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The Welsh Fell Runners Association (WFRA) is an independent organisation 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.
**NEW – Online payment with Fabian4 from 1 February 2017 You can now pay your annual membership fee through the Fabian4 website. Click here to go to online payment If you wish to pay by cheque, complete a membership form and send it together with payment to the Membership Secretary at the address shown on the form. Download the 2017 membership form here. There is also a standing order payment system for renewals. If you wish to set up a standing order for membership renewal payments, please contact the Membership Secretary for details, sandra@wfra.org.uk
2017 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 2017, 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.   
Fellrunning Safety  
Prospective Competitors: Before entering any WFRA race, please read our revised Safety Requirements which remind you that you, the competitor, are responsible for your own safety.
Our summarised safety requirements are shown here.
Race Organisers and Competitors: The WFRA's detailed safety requirements and rules for competition are shown here.

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

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
Hatterall Hammer      Sat 18th Feb       Results

New Race

SAT 11 Conwy Mountain (*) AS 9Km/600m 5.5miles/2000ft         ***NEW RACE*** ER

Details:         13.00 £5 on day only (leek and potato soup at the pub)

Venue:          The Old White House, Bangor Rd, Conwy. LL32 8DP Short but really hard. Taking on one of the most technical climbs of the calender - includes a small section of scrambling, if not confident with that please see pictures on the Facebook page.

Age limit:         Over 18 No junior race

Records:         New race

Organiser:         Michael Corrales 07495862839 michaelcm767@gmail.com

Facebook page.         www.facebook.com/Conwy-Fell-Race

WFRA and Ramblers Unite!

Photo - Two Chairman on the shiny new stile

A positive union recently developed between the WFRA and the Ramblers.

Recently I approached Conwy Valley Ramblers enquiring about responsibility for a crumbling wooden ladder stile on the Pipe Dream race route. The response was fantastic, with their Chairman, Kevin Slattery (himself a very accomplished v60 running athlete), not only giving advice, but using the local agreement they have with Conwy County Council to source a new stile.

It seems that Conwy have taken the unusual but welcome common sense approach of allowing trusted volunteer ramblers to replace some stiles on their behalf. No doubt austerity measures have had some influence in this decision, but I think everyone will agree it's a positive move to assist with maintenance of routes when the public purse is tight.

After Council staff delivered the two new stile sections to a suitable location above Dolgarrog, the two Chairmen another rambler joined forces to carry it up to the necessary location. With tools also lugged up there, we dismantled the remains of the old one, and assembled the new one in situ. I can't say it was easiest of places to get to, and the fit itself was something of a sweaty, head scratching affair owing to the mud, rocks and stone wall, but it was eventually completed and will hopefully stand the test of time for walkers and runners alike. I just hope competitors appreciate it on the way through!

Both fellrunners and walkers frequently encounter footpath access issues, and with the Ramblers at the forefront of the fight to keep rights of way open it makes sense to work together.

If you have access issues over rights of way, your local ramblers may be able to assist with advice and contacts.         Regards,          Craig.

Pen Tir Drop         Sunday 12th February         Results

Male Winner Samuel Gregory                        Female Winner Katie Beecher

The Turnaround Point

The sixth race of the 24th South Wales Winter Hill Series, saw 51 runners (10 Ladies, 51 men) head off up into cold, leaden skies above Cwmdu, onto Pen Tir Hill. On the top, an inch of snow brightened the windswept surroundings to the turnaround at the cairn. Returning, some were wise and used the reverse route. Others chose the permitted but ill-advised route through an intense briar patch and were lacerated for their efforts ! A slippery muddy descent brought forth much colourful language entertaining the marshal below. Then a short quick road blast to the warmth of Cwmdu Hall and the demolishing of 7 delicious cakes (over 100 portions !), baked by co-organiser Karen Elvers and the usual heart-shaped Welsh cakes. Many thanks to Kay and Martin Lucas for marshaling on the ?hill, Andy Creber for organising the car park and Rob Brown for manning the road gate.

Both race records fell, with winners Samuel Gregory, SM, unattached, recording 31 mins. 38 secs. and Katie Beecher, SF, of Les Croupiers, taking nearly 3 mins off the record with 36 mins. 51 secs. 1st MV40 Marcus Pinker of MDC , 1st MV50 Jeff Wherlock of Machen Miggly Moos (subject to a Stewards enquiry !), 1st MV60 John Aggleton of MDC, 1st MV70 Les Williams of Eryri. Also 1st Male under 23, who was 2nd overall, John Hamilton of Forest of Dean. 1st FV40 Karen Pickles of Pudsey and Bramley, 1st FV50 Rona Davies of Mynydd Du. Also first Female under 23, Emily Ford of MDC.

Thank you for all your support.     Regards.     Gareth & Karen.

The odd bramble

Ras Moel Y Ci          Sat 11th February          Results       Pictures

Well, what a brilliant day!

136 runners turned out for this challenging little race early on in the mountain running season. The weather wasn’t quite as Derek Brockway predicted, with rain pretty much throughout the day. However, that definitely softened the course and the stickier mud may have slowed the field down slightly and prevented the record that was set in 2012 from being broken. Photos taken on the day suggest that the lead runners jostled for position at various stages in the race, and some big names in local fell running had those of us on the finish line trying to predict the finishing order, which we got with a reasonable degree of accuracy...

First over the line was Math Roberts, running for St David’s, in a brilliant time of 36.27. Next in was Gareth Wyn Hughes, running for Mercia Fell Runners, in 37.27. Not far behind was Lloyd Taggart, running for Manx Fell Runners, in 38.55. Lloyd also won the V40 category and beat plenty of young runners in the process. Respect!

Turning to the ladies; Miranda Grant, running for Eryri, kept up her fine current form by storming through as the first woman over the line in 43.45, with Sarah Ridgeway (Mercia Fell Runners) second woman in 44.31 and also claiming the V40 category too. Not too far behind Sarah was Andrea Rowlands of Eryri in 46.42.

The V50 male and female categories were won by Steve Toogood of Buckley Runners (45.08) and Emma Collins of Denbigh Harriers (55.08) respectively. The men’s V60 category was won by Stephen P Jones of Eryri (AKA SPJ, AKA last year’s horse whisperer), in a time of 45.02, and faster than the fastest V50. The ladies V60 category was won by Maggie Oliver of Eryri in 72.59. The V70 prize went to John Morris of Buckley Runners in a time of 58.25. No V70 women entered.

We had 14 young runners enter the junior race, which was won by Gwion Rhys Evans of Eryri Harriers in a fantastic time of 12.10. William Johnson of St David’s wasn’t far behind Gwion, coming over the line in 12.13. In third place was Celt Lloyd Jones (unattached) in a time of 12.23.

It was a fantastic day from my point of view, made successful by the amazing team of volunteers who helped me throughout the day. Thanks so much to all the marshals out in the elements: Evan Williams, Karl Dobson, Steve Barnard, Eurwyn Edwards, Mike Blake, Dafydd Whiteside-Thomas, Edwin Roberts, Judy Jones, Sue and Roy Hughes, Adam Charlton, Jim and Sheila Bennell, and Peter and Linda Jeavons. Thanks to Tamsin Jessup and Dilwyn Rowlands for being sweeper in the junior race and senior race respectively. To the runners who turned up early to help with car parking duties, before pulling on their fell shoes and joining everyone on the start line for the race: Ross Roberts, John Humphries, Richard Borne and Ellie Salisbury. Thanks to Alan “Wils” Williams for his laptop skills and producing results. And a special thanks to the “A Team” for making sure that registration, finish line times and first aid were all taken care of in such a professional way: Sioned Rowlands, Rhian Thomas, Tina McDonnell, and Nia Albiston.

Finally, thanks to Julie Rogers and the staff at Ffarm Moelyci for their continuing support for the race.

Hopefully see you all back next year.

Diolch yn fawr iawn.         Gary

Tarren hendre 28/1/2017 Results


Tarren Hendre the second counter in Meirionnydd Running Club's Winter series and the first counter in WFRA' s north Wales championship. A total of 90 runners turned up for the race, 88 finished with 2 DNF.

The race was a hard fought race with the two lead runners Mathew and Gareth Wyn Hughes shoulder to shoulder at each check point. They almost made a catastrophic mistake on the final hill check point. The marshals saw the two cresting the ridge as they approached the checkpoint, but then they both disappeared as they decided to turn around and run away from the marshals. This was quickly corrected and they maintained a strong lead over those behind.

The winner was Mathew Roberts from Calder Valley Fell Runners (red above) in a time of 0:53:07 and two seconds behind Gareth Wyn Hughes from Mercia Fell Runners in 0:53:09. Third place went to Karl Steinegger from Ambleside AC who finished in 54:34.

The first woman home was Miranda Grant from Eryri Harriers in 58:20, in second place was Sian Williams from Rhedwyr Hebog in 1:00:32 and third place went to Anna Bartlett from Mercia Fell runners who finished in a time of 1:00:54.

A total of £107 was raised from Tea and cakes sales after the race and raffle held in the evening at the club dinner. This was donated towards Steffan Owens Dawn till dusk trailathon fund. Steff is raising money towards Brain Tumour Charity (The) by running a trailathon at Coed y Brenin on the Saturday the 1st April. You can read his story about why he is doing this and how you can help on his event page on Facebook.

You can also donate through the Just giving page: Just giving.

Some Photos by Allanah Julia Fenwick and Arfon Hughes here..

and a Short video by Chris Laughton here.

Meirionnydd Running club would like to thank all the marshals, volunteers, landowner, runners and Mountain rescue for their helping to make the day such a success.

An extra 'Long' now in the Welsh Championships

Peris Horseshoe to be included

Dear Welsh Fell Runners,

Those of you who are interested in completing the 2017 WFRA Open Welsh Championships will have spotted that this year only one Long race (Preseli) was included in the Series, and that there is a requirement to complete a Long to qualify.

We have since received feedback from members who have commented that this set up wasn't conducive to a successful and inclusive championship. After some committee discussion it has been decided to add an additional Long race this year, namely Peris Horseshoe, making the Welsh Champs now a series of 7 races. Hopefully this will now encourage more members to qualify for the Championship series.

The original decision was correctly made at the AGM after some debate, however due to the limited numbers at the AGM the outcome of that debate perhaps hasn't been fully representative. There is a danger in making this change that we are seen to be going against the decision at the AGM, and in fact this is the case, but we hope that members understand the reason and support it. It does show the importance of members expressing their views, and ideally attending the AGM. It also demonstrates that we listen to the feedback of members when we haven't quite got it right.

Reminder that V60s and under 23's are not required to complete a Long.

Regards,       Craig.       Chairman,       WFRA.

Craig Yr Allt    Sat 21st January    Results

Race Winner Ben Mitchell

"The fourth running of the Craig yr Allt Winter Fell Race was greeted with bright clear skies and a chilling temperature of 2-3 degrees Centigrade. 123 participants signed up for the race; many familiar faces but also several new faces that were keen to give fell running a go. This was the perfect race for them. Like in previous years, the organiser had signed the 6km course to enable those that cannot read a map to participate. However a few of the signs had been sabotaged immediately before the race which caused some minor confusion!

The race organiser and other volunteers spent approximately 15 man hours leading up to the race day, cutting back the dense vegetation which had advanced onto the race route to enable this race to go ahead. The mild winters in recent years is causing race organisers another challenge!

Ben Mitchell summited the first ascent of Craig yr Allt with Samuel Gregory and Hugh Aggleton in hot pursuit. Ben Mitchell, MDC (as he did at Skirrid) pulled away from the others and was on for a course record (set by Peter Ryder 29m 10s) . However he took a wrong turning near then end and lost about 75s and finished the race in 30m 2s. Hugh Aggleton (MDC) finished in second and Samuel Gregory in third. Katie Beecher (Les Croupiers) was the first lady, followed by Niki Morgan (Mynydd Du) and Emily Ford. The male team prize (top 4) was awarded to MDC (Ben Mitchell, Hugh Aggleton, Matt Stott, Ake Fagerang) and the ladies team prize (top 3) was awarded to MDC (Alice Bedwell, Emma Battensby, Karen Elvers).

Category winners included: MU23 - John Hamilton, Forest of Dean
M40 - Dan Sandford, Forest of Dean
M50 - Mark Palmer, Mynydd Du
M60 - John Aggleton, MDC
M70 - Rob West, MDC
FU23 - Emily Ford
F40 - Niki Morgan (Prize to 2nd - Anne Marie-Harris, Mynydd Du)
F50 - Alice Bedwell, MDC
The race organisers would like to thank all the marshalls, volunteers, landowner and Mountain View Ranch for their time and generosity."
Regards     Gary

Dash in the Dark 3 - Friday 13th January.    Results

This Friday was the last in this series for the ‘Dash in the Dark’ held at Coed Llandegla. We had a full moon, it was Friday 13th and the trails were full of snow. What could go wrong !! Thanks to Ian and the staff at OPA the roads were cleared and the car park prepared for the 110 runners to test their new Christmas gear out in the Llandegla forest. The moon shone across the lake as the snow in the trails made the whole evening more interesting. As it was the last in the series the prestigious title of ‘ fastest overall male ’ and ‘ fastest overall female’ was up for grabs. Due to the snow on the car park the start line was moved over to the forest entrance for a change, so no course records were up for grabs

First over the line and representing Ambleside AC was Karl Steinegger in a time of 24.02. 2nd on the night was Greg King u/a in 25.07. 3rd over the line and also m40 was Jez Brown from Buckley runners in 25.14. The ladies race was won by Mysteruns Lzzie Irvine in 29.36 followed by Sally Ellis, u/a, in 30.38. third lady in the night was Hayley Evans from Buckley in 31.11. In the ladies categories Jessica Brearey l40 was home in 31.55 followed by Jo Grandfield from Whitchurch Whippits in 37.52. The over all prize for the series went to Karl Steinegger from Ambleside AC who won all 3 races in the series and Kirsty Seddon from Cheater Tri who had completed all 3 races with the best overall result. A massive thank you goes out to ALL the CRR members that help out for the race series. The route markers, all the marshals and the sweepers. The time keepers and the button counters that without whom the series would not be able to go ahead. Thanks to One Planet Adventure for hosting the event and for NEWSAR for their continued support. I hope you have a fantastic year and see you all in the winter of 2017 for the next Dash in the Dark encounters.

Take care,     CRR.

Jubilee Plunge     Tue 27th December 2016     Results

This year's Jubilee Plunge was run in cold but sunny and clear weather conditions which helped attract a large turn-out for this seasonal 2 mile frantic descent from Moel Famau to the Golden Lion, Llangynhafal.
With no prescribed route for this race the field of 81 runners, including several Santas, selected a variety of different routes down causing the casual observer to suspect nobody actually knew the way. This was not the case. With the exception of a few runners who were gently herded to the finish by a very welcome sweeper, the runners all made it down in double quick time.

First home was Michael Corrales (North Wales Road Runners) in 11m11s closely followed by Jex Brown (Buckley) in 11m23s and Martin Cliffe (Eryri) 11m 38s.
Louise Beetlestone (Eryri) was first lady in 13m40s, pursued by Lisa Grantham (Pensby) in 14m19s and Ophelia Harborne in 15m05s
Many thanks to the marshals who made the race possible and to the supporters for their much appreciated cheering

Cannock Chase Trig Points Extra Information

Date Change- Tor Y Foel now takes place March 18th 14:00

Skirrid     Sat 17th December 2016     Results
Rhobell Fawr     Sat 5th November    Results

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.