Skirrid Fell Race
AS 5.7km/450m (3.6 miles/1476ft)
Saturday 17th December 2022
2:00pm. £7.00 (Bear and chips inc.)
Event HQ: Skirrid Inn ! Llanvihangel Crucorny (signed off the A465 Abergavenny to Hereford Road), NP78DH
Parking on the roadside in the village.
Start / finish GR SO 328201 approx. 500m from registration. Kit dump at the start.
Over 16. The weather might not be warm and sunny in December. Waterproofs may be required at the discretion of the organisers.
The start is a bit of a walk from the Skirrid Inn. Take care crossing the main road!
The start is in the western field with a large barn and significant solitary oak tree in it. A loop around the field and runners are off straight towards the Skirrid, across the fields, via several (open) galvanised “ramblers” gates. The Skirrid cone looms above. A 1.5K continual climb through fields, painfully runnable for many, brings competitors to the start of the open fellside, via a road crossing, and some relief as the route now flattens off. Shortly, a path off right goes diagonally up the mountain’s flank to end abruptly on the ridge. The course crosses straight over, picking up an initially vague sheep trod, which soon becomes more defined but a bit technical amongst the rocks, bumps and dips, descending towards the forest edge. Good descenders will make up time here, but overtaking skills will be tested by the single-track. Why don’t sheep ever walk three abreast?
Well before the forest is reached, the track levels off and hits the steep little ridge. A steep, atmospheric pull leads straight to the summit.
No time to stop and admire the view – straight down the north face. A mad dash through the fields and the finish awaits.
Please note that the route marked between A and A is on private land and should be respected for those recce-ing the course.