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).


Much beer

Just back from a work trip to Chester, and finding the house full of boxes of Breconshire Brewery ale. I think I'd better check it's all OK, perhaps one bottle from each box. Also I bought the wine for prizes on the way home, 24 bottles of nice, and Naomi picked up the prizes from Cotswold Outdoors in Brecon. And as well as the main prizes, every runner at each race will get a 15% off voucher valid in any Cotswold store, which is most welcome and very generous I reckon. On Wednesday... read more

Marshals galore

Lots of offers of help arriving, Stotts, Vorreses, McWilliamses, and Tony C if he gets a lift. That means we are sorted for marshals, and Gill will take pics as runners hit the top of Corn Du after 1900 feet of continuous ascent...

Still need a photographer for the finish line.

One week to go

Insurance all sorted thanks to John Sweeting and WFRA goodness. Plenty of entries have arrived by post - more than in previous years. Hard to tell what that means for turnout on the day. I've tweaked the photos page on the web site to make the thumbnail galleries display fully, and moved the slide show onto another page - this is a lovely feature but all the different years' galleries are a bit hard to find, and I've not found a way of making one slideshow for each year - this would need a... read more

Tying red tape

We've left it a bit late this year, but we've finally sent off the insurance permit forms to the WFRA (Welsh Fell Runners Association), and letters to the National Trust and landowner. Later this weekend we'll do an email blast to previous competitors and running clubs, with the race poster. Naomi has secured sponsorship from Cotswold in Brecon which is great news. Still on the "to do" list for June: Putting posters up around town, and at Dering Lines... read more

Offa's Orror & fly posting

Nipped down to Tintern Abbey for the Offa’s Orror race this morning; 20Km with 1600 ft of ascent ... read more


Sugar Loaf Race

Entries arriving

Postal entries have started arriving for the races – 3 for PyF and 1 for FyB so far. This means resurrecting the race manager database, a home-baked affair that I hacked together a few years ago. It’s also a reminder to do some publicity like emailing previous entrants. If only work wasn’t so busy…

Setting up the blog

I've added a blog to the Brecon Fans web site... the idea being to jot down notes and thoughts in the lead up to the races etc. Not sure whether I'll use it really, and this is partly just me playing around with the functionality in mojoPortal, the content management system I've used to build the site. I've also activated "comments" on some pages, to allow anyone with an interest in the races to give feedback on the web site information and the races themselves. Every good blog entry... read more
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