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Welsh 3000s

July 13, 2015

The weekend before last, I made a bit of a spur-of-the-moment decision to have a crack at running the Welsh 3000s. I’ve written an account on my own blog, so to save re-writing it all, here’s a link for you: Enjoy!


Arenig Fawr fell race

June 30, 2015

The Arenig Fawr race is on Sunday August 2nd. It is a tough medium, those who have tried it have enjoyed it!
Information in this safe website:
Offers of marshalling very welcome.

PS: I have got a bit of knee trouble so there will not be a BG comeback soon. Perhaps next year?!

Email reply to Andy Walsmley

June 22, 2015

Hi Andy,

1. I would like to wish EHR good luck. It will do well to follow the example of the WFRA, i.e. friendly and simple.

2. From my point of view the Bowland website (blog and news section) is the most suitable venue to place announcements and communications. We can access the site whenever we want and thus avoid the masses of lengthy emails.

Yiannis (unfortunately(?) not under 40)

Bowland training, socialising etc

June 19, 2015

The many club members who are agonising over the declining attendance of group runs and in particular Andy W who has worked hard over the years to organise various activities, should not really worry too much. As has already been pointed out, participation in regular training programmes is subject to geographic, work, age and other constraints. Those of us who rarely turn up in group activities, do our training and running on the hills during times convenient for us and enjoy meeting fellow club members at races and other events. Bowland FR is fine as it stands, a friendly club with no conventional management structure where ad hoc training groups form to train and socialise.

Duddon 2015

June 4, 2015

Flower scar, Stretton and then Duddon. The first 3 english championship races this season are over. The male vet 50 trohpy is still up for grabs but it will be a close tussle. Bowland come out top at Flower scar with Dark peak just ahead at Stretton. So what about Duddon? The most important ingredient was present again in the form of Ian Roberts out on the fell supporting. So to the race.

Big race with big numbers meant big organisation and use of SI card aka dibbers. All well and good but some had theirs around their wrists and others on the finger. Yes makes a difference. By the time that the RO was starting his spiel I suddenly became aware that my dibber was not on my finger and yes that did mean it was back in the car which was only 15mins walk away. An appeal was not useful. A late start it was to be. It did feel odd setting off across an empty field by myself wondering when I would become part of the race. At least being such a long race I did have a chance to reel some people in.

By Hardknott pass I had already fallen in the bog and got mud all over my glasses. Ian was a welcome sight with some banana and water to keep my going. I felt strong up to the top of “Little” stand and had got Kieran Carr in my sights. He was only just ahead of me at the end of Stretton and as a MV70 is doing well out on such a long race. By the time it came to Swirl How, I was being overtaken by other ladies. Still not much I could do about it and I kept up with Kieran as we both put our gloves on.

I knew Ian would be at Walna Scar and was glad to find him providing water and potato. Really good stuff. I was flagging somewhat at this point and Rachel FR eased past. By the summit of Caw I was still just ahead of Kieran but he soon came past on the descent. At least I got a reasonable line, not like last time! No blood and gashes on this occasion.

So what of the vet 50 team? Our lads did tremendously well with Mike J 1st MV55. But it was a close run thing for the team prize. Quentin, Mike and Chris B came 5th, 6th and 7th within the over 50s category. Would that be enough? At first it was announced that Dark peak were victors but an oversight of an unattached MV50 runner made the difference and the RO had to reverse his decision. Bowland had done it again. A fantastic result. Well done.

There were many other Bowland runners out there. Well done to all for overcoming various obstacles from sprained ankles to cramp. It is a long tough race so great credit to all who complete.

Preseli Beast and Beast Bach

June 2, 2015

Our ‘adopted Bowlander Carwyn (Caz the Hat beast tamer) had another successful day of race hosting last month and below are some of this years testimonials that have been brought to my attention!  Think it’s fair to say it went well and was enjoyed by all!

More re info at and for those on Face Stalk there’s a page with more photos etc

Some of the Massif were in attendance this year on support detail but like any moss gathering stone once it starts rolling…..the Bowland contingent for next year has already doubled – sorry Wales!

Get it on ‘The Calendar’ for 2016 you won’t be disappointed. :-)


Runners comments 2015
Another fantastic day in the hills – excellent event and support yet again – plus the bonus of great weather!….ultra next year maybe….? Thanks to Caz and all the volunteers. Chris Welton, Brynberian
I just wanted to email to say how much I enjoyed the race, and a huge thanks for yourself and everyone else involved for organising it and putting it on – it was a great day. Every marshall was so encouraging! Thanks again, Dominic

Great race really well organised plenty of markers and marshals, great course, loved the little notes along the way too
My one criticism is I would’ve liked a heads up about where the water would be on the course, plenty at the start but went dry in the second half of the ultra course, would have filled my bottles if I knew.
Other than that great race hopefully be back for more next year! Tim Woodlier
‘Brilliant day out had by all the Dirty Daps, Muddy Tracks crew, thanks to Caz, the marshals, supporters and whole village of Maenclochog for making us feel so welcome, we can’t praise you guys enough, see you next year no doubt!! Diolch o’r galon I chi gyd am eich gefnogaeth! Al Davies’
Dude, The Beast just keeps getting better and better. I told you back in 2013 that you had produced a race that will become a fell running classic and you are well on target. Loved the new section. Little Dave, aka Pink tutu man
What a blinking good day out, and such a cracking race! Highly recommended. The Preseli UltrabeasT… a true 5* course, hard as nails! Loved every second of it. This ones right up there on the return list. Thanks for a superb event, and all your helpers for their hospitality (esp the lady running the hall, a gem!) 32miles and 6200ft ascent did not disappoint. Don’t tell anyone, but I quite liked a finishing beer the same day I started too! Feeling fantastic.-Sharon Sullivan, Cornwall
A fantastic event – loved it!!! Bethan Ouseley
The Beast Bach was brilliant! Fabulous scenery and weather, very friendly marshals and runners. We’ll be back! Louise Abbott
Glorious! Man, I love that course. Rob Smith, Cardiff
See u soon xx
Just to say thanks for an amazing day. Great all round. See you soon. Stu, Mynachlog-ddu
Well, what a fantastic day! Well organized, plenty of friendly marshals, well done. Even managed to get the weather right. I will be back Beast Bach!!!! …. Oh yeah, could you fit ski lift up the steep bit for next year… Thanks x Elaine Davies, Llys y fran
Yeah,I did it!! It was hard and hilly but I did it!! Thank you Carwyn and team so much for organising such an epic and great run.It really was spectacular. The views, the marshals, the support and you really made it a race to remember.I really need to work on my hills, so I will be back next year with a better time I hope. Thank you once again, and enjoy your pint!! Fellow beast tamer. The beast is my favourite race. It is very hard but so rewarding. The organisation was perfect. Everyone was helpful and it is quite personal too you don’t feel like a number. I love the goodie bags too! I almost have a set of coasters!! My time was ok had a bad start but a great finish I learnt so much from the beast and I will be back next year.My nan and grandad really enjoyed the race too, but they only spectated! Thanks again. Sanna Duthie, Milford. PB-1st Female 18-35

Well we did it! Beast Bach- 2hrs 30mins. Hardest thing I have ever done, but it was an amazing experience! Thank you Luke and Leah. I am so proud of u both and for keeping me going when it was the toughest! Thanks to everyone who sponsored us! We have raise nearly £800 for Crohn’s and colitis! Thankyou for such an amazing day yesterday, but we’re excited for next year already!!! Jo, Clunderwen-BB
The best race I’ve done in a very long time, thanks. Jason Wilkins, BB
Thanks Carwyn, it remains the best sporting event in Pembrokeshire. It has such a friendly and welcoming feel and the finest range of cakes known to man. The course is both spectacular and challenging. Tim Plumb, Narberth. BB

Thankyou Carwyn. What a fantastic event you’ve created. Yesterday I said “never again”, today I say “ultra next year”! Tasha Sexton, 1st local female, PB.
Many thanks to you, and your army of assistants.
This is a fantastic race, 3 distances all converging together for parts of the
course and finishing at roughly the same time. Everything about this
event was great and the village of Maenclochog really embraces having
its life changed for the day and makes everyone welcome. Supporters
playing drums, clackers, beeping horns and that was just the start as
the runners followed the quad bike. The finish could not come quick
enough for me as I blew up around the half way point and really suffered so started going backwards.
Back at the finish, the village green was a most welcome sight along with the commentary. Not to mention the goodies, refreshments and food at the end.
This is a great race with fantastic views of the gentle rolling Preseli Hills and the coast. The support throughout the race was fantastic from the very start to
the finish post. I have never seen so many markers and marshals so very little chance of going off track even in poor visibility. 3 races for anyone of any ability and very friendly makes it easy to recommend, I hope to be back in the future. Thanks Caz for a memorable day, and a top quality race. Paul, H’west, PB

Hi. Preseli Beast- loved it! Just wanted to say thanks for organising the race. It was great.. tough, but great. I wasn’t expecting to see the sea, so that was a bonus! I can’t imagine how long it took to mark out that long course, including the ultra, so kudos for the organisation. And the cultural-reference signage was excellent too :-). Well worth the journey west. Sorry I missed the presentation, had to make the trek home because of work. Helen Brown, PB

Diolch caz. Joio mas draw! Da iawn pawb. Marc Beasley, Narberth. BB

Thanks for a great race, that 11 miles was tougher than I could of imagined! Russell Williams, Cardigan, BB

“Thank you Carwyn Phillips for a great event!! Can’t wait for next years Ultra!! Jane Rees, Clunderwen. BB
Caz. Hope you are getting some great feedback as the event deserves it. Brilliant community effort in fantastic facilities. So great to see everyone in the community turning out to produce a great atmosphere and event for all the athletes. Blessed by lovely weather which was a bonus. Hope you have the stamina for next year. Richard Thomson, Pembs Tri club. BB

Great event yesterday Carwyn. Thank the villagers and the marshals were awesome… The slate coaster is brill. Kurt Jones, Llantwit major, UB
Thanks for a fantastic day out, particularly to the lovely noisy marshals who really added to the atmosphere (along with the Beast pictures scattered round the route, and the motivational – or not! – messages!!!! ) Very well organised, route well marked (that must have been a tough job), perfect weather, great company all the way round. Perfect way to combine 2 of my favourite activities – running and hillwalking! May try the Ultra next year! :) Anita Worthing, Aberystwyth. PB Over 55 female winner.
Taming of the Preseli Beast (again) may have to upgrade to the UltraBeast next year. Jon Fletcher, and Otto the husky. Last male PB
Before the race, I was hesitating as it’s a long way to travel down for, but I was really glad I did. Thanks for putting on such an awesome race! Well it was a bit more than that; it was a bit of a Maenclochog experience. The route was amazing; possible the most picturesque, magical and memorable I’ve ever done. I felt completely steeped in the local history and culture throughout. The route, despite its awesomeness, was however overshadowed by the marshals, and crew, and locals along the route…all with an impossibly friendly cheer. I’ll be back. I loved it. Sean O Connor, Pontypridd. UB
Race number 33; UltraBeasT was a stellar. The penultimate loop was stunning, but I can’t really say I enjoyed it. ;) Top race!
158: Da Iawn Carwyn a phawb arall wnaeth helpu. Ras hyfryd a llawer o marshalls hapus o gwmpas y cwrs. Llongyfyrchiadau I Faenclochog!!!
151:Fantastic course, stunning views, great marking, and very enthusiastic marshalls! Vegan cakes. ;)
109: Excellent, well marked with brilliant marshalls. ;) The food at the end was really tasty. ;) Cawl….superb! ;)
155: Fab race! And very, Very well organized.
13:Brilliant course, Great race, Beautiful marshals!
Fantastic course. Well marked, but could have done with more mud! Daniel, Pembs Harriers.
Great course(afterwards!) Next year I will try to get some people from my previous running club to come down from Hampshire! Lesley, Pembs Harriers.
!st time doing the Preseli Beast. 4 of us travelled down from Swindon, and it was well worth it. Really well organized and beautiful scenery. We loved the personal touches of the signs. The Crocodies will hopefully be back next year. ;)
Maybe a new start and finish could be the beach….hee hee! ;)
The barbwire(before steep trenches) needs better protection as spikes were poking through. ;)
Lovely route, well marked, brilliant marshals. The boggy bits nearly got the better of me again, but I survived and enjoyed! ;)
AMAZING….Route, community involvement, and Organisation! Cheers. UltrabeasT was a great new challenge…..Onwards and……Upwards!!! Scotch egg surprise, aka, Tome Moses, H’west.
Would be good to know especially on the UltraBeasT loop where the water stops are, as although it was everywhere, it was none that we could drink!
34: Accomodation-Amazingly plush(They stayed in the hall the night before!). Race signs- The Bee’s knees. Marhalls- The cats Pyjamas. The route-The dogs ball bags!. The Company- Witty and Informative. The Cawl- Mmmmm, scrummy. The massage- Totally Awesome. The Cake- Don’t’ know as I haven’t got there yet! The drive home- It’s gonna suck! See you next year! ;) Neil, Froomie

1063- Best off road race I’ve ever done. Best marshalls. Best food. ;)
147- I have done many trail/fell races and this is has to be the best one-Super friendly- Super course. Will definitely be back again and maybe for the Ultra! James
1076-Best off-road race I have ever done. Fab marshalls, route, cawl, and cake afterward! Brilliant! I will be back. ;)
162-Another excellent event. The community involvement makes it feel welcoming and unique. Thank you.
163- Is there a prize for 3 years of DNF(Did Not Finish)? ;) Alex, Cardigan
35-As ever the marshalls are amazing. Please do the Ultra again!!! Thanks!!
1082- What a challenge. Not even the mighty Thor could do this. The Viking will be back. Rhydian, By Odins Beard
1113- That’s how running should be!!
1106-The most scenic race I have ever run! Fantastic marshalls. Don’t change a thing!
1100- Gets better every year! Diolch yn fawr eto. ;)
1501- BRILLIANT!! ;)
1807 Excellent….just like last year! Nice grub at the end. ;)
1050- This is a fabulous local event, and good to see people from away coming to race as well!
104- Wonderful scenery. Very, Very tough race! Really enjoyed it….I think!!!
130- Ouch! Fantastic race, great marshalling, great day.
117- Very well organised, friendly marshalls, super catering staff. I will definitely be back. Great race. Very enjoyable. Great day. You should all be proud. Well done and thank you to all involved in the Presei Beast. BRILLIANT. ;)
Thanks for another installment of the friendliest, most eccentric event in my running calender! Enjoyable and tough in equal amounts! I’ll look out for it next year, and hopefully see you all again then, Cheers, Andy.
Hope that you have recovered from the weekend! Just wanted to say thank you for a great race (and good weather) once again and let you know your efforts are appreciated! Katie Beecher; Female winner of the PB
Diolch i chi i gyd. Am diwnod braf! Mae rhaid i fi diolchi Carwyn, Rachel, y marshals, y cefnogwyr yn y stryd a phob un sy wedi cymryd rhan y digwyddiad. Deos dim ras hebddoch chi. Ardderchog!
Thank you all – what a fantastic day. I want to thank Carwyn and Rachel, all the marshals the supporters , and everyone else who took part. There is no event without that army of helpers.
Kevin Wheeler, PB, H’west.

Failed BG attempt

May 20, 2015

Thanks again to the many clubmates and all the others who turned out to support my BG attempt last Saturday. Although it was windy and cold, I cannot put the blame on the weather but on things I did or did not do right. Those who joined the support team to see how things should be done, must have been disappointed no doubt with my failure.
Sincere thanks to all,


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