About cazthehat

An off road mountain goat at heart, and likes nothing better than being up on the hills!

Newer Beastly entry form!

For those wanting to pay by bacs transfer instead of the traditional way, there’s now an option to do it. Details are on the newer entry form.

Work is still undergoing in creating an online entry system, but hopefully the bacs option will suffice your needs for the time being.

A quick update on entries……….the UltrabeasT are storming ahead!!! Really!

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A wet January ‘Birthday treat’ outing!

We managed to brave the very wet underfoot conditions after some heavy overnight rain to celebrate Jason Wilkins’s birthday. And although conditions were also misty, at least it didn’t rain whilst we were out smiling our way around the Beast Bach route! Hope you enjoy my first ever homemade little video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT42mMQg6-Q&feature=youtu.be

2016 entries are……….open!!!

So, what better way to set goals or resolutions than to enter one of the Beast races!!! However, before you enter please read the new amendments regarding cut-off points!!!

Up until this year there were no cut off times, but to date we’ve been very fortunate with the weather and our fantastic team of marshals who sit out on the hill for hours on end! With this in mind, I am bringing in a realsitic cut off time at various points along the course. I hope you understand the reasons for this, but I have to think of the marshalls, helpers, and yourselves!

UltrabeasT. – Start-09.00hrs; CP8/Foel Feddau(18.7miles)- 5hrs 45min. (If you reach this point after cut off time, you’ll be directed on homeward route to finish as per Beast route); CP9/Foel Drygarn(36.5km)- 6hrs 15mins; Finish-8hrs. Approx 4mph.

Preseli Beast. – Start-10.30hrs; CP3/Newport(11.6miles)- 2hrs 45mins; CP7/Road crossing(17.3miles)-4hrs 30mins; Finish- 6hrs. Approx 4mph.

(Note- If you don’t think you can make the time, then either do the Beast Bach, or enter into the Ultrabeast and follow homeward route from CP8) This would allow you to do the route, but would eliminate you from any of the category prizes.

Beast Bach.–  Start- 12.30hrs;  CP7/Road crossing(5miles)- 2hrs; Finish-4hrs 30mins.

After much deliberation, and some of your comments, the paper entry forms will still be used, and in the next month or so I hope to have set up an online way of paying too. So you have options on how to enter. I was hoping to have set this up before now, but commitments have delayed it.

What are you waiting for??? Go to the ‘Beastly entry form’ page to get your name down!

Cheers, Caz the hat.

The 2016 dates

So it’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally got the dates for the 2016 races for you. So make sure you pencil them into your calendars! There’ll be tea and cake too!

Firstly, and new to 2016, we have the first of three Carn Ingli killer race on Wednesday 20th April. This is a 18.30’ish start from the top of Market st, Newport, Pembs, with registration in Long street car park, Newport. This is a 5.6km/3.4mile off-road race with approx 1,035ft of climbing. The views from up there are amazing! (Fastest two times from any of the three race series will be crowned the winner of their category).

May 7th is the date for The UltrabeasT, Preseli Beast, and the Beast Bach. Could it be as big as 2015??? On-line entries will hopefully be open Jan 2016!

June 8th will see the second Carn Ingli killer race.

June 18th will see runners tackling the ras y cerrig las route. This is a stunning, but tough 7miler taking in parts of the UltrabeasT loop.

September 14th will see the last Carn Ingli Killer race, and we’ll see who has the fastest two times to take the prizes.

J

September

Ras Y Cerrig Las

Race report and 2015 results.

It was a near perfect day for this inaugural 7.3 mile fell race on the eastern end of the Preseli hills, which saw 24 runners take on this new challenging route. Although the total ascent isn’t huge, the terrain and technicality of it makes for an interesting tough race, with some saying that it was harder than it’s neighbouring 11 mile cousin, the Beast Bach.

The route visits Carn Alw-which is a lovely little rocky outcrop, Foel Drygarn- the Bronze aged hill fort, Carn Menyn-Where the stonhenge bluestones came from, and Carn Sian- with it’s 1944 aircraft crash site.

With the race clashing with the Ironman longcourse big weekender, the numbers were going to be low, but I was well happy to have the runners that I did.

There are no facilities near the start/finish area, so the newish big tent that I’d recently acquired and my camper made for the admin and catering areas. Nothing like going back to basics, and totally different to the other race I organise, the Preseli Beast! After I got the runners to wish each other the best of luck with a hug, they set off more or less on time.

One runner got caught up behind the 100’s of cyclists on the longcourse race, and was late turning up. This didn’t stop me from throwing a number at him and telling him to catch up, which he did! Well done Conrad.

I had predicted around the hour for the 1st runner, and James Thomas from Cirencester did not disappoint. He was first back in a cracking time of 55mins 53sec. He said he went a bit off course, even though the course is fully marked! Maybe everything was a bit of blur to him for going so quick! 3mins behind came Simon Hall from Sarn Helen, with Alec Williams of Pembs harriers third and 1st MV40. 1st lady was Alice Harrison in 1hr 12.14.

When I turned up at 11am to set things up, there was already a vehicle parked up. It was to my huge surprise to see it was my friend and fell running legend Yiannis Tridimas who had travelled down the night before from Liverpool! He’d come down to possibly marshal so he’d already been around the course to see what it was like. So when I said I had enough marshals, he decided to enter and do it again. “Well, it’s too nice a route not to do it again”. Obviously he took 1st MV70.

Closest finish was the downhill sprint between Jason Wilkins and local lass Beth Coghlan. Beth was far too nice to him and let him cross the line barely a second in front!

By the time the latter runners came over the hill, the steep descent back to cross the line was more of a hindrance as they didn’t have the legs to run it flat out. “It didn’t look that steep from the start” one runner said!

The category winners all received either a bottle of local ale, or thermos mugs kindly donated by Cotwold Outdoors, Carmarthen. All the runners and marshals enjoyed the all important tea/coffee, and of course the finely baked cakes.

 Huge thanks to all who ran, Pembs National parks, the neighbouring hill farmer who let us race around his hills, but more so to the marshals, Jacob Martin photography, the admin princess, and the catering cake fairies. Diolch I chi gyd.

The Beast has been tamed!!!

Waw, what a day!!! Can’t really describe how I feel right now, but tired, elated(that all went well), and also in limbo as not quite knowing what to do next!!!! Probably as I’m tired

The weather was spot on(you should have seen it 24hrs earlier!!!), the marshals were shamazing, the villagers were great in cheering the runners as they staggered back, and the cake was sublime…..apparently!!

 Have to say a huge thank you to all who contributed to making it such a successful event…….again! It’s definitely put Maenclochog on the map! 

Some of the comments have been amazing, but for now, I just want to post the results which are on the online race results link. I might try and put a separate results sheet on the website showing CP times to show how you were getting on against others as you were going around the course, but after I’ve had lots of sleep!!!

Again, thank you to each and every one of you.

Caz