Llanbedr to Blaenavon Fell Race – Saturday March 29th 2025 12 noon

LLanbedr – Blaenavon: A classic, tough A to B ‘grassroots’ fell race taking in three major peaks in the South Wales Black Mountains.


Date and time

Saturday March 29th 2025 – 12 noon start

Race Information:

15.8 miles / 4500 feet ascent

25.4 km / 1372 metres ascent

AL (category “A” Long).

Classifications: ER (experience required) / LK (local knowledge advantageous) / NS (navigational skills required)

Full Kit Requirements as per FRA ruling: waterproof whole body cover (with taped seams and integrated attached hood), hat, gloves, map of the route, compass, whistle and emergency food. Any changes to this will be announced at registration. Otherwise please assume full kit. The end of March can be a very changeable time of year for weather – spring sunshine or snow – and often both on the same day. Come prepared.


Checkpoints

Start: 240203 – Llanbedr Village (start)
1: 262227 – Crug Mawr
2: 258213 – Stile off open fell
3: 253191 – Path junction
4: 273188 – Summit Sugar Loaf
5: 286133 – Llanfoist drink station – there’s a 3hr cut off here
6: 270119 – Summit of Blorenge
7: 257088 – Finish. Blaenavon Rugby Club

Cut Off Times – there will be a cut-off time of 3.00 (three hours) hours in Llanfoist. If you are not through in three hours here you will be asked to retire as the final section of this race is probably the most demanding.

Use of GPS is not permitted on this race.

Valley Crossing – when crossing the valley between Crug Mawr Stile off Open Fell (CP2) and The Sugar Loaf path junction (CP3) you must follow the footpath route. It will be flagged on The Sugar Loaf side.  The set flagged route crosses private land which we have permission to use. You must NOT shortcut up to The Sugar Loaf. You are welcome to choose your route other than on this section of the race.

Please note: This is NOT a race for beginners to fell running


Venue(s)

The start, registration and collection of pre-registered numbers and chip for timing is at Llanbedr Village Hall NP8 1SR.

The finish is at the Rugby Club in Blaenavon NP4 9HR.

Llanbedr village is tiny and the start is by the church. There is car parking in the village. Please be sensitive to local residents when choosing where to park.

Please use the above postcodes to locate the start/registration and finish.

Either leave your car at the finish and buddy up for a lift to the start or we will try to group people for lifts after the prize giving to collect cars.  If you leave your vehicle at the start it’s about 25 minutes from the finish to collect it. No one has ever been left behind at the finish.


Post Race

There will be hot vegetarian/vegan food after the race as well as cake, tea and coffee. The bar in the rugby club will be open. There are also hot showers in the rugby club changing rooms – please ensure that they are switched off when you finish your shower or no one after you will have hot water!

Live results will be on the screen.

Prize giving will be at 3.30 pm in Blaenavon Rugby Club. Please don’t leave before the prize giving unless you really have to – it’s part of the event.


Prizes

1/2/3/4/5 Male

1/2/3 Female.

1st 040/1st 050/1st 060/1st 070 Male & Female.

Teams of three. 1st Male & Female.

Please note – if you win a prize in more than one category – you get both prizes.

Records

James McQueen (1999) 1:59:01

Menna Angharad (1996) 2:19:03


Results

Results will be posted on RaceTek Live Public Results  and the WFRA Facebook site


How to enter

Pre-enter here: [entries open in November]

Pre-entry is £17 Entry on the day is £20

Pre-entry will close at 12 noon on Thursday 27th March.

If you enter on the day, registration is at the start, Llanbedr Village Hall, and opens at 10.00 am (closes for the pre-start at 11.30 am).

There are toilets at the start.

In the event of cancellation refunds will be issued from Fabian4 in line with their policy.

Please note you can substitute your place online via the Fabian4 website.


Contact

For more information contact Ruth Pickvance, preferably by email:

ruth@element-active.co.uk

Tel: 07507 189904


Accommodation

Airbnb: Search: Abergavenny; Crickhowell; Fforest Coal Pit; Bwlch; Blaenavon [All close to the race area].

Abergavenny Tourist Information: http://www.visitabergavenny.co.uk/places-to-stay/

Star Bunkhouse is great and is close to the start – they even do private rooms: http://www.starbunkhouse.com


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