What’s it all about?
What is the ‘Preseli Beast?
It’s a new off-road running race in the heart of the stunning north Pembrokeshire landscape, West Wales. The main aim of the event is to promote off-road/fell running in an area where events of this nature rarely occur, and to encourage those who wouldn’t necessarily run that much off-road.
The event also aims to raise funds for local causes. This is definitely not a race to raise money for itself, which is why I believe the entry fee is reasonably priced. Please click on the relevant pages to find out more about the various routes, and then print off the entry form!! Simples!!
The Preseli Beast is a hard, but exciting 23.5 mile(36km) circular marked off-road/fell hilly running race on Saturday 24th May 2014 in the stunning North Pembrokeshire. It’s a mixture of trail, fell, wooded paths, the odd boggy bit(!!!),mud, (dependant on weather!), and some steep climbs!!! It’s accompanied by the ‘Beast Bach’ (Small Beast!) which is a 10.5 mile run in the same vein which happens the same day and covers some of the same territory, but a slightly less taxing version! (Although some of the Beast Bach runners from last year would disagree with me on that one!!)
Left:Part of the route that’s named ‘Bridge over the river Gwaun’
Below is a picture I took of the view towards Dinas Head, which is on the descent down to Newport, Pembs, which is nearing the halfway point.
The main race has approx 4,700ft (1420m) of uphill in total, with several cheerfull marshalls along the way, and watering stations approx every 5miles. If that sounds a bit too much for you, then there’s the smaller 10 mile(16km)Beast Bach with approx 1,700ft (540m) of uphill. Registration, and finish will be in Maenclochog community hall, Maenclochog. SA66 7LA. The main race starts at 10am, whereas the Beast Bach race starts an two hours later at 12pm. Did I mention ’The Beast’s Lair’, the ‘Beast’s Back’, the ‘Beast’s Watering Hole’, and the ‘Beasts Fangs!’ These are just some names I’ve already given to parts of the route. And thrown in for free, is some stunning scenery of the Preseli hills, as you wouldn’t normally see them, and views out over the stunning Newport bay. What more do you want? Tea and cake? Well, yes, there’s more than just tea and cake too! There’s lots of different types of cake! T-shirts did you say? Yes, a specially designed T-shirt if you enter early enough? Click on either the Preseli Beast, or Beast Bach link above for more details. Finally just click onto the registration link to print off your entry form. What are you waiting for! It’s going to be a beauty!
*** 2014 ENTRY DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY 14TH MAY ***
I have also created a page with a MAP of the two Routes: Preseli Beast and Beast Bach, and photos of various parts of both. So for those HUNGRY to see what they’re in for, this is for you!!
I’ve just checked the viewings on the website, and it’s reached over ……. 17,000 views, and counting…… since October 2012!! What an audience! As a certain Victor Meldrew once said, “I don’t believe it”!! And now as the site is having global worldwide views, then perhaps yourself/ your company would like to sponsor the Preseli Beast in some form or another, and have your name on the website for the world to see!!
If so, then please contact me on my email address at the bottom of this page.Plus you can get your name onto the ‘goody bag’ sponsor list at the bottom of this page by donating just £10!!
These were the slate coasters given to all the competitors who had entered early enough in the 2013 race, and will be of similar design for 2014!
And if that’s not all, there’ll be the ’After Race Party’ in the evening at 7pm with live music, hot food buffet, and a cheap licensed bar!!! Some of those who have entered are staying(roughing it basically!) in one of the three spare rooms in the hall so that they can have an enjoyable night!!! I would need to know if you’re staying for the evenings entertainment so that we have an idea on how many to cater for. Should be a good one!!
“All Hail the hat”.
Caz the hat.