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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.