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

The Beast has come and gone!

 

Waw, what a day!

Firstly, sorry it’s taken so long to put the results up. I have so many people to see, and I like to make sure the course is clear. Sunday is recovery day, and I like to try and spend it with the Northern crew who come all the way down just to help out! Thanks.

Beast Bach Results 2018

Preseli Beast Results 2018

UltrabeasT Results 2018

Any issues with times or positions, then please email me. 😉

Right, back to race day. The weather! What a day? It really couldn’t have been better could it. Not too hot, not too cold for you and the army of marshals and supporters. The day before saw very heavy rain, and this made record times very hard to beat, and made the legs even more tired.

After rushing around getting things ready we were up by the starting line. Before I had a chance to say my race briefing, S4C(welsh version of course!) wanted a quick word! Yes, they were here for the first time, and they wanted an interview………there and then! lol No pressure!!! It was great to see the edited programme on ‘Heno’ on Monday 14th. I was quite overwhelmed by it all to be honest! Diolch.

The briefing came and went. Btw, how much do you runners actually listen to the briefing? We then held a 30 second silence for those lost recently. Steve and Hedley- you will forever be in my thoughts. Thank you. 😉 Then for the hugs! Yes, hugs!!! For those who have never been, I ask each runner to do a ‘best of luck’ hug to three other runners before they set off.  Well, it brings a smile or two. lol

Three, two, one, and they’re off!

The Ultra and Beast runners set off together at 10am, and local boy Andrew Hughes battled with newbie Beastie Daniel Mutlow  at the front all the way until The Carn Ingli climb. Although Daniel is from London, he must be used to hills somewhere as he started to show Andrew a clean pair of heels and wasn’t really under any further pressure and eventually won by a 10minute margin. In fact he’d stopped for a chat with the two marshals for two minutes just before the Beasts lair a mile or so before the finish!

Local lass Tasha Sexton had been having serious coaching lessons from Shan Jones coaching, and it certainly showed as nobody came close to her, and finished 5th overall.

The Beast is just that, A Beast. So, why do some think that it’s going to be easy??? lol

Now for the Beast of Beasts. The Ultra. Duane Roberts who was battling at the sharp end had to cut his run short as he’d gone over on his ankle twice on the way down to Newport! This let Aberystwyth AC runner Balazs Pinter to the front, only for him to lose his way slightly on the extra run out to Foel Drygarn. A quick phone call to me, and he carried on in reverse direction. He must have gone somewhat lost again and seriously lost the lead. The ever strong Dave Powell from the same club who always does well on the Beast eventually took the win in a great time of 5hrs 26mins. Not bad for a MV50!!! Balazs eventually came in 6th. Katie Ironside took the ladies category comfortably, and an amazing 4th overall saw her smash the ladies course record in 5hrs 40mins! Mind you she was closely followed by another skirted runner, Little Dave Cummins who was wearing his usual attire, a pink tutu outfit! 37 of the 50 Ultra starters completed the full course. Last but not least of the Ultrabeasters was a very happy if tired Jason who was successful on his third attempt. I was soooooo happy to see him running down through the village. 😉

The 12.30 matinee showing saw a record 203 Beasties toe the line. I’m pretty sure the first ones had gone past the school before the final ones had crossed the starting line! It was some sight. Sarn Helen’s Dylan Lewis took to the front and crossed the line 6minutes ahead of Cardigan RC’s Mark Horsman who was followed in closely by team mate Alex Ferraro.  Glyn Price was 1st MV50 and 5th overall. The overall ladies race was much closer, with only 9seconds separating LTR coaching’s Celia Boothman(FV40), and Sarn Helen’s (OF) Dee Jolly.  13th and 14th respectively. The rest of the bunch enjoyed the mud, the hills, the views, the banter!

A huge massive thanks to each and every one of the marshals(who are totally amazing), registration ladies, Roland and Pat for timings, sponsors, Princess gate water, Cotswold outdoors, Tshirt sponsors The Globe and Caffi’r Sgwar, the villagers and local community, Ian and the crew for doing the food, everyone who brought CAKE, the northern crew, The lobster and the clown, The Beastly top of town band, Huw George for the finishing commentary, you runners, Mike ‘the sweeper’ Evans, but most of all my family,who really put up with my madness.  Where would I be if it weren’t for my family,  or the hills!

Here are just some of the comments! Bless you. –“Best race……ever!” “Never run a race quite like it. The views, the support, the drummers, the HILLS!!!, the cawl, the cake, the smiles.” “Caz and team. What a day? You brought the best of weather, the views, the villagers came out of the woodwork. Waw, best race I’ve ever done, and I’ve done a few. Well worth travelling the 300 mile round trip. See you next year.”  “Third year doing the Beast, and it doesn’t come any easier! I can’t help myself to run as it’s such a brilliant event. It just keeps on getting better and better. The TV coverage was all it deserves. Da iawn I chi gyd.” “Best race, as it has so much cake” “Still can’t over what I did on Saturday. The route had everything. Mud, hills, grass, more hills, more mud, a lobster and a clown, great marshals, quirky signs, awesome villagers, and the cawl and cake was the best! I’ll be back

One sad part of the day was the runner who broke his ankle in the Beasts lair! We managed to get him out, not the easiest of places to get someone out and he was of to Hospital. I’m sure you’re all with me to wish the runner a speedy and full recovery.

Let this be a warning to anyone going off running in the hills. Always be prepared for the worst! Mobile in a waterproof case, coat, gloves, hat, etc. You never know?

Well, on that note, shall we do it again next year? Ok then, it’ll be on May 11th 2019……… if we’re still here. 😉 Hwyl a diolch I chi gyd.

 

 

Online entries are…………closed!

Don’t stress too much though if you wanted to enter the 24 mile Preseli Beast or 32 mile UltrabeasT, you can still enter on the day. I’ve sent the lists off to the two lovely volunteers who sort out the results, and having any further entries now will just mess everything up.

The Beast Bach however is full to capacity, and I don’t want to spoil things by having too many of you and having bottle necks. 😉

Oh it’s getting close now!!!

It’s carnage already at Beast HQ, but I’ve managed to find time to sort out the entries to date for you to see. If you enter the Beast or UltrabeasT now, then your name will be at the bottom and not in alphabetical order. Just make sure you say at registration that you’re a late entrant. 😉

Beast Bach 2018

Preseli Beast 2018

UltrabeasT 2018

The coasters and the Beast in the buff’ have arrived! Slate coasters go into the goody bags, and anyone will be able to purchase ‘The Beast in the buff’ on the day for £3.

The Beast in the buff, and Beastly slate coaster.

See ya Saturday.

 

Beast Bach is FULLLLLLLLLL

So, for the 1st year we have reached our 220 cut-off total for the Beast Bach……….AMAZING…….. the online entry page has been closed to new entries as of 10pm tonight. If you can’t find it it’s because it’s not there!

Thanks to all who have entered……! See you next Saturday…

Cut off times!

Thanks to an eagle eyed runner for querying the cut-off times -I have re-visited them since changing the new start times and made sure they are correct- please have a look at the cut off points and times for your race.

Beast Bach entries hit the roof!

Right, entries are coming in at a ridiculous pace for the 11 mile Beast Bach so I’m to capping it at 220(I had originally said 200!) Currently at 207!!! If you want to run, then you really do need to get your skates on. Otherwise, man up and do the bigger one! lol Reasons for capping it is the volume of runners at the bottle necks especially through the woods after 1/2 mile. Plus registration at the hall, and parking in the village could be an issue.