October 2020

We don’t need to explain that it’s been a strange year.  The situation regarding our sport has been unclear, at best, over summer, and since the initial lockdown restrictions began being lifted, then new restrictions came along, the situation has not helped our race organising at all.  Ultimately, as you will have guessed, there have been cancellations, delays, postponements, and all manner of complication in between.

The current situation is that we have decided to cancel all Fell races races for 2020 and also the Dash in the Dark series 2020 / 2021.

We are meeting on a Tuesday eve, occasionally on a Thursday,  following the all the local and Welsh COVID-19 lockdown rules and guidance.

Fingers crossed that we can get back to some normality for 2021.


All races are cancelled until further notice, and subject to the latest Government guidance and restrictions.


Dash in the Dark is Back

Friday 8th Nov 2019. Friday 6th Dec 2019 and Friday 17th Jan 2020

THE original and BEST night time trail race series.

CRR DASH 2019 full info

Hopefully see you there.


SAT 27 Push-Up-The-Pincyn (*) BS 10km/396m 6.2miles/1300ft LK/PM
Details: 2.00 pm £5.00 on day only (entry to show and race inclusive)
Venue: Clawddnewydd, Denbighshire, LL152NA (GR SJ 085527). In conjuction with village show and the BIG bale.
Age limit: Over 16 No junior race
Records: Jez Brown 44.38 2011 Andrea Rowlands 48.58 2011
Organiser: Neil Coppack 01824 750666 07946627149 coppack_penllwyn@hotmail.com


WED 24 The Green Green Grass of Home (*) AS 8km/457m 5miles/1500ft PM
Details: 7.30 pm £4.00 on day only. Allow 15mins to get to start
Venue: Golden Lion Inn, Llangynhafal, near Denbigh (GR 129633).
Age limit: Over 16
Records: Karl Steinegger 38.39 2016 Laura Riches 47.37 2017
Organiser: Tony Benton 07788 803165 tonybenton@btinternet.com


WED 10 The Druid (*) BS 8km/366m 5miles/1200ft PM
Details: 7.30 pm £4.00 on day only
Venue: Druid Inn, Llanferres (on A494, west of Mold, GR 188605). Limited parking. Please car share.
Age limit: Over 16
Records: Adam Peers 30.41 2010 Laura Bestow 38.33 2010
Organiser: Gareth Jaggard 07810 808884 gaz_jag@hotmail.com www.clwydianrangerunners.co.uk


The Beast – Wednesday 5th June at 7.15.

** Please note – Grippy off-road shoes will be required for tonight’s race – the course is very slippy due to the recent rain. Thank You **

WED 6                       Race up the Beast (*) AS 7.2km/458m 4.5miles/1500ft PM

Details:                       7.15 pm £4.00 on day only
Venue:                       Miners Arms, Maeshafn. 2 miles out of Mold, 1 mile off A494. Limited parking.

Age limit:                  Over 16

Records:               Karl Steinegger 36:44 2016  Hayley Evans 46:39 2016

Organiser:        Dan Hurst   07713161660  clwydianrangerunners@hotmail.com

Clwydian Range Runners presents The Beast 2019



The Dash in the Dark series 2018_19.

Its back !

Put the dates in the diary and see you there. The best fun you could have for £4.

CRR DASH 2018 full info

Wed 6th June 2018

Race up the Beast – 7.15 start from The Miners Arms, Maeshafan. 7.2Km /  458m  £4 on the day.

**limited parking so please car share **



Sat 28th April 2018

Llanganhafal Loop – 1:00pm Golden Lion , Llangynhafal LL16 4LN    7.6Km / 4.7 Miles.    £4 on day

Wed 9th May 2018

Ysgol Dinas Bran – Llangollen. 7:15pm  6.9Km / 4.3 miles.    £4 on day.




DASH IN THE DARK – 2017 / 18

The dash in the dark series is back for 2017.

Friday 10th Nov 2017

Friday 1st Dec 2017

Friday 19th Jan 2018.

    CRR DASH 2017 full info


Cilcain  Mountain race 2017

This year’s Clwydian Hills Fell Race (22nd Oct) will include races for U16 & U18 age categories for the first time. Both these races will be top of grade for distance and are both AS rated. The races start with the main field before turning off at CP1 & CP2 respectively for the summit of Moel Famau and returning via the normal descent route. Both routes run on good tracks and paths and will be partially marked in respect of the age categories. As for the main race the checkpoints will be marshalled by the local Mountain Rescue team.

Entry fee will be £2 – you will get a race coaster and there will be small prizes for winners. All young racers will be chaperoned from finish back to the village hall if required (free big baby sitting 😉 if you want to run the main race. Village hall is warm, dry, fully staffed with our wonderful support team with hot drinks and as much cake as you can eat. Oh yes and free WIFI….!!!! (Best value teens day out in October on the planet!)

For more details on the U16 & U18 races please see the page


Cilcain Mountain Race

August Bank Holiday Monday 1.00p.m.

Race Marshals: John Heppenstall, tel. 01352 742284. Registration 11.00 – 12.30 on the day, or register online atrace@cilcainshow.org.uk

The Moel Fammau Mountain Race is over a distance of approximately 4.5 miles, and the winner usually takes about half an hour to complete it. There are various prizes including outright winner, local winner, ladies winner, etc.

Entry costs £6.00. Click here for an ADULT entry form  You can return it by email.

There is also a Juniors Race  with classes for ages from 6 to 15 year olds.



Trail Race up the Beast – 2017 –  POSTPONED !


Due to an electrical problem the Miners Arms pub in Maeshafan will be shut for repairs for 7 days.

As we don’t have race HQ we have decided to postpone the race by two weeks.

The new date is Wednesday 21st June, start time 7:15 pm. 

Sorry for any inconvenience caused and we hope to see you on the 21st, ready to tackle the Beast.

Happy Running

 Dash in the Dark Series 2016

It’s that time of year again to prepare for the Dash in the Dark series of night time, off road running races held at Llandegla Forest.

Dig your head torches out and come along to join us for what is always an enjoyable, social evening with refreshments provided by the staff of the One Planet Adventure Mountain bike centre.

Please find attached an updated poster but essentially the dates are as follows:

Friday 11th November 2016
Friday 9th December 2016
Friday 13th January 2017

6pm registration for a 7pm start, please arrive early to avoid a last minute rush. £4 on the night only and please remind yourselves of the kit required. Waterproof / Windproof top, hat, gloves and a torch, ideally a head torch with at least 2hrs good lighting. Fell / trail shoes advised, road trainers are not acceptable.     Hope to see you soon,     Gareth Jaggard

dash 16 poster

This Wednesday, 8th June 2016,  is ‘The Beast’ trail race from Maeshafan.

The distance is 7.5Km with 430m of ascent.

Registration 5:30 onwards  in the Miners Arms pub  –  Maeshafan. Race starts at 7 .15pm.

£4 entry on the day – with any  proceeds given to Charity, not like some races that charge £23 each just  to make lots of profit !!

Also thank  you to John Morris who has organised this race for the past many years and for letting CRR take it over.

Excalibur Marathon, Half Marathon  & 10Km race. Saturday May 21st. The Clwydian Range.


Excalibur A5 Flyer 2016 – UPDATED


Dash in the Dark 3  – THIS FRIDAY.

22nd  January 2016– Dash in the Dark – Race 3.      distance  6.5km

CRR DASH 2015 full


Regrettably we have had to make the decision to postpone the Dash in the Dark race this evening.

Despite the valiant efforts of the OPA staff, the car park and visitors centre should be open later today, but the access road remains untreated and has a significant covering of ice and snow this morning.

With more snow forecast  later today, and the temperatures set to drop below freezing this evening, it would be irresponsible to continue with the race.

We would have liked for the race to have gone ahead but with the access roads into the forest itself being closed, vehicular rescues will not be possible, so any assistance will be a long way off if required. In other words, if we had an accident out on the trail, we could not ensure correct treatment was available.

Please keep an eye on the website for updates as we plan to hold the race on Friday 22nd January instead.

opa snow

A new race for spring 2016 , to mark the opening of the new 10Km off road trail route at Coed Llandegla.

Come along and check out the course.

dash in the daylight 

daylight flyer



  11th December 2015– Dash in the Dark – Race 2.      distance  6.5km

CRR DASH 2015 full


1st November 2015 – Clwydian Hills.

14.4Km  915m  11:00am  Cilcain Village Hall (NEWSAR)

2015 Race Flyer 2 (1)

27th November 2015– Dash in the Dark – Race 1.      distance  6.5km

CRR DASH 2015 full


11th December 2015 – Dash in the Dark – Race 2.      distance  6.5km


15th January 2016 – Dash in the Dark – Race 3.      distance  6.5km


8th June 2016 – Trail race up the Beast.

7.2Km  458m  7:15pm  The Miners Arms, Maeshafan.







10th June 2015 – Trail race up the Beast.

7.2Km  458m  7:15pm  The Miners Arms, Maeshafan.


17th June 2015 – Hotfoot up Famau.

5.5Km  366m  7:30pm  Moel Famau top car park.


15th July 2015 – The Druid.

8Km  366m  7:30pm  The Druid, Llanferres.


25th July 2015 –  Push up the Pincyn.

10Km  396m  2:00pm Clawddnewydd village show.


5th August 2015 – Ponderosa.

6.4Km  289m  7:00pm  Ponderosa Cafe, Horseshoe pass.


31st August 2015 – Moel Famau  (Cilcain Show)

7.4Km  392m  1:00pm  Cilcain nr Mold.


19th September  2015 – King John’s Castle

7.4Km  265m  11:00am  Raven Inn Llanarmon yn lal.


1st November 2015 – Clwydian Hills.

14.4Km  915m  11:00am  Cilcain Village Hall (NEWSAR)



23rd  January – Dash in the Dark – Race 3.      distance  6km

1st March  – Cloud Nine Challenge

A scenic and challenging off-road race from Congleton to Bosley Cloud (1125’) and back, via
the ancient Bridestones (c 2000 BC). Organised by CONGLETON HARRIERS under FRA rules.

Cloud Nine Hill Race 2015 Information Form V5 (1)

5th December – Dash in the Dark – Race 2.      distance  6km

23rd January – Dash in the Dark – Race 3.       distance 6km

dash 2014


2nd November – Clwydian Hills Race. 9 miles, 3000ft.

 Fell Race Flyer 2


7th November – Dash in the DarkRace 1.     distance 6km.

5th December – Dash in the DarkRace 2.      distance  6km

23rd January – Dash in the DarkRace 3.       distance 6km


North Wales Cross Country League, 2014/15

19th October  –  British Fell & Hill Relays, Middleton.  CRR have a team entered for this event.


25-26th October  –  The OMM. Cheviots – Northumberland.  Several CRR members competing this year.

2nd November – Clwydian Hills Race. 9 miles, 3000ft.

 Fell Race Flyer 2


7th November – Dash in the DarkRace 1. 6km.

5th December – Dash in the DarkRace 2. 6km

23rd January – Dash in the DarkRace 3. 6km

dash 2014


North Wales Cross Country League, 2014/15

4th October – Treborth Track, Bangor.

18th October – Colwyn Bay.
29th November – Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Wrexham.
31st January – National Sports Centre, Telford.
7th February – Marches School, Oswestry.


3rd Club Timed Run – Sunday 6th September  at 09:30 – Free

The next timed run for club members will take place on Saturday 6th September at 9.30am.  As before it will start at the bottom car park for Moel Famau and the route will take you to the top of Moel famau and back down to the top car park before finishing back in the bottom car park.  It is 3.4 miles and the course records are 27min36 for the men and 37min41 for the ladies.  We will be in the car park from around 9.15am.  Any queries please let us know.


Upcoming Races

23rd  August Tryfan Downhill Dash

24th  August Cnicht 4.5miles 1850ft

24th  August Flint Triathlon

25th  August 1pm Moel Famau, Cilcain 4.6miles/1286ft

30th  August Maesgwm Muddle, Llanberis  8.7miles 2789ft


British Athletics Fell & Hill Relay Championship 2014.
Sunday 19 October 2014 – Middleton Fells, East Cumbria.  LA6 2LZ
10am start, 5pm presentation http://www.britishfellrelay.org.uk/

2014 North Wales XC Championships
Men’s Start 2:45pm.  Ladies Start 2pm.
 (Venues will be confirmed asap).  Please check at  http://www.northwalesxc.com/fixturesvenues.htm
4th October – Treborth Track, Bangor.
18th October – St Davids College, Llandudno.
29th November – Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Wrexham.
31st January – National Sports Centre, Telford.
7th February – Marches School, Oswestry.


2nd Club Timed Run – Sunday 3rd August at 09:30 – Free

Club timed run. Sunday 3rd August, 09:30, at the bottom car park, Moel Famau. The route (unmarshalled) will be straight up to the top of Moel Famau and back down to the top car park and then back to the bottom car park. This will be good for people new to fell racing and also to experienced fell racers who want to compete against other club members.

Open to club members only or those wishing to join. There will be a selection of club vests to try on as well.

Thanks, Charlotte.


Arenig Fawr fell race3rd August 2014 at 13:00. Entry fee: £4

Race statistics: Distance 13km, climb 1000m, (8 miles, 3300ft); Category AM

The race is tough and NOT suitable for novices and requires good navigational skills. A reconnaissance is recommended. The route is flagged from the start up to the foot of the gully (1.3km) and from the gate at CP6 to the finish (0.5km). The flagged sections are compulsory. The rest of the route is unmarked and offers the possibility of route choices.

The race starts and finishes at the disused Arenig quarry, elevation 350m. The route follows an uphill quarry track for 1200m to a height of 470m. It then crosses a stone wall and climbs up a steep gully and emerges onto a grassy hillside. The gully can be avoided by skirting round the crags to the right, see figure 1 and map.

Yiannis Tridimas –   race organiser

The. 0151 7272615;  Mob. 07795558451


The Dash in the Dark series is back !

Friday 7th Nov 2014

Friday 5th Dec 2014

Friday 23rd Jan 2014

dash 2014

  • NEW – Club Timed Run

    On Sat 5th July there will be an informal timed run for club members starting and finishing in the bottom car park for Moel Famau.  The route (unmarshalled) will be straight up to the top of Moel Famau and back down to the top car park and then back to the bottom car park.  This will be good for people new to fell racing and also to experienced fell racers who want to compete against other club members.  This could become a regular event if popular so that people can try and beat their previous times too.  It will start at 9.30am. Those wishing to join the club are welcome to come along, there will be a selection of club vests to try on as well. Free club sticker to the first 4 who hand over £5!! great!


    Upcoming Races

    29th June Runfest Wales, Rhyl – 5k, 10k, half and full marathon

    29th June Llandudno Triathlon

    5th July 2pm Moel Siabod, Capel Curig 5.4miles / 2300ft

    12th July Tal y Fan, Rowen, Conwy 8 miles / 2880ft

    16th July 7.30pm Druid Race, Llanferres 5miles / 1200ft 

    19th July Snowdon Race (10m)

    23rd July 7.30pm Green Green Grass of Home, Llangynhafal 4.5miles / 1500ft

    26th July 2pm Push up the Pincyn, Clawddnewydd 6.2 miles / 1300ft




    Back by popular demand.

    Dash in the Dark series –  2014

    Night time trail race at Coed Llandegla.

    Many thanks to Ben and Tim for organising the Dash in the Dark series in the past and One Planet Adventure for supporting us.

    From what we’ve heard, everyone enjoyed themselves over the last few years races so we have decided to continue the series.

    Please see here or the CRR facebook page for info – dates to be announced soon soon.