Is there really a savage Beast that roams this beautiful landscape of ours? No one knows for sure, but there are stories of old!, and the odd comment on my grizzly appearances at times after a night run!
The Preseli Beast is actually a tough, scenic and exciting circular marked off-road/fell running race set in the heart of the stunning Preseli hills, North Pembrokeshire, West Wales on Saturday 12th May 2018.
The Preseli Beast – Starts at 10am.
The Preseli Beast race is now in its sixth year, with many commenting on how fabulous the race, route, prizes, and the many cheerful marshals there are. And not forgetting the cake too! The start and finish is in the small ‘bustling’ community of Maenclochog, North Pembrokeshire. The race route takes in parts of the Preselis, the picturesque steep-sided wooded Gwaun valley, spectacular views over Newport Bay from Carn Ingli, and not forgetting…the Beast’s Lair!
The overall distance of the Beast is approx 24 off-road miles, with approx 4,700 ft. (1420 m) of assents. That’s nearly one and a half times the height of Snowdon! There is a mixture of trail, fell, wooded paths, the odd boggy bit!, some steep climbs!!!, and water/feed stations approx every 5 miles.
The Beast Bach (Small Beast) – Starts at 12:30pm
If that seems a little bit too much for you this time then you might be up for trying it’s smaller cousin, The Beast Bach (Small Beast) This is a mere (he says) 11 off-road hilly miles with approx 1,700ft (540m) of accents. Both routes share the same start and finish, and both take in the highest point of the Preselis, Foel Cwmcerwyn.
The Beast Bach though doesn’t take in the Gwaun valley(twice!), or views of Newport bay! It runs over the same first 3 miles, and final 5 miles as the Beast, and is less taxing overall! (Although some of the Beast Bach runners from last year would disagree with me on that one!!) If you do the Beast Bach, then you might be back next year to tackle the big one!
The UltraBeasT – Starts 10am
Now if the Preseli Beast or Beast Bach doesn’t seem enough, then you might like to take on the bigger, badder, and altogether tougher 32 mile……UltrabeasT It does all the Preseli Beast route until the second to last top, Foel Feddau. It then takes in the amazing broad ridge and brilliant bits of singletrack that heads east to Carnalw, and to the bronze age fort, Foel Drygarn. It then returns via bluestone country, before rejoining the onslaught to the highest point. You definitely get your monies worth on this one with approx 6,000ft of ascent!!! You really do need to be on your game to tackle this one!!!
Right, some important news!!!!! I’ve had a rethink of the starting times of the Preseli Beast and UltrabeasT? Previously I’ve had the two races starting at different times(9am and 10.30am respectively), but this means that the marshals up until CP 6(17.3 miles) are out for quite a long time and are hanging about in-between both races. So, to alleviate the issue I’m going to start the two races off at the same ‘new’ time of 10am. What this change of time really means is that the Ultrabeast runners have got time for second breakfast or even a lie in; and the Preseli Beast runners just need to get their skates(or daps) on a tiny bit earlier! I hope you understand my reasons, and in hindsight I should have looked into this before entries opened. If you have entered knowing the old start times and are unhappy or concerned, then please email me. firstname.lastname@example.org
The other reason for starting the two races together is so that if any of you UltrabeasT runners get timed out at Foel Feddau(start of the 8mile extra circuit) you can still run the Preseli Beast route back and still get a recognised result in the Preseli Beast race.
Category Prizes? Well, there are loads!
Beast Bach– 1st & 2nd in M/F18-39,M/F40, & M/F50; 1st in M/F60; 1st & 2nd M/F local.
Preseli Beast-1st & 2nd in M/F18-39 & M/F40; 1st in M/F50 & M/F60; 1st & 2nd M/F local; 1st team of 3 M/F.
UltrabeasT– 1st & 2nd M/F18-39 and M/F40; 1st in M/F50 & M/F60. 1st local M/F
Last years 1st &2nd male and female overall winners of each distance took home a salomon backpack which was kindly donated by our sponsor Cotswold Outdoors, Carmarthen 🙂 Who knows what it’ll be this year. 🙂
Huge Thanks to Kevin from Agent care who has upgraded this website to make it easier all round for everyone. 🙂
Please note the new cut off times for the 2018 events!
Preseli Beast cut off times.
- Race start 10AM
- Cut Off Point: CP3/Newport(11.6 miles) – 2hrs 45 mins (12.45)
- Cut Off Point: CP7/Road crossing(17.3 miles) – 4hrs 30 mins (14.30)
- Cut off Finish approx.- 6hrs, at an average of 4mph.
Please Note: If you don’t think you can make the times, then please enter the Beast Bach.
Beast Bach cut off times.
- Race starts 12.30 PM
- Cut off point: CP6/Road crossing (5 miles) – 2 hrs (14.30).
UltrabeasT cut off times.
- Race start-10.00hrs.
- Previous cut offs as Preseli Beast route, but also-
- Cut Off Point: CP8/Foel Feddau(18.7miles) – 5hrs. (15.00hrs) (If you reach this point after the cut-off time, you’ll be directed onto the homeward route to finish as per Preseli Beast route)
- Cut off point CP9/Foel Drygarn(23.5miles/36.5km) – 6hrs (16.00hrs)You’ll head down with the marshal for a drive back to race HQ.
Finish approx- 8hrs, at an average 4mph.
Fantastic Goody Bag
So, you might ask what do you get for the money and hard efforts. A marked course, cheery marshals, category prizes, a fantastic goody bag(Incl the above slate coaster), cawl/broth with roll and cheese, tea/coffee, and a table that groans under the weight of cake!!! It’s why we all run isn’t it. lol. This year there is also the chance to purchase on the day a unique Beastly headgear!
Princes Gate water has also agreed to sponsor all you thirsty runners with water too. Thank you.
Just to whet your appetite, here are some videos done by young Jacob martin who lives in the village. 😉
Here’s just some past comments!
“Caz. 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.”
“I just wanted to say THANK YOU. What an event. I think this is going to become the highlight of my year!! Although I think your name and a few swear words were mixed together as I traversed the base of the Preselis on the way back!! Only for a bit though! A brilliantly organised race! The Maenclochog community were fantastic. They made the event very very special, from the marshals who made me smile at every station, to the boys who high fived me in the last couple of miles, to the wonderful refreshments at the end, and to those hooters all the way around! Their support was brilliant and so much appreciated.”
“Caz, that was awesome! It was a fantastic event and probably the best organised event I’ve ever been too!”
“What a run!!!!! That was incredible! Can honestly say that was the hardest run I’ve ever done and I’ve been running since I was 8 haha. I 100% totally underestimated what was involved and in a way I’m glad I did as it challenged me the whole way. The route really was fantastic and I can’t thank you enough for really renewing my motivation and putting on something that will hold me in good stead for Comrades too. Everyone I spoke to en-route said what a challenge it was, but at the same time glancing over the hills with the sea in the distance and being at one with the elements made the whole thing worthwhile – is that really on my parents door step?!!!! Amazing.”
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And if that’s not all, there’ll be the ‘After Race Party’ in the evening at 7pm with music, hot food buffet, and a cheap licensed bar!!! Some of those who have entered are staying(roughing it basically!) in one of the three spare rooms in the hall so that they can have an enjoyable night!!! There are however more luxurious places to stay in the area, and these can be found on the accommodation page. I would need to know if you’re staying for the evenings entertainment so that we have an idea on how many to cater for.
Thanks for looking. 😉
Caz, the hat.