Decent enough race.. basically along a track then follow a wall for a few k.. then you have to leave the wall to branch up to the summit.. its tricky there and normally not marked.. a series of knolls.. luckily I had people to follow as I wasn't expecting to have any issues.. don't think its marked, wasn't when I did it anyway..
Then down the same way. Proper fell shoe terrain, pretty tussocky terrain, not much of a path up that wall.. then descend down the track. Nice community race.
In reply to IainRUK: Yeah, it says it's partially marked. hopefully there'll be people to follow. My shoes are a bit worn but they were ok coming off Eilio yesterday so should be ok. Managed 12k with 700m in about 1:30 yesterday so hopefully won't have an embarrisngly slow time!
In reply to highclimber:
I did the race some years back (in my racing days), pretty straightforward course to follow, up and back down and be plenty of others running.
Don't forget the weather on top may be different from at the start - obvious I know - but allow for wind chill and cold as it's your first and you may be slow, tired and knackered by the top.
You won't feel your blister, everything else will hurt more!!
In reply to Moley: ive done quite a bit of fell running with mates over the past 3 years on and off so im thinking this should be a good training run for some longer/harder races next year. Psyched now.
In reply to samsimpson: If Ifan richards is running, he probably is, watch him as he descends.. one of the best descenders around.. keep clear of him. I can match him up hill, sometimes beat him, sometimes he beats me, but descending he mauls me. At a more runnable race like Snowdon I tend to beat him but on the steeper rougher terrain he just murders me. We had a great battle ascending Cader one year and I was pretty confident I had him.. and then he buggered off at the summit rocks and I never saw him again..
Pretty easy to spot, short hair, earing, tattoos. Nice guy, his missus will probably be taking the pics.
In reply to highclimber: Enjoy! It's just over a year since my first fell race and since then i've all but given up climbing (partly due to work, partners etc) in favour of fell running. Racing, particularly the small, local ones, is about as much 'fun' as you can have for less than a fiver and it'll bring your running on loads.
Tip? Find someone close to your ability, maybe just in front of you at the finish line, and try and beat them every time you race against. It's got me out training plenty of times when i wouldn't have other wise. Rivalry can do great things for your fitness!