Trellech Beacon Dash!
after the another successful race – we’ll be back in 2020 – details to add a little nearer the time.
2019 Results and race review – 3rd November 2019
Spirit of Monmouth Running Club, with Trellech’s Babington Centre, organised the annual Trellech Beacon Dash on Sunday, a beautiful 10K race through woodland, farmland and trails. The race was run in sunshine, with Rob Gordon of Mynydd Du winning in a remarkable time of 40:38 despite some lovely muddy conditions. A few minutes behind, there was a tight race for the male podium places with Darren Ould taking second and FoD’s Andy Horlick just edging out club-mate Dan Sandford for third.
Although SoM members were on marshaling duties, this year five members were able to run and our own Faye Johnson was equally dominant in the Ladies’ race, winning in 45:43, followed by Katie Adams and Pontypool’s Lisa Erickson.
In all, over a hundred runners enjoyed the day, with more prizes (all kindly supplied by PULPT Cider) going to age-category winners: Simon Darke, Duncan Loughrey (Mynydd Du), Rachael Wheeler (FoD), and Jan Edwards (Rhondda Valley) Results can be found here:
TBD-2019-results (Excel spreadsheet… prize winners on one tab, full results on the other.)
Photos: Immediately below… our winners: Rob collecting his prize and then Faye and Rob in action. Then a few miscellaneous photos too.
About the Race
The Trellech Beacon Dash was a brand new c.10km multi-terrain running race for 2017. Brought to you by Spirit of Monmouth Running Club with the Babington Centre (aka Trellech Village Hall), a registered charity.
When we say multi-terrain, we aren’t kidding! There is tarmac, forestry track, woodland trails and farmland. Trail shoes are strongly recommended as parts of the course could potentially be very muddy and waterlogged. Just like the Kymin Dash, the race starts on a hill! Much of the first two miles is uphill (though not as steep as the Kymin). The good news is that once you have reached the Trellech Beacon, the rest of the race is fairly flat or downhill. There will be a separate prize for the first man and lady to reach the Beacon – plus the glory of being crowned “King” or “Queen” of the Beacon. The race has about 400ft of ascent in total.
The other advantage of the uphill climb at the beginning is that (in good weather), there are lots of far-reaching views to enjoy. We don’t think there are many running races with views of the Brecon Beacons, the Malvern Hills, Monmouthshire AND the Wye Valley – even the Severn Bridge can be seen from the route! And of course the woodlands of Monmouthshire, through which the route runs, are stunning in late October.
There will be lots of marshals to help guide runners through the woodland and sweeper runners to ensure no-one is left behind. There will be a water station at approx 4 miles.
For all race participants, there will be refreshments at the Babington Centre after the race plus a little memento of the race. There will be prizes for King and Queen of the Beacon, Overall winners and age category winners.
If you have any questions at all about the race, you can message us on Facebook or via our website contact form.
Congratulations to last year’s winners, Huw Evans of Les Croupiers (38:32) and Chloe Wheeler of Forest of Dean AC (43:36) – setting a new course record for the ladies.
2017 Race Report
142 runners took part in the first ever Trellech Beacon Dash on Sunday October 22nd. The 10km multi-terrain race is a new race organised by Spirit of Monmouth Running Club. The race starts at Trellech and after a short stretch of road, enters the forestry for some challenging and technical woodland trails.
James Everett of Dursley Running Club was the overall race winner and senior men’s age category winner, with a time of 38 minutes 19 seconds.
The first man to reach the Beacon – and crowned “King of the Beacon” – was Rob Gordon of Mynydd Ddu Running Club, who also won the MV40 age category and 3rd place overall, with a time of 39 minutes 01.
Faye Johnson of Pontypool Running Club was crowned “Queen of the Beacon”. Faye went on to be the overall winner of the ladies’ race and so won the senior female age category too, in a time of 46 minutes 27 seconds.
Niki Morgan of Chepstow Harriers was 2nd lady home and winner of the FV50 category, with a time of 47:31. Fellow Chepstow Harrier Lisa Jeffrey was 3rd lady home and winner of the FV40 category, with a time of 47:33. Jan Edwards of Wye Valley Runners won the FV60 category, in a time of 59:17.
Charlie Lowther of Eden Runners placed 2nd overall, with a time of 38:51. Charlie Northey of Brecon Running Club won the MV50 category in 46 minutes 18 and David Daniels of Cobra Running & Tri Club won the MV60 category with a time of 46:58.
The first man home for Spirit of Monmouth was Matt Unsworth, in 15th place overall, with a time of 45:09. Leanne Meek was the first lady home for the club, 10th lady overall, with a time of 52:50.
The event raised funds for Trellech Village Hall. Spirit of Monmouth are very grateful to Wild Trail Snacks, Kingstone Brewery, The Lion Inn, local ceramicist Emily Harling and FloralTiles.co.uk for supporting the race.