old time by almost a minute. While Pont y Pwl’s Iwan Morton - a minute ahead of second-placer Sam Francis - found Jorge Thomas’s 11 year-old record too hard a nut to crack. Andy Wilton of San Domenico wasn’t far behind in third. The other podium women were MDC’s Amy Janes and Naomi Prosser (Under 23 winner).

Age group winners also included Coleman Corry, Patrick Wooddisse, Rona Davies, Gavin Fisher, Joc Dodd and Dai Smout.

Organiser’s grateful thanks to marshals Niki Morgan, Jen Danger, Rob Brown and Paul Dodd, finish recorders Vanessa Lawson, Lou Summers and Andy Blackburn, and course clearers/markers Joc and Paul Dodd.

The race is also indebted to the Llanthony Show people for hosting such a scenic and enjoyable event.      Dick Finch 01.08.15

Push up the Pincyn      Sat 25th July      Photos      Results

The 2015 Push-up-the-Pincyn race had a reduced field this year as another race,which was a championship counter for a number of local clubs, clashed with the popular village show in Clawddnewydd.

23 athletes started and took on the 'big bale', which at 4 foot tall challenged the best to clear it en route to the climb up to Pincyn Llys in the heart of Clocaenog forest. Race regular Mark Williams, F1 KL, led from the out with a gaggle of new faces - Andy Pritchard, Buckley, Gary Porter-Jones, Eryri and Jon Bowyer, Mold chasing.

The top four maintained their positions to the finish in brilliant sunshine, Jon taking male vet 40 to first local lad and vet 50 winner Neil Dalleywater in an impressive 54:51. Denbigh Harrier Ceri Belshaw looked relaxed as she crossed the line as First Lady in 57:55 to Buckley's Hayley Evans and Hayley Turner, Eryri. Peter Roberts, Buckley has still got it in winning vet 70 and even nipping in before vet 60 stalwart Kenny Hughes.

Shan Kerney had an interesting day out as she managed to explore parts of the area not visited by other runners and still win female vet 40.
Thanks as ever go to landowners, marshals and sponsor Jackson Fire & Security, Mold.