2019 post Beastly write-up.

So, where do I start? Do I start by saying thanks to the amazing army of volunteers; the runners and running clubs; the cake bakers; the local trophy and goody bag sponsors; family and friends; the village hall committee and kitchen staff; Sarah from Shop Sarah for her Beastly buggy escort, support and goody bag items; the drummers and the top of town band; the amazing  Maenclochog community; Wynnie Cliff for not only being a rock, but also for the 2no 17″ pizzas the night before as well as the other feasts(I didn’t eat them both!); Mr and Mrs Roberts from the North who are just amazing;  the fancy dressed; the violinist in the gwaun(whom I didn’t know anything about); the land owners; the weather gods; Caffi’r Sgwar; Safe 2 storage; The Aelwyd and Adran youth groups for decorating the green; the Globe; Cotswolds outdoors Carmarthen; Princess Gate water; Aldi’s; Morrisons; Co-op; helpers and friends who were fetching pre-race ‘stuff’; Mr G (Huw George)the finish line compare who has been suffering with pneumonia(!); Roland and Pat for even contemplating coming to do the race results when Roland has literally come out of hospital after a major hip operation(thanks for lending us the PA system btw); Etts electrical; and the local constabulary for nearly giving me a heart attack when we’d heard that they’d closed off Rosebush quarries to the public literally as the runners started running off up through the village!!! Oh how we laughed too! The people I bundled into the car and dragged up there must have thought what on earth was going on!??? To name them in order would pay disrespect to others.

 

Like the amazing Little Dave said in his fb post, there isn’t any one thing that makes this event different or special, It’s the whole lot put together that makes runners and volunteers come back for more each year. Yes, it’s a long way to come for some, but is it worth it? Well most of you seem to think so and, and that must say something in its self. I’ve been very, very lucky to have such positive feedback either on social media or by messages, and I’ve still yet to read through it all. To be honest I scared to look! Diolch yn fawr/Thank you very much. It seems as if most of everything has been cleared away quicker than most years, although the Beast room does look very full. Which leaves me wondering why it’s taken me a while to write this post. To be honest, it generally does. It’s probably because my head’s been full of ‘stuff’, pre race and on the day. Is everything in place? Have I left someone’s name of the list because they messaged me and not entered online? Have I got enough of everything? Are all the volunteers happy? Do they know what they’re doing, and where they need to be? And so on, and so on.

I say at my marshals briefing the night before that they the marshals, and not the runners, are my main priorty. Ourea events made me realise this even more. Without happy marshals the race would not be the same. Happy marshals equals happier runners. The marshals are out standing on some remote locations and they need to stay warm, happy, and safe. Runners can keep warm by running(unless that is they injure themselves!) Some time( as a runner), it might be worth volunteering for a race to make you appreciate what it’s like standing there for a few hours. I love marshalling myself, and although it can be cold, very cold, it’s very rewarding. Making someone smile is priceless, and keeping them motivated and to encourage them to keep going is a great feeling.

 

On a sadder note, I write this on a day that our Northern friend Andy is being buried after losing his battle to cancer recently.  One of the first times I met Andy was on the side of the road at Ogwen, North Wales at 5.30am. He and his wife Pam were in their campervan making bacon butties for me and the support team of runners and supporters during my first Big challenge, the Paddy Buckley round in 2010. Last year he and Pam(as well as a few from the North) travelled the many hours to come down just to marshal on the Preseli Beast as they do for many. Thanks Andy.

 

Now none of this would even get off the ground if it were not for some even more closer to home help. Mrs P- for putting up with my madness, for her artistic and IT skills, for managing the results for the first time and even getting them onto the website that evening, and for your muchios support. Also to our daughter Carolyn, aka Carz the plait race helper, for her admin support in doing the entries and answering emails, fetching ‘stuff’ and generally keeping things in order………including me!

 

I can’t believe that some of you have already asked what the date will be in 2020!!! I can’t even work out what I’m doing in a month, let alone next year! Some have already worked it out to be the 9th May! So, I guess that’s the date then! Same time, same place, same cake?

 

Now, apparently there’s a Welsh Dragon that needs taming??? Grrrr! The Beast v Dragon revenge match!

 

Hugs, The Hat.

Online Entries Closing Tonight!

****Online entries will close at 9pm tonight. ****
There may be a few places available on the Ultra and Preseli Beast on the day if you want to chance it but after 9pm tonight you will have to enter on the day. The Beast Bach is now FULL. Thanks to all who have entered!! We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday.

Not long to go!!!

So, it ain’t long now before the 7th running of the Preseli Beast event. 11th May to be precise! So which one are you running? The 32, 24, or the 11miler? Whatever it’ll be, there’ll be hills,  there’ll be mud, there’ll will be cheery marshals and drummers, there’ll be a welcome from the villagers, you’ll get a bespoke slate coaster in your goody bag, there’ll be cawl, and there’ll be tea and cake!

Like last year there will be the chance to buy a bespoke Beastly buff., but in addition to this you’ll also have the chance to buy ‘The Beast of a MUG!’ Beast Mug Front. Great to display on your coaster! Both of these will be available for £3 each! Any money raised goes to various local and national charities.

Please don’t delay in entering. I run out of time doing other things closer to the date!

Here’s the newer updated list as of 30/04/19………. so you can see who you’re up against!

Beast Bach 2019 without details.

 Preseli Beast 2019 without details

 UltrabeasT 2019 without details

If there’s anything wrong on the list, then please email me quoting which race you’re doing and the current race number.

So come on, go Tame some Beast!

Beastly update.

So, it’s all go here at Beast HQ.

Thanks to lots of entries this year and a few deferred from last year the Beast Bach entries (the short one!)  are now CLOSED and no entries on the day into that race…..please see below for  updated entry lists compiled up until yesterday so you can check your details, as well as see who you’re up against!   If you’ve entered since yesterday your details will appear in the next update nearer the race date.

If there’s anything you want changing, then PLEASE let me know the current race number as on the list as well as which race you’re doing! Email – carwynfarwyn@hotmail.co.uk

 

Beast Bach 2019 without details.

Preseli Beast 2019 without details

UltrabeasT 2019 without details

If you intend on staying for food in the hall later in the evening at approx. 7.30pm, can you also email me.

Slate coaster designs have been done. 🙂 Huge thanks to Mrs P, aka Rachel Phillips @rachelphillipsglass for doing these with the help of the Watkins family for bashing our heads together on what to say on them. 😉 This year sees three different ones for each race. 😋 Hope you like them.

Sponsorship letters have gone out(mostly by email!), and I’ve been overwhelmed again by the kind generosity of local businesses and people! You’re amazing. 😉 👍❤️  I’m sure there will be more than this, but so far we have Space 2 storage, Etts electrical, Phoenix ECS Ltd, Running Free, Wallace Direct Ltd, The Globe Inn, Caffi’r Sgwar, Thomas and Thomas ethical investments, Rhwbeth Melys, Young Bros, Testing Professionals.com, Preseli Edge Angus, Davies Roofing Ltd,  E.J Lewis, Dogs Galore, Cakes by Carolyn, FIR Club, Ivor Rees & Sons and Emma & Richard Danclawdd.

Thank you Princes Gate water for………………suppling the water!  😉 👍

Huge thanks to Sarah from the famous Shop Sarah in the village who has agreed to get some of the goodies for the well stocked goodie bags!!

Cotswold outdoors have agreed to supply the 1st male and 1st female in each race with vouchers. They’ve also agreed to give discount vouchers to all participants and supply the goodie bag bags! 😉 👍

Fingers crossed Rolland and Pat (online race results) will be well enough to assist with the timings on the day!!

As promised…………..The 2019 entries are finally……………open!

Much later than usual, entries are now open. Yeah(or, ‘oh no’ if you’re me!)!

So, what’s new for 2019? Well, not a lot, but there are some.

Will there be cake? Absolutely.

Three distances? Yes. 11mile Beast Bach(BB); 24mile Preseli Beast(BB); and the 32 mile UltrabeasT(UB).

T-shirts? No, not this year sorry.

Coasters? Yes, three different types this year depending on which race you do.

Are there limited entries? Yes, BB-200; PB- 100; UB- 100.

How much does it cost to enter? Well, it’s going to be the same as when it started in 2013! BB-£10; PB-£13; UB-£16. A billy bargain.

Is there food/drink at the end? Yes, a bowl of lush cawl/soup bread and cheese, tea/coffee, and……CAKE!

Is the route marked? Sort of! BB will be in its entirety. PB and UB will have very limited marking, so get a map! There will be marshals at water/checkpoint stations.

Are there prizes/trophies? Yes, many various age category trophies.

Will it be tough? It ain’t called the Beast for no reason!

Will I get muddy? YES!

Do I need fell/off-road trainers? YES.

Will there be views? Yes, if it’s not foggy!

Will it rain? I haven’t got a clue! Bring kit!

Is there a party/beer to celebrate afterwards? Yes. The finish is outside the local pub! There will also be the aftermath party at approx. 7pm in the hall with food and beers, then to the pub afterwards!

Where/when do I get my race number? On the morning of the race.

Do I get a confirmation email? No, just check the entry list which will get updated on a fortnightly basis.

Are there any other questions????? Probably.

 

So, get your entries in and please feel free to share the Beastly news. Cool runnings peeps!

2019 dates!

So, for those that are starting to put some dates in your 2019 diary, then you might want to take note and put these on your Christmas pressie wishlist! What better pressie could you ask for??? lol

First and foremost is the Beastly one. Saturday May 11th. Preseli Beast and UltrabeasT will be starting @10.00hrs, whilst the Beast Bach will be heading off @12.30. Please note, the Preseli Beast and UltrabeasT will not be fully marked courses in 2019! Get used to the course, or practice your map reading skills! Entries however won’t be open until end of January/beginning of February.

You can enter any of the below on the day approx. 1hr before kick off!

Ras y Cerrig Glas – Sunday 2nd  June @12am. Woohoo. This race will also be a counter in the South Wales 2019 championship series! Also kids races. Please check times for kids races before the day? It will probably be 11am.

Carn Ingli killer – Tuesday 23rd July @7pm.

Ras Cwmcerwyn – Sunday 28th July @11am.

See you in 2019. 😉

Ras y Cerrig glas & Ras Cwmcerwyn.

Ras y Cerrig Glas 2018.

The sun just about managed to come out for the 1st of two races on the weekend of June 16th and 17th. We’d decided to put the tent up as the weather wasn’t great in the morning, and must have put a lot of kids off from coming as only 4 hardy youngsters turned up. They thoroughly enjoyed it however and it could be the start of their running careers.

1st home in the 0.35mile ‘chase’ was u/8 Isaac TEBBUTT- 3.13; 2nd Hari-Jac WATKINS u/5- 3.45; 3rd Deian WATKINS u/5 – 4.31; and Izzy TEBBUTT u/5 – 4.50. They enjoyed their just deserves, sweets and a certificate.

The main 7 mile race saw 16 entrants take on the 7miler. In my opinion it’s one of the best race routes out there. Ok, it may not have big steep climbs, but the terrain is second to none. Carn Alw, a favourite of mine, is a beauty and all the runners have to run right to the rocky top on the Preselis northern flanks. From there the route meanders it’s way through the boggy bits to take on the iron aged hill fort, Foel Drygarn. It also marks the halfway point, and turnaround. It then sort of follows the golden road, but meanders it’s way through bluestone country before heading round and up to summit Carn Sian. From the summit they run through the aircraft memorial site before plunging back down the last steep decent to the finish.

Andrew, Tomos and Heddwyn led the pack, and it was the same finishing order as the previous Tuesday evening’s race in that Andrew finished ahead of Tomos, who in turn finished ahead of Heddwyn.

Aberyswyth AC runner, and newbie to my races, Diane Bruckner took the ladies win, but the amazing F60 Hazel Davies wasn’t that far behind to be second lady overall!.

All runners enjoyed tea and cake at the end, and category prize winners enjoyed their prizes. beer! Some of which were donated by Domi Kimber from Mantle brewery. Thanks to Dyfed, Pantithel farm for allowing us to use the area.

Ras y Cerrig Glas 2018 results

Ras Cwmcerwyn 2018

 

The weather wasn’t playing it’s best for this one, and it’s the first time we’ve had bad weather on one of my races. Not bad as I’ve been organising races for the last 6 years! Really bad visibility and heavy drizzle! All 17 starters made it round the marked course, without getting too lost! Remarkable really as some of it is over rough ground!

Andrew and Tomos had another battle, and Andrew again protected last years podium spot and finished 28 seconds ahead of Tomos. Alec had a battle for third with 1st female Shan Jones who is returning to form. Her coaching sessions must be paying off, as she broke the female record!!! There were a few new runners, and longest travelled were Black Pear joggers Megan and Ryan who came back beaming. A few of the newbies loved the ‘Wall of death’ hill. “I’ve never had to go up anything that steep before, it’s insane!”

Huge thanks to those who ran, the marshals for enduring the weather, Rosebush development committee for helping out making tea and cake in their new shed, and to Daniel from Wadworth brewery for supplying the prizes, more beer!

Ras Cwmcerwyn 2018 results

Thanks to the four amigos who ran in all the three races- Andrew Hughes, Tomos Morgans, Marc ‘Beaso’ Beasley, and Martin Harris. True men of the mountains!

Monies raised from the three events go to relevant fundraising in those communities- Newport path clearing group, Mynachlog-ddu playground, and Rosebush development committee.

Thanks all, see you for the Beast next year on May 11th 2019.

 

Carn Ingli Killer

Thanks all who ran in the Carn Ingli killer race on Tuesday night. Great conditions led to the records being broken. First home was Maidenhead athletic club runner Sam Brewster breaking the record by 11 secs. The female record was smashed by Celia Boothman as she romped home 9th in 32.22, 2min 29sec faster than the previous female record! She must be a good self coach. Some other great battles were had too- 3 secs between 2nd and 3rd; 4secs between 4th and 5th; 3secs between 9th and 10th; 1 sec between 11th and 12th; 7secs between 13th and 14th. Lots of newbies who loved the route, the views, and obviously, the tea and cake! Huge thanks again to all who travelled to run, to the brilliant fab marshals, and to Domi for supplying the beers. 😉

Results- Carn Ingli Killer June 2018