Tyn-Gross hill race

Fell races have a huge range in terms of distance, amount of climb, terrain and also the type and extent of their organization. At one extreme are international level races such as the Snowdon Race which have electronic timing, a field of 500 and 1000's of spectators and even a hour on the local TV channel. If you want to enter you must run at least 3 races in the past year of sufficient difficulty to qualify and also to get your entry in before the race quota is reach.

At the other end of the spectrum are events like Tyn-y-Groes hill race which is organized around a pub. Run on Boxing Day, it had 24 competitors, an informal approach to registration, marshaling and time keeping, but was no worse for it. Registration involved wondering into the pub, having a chat, getting a number and wondering out again to the start. I did overhear a few people talking with some apprehension that this was their 1st race and why were they doing it on Boxing day.

The course was a rough 2.5 miles and 700ft of up. I managed to come 5th of out of the 24 entering, so rather pleased.

A really relaxed, informal and friendly atmosphere was absolutely appropriate for the day and the event. Bigger is not always better!

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