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).

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