Bwystfil Y Preseli! (Click on this to direct you to a new page which is now in welsh! Teidy!)
What’s it all about?
What is the ‘Preseli Beast?
Is it really a savage Beast that has roamed this beautiful landscape of ours? Well, no! Not exactly anyway….I think! Although many have commented on my appearances at times!
This Preseli Beast is actually a tough and exciting circular marked off-road/fell running race in the heart of the stunning Preseli hills, North Pembrokeshire on Saturday May 9th 2015. The race is in it’s third year, with many commenting on how fabulous the race, route, prizes, and the many cheerful marshalls there are. The start and finish is in the small ‘bustling’ community of Maenclochog,North Pembrokeshire, and the race route takes in parts of the Preselis, the picturesque steep-sided wooded Gwaun valley, spectacular views over Newport Bay from Carn Ingli, and not forgetting…the Beasts Lair! The overall distance is approx 24 off-road miles, with approx 4,700ft(1420m) of height gain! That’s nearly one and a half times the height of Snowdon! It has a mixture of trail, fell, wooded paths, the odd boggy bit!, some steep climbs!!!, and watering stations approx every 5 miles. And for the first time ever, the race is incorporated into the South Wales fell running championships! ;)
If that seems a little bit too much for you this time then you might be up for trying it’s smaller cousin, The ‘Beast Bach’?(Small Beast!) This is a mere 10.5 off-road miles with approx 1,700ft (540m) of height gain! Both routes share the same start and finish, and both take in the highest point of the Preselis, Foel Cwmcerwyn. The Beast Bach though doesn’t take in the Gwaun valley(twice!), or views of Newport bay! It runs over the same first 3 miles, and final 5miles as the Beast, and is less taxing overall! (Although some of the Beast Bach runners from last year would disagree with me on that one!!) If you do the Beast Bach, then you might be back next year to tackle the big one!
Now if that doesn’t seem enough, then new for 2015 is the bigger, badder, and tougher 31 mile……UltrabeasT!!! It does all the Preseli Beast route until the second to last top, Foel Feddau. It then takes in the amazing broad ridge that heads east to Carnalw, and then the bronze age fort, Foel Drygarn. It then returns via bluestone country, before rejoining the onslaught to the highest point. You definately get your monies worth on this one with approx 6,000ft of ascent!!!
The UltrabeasT starts at 9am, the Preseli Beast race starts at 10.30am, whereas the Beast Bach race starts at 12pm.
There are great prizes for various age categories, and even quite a few spot prizes. So you may even get a prize for coming last! All competitiors will recieve a specially printed slate coaster, fantastic goody bag, and cawl! (Welsh yummy broth).What more do you want? Tea and cake? Well, yes, and there are lots of different types of delicious homemade cake too! It’s why we all run isn’t it!
And just to whet your appetite, then here’s a short video done by young Jacob martin who lives in the village. ;)
Here’s a photo of lasts years overall female winner’s stained glass trophy! ;) made by Rachel Phillips Glass, who provided both overall male and female winners’ trophies. Photo courtesy of Katie Beecher, last year’s winnner.
Cotswolds outdoors, Carmarthen, will be attending this year. Cotswolds has again agreed to give us prizes which were really amazing at last years event. They’ve also agreed to man a water station to rehydrate you thirsty runners.Thank you Cotswolds Carmarthen. ;)
Attending too this year will be SW sports therapy. So if you’ll be needing to massage those weary legs after your hard efforts then they’ll happily assist for a small fee.
Entry for the main race is £13, whilst the Beast Bach is £10. It’s cheaper than last year? How come you may think? Well, to cut down on costs for you, I’m not including the price of the T-shirts as some runners have more than plenty. So if you want a T-shirt, then it’ll be extra. Not sure as yet to how much, but I’ll soon let you know. I’ll be taking entries from the start of 2015, but please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. It’s going to be a beauty!
Please click on the relevant pages to find out more about the various routes. Simples!!
All monies raised this year will be given equally between the Maenclochog Community hall, and another charity which will be announced soon.
*** 2015 ENTRY DEADLINE: Wednesday 29th April ***
This is mainly to get the orders for the T-shirts, slate coasters, and goody bags etc! You may still enter after this date, but there won’t be a T-shirt for you! You have been told! ;)
If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to contact me via email – email@example.com, or via phone- 01437 532 401, mob-07985 782 772.
Left:Part of the route that’s named ‘Bridge over the river Gwaun’
Below is a picture of myself and my faithful dog,Smudge, of the view towards Dinas Head, which is on the descent down to Newport, Pembs, which is nearing the halfway point of the Beast route.
Bottom picture: The view out across the Preselis with approx 5miles to go to the finish!
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 ……. 38,000 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.
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!!
Thanks for looking. ;)
Caz, the hat.