Bwystfil Y Preseli! (Click on this to direct you to a new page which is now in welsh.)
What’s it all about?
What is the ‘Preseli Beast? Is it really a savage Beast that has roamed this beautiful landscape of ours? Well, no! Not exactly anyway….I think! Although many have commented on my appearances at times!
This Preseli Beast is actually a tough and exciting circular marked off-road/fell running race in the heart of the stunning Preseli hills, North Pembrokeshire on Saturday May 6th 2017. The race is in it’s fifth year, with many commenting on how fabulous the race, route, prizes, and the many cheerful marshalls there are. And not forgetting the cake too!!! The start and finish is in the small ‘bustling’ community of Maenclochog,North Pembrokeshire, and 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 Beasts Lair! The overall distance is approx 24 off-road miles, with approx 4,700ft(1420m) of height gain! That’s nearly one and a half times the height of Snowdon! It has a mixture of trail, fell, wooded paths, the odd boggy bit!, some steep climbs!!!, and watering stations approx every 5 miles.
2017 sees it being one of the 6 races in the Welsh Fell running Championships! ;)
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 11 off-road hilly miles with approx 1,700ft (540m) of height gain! 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 5miles 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!
There will be no UltrabeasT in 2017! Yes, that’s NO UltrabeasT! Enter the 24 miler instead and if you still have some energy in the legs, run back up to the highest point via the wall of death!!! (Ignore this next bit, I’ve left it there for it’s return in 2018- Now if that doesn’t seem enough, then you might like to take on the bigger, badder, and 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 that heads east to Carnalw, and then the bronze age fort, Foel Drygarn. It then returns via bluestone country, before rejoining the onslaught to the highest point. You definately 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!!!)
The Preseli Beast race starts at 10.30am, whereas the Beast Bach race starts at 12.30pm. There are loads of category prizes(click on blue link to redirect to that page!), and even quite a few spot prizes. Last year the male and female winners of each distance took home a salomon backpack which was kindly donated by Cotwold Outdoors, Carmarthen!!!
Please note the cut off times!
Preseli Beast. – Race start-10.30hrs
Cut Off Point: CP3/Newport(11.6miles) – 2hrs 45mins (13.15)
Cut Off Point: CP7/Road crossing(17.3miles) – 4hrs 30mins; (15.00)
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.- Start- 12.30hrs. Cut off point: CP6/Road crossing(5miles)- 2hrs(14.30).
All competitiors will recieve a specially printed slate coaster, a fantastic goody bag, cawl with roll, and cheese! (Welsh yummy broth).What more do you want? Tea and cake? Well, yes, and there are lots of different types of delicious homemade cakes that makes the table groan with it’s weight! It’s why we all run isn’t it!
You can enter on-line, or you can use the good old fashioned way of postal entries.
And just to whet your appetite, here are two 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.”
Here’s a photo of 2014 overall female winner’s stained glass trophy! 😉 made by Rachel Phillips Glass, who provided both overall male and female winners’ trophies. Photo courtesy of Katie Beecher.
Cotswolds outdoors, Carmarthen, will be attending this year. Cotswolds has again agreed to give us prizes which were really amazing at last years event. They’ve also agreed to man a water station to rehydrate you thirsty runners.Thank you Cotswolds Carmarthen. 😉
Attending too this year will be SW sports therapy. So if you’ll be needing to massage those weary legs after your hard efforts then they’ll happily assist for a small fee.
Entry fees for the 2016 UltraBeast is £16, Preseli Beast is £13, whilst the Beast Bach is £10. Same as last year! If you’d like a T-shirt, then it’ll be an extra £7, and you’ll be able to order one of these on the entry form. Please click on the relevant pages to find out more about the various routes. Simples!!
All monies raised this year will be given to various charities.
*** 2017 ENTRY DEADLINE: Wednesday 26th April ***
This is mainly to get the orders for the T-shirts, slate coasters, and goody bags etc! You may still enter after this date, but there might not be a T-shirt/or all the goodies for you! You have been told! 😉
If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to contact me via email – firstname.lastname@example.org, or via phone- 01437 532 401, mob-07985 782 772.
Left:Part of the route that’s named ‘Bridge over the river Gwaun’ Below is a picture of myself and my faithful dog,Smudge, of the view towards Dinas Head, which is on the descent down to Newport, Pembs, which is nearing the halfway point of the Beast route. Bottom picture: The view out across the Preselis with approx 5miles to go to the finish! The Route!
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. Should be a good one!!
Thanks for looking. 😉
Caz, the hat.