What is Castles?

Welsh Castles Relay is a 2 day, 20 stage, 211 mile staggered relay race, held mostly on road but with many hills and mountains on route from Caernarfon to Cardiff with an overnight stay in Newtown. It is organised by Les Croupiers Running Club Cardiff. Date of the 36th Welsh Castles Relay is 9-10 June 2018. Teams compete in one of four categories – Open, Ladies, Vets and Business House. Races within races are also a key feature as individuals try to bag individual stage wins and teams battle it out for both the overall category awards and the special mountain stage prizes. There are six mountain stages in all and three team mountain stages prizes: the Kings (Open), Queens (Ladies) and Monarchs (Vets). As well as running in some fantastic scenery, it's great fun!  Our history at Castles can be seen here.

Who's Running?

Stage No From To Distance Detail Runner
1 Caernarfon Castle Penygroes 9.1 Flat, rises a little 2nd half Mark Bamford
2 Penygroes Criccieth Castle 10.7 mainly flat James Davies
3 Criccieth Castle Maentwrog 12.3 Mountain Stage (lump at the end) Nigel Evans
4 Maentwrog Harlech Castle 9.5 Flat Mike Prasad
5 Harlech Castle Barmouth 9.6 Lumpy at begining Chris Jones
6 Barmouth Dolgellau 10.7 Flat Steve Cable
7 Dolgellau Dinas Mawddwy 10.1 Mountain Stage (nasty) Chris Simons
8 Dinas Mawddwy Foel 10.8 Very tough (worthy of mnt stg) Caroline Sandles
9 Foel Llanfair Caereinion 8.6 Mainly Flat Alice Sullivan
10 Llanfair Caereinion Newtown 13.3 Mountain Stage Rob Sandles
11 Newtown Llanbadarn Fynydd 12.3 Mountain Stage (nasty) Steve Lisk
12 Llanbadarn Fynydd Crossgates 11.2 Flat-ish Lisa Williams
13 Crossgates Builth Wells 10.6 Up n Down Andrew Arran
14 Builth Wells Drovers Arms 11 Mountain Stage (very nasty)) Gareth Parry
15 Epynt Visitor Centre Brecon 12.8 Little lumpy but mainly down John Sanderson
16 Brecon Beacons Reservoir 12.5 Mountain Stage (not too steep) Chris Francis
17 Beacons Reservoir Cyfarthfa Castle 8.7 Flat-ish, mainly down Ceri Isaac
18 Merthyr (Rhyd-y-Car) Abercynon (Navig Park) 9.1 Flat-ish Rick Nugent
19 Abercynon (Nav Park) Nantgarw (Taff Trail) 7.7 Flat Nathan Flear
20 Caerphilly Castle Cardiff Castle 10.7 Flat-ish Lee Morris
Reserves: Natalie John, Gavin Davies, Dewi West, Dai Sulivan, Paula Stockley