The Trellech Beacon Dash is a brand new c.10km multi-terrain running race for 2017.
Brought to you by Spirit of Monmouth Running Club (who also organise the Kymin Dash and the Monmouth Santa Fun Run) with the Babington Centre (aka Trellech Village Hall), a registered charity.
The 2017 race will be held at 11am on Sunday October 22nd.
When we say multi-terrain, we aren’t kidding! There is tarmac (approx half a mile), 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 to the Beacon – which is just over 1,000ft above sea level – 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.
The race includes a short stretch of country lane – which will be closed for the race – and of course there will be lots of marshals to help guide runners through the woodland. There will be a water station at approx 4 miles. On the way back to Trellech, the route crosses some fields (with fantastic views down to Trellech and beyond). There are some stiles to climb over between the fields and the final part of the race is along a lovely gently downward-sloping tarmac driveway to the finish.
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.
The race is affiliated with Welsh Athletics, online entry can be found HERE.
Entry is £8/£10 online (until 16th October 2017) or £10/£12 on the day (if on the day entries are taken).
If you have any questions at all about the race, you can message us on Facebook or at TrellechBeaconDash@gmail.com.
We hope to see you there!
Spirit of Monmouth Running Club