After a two year absence due to C-19 I hope that by March 26th 2022 we can return.
This race will only take place if it can be staged under normal conditions – it’s too long a race and too cold a time of year to have marshals and runners out for a long time. Plus, the A to B nature of the race with no venue at the finish could prove very tricky. TBC and fingers crossed!
A classic, tough A to B ‘grassroots’ fell race taking in three major peaks in the South Wales Black Mountains.
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!
Date and time
Saturday March 26th 2022 – 12 noon start
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, which is on the road in the centre of the village, is obvious. There will be car parking indicated in the village – there’s also plenty of on-road parking around the village.
Please use these 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. No one will get left behind! If you leave your vehicle at the start it’s about 25 minutes from the finish to collect it.
There will be hot food after the race – soup, chilli, cake, tea & coffee plus vegan options.
Prize giving will be at 3.30 pm sharp. Please don’t leave before the prize giving unless you really have to – it’s part of the event!
How to enter
To be announced.
For more information contact Ruth Pickvance, preferably by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 07507 189904
If you enter on the day, registration is at Llanbedr Village Hall and opens at 10.00 am (closes at 11.45 am).
There are toilets at the start.
After the race, there are showers at Blaenavon Rugby Club. We will also transport any bags from the registration to the finish.
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.
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
6: 270119 – Summit of Blorenge
7: 257088 – Finish. Blaenavon Rugby Club
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 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.
James McQueen (1999) 1:59:01
Menna Angharad (1996) 2:19:03
Results will be posted on the WFRA Facebook site, the Mynydd Du Facebook site and the Element Facebook site as well as on the Fabian4 page (where you enter the race if pre-entering)
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.
3:30 pm Blaenavon Rugby Club
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