LLanbedr – Blaenavon: A classic, tough A to B ‘grassroots’ fell race taking in three major peaks in the South Wales Black Mountains.
After a two year absence due to C-19 I hope that by March 26th 2022 we can return.
Date and time
Saturday March 26th 2022 – 12 noon start
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.
Start: 240203 – Llanbedr Village (start)
1: 262227 – Crug Mawr
2: 257213 – Stile off open fell
3: 253189 – 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
Please note – 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.
Please note – when crossing the valley between Crug Mawr Stile off Open Fell (CP2) and The Sugar Loaf path junction (CP3) you must follow the indicated route. The set flagged route crosses private land which we have permission to use. You are welcome to choose your route other than on this section of the race.
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.
There will be hot vegetarian and vegan food after the race. The bar will be open. There are also (supposedly) hot showers in the rugby club changing rooms – please ensure that they are switched off when you finish your shower!
Live results will be on the screen.
Prize giving will be at 3.30 pm sharp at Blaenavon Rugby Club. Please don’t leave before the prize giving unless you really have to – it’s part of the event.
1/2/3 Male & 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.
James McQueen (1999) 1:59:01
Menna Angharad (1996) 2:19:03
Results will be posted on RaceTek Live Public Results and the WFRA Facebook site and the Element (elementactiveuk)Facebook site.
How to enter
Entries are open here: https://www.fabian4.co.uk/default.aspx?EventID=2925
Pre-entry is £14. Entry on the day is £17
£1 from every entry will go to Stump Up For Trees.
If you enter on the day, registration is at the start, Llanbedr Village Hall, and opens at 10.00 am (closes at 11.45 am).
There are toilets at the start.
For more information contact Ruth Pickvance, preferably by email:
Tel: 07507 189904
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