10 Miles with 3100′ Ascent. Race Grade: AM & LK/PM/NS/ER
The third and final race in the Meirionnydd – Winter Race Series.
The lower reaches of the race are run on a mixture of well marked tracks and footpaths, but the open fells above are unmarked. The high mountain terrain can be featureless and is susceptible to varied and often adverse weather conditions. Navigational skills may be necessary.
Minimum age 18 years. Entry limit 250.
All competitors must carry wind/waterproof full body cover, map, compass and whistle.
Sorry, no Dogs.
Start 1300. Registration is in the Village Hall, Llanuwchllyn, Nr.Bala. Location here.
Course Description: Landranger 124 � Dolgellau:
The race covers a distance of approx 10 miles, from Llanwchllyn village hall (170m) to the summit of Aran Fawddwy (905m), and returns by the same route, with a small detour at the end to the finish line.
The race leaves the village hall (SH876300) heading up the main road to bear right just before the bridge and continues up a farm road (SH879298). The route bears right through a gate (SH878293) just after the cattle grid and proceeds across a series of enclosed farm fields to a junction at (SH875287), turn left up the steep slope to a gap in the wall on the skyline.
Now follow the ridge Southwards following the fence line, crossing fences/walls where required using the stiles provided. The route crosses the side of Moel Ddu(474m), and climbs up to the marshalled checkpoint (SH872262) at the stile on Moel Ffenigl (603m).
The race route continues to follow the fence line and ridge Southwards, passing Llyn Pen Aran (SH868246), crossing the summit of Aran Benllyn (885m) with a short descent before crossing a fence line at a double stile to take the final short sharp rocky ascent to the marshalled checkpoint on the summit of Aran Fawddwy itself (905m) (SH863224).
The return leg is a reversal of the ascent until just after the cattle grid, bear left here (SH878295) and cross the fields below by a series of styles to the old railway line (SH877297). Bear left then right onto another farm road (SH876296) and follow this to the finish just opposite the village hall (SH876300).
- All runners must pass the key marshalled checkpoints on the descent back to town.
- Marshals at the above checkpoints will have communication with race HQ in case of emergency.
- Water is available only at the start/finish � please carry your own supply.
- On no account should competitors navigate �Eastwards� from the ridge due to the high cliffs in this direction.