Marking time

We’re please to say that John Chidlow will be helping with the time-keeping this year. John has seen (and timed) it all, officiating at over 50 races every year, and he has at least two fancy stopwatches. He will be a welcome addition to the finish line team, which normally consists of me + one or two of the kids trying to take times and read numbers as people hurtle down the straight.

Maybe one year I’ll be able to run the race…

Age limit corrections

Reading the latest Fellrunner magazine, I find that the age limits fror races are decided by the competitor's age on 1st January, and not race day as I had previously thought. I have corrected the relevant details for the Pen y Fan Race (16 or over), Pen y Fan Junior Race (under 16), and the Fan y Big Race (over 18).

More championship status for Pen y Fan

Also a counter in the WFRA Open Welsh Championships! The full series is: Sun 29th April Mynydd Troed Medium Sun 17th June Ras y Berwyn Long Sat 14th July Pen y Fan Short Sat 11th August Brecon Beacons Long Sat 8th September Moel Wnion Short Sat 10th November Rhobell Fawr Medium read more

Championship status for the Pen y Fan race

We are very pleased to announce that Pen y Fan 2012 has been chosen as a counter in

On-line entry for the Brecon Fans races

We have set up online entry for the Brecon Fans races, to make it easier for people to enter in advance and secure their place. Our hope is this will reduce the queues at registration, where because of the idyllic venue (i.e. total lack of facilities) we have to take entries in our tent! Entering is easy… just use the “ENTER” page to add one or both races to your cart, then proceed to checkout. Payment is via PayPal, but you do not have to have a PayPal account – you can just pay with a card if ... read more

Fan Y Big Horseshoe photos

Photos from Ali Tye here When I get results from Mark I'll put them on the web site. However I'm away with work all week, so it might be next weekend. So, in summary, a good turnout over 100 entries; weather not half so bad as it could have been, though screaming wind round the horseshoe; James Waldie from Cornwall won (and took the series prize), Ben Thingy from Dark Peak was 2nd, Ed Gamble from from Cheshire was 3rd. Helen... read more

Pen y Fan results and photos

Click here for full results including ascent/descent times. If you spot any howlers do let us know. Much of the computer entry was done in the context of a collapsing tent, so errors could have crept in! Click here for photos from Corn Du and the finish. Unfortunately we didn't get a full photo of James Waldie's total wipe-out in the finishing straight, as he tried to overtake Daniel Hooper (256), but it will stay with me. This shot was taken about 0.1 seconds before the crash with James ... read more

Pen y Fan first report

Great fun was had by all! Crashing rain for the 2 hours before the race, then blustery sunshine for the race. Good win for Andres Jones with brother Filipe 6 inches behind. Mark Palmer third - feeling the Bob Graham in his legs. Helen Fines 1st lady.

I'm working on the results and photos now and will try to get them on the web site by about 4. Must try not to drink too much beer (have to race Fan y Big tomorrow!).

Race day nerves

Interesting - I find that my "movements" are affected in a similar way by organising a race as by competing in one. Works better than colonic irrigation. Anyway, it's raining, or at least it was 5 minutes ago. And Pen Y Fan is shrouded in murk... But I'm sure it will clear up soon! On the pin front, Emma texted at midnight to say emergency pin supplies are coming to the race with Ricky. And Mark P (fell running superstar and Fan y Big organiser) called to share a chuckle ... read more

eek no pins


Our massive bag of safety pins has gone walkabout!  We think maybe we took it along to Fan y Big last year, and never reclaimed it afterwards. Anyway, we've scoured the house and come up with a small tinful, but nowhere near enough for all. So this is an appeal to all runners to bring some pins please!

(apart from that, everything going just swimmingly, and yes, the beer is fine).


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