The Cwmyoy Horseshoe Fell Race – Saturday April 26th 2025 at 11 am

A classic ‘horseshoe’ fell race in the stunning Black Mountains overlooking the Llanthony Valley

Saturday April 26th 2025 – 11 am start


Race Venue & Registration

The registration is at Cwmyoy Village Hall, Cwmyoy, Abergavenny. NP7 7NF.

  • Pre-Entry £14
  • Online entries (link below) close on 24/04/2025 @ 12 midnight
  • Entry on the Day:  £18 (we’d rather you pre-entered as it makes life much easier for us!)
  • Minimum age for entering: 17
  • Lightweight waterproof top is obligatory kit to carry [anything else will be advisory on the day]

Please arrive in good time. Collection of numbers and registration opens at 9.15 am in the Hall and will close at 10.40am.

Please park nose-to-tail along one side of the road – please all park on the same Hall side of the road

Race Information:

  •  Race Distance: 5.6 miles / 1257 feet ascent OR 9.01 km / 383.1 metres ascent
  • Category: BS

Route: A traditional fell race.  Glorious scenery into both England and Wales and taking in a short section of the Offa’s Dyke footpath.

The route starts by winding up through Cwmyoy village and passes the famous ‘wonky’ church. There’s then a steep climb up onto the Hatterall Hill ridge followed by some stunning ridge running. A little bit of route choice down to the final checkpoint – I’ve deliberately staged this race before the bracken is up – and then it’s flagged back to the Village Hall.

Please familiarise yourself with the nature of the fell race route. It is not a navigationally complex race in good visibility, but you should be aware of the route and where the checkpoints are.

Refreshments and prize giving (12.45 pm) will follow.

The route will be flagged outward until you meet the open fell and on the return from the ridge and after Checkpoint 2 through farmland.

Classifications: PM (Partially Marked) / LK (local knowledge advantageous but not essential).

Checkpoints: You are free to take whatever route you choose to checkpoint 2.  There are 2 marshalled checkpoints which you must visit and where your wristband will be bleeped (indicated on the map) and your number recorded.

  • Checkpoint 1: Grid Ref 314 255. Path Junction; large cairn.
  • Checkpoint 2: Grid Ref 309 234. Stile off open fell; path junction.

Kit Requirements: as per FRA ruling,  please bring with you to the event:  waterproof whole body cover, hat, gloves, map of the route (this map here is fine), compass, whistle and emergency food. A decision will be made on the day depending on the weather what you need to carry, it’s usually only a waterproof top but the end of April can be a very changeable time of year and the weather and winds up high can be very different from lower down. Come prepared because your kit is no use if it’s at home.

Please note – there will be NO WATER STATIONS on the route. If you know that you need to carry water, please come prepared.

Please carry a lightweight waterproof/windproof jacket. [Other kit will be advisory on the day]

All FRA races strictly prohibit the use of electronic devices and the using of aids such as GPS for navigation. This race is covered by The Welsh Fell Runners Insurance Policy.

Sorry but no dogs allowed on the race: lambing time, sheep, ground nesting birds.



Route Map:

Race Start: The start of the race is just over the footbridge directly below the Cwmyoy Village Hall. See map.

Post Race: There will be lots of tea and cake at the Village Hall.  Prize giving will be at 12.45pm

Results: will be on the board on the day and will be published on the Element Facebook site ( and the RaceTek site:

Prizes: Prize giving will be at 12.45/ 1pm

  • 1/2/3 Male & Female.
  • 1st 040/1st 050/1st 060/1st 070 Male & Female.
  • Team Prizes: First 3 to count. 1st Male and 1st Female Team.

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


Male: Robin Regan – Northern Fells (2023): 39:46

Female: Rhian Probert – Mynydd Du (2024): 46.47

Contact: If you have any further questions contact the Race Organiser Ruth Pickvance, preferably by email:
Tel: 07507 189904

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