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.


2016 Race Line-up

64 teams have been accepted to take part in the 2016 WCR - full details here


2016 WCR Race Entry

The 34th Welsh Castles Relay will be held over the weekend of the 4th and 5th of June 2016. 

Demand for places always supply with entry numbers being limited by the logistics of the race, most notably the need to minimise race traffic.

Entries for 2016 will open in January (the date will be posted here). Please read through this year's reference book to give you an idea of what this race is all about and the logistics involved. 

If you have queries or need further information contact Amanda Thompson, Race Administrator amjanette@gmail.com

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