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Welsh Castles Relay

The 2015 Welsh Castles Relay team at Caernarfon Castle

The 2015 Welsh Castles Relay team at Caernarfon Castle

The Welsh Castles Relay Route Map

The Welsh Castles Relay Route Map

A two day, twenty stage relay from Caernarfon Castle in the north to Cardiff Castle in the south, for the Welsh Castles Relay, runners need to be able to comfortably run 9 miles at 10 minute mile pace.

The Welsh Castles Relay is an annual event organised by the Cardiff-based Les Croupiers Running Club.

Starting in Caernarfon in North West Wales, the 2 day relay winds it's way through Wales over 20 Stages finishing at Cardiff Castle. The scenic route takes in coasts, hills, valleys and lots of Welsh Castles.

Teams can be single sex, mixed or veteran and are made up of 20 individuals, each tackling a stage of around 10 miles.

Results, route and stage details are available at Les Croupiers' website

See Dave Dunn or Richard Storey for more information

Welsh Castles Relay Stage Records

Stage Distance (miles) Climb (ft)
Caernarfon to Penygroes 9.4 450
Penygroes to Criccieth 10.5 370
Criccieth to Maentwrog 12.0 940
Maentwrog to Harlech 9.3 480
Harlech to Barmouth 9.4 460
Barmouth to Dolgellau 10.4 720
Dolgellau to Dinas Mawddwy 9.6 1430
Dinas Mawddwy to Foel 10.4 980
Foel to Llanfair Ceireinion 8.1 320
LLanfair Ceireinion to Newtown 12.8 1110
Newtown to Llanbadarn Ffynydd 11.9 1300
Llanbadarn Ffynydd to Crossgates 10.9 500
Crossgates to Builth Wells 10.3 520
Builth Wells to Drovers Arms 10.4 1620
Epynt Visitor Centre to Brecon 12.7 500
Brecon to Beacons Reservoir 8.5 1080
Beacons Reservoir to Cyfartha Castle 9.0 120
Rhyd-y-car to Navigation Park 9.0 390
Navigation Park to Nantgarw 7.6 280
Caerphilly to Cardiff 10.8 240
Susan Samme 1:02:06 2008
Emily Hargreaves 1:11:02 2012
Emily Hargreaves 1:24:33 2013
Claire England 1:16:21 2016
Emily Hargreaves 1:05:08 2016
Laura Ashworth 1:21:50 2012
Joanna Goorney 1:09:17 2017
Emily Hargreaves 1:14:37 2014
Laura Ashworth 1:04:35 2011
Joanna Goorney 1:31:54 2015
Melanie Köth 1:46:20 2007
Emily Hargreaves 1:13:16 2017
Melanie Köth 1:10:23 2011
Emily Hargreaves 1:24:05 2011
Emily Hargreaves 1:23:47 2006
Emily Hargreaves 1:03:44 2007
Melanie Köth 1:01:00 2010
Fiona Geldard 1:14:47 2014
Rebecca Willets 1:08:35 2014
Joanna Goorney 1:10:09 2016
Nick Perks 1:08:37 2011
Steve Hargreaves 1:01:53 2015
Joe Greenwood 1:13:28 2017
Rob Davies 1:10:25 2008
Steve Hargreaves 0:57:00 2013
Graham Webster 1:15:26 2016
Steve Hargreaves 1:05:15 2007
Steve Hargreaves 1:03:15 2011
Nigel Simpkin 0:58:58 2008
Chris McCarthy 1:20:05 2017
Steve Hargreaves 1:15:24 2016
Tom Howarth 1:09:17 2012
Willie Richmond 1:08:13 2005
Nigel Thompson 1:07:28 2008
Steve Hargreaves 1:13:18 2017
Steve Hargreaves 0:57:57 2005
Graham Webster 0:56:16 2009
Tony Croft 0:57:51 2006
Nigel Thompson 1:08:02 2011
Nigel Thompson 1:01:20 2010
Lytham Open Record 24:37:51 2017
Lytham Overall Record 24:37:51 2017
Lytham King Of The Mountain Record 7:14:39 2017

Welsh Castles Trophy

After organising the club's first year of attendance at the relay Dave Dunn was awarded a Tankard in thanks for his hard work.
In 2009 a new Trophy was awarded to Dave in recognition of the sterling work he had done organising the trip for five years, on the understanding he awarded it in future years to the club member who, in his opinion, has contributed the most to the Welsh Castles Relay weekend. These have been his choices...

Year Winner
2009 Dave Dunn
2010 Colin Nelson
2011 Bec Willetts
2012 Mel Koth
2013 Richard Storey
2014 Nigel Thompson
2015 Pam Hardman
2016 Steve & Emily Hargreaves
2017 Terry Hellings

After the 2014 event Emily Hargreaves was awarded a special medal to recognise the fact she was the first club member to compete in the relay for the club every year since we started to attend.

Emily receiving her 2014 special award

Emily receiving her 2014 special award.

Welsh Castles Relay 2015 Photo links

For photos from this year's event follow the following links. If you have a google drive, one drive, drop box etc let Greg know the details and he will add in a link.

Don't forget there are more photos on the Flickr account - link at the bottom of every page.

Terry's photos

Felicity's photos

Greg's Flickr account

And there are a gazillion linked to from Les Croupiers

Previous Welsh Castles Relay Team Photos

You can click all these photos for a larger version.

If anyone has any more team photos from other years please let Greg have a copy and he'll put them up here.

The 2013 Welsh Castles Relay team at Cardiff Castle

The 2013 Welsh Castles Relay team at Cardiff Castle

The 2012 Welsh Castles Relay team at Cardiff Castle

The 2012 Welsh Castles Relay team at Cardiff Castle

The 2005 Welsh Castles Relay team somewhere in Wales!

The 2005 Welsh Castles Relay team somewhere in Wales!