Ein rasus ni / Our races.
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|January||Ras Tarren hendre fell race.|
|March||Ras yr Aran fell race.|
|July||Ras ffordd 5 milltir Dolgellau 5 mile road race.|
|September (No race in 2015)||Pen Trail Races.|
|Replaced in 2013 by Trail race above||Pen 10 / Penmaenpool 10 Race.|
|November||Ras Rhobell fawr fell race.|
|Nov-March||Meirionnydd Running Club Winter Race Series.|
The Club organises several events during the year, including the Dolgellau 5 Mile Road Race and the Pennmaenpool Trail Race,
both of which are fast events over accurately measured courses.
On the Fells we organise the Rhobell Fawr, Tarren Hendre and Ras yr Aran Races, which form the Meirionnydd Winter Series.
There are junior races, short courses attached to all of the above events.
6 miles with 2000’ ascent. Race Grade: AM & LK/PM/ER
The second race in the Meirionnydd - Winter Race Series. The lower reaches of the race are run on a mixture of well marked tracks and footpaths, but the open fells above are unmarked. The high mountain terrain can be featureless and is susceptible to varied and often adverse weather conditions. Navigational skills may be necessary.
Minimum age 16 years, and the Entry limit is 250. All competitors must carry wind/waterproof full body cover, map, compass and whistle. Sorry, no Dogs.
Start at 12.00. Registration is in Abergynolwyn, Nr.Tywyn (OS 124, SH677069)
Age group course records, (Established 2004 – new course 2005)
|Men overall||45:12||Simon Bailey||Mercia||2006|
|Women Overall||55:53||Anna Frost||Wrexham||2007|
|Men Junior||57:10||Ryan Jenkins||Carmarthen Harriers||2015|
|M40||47:34||Lloyd Taggart||Dark Peak||2011|
Results by year:
10 Miles with 3100' Ascent. Race Grade: AM & LK/PM/NS/ER
The third and final race in the Meirionnydd - Winter Race Series.
The lower reaches of the race are run on a mixture of well marked tracks and footpaths, but the open fells above are unmarked. The high mountain terrain can be featureless and is susceptible to varied and often adverse weather conditions. Navigational skills may be necessary.
Minimum age 18 years. Entry limit 250.
All competitors must carry wind/waterproof full body cover, map, compass and whistle.
Sorry, no Dogs.
Start 1300. Registration is in the Village Hall, Llanuwchllyn, Nr.Bala. Location here.
Course Description: Landranger 124 – Dolgellau:
The race covers a distance of approx 10 miles, from Llanwchllyn village hall (170m) to the summit of Aran Fawddwy (905m), and returns by the same route, with a small detour at the end to the finish line.
The race leaves the village hall (SH876300) heading up the main road to bear right just before the bridge and continues up a farm road (SH879298). The route bears right through a gate (SH878293) just after the cattle grid and proceeds across a series of enclosed farm fields to a junction at (SH875287), turn left up the steep slope to a gap in the wall on the skyline.
Now follow the ridge Southwards following the fence line, crossing fences/walls where required using the stiles provided. The route crosses the side of Moel Ddu(474m), and climbs up to the marshalled checkpoint (SH872262) at the stile on Moel Ffenigl (603m).
The race route continues to follow the fence line and ridge Southwards, passing Llyn Pen Aran (SH868246), crossing the summit of Aran Benllyn (885m) with a short descent before crossing a fence line at a double stile to take the final short sharp rocky ascent to the marshalled checkpoint on the summit of Aran Fawddwy itself (905m) (SH863224).
The return leg is a reversal of the ascent until just after the cattle grid, bear left here (SH878295) and cross the fields below by a series of styles to the old railway line (SH877297). Bear left then right onto another farm road (SH876296) and follow this to the finish just opposite the village hall (SH876300).
- All runners must pass the key marshalled checkpoints on the descent back to town.
- Marshals at the above checkpoints will have communication with race HQ in case of emergency.
- Water is available only at the start/finish – please carry your own supply.
- On no account should competitors navigate “Eastwards” from the ridge due to the high cliffs in this direction.
|Ras Yr Aran Winter Fell Race, |
Age group course records,
(Established 2004 – new course 2005)
|Men overall||01.23.26||Tim Davies||Mercia||2009|
|Women Overall||01.41.14||Kate Bailey||Meirionnydd||2009|
|Men Junior||1:45:10||Karl Steinegger||Ambleside AC||2009|
|F40||01:47:39||Mel Price||Mercia Fell Runners||2015|
|F50||01:56:17||Val Swingler||Shropshire Shufflers||2011|
|M60||01.46.01||Ben Grant||Harrogate harriers||2011|
|M70||02:36:26||Geoffrey Fielding||Clwydian Range Runners||2015|
RACE SAFETY INFORMATION
Ras Ras yr Aran 16.1 km 945m ascent (10miles/3100ft) AS LK/PM/NS/ER
Minimum age 18 on race day. The race starts at 13:00
There is a junior fell race for runners over 12 years 3.5km/150m starts 13:05 which follows the same route from the same start to Garth Fawr SH875285
Route Description - see Race map
The start and finish for both races is at SH872261 Llanuwchllyn village hall. Allow 5 minutes from race HQ. The first 400m are on public road through the village then metalled track with cattle grid and then field paths these are marked to the junior turn but the open fells above are unmarked. The route follows the northern ridge of the Aran which has high steep crags on the east and outcrops and moorland to the west. The high mountain terrain can be featureless and is susceptible to varied and often adverse weather conditions. Underfoot the going is grassy/peaty with bogs becoming rocky and uneven with small outcrops and scree. The summit is steep broken rock. There are stiles and a boardwalk which may have deteriorated and are slippery when wet. Lying snow and ice are often present. In hot weather there is no flowing water on the route. The final part of the descent is across a steep grass field and on a farm track (see map).
The route and terrain are challenging with a prolonged time at high altitude with difficult terrain and navigational challenge in poor visibility. By previous competition, training and experience of the hills in winter, competitors must be sure of their ability to complete the course physically, and to map read and navigate in strong wind poor visibility and precipitation. Competitors should be aware of the early signs of hypothermia.
First Aid Cover / Emergency Response available
There is a small first aid kit at the start and at race HQ. Fell marshals have blizzard blankets / jackets but cannot leave their stations. Mountain rescue is aware of the event but not in attendance. There is likely to be a delay in evacuating any casualty on the mountain.
Minimum Personal Safety Kit
Map compass and whistle, full body cover (head to wrists and ankles) waterproofs, including hat and gloves. Kit should be of winter fell running serviceable quality. Road running shoes shoes are not suitable and soles should have good lugs. Runners should judge the need for extra warm clothing on their expected performance.
Navigation Skills Required /Course marking
In fair weather and good visibility on the mountain safe navigation is easy but selecting the best path repays prior reconnoitring. The lower sections are signed or taped at key points. Above Garth Fawr (junior turn around) there is no marking. Initially there is a fence to the right but after the Moel Ffenigl checkpoint the ridge fence is kept on the left (EAST). There are intermittent stiles over this fence to the top of Aran Benllyn summit, these should NOT be crossed. There is one North-South stile between the pools and the summit Following the fence will lead safely to a stile below the summit cone. Climb the rocks to the top and care is needed to return to the stile. Keep the fence to the East again until passing the Moel Ffenigl checkpoint.
Race Rules WFRA rules apply. See separate notice.
If you wish to retire report to the nearest marshal, give your number and make it clear you are retiring. If able, then make your way directly to the finish and REPORT IN PERSON TO THE TIMEKEEPER giving your number and ensuring they acknowledge you have retired. You are not retired until the timekeeper records the fact. Failure to follow this procedure leads to delay in recalling marshals and possible mountain rescue callout. If you need transport off the mountain this will be by Mountain Rescue.
Foul weather alternative route
In bad weather the route is shortened usually to the pool below Aran Benllyn 868248.
Race Records (xls)
Results by year:
Race start, here, is a good five minute walk from the Marian recreation ground, at the bottom of the hill leaving town by a minor road heading to Llanfachreth opposite Eurospar (a map and marshals will be available on race day).
Course Description and Safety Notes:
The start line is at the bottom of the steep hill leading from Dolgellau heading towards Llanfachreth. The course pulls up hill sharply from the start line before taking the first minor road right, slightly rolling at a fairly level pitch running parallel with the A494 in the valley below. This undulating road passes through mile one, and in a further 200 metres takes a left turn at another intersection with the minor road rising from Dolserau. The course now climbs more gradually, gaining height over the next 600 metres to reach another junction opposite the gatehouse to the old Nanau estate. Another left turn has the road dropping back towards Dolgellau for 200 metres before crossing the carriageway and turning right heading out toward the golf course. At this point it is important to follow the instructions of the marshals as you will be crossing the flow of traffic.<
The road now undulates gradually down hill to the two mile mark and passes a water station at Pandy Bach. The course continues to run down hill, increasing notably toward mile 3. Just after this mile marker is a very sharp left hand hairpin, heed the marshals advice in case traffic is oncoming.
The road continues down hill, allowing almost terminal velocity to be achieved as you draw level with Cymmer Abbey on the right.
At the bottom of the hill course levels out and takes a right hand turn for about 50 yards before turning back on itself towards the bypass.
On reaching the by-pass turn left, running ON the footpath, and take the footpath dropping left away from the road. The course now follows the disused Dolgellau road below Dolrhyd until rejoining the minor road into town opposite the College. Again at this point it is essential to follow the instructions of the marshals as you cross from one side of the carriageway to the other. Once on the College side of the road run ON the footpath, under the old footbridge and then prepare to take a very awkward right hand turn (marshalled) negotiating the anti-bike barrier before plunging down a steep footpath, under the under-pass, across the narrow foot bridge and turning left to majestically sprint along the Marian cycle path to the finish line on the recreation ground.
On this last section please be aware of pedestrians, dogs and bikes, and remember, be careful out there.
We advise runners NOT to wear headphones or listen to MP3 players whilst running.
No dogs, wheeled buggies or supporting cycles will be allowed to accompany athletes during the race.
Race Description (doc)
Race Map (pdf)
|Dol 5, Course record & Age group course records.|
|Men overall||26:16||Rob Samuel||Eryri||2009|
|Women Overall||29:34||Tracey Ranson||Springfield Striders||2009|
|Men Junior||29:05||Alex Lanz||Meirionnydd||2011|
|Women Junior||39:56||Jenna Bagnall||Prestatyn Running club||2016|
|F35||33:47||Louise Barker||Aberystwyth AC||2014|
|M40||28:39||Gary Norgrove||Wrexham Tri||2009|
|M45||28:26||Allen Small||Colchester Harriers||2015|
|M50||29:52||David Wright||Colchester Harriers||2009|
|F50||36:58||Anita Worthing||Aberystwyth AC||2009|
|M55||30:55||Edward Davies||Maldwyn Harriers||2011|
|F55||37:59||Anita Worthing||Aberystwyth AC||2014|
|M70||42:01||John Evans||Aberystwyth AC||2016|
|F70||45:49||Brenda Jones||Bro Dysynni||2008|
Note: Records updated after 2015 race, AH 27/7/15.
Results by year:
This was a new Trail Race for 2013.
Race map for the long & short races pdf here.
Results by year:
Due to lack of interest it was decided to replace this race with a Trail Race in 2013.
A 10 mile race on well surfaced track in the South of the Snowdonia National Park. The race follows the course of the old railway line which runs from Penmaenpool to Morfa Mawddach, now commonly referred to as the Mawddach Trail. At approx 4 miles the race leaves the railway line and follows a grassy public footpath (0.5 miles taped route) toward Fegla Fach before rejoining the Mawddach Trail for the home run. The course is VERY flat and apart from the stretch of grass path should lend itself to good speed.
Entry Form/Poster (doc)
Race Description (doc)
Race Map (jpg)
Race Records (doc)
Race Records (pdf)
Results by year:
6 Miles with 1900’Ascent. Race Grade: AM & LK/PM/NS
The first race in the Meirionnydd - Winter Race Series. The lower reaches of the race are run on a mixture of well marked tracks and footpaths, but the open fells above are unmarked. The high mountain terrain can be featureless and is susceptible to varied and often adverse weather conditions. Navigational skills may be necessary.
Minimum age 16 years. Entry limit 250. All competitors must carry wind/waterproof full body cover, map, compass and whistle. Sorry, no Dogs.
Start 12.00. Registration in village hall, Llanfachreth, Nr Dolgellau (SH 756225)
Entry Form/Poster (doc)
Race Map (jpg)
YouTube Video of route by Ashley Charlwood
|Rhobell Fell Race, Course record & Age group course records.|
|Men overall||47.20||Lloyd Taggart||Dark Peak||2006|
|Women Overall||57.54||Jackie Lee||Eryri||2006|
|Men Junior||56:57||Owen Huw Roberts||Mercia||2014|
|Women Junior||1:07:43||Beckie Taylor||Bangor University Athletics||2013|
|M40||50.33||Colin Donnelly||RH Cambuslang||2004|
|F70||2:15:00||Sheila Symmonds||Bro Dysynni||2008|
Results by year:
The Series comprises the three Meirionnydd organised Winter fell races Rhobell fawr, Tarren hendre and Ras yr Aran. The total time form all three races are combined and the winner is the person with the fastest time.