Information about the run

The run is organised by Adrian Woods, founder member of mountain running club Mynydd Du (http://www.mynydd-du.org.uk/) to complement and support the TumbleUp4Life. The start will be at 10 am from Llanfoist Church to Foxhunters Car Park and return a distance of about 4 miles and 1,841 feet of climb (561 m). The run is off road and it is not a race. It is anticipated that a good standard runner will take about one hour to complete the course.

Some hard-core runners may like to try to run the Blorenge route as many times as they can as per the established TumbleUp4Life Cycling event. Once may be enough!! Alternatively why not combine a run up the Blorenge with a cycle up the famous Tumble?

Details: Start at 10:00 am from Llanfoist Church. Registration from 9:00 am Llanfoist Village Hall. Cost: £5.00. All proceeds and donations will go to Cancer Research UK’s work in Wales. Venue: Village Hall Llanfoist, near Abergavenny (GR SO 287134) Age limit: Over 16. Contact: Adrian Woods 01495 791754 or 07867818443 email woodsadrian@btinternet.com

Description of the Run

The run climbs the steep face of the Blorenge that is clearly seen looking south from Abergavenny. It starts from St Faiths Church, Llanfoist just across the road from the Village Hall. Carry on up the lane until it bends left (private access road to Llanfoist Wharf) then carry straight on to reach a tunnel under the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal. Go through the tunnel. To the left is the old Wharfmaster’s house and to the right the wharf. Ahead is the ascent up the old Llanfoist incline that was known as “the big drop”. (Down this incline came trams filled with iron and coal from Garndddyrys to be loaded onto barges destined for Newport or Brecon). Continue straight up the path crossing stiles before leaving the woods behind to reach a final stile before the ascent up the steep face of the Blorenge. The steep path upwards to the top is plainly visible. The north face is as close to vertical as you can get and you can expect to do more walking than running at this stage. It gradually gets steeper and steeper and you may find yourself using your hands to push off your knees or to pull you up by gabbing onto the side of the mountain! Follow the path straight up and up and up until you reach the crest of the ridge where after a few yards is a small white brick building. Here the climb goes back from vertical to horizontal as you make your way on unsteady legs to behind the building, heading SW towards the highest ground to quickly reach the well- defined boggy path to the summit trig point. A final rocky scramble and you are at the summit. Continue South heading towards the town of Blaenafon along the well-trodden path and head towards the radio masts and Foxhunters car park in the distance where you will be greeted by the marshals on the top. This is the point where you head back down the road to follow the path that leads to the “Punch Bowl” (a cwm with an attractive lake) and then contours back around to the start of the fields section and the village of Llanfoist below). So please join us on May 9th 2015. As in previous years we are convinced we will have a great day on the bike or on the run, with some lovely cakes (as a reward after the climb), sunshine and the chance to meet passionate cyclists and runners. And adding to that the great feeling that we are all doing this together, in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Information for the participants

The start of the cycling event is at 5 AM at the Village Hall in Llanfoist (NP7 9LP, website http://www.llanfoistvillagehall.co.uk). Cyclists can start at 5 AM, or later at any time during the day. The running event starts at 10 AM near the Village Hall, on the other side of the B4246. Runners have to start their (first) climb at 10 AM. The last climb of the day has to be started before 8 PM. Each participant decides for him/herself how many times he/she will try to climb the Tumble in one day.

We ask participants to come inside the Village Hall before they start their first climb. In the Village Hall participants will receive their number. Entry fees can be payed here as well (in the case that the entry fee hasn’t been paid already on the fundraising page). Participants can also hand over money they raised to the organisation at the registration desk. Please remember that cheques need to be made payable to Cancer Research UK (and NOT the TumbleUp4Life). All the money raised goed directly to Cancer Reserach UK. That way sponsors know that the organisation takes nothing from their donations.

Cars can be parked near the Village Hall. There is also a small carpark near the B4246 (see the image below).
Village Hall Llanfoist

TumbleUp4Life 2015

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Next year the TumbleUp4Life will be on Saturday May 9th. This is a special one, because it will be the fifth edition.

So please join us on May 9th 2015. As in previous years we are convinced we will have a great day on the bike or on the run, with some lovely cakes (as a reward after the climb), sunshine and the chance to meet passionate cyclists and runners. And adding to that the great feeling that we are all doing this together, in aid of Cancer Research UK.

If you would like to register for next years’ event, please click on Register in the menu. After completing your registration, we’ll send you further details.

In 2015 the entry fee for the event is £ 5. We ask our participants to raise £ 50 (or more) in aid of Cancer Research UK. We use JustGiving to raise money for the event. After registration participants can join the team on our fundraising page. That way all the money raised will be used for Cancer Research UK’s work in Wales.

If you would like to participate as a group (i.e. with your school), please contact us by email, and we’ll discuss the possibilities.

Information about the run

The Blorenge Challenge Run

Mynydd Du Mountain Running Club will put on a run from Llanfoist church up and down the Blorenge Mountain to complement and support the TumbleUp4Life cycling event. We will register runners at the Village Hall in Llanfoist. The start will be at 11 AM; people run up and down the Blorenge on the traditional route from the Llanfoist Church to Foxhunters Car Park and return about 4 miles and 1,841 feet of climb (561 m). It is anticipated that a good standard mountain runner will take about one hour to complete the course. Some hard-core runners may like to try to run the Blorenge route as many times as they can in one day as per the established TumbleUp4Life Cycling event. Once may be enough!!

The event will be organised by Adrian Woods, one of the founder members of the local mountain running club Mynydd Du (http://www.mynydd-du.org.uk/)

Details: Start at 11:00 am from Llanfoist Church.

Registration from 10:00 am Llanfoist Village Hall

Cost: £15.00. All proceeds and donations will go to Cancer Research UK

Venue: Village Hall Llanfoist, near Abergavenny (GR SO 287134)

Age limit: Over 16

Contact: Adrian Woods 01495 791754 or 07867818443

Email woodsadrian@btinternet.com

The run climbs the steep face of the Blorenge that is clearly seen looking south from Abergavenny. It starts from St Faiths Church, Llanfoist just across the road from the Village Hall.Carry on up the lane until it bends left (private access road to Llanfoist Wharf) then carry straight on to reach a tunnel under the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal. Go through the tunnel. To the left is the old Wharfmaster’s house and to the right the wharf. Ahead is the ascent up the old Llanfoist incline that was known as “the big drop”. (Down this incline came trams filled with iron and coal from Garndddyrys to be loaded onto barges destined for Newport or Brecon). Continue straight up the path crossing stiles before leaving the woods behind to reach a final stile before the ascent up the steep face of the Blorenge.

The steep path upwards to the top is plainly visible. The north face is as close to vertical as you can get and you can expect to do more walking than running at this stage. It gradually gets steeper and steeper and you may find yourself using your hands to push off your knees or to pull you up by gabbing onto the side of the mountain!

Follow the path straight up and up and up until you reach the crest of the ridge where after a few yards is a small white brick building.

Here the climb goes back from vertical to horizontal as you make your way on unsteady legs to behind the building, heading SW towards the highest ground to quickly reach the well- defined boggy path to the summit trig point. A final rocky scramble and you are at the summit. Continue South heading towards the town of Blaenafon along the well-trodden path and head towards the radio masts and Foxhunters car park in the distance where you will be greeted by the marshals on the top.

This is the turnaround point where you head back on the path to the trig point behind you and down to the brick building on the ridge of the Blorenge Mountain. Here you will be directed by a marshal to a marked, less steep route contouring down and around the side of the mountain to take you back to the fields and the village of Llanfoist below.

(a good alternative for those who prefer a more leisurely route back would be to follow the path that leads to the “Punch Bowl” (a cwm with an attractive lake) and then contours back around to the start of the fields section).

Information for the participants

The start of the cycling event is at 5 AM at the Village Hall in Llanfoist (NP7 9LP, website http://www.llanfoistvillagehall.co.uk). Cyclists can start at 5 AM, or later at any time during the day. The running event starts at 11 AM near the Village Hall, on the other side of the B4246. Runners have to start their (first) climb at 11 AM. The last climb of the day has to be started before 8 PM. Each participant decides for him/herself how many times he/she will try to climb the Tumble in one day.

We ask participants to come inside the Village Hall before they start their first climb. In the Village Hall participants will receive their number. Entry fees can be payed here as well (in the case that the entry fee hasn’t been paid already on our fundraising page). Participants can also hand over money they raised to the organisation at the registration desk. Please remember that cheques need to be made payable to Cancer Research UK (and NOT the TumbleUp4Life).All the money raised goed directly to Cancer Reserach UK. That way sponsors know that the organisation takes nothing from their donations.

Cars can be parked near the Village Hall. There is also a small carpark near the B4246 (see the image below).
Village Hall Llanfoist

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