Foel Fras Fell Race 12/6/10

AL 12 miles 3100 ft.

photo from Alistair
A trip up to north Wales for this race. Registration was at Hen Felin community centre and the start was just outside on the road.
Started with a steady uphill road section for about a mile to a car park. Then off road onto track and another steady climb for about 4/5 miles and the top of Bwlch y Gwryd. A short fast downhill section before resuming the climb up to Foel Fras. Along the ridge to Garnedd Uchaf and check point 1. Then a few miles of steady downhill before the last climb up Moel Wnion. Finally the steepish descent back into the village and the finish line.
I enjoyed the race. None of the climbs were very steep and most of the route was runnable for me. And, apart from the last bit, where my legs had had enough, the downhills were nice and fast. The check point was in the mist and at that point I was pretty much on my own so I had to get the compass out to make sure I was running in the right direction off the mountain. It was very satisfying to break cloud and see I had taken the right route.
After the race I went back to the hotel Mrs L and I were staying in and lounged round in the spa for an hour before going to the bar for a couple of beers. Great weekend.


  1. Sounds good John - might look into this one for next year. Impressive stuff with the compass as well...

  2. Good time mate - I took a bad line of the summit hence time penalty - but satisfying run - RichardP

  3. Matt, I can recommend the race. Good to actually use a compass.

    Richard, I wondered what had happened to you. I would have waited to say goodby by the wife was waiting at the hotel for me. I'm sure you'll whoop me at Rodneys on Wednesday. See you then. John