||Skirrid Fell Race
AS 5.7km/450m (3.6 miles/1476ft)
Saturday 17th December 2016
2:00 pm. £5.00 (Beer and chips inc.)
Event HQ: The Skirrid Inn, Llanvihangel
Crucorny (signed off the A465 Abergavenny to Hereford Road), NP7 8DH
Free bear and chips for all
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.
Photos (Nick Dallimore)
Video (Paul Dodd)
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
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
Prizes for first 3 men and women, and first in 40, 50, 60
male and female age categories, male and female team prizes (3