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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.
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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 2015, 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 2014
The WFRA Committee has finalised its revised Safety Requirements document (see above) which has now been incorporated into the 2014 Race Organisers Handbook.
The Safety Requirements document re-iterates the principle that fell runners have primary responsibility for their own safety. The document includes minor changes in standards and clarifications but nothing that changes the essence of the sport. The Committee encourages all prospective competitors and Race Organisers to read the document carefully.

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

Race organisers for any of the events listed on the WFRA site are invited to e.mail full results to the webmaster when they will be promptly published on our results pages.
WFRA Race Acceptance Policy
Rhobell   Ceiriog   Gyhirych Grind   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

2015 Membership Form is now available
Llyn Y Fan       Sat 22nd November       Race Map
Change of Race Date

Mortimers Forest Race sheduled for Sunday, 7th December will now take place on Sunday 14th December
The route has also been shortened to 8 miles/1400' Further details from race organiser Colin Lancaster
Correction...Skirrid Fell Race takes place on 20th December (not the 13th).
Correction...This years Corndon Classic is on Sunday 21st Dec. at 11am (not on the Saturday).

Gyhirych Grind       Sunday 16th November      Results

So why's this competitor staring so intently at the ground?

A hardy, some would say foolhardy group of 11 runners turned up for the inaugural running of this race, on what turned out to be a very misty day in the Beacons. I can only assume that the precipitously steep climbs, the fact that checkpoint 2 was on the ‘summit’ of Fan Fraith, a hill which few had visited previously, coupled with the necessity for good navigational skills put off other runners.

The race started at the fence above the layby and the runners soon disappeared into the mists with the finish on the now long disused tramway. I was informed by the bemused marshals on CP1 that runners appeared from ‘all directions’ and on leaving the checkpoint were somewhat ‘uncertain’ as to where CP2 may actually be. This was evident as 3 runners did not find CP2, but navigation was not an issue for Jim Masters and Pete Gardner who were 1st and 2nd respectively – with only seven seconds separating them.

Andy Creber was next in, some two and a half minutes later with the first lady, Sasha Habgood – following a further two and half minutes later. Standing at the finish, I shared the marshals’ bemusement over the very disparate directions from which runners emerged from the mist.

Everyone told me, they had a good time (even those who DNF), but am not sure I believe them. The races I organise tend to epitomise ‘grass roots’ fell running and seem to attract those who relish a navigational challenge alongside a test of their athletic prowess, but this does seem to be very much a niche attraction. I would really appreciate any feedback from those who did the race and comments from those who may have been put off from participating.

I am immensely grateful to the indefatigable Martin and Kay Lucas who jumped at the chance to marshal – many races would simply not happen without their enthusiastic support, and Dave Austin who, after some rather unseemly begging, agreed to act as my replacement marshal.

Dash in the Dark Races 2014        Friday 7th November      Results Race 1

Friday saw the return of the Dash in the Dark series held at Coed Llandega.
A large turnout with a total of 61 runners set off into the dark forest for 6km of unknown !
The weather had been wet in the days leading up to the first race in the series, but on the night the clouds cleared to reveal the full moon.
First back in a blistering time was Karl Steinegger, Ambleside AC on (25:15), closely followed by Thomas Hiles, (25:41) and Dean Yarwood (29:32).
First of the ladies back was Sarah Ryder , Wrexham Tri (33:16), then Sandra Rowlands, Eryri (33:25) and Claire Sutcliffe, Chester Tri (33:45).
A big thank you goes to the hosts at One Planet Adventure, for the facilities and lovely hot soup. Thanks also to all the marshals / helpers on the day. Full results are available on clwydianrangerunners.com

The Dash in the Dark races take place on a Friday evening at at the Llandegla forest visitors centre (now One Planet Adventure). We have the backing of the centre and have received the access agreement from the forest owners. The races are WFRA insured.

as they asked for it before considering our request. The dates are 7th November 2014, 5th December 2014 and 23rd January 2015. Race Poster

Rhobell Fawr Saturday 8th November      Results       Photos by Dan Wyre

The prizewinners

There was a large turnout as the race was the final counter in the inov-8 / WFRA Open Welsh Championships and North Wales Series (sponsored by Cotswold Outdoor). Weather conditions were cool, showery and breezy.

The inov-8/WFRA Welsh Champions for 2014 are Mark Palmer of Mynydd Du and Jackie Lee of Eryri. Other category winners -
Male : Under 40 Peter Ryder (Brycheiniog), Over 40 Darren Fishwick (Chorley), Over 50 Mark Palmer (Mynydd Du), Over 60 Gary Gunner (Croft Ambrey), Over 70 Rob West (MDC).
Female : Over 40 Mel Price (Mercia), Over 50 Emma Collins (Denbigh), Over 60 Maggie Oliver (Eryri).

The winners of the Cotswold Outdoor North Wales Series are Paul Jones of Mercia and Jackie Lee of Eryri. Other category winners -
Male : U/40 Karl Steinegger (Ambleside), Over 40 Paul Jones (Mercia), Over 50 Neil Shepherd (Bowland), Over 60 Alan French (Wrexham), Over 70 John Morris (Buckley).
Female : Over 40 Andrea Rowlands (Eryri), Over 50 Emma Collins (Denbigh), Over 60 Maggie Oliver (Eryri).

Clwydian Hills Race      Sunday 2nd November      Results       Photos
Sugar Loaf       Saturday 25th October       Results
Breidden Hills Fell Race      Sunday 5th October        Results
Mendip Muddle       Sunday 12th October        Results
October Newsletter

2014 October Newsletter The latest newsletter was emailed out on 7th October to all members.

If you have not received your copy please email g7hgc@btinternet.com

Ceiriog Canter Saturday 11th October      Results

We had a good turn out this year, for this Cotswold Outdoor North Wales Series counter, with 66 runners and some impressive times. John Bowie’s old course record that had stood for three years was beaten by a number of runners. Lloyd Taggart, MO40, Manx FR, was first home with a time of 42.43, beating the previous course record by a full four minutes. Andrea Rowlands, FO40, Eryri, successfully defended and beat her own female record with a time of 51.26.

The weather was variable and most runners finished before the rain showers. Apart from a few gorse scratches everyone made it back in one piece. Overall a good day was had by all.

We would like to thank the marshals for their help and for looking after everyone so well. Special thanks to the Spa in Glyn Ceiriog and Chirk for their very generous donations towards the prizes, also to The Oak Y Dderwen pub in Glyn Ceiriog. Photos will be displayed on the website www.canolfanceiriog.org. We would like to thank everyone for coming, all the money raised goes towards the running costs of the community centre. We look forward to seeing you again next year. Diolch yn Fawr.

Black Mountains        Sat 27th September       Results        Pics from Gill Stott

There was a large turnout as the race was a counter in the inov-8/WFRA Open Welsh Championships and South Wales Series (sponsored by Paul Fosh Auctions).

Well, what a shocking race it was for some! Even the local farmer Cliff did not know anything about the 2 strand electric fence across all of the face of the big climb to checkpoint 2. Andrew Blackmore kindly offered to marshall the small gate so that only a few hardy runners took the risk of electric shock by taking on the said fence. Maybe Katie Beecher - 1st lady (5th place overall) took on the fence, as she shot around in 2 hours 50 minutes 39 seconds, beating past multiple winner Jackie Lee by over 2 minutes.
First place and prolific winner of races this year was Hugh Aggleton. Ever youthful Mark Palmer was third and first over 50. Only 3 had to retire, should have been 4, but one brave male runner kept going and finished despite a bad head wound and had a very bloodied vest.

Thanks to all helpers, Les Williams, Chris and Jess Taylor, Llanbedr local - Steve, John B and son, Dick Finch, John Chidlow, St Peters School, Nicky and burger van guy - for the tasty bacon butties and anybody else who helped and I have missed.         John Darby

Gladstone 9         28th September 2014       Results

Perfect weather conditions & good visibility prevailed for this year’s Gladstone 9 race, which had 45 finishers (& Gary P-J’s dog), all of whom seemed to have enjoyed the route, the views & the post-race homemade flapjacks.

This year, there were only three Eryri finishers in the top ten. New Daddy Martin Cliffe was the first home in 1.15.40 (also 1st M40), new-on-the-scene youngster Sion Harlow was 5th overall (& 1st U23) in 1.21.06, & supermum Andrea Rowlands 10th overall & 1st lady (& 1st F40), breaking her own 2009 record by 35secs to finish in 1.24.10. Fred Maier (U/A) was second in 1.19.42 with Chris Donnely & Stephen McCarron, both from Sale Harriers finishing 3rd & 4th in 1.20.08 & 1.20.47 resp. Paul Rowley, also from Sale, was 6th overall in 1.21.40. Eryri’s Stuart McDonald finished in 11th place, winning the 1st local runner’s prize, in 1.24.25. Next came the fiercely contended battle for the M50 prizes, with cat & mouse games being played all the way across the bog from Tal y Fan to Moel Lus. It culminated in an Eryri 1, 2 & 3, with Steve P Jones finishing in 1.26.08, despite still suffering from his fall on the Pedol Peris, Tim Watson, fit from his recent trip to the Himalayas, in 1.26.43, & Russel Owen, who’d driven all the way from sunny Darwen, in 1.27.13. Cybi’s Irfon Rowlands tucked in behind SPJ to finish 13th overall & 1st M40 in 1.26.38. Colwyn Bay’s Mark Jones took the 2nd M40 in 1.36.05, with Mysteruns’ Richard Borne 3rd in 1.39.26. Neil Hindle was 1st M60 in 1.42.12, Cybi’s Ian Rothery 2nd in 1.47.00 but he was beaten by Buckley’s John Morris 1st M70 in 1.44.20. Brian Robbins of Eryri completed the mens prize winners finishing 2nd M70 in 1.46.19.

2nd & 3rd ladies to finish were Eryri’s Hayley Turner & Alex Fletcher in 1.45.22 & 1.45.32 resp., with Jill Riley, also from Eryri, taking 1st F50 in 1.58.51. Pip Thomas & Ruth Jackson, both unattached, finished 1st & 2nd F40 in 2.03.53 & 2.19.22.

Our sincere thanks go to Team Dolly, who provided radio communication between checkpoints, and all the many marshals and helpers, without whom we would not have been able to safely organise the race. We were very grateful for the generous sponsorship provided by Fletcher & Poole Estate Agents, & X-Ray Minerals, support from Benards Gallery Craig y Don, enabling us to present a framed photo of a local mountain view as a prize for the winning male & female, & to Tony Hulme at Running Bear, who, as always, provided us with a good deal on kit for the remaining 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 for the first local’s prize.

A small financial contribution will be given to Team Dolly, Eryri Harriers & the WFRA, & we are pleased to announce that Diabetes UK & the Snowdonia Society will also each receive a £50 donation.

Ellie Salisbury, Maggie Oliver, Alex Fletcher & Stuart McDonald

Black Mountains Race 27th September 2014


Overall winner of the Black Mountains race was Hugh Aggleton, MDC in 2:29:07 (pictured) with first lady - Katie Beecher, Les Croupiers in 2:50:39 in an incredible 5th place overall.

North Wales Junior Mountain Running Championships        Pics from Paul Challender       Results
Pedol Peris Photos
Fan Fawr Cancelled

"Due to unforeseen circumstances Fan Fawr on the 4th October 2014 has been cancelled. The organisers offer sincere apologies for this and plan to return with one of South Wales' favourite fell races next year."
Chris Gildersleve       Race Organiser

Llyn Brenig Trail Race       Sat 6th September        Results

Damp, yet calm conditions greeted 63 runners in the 2014 edition of this 9 mile trail race. John Morris, of organising club Denbigh Harriers, stormed home in a highly creditable 55.35, with Andy Campbell from Wrexham Tri, close on his heels. Lisa Morley, of Wrexham AC, was first lady with 67.07, with Wendy Trimbel winning her category with 67.54. As usual, the Running Bear socks were a popular finisher's momento and thanks go to the terrific team at the Brenig Centre who provide a HQ centre that has few rivals among race organisers in the region!        Peter Agnew

Ragleth Inn Fell Race       Wed 27th August       Results