Blorenge Night Roundabout
AS 9.5k/600m (6 miles/1970ft)

Wednesday 15th March 2017
7:30pm £5.00.

Event HQ: 
Llanfoist Village Hall, Church Lane

Cakes and hot drinks after

Course records:
Paul Murrin 48:31
Helen Brown in 57:53

Over 18. Full kit (dependent on weather). 

Paul Dodd  01594562275

This race is a replacement for the Blorenge
downhill and uphill races in 2017
  This is essentially a 'night fell race'. The terrain underfoot is varied. Although it does have some stony sections, the majority of the route is on good paths and tracks. It is not what I would describe as 'technical' at any point, but running on this terrain at night will raise the level of 'challenge' for many.  You will need a very good torch (preferably headtorch) to both see the markers and the ground beneath your feet.

The way will be marked with reflective arrows and ground markers. These do not give out their own light but do reflect back the light from your torch. You will not need to use a map if you stay on the marked route. There will be around 200 reflective markers placed. No navigation is required.

A significant section (around 2kms) of the route traverses on flat ground at the top of the steep north face which in good weather will afford great views of Abergavenny at night.

We start and finish as for the daytime Blorenge Fell Race, 100m from the village hall just over the Abergavenny to Blaenavon road. A short section of road is followed by an ascent of the 'incline'. After a field or two we head off right (west) on a rugged footpath. This ascends gradually and eventually leads you to the old tramroad underneath the summit. A flat run of nearly 2km follows, leading to the flat grassy ledges of the old quarry. Just beyond the 'blockhouse' we start to descend on a grassy path. When we hit the road, we head back east on the bridleway which is stony in places. We run around the lake at the punchbowl and then comes an undulating path back to the fields after the incline. Down the incline to the finish.
2017 Results (.pdf)

Blorenge Night Race HQ Location



2017 Report

Well who'd have thought it?  It seems others quite like running around the hills at night too.
47 turned up for the inaugural Blorenge Night Roundabout.

The weather was very kind - barely a breath of wind and clear starlit skies. Orion the hunter dominating the sky immediately above the north face, looking up from Llanfoist. A procession of headtorches, cresting the skyline of the hill, danced at his feet.

The 120 reflective markers we put in the afternoon did their job as no one became 'temporarily misplaced'. These went up on a hot sunny afternoon and were all taken down by 10:00 am the next day in the cool mist.

Paul Murrin was 1st overall in a time of 48:31 and 1st lady was Helen Brown in 57:53 - exceptional running over a 6.3 mile route with 550m of climb in the dark and on some challenging terrain. 

We retired to the village hall for hot drinks and cakes and gave beer and chocolate away (boo) to overall and category winners.

Thanks to the marshals on the route for looking after everyone - Gill Stott, Sue and Gerry Ashton, Stuart Duncan and Dick Finch. Thanks also to Tosh Simpkin for getting up the 'blockhouse' to take some photos and Anne Jenner for sweep duties.

Next year we'll award team prizes. This year, for information only, Mynydd Du men and ladies were 1st team (3 counting).

Strava Flyby of 2017