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Clwydian Hills U16 & U18 Races

This year’s Clwydian Hills Fell Race (22nd Oct) will include races for U16 & U18 age categories for the first time. Both these races will be top of grade for distance and are both AS rated. The races start with the main field before turning off at CP1 & CP2 respectively for the summit of Moel Famau and returning via the normal descent route. Both routes run on good tracks and paths and will be partially marked in respect of the age categories. As for the main race the checkpoints will be marshalled by the local Mountain Rescue team.

Entry fee will be £2 – you will get a race coaster and there will be small prizes for winners. All young racers will be chaperoned from finish back to the village hall if required (free big baby sitting 😉 if you want to run the main race. Village hall is warm, dry, fully staffed with our wonderful support team with hot drinks and as much cake as you can eat. Oh yes and free WIFI….!!!! (Best value teens day out in October on the planet!)

For more details on the U16 & U18 races please see the page
http://www.clwydianfellrace.org/?page_id=439

Cilcain (Moel Famau) Mountain Race – Cilcain Show Mon 28th Aug 2017

Hi Folks

Just a brief note to say I will be adding some content to the website for the Cilcain (Moel Famau)  Mountain Race which I have taken over organising this year. The race has run as part of the Cilcain Show since 1960. This year will be the 44th running on August Bank Holiday Monday (28th Aug).

I will try to clearly identify between this race and Clwydian Hills fell race that the site is primary for.

hop

2016 Post Race Grievance Report

Reported on the public FRA Facebook forum 25th October by Mike Bate.

Please find attached incident report into the grievance.

Post-Race Grievance 25-10-16

Personal Message

It helps the Race Organiser out tremendously by reporting issues such as these either on the day or as soon thereafter and much preferable if any grievance is directed firstly to myself rather than posted on a public forum where any learning points are likely to be quickly lost in the noise.

As it is, the method chosen for delivery of this grievance has delayed the official results, race report and added an extra 2 days work into a week I didn’t have. It has caused stress to my wife, disrupted the half term break for my children (you know the ones I didn’t see last weekend).

I sometimes wonder if the term volunteer means much to the some people these days. My brilliant team of marshals & helpers are some of finest volunteers you could ever wish to meet. They come from all walks and stages of life. You pass them on the street without realising. Yet a simple text message is all that is needed to get these folks out of bed in the middle of the night to go look for someones mum or dad, husband, wife, partner or child.  They don’t get paid. They don’t get rewarded. They just do.

Some of my marshals & helpers are runners, most are not. They are all volunteers. They are all willing to donate time to your sport. So the question is… are you?

I would like to know if any of you runners out there are willing to take up my 10% Challenge? The challenge is simple. Say you run 10 races a year. Next year run 9. The 10th…. well you simply volunteer to help don’t you.

Choose your most local race as that’s likely where you can contribute the most. Parkruns are great as they always need help throughout the year. Fellruns are better because your pain and suffering in freezing your bits off stood by a cairn for a few hours envigorates your life (if not your toes). Commercial events are best avoided like the plague. Ask the RO if you can put markers out, marshal, record finish times, make the tea, bake a cake. Pop your coat on for a change.  Or maybe help out with your own Club’s admin, maybe volunteer to be on your club committee, even the national committee….. Give 10% of your time as a volunteer so you can fully enjoy and appreciate the other 90%.

Don’t plan your year around running. Plan it from volunteering and work backwards. As soon as that calendar hits your doorstep/inbox get your pen out and circle the race or races you will volunteer for – email the RO straightaway. Don’t miss the moment. You can then begin to bask in some of that 10% feeling. Feels good yes? Flick through the rest of calendar. Are there are any races left you haven’t circled?…..Why yes! There are plenty left to occupy your remaining 90%.

Wonderfully simple isn’t it.

John Heppenstall 28th October 2016

Race Day Parking

Parking: Where possible please car share as we are expecting a good turnout this year and parking around the village is not great. Please see the below map for parking areas:

parking

The main area to avoid is around the registration (Village Hall) and areas around both the Chapel & Churches as both have services that morning. Please park respectful of the residents – don’t block gates, driveways, junctions, etc. There is good parking down the main road (Ffordd-Y-Llan) beyond the school, down past Pentre on the road into the village and up Lon Cilan in the village. There is some room on the verges down towards the fishery but be mindful to not block the road (large tractors use this road frequently!)

2014 Race Report

2014 Race Report

A near record number of runners ventured onto the hills in generally bright but windy conditions with only the last few runners getting a couple of rain showers late on. Ground conditions were assessed as good with some quick times being run in both the men’s & ladies categories. Female Champion Jackie Lee (Eryri) clocking 82.28 only 1.37 away from her own course record. Male Champion Hugh Aggleton (MDC) recorded a great time of 73.42.

Local lad Matthew Blackwell (Deeside) finished 20th overall and clocked a very decent time of 84.36 to collect the U23 title.

Rob Grantham (Pensby), Stephen Watts (Macclesfield), Alan Duncan (Bowland) & Peter Roberts (Buckley) took the M40, M50, M60 & M70 titles respectively.

Janine Roberts (Hart – yep that’s in Fleet – Hampshire!) & Kath Brierley (Todmorden) took the F40 & F50 titiles respectively.

A mention to our Team Doctor Dave George who managed to get around the course in one piece – much to the disgruntlement of several marshals who couldn’t wait to give him some ‘special’ medical treatment. Well done Dave.

It was great to see so many runners from near and far taking part and we would love to see you come back next year. If you enjoyed it – spread the word, if you didn’t – well you should still come back with some friends next year just to check.

Gripes:

Apologies CP6 was in the wrong place (too high up the gully). This will be clearly marked next year for both marshals and runners.

CP4 was repositioned, after the first 6 runners had passed the correct point, to one further along the track. The reason being that after the first 6 runners the next batch cut the corner off the field coming over/through the gate above. So it was a case of moving the checkpoint or DSQ of 134 runners. I believe the right decision was made by the marshals on the checkpoint. This cut-through will be prevented in future.

hop

Race results can be found at 2014 results