Well, it’s all over!!!! Hooray!!
What a day it was for the first ever race. A few runners were quite taken back by just how hard the route and terrain was over the big one, and they were very relieved to cross the finishing line. Well it wouldn’t be called the Preseli Beast for any reason would it!! Haha.The same could be said for some tackling the smaller Beast Bach!!!! I guess only a handfull of runners had run on this course before so most were new to it and were going into it at the deep end not knowing what to expect. The Preselis themselves do seem very tame, but the route is devious and has some nice hidden climbs and descents which are seldomly visited by the usual runner.
It was a bright but breezy day that greeted the 47 runners who faced the wrath of the inaugural 23mile Preseli Beast, who were challenged to ‘Tame the Beast’. 58 runners thought they’d take on the ‘easier’ 10 mile option of the Beast Bach only to find it not so. The Preselis themselves aren’t mountainous by any standards, but the runners were amazed at just how challenging the routes were, with many saying that it was the hardest thing they’d ever done!! Conditions were ideal for runners new to this area and it gave them a chance to enjoy their new surroundings.
The first half of the Preseli Beast race saw the lead change several times with Sam Hawkings leading the charge downhill, only to relinquish his lead on the ups to Mike Evans who’d run in London the week before. Sam’s lack of long distance training gave way to a strong finishing Stewart Bellamy, who, if the race had gone further, would have claimed the overall stained glass panel trophy over Mike! The ladies race saw Katie Beecher win by a comfortable margin over her nearest rival Sarah Tagg who was new to this sort of thing.
All the runners commented on the many cheerful marshals who’d come out in their droves with hooters, whistles, vuvuzelas and even a cow bell sounded out over some of the hills!I was really happy with so many comments on how the day went and these are just a few : “Never seen the like of it before at a fell race” was one from a seasoned fellrunner”. And another who’d ran in over 20 races last year: “Caz, that was awesome! It was a fantastic event and probably the best organised event I’ve ever been too!” “Good fun yesterday doing the preseli beast. Toughest race I have done, the support from the marshalls was brilliant, done many crazy races over the years and this has got to be the best”.
One of the runners, Tori James, was even compelled to get her phone out to record a small video of the view overlooking Newport bay: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151646496848689&set=vb.514973688&type=2&theater
All the runners received a welcoming bowl of Cawl (welsh broth), cheese and a roll, T-shirt, slate coaster, goody bag, tea/coffee and many variations of homemade cake which took a lot of deciding over for some!!!
So congratulations to you all, the results are on the Previous Beastings/Results page, and also on the results page which was expertly done by Roland and Pat Sherwood. http://www.onlineraceresults.org.uk/preseli beast 2013 preseli beast 2013
ALSO – Here is a link to some of the photos taken by Stephen Roberts of the days event http://www.stephenrobertsphotography.co.uk/Gallery.html , and I’ll probably post some more photos of around the course which were taken by some of the fabulous marshalls who made for an excellent day.
I myself am happy with how the day went, although there were a few minor hiccups which need changing for next years race. All in all it went very well indeed and some are already keen to enter for next years race, “Return of the Beast”! So watch out! I shall keep you posted on next years’ date………..