Dates: October 21st 2018
Race Venue: Crickhowell Secondary School, New Road, Crickhowell. NP8 1AW
A 9 mile ‘out and back’ trail race located in the beautiful heart of the Black Mountains starting and finishing in the pretty borders town of Crickhowell.
The trail race route is 9 miles and flagged, undulating and very scenic as it winds in and out of ancient woodland along the gorgeous fast flowing Grwyne Fawr river, famous for its salmon.
It is an out and back route turning round at the half way village of Llanbedr outside the church where there will be a water station. The race route is well marshalled and flagged with red & white tape and large arrows on a fluorescent yellow background.
Most of the race is off road with just a couple of stretches on tarmac. There are a couple of short steeper descents on grass.
Trail shoes are recommended depending on your personal preference. Please do bring a lightweight waterproof running jacket in case of bad weather. This will remain advisory kit (meaning that you can choose whether to take it) unless we have severely bad or wet weather.
The maximum time to complete the race will be 2hrs30mins. This is a run and not a walk with a bit of intermittent jogging! If you don’t think you can complete the route please be sensible and drop out at the halfway point and tell the marshals and the event centre that you have retired. You will be able to get a lift back to the event centre from the half way point.
Venue & Location
The race event centre is the Crickhowell Secondary School, New Road (A4077), Crickhowell. NP8 1AW.
Plenty of parking at the event centre is available – please park where the car parking marshals indicate.
There is no official ‘manned’ bag drop inside the event centre. You will be close to your car.
There are showers, toilets and changing rooms at the event centre.
Tea and cake will be free for all competitors after the race.
Crickhowell is a pretty and charming small town close to the lovely River Usk walk – there’s plenty to entertain the non-runners in the family while you do the race!
Please collect your number and timing device when you arrive.
The desks will be labelled alphabetically by surname.
Race START and FINISH
The race will start at 11 a.m. sharp
Please note – the race does not start and finish at the event centre. The start location will be well indicated by signs and tape from registration. Allow a 5 – 10 minute walk from the race HQ.
The race will START and FINISH just behind the Beaufort St Car Park (NP8 1AE) behind the tourist information (Crickhowell Resource & Information Centre).
Repeat: allow 5-10 mins time to get from the event centre to the start!
Please take care and be aware of cars on the initial section of the course and when you are on the final 500m-road run-in to the finish. Please don’t wear in-ear headphones during the race. This is a trail race – although we have made an effort to indicate hazards, not ALL hazards such a tree roots can be indicated. Be aware; run safely.
Only follow the flagged route – no shortcuts.
No dogs are permitted in the race.
The entry fee is £18
SPORTident manage our entries – you will be directed by clicking the race registration on this page when registration opens on March 1st 2018. You can check your entry has been received and processed by looking at the Current Entries list on this page. The minimum age for entry is 18.
There will be a finishing prize for every competitor
The prize giving will be at 1.30pm prompt in the Dining Hall at the main event centre.
No prizes will be posted out – if you win a prize it is appreciated if you stay for the prize giving.
Many thanks to Likeys in Brecon for generously supporting our prizes and our runners.
There will be prizes for:
- Women Senior: First, Second, Third, Fourth
- Men Senior: First, Second, Third, Fourth
- WV & MV 040: First and Second
- WV & MV 050: First
- WV & MV 060: First
- WV & MV 070: First
- Female & Male Team prizes (First 3 runners to count).
Please note: If you are fast enough to win more than one prize category, you get both prizes (eg. 3rd male and 1st V40).
You will find these on the Element Facebook page: @elementactiveuk AND on the Si results page for our race here:
Last Year’s Winners
The winners of the 2017 edition were: Andrew Fisher (59:34) and Claire Bunce (1:07)
The route will change slightly for 2018 so we should be able to start a Course Record for the race from 2018.
Full race results from 2017 can be found on the Element website: https://element-active.co.uk
Race Director & Contact
Ruth Pickvance is the Race Director.
Ruth is a very experienced runner on road and fell. She’s been British Fellrunning Champion and has represented GB and England as well as being one of the first Salomon sponsored Skyrunners and a top finisher in several road marathons. Many of you will know her from her time organising the Atlantic College 10k. Ruth has also completed the RunBritain accredited Race Directors Course and is the Director of Element.
If you need to contact her, email is preferable: Ruth@element-active.co.uk. Or phone 07507 189904
Summary – Most important points:
- Allow time to get to the race start from the event centre (5 – 10 mins)
- ONLY follow the flagged race route to avoid disqualification – no shortcuts please
- Bring a lightweight waterproof to the race
- If you retire – let the event centre know
- Enjoy the route!
Make a weekend of it:
There’s a great range of great accommodation in the area – below is some of the accommodation that Ruth knows and recommends:
Rona has the immaculate ‘Quarry Man’s Cottage’ at Bwlch with a double room for one night: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/8407141.
Hilary Davies has both a lovely double room with separate entrance: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/11617748 and a two bedroom holiday let: http://www.glanpant.com
Linda has a great B&B near Crickhowell: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/4327898
Belinda Davies has two lovely cottages. http://www.cottageguide.co.uk/gaer-skirrid/.
Alex Yorke has three different places for a one night stay in a stunning location near Crickhowell: Gracie (a modernised 1950’s caravan) Black Mountains Hideaway (double & twin room) – details on Airbnb .
The Star Bunkhouse (http://www.starbunkhouse.com) has great budget accommodation close to the event centre for one night stays.
Short stays are available at River Sound: https://www.facebook.com/Riversound-bed-and-breakfast-943428552371575/ and Country Chic cottages: https://www.facebook.com/countrychiccottages/ as well as Elderflower Cottage: https://www.facebook.com/Elderflower-Cottage-1746608502220574/
There’s Airbnb Crickhowell area offering a very good range of one and two night places to stay; or for hotels and local B&B’s the Crickhowell Tourist Information Centre has a good list: http://www.visitcrickhowell.co.uk/where-to-stay/