The Fell Run Stage
The running stage is about 12kms long, starting and finishing virtually at sea-level
but reaching an altitude of almost 500m, with a real mountain feel and views to match, especially when crossing the high ridge between Llyn Cowlyd and Crafnant. After leaving
the kayak transition, runners will have a short flat warm-up section before crossing the B5106 at the formerLord Newborough pub in Dolgarrog. There is then a steep climb out
of the valley before flattening out towards Llyn Cowlyd. After crossing the ridge, from where there are magnificent views of the surrounding mountains, the route descends
down into the Crafnant Valley and round to the event centre, at Nant Conwy Rugby Club for the transition to the bike stage.
The fastest runners take about 1:10, with the slower runners taking about 2:10.
The stage combines some short sections of tarmac, some flat fast tracks, and some much rougher open mountain terrain with no path at all in places. On balance, this
is fell-shoe country, though if the weather has been dry for at least two weeks beforehand trail shoes might be a better choice.
The route will be marked and marshalled, but all competitors must be prepared to carry: windproof top and bottom, hat, gloves, compass, whistle and spare food. The final
selection on kit to be carried will depend on the weather forecast on the day and will rest with the organisers. There are several road crossings, please cross with due
care at all times, especially the final crossing to the rugby club. A waterproof map will be provided. Competitors who retire MUST report to a marshall. Do not just go home!!
Please ensure you take the provided map, in case signs have been stolen or moved, or marshals are absent. The route will be marked the day before.