Rules is Rules

Almost there! Goody bags packed, vans on route already for some, the sun shining - and everyone rather excited. What could go wrong? Nothing hopefully, if we all adhere tenaciously like the limpets of Criccieth to the mightly rock of instructions as carved in the WCR Reference Book.  Please read and ensure all runners are familiar with the race rules (section B1) and those draconian penalties for daring to breach (section A1).  Cut-off times will also be strictly enforced this year - this essential to help ensure the safety of the race (the A470 is no place to dawdle) and need for marshalls and support gangs to be in place for the stage.  See you soon!!


Race Briefing 

A reminder that all team captains (deputy or manager) must attend the race briefing at Arfon Leisure Centre, Caernarfon at 08:30 on Saturday morning. Thereafter we move on to the start of Stage 1 at Caernarfon Castle for race start at 10:00.  At the briefing we will distribute marshall bibs and give details of any last minute changes to the race.  Please also ensure that all runners and those supporting the race are familiar with the race pack.


Route Changes

Several minor changes to last year's course are currently being finalised - full details will be provided to team captains and those marshalling.  On Stage 20 we're having to make short detours off the Taff Trail to take into account the building of a hydro-electric plant at Radyr Weir and weekend work on the Railway Bridge to the North of Hailey Park. Stage 20 will also finish just short of Cooper's Field (by the Welsh College of Drama and Music) in order to avoid a clash with an another event. Details of the proposed amended course here. 

Stage 19 also sees a slightly amended start out of Abercynon - this to avoid road crossings out of Navigation Park, and to show you more of the River Taff in all its piscine glory Details here. Stage 18 has a similar divert just after mile 7, the route leaving the main road and crossing the Taff at Quakers Yard to briefly join the Trevithick Trail before the sprint to the finish in Navigation Park. Details here


Glamping in Newtown

The overnight campsite at Newtown Comprehensive School will open from 18:00 on Saturday evening with the Maldwyn (Newtown) Leisure Centre (adjacent to) open until 22:00 for shower, toilet facilities etc. Food and breakfast will not available this year at the Leisure Centre - only coffee, soft drinks and so forth from their vending machines - so please come prepared and support the local economy/chippy etc (many exciting culinary adventures await in the town that is new..)

Those camping are also asked to respect local residents and fellow competitors by keeping noise levels down, not leaving litter, and behaving in an mature and considerate manner (coughs..). We did have problems and complaints last year and it goes without saying clubs will be excluded from future WCRs should their runners cause such problems.

Please also note that the Leisure Centre will be closed from 22:00 until 5:00am the following morning. The camp must also be vacated, cleared and closed by 08:30am on Sunday morning to allow the race officials to continue their southbound journey and hand keys back to those kind enough to let us use their facilities. There'd be no WCR without them needless to say..


2016 WCR Reference Book

Essential bedtime reading for anyone running, supporting but most importantly captaining, marshalling or helping in any way with the organisation of the race - the 2016 Castles Relay Reference Book is available here.