Palestina tîm Croeso! 

We're delighted to welcome a remarkable new overseas team to the 2019 Welsh Castles Relay, Right to Movement (RTM) Palestine. In recent years they have entered runners and teams in numerous challenging events in various parts of the world. I asked Team Captain Diala Isid to say a few words about themselves..

"Right to Movement Palestine is a social running group that highlights the basic human right of freedom of movement and empowers women to be the future leaders and runners of Palestine. RTM has nine running communities all over Palestine and a few international branches. RTM is the founder of the Palestine Marathon that attracts thousands of runners annually to Bethlehem. RTM leads Palestinian runners' delegations to run in international races around the world to tell a different story about Palestine, we ran Derry Marathon in N. Ireland, Edinburgh Marathon in Scotland, Chicago Marathon, Beirut Marathon, San Fransisco Marathon, Cologne Marathon, Amsterdam Marathon, Chile Marathon, Swiss alpine Marathon, Cape town Marathon and many other. We are looking forward to run the Welsh Castles Relay in June 8th and 9th"

Entering and sending to Wales a squad of 20 plus runners many of whom live in Palestine is, needless, to say a major challenge both logistically and financially - Diala has, consequently, set-up a fund-raising site to help make their entry in this year's WCR possible.



Amended (shortened) Stage 11 for 2019

For many months now, our Club Chairman John Griffin, WCR organising team manager Mike Davies and VC Graeme Donnan have been making numerous trips to recce and safety assess the route for the 2019 WCR.

One big change for this year's race is being implemented for Stage 11 (Newtown to Llanbadarn Ffynydd) following the completion of a bypass and work on the A483. Please note the new route which will be shorter but slightly steeper than the original, taking in a section of the Middle Dolfor Road.

This is a fairly narrow road so race traffic will be diverted along the A483. Full details will appear in the Castles Reference Book for 2019 which is currently being updated.


Team Registration Process Underway

Please note the following extract from an email sent to all 65 WCR Team Captains today: 

Many thanks again for taking part in the 2019 WCR - hope the preparation for is going well. Time now to proceed with process of registering your squad for this year’s race. Registration will be open until close on Friday May the 31st.  As in 2018 we will be using an online registration system to enable runners to sign their disclaimer sheet online.  It will be the responsibility of the Team Captain to register the squad online and chase up e-signatures to meet the deadline.

As in 2018 we will be using an on-line registration process which requires an account to be set-up for each team that has entered the Castles. In order to activate this account for your team, could you please email John Upstone, who administers this service, on confirming the email address and name of the person who will be managing your team’s registration this year.

Apologies if this seems slightly overcomplicated (“Why not just email the details of the system?”) - as in most cases this will be you - but it is not unusual for clubs to change their Team Captain contact details, or use a different person for team registrations. 

In addition, some of you have more than one team entered in this year’s race, in which case you can choose to use different Team Captains for each team entered. If this is the case, please indicate the name, email address and contact phone number for each Team Captain for each or your entries. Alternatively the same person can be Team Captain for each of your teams (the on-line Registration System can allocate separate entries to one Team Manager)

A reminder also that whilst a team of 20 is required to complete The Castles, a team can register pretty much as many runners as they like on the system. Runners registering will need to enter the usual details (name, address, DOB, sex, registration number, mobile number plus details of any medical conditions we need to be aware of). Details will follow when you commence registration

If you have any queries or problems with the Registration System itself please email For any general queries about the race itself email me at

Tim O’Sullivan (WCR 2019 Race Admin)


WCR 2019 line-up

Many thanks again to everyone who applied this year. We had 70 entries, five more than the 65 limit. Our Chairman and race Director John Griffin wants to thank everyone who applied, the highlight of the running year for so many of us, but also to express commiserations to those five unlucky teams not listed below due to the limited capacity of the race. Hopefully you’ll be back in 2020 (teams rejected normally gain automatic entry if reapplying the following year).

All team captains who applied will be contacted in the next few days to formally inform of the outcome and, where entry was successful, told of the next steps in terms of registering runners and preparing for the race. Out of courtesy to those who did not get in I had hoped to do this before publishing the 2019 line-up, but with everyone desperate to know (and lunchtimes being not nearly long enough to do race admin..) it seems only right not to dally.

So here it is. Good luck everyone. See you in Caernarfon..


2019 WCR race entry now closed 

Many thanks to everyone for a bumper application for the 2019 race. WCR Commitee meet 12/3/2019 to review and Team/Club contacts will be contacted shortly after. See here for updates