Brackla Harriers

Welsh Castles Relay

Welsh Castles Relay

This is one of the undoubted highlights of the running calendar in Wales, as over 58 teams compete in running 210 miles long the length of Wales over 20 “stages” in two days. The Welsh Castles Relay is held over the second weekend in June, and seems to be always blessed with warm weather! Brackla have been honored to have being continuously competing now in the Castles for the last 10 years, and for all involved it becomes a unique way to travel across our beautiful country as each stage varies in length and degree of difficulty, although its safe to conclude everyone is challenging!

As with the Tour de France, the toughest stages are designated as “mountain stages” of which there are six, and although the Castles is a team event, each stage is a head-to-head race. Over the years the Harriers have had a consistent record, and had our “stars” most notably winning stages with Sharon Ford, Nick Xavier and Alun Woods.

For a comprehensive guide to the Welsh Castles Relay check out the Les Croupiers website. Here you can also see profiles of each of the 20 stages, and begin deciding which one you may wish to put your name forward for. Rest assured by talking to fellow members, the stories of the various stages will be recounted, many with harsh memories of pain and “the horror, the horror of those hills!”

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