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 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

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.

Gyrn Gallop       Sat 25th July       Results

Winner Andrew Salt with Peter Butler coming up behind.

We had a great day for the first run of this race in a number of years. 40 runners entered and completed the course successfully. The weather was dry and sunny although a little windy up near the summit.

The first man home was Andrew Salt of Ludlow Runners in 43:21, the first lady was Sarah Morwood representing Mud Crew in 49:53.

The local community of Rhiwlas supported the event providing a number of marshals and helping with set up and break down of the course. The run was held in conjunction with the village fair which provided great refreshment for locals and runners alike.

Feedback from the runners was very positive with all seeming to enjoy the run, the view from the summit and the hospitality.

John - thanks for your help and advice when I first contacted you, I'm looking forward to putting the race on again next year, a little wiser for the experience.

Waun Fach Fell Race        July 18th 2015      Results

Race numbers at Waun Fach were down this year by 25%. This could not have been for the weather, which was perfect for mountain running: sunny and with a cool wind plus perfect visibility. Perhaps it was due to a calendar clash with the Snowdon International event, but as was pointed out by more than one participant, Waun Fach is off the beaten tourist track and very much a race for the connoisseur.

So 32 connoisseurs took to the ragged start line at the Riding Centre at precisely 2 pm and all made it back to the finish at Castle Hill. Ben Moon came in ahead of the field – not only nigh on 5 minutes ahead of second man Patrick Woodisse, also of MDC, but actually out of sight of the rest of the pack from the timekeepers` viewpoint. This is highly unusual because the whole of the Dragon`s Back descent can be seen from the Castle finish.

The field came in thereafter in a steady flow over only a 30 minute period. This was a relief for the organisation since Ben had reported losing at least 20 seconds in searching for the boulder marking the summit. It had gone. Vandals, souvenir hunters? Enquiries with the locals brought no explanation. Since there was no marshal posted at this point all did well to come home in good order.

The organiser`s thanks go to Dick Finch, Gerry Ashton and John Cridlow for timekeeping; Andy Creber for course marking, Vanessa Lawson, Andy Stott and Dave Austin for marshalling. And to the Riding Centre for hosting the event again and for flushing two horses out of the parking field at the last minute.

Green Green Grass of Home       Wed 22nd July        Photos by Rhian Pierce      Results

A lovely clear evening in a pituresque setting range saw 78 runners set off on a changed route for this, the third race in the Clwydian Hills Summer Trots series. A close "to and fro" contest developed between the leading two runner with Stephen Kates of Prestatyn eventually managing to establish and maintain a slender lead to finish in front of Jez Brown (Buckley) with Mark Williams (F1 Runners) in third place. Local runner Ceri Belshaw of Denbigh Harriers finished as first lady with Bree Sutcliffe and Susan Fourie, both of Chester Tri, coming in together in equal second place.

An enjoyable evening for all.        Many thanks to all the marshalls and helpers as well as the runners who took part in the race.

Waun Fach       Sat 18th July      Photos by Gill Stott

Pen Y Fan      Sat 11th July       Results, Report and Photos
Fan Y Big Horseshoe      Sun 12th July       Results, Report and Photos
The Druid       Wed 15th July       Results

TAL Y FAN      Saturday 11 July 2015      Results

The morning was clear and fine, with a touch of breeze. The gazebo were up, the cavalcade of MG cars and Rolls Royce arrived, along with the bouncy castle, woodcutters and the tea and cakes team. The Rowen Carnival was in full flow.

At 2pm, 57 competitors lined up, and “Uncle Chris the children's entertainer” sounded the hooter. Off the runners went, out through the car park and on to the road through the village, before 300m later, turning rights and the start of the ascent, first on tarmac up to the youth hostel, before levelling out a bit up along the old roman road to Cae Coch, and then after climbing the stile, up the grassy bank and then the rocks to Tal y Fan summit. The runners then benefited from the recent sunny weather, as the usually boggy bit was dry, allowing for quick runs across the moors to the Penmaenmawr stone circle.

Along the North Wales coastal path for a stretch before another right turn, and an uphill section back towards Rowen youth hostel, (except for those who failed to turn left over the wall and did a detour back to Cae Coch before realising their navigational error), and it was then downhill all the way to the finish back at the Carnival. Rob Grantham, Jez Brown and Tim Budd had a close run race at the front of the field, closely followed by Hugh O'Donnell and Simon Edwards.

The cooler weather, and gentle breeze allowed for some quick runs, with three age records being broken – Rob Grantham (Pensby) won the race and broke the V40 record by over a minute, Derek Weaver (Eryri) took 42 seconds off the V60 record, and Sarah Ridgway (Run Snowdonia) took a magnificent 8 minutes off the FV40 record to win the Ladies race.

A big thanks to all our marshals and helpers, and to the rain for staying away until after we had packed up.

Helen and Doug Blair       Race Organisers The alternative Tal Y Fan report

Foel Fras       Sat 27th June       Results


Ras Y Cerrig Las      Sat 4th July      Results

It was a near perfect day for this inaugural 7.3 mile fell race on the eastern end of the Preseli hills, which saw 24 runners take on this new challenging route. Although the total ascent isn’t huge, the terrain and technicality of it makes for an interesting tough race, with some saying that it was harder than it’s neighbouring 11 mile cousin, the Beast Bach.

The route visits Carn Alw-which is a lovely little rocky outcrop, Foel Drygarn- the Bronze aged hill fort, Carn Menyn-Where the stonhenge bluestones came from, and Carn Sian- with it’s 1944 aircraft crash site.

With the race clashing with the Ironman longcourse big weekender, the numbers were going to be low, but I was well happy to have the runners that I did.

There are no facilities near the start/finish area, so the newish big tent that I’d recently acquired and my camper made for the admin and catering areas. Nothing like going back to basics, and totally different to the other race I organise, the Preseli Beast! After I got the runners to wish each other the best of luck with a hug, they set off more or less on time.

One runner got caught up behind the 100’s of cyclists on the longcourse race, and was late turning up. This didn’t stop me from throwing a number at him and telling him to catch up, which he did! Well done Conrad.

I had predicted around the hour for the 1st runner, and James Thomas from Cirencester did not disappoint. He was first back in a cracking time of 55mins 53sec. He said he went a bit off course, even though the course is fully marked! Maybe everything was a bit of blur to him for going so quick! 3mins behind came Simon Hall from Sarn Helen, with Alec Williams of Pembs harriers third and 1st MV40. 1st lady was Alice Harrison in 1hr 12.14.

When I turned up at 11am to set things up, there was already a vehicle parked up. It was to my huge surprise to see it was my friend and fell running legend Yiannis Tridimas who had travelled down the night before from Liverpool! He’d come down to possibly marshal so he’d already been around the course to see what it was like. So when I said I had enough marshals, he decided to enter and do it again. “Well, it’s too nice a route not to do it again”. Obviously he took 1st MV70.

Closest finish was the downhill sprint between Jason Wilkins and local lass Beth Coghlan. Beth was far too nice to him and let him cross the line barely a second in front!

By the time the latter runners came over the hill, the steep descent back to cross the line was more of a hindrance as they didn’t have the legs to run it flat out. “It didn’t look that steep from the start” one runner said! The category winners all received either a bottle of local ale, or thermos mugs kindly donated by Cotwold Outdoors, Carmarthen. All the runners and marshals enjoyed the all important tea/coffee, and of course the finely baked cakes.

Huge thanks to all who ran, Pembs National parks, the neighbouring hill farmer who let us race around his hills, but more so to the marshals, Jacob Martin photography, the admin princess, and the catering cake fairies. Diolch I chi gyd.

Moel Siabod      Sat 4th July      Results


‘Better late than never!’
Well I only just about got to the race on time last Saturday after flying my way around the bends of Nant Peris and onwards to Capel Curig; before jumping out of the car and shooting off to the start line where I was still tying my shoelaces as the countdown to the start began!

It was a very warm day and the race climbed steadily uphill almost straightaway. The nature of this race means that it is quite hard to get a particularly on the way up as the route / path changes so much in quite a short distance.

Luckily there was a nice breeze keeping us cool and on the way up the friendly faces of the marshals / Eryri stalwarts Ellie Salisbury and Mike Blake was a big help to motivate us runners on our way to the top.

On the way down, previous experience of running this race came into play as it made it far easier to pick a good line and avoid some of the rocky sections of the path and throw yourself down the grassy mounds. But during the last mile or so, the rocky path was unavoidable and it became very narrow and technical before opening back up and back down to the bridge to finish.

Since it was so warm, some of us then went to cool down or dip our feet in the river below the bridge, before going over the road to the field where the village festival was being held for nice cup of tea and some tasty goulash whilst relaxing and watching a chainsaw competition.

It was then time for prize giving with 1st overall male going to Math Roberts (Calder Valley) in a time of 51:55, u23 went to Sion Harlow in a time of 57.02, V40 Martin Cliffe in a time of 54.49, V50 to Noel Craine in a time of 60.29 and V60 to Stephen P. Jones in a time of 57.44.

Stephen’s time in particular was exceptional when you consider he was not only faster than the V50, but was also in 5th position out of 69 runners!

1st female and V40 went to Lauren Jeska (Eryri Harriers) in a time of 59.02. u40 went to Becky Plenty (York Knavermire) in a time of 62.22, V40 went to Ali Keets in a time of 63.08 and V60 to Maggie Oliver (Eryri Harriers) in a time of 88.36.

In the kids race U14 went to Gwion Evans in a time of 15:32 & U16 to Chloe Elliott in a time of 17:33.

To close was the annual tug of war competition between the fell runners and the local farmers. Having won last year, the runners were full of confidence, unfortunately this time we lost despite our efforts.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who looked after the runners and provided the refreshments at the end of the race.       Emlyn Owen, Eryri Harriers.

Moel y Gamelin      Sun 28th June      Results

10 more photos

Midweek Final Series Results      Final Results

The final results for the Joe Brown Tuesday Series. Includes results for Race #12 Llanberis as well as the final standings - best 5 count. Jim Bacon the Series Champion though only 0.75% ahead of Rob Grantham - very close and exciting race series. Full set of race reports form Mike Blake on the Eryri Harriers Facebook timeline.

Pedol Cwm Pennant       Sat 20th June       Results

To celebrate the third anniversary of this already legendary race, the weather finally decided to be at its worst – well in the case of visibility this certainly was the case. The race which starts at the Cwm Pennant hostel and conquers the summits of the Moel Hebog range as well as the Nantlle ridge welcomed an enthusiastic and competent 36 starters. Weather conditions were actually near perfect for running – zero wind and light drizzle, the only problem was the near zero visibility.

On inspection of entries, it looked as the mens race would be between two time champ, Simon Harding and the Calder Valley legend, Carlos ‘The Jackal’ Gray, whilst the female battle would include Sarah Ridgway and Lou Beetlestone. As the runners set off the early thorough marking of the course would hopefully ensure all runners got onto the slopes of Moel Hebog and CP1 in one piece. This was not the case, as 4 runners managed to miss CP1 but still seemed to enjoy a nice 2hr run prior to returning safely to HQ. As the race progressed, as forecasted it was Harding and Gray who were way ahead, with Sarah also having a healthy lead over Lou. Visibility remained abysmal with a number of runners reporting wayward lines whilst descending Moel Lefn. As the leaders approached the final summit of Garnedd Goch there was some confusion as the marshall was also trying to help someone who’d lost their dog! With the final ankle breaking descent of Cwm Ciprwth completed it was left to the 2.5 mile run in along the legendary road and track and this is seemingly were Gray managed to drop Harding. Karl eventually taking the win in 2.40.15 – a mere 14 secs off the record, but a new vet 40 record, with Simon 2nd in 2.41.35. NWRR’s Mark Davies retained his bronze in a time of 2.56.29. Eryri’s Steve P Jones – current vet 60 leader in the British champs – ran excellently to finish 8th overall in 3.00.48, and a new vet 60 record. Noel Craine of Eryri took the vet 50’s in 3.20.04 – over 20mins outside of his record from 2014. In the ladies, Sarah took the win in 3.20.08, with Lou in 2nd in 3.42.25 and 3rd for Megan Hughes in 3.52.34. Stell Farrar and Jackie Kearsley ran home together to jointly take the vet 50 crown in 5.22.50. There were 27 finishers.

The main success of this race is the rock solid helpers, so thanks to Iorwerth Roberts, Pete Rowley, Jane O’Donnell, Gareth Wyn Hughes, Sioned Ellen Rowlands and Tina McDonnell, Sam Green, Dils Rowlands, all the Roberts' family and helpers, Helen Blair, Owen Roberts, Dafydd Whiteside Thomas and wifie, Jo Moore, Jonathan Moore, Trefor Jones, Adam Haynes as well as all the staff and Ken at at the hostel, all the landowners in particular Emyr et al at the car park location!.....also of course to Stu McDonald who took over from me part way through and Alex Fletcher.

In its fourth year in 2016 the race will be a champs race so an excellent opportunity for you all to race in North Wales’s greatest valley along its greatest race route.

Hot Foot Up Famau     Wed 17th June     Results

A record field of 117 runners from both sides of the border turned out for this year's Hotfoot up Famau, no doubt lured by the good conditions and the promise of a facilities-free race HQ at Bwlch Penbarras. A lot cooler than last year, not too much bracken on the course and a hint of rain in the air. In form Rob Grantham (Pensby) got quite close to the male record, closely followed by David Parker (Wrexham AC) and former winner Jez Brown (Buckley).

In the female race, a fine performance by Caitlin Rice (Glossopdale) saw her hold off the challenge from Lisa Grantham (Pensby) and Alice Robinson (Tattenhall).
Neil Shepherd (Bowland) was first M50, Anne Rosbottom (Pensby) first F40. Andy Robinson (Helsby) won a competitive M60 category, with John Morris (Buckley) romping round a course that suits his talents to win first V70. Brenda Tiedtke (Prestatyn) was first F50 and Steph Charman (Spectrum) first F60.

Many thanks to all the runners, as well as the superb marshals, sweepers and time-keepers who all gave up their evening for the minimal reward of cheap wine, beer and tea cakes.     Simon Roberts

Trail Race up the Beast     Wed 10th June    Results

Up the Beast was more fortunate this year as the weather was superb, different to last year when it was thunder and lightning.
A very good turn out with 96 runners who all set off and all came back. This being the first time in the history of the race. Runners have always been impressed with the variation of prizes ranging from bottles of wine , bags of potatoes down to a jar of Vaseline and lots more in between.

As this was the first time all the runners came back I finally achieved my goal. So I have decided this was to be my last year for organising this race. I have had a couple of people interested in taking it on. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have helped over the eight years I have been organising this race with the marshalling, time keeping and registration.

Midweek Series after 11th race (Tal Y Mignedd) and Series Results so far      Results

Results from the excellent Tal y Mignedd Tuesday night race. All overall series with one to go. It’s very close between the top two (Jim Bacon and Rob Grantham), looks like it’ll go to the final race - next week in Llanberis.

Welsh 1000 Metres     Sat 6th June     Welsh 1000 metres Report    Results

Longtown, Herefordshire. Saturday 6th June 2015 - The 10th Darrens Dash Hill Race    Results     Photos

Mark Killeen of Wye Valley Runners approaching the finishing straight with Hatterrall Ridge behind.

Race day dawned with a mixture of sunshine, cloud and a couple of light showers. The showers passed through and left a glorious running day behind. A move to a Saturday and away from Father’s Day seems to have been popular - runner numbers were the highest ever at 121. We were very pleased to welcome travelling runners from Ilkeston and Northamptonshire as well as strong contingents from local clubs on both sides of the border.

After a warm up lap of the event field a new 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. Chris Jones of Mynyddwyr De Cymru led strongly from the start and flew down the descent slopes to set a new course record of 40:31, followed shortly afterwards by Paul Murrin of Chepstow Harriers and Andrew Stephens of Monross Trailblazers. In the Women’s Race Gintare Gaigal of Wye Valley Runners won in 50:11 holding off the challenge of Nikki Morgan of Chepstow Harriers and Clare Dallimore of MDC. Simon Downs and his dog Figaro were the first finishers in the Cani Cross event in a time of 67.03. Congratulations to Ed Dickson of MDC who was awarded the ‘first local’ trophy in 50:54 having cunningly moved into the area since the last race. MDC were on great form and

narrowly beat Wye Valley Runners to the inaugural mixed team competition.

Other results:

1st MV40	Chris Harrhy, Mynydd Du
1st MV50	Tim Taylor, Hereford Couriers
1st MV60	Neil Grant, Chepstow Harriers


1st FV40		Sue Shergold, FODAC
1st FV50		Nikki Childs, Wye Valley Runners
1st FV60		Joyce Dodd, Chepstow Harriers
NB. Competitors were only awarded trophies for their highest achievement to spread them round!

Full results available on:

80 children took place in the children’s races and showed their potential for the future. Great tea and cakes were provided to all runners and there was a goof haul of prizes in the raffle

Grateful thanks to the main event sponsors:
Celtic Vale – who provided the race water and sponsored the event t-shirts
Arlene and Richard Clare – who sponsored the race trophies and children’s medals
Ty Bryn Cider – also used as race prizes.
The event could not go ahead without the permission and good will of the following landowners: Eric and Jean Price, Rob and Julie Bevan, Richard Prosser, Natural England, Natural Resources Wales 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.

Many tough runners decided to combine the race with the following day’s Magic Roundabout in the Begwyns and camped at Tan House Farm conveniently close to the Crown Inn for refuelling purposes.

Why not join us on Saturday 11th June 2016 for next year’s race?

Mike Fawcett     Race organiser

Boars Head Hill Race     Wed 3rd June 2015    Results

After days and days of really uncomfortable weather we were fortunate enough to get the first pleasant day of June for the race and we didn't even have the midges – clearly they hadn't warmed up enough yet !!

I'm sorry there was a certain amount of confusion about such race details as start time, entries, teams, etc. – this can go squarely at the door of the FRA's ridiculous policy on truncating the website information (which they had been given in full) of races registered elsewhere than with the FRA. There were full details in the actual FRA Calendar, the WFRA Calendar and the WFRA website but those people who relied on the FRA website had problems – 57 of them emailed me in the four days before the race and got the information they needed but I suspect from the slightly reduced field that quite a few were disappointed.

However, back to the race – Macclesfield and Stockport arrived in force yet again and the results clearly reflect this. Simon Harding, last year's winner, will have to engrave the trophy yet again after a fine run to come home first over a minute and a half clear of James Scott-Buccleugh, who was a minute ahead of the next two, Tom Bush and Gareth Briggs (the first veteran) and then there were another two minutes before the pack arrived in force, led by Olivia Walwyn who put in a superb performance to finish not only first lady but an astonishing fifth place overall. Congratulations are definitely due here.

I apologise profusely to Jeff Norman for giving his V70 position to Trevor Faulkner; my fault entirely as I didn't even look at the first results board for a V70 on the assumption that they would be a lot further down the field – Jeff's continued speed proved me embarrassingly wrong !!

One notable and pleasant feature was the appearance in some strength of two clubs, Chorlton (21 runners) and Bramhall (14 runners), the first of which produced the 3rd lady but who could by no stretch of imagination be described as established fell running clubs – very nice to see them and I hope they continue to grow and prosper in the future.

I trust everyone enjoyed themselves, including the dedicated marshalling and officiating team to whom I offer my heartfelt thanks, and I look forward to seeing you next year.     Dave Jones

World Mountain Running Championships (September in Wales!)     Event Information

I’m emailing today from Run4Wales, part of the organising team behind this year’s World Mountain Running Championships(inc. the World Masters Mountain Running Championships), which take place in North Wales this September.

You may have already heard about the event, but as a closely related organisation within athletics and mountain running in Wales, I thought that I would get in touch as we are looking at ways to promote the event to those who may be interested in taking part (particularly in the Masters and Open races) from around the UK and beyond who may not have heard about the event so far.

I have attached some information about the event as a PDF and as a word document, and I wondered whether there might be an opportunity to be featured in any forthcoming newsletters, website features or emails to members?

Cwmdu     Sat 30th May     Results

Dick Finch, the Cwmdu Race Organiser suffered a serious bike accident earlier this week leading to several days in hospital and throwing the Cwmdu race into doubt. But fear not, Dick's Chepstow Harriers and MDC club mates stepped into the breach and organised the race on his behalf. I, and the other runners are immensely grateful to Gareth, Karen, Paul and James for organising the race and laying on the great weather and yummy cakes. Thanks also to Kay and Martin for summit duties and Andy for parking an unfeasibly large number of cars in the small Hall car park.

Finally, on behalf of all fell runners may I wish Dick a full and speedy recovery. A fuller race report will follow in due course.

Blorenge Downhill     Sat 22nd May    Results
Ras Moel Eilio     Sat 23rd May 2015     Results
ladies winner Lauren Jeska descending from summit

There was a good turnout as the race was a counter in the Cotswold Outdoor North Wales Series. The weather was mild, dry and overcast. There were light winds and the summits were clear.

Preseli Beast     Sat 9th May      Beast Results    Ultra Beast Results    Preseli Bach Results

Preseli Beast Video

Photo by Stephen Roberts

Burden of the Beast 2015

A Viking, a wonderwoman, and a man dressed in a pink tutu aren’t what you’d usually get at a fell race, but that was just three of the 231 runners who took part in the Burden of the Beast event on the 9th May.
Three different length races, all sharing various parts of the route, and all converging for an onslaught for the finishing line in the small bustling village of Maenclochog. The winners of each race crossing the line within 30 minutes of each other to the rapturous applause of many of the locals who'd come out to support the event with drums, clackers and horns.
Race day was blessed with glorious sunshine and blue skies which made a huge difference to runners wanting to take in the sights. Runners would have faced a different Beast if the race was 24hrs earlier as you could hardly see your hand in front of your face due to the thick mist and clag. Worried! Of course I wasn’t!!!
The new 32 mile UltraBeast(UB) with 31 starters, took an extra loop from the Preseli Beast(PB) race across to Foel Drygarn on the eastern end of the Preselis. A few past PB competitors decided to take on this challenge, with a number of them saying “ What’s an extra 8miles!” Some might have regretted saying this as it does have quite a bite to an already tough route! The ascent doesn’t have the same as a big mountain race, but the terrain certainly makes up for that with some saying it was ‘As hard as Nails’!
Last years PB winner Gancho Slavov made a flying start to the UB and was well clear even by the time they got to the top of the village! He was 7 minutes up at the 1st checkpoint at 4miles. He kept up this momentum and was 15minutes up by mile 12. His Aber AC team mate Dave Powell did his best at closing some distance back, and certainly made some ground up on the rougher second half. 13 minutes was the difference when both crossed the line, but more amazingly is that Dave is a MV50!!! Who said that you get slower with age!!!!
A fine battle ensued between the front runners in the FV35 class with the lead changing several times before local lass Kat Steed eventually crossing the line 2minutes in front of Northampton ultra runner Jasmine Banks
The pink tutu dressed runner, little Dave, ran exceptionally well coming home fourth, and 1st MV40. There must be something running in womens clothing after all! Local boy Mark Coghlan also did well in his first ever Ultra in just under 6hrs.
The PB race with 55 starters was this year in the South Wales Champs series and it brought down a few who'll be contending for prizes. MDC runners were down in force with Harry and Chris Jones leading the race from the off. They were both together and well clear of the chasing pack until CP4. Harry then started pulling away on the tougher second half which is quite different from the first and generally catches a lot of runners out with a few dropping out at the penultimate CP. Harry went on to break the course record by an astonishing 13 minutes with Chris finishing 4mins behind. And we all thought Gancho’s time last year was quick!!
MDC took the team prize even though we couldn’t find their team entry sheet. Sorry!
Katie Beecher ran extremely well coming home 3rd overall, and defended her title for the third year running. She probably knows the course better than some of the locals now! Helen Brown(was Fines!) had a great run too finishing second lady, 10th overall, with local lass, little Nerys Jones, finishing close behind her in 11th.
Chris Welton, and Tasha Sexton took away the 1st locals trophy in 12th and 15th respectively.
Even though MDC took the team prize, the team with most prevalence was certainly the DDMT team who’d come in great numbers, and with great smiles. Many of whom took away prizes in the UB, and PB. Purple Power!
The 11mile Beast Bach with a staggering 145 starters also saw records broken with Sarn Helen runner Dylan Lewis coming in 8minutes quicker, and remained unchallenged for most of the race. Eryri runner Ben Beachell came home 1st MV40, and 4th overall.
Ellie Astins of Pembs Tri Club was first female home, but only after a hard battle to keep the 30second gap to the next female Claire Cleathero who was first female last year. A welcome sight was seeing Jackie Taggart returning to the hills after breaking her ankle earlier in the year. She probably would have liked to have been up there with the other front runners, but her smile was more than enough to make amends to any disappointment in her result.
Ist local, and 1st MV50 was Richard Thompson who was 9th overall. Bethan Ouseley was 1st local female in 46th overall.
As a change to the normal, ‘winner gets loads of goodies’ approach, we decided this year as an unkown last minute gesture of gutsy determination that the last male, and female, finisher of each distance receive a small handmade stained glass trophy( Well, they are out there longer than anyone else and deserve recognition too! Their faces were a picture, and some were even reduced to tears….of joy I hope! We hadn’t announced this beforehand as some runners might have run at snail pace on purpose!!!
Biggest cheer as he crossed the line must go to Roger Bennett who had painted a picture of part of the PB race route and was giving it as a prize to the first lady home. Roger received to great delight the last finisher award in the Beast Bach race, and is getting to be a bit of a celebrity with our locals.
The male and female overall winners of each distance received a pair of Salomon Speedcross trainers kindly donated by Cotswold Outdoors, Carmarthen, as well as receiving a glass trophy.
All the runners received a goody bag complete with slate coaster, bowl of cawl, cheese, bread, tea/coffee, and the mandatory staple food of all runners......Cake!!!
So, why three races? I guess I want to make it a race for ‘everybody’. From the super fit fell experts, to the ones who want to experience the thrill of running in the hills who perhaps wouldn’t dare to do so off their own back or without the know how. Why mark the course? Yes, why? Am I mad?? It’s a heck of a job marking 32 miles, and takes about 3 full days!!! Over 300 white posts are put out, some with arrows, and some with comical sayings to keep the runners enthused in their quest to ‘Tame the Beast’. I guess I’m just trying to do my bit to get people into fell running.
The comments from many of the runners have been amazing, with most commenting on the amazing support from the marshals and locals around the course. Here are just two- ‘Thanks, it remains the best sporting event in Pembrokeshire. It has such a friendly and welcoming feel and the finest range of cakes known to man. The course is both spectacular and challenging.’ local Beast Bach runner.
‘Before the race, I was hesitating as it’s a long way to travel down for, but I was really glad I did. Thanks for putting on such an awesome race! Well it was a bit more than that; it was a bit of a Maenclochog experience. The route was amazing; possible the most picturesque, magical and memorable I've ever done. I felt completely steeped in the local history and culture throughout. The route, despite its awesomeness, was however overshadowed by the marshals, and crew, and locals along the route...all with an impossibly friendly cheer. I'll be back. I loved it.’ UltraBeasT runner, Pontypridd.
I have to say a huge massive thank you to all who travelled down and ran, to the all the sponsors, to the cake makers, and most of all to the huge team of marshals who'd given up their time to make this event such a huge success and without whom this event would not happen. Thank you.

Photo by Stehen Roberts
Llangynhafal Loop 2nd May 2015.     Results

This year the weather was not kind; wet, windy and cold so a big thank you to all the marshals who helped. I would also like to thank the Golden Lion for allowing me to run the race from their inn.
Due to the weather conditions it took a bit longer than usual to get the results ready so thank you to all those who could stay. First home was – John Hunt in 44.46 and 1st female home was Andrea Rowlands in 47.44
Proceeds from race will be donated to charity. Hope you all enjoyed the race and hope to see you all again next year.

The Blorenge Downhill only race date has been changed to Friday 22 May
Gyrn Gallop Sat 25th July

I am organising a race known as the Gyrn Gallop on behalf of Oswestry Olympians and I would like to advertise it on the WFRA site if I may. The race is on Saturday 25th July starting at 1pm from Rhiwlas Community Centre, 5 miles west of Oswestry. The race is held in conjunction with the village fayre so there is usually plenty of food to be had. Entry is five pounds on the day. The distance is 10.6k with an elevation gain of around 350m.. The race will be run under WFRA rules. Further information will be found on
Contact for any queries is myself Ray Pickett email

Ras Mynydd Mawr     Tuesday 28th April   Results
Cribyn Fell Race     Sat 18th 2015     Results

Picture by Stan Gilbert

A beautiful day in the Beacons saw 45 runners tackle Cribyn Fell race on Saturday 18th April.
The race was won by Dan Anderson of Dursely and District runners in a time of 59.13. Iwan Morton of Pontypool runners and Rob Gordon of Mynydd Du had a close battle to the line with Iwan’s alternative decent route paying off, taking 2nd place by 6 seconds in 1h 02.
The ladies race was won by Helen Brown of Mynydd Du in a time of 1h 10. Lucy Baker of MDC finishing 2nd in 1hr 19 followed closely by Amy Jones of Bristol in 1hr 20.
Mynydd Du’s Rob Gordon, Helen Brown and Natalie Taylor took the team prize.
A Special thankyou to the marshals and helpers for making the race a success, It wouldn’t have happened without them.     

Sugar Loaf        Results

It seems we now have a theme for this race as yet again only 100 bottles of beer were purchased, so runners were told to up the anti or miss out on their free beer ;-)
First male and female back were Mynydd Du, Mark Palmer and Katie Beecher. Katie showing her continued good form by knocking 3 minutes off the ladies course record!!!! Both male and female team prizes also went to Mynydd Du.
Thanks to all the marshals and helpers See you all next year         Emma

Ras Y Moelwyn       Saturday 18th April      Results

There was a record turnout this year as the race was a counter in the British Championships, inov-8/WFRA Open Welsh Championships and Cotswold Outdoor North Wales Series. The race took place under cloudless skies with a stiff cool breeze on the summits. Photo is of race leaders Matt Roberts and Morgan Donnelly approaching summit of Moelwyn Bach. Full results will appear on this website as soon as they are available.

Tim Budd's Blog

Moelywns was a blast, as you'd expect, though I really didn't feel as good as last year. Unfortunately it also broke my run of coming 6th in every Welsh race this season... but if I came 6th in a British counter... well, that would have been a bit of a turn up for the books.
Moelwyns Blog Tim

Ras Mynydd Swtan       Sun 12th April      Report and Results
Aber Dash       Tuesday Night Series 7th April      Results

What a stress,90 plus runners but a good evening for it.not a midge in sight! I don't know what John Spills diet is but I could do with some of it ! Under 16 record last year and last night the U 18 and open record dragging along Rob Grantham in the process who also beat the open record and also took 1.25 off the M40 record. SPJ not content with beating all the V50's tonight and taking SEVEN minutes off the V60 record beat the V50 record by nearly 3 min, can that count ??? In the ladies Lisa G made it a family vet double. Other quick mentions, Ryan Cain 1st U16 in 4th, Lowrie Jones 1st U16 and the 1st 3 F50's all within 29 seconds of each other, watch your back Ellie smile emoticon Thanks to all those who helped on the night, being an Octopus is'nt one of my talents so without you all. . . . .

CAERNARFON TYRES JNR CHAMPS. Another good turnout, Ben and Jasmin winning the U8's, Eva and Cemlyn the U10's, Ossian (getting back before the U10's) and Samia the U12's while Sam and Ceri took the U14. I'm off to bed now, just had Joe Bonamassa for company for the last 2 hours, up in 6 hours so, Mike"        Hwyl,        John

Fron Four      Saturday 4th April      Results

James Bingham-Winner

For a change conditions were ideal this year – cool, dry, sunny intervals. The race was won by James Bingham of Cheltenham, with John Parkinson of Eryri one second behind. The ladies race was won by Bronwen Jenkinson of Eryri. A total of 33 runners competed.

Llantysilio Mountain Race       Sat 28th March       Results

The Llantysilio Mountain Race, hosted by Tattenhall Runners, took place near Llangollen on Saturday March 28th and saw 50 people brave the poor early morning weather to tackle this tough 6.2 mile course. This year's race introduced a new descent of Moel y Gamelin, eliminating a recently cobbled section. Several people commented on the quality of this new route, involving a high degree of technical fell terrain. The race was won by Rob Grantham from Pensby Runners in a time of 54m 59sec, the ladies race was won by Helen Davies of Wrexham Tri in 71min 35sec.

Particular thanks to the marshals for standing out on exposed hillsides, including the top of Gamelin, and enduring the worst of the weather.

Llanbedr-Blaenafon      Sat 28th March      Results

here are the results for the race, and a little quote from the winner - Hugh
Very much enjoyed race yesterday. On the Men's side: Good battle with newcomer Harry Jones, Mark Palmer and Chris Jones. Tough conditions with very strong headwinds particularly from the top of Blorenge to the masts. I managed to take the wrong line off Sugarloaf (distracted by walkers!) and found myself going from being in the lead to 4th place by the time I reached Abergavenny. Fortunately I was able to catch the leading group back up and had a good "run" up the Blorenge to get back into the lead.

The race unfortunately clashed with 900 walkers taking part in the popular 3 Peaks of Abergavenny Charity Walk, and the 'Might Contain Nuts' races, so it was pretty crowded along the route, not what the runners are used to!

Special mention and huge thanks as always to the wonderful marshals. Not an easy task to take numbers on top of mountains in such cold windy, wet conditions.
Cheers,           Chris.

Birnam Hill Race Video

We thought you and the WFRA would be interested to see our video of Saturday’s Birnam Hill Walk. The link is above
Phil Brammer

Ras Mynydd Swtan

This year's Ras Mynydd Swtan is over a new 2.5 mile circular route , starting and finishing at Swtan Heritage Museum.
Age limit is 16 yrs and over. All other details as shown in WFRA calendar.

Ras y Aran     Sat 21st March 2015     Results     Race Report

Moel Tryfan     Sat 7th March     Results

Weather was grim this year with gale force winds and driving drizzle.

Dare Valley     Sat 7th March     Results
Tour of Torpantau    Sunday March 1st    Results     Pics from Andy

The ‘Tour’ was the second race in the weekend’s Double Header of fell races in South Wales. Local legends Mark Palmer and Helen Fines took the honours at the Hatterrall Hammer race on Saturday and then turned up at a very cold Torpantau on Sunday to lay claim to the ‘double double’.

The weatherman appeared to have got the weather forecast wrong as I was greeted by clear blue skies when I arrived at the barren car park which serves as the start and finish for the race, but fear not, the ‘Tour’ lived down to its reputation, with ferociously cold, stormy gusts developing, accompanied by sharp hail, sleet and snow showers on the tops.

The weather conditions didn’t seem to bother Mark and Helen who went on to claim the ‘double double’ by taking the mens’ and womens’ honours respectively, with Helen knocking over nine minutes off the previous record.

As always a big thank you to the very cold and windswept marshals, Derek Thornley, and Steve and Bethany Force for looking after the summits. Derek was so numb and befuddled with cold that he couldn’t find the pub for the post-race drink! Thanks also to Gareth Jones for sweeping and my wife Louise for helping with registration, and of course, to the select band of runners who took the Tour.
Andrew Blackmore

Pics by Liz Eynon

THE HATTERALL HAMMER      28/2/15    Results

With a slightly adjusted course to avoid, as far as possible, collisions between flying descenders and toiling ascenders, the event remained at 4.1 miles with about 1000 ft of ascent. We were blessed with decent weather, chilly and breezy, but Caribbean compared with what greeted those fearless competitors in the following day's Tour of Torpandau.To avoid this fixture clash next year, we will look at reverting to the previous Saturday.

A field of 74, slightly down on last year, were sent on their way by the enthusiastic farmer whose land they crossed before heading up the lane for half a mile on the way to hitting the stony path leading on to the open fell and the run to the trig point. Some of this progress may be viewed in the great video on Youtube made by Paul Dodd.

A supremely relaxed-looking Mark Palmer [Mynydd Du], perhaps having a mind to the following day's exertions, held a twenty yard lead over the flying Ben Moon [MDC] as they turned back into the field to finish and the positions remained the same at the line. Mark's time of 28.07 will be considered a new record given the course change. In third,Grant Lewis [MMRT] was half a minute behind Ben. In the women's event, the 2013 joint British and English Fell Champion, Helen Fines [now Holmfirth Harriers] was a clear winner in 31.48 and twelfth overall, erasing Katie Beecher's mark of last year. 2nd woman was Amy Jones [Bristol TACA] with Lucy Baker [MDC] 3rd. First female under 23 was Laura Gordon [Mynydd Du], V40, Beverley Tucker [Brecon], V50 Tracy Miles [Worcester] and V60 Joyce Dodd [Chepstow]. In the men's race, Ben Arkell [NGOC] was first U23, and the vets winners, Andrew Stephens [Monross] V40, Julian Boon [FOD] V45, Ian Travis [unattached] V50, Phil

Hands [Leicester Coritanians] V55, Mike Murphy [Les Croupiers] V60, Tom Davies [Croft Ambrey] V65 and Robert West [MDC] V70. The women's team race was won by Mynydd Du [Daniela Gormley, Louise Ann Massy and Rona Davies] while Wye Valley Runners [Jim Masters, Jerry Jehan and Mike Fawcett] carried off the men's team prize.

We were offered great hospitality at the Old Pandy Inn and I must give special thanks to Alan McCardle of the St Margarets Cider Co for donating the prize presentation bottles of Hatterall Hammer cider whose labels featured a design by Mike Wrenn depicting Joss Naylor in full flight. Further thanks must go to our fine gang of officials and marshalls, the ever intrepid Kay and Martin Lucas [in the clouds], Mike Blenkinsop, Clive Rowberry, Hazel Wall, Carol Anson, Geoff Kay, Bev Bishop, Sheryll Evans, Russ James, Max Suff, Mark Adams and sweep runner, Kev Barnes.

Steve Herington [Hereford Couriers]

Pipe Dream     Sat 28th February    Tim Budd Blog     Results

Records fell at Saturday's 11th running of the Pipe Dream race from Dolgarrog, Conwy Valley.

This was the second fixture of the WFRA North Wales Champs, and the first of the Open Welsh Champs, and it would seem this drew two of the region's fastest, namely Math Roberts and Aberystwyth's Felipe Jones to do battle. In addition, the in-form Katie Beecher of Mynydd Du made an appearance to show the North Wales ladies how to do it.

Katie ran away with it, winning in 38.08, in 12th overall and a mere ten seconds over the record.

The young but ever improving Eryri Bronwen Jenkinson followed up, but not challenging at nearly 6 minutes behind. The also improving Louise Emery-Jones took third, 8 seconds off the fv40 record, but sadly a couple of months short of turning 40! Maybe next year.

Back to the men, and Math led strongly from the off, gaining a 29 second lead over Felipe by the summit. Hardly a slouch on a downhill one would think he'd have it in the bag, but an amazing descent down through the woods from Felipe brought him back level with Math by the time they reached the road. A sprint for line concluded with a single second separating them, Math taking a satisfying win in 33.16, smashing the 2011 record by nearly two minutes.
Dylan Lewis of Sarn Helen took third in 36.13.

In the v40's John Parkinson took the win and 4th overall in 36.26, which takes a minute off the mv40 record; and Jenny Heming comfortably led the ladies in 46.34.

Steve Toogood of Buckley narrowly beat Eryri's Michael Belshaw by 13 seconds for the mv50 slot and Celia Mills of Mercia never threatened by clubmate Sue Howarth as first fv50.

Clwydian's Chris Wilcox ran a great v60 race in 43.41 finishing 33rd overall.

Don Williams finished off the record breaking by taking over 5 minutes off his v70 record and comfortably winning the category.

Of note however is the fact that the two v70s behind him, namely John Morris and Geoff Fielding were also well inside the record. 89 started, 89 finished - that's how we like it.        Craig

Tour of Torpantau    Sunday March 1st    Results     Pics from Andy

The ‘Tour’ was the second race in the weekend’s Double Header of fell races in South Wales. Local legends Mark Palmer and Helen Fines took the honours at the Hatterrall Hammer race on Saturday and then turned up at a very cold Torpantau on Sunday to lay claim to the ‘double double’.

The weatherman appeared to have got the weather forecast wrong as I was greeted by clear blue skies when I arrived at the barren car park which serves as the start and finish for the race, but fear not, the ‘Tour’ lived down to its reputation, with ferociously cold, stormy gusts developing, accompanied by sharp hail, sleet and snow showers on the tops.

The weather conditions didn’t seem to bother Mark and Helen who went on to claim the ‘double double’ by taking the mens’ and womens’ honours respectively, with Helen knocking over nine minutes off the previous record.

As always a big thank you to the very cold and windswept marshals, Derek Thornley, and Steve and Bethany Force for looking after the summits. Derek was so numb and befuddled with cold that he couldn’t find the pub for the post-race drink! Thanks also to Gareth Jones for sweeping and my wife Louise for helping with registration, and of course, to the select band of runners who took the Tour.
Andrew Blackmore

Pics by Liz Eynon

Ras Moel Y Ci     Sat 14th February          A Race Report from Tim Budd     Results     Pics by Malcolm Stephens

Maybe it was the great weather, maybe it was the fact it was an early testing race in the season, but something attracted a massive 167 runners to today's Moel y Ci fell race at the Moelyci Environmental Centre in Tregarth. This is a record turnout for this race in its considerable history. Lots of familiar faces, as well as plenty of new ones, were beaming with anticipation at the start line, chomping at the bit to get going, many from afar and plenty from nearby too. The weather belied the time of year and conditions in previous races; no shin-deep mud, ice, or snow to trouble the runners, although the white-topped Carneddau and imposing Elidir Fawr could be seen from many places, but possibly not from the misty summit of the hill.

The leaders changed in the earlier stages, but last year's winner, Matthew Roberts (unattached), eventually came through to win again, and retain his title, in an impressive time of 35.53, not far off the course record of 35.10. Just over a minute later, Lloyd Taggart (Manx) flew over the line in a time of 36.58 (also 1st V40), with Pensby's Rob Grantham in 39.12, a sterling third position and also 2nd V40.

In the women's race, Katie Beecher of Mynydd Du took the title in a brilliant time of 42.54, watched keenly from the sideline by 2009 record holder Jackie Lee on her crutches nursing a fractured fibula, whose sigh of relief at her record not being taken was apparently audible from the surrounding allotments. In second place (and 1st FV40) was Eryri stalwart Andrea Rowlands in 46.03, closely followed in third by Bangor University's Sarah Caskey in 46.12.

Other results saw John Parkinson (Eryri) receive the V40 prize, Steve Toogood (Buckley) taking the V50, Steve "the legend" SPJ Jones (Eryri) taking the V60, and Don Williams (Eryri) stamping his authority on the V70 category. Sarah Ridgeway was FV40 in 48.34, and two other highly respected Eryri regulars claimed their category, with Ellie Salisbury taking the FV50 in 58.33, and Maggie Oliver refusing to relinquish her grip on the FV60 in 63.57.

The Junior race saw a fantastic 16 entries and both male and female records broken, both by last year's record setters, Ryan Cain and his sister Jody Cain. Ryan, who would have claimed many scalps in the senior race if only he was old enough, took the title in an utterly impressive time of 8.18, shaving over a minute off last year's time (and then record) of 9.27. Jody, in a time of 10.31 blew away her record from last year (11.41) again by over a minute. High standards are being set by these juniors. Watch out seniors.

Overall, Eryri Harriers were well represented at this local race with 39 club members running, and all of the following also doing the club proud, well done: Sam Orton (39.54), Arthur Connell (40.13), Hugh O'Donnell (41.13), Craig Jones (41.32), Ross Roberts (44.27), Michael Belshaw (44.58), Johnny Moore (45.09), Llion Iwan (46.50), Emlyn Roberts (48.08), Kean Rowlands (49.53), Glyn Griffiths (50.02), Megan Hughes (50.15), Louise Emery-Jones (50.20), David Andrew Norris (50.24), Richard Evans (51.46), Paul Hodges (52.22), Nia Albiston (52.58), Ashley Wager (53.29), Helen Morgan (53.55), Sandra Rowlands (55.31), Emyr Gibson (56.13), Dei Jones (56.46), Emily Wood (57.29), Emma Green (58.25), Jenny Williamson (58.44), Jill Riley (59.21), Hayley Turner (59.56), Brian Robbins (59.59), Geoff Fielding (60.23), Gwyn Evans (62.07), Tina McDonell (62.22), Iolo Roberts (63.44), and Nina Bentley (67.41).

In total, 167 runners registered, 165 finished, 1 DNS and 1 DNF.

A massive thank you to the following for making the race a big success: All the staff at the Moelyci Environmental Centre, the marshals and other volunteers, Jeremy Williams for his wise words, and you, the runners, because without all of you, there wouldn't have been a race today.

Projects at the Moelyci Environmental Centre focus on sustainability, local produce, local employment and crafts ( Please support them.

Race results can be found on the Eryri website at: . Please let me know if you spot any errors in this report or the results.

Lost property. The following were handed in at Race HQ: a pair of gloves, a buff, a heart rate monitor. Please contact me to claim them.
Thanks/diolch     Gary

Pics by Gwynfor James

Pen Tir Drop (*) – Saturday 14 February, 2pm BS 6.8km/350m 4.2 miles/1150ft PM      Results      Pics from Liz Symons

A nice, dry day with light breezes for a run from Cwmdu up over Pen Tir on Valentines day.
First man home in 31mins. 53secs. was Mark Palmer MV 50 of Mynydd Du with Ben Moon of MDC second in 33mins. 28secs., bearing the scars of a close encounter with lots of gorse and brambles. They were closely followed by Andrew May, unattached, in 33mins. 34secs. First lady and 11th overall in 39mins. 46secs. was Niki Morgan FV 40 of Chepstow Harriers with Lucy Baker of MDC, second in 41mins. 30secs. Third lady in 44mins. 4secs. was Amy Jones of TACH.

At the finish, a choice of eight fabulous cakes created by Co-Race organiser Karen or heart shaped Welsh cakes cobbled together by the other RO plus tea and coffee, was the reward for the 29 souls who ventured forth and made it back to base. A few took the short route back through the gorse and brambles. They were the ones with scratched, red striped, lacerated legs ! You can't tell these old gnarled runners; they know best ! Grateful thanks to Niki who helped Karen at Registration and results, Andy Creber for cramming the cars onto the car-park and Andy Blackmore who stood guard on the gate leading onto the hill both in and out. No livestock escaped ! (the runners scared the life out of them !!). Thanks also to Kay and Martin Lucas who were our marshals on the hill, Martin getting a run in as sweeper. We'll be there again next year !          Gareth Jones (Race Organiser)

Dash in the Dark     23rd Jan 2015    Results

Friday night saw the final round of the Dash in the Dark series return to the forest trails of Coed Llandegla. The biggest field so far in the series warmed up for what eventually turned out to be the most tricky and coldest of conditions so far in the series. In the days leading up to the race, the forest had its fair share of fresh snow, but with the final inspection of the route late on Friday morning, the go ahead was given for the massive field of 191 runners to set off into the deep dark forest. The runners did set of slightly later than planned, delayed only due to some late course alterations to ensure that all runners safely returned for their well earned hot soup and tea.

First home in the ladies field was Kirsty Steddon of Chester Tri in a time of 33:13, Helen Davies from Wrexham Tri came home in second place ladies with 33.20 and Sarah Rhyder from Wrexham Tri third with a time of 33.58. Sarah also defended her overall lead in the series and won the best female overall.

In the mens category, and for his first time competing in this years series, Stephen Skates, u/a, came over the line with a blistering time of 25.30. The course record holder, Karl Steinegger from Ambleside AC, came in for a second place time of 25.44, closely followed by Thomas Hiles, u/a, coming in third with 26.39 on the clock. Karl’s consistent efforts over all 3 of the races in the series saw him take both best male overall and also maintain his 6.Km off road course record at 25.15.

Nine runners competed for Clwydian Range Runners with Paul Stinton 30:35, Neil Coppack 32:48, Chris Wilcox 34:29 ( 1st male 60 ), Dave Stephens 36:37,Rebecca Roberts 37:29 Eifion Matthias 37:45, Wayne Thomas 47:40, Susan Ridings 49:10 and Karol Howard 57:52.

Many thanks goes to all the race marshals and helpers for their help and support over the race series and to those runners that gave up their race on the night to marshal due to the high numbers that entered on Friday.

A massive thanks goes to One Planet Adventure for hosting the series.

Full results can be found on the website
Keep an eye out for future events with a summer race planned for the summer solstice.

Ras Tarren Hendre     Sat 24th January    Results     Pics from Arfon Hughes

Great race today visibility was excellent, no rain and the ground had thawed out. Sharp cold wind on the top but soup at he pub helped to warm the runners and marshalls. Next race in Meirionnydd's winter series Ras yr Aran on 21st March.

Craig yr Allt      Sat 24th January    Results     Pics from Jane Aggleton

This was the second year that the race was held and attracted a marginally larger field of 87 runners. The field would have been slightly larger however an accident on the motorway delayed a few runners from making the registration in time.

Whilst the weather immediately before the race was the same as last year, the weather during the race was very different thankfully. The pre-race sunshine continued for the duration of the race and for post-race prize-giving too. It was 7-8 deg C with a mild 9mph wind from the WNW.

The race started at the foot of the access road to Rockwood Riding Centre (from Blackbrook Road) and took the most direct route to the summit before traversing off the path towards the north. The runners then had to run a long muddy flat section, then make another ascent to the ridge before descending towards the Taff Trail via the technical descent near the zig zags by the mast. The subsequent Taff Trail section enabled the road runners to stretch their legs however this was followed by a long ascent to the summit before a short descent to the finish near the northern edge of the Access Land boundary.

Sebastien Krogvig and Ben Moon (MDC) had a great duel at the front of the pack with Sebastien pipping Ben to the finish line by a split second in a time of 29m 40s, ten seconds outside the course record set by Chris Jones (MDC) in 2014. Daniel Hooper (Sarn Helen) just managed to make the race start after negotiating a motorway queue and finished in third in a time of 30m 02s.

In the ladies category, Katie Beecher (Mynydd Du) smashed last year’s course record in a time of 32m 00s. Niki Morgan (Mynydd Du) finished in 2nd in a time of 37m 35s and retained the FV40 title from 2014. Caitlin Pearson (Les Croupiers/MDC) finished third in a time of 38m 23s.

MV40 Winner – Daniel Hooper (Sarn Helen) also 3rd overall
FV40 Winner - Niki Morgan (Chepstow Harriers) also 2nd lady overall

MV50 – Paul Dodd (Chepstow Harriers)
FV50 – Julie Scholey (Les Croupiers)

MV60 – Michael Murphy (Les Croupiers)
FV60 – Joyce Dodd (Chepstow Harriers)

MV70 – Rob West (MDC)

Gary and Dawn would like to thank all the volunteers and marshalls particularly Martin & Kay Lucas, Derek Thornley, Ange Champion, John Aggleton (sweeper), John Chidlow (timekeeper) & Jane Aggleton (unofficial photographer!).

Runners and volunteers subsequently enjoyed delicious food and drink in the canteen at Mountain View Ranch who kindly let us use their parking facilities for the large field of competitors. Gary & Dawn would also like to thank the landowners Tony and Alison Dascombe who granted permission for using their land for the race.     Thanks      Gary & Dawn Davies

Tor-y-Foel 2015     Sat 10th January    Results     Photos     More photos from Christine James

Out on the course the day before the race the weather could be best described as bestial. On the lower slopes of Tor-y-Foel the wind speeds must have been approaching 50 mph, on the top with the rain as well, an inhospitable place to be. So you think if today is tomorrow then a shortened version of the race or maybe cancellation is what will happen.

Come the day the rain had gone and the wind though strong had abated. The decision on, summit or not was left until the intrepid Kay and Martin Lucas got there and were able to decide whether an hour or so on the top as a marshall was possible. Yes was their answer and a million thanks to them for their audacity.

So to the race and the highlight, a tremendous performance by Katie Beecher, first lady and with a new record of 37m 38s a significant improvement on the previous record of 39m 38s set by Emma Hitchins. The men's race was a little more competitive, Ben Moon a previous winner of the race was at the sharp end until the open section of the race started, when the order was shuffled, a fight for the front between the first three finishers. All of whom were over forty with the winner Mark Palmer a super vet with a time of 34m 10s just 2 seconds outside the best men's time of 34.08. set last year. Thus over fifty and within a mere 2 second off the record is this man a late developer or would he perhaps have been closer to 30 minutes ten years ago, answers on a postcard please.

Many thanks to all of you who came and ran the race, we started with what I thought was 115 runners and finished with 116, much better than the other option of starting with 115 and finishing with less than that.

Huge thanks also to the people who made this event work, they deserve to be mentioned, thus, Mike Bugler, Geraint James, Peter Sowerby, Huw Morgan, Stuart Iles, Kay and Martin Lucas, Andrew Jenkins, Seamus Hamill-Keays and Richard Preece as marshalls. Hilary Williams, John and Margo Sweeting, John Chidlow and Colin Huntley for number crunching, Toni and Jo at Dan-y-Wenallt for working miracles in a small space and Peter Williams for his major contribution in transforming the parking situation at the race.

Hopefully next year we will have the hostel to ourselves and thus a lot more space to breathe and, the learning process goes on and on, an improved delivery on the results side, I blame the assistant time keeper this year, having an IQ of 7 is always going to be a problem.

Hwyl am y tro,         Les Williams


The December 2014 Newsletter has been emailed to all members. If you have not received your copy please email me

Kymin     Sat 3rd January     Results
Tour de Llyn Llydaw     Thu 1st January     Results

More than 50 competitors braved the gale force winds and rain to take part in the 40th race around Lyn Llydaw from Pen y Pass. One competitor was heard to remark; ‘it was the most exhilarating thinks they had done in a while’.

Jubilee Plunge     Sunday 28th December    Results

The snow covered conditions and a change in route required to avoid an icy stretch of road made for a particularly challenging festive run for the 37 runners who braved cold for last Sunday's Jubilee Plunge race.

In spite of the conditions Steve Toogood (Buckley) produced a very quick descent to finish in 13.07 just 9 seconds ahead of second placed Stephen Skates. Laura Bestow (Vale Royal AC) was first lady home in 14.51 with second lady Louise Beetlestone (Eryri) not far behind.

Many thanks to all the race marshalls for there help and support and also to the various surprised onlookers for their gasps and cheers as the race went passed

Skirrid     Sat 20th December     Results

Skirrid Shenanigans

Not sure if Skirrid achieved a record entry for a winter hill series race, but Registration guru Karen Elvers complained of RSI in filling out 137 labels for the results board.

Whether it was the clement weather conditions, getting out of Christmas shopping, guilt from over-eating at office Christmas parties, avoidance of relatives, or just simply because they fancied a run up a hill, we are indebted to all of you who turned up and raced and made the event such a success.

The early birds who registered benefitted from the free bears being handed out. Apologies to those that assumed free ‘bears’ was a typo and that they would enjoy a pleasant post-race alcoholic beverage. We assumed 100 chocolate mini-bears would be plenty. However race director Mr Creber’s heavy duty Facebook advertising, race leafleting and general bullying campaign resulted in this number being surpassed – so 37 went bearless. We apologise. We hope you got some free chips in the pub. The landlord also reported RSI, chopping potatoes to produce enough chips to satiate numerous ravenous runners.

After a 450m warm up trot from the pub to the start, Andy bellowed the countdown to the start and they were off – running around in circles round a muddy field. The intention of this seemingly pointless exercise was to disperse the field and avoid lengthy queues at styles later on. A wise move. However, with the volume of runners, inevitably queues formed and the competitive, ambitious and impatient debated with themselves over the moral quandary of queue-jumping. Some went for it, and suffered the verbal wrath of those dutifully waiting in line. Obviously queue-jumping is ethically dubious – however, I went for it, gained a couple of places, and promptly lost them and more when the righteous overtook me in a steam of fury – thus proving the law of karma.

Soon the fields and styles ran out and it was time to prove your mettle. The climb to the saddle loomed menacingly ahead – to run, walk or crawl? I think most did a mixture of all three, apart from the likes of race supremo/winner Paul Murrin – who clearly is not mortal. After friendly encouragement from saddle marshal Rob Beves, it was ‘over the top’ and a plunge into the dark, rocky, muddy abyss on the other side. This short(ish) technical section was a great opportunity for those with talent in matters of descent to showcase their abilities. It was also a great opportunity for those with no talent in matters of descent to showcase their inelegance and incompetence. I fall into the latter category. Now, for the final, brutal, near vertical climb to the summit. It wasn’t so much hands-on-knees, as hands on sheep-poo, grasping at clumps of grass to heave your Christmas party excesses up the hill. At last, the trig point – all the hard work done – apart from the evil, direct, heather-bashing, mud-sliding, tree-dodging descent. Once this had been negotiated, runners emerged bloodied and battle-hardened ready to take the final fields by storm. A real sprint now to the finish – just giving it as much welly as your screaming quads and calves could muster until crossing that finish line – elated, exhausted and quite frankly, ready for free chips.

A special congratulations to MV70 Syd Wheeler who, despite his better judgement, braved the Skirrid as it was Chepstow Harriers’ club championship. He’s so enthused, he’s now going to take on the Kymin fell race in January – go Syd!

Both male and female course records were broken. Congratulations to overall winner, Paul Murrin from Chepstow Harriers for smashing the course in 30 minutes and 6 seconds, and to Katie Beecher who also smashed the female course record (previously held by me – I’m not bitter…) in 34:42 – fantastic results!

A titanic, gargantuan, Herculean thank you to all our fabulous marshals and helpers, without which the race could not have been staged. These were Karen Elvers, Gill Stott, Andy Stott, Rob Beves, Steve Herrington, Laurie Carter, Di and Christine Vorres, Maria Anthony, Rob Brown, Paul Dodd, Dick Finch, John Chidlow.

Apologies to Paul and Beverley Tucker who were missing from the provisional results. I believe this was due to the race numbers not being clearly visible, although it may have been the short-sightedness of the finish marshals – whatever, we humbly beg forgiveness. We also retract previous references to eternal Skirrid ghost curses, yellow vested banditry and any other scurrilous and unfounded rumours.

By Niki Morgan (hard pressed personal assistant of Mr A Creber)

Prize Winners were:

1st Man: Paul Murrin		M40	Chepstow Harriers	30.05
2nd Man: Ciaran Lewis           M23	Cardiff AAC	30.48
3rd Man: Andrew Stephens 	M40	Monross Trailblazers	30.59
1st MV40: Daniel Hooper		Sarn Helen           31.24
1st MV50: Paul Jeggo			Springfield          34.28
1st MV60: Mike Murphy			Les Croupiers	39.00

1st Female: Katie Beecher		Les Croupiers	34.41
2nd Female: Emma Bayliss		Mynydd Du		38.05
3rd Female: Niki Morgan	F40	Mynydd Du		38.14
1st FV40: Vanessa Lawson		Chepstow Harriers	41.13
1st FV50: Ruth Pickvance		Les Croupiers	42.11
1st FV60: Joc Dodd			Chepstow Harriers	46.40

Team Prizes:
Chepstow Harriers:  Paul Murrin, James Blore, Matthew Lawson
Mynydd Du:  Emma Bayliss, Niki Morgan, Sasha Habgood
Change of Race Dates and Other Corrections

Correction...This years Jubilee Plunge is on Sunday 28th (not 30th). Full Race Details

Corndon "Three Peaks" Classic (9.3km/565m), Priestweston, Sun 21st Dec.        Results    Photos from Charlie Leventon

The shortest day and a truncated morning for racers as the start time had, at short notice, been brought forward an hour from the advertised 12 noon. No matter, because while a few disappointed (and a couple of relieved looking) would-be competitors arrived expecting the later start and to whom we apologise, 72 made it to the starting line in time for the off, a turnout that compares well with previous years.

Maldwyn Harriers’ Tim Davies underlined his recent excellent form over the tough cross-country courses of the Herefordshire League by taking the win in a time of 45:43 with team mate Roland Stafford in third place (47:22) behind Dominic Jones of Mercia (46:00). In fact as both Tim and Rolie also swear allegiance to Mercia, our West Midlands friends might be forgiven for assuming a clean sweep were we magnanimous enough to let them do that on our home soil.

Young Billy Sterling of Mercia claimed the Men’s u23 award, an achievement all the more remarkable as he still has about eight years of competition left in that age group. His time of 47:47 was good enough for 5th overall, 16 seconds adrift of Simon Rowley (Clapham Chasers) who took the Senior Men’s accolade. At the other end of the age spectrum, Croft Ambrey’s Guy Whitmarsh scooped the M70 gong (62:46).

Merica’s Mel Price won the women’s race in a time of 49:25 for 13th place overall, ahead of Louise Barker (Aberystwyth) in 56:58 and Helen Skelton, representing Hangar 18 ORR (58:30).

With Maldwyn Harriers’ last race of the year over and done with there was nothing else to do but to retire to the Miners’ Arms for food, liquid refreshment, welcoming log fires and presentations. Our thanks then to the “mine hosts” and their locals for their hospitality and to everyone for supporting the event again this year and who helped make it such a success (and once more our apologies to those who fell foul of the late time switch). See you in 2015.

Ian Fraser         Maldwyn Harriers

Blorenge          Sat 29th November        Results
WFRA Safety Requirements for Competitors - 2015

The WFRA has refreshed its Safety Requirements for competitors - these are effective from 1 January 2015.
Our requirements have been distilled into 10 simple rules, (as follows) supplemented by fuller guidance as included in the 2015 Safety document.
Competitors are advised to read these rules carefully.



Factors including weather and terrain mean that fell racing takes place in a hazardous environment. Competitors must have appropriate experience in the conditions that may be encountered so that they can manage their own safety.
The Race Organiser (RO) has a duty of care to competitors in their race. However, competitors must accept that race monitoring (marshals, checkpoint recording, search and rescue etc.) is not infallible and must not be considered a ‘safety net’.
A competitor enters a race on the understanding that they are responsible for their own safety. The competitor must obey all instructions from the RO and officials but must equip and conduct themselves as though they were unsupported for the duration of the race.
As a condition for entering any WFRA race, the competitor shall:
1.    comply with these safety rules and any additional race specific safety rules imposed by the Race Organiser (RO).
2.    follow the procedures described by the RO if they fail to start or abandon the race.
3.    obey all instructions from race officials.
4.    be aware of the serious disabling consequences of hypothermia, dehydration and heat exhaustion and act appropriately during the race.
5.    carry sufficient kit, e.g. body and leg cover which gives protection from the effects of wind chill and safety equipment, (including food and drink) throughout the race to be able to navigate and provide
      protection from hypothermia, or dehydration and heat in the worst foreseeable weather conditions during the race, noting that rescue could take a long time.
6.    take note of the length and severity of the race and local weather forecast for the day and judge their capabilities accordingly.
7.    consider how any health impairments may jeopardise their safety or of others and act accordingly.
8.    take specific note of RO information on the nature of the terrain on the race route, checkpoints to be visited or course to be followed and any restrictions to route choice.
9.    have the skills, experience and equipment required to comply with the RO’s navigation and safety requirements, having assessed conditions on the day.
10.   take reasonable care not to create hazards that may cause harm to other people and support anyone in need of assistance, even if it means abandoning their race.

Dash in the Dark Trail Race 2      Fri 5th December      Results

In the run up to the second race of the Dash in the Dark series the weather could not have been any worse. Icy winds and heavy rain failed to put off the 84 runners that arrived ready to tackle the 6 Km off road route at Coed Llandega.
Eventually the rain gave way to a slippy start in the forest as the full moon guided runners off onto the night time trails.

Defending his lead in the series and first back was Karl Steinegger, Ambleside AC on (25:26), with Thomas Hiles only 28 seconds behind him at (25:54) and Jason Large , from Picked Riders, in third place (28:04).
First of the ladies back was Sarah Ryder , Wrexham Tri, for her second win in the series and one second slower than her last time (33:17), then Sandra Rowlands, Eryri Harriers in second (34:43) and Hayley Evans from Buckley Runners in third (34:50).

Thanks goes to all the marshals / helpers on the day and a big thank you goes to the hosts at One Planet Adventure for the facilities and lovely hot soup.
Best wishes to all for the festive break and hopefully see you back in the New Year with the 3rd race in the series planned for Friday 23rd January 2015.

South Wales Series Presentation


The presentation for the 2014 South Wales Series took place after another very well attended Blorenge race. Paul Fosh, owner of Paul Fosh Auctions, who very generously sponsored this year's Series and provided the awards, presented the much sought after WFRA mugs and, arguably, the even more sought after vouchers from a well known local sports shop. On behalf of the WFRA and the prize winners, I would like to thank Paul for his generosity.
The overall Series Winners were Mark Palmer (pictured) and Jackie Lee, who was, due to car problems, unable to attend. Matt Stott (pictured) was a very close second and Rich Johnson (pictured) in third place. Rona Davies (pictured) and Celia Mills took second and third places respectively. As I said at the presentation, there were relatively few women eligible for prizes as many did not complete the minimum number of races - a shame, I hope participation increases next year.
The Series will, of course, be back in 2015 - the races have been selected with a very strong bias towards the longer distances. I hope to see you all next year.       Andrew Blackmore

Ron Skilton Half Marathon       Sunday 26th October      Results       More information      Ron Skilton Facebook
Penmaenmawr       Saturday 22nd November 2014      Results

Photo of the leading Eryri men including the winning 1,2 and 3. Centre is Steve Jones, winning v60 and an amazing 13th overall.

Lucky once again with the weather ! The preceding evening and night was extremely wet and windy so it was great to wake up and see clear blue skies and a favourable forecast. This year was the 40th anniversary of what is one of the most popular fell races in Wales . The nature of the course and its long history help contribute to its wide appeal - This year no exception with 250 pre-entered.

223 runners were set off by local town mayor Dafydd Borland and within 2 ½ hours , they were all back . One of the most “efficient” races in recent years ! Conditions were , apparently, surprisingly good underfoot given the recent wet weather. Local runner Math Roberts was unchallenged from the start , Despite his various deviations from the route ( in perfect visibility !!). He took the win by a couple of minutes from fellow Eryri members Martin Cliffe and Dylan Jones.

Similarly , in the ladies race, former winner Andrea Rowlands was five minutes clear of the others at the finish .

The VET categories are always both fiercely contested and inspirational , this year was no exception. Special mention for recent Vet 60 Steve Jones who came 13th overall ( one to watch in Brit Champs 2015) and Vet 50 Russell Owen – consistently good performance year on year – 15th in 1:21

The Aim for me every year is to continue to provide a value- for- money event with as much “profit” as possible going to local charities. This year we have been extremely lucky once again to be supported by : Haglofs UK ( prizes ), Pen Town Council, Capelulo Village Hall, X-Ray Mins , Conwy Brewery . Every runner received a bottle of finishers Ales and a hand made commemorative mug from Bentham Pottery.

Huge thanks to our loyal band of helpers & marshalls – simply couldn’t run an event like this without them !

Special mention to the group of “Chefs” running from Saddleworth runners & led by Mark Brakespear . He rang me early in the year with this idea and so I felt totally happy that this was not a bunch of fun-runners who were going to cause concern by taking on the event dressed as chefs ( and chasing a lobster !!!!) . But, they planned every detail and had support in the shape of a hotdog stall erected at the finish providing “free food” .... but with donations to our race charity . SO, thanks to them . I wouldn’t be keen to see lots of groups doing this in the future but these guys really did nail it & have everything covered !

Very much look forward to seeing everyone again in 2015 and ... don’t forget that its always been pre-entry !       Chris Near       Race Organiser

Llyn Y Fan       Sat 22nd November       Race Map      Results

55 intrepid fell racers turned up for the second race in the South Wales winter fell series - amazing after the gales and squalls of the day before. The bunch set off in blue skies along the track to Llyn y Fan Fach with Bannau Sir Gar towering above, topped with cloud. Leaving the track here they hit the fell, up around the bowl to the ridge proper – awesome sky running if you could see the sky and not the cloud – up to CP1 at Picws Du. From the cairn, the runners followed the ridge to a small descent then a second rise to Fan Foel and CP2. From there, theoretically, there is a steep exciting descent - if you got the right line (though it seems there were various versions taken at this point!) –which brings you down to the hill below racing back to the car park, hopefully avoiding stream gullies and bog to the right and left, the odd unsuspecting rock and a leat.

Matt Stott (MDC) was a clear winner with a time of 00:47:15, followed by over 40 category winner and second man, Daniel Hooper (Sarn Helen) just over 30 seconds later in 00:47:39. Ben Moon (MDC) was third man in at 00:49:12. Helen Fines (Holmfirth), current female record holder, was first woman coming in at 00:53:46. Emma Bayliss (Mynydd Du) came in with an exciting sprint finish at 1:00:22.

Other category winners were Alice Bedwell (MDC), first female over 50; Paul Jeggo (Springfield), first male over 50; Fay Walsh (Aberystwyth AC), first female under 23; Bev Tucker (Brecon AC), first female over 40; and last but not least Steve Littlewood (Hereford Couriers), first male over 60 winner.

Well done to all who ran – many, many thanks to my very able registration team of Emma Bayliss and Lou Massey, my two marshals on the tops, Sean Taylor and Julian Price, Sean also for bringing his work / tea and cake van, John Sweeting for handing over so much info and advice with this race. Most thanks to my family who helped me set up and Tom who time kept, watered and fed us.

See you next year in September!      Sasha Habgood

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

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

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 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

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.

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

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
Four Fans Race       Sunday 31st August      Results

Glorious, late summer sunshine greeted the 24 runners who took part in the second running of the Four Fans race. The race features a reasonable degree of route choice with Ben Moon, MDC - the eventual winner, taking advantage of his local knowledge by following a rather unusual line straight from the start with the remainder of the field opting to follow the well-trodden paths towards Fan Frynych.

From CP1, many runners favoured the alternative Beacons Way, instead of following the Sarn Helen road, in the belief that this involved less climb and easier going underfoot. Puffing Billy, a local fell running sage, begged to differ and along with several of his Mynydd Du club mates took the Sarn Helen option.

The descent from the Fan Nedd trig point (CP2) across steep and tussocky terrain evidently posed challenges for one or two runners (as well as the sweeper), although not for the two race leaders, Ben Moon and Stewart Bellamy (Mercia) who powered up the next ascent and maintained a sizeable lead all the way to the finish.

There was keen rivalry between the two local fell running clubs, MDC and Mynydd Du with MDC taking the mens' race with Mynydd Du dominating the ladies' race. I was reliably informed by Mynydd Du's club captain that if he had been racing, as opposed to marshalling at CP2, the outcome of the mens' race would have been very different!

For the record, the overall winner of the race was Ben Moon (MDC), with the main category winners being Stewart Bellamy (Mercia) – M40, Andy Creber (Chesptow) – M50, Naomi Law (Mynydd Du)- 1st lady, Sasha Habgood (Mynydd Du) – 2nd lady and Sammi Toop (Mynydd Du) – 3rd lady.

The Race Organiser is indebted to the fantastic assistance offered by the marshals: Gareth Jones, Richard Johnson, Paul and Joc Dodd, and Rob Brown as well as Louise for her help at race registration.

A large number of high quality photos of the race have been posted on Facebook (South Wales Summer and Winter Hill Series and other Fell races page) which is also a valuable source of information on local fell races.

Maesgwm Muddle        Saturday 30th August       Results

There was a large turnout for this final counter in the British Championship. It was also a counter in the inov-8 / WFRA Open Welsh Championships and Cotswold Outdoor North Wales Series. Weather was cool, mostly dry and overcast. The higher summits were shrouded in mist.

The WFRA Committee would like to express its gratitude to Chepstow Harriers for their kind donation. The donation is gratefully received and will assist in ensuring the WFRA can continue to promote grass roots fell running in Wales and the Borders.
Moel Fammau       Mon 25th August 2014       Results
Ras Y Mynydd       Wed 20th August 2014       Results

Machen Mountain Race      Monday 25th August        Results        

Photos at 0.5 miles        Photos at Summit         More photos from San Dom

The Machen Mountain race resurrected after a 3 year gap thanks to the kind intervention of a local Machen resident Nick Hale attracted 53 runners who braved an exceptionally wet Bank Holiday Monday. The pre-race favourite Hugh Aggleton (MDC) collected the trophy first presented in 1979 on the modified 4.45 Mile / 1100 foot course in 32:51 followed by Dan Bodman (Aberdare) 35 seconds behind and Tom Jeffrey (Les Croupiers) 5 seconds further back. In the women’s race another pre-race favourite Katie Beecher (Les Croupiers) won in 38:18 with Niki Morgan (Chepstow Harriers/Mynydd Du) second and Angela Jones (Fairwater Runners) third.

Ceri Donovan (Lliswerry Runners) was first FV35, Cathy Turner (Lliswerry Runners) was first FV45, Gill Stott (MDC/Chepstow Harriers) first FV55. Richard Johnson (Mynydd Du) beat Machen resident and former race winner Jeff Wherlock (Machen Miggly Moos Mountain Bike Club) to the MV40 prize, Steve Davies (Pontypool Runners) beat team mate and another former race winner Dimitri Vorres to the MV50 prize. Steve Herrington (Hereford Couriers) made the long trip worthwhile with the MV60 first place.

MDC (Hugh Aggleton, Ben Moon, Andy Stott) won the team prize.

The organising club San Domenico of Cardiff are hopeful that Machen will return to the WFRA calendar on a permanent basis.

Dominic Shields.

Brecon Beacons        Sat 23rd August       Results

Hugh Aggleton Race Winner

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 dam at Talybont Reservoir. 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 but it was unseasonally cold for August with a temperature of 10deg C in the Valleys and colder on the summits.

Competitors came from far and wide including Bristol, London, Manchester and Holland!

Hugh Aggleton (MDC) took an early lead in the race and distanced himself by approximately three minutes by the time he got to the first summit of Tor y Foel. He managed to increase the gap during the race and finished in a time of 2hr 47m 36s which was 20 minutes quicker than second placed Stewart Bellamy (Mercia). Stewart (also M40) was in 4th or 5th position for the majority of the race but had passed two runners on the descent from Carn Pica to secure 2nd place in a time of 3hr 07m 37s. Andrew Ind finished 3rd in a time of 3hr 11m 36s.

Katie Beecher (Les Croupiers) comfortably won the ladies race in a time of 3hr 29m 59s which was over 23 minutes ahead of MDC member Clare Dallimore. Fiona Wilson completed the ladies podium places with a time of 4hr 10m 19s.

John Aggleton (MDC) won the male over 50 veterans category with a very strong performance with a time of 3hr 33m 27s. Hugh Balfour from London won the male over 60 veterans category with a time of just under 4hrs.

The podium finishers and the winners in each age category were awarded with a bottle of wine each.

35 runners started the race and 31 completed the full course.

The race organisers, Gary and Dawn Davies would like to thank each of the ten volunteers. Without them, the race would fail to exist. A special thank you goes to Gary’s young cousins who marshaled their first race.

The organisers remind potential competitors that map reading skills (using map and compass) are necessary for this race.

Gary Davies

The Garn Race         Friday 22nd August

With ideal conditions for running and views extending to the Isle of Man the Garn race took place , from the Llanfairynghornwy Sports field. Harvey Wharton had little time to take in the views as he flew around the course in a remarkable new record time of 13.54 , clipping just over a minute off the previous best. He was followed in by the two previous winners , making it a Cybi 1,2,3. This was the first time a runner in the main race (which takes in an extra half mile/100 feet) has returned before the junior winner , in this case 12yr old local lad Rhys Griffiths ,competing in his first hill race. Rhys also won the Elaine Thomas Memorial shield.

1.	Harvey Wharton          Cybi     13.54
2.	Irfon Rowlands (V40)    Cybi     15.30
3.	Rhys Owen               Cybi     15.58
4.	George Livesey          U/A      17.35
5.	Mervyn Williams (V50)   Cybi     17.39
6.	David Livesey (V60)     U/A      17.43
7.	Huw Jones               U/A      18.37
8.	Phil Godson             U/A      21.32
9.	Bedwyr Jones            U/A      25.40


1.	Rhys Griffths           U/A      14.20
2.	James Lowe              U/A      16.33
Ras y Cnicht Sunday 24th August Results

The weather was dry, hazy sunshine and light winds at the start. The summit was clear. Rain arrived towards the end of the race.

Tryfan Downhill and Pete Douglas' memorial        Sat 23rd August 2014

Matt Bicknall winning

Wet conditions ensured that Mike Blake’s 1990 record of 8 minutes was not challenged at the Tryfan Downhill Dash today. The winner in 15.07 was Colwyn Bay’s Mathew Bicknall, his first race victory ahead of first V40 Eryri’s Craig Jones 15.11. Visitor to the area from Penzance Jonah Seaston took 1st junior in 25.43, and Elsie Salisbury 1st female in 30’18.

A short memorial service was held after the race in memory of volunteer fellrace photographer Pete Douglas who died 3 days after photographing the race last year. Pete along with Al Tye have been dedicated to photographing fellraces for a good number of years, and their contribution to the sport cannot be underestimated, and the loss of Pete has been conspicuous by the huge reduction of photos from races on this site.

Pete passed away soon after filming last years race.

Sadly Al Tye has also not been active since that time due to illness a short time afterwards, but it was great to have him join us to watch the race and attend the brief memorial we held, and hopefully we'll see him out with us at races again soon.

Some words were said about Pete and a minute silence was held in his memory.

Matt chased by Craig

                Craig Jones

Pen y Fan & Fan y Big 12/ 13 July        Results

A 'double, double' for Hugh Aggleton from local club Mynyddwyr de Cymru, (MDC) who won both races repeating his success from 2013. Helen Fines (Vegan Runners), won the ladies prize at Pen y Fan with the a new ladies record at Fan y Big being set by Kate Hulls(Bristol & West). Full results and reports at

Two Hill Forts         Sun 17th August 2014       Results







We managed to stay fairly dry for the second running of 2 Hillforts. In bright and breezy conditions, a field of 46 runners took to the starting field beside the pub and sped off towards the heather-clad hills. Soon the fields gave way to the start of the long climb up to Penylcoddiau and Martin Cliffe of Eryri led the field up the initial road section. It was a lead he was to keep throughout, though he was chased hard by Pennine's Richard Houghton who took 2nd. Buckley's Simon Edwards completed the top 3 in 73:05.
A strong finishing Vic Belshaw took 4th and the 1st M50 spot.
Then came the winning lady, Helsby's Jayne Joy in 5th – with her time of 74:06 breaking the ladies recording by over 3 minutes. Second place in the womens race went to Pat Peers of Pensby, just ahead of Wirral's Caroline Hall in 3rd.
Other male category winners were MOPEN Ben Fletcher (Delamere), M40 Kelvin Dickenson (Wirral) and M60 David Say (Denbigh).
Female category winners were FOPEN Alexandra Fletcher (Eryri), F40 Louise Waywell (Pensby), F50 Kim Braznell (Mercia) and F60 June Morgan. Well done to everyone who negotiated a challenging route.

Thanks to all marshals and competitors and I hope to see you all next year.

Steam Bunny Bluff        Saturday 9th August        Results

A Smiling Sunny Mark Nelson (Mynydd Du) typifies the feeling on the day of the first Steam Bunny Bluff. He didn't look like that at the end!!

So it's done. A new AL race for Wales, conceived, nurtured and developed over 9 months of brainstorming, has been delivered, shiny, new and blinking in the sunlight, to an expectant group of 19 enthusiasts who turned out for this marathon in the Northern Black Mountains. A stern word with Mother nature ensured that Hurricane Bertha cooled her heels for 12 hours before she unleashed rains of biblical proportions the night following the race. As it was, conditions were sultry with occasional cooling downpours but perfect visibility for the stunning vistas of Mid Wales from the northern escarpments.

Some new ideas were trialled for this race. The runners wore trackers and Sportident dibbers to check through the summit checkpoints.

Marshals were stationed in valley floor 'Safety Refuges' in teams with vehicle support. Satellite phones were used to link the Safety Refuges to Race HQ. At Race HQ, the race progress was followed on a large screen showing the trackers display. Many thanks to Scottish Hill Runners for accepting this race into their calendar.

James Blore set out at a determined pace that ensured he was never headed and he was unlucky not to break the 4 hours barrier, a failing he attributed to some faffing about finding a good route off Waun Fach. However, he was lucky to survive a stewards enquiry for self-administering an illegal stimulant after he was spotted grabbing an electric fence on the descent to Grwyne South. As Del-Boy tutted afterwards 'fell runners...they ain't very bright are they?'

Despite being more than twice James' age, Steve Long never gave up his vain chase and actually clawed back 4 minutes on the young buck ahead of him in the latter stages of the race ensuring that the honour of the Moderately Old Gits category of MV50 was upheld in second place. Not sure what they put in the water in Tring but perhaps Steve should think of bottling it and selling it to fell running hopefuls!

The next group of 3 runners provided much entertainment to the organising team who were watching 'interesting' lines on the tracking website as all 3 of them cocked up the last descent from Hay Bluff, finally allowing the oldest of the group, David Powell, to hold off two younger, dafter runners. The tracking actually provided the organisers with an insight into a new sport as runners could be seen taking all kinds of lines during the event. The name Betfair was bandied about. Where is BOFRA when you need it??

'Retirement' has clearly suited Helen Fines who came home in 6th place, last of the sub-5 hour group, nearly an hour ahead of Susan Clapham who packed well with her two Glossopdale Harriers colleagues to shoo them in for the first team category.

'Puffing Billy' John Darby put his local knowledge and grinding ability to good use to convincingly win the Definitely Old Gits MV60 group.

On the whole, the new technology worked very well. The low numbers of competitors encouraged a cosy convivial atmosphere and allowed old school ideas like sticky labels on a board to be used alongside the new tech, which reinforced the ethos of a 'return to grass roots fellracing' for the runners. The organisers wish to thank the large party of willing and cheerful volunteers who manned safety refuges, swept the course and ran the IT. As ever, an event like this would be impossible without them. At times, it felt like a great family reunion!
And finally, a huge thank you to Fiona Howard, Headmistress of Hay on Wye Primary school for allowing the use of the school and its car park for Race HQ. Quite magnificent!

Simon Blease and Chris Gildersleve a.k.a The Steam Bunnies

Ponderosa        Wednesday 6th August        Results
Peter Douglas - Tryfan Downhill Dash

It is almost 12 months since Pete passed away, and he has been missed, most publicly by the huge gap he left in the world of Welsh fellrunning photography. Along with Al being unwell we have lost a great a contribution to the sport.

At Pete’s own request no funeral was held, something which some people found strange, but his wishes were respected.

On Saturday 23rd August a memorial will take place for Pete immediately following the Tryfan Downhill Dash. The race time is to meet at 2pm, at which time those competing will climb to the summit, with the race starting when everyone gets there.

Pete thoroughly enjoyed the Tryfan Downhill, and in fact it was the last race he filmed and photographed before he passed away, and he used it to test a new lens he purchased that week.

This year, when everyone get’s/falls back down there will be a prizegiving and then at approx 3pm a simple celebration of Pete’s life and appreciation of the contribution he gave to people by way of a few words spoken.

Everyone welcome, regardless of whether you want to run this crazy race, or just watch the drama unfold and then pay your respects to Pete. If you feel you want to say something on the day feel to do so and let me know.


Ras Arenig Fawr     Sunday 3rd August 2014         Results

This was the tenth running of the Arenig Fawr race and the second 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. The lack of facilities is compensated for by a friendly and low key atmosphere with food, cakes and refreshments included in a low entry fee. Radio communications, as always, were provided by ‘Team Dolly’, the Welsh fell race radio cover group. The extended course has been received very favourably by the participants, many of whom were surprised by the amount of climb involved and the complexity of the route. In conditions of poor visibility, the need for careful navigation makes this a race suitable only for experienced runners.

Of the 53 starters, 2 retired.
Next year the race will be run on Sunday August 2nd.         Yiannis Tridimas

Llanthony Show Hill Race 2014    Results

Heavy overnight rain made going very wet in places, and may have put off a few faint-hearted runners when it was still hissing down at breakfast time.

41 started the long haul up from the showground, with a largish contingent from Cardiff’s Les Croupiers who had nominated the event in their off-road championships.

It was indeed a Cardiff man who led the charge back into the arena, but Ben Moon is a Mynyddwyr de Cymru member. Second-place Richy Johnson is by contrast a member of the rival South Wales fell club, Mynydd Du. From somewhat further afield, Wesley Smith of Launceston was third.

Record-holder from 2008, Fairwater’s Angela Jones was 14th overall, and led in Les Croupiers’ Caitlin Pearson and San Domenico’s Marcia Gouveia.

Age group winners also included George Harris, Carl Brancher, Rona Davies, Gill Murphy and Mike Murphy.

The organiser is indebted to the Chepstow Harriers who journeyed all the way to the Ewyas Valley to help put on such a successful event: Sue and Gerry Ashton, Jane and Geoff Bayliss, Joc and Paul Dodd, Rob Hook, Vanessa Lawson and Rob Brown. And of course to Hanneka van der Werf who mountain-biked over from the Herefordshire side of the mountain to marshal on the very top!
Dick Finch

Push up the Pincyn Sat 26th July Results

The 2014 Pincyn race was another scorcher with the mercury hitting 25C again at the annual Clawddnewydd village showground and not a whisper of a breeze. This may have contributed to a turnout of just 41 runners. The assembled runners still added a great atmosphere to the village show.

There was an audible groan from the competitors when told the dreaded bail was smaller than previous years so even more unusual jumping techniques were employed to clear it.

The going underfoot ranged from rock-hard baked fields to ankle sucking bogs as the runners made their way form to Clocaenog and into the forest. There was no respite from the heat in the trees but that didn’t slow the leading pack: Staffs Moorland’s Gareth Briggs and Craig Jeffery led out some familiar faces including Jez Brown, Buckley and Eryri’s Craig Jones. Tony Smith made the long journey from Ambleside to be amongst the top runners; also up there with them to win the ladies was Helsby’s Jayne Joy who was in fine form to finish 6th over all..

Vic Belshaw did the vet 50’s proud finishing strongly in 8th with a good tussle between V60 winner Mario Foschi and V70 winner Peter Roberts for 18th and 19th place respectively.

The prize giving was once again a no-expense-made affair with Jayne Joy just missing out on anything remotely interesting to claim the bottle of Toilet Duck! That’s what taking part is all about.

Thanks as ever to the marshals, land owners and race sponsors Jackson Fire and Security, Mold.

Elidir Fawr     Sunday 27th July    Results

After a cloudy morning things brightened up just in time for the race, with competitors glad of the river crossing before the final sprint finish. Gareth Wyn Hughes was first to the top, earning a polka dot "King of the Mountains" cap on his return, as well as taking first place overall ahead of Steve Franklin and Martin Cliff (1st male Vet 40).

Andrea Rowlands took 1st female (and Vet 40) ahead of Louise Beetlestone and Nia Albison. Adam Haynes was first male Vet 50, but this will be little consolation given his 7 second defeat at the hands of his main rival, son Benjamin Haynes. Stel Farrar took the female Vet 50's honours, and Maggie Oliver's domination of the female Vet 60's category continues. Course records remain unchanged.
Thanks to the landowner for permission to race, and the Vaynol Arms for their hospitality and acting as HQ. It was wonderful to see James McQueen back at the top of a mountain (marshalling); thanks also to Dils and Sioned, and last but by no means least Mike Blake and Kat Spinney.

The race organiser is leaving Wales shortly, and so somebody new at the helm is needed if the race is to continue next year: interested parties to please contact the Eryri Harriers committee.
Sam Smith, race organiser.

Green Green Grass of Home     Wed 23rd July 2014    Results

A blazing hot evening saw a field of 90 runners set off over a challenging course that criss-crossed the Clwydians as it made its way up, and back down, Moel Famau before branching off into through some well grown heather and bracken for one last climb before descending to a fast finish. Indeed is was a fast and very close finish as a tightly fought battle saw Jez Brown just pip Mark Williams to the line to take first place. Placings were:
Jez Brown, Buckley
Mark Williams, F1 Runners
Paul Rawley, Sale

Mary Gillie, Clwydian Range Runners
Lisa Grantham, Pensby
Emma Collins, Denbigh Harriers

Many thanks to all the marshalls and helpers as well as the runners who came, saw and perspired on a very warm evening.

Waun Fach    Sat 19th July    Results

There may have been some fun runners who paid overmuch attention to weather forecasters and their symbols of donner und blitzen in the Beacons, (and we know who they are) but the hardcore (and we could see who they were) showed up on Sunday afternoon and were rewarded with excellent running conditions at Waun Fach - mild wind, a little mist on the top, no rain, uncertain sunshine – and good times across the board in this inov-8 / WFRA Open Welsh Championships counter.p> Records are there to be broken: it`s only last year since the course had to be shortened to start at the Cwm Trefforest Riding Centre, but they took a tumble. Matt Stott won in a sizzling finish, pipping fellow MDC clubmate Chris Jones in a sprint up the final sharp climb to the finish on Castle Hill. Chris clearly thought Matt had not tried hard enough earlier to have kept these reserves untapped, but the spectators had seen Matt`s somersault and recovery behind him on the last descent of the Dragon`s Back.

First Lady home was Lauren Jeska from Aberystwyth, who also convincingly broke the 2013 record.p> There were a few more final sprint finishes to come, but some runners, by now walkers, stopped, out of breath inches from the timing beam on the finishing line. This did not influence final standings, no more than the complaint registered against an experienced runner who took a creative line at the first marshalling point, unheeding of vocal protest around him and in flagrant contempt of the Race Director`s pre-start briefing . At the subsequent stewards` enquiry, it was accepted that the miscreant had probably lost time with this ploy, that overall placings were unaffected, and so it was decided that no disciplinary decision would be taken. Few runners appreciate the final gasp up to the finish. It`s a wonderful vantage point for spectators, however, to view the last downhill stretch and, surprisingly perhaps, to appreciate the audible sounds of laboured breathing and sometimes unsporting expletives from quite some distance away.

Prize for heaviest footfall goes to Mark Palmer, in third place.

Many thanks are extended to the Riding Centre, for their continued hospitality. To the marshals, Alice Bedwell, Les Williams, Andy Bray and Dick Finch who struggled to his post while feeling very much under the weather; to Gareth Jones for sweeping and to Karen Elvers on registration, also many thanks.

Ras Guto Nyth Bran   Sat 5th July      Results
TAL Y FAN     Saturday 12 July 2014    Results

The weather forecast was not good, with rain predicted at 2.30pm when most of the runners would be out on the open moorland between the summit of Tal y Fan and the Penmaenmawr Stone circle. One past “sweeper” was on holiday in New Zealand, and our possible replacement declined citing a broken toe. Helen the Race Organiser fancied a trip around the course, but is not good in low cloud, so should we go ahead with no sweeper? Fifteen minutes before the start, Iorwerth Roberts, a V70 turned up who knew the course, and was likely to be at the back of the field. Helen found her vest and bum bag, and left instructions for the prize giving, scheduled for 4pm.

The Carnival Queen sounded the hooter and the field was off, with the 2013 winner, Jez Brown soon at the front of the field and attacking the hill to the youth hostel. Helen and Iorwerth made a steadier start, chatting about the course as they went. The Cae Coch cut off of 40 minutes was playing on Iorwerth's mind, in 2013 he got there in 36 minutes, would we make it in time, or be turned back?

The steady start turned into a brisk walk as the 25% road became 33%, and the rest of the 44 runners pulled ahead. The humidity felt high, as we pressed on, gradually moving to a gentle running pace. The stile at Cae Coch loomed, as did a table with water. At 34 minutes Iorwerth was happy as he climbed the stile and headed up the grassy path towards the summit. Reverting to the brisk walk we made our way upwards. At the summit the marshals reported that Jez went through ages ago at speed, and was now through the last check point and heading towards the finish.

Iorwerth led the way across the open moorland. The recent sunny days meant the boggy bits were fairly dry and good progress was made over the bilberry bushes. The wild ponies watched as we went by, but the sheep ignored us. The marshals at the Stone Circle stood out in their high-viz and we turned to head back to Rowen. More gates, more marshals, and another welcome water stop before we passed the final check point and started the steep descent. We're late for the presentation I thought as we zig-zagged down to the road and the last mile.

Passing the pub we got lots of applause, a beer would have been nice, but no time as we aimed for Iorwerth's 2013 time of 2:14:02. Jez had been back for an hour, finishing 3 minutes quicker than in 2013, while Iorwerth crossed the line in 2:12:57.

A big thanks to all our marshals and helpers, and to the rain for staying away until after 6pm.

Helen and Doug Blair     Race Organisers

Tintern Trot     Thursday 3rd July 2014    Results

Another great night at the Abbey Mill, with a record entry of 222 runners. 

1st man      Matt Collins                   Mic Morris Running Team           37:16
1st lady     Lynette Porter                 Bitton Road Runners               44:50

2nd  man     Daniel Bodman                  Aberdare                          38:12 
3rd   man    Alex Donald                    Cardiff AAC                       38:29 

2nd Lady     Clara Evans                    Pontypridd                        45:04
3rd Lady     Nicola Gething                 Parc Bryn Bach                    45:19

1st  mens team   Aberdare
1st ladies team    Westbury 

MV40 Paul Murrin            Chepstow         39:03   LV35  Tamsin Chick          Westbury Harriers      51:41
MV45 Richard Self           Les Croupiers    45:03   LV40  Nicola Gething        Parc Bryn Bach         45:19
MV50 Dimitri Vorres        Pontypool         44:46   LV45  Niki Morgan           Chepstow               45:55
MV55 Robert Wilson        Penarth & Dinas    46:44   LV50  Lynette Porter        Bitton                 44:50
MV60 Mike Murphy          Les Croupiers      45:40   LV55  Julie Scholey         Les Croupiers          52:52
MV65 Clive Evans          Welsh Masters      57:43   LV60   Jacqui Wynds         Forest Of Dean         59:05
                   LV70   Daphne Austerberry     Chepstow              81:29

Neuadd Skyline     Sunday 29th June    Results

The fabulous weather inspired Hugh Aggleton to break a new course record of one hour, one minute and 44 seconds. A big well done to the 41 hardy competitors who took part. Our prize winners were 1st Hugh Aggleton, 2nd Mark Palmer, 3rd Pete Ryder, 1st F Rhian Probert, 2nd Sammi Toop, 3rd Naomi Law, 1st Mv40 Richard Johnson, 1st Mv50 (who wasn't Mark Palmer) Paul Jeggo, 1st MV60 Steve Herrington, 1st FV40 (who wasn't Rhian or Naomi) Celia Mills, 1st FV50 Caroline Dallimore. Thanks hugely to our marshals Joc Dodd, Paul Dodd, Denise Evans, Mike Evans, timer John Chidlow and results helper Matthew Lawson plus his band of little helpers, and our stalwart sweeper Judith Austerberry. This year no-one forgot to go up Fan by Big, everyone who started, finished, and all the home-baked cakes (OK then, Lidls value offerings) were polished off.

Moel Siabod Saturday 5th July     Results

Moel Siabod 2014 Race Report

Once again we were blessed with a glorious sunny day for the third year in a row. Clearly Capel Curig's reputation for rain needs to be reappraised. Great turnout of 111 runners were rewarded with no mandatory kit requirement, thanks to Ross Powell for his guidance, clearly the correct decision as skies continued to clear.

Last years winner Felipe Jones of Aberystwyth A/C led the way up the initial forest track but had slipped to second behind Eryri's Math Roberts by the time they reached the summit halfway point, this in approximately just 32 minutes. Things were to turn around on the descent though with reports of Felipe jumping Gazelle like (Marshalls words not mine) it was his familiar stride which first came into view at the Finish line.
Felipe's winning time was 47:53 & secured him a third victory in the last 4 years.

In a comfortable 2nd place was Math Roberts in 48:40 followed by a remarkable run by John Spill in 50:59. John is just 16 years old & looks like being a star of the future. Martin Cliffe, winner in 2012 & runner up last year came in 4th in 52:47 making it 3 in the top 4 for Eryri. Onto the Women's category, Andrea Rowlands held a slight lead on Jackie Lee (both Eryri) at the summit. As they made up overall places on the descent it was Jackie who prevailed to come home 1st in 56:12. She is now unbeatable in this years British Championships. Andrea secured second spot in 57:49 continuing her remarkable comeback after giving birth just a year ago. In 3rd with a time of 61:06 was Caitlin Rice of Glossopdale Harriers.

Finishers headed for a cooling dip in the Afon Llugwy, then off to the Capel Curig Festival field where Gaby's Goulash & Sandwiches from the Tyn y Coed awaited them. At the prize giving Ross received warm applause before he announced the Category winners, MU.18 John Spill, MU40 Felipe Jones, MO40 Martin Cliffe, MO50 Dafydd Roberts, MO60 Alan French, MO70 John Morris, FU40 Jackie Lee, FO40 Andrea Rowlands, FO50 Emma Collins & FO60 Maggie Oliver. First Local was Leo Scheltinga in 58:04, 20th overall, winning the Mike Cousins Memorial Shield. We also had two competitors in the Junior Race, Mike Spill winning the U12's & Gethin Davies the U14's.

To cap a wonderful day a team of Male Fell Runners took on the locals in a tug of war. Amazingly despite their efforts in the race itself they came from behind, largely due to their 'appointing' a manic coach who I will not name & shame here, to prevail 2:1 victors to great cheers & laughter all around.

As ever may I thank all the Marshalls as well as Team Dolly for their radio support. Paul Hodges

The WFRA Committee would like to express its gratitude to the members of Mynyddwyr de Cymru (MDC) fell running club for their kind, unsolicited donation. The donation is gratefully received and will assist in ensuring the WFRA can continue to promote grass roots fell running in Wales and the Borders.
Llanberis Tuesday 24th June    Results and Tuesday Night Series Final Standings

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Foel Fras    Sat 28th June 2014    Results

Tregarth Trot    Wed 25th June 2014    Results

The race went ahead on Wednesday June 25th and apart from 4 runners (1 man who was in the lead and then later on 1 local woman with 2 following her) who missed seeing the tapes the other side of a kissing gate and got on the wrong footpath, 40 runners completed the course.

We were lucky with the weather as it stayed dry for the race. The winner of the men’s race was Karl Ashworth U/A in a time of 48.58 and the ladies winner was Kate Worthington of Eryri in 59.10. Thanks to over 20 marshalls who gave up their time freely to help out on the evening, also to Trefor Jones for hacking the bracken so the runners could have a clear route through, the sponsor Zac Laraman for paying for the trophies and running numbers and Mike Blake for helping mark the course, doing the signage and being a sweeper on the day. The proceeds from the event were donated to the Cylch Meithrin in Tregarth.           Jenny Heming

Moel Y Gamelin     Sun 15th June    Results

Hot Foot Up Fammau     Wed 18th June    Results

A lovely evening for this year's Hotfoot up Famau race, with crystal clear views over the Vale of Clwyd and distant Snowdonia. The route was overgrown in places, particularly at the bottom of Nant y Ne, so it was harder work than usual to plough through the ferns. The men's race was won by Jez Brown of Buckley, with Victoria Whitehead of Denbigh recording an excellent first win in the female race. Dave Sargent (Eden) and Lawrence Eccles (Penny Lane Striders) were second and third overall. Alice Robinson (Tattenhall) and Kate Lightfoot (Tattenhall) came second and third in the ladies race.
Simon Roberts

Tal Y Mignedd     Saturday 21st June    

"For those of you who ran the Pedol Pennant on Saturday and didn't feel you spent suffice time on the Nantlle Ridge, then Saturday's second running of Râs Tal y Mignedd will once again allow you to reach the summit's giant obelisk. Another classic race in the making, the route is a simple out and back and considerably longer than most Tuesday evening races of recent years. Starting at the farm at Tal y Mignedd Isaf the route will follow the farm track for 0.8 miles before violently ascending a goliath 1800ft in just over a mile. On tapping Queen Victoria's obelisk the the route returns along the same kamikaze descent before arriving back at the farm. Estimate winning time is 37 minutes 45 seconds. There will also be under 8 / 10 / 12 and 14 junior races. (Course map in Events Section) Once again the farmers of the Nantlle Valley are being extremely welcoming and the farmer's wife will be serving a collection of hot drinks, refreshments and cakes before and after the race. All proceeds will go to the local Ysgol Baladeulyn."

Abergwyngregyn     Tuesday 17th June     Results     Pics from Gary

“It is midnight as I am writing my report and the midge bites are only just going down. Well done to John Parkinson, overall winner and 19 secs off the previous vet 40 record set 4 years ago. Meanwhile Becki Law tightens her grip on the ladies title with another win.

Also 45 juniors in the caernarfon tyres champs and some late runs being put in could see the current standings change at the last race - based from the Heights in Llanberis. Don’t forget the race starts at 7pm next week and is a little way from registration. Thanks to all the helpers tonight!     Mike”

Darrens Dash     Sunday 15th June 2014     Results     Photolink

Longtown, Herefordshire. Sunday 15th June 2014 - The 9th Darrens Dash event After a blistering day on Saturday, race day dawned with thin low cloud lying on the hills. This was forecast to burn off but lingered until mid-morning to be replaced by a mix of sunshine and cloud. Good weather for running when combined with a few dry days to harden the previously soggy surface. The hot weather meant that the bottles of Celtic Vale water from event sponsor and local business Black Mountain Mineral Water company were in high demand!
Entry numbers were slightly down on last year at 74. Unfortunately the forecast high temperatures deterred a number of Cani Cross runners fearful for the wellbeing of their dogs. Only the contingent from Ilkeston Running Club who were mad enough to run the day after taking part in the ‘Man Vs Horse’ event. Mind you, they had a good motivation, running in memory of their clubmate Darren who shares a name with the distinctive crags forming the skyline above Longtown that give their name to the race. Whilst their sanity may have been questioned their commitment couldn’t and nor could that of the fell running novices who came across from the ‘flatlands’ of Cambridgeshire to try their hand at this unique dimension of running.
A minor change to this year’s route did not deviate from the requirement to run through the Olchon brook, whilst the early spring rains had also added a marshy section at the end of the steep climb up through farmland. The high temperatures necessitated a water stop at this point which many runners took advantage of before the relentless diagonal climb to the top of the Darrens crags. All the effort was rewarded with magnificent views and a gently undulating ridge taking them towards their descent path which provided a swift route to the valley finish. First time ‘Dasher’ James Smith of Black Pear Joggers, Worcester, led strongly from the start and flew down the descent slopes to set a new course record of 43.12, whilst Niki Morgan from Chepstow Harriers made her way confidently through the field to finish in an impressive 53.34 and set another course record. Simon Downs and his dog Figaro were the first finishers in the Cani Cross event in a time of 76.54. The ‘first local’ trophy was re-instated, congratulations to Archie Gemmell who was awarded the trophy after completing his first ‘Dash’ in 63.50.
A special mention to Chris Hawkins (of Forest of Dean Athletic Club) who hobbled to the end of the course with his dog Maya supported by local man Harry Franklin, despite sustaining an ankle injury.
1st 43.12 James Smith, Black Pear Joggers
2nd 44.55 John Pullen, Wye Valley Runners
3rd 47.11 Jim Masters, Wye Valley Runners
1st 53.34 Niki Morgan, Chepstow Harriers
2nd 54.21 Nicola Gething, Parc Bryn Bach
3rd 55.27 Nikki Childs, Wye Valley Runners
Full results available on:
Grateful thanks to Eric and Jean Price, Rob and Julie Bevan, Richard and Anthea Clare, Anthony and Angela Evans, Ruth Pritchard, Richard Prosser, the Black Mountain Graziers, Natural England and the Brecon Beacons National Park for their permission to run across their land. A special thank you Longtown Mountain Rescue team who provide the mountain safety marshals and to Black Mountain Mineral Water Company who not only sponsor the event drinking water but also sponsor the event trophies.
Why not join us in June next year for the 10th Anniversary Race?
Mike Fawcett
Race organiser

Ras Pedol Cwm Pennant     Sat 14th June     Pics from Math Roberts    Results

Race Description    Race Map

There was a large turnout as the race was a counter in the inov-8 / WFRA Open Welsh Championships and Cotswold Outdoor North Wales Series. Weather conditions were overcast and breezy with mist on the highest summits. Late in the race it became warm and sunny.

Y Garn     Tuesday 10th June     Results

“Well I never thought I’d see the day when we had more juniors than seniors! Well done to parents for getting them there and helping to marshal. In the Joe Brown’s race, well done again to John Spill only 28 secs outside the overall course record. Impressive when you consider Ifan’s descent record was 5:48! Other records to go were Bronwen Jenks knocking 22 seconds off her own FU18 record, while Don Williams took over 7 1/2 minutes off the V70. Meanwhile Stell Farrer and Ellie Sallisbury continue to do battle in the F50. Mike."

Up the Beast    Results
Preseli Beast     Sat 24th May 2014    Results      Beast Bach Results     Report     Youtube Video

Photo by Kirsty Morris

Boar’s Head Hill Race     Wed 4th June      Results

Despite the appallingly grey and rainy day 220 runners assembled at the Boar’s Head. This was the second largest field the race has ever had – 226 turned up in 1993 – and had the weather been better then I think that figure would easily have been surpassed. As we haven’t had a field like that for over ten years we were taken a little by surprise and ran out of numbers, having to resort to hand-crafted felt-tip equivalents for the final twenty at registration.

As it had rained for most of the day there was plenty of mud, the downhill grass was suicidally slippery and there was no chance of Lloyd Taggart’s record being beaten but Simon Harding, fresh from a superb victory at Duddon, and Damien Nicholls both had excellent runs and a tight personal contest to take the first two places within one second of each other, with last year’s winner, Andy Lamont, less than a minute behind. Diane McVey ran very well to come home nearly two minutes clear of the next two ladies, Kristy Gill and Kerrie Wood Doyle, who had their own personal tussle, being separated by only six seconds at the finish.

The evening was very much Macclesfield’s – the Club fielded twenty-nine runners (being outclassed in numbers by Wilmslow, who produced forty !!) and went home having claimed seven individual prizes and BOTH team prizes; very well done.

For those readers who are statistically minded the sport continues to progress steadily into geriatricity, with no fewer than 67% of the competitors being in the vets categories – with two of them being V70s it won’t be long before the sight of a V100 category appears on a results sheet somewhere ! One competitor tore her number up in a fit of self-loathing, which was fair enough – I sulked in the campervan for twenty-four hours after failing miserably on Jura – but it would have been nice if she’d reported her retirement to the finish team. Buxton Man not only lost his number but couldn’t remember what it had been, which led to a temporary confusion but otherwise everything went off efficiently enough despite the odd navigational and route choice hiccups – one lady was found exploring a vast rhododendron plantation – and most of the field enjoyed the hospitality of the Boar’s Head, which was delighted with the extra numbers.

I’ve managed to keep the entry fee at £3 for millenia and this year’s extra runners kept us in the black but as I can’t assume those numbers every year and as the race costs have escalated over the last few years I’m afraid that I’ll have to raise the entry fee to £4 from next year to keep the race finances in a healthy state – sorry.

Many thanks to the marshals and the support team, some of whom got very wet indeed, and thanks also to all the competitors – I hope you had a good time and look forward to seeing you next year.
Dave Jones

Steam Bunny Stomp     Saturday 10th May     Results

We thought conditions last year were bad but this year proved to be far worse with strong winds and persistent rain. It was not possible to setup the registration tent and we had to adlib setting up registration in an old bus shelter.

Conditions were that bad that some runners turned up for registration but decided not to run and returned home. Despite this 36 runners brave souls set off to confront the demanding course and atrocious weather, there was one casualty early on (calf strain) this runner pulled out and returned to the start/finish without further mishap. Due to the conditions no records were broken this year and a time limit was set at the first check point to ensure marshals were not left out on the open mountain longer than necessary.

The last 2 runners cut short at the 1st checkpoint returning home with the marshals, 1 runner got slightly lost but managed to find his way home. All other runners returned home safe and sound but washed out.

A big thank you to all marshals for their support and commitment in such atrocious conditions.

3 Hills Penmaenmawr     Tue 3rd June    Results     Pictures

“Joe Brown Tuesday Series #7 3 Hills

500 midges for every runner and they all found me! Well done to John Spill taking no prisoners and another win in record time while the ladies saw yet another new winner in the form of Gabby Lees. Well done also to Iolo Hughes second overall, John Morris with a V70 record and Stell Farrer who proved that a 5 mile swim in the morning does you no harm.

Help needed - if it wasn’t for the uphill finish at the race Wendy and I may not have been able to cope with the rush! Please volunteer! Next week is y Garn where we hope to record summit times too if we have enough volunteers.

Cwmdu     Sat 31st May     Pics from Jane Aggleton     Results

Last year’s second and third placers, Matt Stott and Mark Palmer, drew away from the chasing pack by Checkpoint 2 on Mynydd Llangorse. The duo gradually extended the lead to nine minutes, with Matt consolidating his lead over Mark to 40 seconds by the finish back at Cwmdu village.

Women’s winner Jackie Lee journeyed down from North Wales and broke Lauren Jeska’s record from last year while finishing fifth overall.

This third counter in the Paul Fosh Auctions’ sponsored South Wales Fell Championships took place on a muggy but rain-free day with fairly good under-foot conditions. The sun finally emerged as the weary runners sat on the village green enjoying cake and tea.

Age group winners were Rhian Probert, Martin Shaw, Rona Davies, Mark Palmer, Gary Gunner and Rob West.     Dick Finch

BEDDGELERT – WYDDFA/SNOWDON CHALLENGE     Sunday 25th May      Results

Pics from Adair Broughton

Pics by Gwynfor James

WFRA North Wales Series

Latest Table after 3 races is now available HERE. Apologies for delay. This was due to the numerous errors in the Moelwyn results (latest version HERE). Please check and notify any further errors to Ross Powell. To be eligible for prizes in WFRA North and South Wales Series you must be a paid up member of WFRA by the end of May. The next race in the NW Series is Pedol Pennant. Please note that this is a long and arduous race. Good navigational skills and a high level of fitness and experience are required. You are advised to recce the route prior to race day.

Joe Brown Tuesday Series #6     The Great Orme    Results

Talk about the blind leading the blind! One comment heard several times last night was ‘well I knew they were going the wrong way but I followed them anyway.’

No problems with the Juniors, Jake and Kyla victors in the U/8, Connor and Melody U/10s, Eden and Jodie U/12s, Sion and Mabli U/14s. Full table of Juniors to date at the 3 Hills Race in 2 weeks. No toilets at venue remember, use in the village first! Cheers, Mike”

Cader Idris     Sat 17th May      Photos from Esyllt     Photos by Dan Wyre     Results

Winner Felipe Jones    Photo by Ross

Cader Idris Saturday 17th May There was a large turnout as the race was a counter in the Cotswold Outdoor North Wales Series. Conditions were warm, dry and sunny. Fortunately there was a cool wind on the summit ridge.

Moel Eilio     Sat 10th May     Results     Pics from Gwynfor

The Winner      Dominic Jones

Dinas Bran Hill Race     Wed 7th May     Pics by Adair Broughton


Llangynhafal Loop     Sat 3rd May 2014    Results      Pics by Adair Broughton

Llangynhafal Loop Saturday 3rd May 2014 Firstly I would like to thank the Golden Lion and the marshals as without their help the race would not take place. Weather conditions were ideal for me as organiser but may be the runners would have liked it a bit cooler in the gully.

First home was – Jez Brown in 41.10 and 1st female home was Jayne Joy in 47.10
Hope you all enjoyed the race and hope to see you all again next year.
I have donated £250 from the proceeds to Nightingale House Hospice, Wrexham.

Moel y Gest     Tuesday 29th April    Photos from Math Roberts

The best rough and tumble race in the series saw JP never troubled after the U/14s turned off and Cai Linton got lost on the summit, and ‘jack in the box’ Jenny in her element in the rough. A nice break now while I go off to top up my tan. Then to the ‘eyeballs out’ Great Orme.

The Caernarfon Tyres Junior races saw nearly 30 make the trek. Jake and Kayla winning the U/18, Mike and Jodie the U/10, Connor and Georgia the U/12 and Sion and Fachwen’s Catrin Smith in the U/14.    Mike

Mynd Dragon     Sunday 27th April    Results

Cribyn     Sat 26th April 2014     Results

Winner Jackie                                                                                               Winner Felipe

There was an abundance of talented athletes on show this year as the race was the first counter in the Inov8/WFRA Open Welsh Championships and the Paul Fosh Auctions/WFRA South Wales Series. The race also played host to the East Wales Championships.

The 107 starters were forced to endure gale force wind and intermittent rain during the 5.5 mile 3100ft ascent race which summits both Cribyn and Pen Y Fan. Visibility was reasonable but the strong winds and rain created a challenging race for both organisers and runners.

Felipe Jones first attempt of the race was a victorious one. Felipe of Aberystwyth A/C won the race by a comfortable margin in a time of 55.04. Pete Ryder of Brycheiniog was 2nd in 56.12 and Simon Barnby completed the podium in a time of 57.29. The MV40 category was closely contested with Preseli’s Carwyn Phillips pipping Paul Beeson to the post by 4 secs in 64.43. Mark Palmer of Mynydd Du, 4th overall took the MV50 prize finishing in 57.56. First MV60 was Gary Gunner of Croft Ambrey in 80.24. MDC’s Robert West thoroughly deserved his MV70 prize after taking an alternative route off Pen Y Fan making his race a little longer.

Eryri Harriers runner Jackie Lee came in search of Helen Fines course record but the tough conditions saw her dip just over a minute outside of it in 62.56 finishing 7th overall. Second lady in was Mercia’s Mel Price in a time of 64.51. Andrea Roberts, also of Eryri Harriers was 3rd home in 67.34. Local lady Rhian Probert took the 1st FV40 prize in 76.29 and MDC’s Alice Bedwell was 1st FV50 in 80.21. Eryri runner Maggie Oliver, not content with the 5.5 mile course briefly joined Rob and a small number of runners on the alternative route choice before exploring more of the area alone. Maggie sneaked up on race timekeeper John Chidlow from the opposite direction to claim her FV60 prize.

The winning team was Mercia Fell Runners, Tom Roo, Mel Price and Virgil Barton. Apologies from the race organiser for the absence of the team prize presentation due to a mix up with the results. Runners were treated to a limited offering of hot beverages but ample amounts of cake at the post race gathering. Thanks to Mynydd Du Fell Runners for their support and to everyone that helped out on the day.

Ras Y Moelwyn     Saturday 19th April     Results

There was a large turnout as the race was a counter in the Cotswold Outdoor North Wales Series. Weather conditions were dry and sunny with a cool breeze on the summits.

Mynydd Swtan Sun 13th April


The eventual race leader, crossing a stile, with the Skerries in the background. Pic by Derek Gadsdon

" Swtan" Heritage Museum hosted the 6th Mynydd Swtan race , all proceeds going to the charity " Cyfeillion Swtan ". No beach start this year due to ongoing storm damage repair work. Thanks go to the marshals and helpers at registration and finish , "Cyfeillion Swtan" for refreshments and general help with organisation, "The Lobster Pot" for sponsoring the numbers , John Gray for the water bottles presented to finishers and the National Trust ands local farmers for their permission to use the land :

1. Harvey Wharton  Cybi  U40  14.52
2. Merfyn Williams  Cybi  V60  18.21
3. Ian Williams  U/A  V50  19.04
4. Gari Davies  U/A  V60  19.17
5. Lee Hodson  U/A  V40  19.46
6. Dewi Owen  U/A  U40  19.53
7. Arfon Rowlands  U/A  U40  19.58
8. Alun Rowlands  Cybi  V50  20.23
9. Alwyn Williams  Cybi  U40  20.32
10. Jane O ' Donnell  U/A  FV60  23.58
Juniors  (1.5 M / 570 ' )
Gethin Davies  U/A  14.15
Gwion Evans  Eryri  16.12

Aber Dash     Tuesday 22nd April 2014     Results

"Another amazing run by John Spill but what an outstanding run by Caitlin Rice? She travelled all the way from Glossop Dale just to win an Easter egg and take over four minutes off Lisa G’s record. Next week is rough and tumbles of Moel y Gest. Remember your numbers.

Caernarfon Tyres Junior Champs

U/8 Cai Hardy and Kyla Cain
U/12 Georgia Parkinson 1st overall! Ahead of Jack Cain, while Sion and Catrin took the under 14s.     Mike."

Sugar Loaf     Sat 19th April 2014     Results

It was a cloudy cold start to the day but the sun soon broke through as the runners gathered on the start line. The 2014 Sugar Loaf fell race saw a record number of entries, with 137 runners registering on the day. It was planned for a bottle of Sugar Loaf ale to be handed to each finisher as they crossed the line however only 100 bottles were ordered, so runners were encouraged at the start to 'run for their beer' as there would not be enough to go around.
The course record was very nearly broken with Hugh Aggleton taking the lead but being overtaken on the descent by Robert Barnby with Pete Ryder not too far behind in 3rd. Mark Palmer took first Vet 50 and the first 4 runners finished with less than 60 seconds between them.
The ladies’ race was a clear cut win by Hannah Jarvis , again less than a minute between her time and the course record. Niki Morgan was a few minutes behind in second closely followed by Emily Hoffman. First FV40 was Lou Summers.
Team prizes went to Mynydd Du for both the ladies’ and the men’s teams. Thanks to all the marshals and helpers on the day.     Emma Bayliss

Ras y Moelwyn    Sat 19th April   

Llanbedr-Blaenafon    5th April 2014   Results

The 33rd Llanbedr to Blaenafon fell race saw 89 entrants setting off from the village of Llanbedr in damp conditions. Although not as cold as last year, the clouds were low enough to ensure that none of the spectacular views usually enjoyed were visible, which was a real shame as some had come from miles away to take part. Hugh Aggleton of MDC won the race in 2 hours 10 minutes, which was 5 minutes quicker than his winning time of last year, but 2 minutes short of his time in the 2012 event. As per the previous 2 years, Hugh was followed in by Mark Palmer of Mynydd Du, 2 hrs 17 mins. Mark is a veteran of this race, having competed a remarkable 14 times previously, winning it outright 7 times. Third man home was Chris Jones, also of MDC, in 2hrs 19.First lady home was newcomer Hannah Jaris (Mynydd Du), in 2hrs 40, well ahead of the 2nd lady Katie Roby of MDC who finished in 2hrs 51. Just on minute later, the 2012 winner Anna Bartlett finished to take 3rd Lady position.2 of the entrants in the inaugural event back in 1980 also took part – Dave Hayward now of Chepstow Harriers, and Les Williams Eryri, finishing in 3 hrs 20 and 3.22 respectively, 2nd and 3rd in their V60+ category.The last finisher came in at 4hrs 27 – and there were 5 non finishers. Once again all the participants enjoyed a hearty buffet to help them warm up again and replenish their energy reserves. The organisers would like to thank Blaenafon Rugby Club for their fantastic support for the event.

Pen Dinas    Tuesday 15th April    Results

Caernarfon Tyres Juniors
U8 victory again to Jake and Megan, U10 Connor and Georgia P, U12 Mike Spill and Ffion and U14 Keiran W and Catrin D.

Joe Brown’s Senior
Well I did say watch this space! A convincing win for John Spill, U16 record in the process and only 20 seconds outside the seniors record set by Ifans in 2011. Other highlights were Jenny winning the ladies in 14th overall and a F40 record, and Don setting a new M70 record in 29th overall.     Mike"

Moel Wnion     Sat 12th April     Results    Junior Results Pics by Math Roberts

Weather conditions clear with cold breeze; dry underfoot. 58 senior finishers for this classic short fell race over the northern Carneddau tops of Moel Wnion, Gyrn , Llefn and Moel Faban. 5 junior race finishers up and down moel Faban.

Close race upfront throughout the race with just 28 seconds separating first three at the finish line . 17 year old Staffs Moorlands runner Max Wainwright ran from the front to victory in 36:52 , Dylan Jones (Eryri) 2nd 37:11 and first over 40 and John Parkinson also Eryri 2nd over 40 in 37:20.

Andrea Rowlands first woman, 16th overall and well clear in 41:52 . Jenny Heming getting stronger with every race first over 40 and 24th overall in 44:18.

Junior race won by Daniel Soles in 12:15 with his Dad Dave winning over 50s race. Mention also for the Starling family, Billy 12th overall in 41:12 and 2nd U18, Dad Andrew 40th and brother Joe 2nd in the junior race.

“Round 2 Joe Brown Midweek Series – Foel Lus.     Tuesday 8th April     Results

While Math’s away the mice will play. 1st win for Gwyn and 2nd win for Bronwen, the latter now holding the U16 and U18 records in both races. Second place overall saw a return by John Spill, 4’ taller and 4 yrs since he last raced, watch this space! Other highlights were John Morris, two V70 records on the trot and Sion Jones in the U14. Sion was once again in the leading pack with the seniors before turning off and setting a new U14 record again. Thanks to all the helpers and local businesses who donated the prizes, remember to bring your numbers to the next race.

In the Caernarfon tyres junior races siblings Jake and Megan Roberts won the U8, Connor Roberts and Georgia Parkinson the U10, Mike spill and Jodie Cain the U12 and Catrin Donnelly the U14.

Send any race corrections or additions for the Tues Series to john P at
Ellie and Mike."

South Wales Winter League 2013/14     Results

The Winter League, originated and managed so ably since 1992 by Martin Lucas and John Sweeting, was passed into the nervous hands of a small committee when the distinguished founders decided to retire at the end of the 2012/3 season.

Three new races were commissioned to blend with some old favourites to produce a wide-ranging eight-race challenge that attracted 267 runners over the season. But only 35 ran the five-race trophy-scoring minimum, four of them women. To continue the gender statistics, 48 women competed in at least one race – 18% of the total compared with 21% in 2009/10, and 12% in 1993/4 (randomly selected years admittedly from a previous report). And to bore the reader a little more, 15% of race entrants this season were female. So who came away with an exclusive Series Winners Tshirt?

Ben Moon of MDC was overall winner by 15 points over Mynydd Du’s Rich Johnson, with 5 points over Neath’s Alex Lewis with the pack baying only 3 points behind. Katie Beecher of Les Croupiers took the women’s shirt ahead of Chepstow’s Niki Morgan and Mynydd Du’s Jan Richards. Age Group winners were Rich Johnson in the M40s ahead of Julian Boon (FOD) and Dom Shields (San Domenico). Niki Morgan led the F40 group followed by Jan Richards and Chepstow’s Karen Elvers.

The M50 cat. was the most keenly contested, with all depending on the final race at Dare Valley Country Park. Pete Sowerby of Brecon had to run out of his shorts to overhaul SWRR’s Kevin Hagley, with Steve Harrhy (Lliswerry) third. The two Steve’s from Hereford continued their keen rivalry for the M60 shirt, with Mr Littlewood shading it over Mr Herington. Chepstow’s Neil Grant was third. And finally, seven runners ran all eight races, thus earning a coveted Walter Winterleague mug!      DF 06.04.14

Fron Four      Sat 5th April      Results

Will we ever get decent weather for this race? Mist and rain didn’t seem too bad at 1000 feet but a good call by Ross on the summit where the wind was also a factor and 5 marshals huddling turned the runners straight back – a decision echoed by all the runners on their return. JP knowing Matt’s descending speed had opened a gap on the climb and managed to keep his lead to put another new name on the winner’s trophy. In the ladies, Jenny (“I’m not fit yet”) managed to drop those who had been following her to take 8th overall, eight places ahead of Denbigh’s Emma Collins. In the U14s Talysarn’s Sion Jones frightened a few seniors, only JP beating him to turn around at moel Tryfan and taking a minute and a half off the record in the process. Ben Grantham and Mared Evans winning the U10s. Thanks to Ross and Sheila, Sioned and Tina, Mair and Alwyn who braved the elements to marshall and Pauline in the school for making the panads.      Mike"

Joe Browns Tuesday Night Champs - Race 1, Moel Tryfan      Tuesday 1st April       Results

The best evening in the race’s history and a 3rd win for Math following his top ten placing in the Irish British Champs race three days previous. The ladies produced another new winner on the course, Bangor Uni’s Becky Taylor taking it in a fine 24th overall. Whilst in the Caernarfon Tyres Junior Champs U8 victories went to Jake Roberts and Kyla Cain, U10s Conner Roberts and Georgia Parkinson, U12s Michael Spill and Ruby Wood and U14s Sion Jones and Keeryn Wiiliams. Thanks to all those who helped and don’t be afraid of offering. Mike.

A couple of runners have been missed out on results - get in touch with Mike asap with your finishing time and results.